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Visa woes have summer businesses looking to Puerto Ricans

May. 27, 2018 10:35 AM EDT

PHIPPSBURG, Maine (AP) — Frustrated by red tape and visa limits on foreign workers, tourism businesses from Maine to Missouri are turning to Puerto Ricans who are fleeing a shattered economy and devastation caused by Hurricane Maria. Bob Smith, owner of Sebasco Harbor Resort in Phippsburg, hired a...

More LGBT issues loom as justices near wedding cake decision

May. 27, 2018 2:41 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A flood of lawsuits over LGBT rights is making its way through courts and will continue, no matter the outcome in the Supreme Court's highly anticipated decision in the case of a Colorado baker who would not create a wedding cake for a same-sex couple. Courts are engaged in two broad...

Empty stores, shuttered gas posts in Brazil truckers' strike

May. 26, 2018 4:46 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — A truckers' strike in Brazil left a patchwork of empty gas stations and barren supermarket shelves Saturday as drivers appeared unmoved by the government's threats to use force or fine people who didn't comply. Police forces conducted operations to clear blocked roads and military...

Thousands across France protest Macron's 'brutal' policies

May. 26, 2018 3:17 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — Thousands of protesters marched under tight security in eastern Paris on Saturday after French labor unions, left-wing political parties and civil rights groups called for "floods of people" to oppose the pro-business policies of President Emmanuel Macron. Marches and rallies were also held in...

For CEOs, $11.7 million a year is just middle of the pack

May. 26, 2018 10:01 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Chief executives at the biggest public companies got an 8.5 percent raise last year, bringing the median pay package for CEOs to $11.7 million. Across the S&P 500, compensation for CEOs is often hundreds of times higher than typical workers. The pay increase matches the bump that CEOs...

Trump takes steps to ease firing of federal workers

May. 25, 2018 8:08 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Friday signed a trio of executive orders to overhaul the federal bureaucracy by making it easier to fire federal workers for poor performance and misconduct, requiring that departments and agencies negotiate better union contracts and limiting the amount of time...

Brazil president says striking truckers could be removed

May. 25, 2018 7:34 PM EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — A nationwide strike by thousands of truckers brought much of Latin America's largest nation to a halt on Friday, prompting Brazilian President Michel Temer to authorize the military to use force in removing drivers and their parked vehicles from highways and other roads. Truckers...

For CEOs, $11.7 million a year is just middle of the pack

May. 25, 2018 6:25 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Chief executives at the biggest public companies got an 8.5 percent raise last year, bringing the median pay package for CEOs to $11.7 million. Across the S&P 500, compensation for CEOs is often hundreds of times higher than typical workers. The pay increase matches the bump that CEOs...

Since Weinstein: The growing list of the accused

May. 25, 2018 4:12 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The publication of allegations of sexual misconduct against Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein sparked a national reckoning. Since October, scores of men in entertainment, politics, media, and beyond have faced allegations ranging from inappropriate behavior to forced sexual misconduct to...

Veterans, discharged and jobless, seek hiring-rules changes

May. 25, 2018 10:21 AM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Military veterans who were discharged for relatively minor offenses say they often can't get jobs, and they hope a recent warning to employers by the state of Connecticut will change that. The state's human rights commission told employers last month they could be breaking the law...