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Ex-operator of Portland terminal rejects reduced $19M award

Apr. 2, 2020 4:56 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The former operator of the Port of Portland’s container terminal has rejected a judge’s reduced $19 million award of damages against the longshore workers’ union after a federal jury in November found the union sabotaged shipping traffic and caused productivity to...

Testing capacity increased; Easter Bunny deemed essential

Apr. 2, 2020 2:57 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The Easter Bunny is essential. Gov. Gina Raimondo, in response to a question from a kindergartner who asked if the Easter Bunny was quarantined because of the coronavirus pandemic, reassured the child that rabbits cannot catch the disease. “The Easter Bunny is an essential...

Missouri Supreme Court strikes down anti-picketing law

Mar. 31, 2020 7:49 PM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Missouri Supreme Court on Tuesday ruled that a 2018 law banning public union workers from picketing is unconstitutional. Supreme Court judges unanimously sided with a lower court judge's decision to strike down that provision from law. Public-sector workers are already...

A woman her protective face mask balances her large-sized cup while watching her smart phone in Taipei, Taiwan, Tuesday, March 31, 2020. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people, but for some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. (AP Photo/Chiang Ying-ying)

Companies find a new purpose; workplace rules have changed

Mar. 31, 2020 10:58 AM EDT

The outbreak of the coronavirus has dealt a shock to the global economy with unprecedented speed. Following are developments on Tuesday related to the global economy, the work place and the spread of the virus. ________ INDUSTRY: Less than a week after saying it planned to reopen five North American assembly...

3 finalists set for Vermont school district top job

Mar. 28, 2020 4:52 PM EDT

BARRE, Vt. (AP) — Three professional educators are vying to become the next superintendent of A Vermont school district. The Barre-Montpelier Times Argus reports a veteran superintendent, an interim superintendent and a principal with ties to central Vermont are the finalists to become the superintendent...

In this March 24, 2020, photo, farmworkers keep their distance from each other as they work at the Heringer Estates Family Vineyards and Winery in Clarksburg, Calif. Farms continue to operate as essential businesses that supply food to California and much of the country as schools, restaurants and stores shutter over the coronavirus. But some workers are anxious about the virus spreading among them and their families. Steve Heringer, general manager of the 152-year-old family owned business said workers now have more hand sanitizer and already use their own gloves for field work. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

Farmworkers key to keeping US fed are wary of virus spread

Mar. 28, 2020 11:30 AM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Salvador Calzadillas isn't worried about catching the coronavirus when he's picking mandarin oranges in the trees in central California. But he said the mere act of getting to the groves each day puts him and his wife, also a farmworker, at risk, and there’s nothing they...

Mark Brennan, of Wallingford, holds a handmade sign for his mother Annmarie Brennan at Masonicare's Home Health Center in Wallingford, Conn., Thursday, March 26, 2020. Brennan has visited his 76-year-old mother at Masonicare's Home Health Center on weekends for 12 years. That routine ended recently when the facility restricted building access due to the coronavirus crisis. (Dave Zajac/Record-Journal via AP)

Fairfield County fund raises $1 million, quickly needs more

Mar. 27, 2020 9:55 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A southwestern Connecticut foundation raised $1 million in pledges over the past week to help nonprofits in the county hit hardest by the coronavirus. But demand for funding grew Friday by another $863,000. Juanita James, president and CEO of Fairfield County's Community Foundation,...

In this Wednesday, March 18, 2020, photo, early voters cast their ballots at the Zeidler Municipal Building in Milwaukee. Wisconsin Legislature's top Republicans told Democratic county clerks on Friday, March 27, to stop telling people they can mark themselves as indefinitely confined to get around photo ID requirements for absentee ballots, saying the governor's stay-at-home order isn't a lockdown. Wisconsin voters can request absentee ballots online, but they must upload a photo ID with the application. Voters who are indefinitely confined are exempt from the photo ID requirement. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)

GOP calls Evers' mass ballot mailing idea 'complete fantasy'

Mar. 27, 2020 5:56 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Republicans signaled Friday that they have no interest in postponing or adjusting the state's April 7 presidential primary despite the coronavirus threat, branding Democratic Gov. Tony Evers' call for the Legislature to send absentee ballots to every registered voter a...

Shoppers wearing face masks with a cart full of food supplies wait in line to pay at a supermarket counter in Singapore, Tuesday, Mar. 17, 2020. Singaporeans were seen buying food supplies in supermarkets following neighboring Malaysia's announcement of a nationwide lockdown from the coronavirus to begin Wednesday which could affect the flow of food supplies to the city state. (AP Photo/Ee Ming Toh)

The Latest: Singapore penalizing social distancing violators

Mar. 26, 2020 11:35 PM EDT

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people, but for some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. TOP OF THE HOUR: — U.S. leads the world in confirmed coronavirus cases...

European Council President Charles Michel speaks during a media conference after an EU summit by video conference in Brussels, Thursday, March 26, 2020. Following the informal video conference, members of the European Council adopted a statement on the EU actions in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people, but for some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. (Francois Walschaerts, Pool Photo via AP)

EU leaders order up recovery plan for after coronavirus

Mar. 26, 2020 7:06 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union national leaders told the bloc’s finance ministers Thursday to draw up new measures to tackle the devastating economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic after failing to bridge major differences over how best to share the debt burden. During six hours of talks by...