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Poland says it's not backing down ahead of EU budget summit

Dec. 4, 2020 6:58 AM EST

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Polish government officials insisted on Friday that they are sticking to their tough negotiating position ahead of a key European Union summit next week that should finalize the bloc's next seven-year budget and a major pandemic recovery package. Poland and Hungary have threatened to...

FILE - In this Monday, Nov. 23, 2020, file photo, people are seen wearing face masks to protect against COVID-19 while riding on a Southwest Airlines flight from Norfolk, Va., making its landing approach into Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport, in Glen Burnie, Md. On Thursday, Dec. 3, 2020, the airline warned nearly 7,000 employees that they could lose their jobs unless labor unions accept concessions to help Southwest cope with a sharp drop in travel during the pandemic. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File)

Southwest warns nearly 7,000 workers of possible furloughs

Dec. 3, 2020 8:22 PM EST

DALLAS (AP) — Southwest Airlines warned nearly 7,000 workers on Thursday that they could lose their jobs unless labor unions accept concessions to help the airline cope with a sharp drop in travel caused by the pandemic. Southwest is operating far fewer flights, and it asked unions in October for help with...

Amazon workers in bid to unionize at Alabama warehouse

Dec. 3, 2020 7:19 PM EST

BESSEMER, Ala (AP) — Workers at an Amazon warehouse in Alabama are seeking to form a union, setting up a potential battle in the Deep South with a company that has opposed unionization efforts. Employees at the Bessemer facility filed a petition last month with the National Labor Relations Board saying...

Migrant farm workers allege pesticide exposure in Illinois

Dec. 3, 2020 6:53 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — More than two dozen migrant workers from Texas allege they were sprayed with toxic pesticides while working in Illinois cornfields, according to a federal lawsuit. The workers, including teenagers, senior citizens and a pregnant woman, claim they were sprayed by a helicopter and plane...

This undated image provided by Sunmoon Oh shows Aidan Ellison, who was killed on Nov. 23, 2020, in Ashland, Ore. The fatal shooting of Ellison, a young Black man, by Robert Keegan, a white man who complained that Ellison was playing loud music, has roiled Ashland. (Sunmoon Oh via AP)

Fatal shooting of Black teen roils liberal town in Oregon

Dec. 3, 2020 6:37 PM EST

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The killing of a young Black man last month by a white man who complained that he was playing loud music has roiled Ashland, Oregon, forcing the liberal college town that is famous for its Shakespeare festival to take a hard look at race relations. The death of Aidan Ellison, 19, added...

FILE - In this May 16, 2012, file photo, the Facebook logo is displayed on an iPad in Philadelphia.  The Trump administration is accusing Facebook in a lawsuit of discriminating against U.S. workers in favor of foreigners with special visas to fill more than 2,600 high-paying jobs. The Justice Department announced the suit Thursday, Dec. 3, 2020, alleging that the tech giant refused to recruit, consider or hire qualified and available U.S. workers for the positions that it reserved for temporary visa holders.(AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)

Govt accuses Facebook of discriminating against US workers

Dec. 3, 2020 6:33 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is accusing Facebook in a lawsuit of discriminating against U.S. workers in favor of foreigners with special visas to fill more than 2,600 high-paying jobs. The Justice Department announced the suit Thursday, alleging that the social media giant refused to...

U-Michigan hires consultant after sexual misconduct episode

Dec. 3, 2020 4:35 PM EST

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — The University of Michigan said it hired a consultant to guide changes after the school's chief academic officer was ousted because of sexual misconduct. Guidepost Solutions will assist the university in following recommendations by a law firm that said it had uncovered sexual...

In this 2018 photo taken in London shows Karim Ennarah and his now-wife Jess Kelly posing for a photograph after they graduated from the School of Oriental and African Studies.  The acting director of a prominent Egyptian rights group says its three staffers, Ennara, Executive director Gasser Abdel-Razek and Mohammed Bashir, who were arrested last month have been freed on Thursday, Dec. 3, 2020.  They were arrested in November after EIPR hosted foreign diplomats to discuss the human rights situation in Egypt. They were charged with terrorism and spreading false information. (Courtesy of Jess Kelly via AP)

Rights group says Egypt has freed 3 of its arrested staffers

Dec. 3, 2020 3:53 PM EST

CAIRO (AP) — Three Egyptian rights workers who were arrested and slapped with terrorism-related charges last month were freed on Thursday after an outcry over the government’s crackdown on one of the last rights groups still operating in the country. The government of President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi...

Fire chief resigns after critical review, years of attacks

Dec. 3, 2020 1:04 PM EST

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — Augusta's fire chief has resigned after a long struggle with the local firefighters union, an outside review that criticized his leadership and allegations that he discriminated against an employee because the employee is gay. The Augusta Commission voted 7-3 on Tuesday to accept a...

FILE- In this May 31, 2008 file photo, Tina Flournoy, then Democratic National Committee Rules and Bylaws committee member,  during a hearing in Washington. Vice President-elect Kamala Harris has named veteran Democratic strategist Tina Flournoy as her chief of staff. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

VP-elect Harris picks Tina Flournoy to be her chief of staff

Dec. 3, 2020 12:03 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Vice President-elect Kamala Harris has named Tina Flournoy, a veteran Democratic strategist and aide to the Clintons, as her chief of staff, the transition team announced Thursday. Flournoy's appointment as Harris' top staffer adds to a team of advisers led by Black women. Harris,...