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FILE - In this April 19, 2018 photo, Bangladeshis work at Snowtex garment factory in Dhamrai, near Dhaka, Bangladesh. A group set up by European clothing brands that has monitored factory safety in Bangladesh for years plans to leave, with its duties being assumed by a local group including unions and industry figures in the world's second-largest garment manufacturer. The European group and a separate North American group were formed after the collapse of Rana Plaza, a building housing five garment factories that made clothing for international brands. The departure, which officials said Thursday, Jan. 16, 2019, was planned for May, follows a protracted tussle with garment manufacturers who wanted Bangladesh's government to form a local watch group to monitor the sector. (AP Photo/A.M. Ahad, File)

European clothing brand group for safety leaving Bangladesh

Jan. 16, 2020 3:36 AM EST

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — A group set up by European clothing brands that has monitored factory safety in Bangladesh for years plans to leave, with its duties being assumed by a local group including unions and industry figures in the world's second-largest garment manufacturer. The European group and a...

Families of 2 Seattle crane collapse victims sue companies

Jan. 8, 2020 10:23 AM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — Family members of two of the four people killed in the April crane collapse site have filed wrongful death suits against companies involved in crane operations at the South Lake Union construction site. Gusting winds knocked the crane over April 27, after workers prematurely removed pins...

FILE - This April 10, 2012 file photo shows the production department at fashion giant Inditex's headquarters where Zara fashion garments are designed in La Coruna, Spain. Inditex, the retail giant that owns Zara, H&M and many other brands, announced a sustainability pledge in July, for example, saying it wants all its clothes to be made from sustainable or recycled fabrics by 2025.  (AP Photo/Jesus Sancho, File)

Sustainability in the fashion industry faces an uphill climb

Jan. 7, 2020 11:44 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — Sustainability in fashion is a hot button topic, with retailers large and small racing to prove their green credentials, but the desire for new attire churns and the industry remains one of the world's largest polluters as climate activists and watchdogs sound alarms. The industry is the...

Delta workers sue manufacturer Lands' End over uniforms

Jan. 3, 2020 1:37 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Hundreds of Delta Air Lines employees have filed a pair of class action lawsuits against Wisconsin-based clothing manufacturer Lands' End, claiming that uniforms they are required to wear are causing serious medical problems. The first lawsuit against the Atlanta-based airline was...

This combination of photos released by w.r.yuma shows Belgian designer Sebastiaan de Neubourg, left, and a collection of frames made from recycled materials. De Neubourg uses recycled plastic bottles, car dashboards and refrigerators for sunglasses for his brand, w.r.yuma.  (Christophe Morre/w.r.yuma via AP)

Innovative fashion designers lead the way on sustainability

Dec. 27, 2019 3:14 PM EST

LONDON (AP) — Innovative fashion designers are turning to such things as horseradish and nettles to make sustainable clothing and accessories to the delight of a growing number of buyers. While more consumers are paying closer attention to how the production of goods impacts the environment, old habits...

Police officers cordon off the site of a fire in a narrow lane in New Delhi, India, Sunday, Dec. 8, 2019. A doctor at a government-run hospital says dozens have died in a major fire in central New Delhi. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)

Devastating factory fire kills at least 43 in Indian capital

Dec. 8, 2019 8:17 AM EST

NEW DELHI (AP) — A fire believed to be caused by an electrical short circuit engulfed a building in India's capital on Sunday where handbags and other items were made by workers earning as little as 2 dollars per day, killing at least 43 people. The blaze in New Delhi's Karol Bagh neighborhood, a warren of...

In this Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2019, photo Amy Witt, owner of the Velvet Window, posses for a photo at her retail store in Dallas. Heading into the holiday shopping season, Witt opened a physical store last week to attract more shoppers than just those who have been her online customers. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

Providing a unique experience is retailers’ holiday strategy

Nov. 27, 2019 11:05 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — As Amy Witt prepared for the grand opening of her Dallas clothing store, she read up on the demise of thousands of chain stores this past year so she wouldn’t repeat their mistakes. “Big box retailers are selling 20,000 square feet of, what? Stuff. There’s no...

FILE - In this Nov. 20, 2019, file photo specialist Mario Picone, right, works with traders at his post on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. The U.S. stock market opens at 9:30 a.m. EST on Tuesday, Nov 26. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

Asian markets mixed after US shares forge new highs

Nov. 26, 2019 8:57 PM EST

BEIJING (AP) — Shares were mostly higher in Asia on Wednesday after a fresh set of record highs on Wall Street, spurred by encouraging signs on trade talks between the U.S. and China. Japan’s Nikkei 225 advanced 0.4% to 23,464.57 while the S&P ASX 200 climbed 0.7% to 6,833.20. South...

A sample of classified Chinese government documents leaked to a consortium of news organizations, is displayed for a picture in New York, Friday, Nov. 22, 2019. Beijing has detained more than a million Uighurs, ethnic Kazakhs and other Muslim minorities for what it calls voluntary job training. The confidential documents lay out the Chinese government's deliberate strategy to lock up ethnic minorities to rewire their thoughts and even the language they speak. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

Secret documents reveal how China mass detention camps work

Nov. 25, 2019 12:42 PM EST

The watch towers, double-locked doors and video surveillance in the Chinese camps are there “to prevent escapes.” Uighurs and other minorities held inside are scored on how well they speak the dominant Mandarin language and follow strict rules on everything down to bathing and using the toilet,...

Nearly 300 jobs being cut at 2 central Indiana manufacturers

Nov. 24, 2019 9:25 AM EST

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Cutbacks at two central Indiana factories are costing nearly 300 workers their jobs. Indianapolis-based apparel maker Motionwear has notified state officials that it plans to permanently close its production facilities early next year and eliminate almost 150 jobs. The company, which...