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FILE - In this Jan. 3, 2020, file photo, State Sen. Caleb Frostman, who was appointed secretary of the Department of Workforce Development, speaks during a news conference in Madison, Wis. Frostman, resigned Friday, Sept. 18, 2020, after failing to find a way to address a massive backlog of unprocessed unemployment benefit claims sparked by the coronavirus pandemic. (Steve Apps/Wisconsin State Journal via AP, File)

Wisconsin secretary resigns amid unemployment claim backlog

Sep. 18, 2020 6:19 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The state Department of Workforce Development's top leader resigned Friday after failing to find a way to address a massive backlog of unprocessed unemployment benefit claims sparked by the coronavirus pandemic. Democratic Gov. Tony Evers' office said Caleb Frostman stepped down after...

Medical staff prepare to take a COVID-19 tests at a drive through community based assessment centre in Christchurch, New Zealand, Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020. Health authorities in New Zealand are scrambling to trace the source of a new outbreak of the coronavirus as the nation's largest city, Auckland, goes back into lockdown. (AP Photo/Mark Baker)

The Latest: First case-free day for New Zealand in 5 weeks

Sep. 17, 2020 11:15 PM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand — New Zealand has reported no new confirmed cases of the coronavirus for the first time in more than five weeks as hopes rise that an outbreak discovered in Auckland last month has been stamped out. Friday’s report also marked the fourth consecutive day without any cases of...

In this screenshot made during a video conference call, California Gov. Gavin Newsom signs a bill into law that requires employers to notify workers if they have been potentially exposed to the coronavirus, Thursday, Sept. 17, 2020, in Sacramento, Calif. Newsom also signed a law making coronavirus infections eligible for workers compensation benefits. Newsom signed both bills while on a Zoom call with supporters to ensure physical distancing during the pandemic. (Adam Beam/Zoom via AP)

California governor signs laws to protect workers from virus

Sep. 17, 2020 7:43 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California companies must warn their workers of any potential exposure to the coronavirus and must pay their employees workers compensation benefits if they get sick with the disease under two laws that Gov. Gavin Newsom signed Thursday. Newsom, a Democrat, signed the laws over...

Kansas Supreme Court weighs guidelines for injured workers

Sep. 17, 2020 4:24 PM EDT

BELLE PLAINE, Kan. (AP) — The Kansas Supreme Court waded into the fray Thursday over obscure medical guidelines that will determine how much money workers injured on the job can collect. Justices heard legal arguments on Zoom over which edition of the American Medical Association guide should be used for...

Lawyer: Medical workers improperly accessed Floyd's records

Sep. 9, 2020 6:06 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Family members of George Floyd have been notified that multiple employees of a Minneapolis healthcare system have improperly accessed the man's medical records sometime in the last 30 days, an attorney for the family said. Attorney Antonio Romanucci told KARE 11 that family members...

Twin River could lay off workers at Rhode Island casinos

Aug. 24, 2020 12:28 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island's two casinos could lay off more than 1,300 workers combined by the end of next month, according to documents filed with state labor officials. More than 1,000 workers at Twin River Casino Hotel in Lincoln and nearly 300 at Tiverton Casino Hotel could lose their jobs on...

FILE - This undated file photo provided by NerdWallet shows Liz Weston, a columnist for personal finance website NerdWallet.com. (NerdWallet via AP, File)

Liz Weston: The 2 costs that can make or break your nest egg

Aug. 24, 2020 7:11 AM EDT

If you earn a decent income but have trouble saving, the culprits could be the roof over your head and the car in your driveway. Retirement savers who contribute more to their 401(k)s often spend less on housing and transportation than their peers, according to a study by the Employee Benefit Research Institute...

Nevada judge denies mass payout of late unemployment claims

Aug. 20, 2020 11:35 PM EDT

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — A Nevada judge decided Thursday not to require the state unemployment office to pay out benefits en masse to laid-off workers whose claims have been erroneously delayed or denied. District Court Judge Barry Breslow in Reno limited the scope of a July court order that required the...

COVID: Oregonians can apply for $500 state stimulus check

Aug. 19, 2020 1:55 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregonians still waiting for their unemployment benefits can apply for a one-time payment of $500 beginning Wednesday. The $35 million relief check program, that was approved by lawmakers in mid-July, could help up to 70,000 Oregon residents facing financial hardships during the COVID-19...

FILE -In this June 16, 2020 file photo, a sign for a Wall Street building is shown in New York.  Stocks are opening mostly lower on Wall Street Thursday, Aug. 13, a day after the S&P 500 closed just below its pre-pandemic record high. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)

Asian shares mixed on weak China data, worries over pandemic

Aug. 14, 2020 12:13 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Asian shares were mixed on Friday as investors studied fresh data out of China showing that its recovery remains subdued. Shares rose in Japan and Australia, but fell in Hong Kong, South Korea and Shanghai. China said Friday that its factory output rose 4.8% from a year earlier in July, on a...