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Latest: SKorea reports more than 2,000 new coronavirus cases

Sep. 16, 2021 23:00 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea – South Korea has reported more than 2,000 new cases of the coronavirus, nearing a one-day record set last month, continuing an alarming surge as the nation enters its biggest holiday of the year. The 2,008 cases reported Friday was the 73rd...

Former firefighter gets 5 years for child porn

Sep. 16, 2021 17:53 PM EDT

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — A former firefighter and union leader was sentenced to five years in prison Wednesday for possessing child pornography, federal prosecutors in Delaware said. Joseph Leonetti Jr., a former Wilmington firefighter and union president, pleaded...

West Springfield enacts mask mandate as Big E fair opens

Sep. 16, 2021 17:17 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — The Board of Health in West Springfield has approved an indoor mask mandate that takes effect the same day as the opening, for the first time in two years, of what's billed as the largest agricultural fair on the East Coast. The mask mandate starts Friday,...

Judge blocks NC law provision aimed at farm workers' union

Sep. 16, 2021 16:24 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina's only farm worker union is pleased despite mixed decisions so far from federal courts about a 2017 law it says obstructs mostly Latino field hands organizing for better benefits and conditions. U.S. District Judge Loretta Biggs...

Lawsuit seeks $1M after Michigan teacher cuts girl's hair

Sep. 16, 2021 16:12 PM EDT

MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. (AP) — The father of a 7-year-old Michigan girl whose hair was cut by a teacher without her parents’ permission has filed a $1 million lawsuit against the school district, a librarian and a teacher's assistant. The lawsuit was filed Tuesday in...

Small agency, big job: Biden tasks OSHA with vaccine mandate

Sep. 16, 2021 14:55 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Occupational Safety and Health Administration doesn’t make many headlines. Charged with keeping America’s workplaces safe, it usually busies itself with tasks such as setting and enforcing standards for goggles, hardhats and ladders. But...

Union, Mondelez reach tentative agreement amid strike

Sep. 16, 2021 13:52 PM EDT

HENRICO, Va. (AP) — A tentative contract agreement reached between snack company Mondelez and striking union workers could end a walkout that began last month. The Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers International Union and Mondelez issued separate...

Seafood company owner pleads guilty to visa fraud

Sep. 16, 2021 12:00 PM EDT

BALTIMORE (AP) — An Eastern Shore ice and seafood company and its owner have pleaded guilty to employing foreign workers illegally and visa fraud in a manipulation of a seasonal worker program to boost profits at the workers’ expense, federal prosecutors announced Wednesday. ...

Carpenters in Seattle area go on strike

Sep. 16, 2021 11:21 AM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — A strike by carpenters in Washington state is expected to slow work at hundreds of construction projects across the region, include Microsoft office projects. The Seattle Times reports the walkout for higher pay by carpenters in the state is the first in...

US unemployment claims rise after hitting pandemic low

Sep. 16, 2021 09:45 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits moved up last week to 332,000 from a pandemic low, a sign that the spread of the delta variant may have slightly increased layoffs. Applications for jobless aid rose from 312,000 the week before,...