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Passengers queue to access the O.R. Tambo Airport in Johannesburg, Thursday Oct. 1, 2020. South Africa has reopened to international flights, ending a six-month ban on international travel that was part of its restrictions to combat the spread of COVID-19. (AP Photo/Denis Farrell)

South Africa reopens to international flights amid virus

Oct. 1, 2020 9:57 AM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa has reopened to international flights, ending a more than six-month ban on international travel that was part of its restrictions to combat the spread of COVID-19. A Lufthansa plane from Germany was the first international flight to arrive Thursday morning at...

A Malaysian national flag is on display outside FGV Holdings Berhad, one of Malaysia's largest palm oil companies, in Kuala Lumpur, Thursday, Oct. 1, 2020. Malaysian palm oil producer FGV Holdings Berhad vowed Thursday to “clear its name” after the U.S. banned imports of its palm oil over allegations of forced labor and other abuses. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)

Malaysia palm oil producer vows to clear name after U.S. ban

Oct. 1, 2020 1:19 AM EDT

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysian palm oil producer FGV Holdings Berhad vowed Thursday to “clear its name” after the U.S. banned imports of its palm oil over allegations of forced labor and other abuses. The U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s Office of Trade issued the ban...

A little girl holds palm oil fruit collected from a plantation in Sumatra, Indonesia, Nov. 13, 2017. An Associated Press investigation has found many palm oil workers in Indonesia and neighboring Malaysia endure exploitation, including child labor. (AP Photo/Binsar Bakkara)

US says it will block palm oil from large Malaysian producer

Sep. 30, 2020 11:45 PM EDT

The United States will block shipments of palm oil from a major Malaysian producer that feeds into the supply chains of iconic U.S. food and cosmetic brands. It found indicators of forced labor, including concerns about child workers, along with other abuses such as physical and sexual violence. The order...

American Airlines ticket agent Henry Gemdron, left, works with a customer at Miami International Airport during the coronavirus pandemic, Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020, in Miami. The airline industry has been decimated by the pandemic. The Payroll Support Program given to the airlines as part of the CARES Act runs out Thursday. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

American, United to furlough 32,000 as time runs out on aid

Sep. 30, 2020 10:38 PM EDT

American Airlines and United Airlines say they will begin to furlough 32,000 employees after lawmakers and the White House failed to agree on a broad pandemic relief package that includes more federal aid for airlines. American Airlines CEO Doug Parker said that if Washington comes up with a deal with $25 billion...

California legislation bans toxic chemicals in cosmetics

Sep. 30, 2020 9:29 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom on Wednesday signed legislation banning two dozen toxic chemicals from being used in cosmetics, making the state the first in the nation to prohibit the use of the hazardous ingredients for that purpose. “Children, communities of color and...

American Airlines says it will begin furloughing 19,000 workers after lawmakers, White House can't agree on relief deal

Sep. 30, 2020 8:35 PM EDT
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — American Airlines says it will begin furloughing 19,000 workers after lawmakers, White House can't agree on relief deal.
DHHS CEO Dannette Smith speaks during a news conference in Lincoln, Neb., Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020. Nebraska will officially offer expanded Medicaid coverage to low-income people starting Thursday after years of political battles in the Legislature, a statewide ballot campaign to force the issue and a nearly two-year rollout that left some residents in health care limbo. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)

Expanded Medicaid begins in Nebraska after years of dispute

Sep. 30, 2020 5:34 PM EDT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska will officially offer expanded Medicaid coverage to low-income people starting Thursday after years of wrangling over it in the Legislature, a statewide ballot campaign that led voters to approve it and a nearly two-year rollout that left some people in health care limbo. The...

FILE - In this June 11, 2020 file photo, lounge chairs fill an empty beach in Cancun, Mexico. In a bill approved unanimously Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2020, Mexico’s Senate has voted to levy fines of up to $47,000 against hotels, restaurants or other property owners who restrict access to the country’s beaches. (AP Photo/Victor Ruiz, File)

Mexican congress votes to fine people who block beach access

Sep. 30, 2020 5:09 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico’s Senate has voted to levy fines of up to $47,000 against hotels, restaurants or other property owners who restrict access to the country’s beaches. The bill approved unanimously Tuesday also requires property owners to allow the public access through their lots to...

An employee is protected by a plexiglass shield while processing a skier at the reopening of Arapahoe Basin Ski Resort, which closed in mid-March to help in the effort to stop the spread of the new coronavirus, in a Wednesday, May 27, 2020 file photo, in Keystone, Colo. An executive order signed y President Donald Trump that temporarily bans a wide variety of foreign visas has thrown another obstacle in the path of ski resorts as they try to hire enough temporary workers to fill crucial jobs in the era of COVID-19. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)

Ski resorts struggle to hire amid Trump's student visa ban

Sep. 30, 2020 4:21 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — Milagros Sotelo was looking forward to traveling from South America to Tennessee to start a job at Ober Gatlinburg ski resort this winter. The 22-year-old student worked the last two ski seasons in the equipment rental shop at the small resort nestled in the Smoky Mountains and was excited to...

FILE - In this Oct. 29, 2019, file photo, Carla Shrive, right, who drives for various gig companies, joined other drivers to support a proposed ballot initiative challenging a recently signed law that makes it harder for companies to label workers as independent contractors, in Sacramento, Calif. A battle between the powerhouses of the so-called gig economy and big labor could become the most expensive ballot measure on Nov. 3, 2020, in California history. Voters are being asked to decide via Proposition 22 whether to create an exemption to a new state law aimed at providing wage and benefit protections to Uber, Lyft and other app-based drivers. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)

Uber, Lyft look to kill California law on app-based drivers

Sep. 30, 2020 3:26 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Californians are being asked to decide if Uber, Lyft and other app-based drivers should remain independent contractors or be eligible for the benefits that come with being company employees. The battle between the powerhouses of the so-called gig economy and labor unions including the...