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3 reasons to choose a college based on price

Feb. 28, 2019 1:41 PM EST

Many prospective students choose a college for its location, its reputation or even its campus vibe. Here are three reasons to choose a college based on price. YOU CAN AVOID HIGH STUDENT DEBT If you pick an affordable college, you're less likely to be burdened with high debt. Borrowing less now will leave you...

Correction: AccuWeather-Sexual Bias Settlement story

Feb. 14, 2019 6:06 PM EST

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — In the headline on a story Feb. 12 about AccuWeather, The Associated Press erroneously characterized a $290,000 payment by the company to resolve allegations by the U.S. Labor Department of sexual harassment of female employees. The company agreed to make the payment before any...

2 Oklahoma companies in trafficking lawsuit settle pay claim

Feb. 6, 2019 3:10 PM EST

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Two Oklahoma companies accused in a federal human trafficking lawsuit of underpaying immigrant workers have reached a settlement with the U.S. Department of Labor. A Jan. 25 order from a department Wage and Hour Division administrative law judge shows Hotelmacher and Steakmacher, both...

A robust US job market likely defied shutdown during January

Feb. 1, 2019 7:55 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. employers likely kept adding jobs at a healthy pace in January even in the face of threats ranging from weakening global growth to the Trump administration's trade war with China to the partial shutdown of the government. On Friday, the Labor Department will issue the monthly...

A robust US job market likely defied shutdown during January

Jan. 31, 2019 5:44 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. employers likely kept adding jobs at a healthy pace in January even in the face of threats ranging from weakening global growth to the Trump administration's trade war with China to the partial shutdown of the government. On Friday, the Labor Department will issue the monthly...

Applications for US unemployment aid fall to 49-year low

Jan. 24, 2019 8:53 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of people seeking jobless benefits dropped last week to the lowest level since November 1969, a sign the job market remains strong despite the partial government shutdown, now in its fifth week. The Labor Department said Thursday that weekly applications for unemployment aid...

Oracle accused of underpaying women, minorities by $400M

Jan. 22, 2019 8:04 PM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — U.S. government regulators are accusing software maker Oracle of engaging in discriminatory practices that resulted in thousands of its women, black and Asian employees being underpaid by more than $400 million. The allegations emerged Tuesday in a filing made in a two-year-old case...