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Louisiana Senate workers getting 8% pay raise, costing $625K

Oct. 15, 2021 17:57 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Employees in the Louisiana Senate will get an 8% pay raise starting this month, a move Senate President Page Cortez described Friday as a “little bit of a makeup” because he said the workers have gone more than two years without salary hikes. ...

More repression, fewer jobs: Jordanians face bleak outlook

Oct. 15, 2021 02:06 AM EDT

AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — As a poorly paid public school teacher, Khaled Jaber always needed a side hustle, working as a private tutor and using his car as a taxi to help pay the bills. For unexpected needs, such as medical expenses, he has had to borrow money from relatives. ...

Man admits role in nearly $7M paycheck protection scheme

Oct. 14, 2021 09:04 AM EDT

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A man admitted in federal court in New Jersey that he participated in a scheme to fraudulently try to obtain nearly $7 million in Paycheck Protection Program loans. Gregory Blotnick, 34, pleaded guilty Wednesday to wire fraud and money laundering. ...

State: Video game venture means 75 new New Orleans-area jobs

Oct. 13, 2021 16:55 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A new video game development project based in New Orleans will create 75 new jobs with an average annual salary of $100,000, state officials said Wednesday. Possibility Space is a project of entrepreneur Jeff Strain, who is known for creating...

Rhode Island man sentenced for PPP fraud scheme

Oct. 12, 2021 16:01 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A Rhode Island man was sentenced Tuesday to almost seven years in prison for fraudulently seeking more than $4.7 million in forgivable federal loans meant for businesses struggling during the coronavirus pandemic while he was still on probation from a previous...

UK job vacancies hit record high amid worker shortages

Oct. 12, 2021 11:08 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Job vacancies in the U.K. rose to a record high of nearly 1.2 million, official figures showed Tuesday, a further sign that the British economy is experiencing worker shortages in an array of sectors as a result of the coronavirus pandemic and Britain’s departure from the...

US, Pakistani officials in strained talks over Afghanistan

Oct. 08, 2021 11:47 AM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — U.S. and Pakistani officials held difficult talks on Friday in Pakistan's capital amid a worsening relationship between Washington and Islamabad as each searches for a way forward in a Taliban-ruled Afghanistan. The meeting between Washington’s deputy...

Man gets almost 5 years in pandemic relief loan fraud case

Oct. 07, 2021 15:58 PM EDT

A man who faked suicide and went on the run to avoid prosecution for fraudulently seeking hundreds of thousands of dollars in coronavirus pandemic relief loans intended for struggling small businesses was sentenced Thursday to nearly five years in prison. David Staveley,...

Bribery trial opens for Philadelphia union boss, city leader

Oct. 05, 2021 15:05 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A powerful Philadelphia labor leader kept a city council member on the union payroll in a no-show, $70,000-a-year job so he would do his bidding at City Hall, federal prosecutors said Tuesday as a long-awaited corruption trial began. The sweeping...

Nigerian doctors call off 2-month strike despite pay arrears

Oct. 04, 2021 08:28 AM EDT

LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Doctors in Nigeria's government hospitals have suspended a two-month strike for payment of salaries owed to many and improved working conditions. The resident doctors, the mainstay of health care at government hospitals throughout the West African...