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Workers wearing masks walk by the New York Stock Exchange during the coronavirus pandemic, Thursday, July 9, 2020, in New York. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

Wall Street rallies as optimism returns to cap erratic week

Jul. 10, 2020 4:33 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Optimism returned to Wall Street on Friday, and stocks rallied to cap a shaky week dogged by worries that rising coronavirus counts may halt the economy’s recent upswing. The S&P 500 climbed 1%, and the biggest gains came from cruise ship operators, airlines, banks and other...

House staffers to work from home after aide tests positive

Jul. 9, 2020 5:20 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio House of Representatives reinstated work-from-home status Thursday after a legislative aide tested positive this week for COVID-19. House Speaker Larry Householder told his colleagues to not report to the Riffe Center for work until further notice. The House is currently on...

Nebraska sees surge in new unemployment claims after decline

Jul. 9, 2020 2:49 PM EDT

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — The number of people filing new unemployment claims in Nebraska surged last week to its highest level in nearly two months, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. The department said 6,143 people filed initial claims for benefits during the week that ended July 4. That's a roughly...

Former employees at raided slaughterhouse to get back pay

Jul. 9, 2020 10:51 AM EDT

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Former employees of an East Tennessee slaughterhouse raided by federal immigration agents in 2018 will get $610,000 in back pay and damages, according to a consent order filed in federal court. The money will be paid over three years to about 150 former workers at the Southeastern...

Immigrant advocates say US policy change endangers workers

Jul. 7, 2020 3:38 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Immigrant advocates in New Orleans claim in a federal lawsuit that federal rule changes made last year by the U.S. Department of Labor will make foreign workers fearful of reporting workplace abuses or human trafficking for fear of being deported. The lawsuit, filed Tuesday in Washington...

FILE - In this April 1, 2020 file photo, a closed sign is displayed outside a Salvation Army store and donation center in Glenview, Ill. Across the country, drug and alcohol recovery programs claiming to help the poor and the desperate are instead conscripting them into forms of indentured servitude, requiring them to work without pay or for pennies on the dollar, in exchange for their stay. For the first time, Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting has determined how widespread these programs have become. In 1990, in response to a complaint from a former participant, the Labor Department launched an investigation into the nation's largest chain of work-based rehabs, The Salvation Army, which operates about 100 programs across the country. At The Salvation Army's rehabs, participants were required to work full time processing donations for the organization's thrift stores, receiving a stipend of only $5 to $20 a week. The department found The Salvation

Review finds many who work during rehab aren't being paid

Jul. 7, 2020 11:00 AM EDT

Across the country, drug and alcohol recovery programs claiming to help the poor and the desperate are instead conscripting them into forms of indentured servitude, requiring them to work without pay or for pennies on the dollar, in exchange for their stay. Some work at rehab-run businesses, such as thrift...

Nearly 12,000 Vermont businesses share over $1.1 billion

Jul. 6, 2020 5:48 PM EDT

Nearly 12,000 small businesses in Vermont shared a total of more than $1.1 billion in funding from a federal government lending program to keep small businesses open and workers employed amid the coronavirus outbreak, according to data released by the U.S. Small Business Administration on Monday. The recipients...

Wearing masks amid concerns of the spread of COVID-19, volunteers Karen Cooperstein, right, and Edwin Chinchilla, left, prepare food for the pubic during a drive through food pantry distribution by Catholic Charities in Dallas, Thursday, July 2, 2020. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

US unemployment falls to 11%, but new shutdowns are underway

Jul. 2, 2020 4:28 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. unemployment fell to 11.1% in June as the economy added a solid 4.8 million jobs, the government reported Thursday. But the job-market recovery may already be faltering because of a new round of closings and layoffs triggered by a resurgence of the coronavirus. While the jobless rate...

Feds cite Textron Aviation for 2019 explosion at Kansas site

Jun. 29, 2020 12:51 PM EDT

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Federal regulators have cited aircraft maker Textron Aviation for a December 2019 explosion that injured 15 workers at its Wichita manufacturing plant. U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration says Textron had a serious violation when it failed to...

This Week: Consumer confidence, Macy’s earns, June hiring

Jun. 29, 2020 1:10 AM EDT

A look at some of the key business events and economic indicators upcoming this week: REGAINING CONFIDENCE? The Conference Board issues its June snapshot of U.S. consumer confidence Tuesday. The index, which reflects consumers’ assessments of present conditions and their expectations about the future,...