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FILE - In this March 31, 2020, file photo, a worker cleans along the Las Vegas Strip devoid of the usual crowds as casinos and other business are shuttered due to the coronavirus outbreak in Las Vegas. Nearly 245,000 people have filed for unemployment in Nevada since casinos and other businesses closed in mid-March to keep people from congregating and spreading the new coronavirus, according to U.S, Department of Labor figures posted Thursday, April 9. (AP Photo/John Locher, File)

Nevada jobless tally rises; union wants idled workers paid

Apr. 9, 2020 9:30 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — As a wave of jobless claims in Nevada since casinos and other businesses were shuttered in mid-March because of the coronavirus pandemic swelled to nearly 245,000, union leaders called Thursday for company owners to commit to paying idled workers until resorts reopen. “The industry...

FILE - In this Jan. 15, 2020 file photo, men from Bangladesh disembark from the Open Arms rescue vessel at the port of Messina after being rescued on Friday off the Libyan coast, in Sicily, Italy. The European Union announced Tuesday, March 31, 2020 the launch of a new naval mission in the Mediterranean Sea aimed at enforcing the U.N arms embargo on Libya, after Italy blocked a previous operation claiming that the warships attracted migrants. (AP Photo/Santi Palacios, File)

UN agency says 280 migrants stranded in unsafe port in Libya

Apr. 9, 2020 7:56 PM EDT

The Libyan coast guard rescued 280 migrants in distress in the Mediterranean Sea on Thursday and diverted them to the shores of the North African country, only to have them banned from disembarking, the U.N. migration agency said. The migrants, hungry and exhausted after 72 hours at sea, remained stuck on a...

This April 9, 2020 photo from Atlantic City NJ shows casino workers and union officials from Las Vegas, Atlantic City, New Orleans and Mississippi participating in a video conference at which they called on the casino industry to pay them through the duration of the coronavirus shutdown. Many casino companies gave workers two weeks pay upon closing but workers say that's not nearly enough. (AP Photo/Wayne Parry)

US casino workers: Pay us through the shutdown

Apr. 9, 2020 3:06 PM EDT

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Casino workers across the country are calling on the gambling industry to pay its laid-off workers their full salary and benefits for the duration of coronavirus shutdowns. In an online conference Thursday, casino workers and their union leaders from Las Vegas, Atlantic City, New...

An airport employee checks the temperature of a Romanian seasonal worker outside the Avram Iancu international airport, in Cluj, central Romania, Thursday, April 9, 2020. More then 1800 workers from across Romania are traveling on 12 flights to Berlin, Baden Bade and Dusseldorf in Germany, most of them to work in asparagus farms.(AP Photo/Raul Stef)

Germany flies in seasonal farm workers amid virus measures

Apr. 9, 2020 1:52 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Two planes carrying Eastern European farmhands arrived Thursday in Germany as an ambitious government program to import thousands of seasonal agricultural workers got underway amid strict precautions to protect both the laborers and the country from the new coronavirus. The flights to Berlin...

Washington Supreme Court: No minimum wage for jurors

Apr. 9, 2020 1:51 PM EDT

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — The Washington Supreme Court says people are not entitled to make minimum wage for jury duty. Three citizens who reported for jury duty or who served on juries filed a class-action lawsuit against King County, challenging their $10-a-day pay. In an 8-1 decision Thursday, the court...

FILE - In this Wednesday, March 18, 2020 file photo, Visitors to the Department of Labor are turned away at the door by personnel due to closures over coronavirus concerns in New York. Americans are seeking unemployment benefits at unprecedented levels due to the coronavirus, but many are finding more frustration than relief. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)

Record 16.8 million have sought US jobless aid since virus

Apr. 9, 2020 10:56 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — With a startling 6.6 million people seeking unemployment benefits last week, the United States has reached a grim landmark: More than one in 10 workers have lost their jobs in just the past three weeks to the coronavirus outbreak. The figures collectively constitute the largest and...

A sign advertising for jobs sits along the roadside outside a FedEx location in Zionsville, Ind., Thursday, April 2, 2020. More than 6.6 million Americans applied for unemployment benefits the week of March 23, far exceeding a record high set just last week, a sign that layoffs are accelerating in the midst of the coronavirus. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

Jobless claims report Thursday could hit 7 million or higher

Apr. 9, 2020 6:53 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The government is set to report another shocking level of unemployment claims Thursday even after nearly 10 million people applied for benefits in the previous two weeks because of business shutdowns from the coronavirus. The number will likely keep increasing, in part because many...

FILE - In this Dc. 18, 2017 file photo, former Los Angeles Laker Kobe Bryant talks during a news conference in Los Angeles.  Bryant and fellow NBA greats Tim Duncan and Kevin Garnett headlined a nine-person group announced Saturday, April 4, 2020,  as this year’s class of enshrinees into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. They all got into the Hall in their first year of eligibility, as did WNBA great Tamika Catchings. Two-time NBA champion coach Rudy Tomjanovich, longtime Baylor women’s coach Kim Mulkey, 1,000-game winner Barbara Stevens of Bentley and three-time Final Four coach Eddie Sutton were selected. So was former FIBA Secretary General Patrick Baumann. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson, File)

The Latest: Lakers GM Pelinka draws inspiration from Bryant

Apr. 8, 2020 11:08 PM EDT

The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ Los Angeles Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka is drawing inspiration from his friendship with Kobe Bryant as he navigates the coronavirus pandemic. Pelinka was Bryant’s longtime agent before he took over the...

FILE - In this Wednesday, March 18, 2020 file photo, South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem, left, updates media on the COVID-19 pandemic during a press conference at Monument Health in Rapid City, S.D. Gov. Noem on Monday, April, 6, 2020, doubled down on her effort to allow non-essential businesses in South Dakota to stay open through the coronavirus crisis despite calls for more action.The Republican governor did dial up the pressure on businesses and people particularly at-risk of hospitalization to limit the spread of infections. (Jeff Easton/Rapid City Journal via AP, File)

South Dakota pork plant sees rash of COVID-19 cases

Apr. 8, 2020 8:15 PM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — The union representing employees at a Smithfield pork processing plant in South Dakota said workers were induced to report to work through company bonuses as a rash of coronavirus infections broke out at the facility, resulting in over 80 cases being confirmed on Wednesday....

Union outraged after Ohio paper cuts staff, limits coverage

Apr. 8, 2020 5:42 PM EDT

CLEVELAND (AP) — Owners of The Plain Dealer newspaper in Cleveland laid off 22 more journalists and told the remaining 14 staffers they can no longer cover a large swath of the state. Those duties are being shifted instead to, a nonunion website owned by the same parent company, recently...