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Biden sees `win' for US in electric vehicle battery deal

Apr. 11, 2021 13:58 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Two big South Korean electric vehicle battery makers said Sunday they have settled a long-running trade dispute that will allow one company to move ahead with plans to manufacture batteries in Georgia. President Joe Biden called it “a win for American workers and the...

Survey shows effect of outsize of job loss on Utah women

Apr. 11, 2021 08:04 AM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Nearly 16% of Utah women have withdrawn in some way from the workplace during the coronavirus pandemic, new data shows. And when you think about that in terms of the state’s population, said Susan Madsen, founder and director of the Utah Women...

After Amazon: Labor tries to regroup in wake of Alabama loss

Apr. 10, 2021 08:30 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Despite the strongest public support and the most sympathetic president in years, the American labor movement just suffered a stinging defeat -- again. Amazon warehouse workers in Bessemer, Alabama, overwhelmingly voted against joining the Retail,...

Feds charge 3 more in massive California unemployment fraud

Apr. 09, 2021 19:59 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Federal prosecutors said Friday that they have charged three Southern California women with using prison inmates' names to bilk a state agency out of a combined nearly $1.25 million in coronavirus-related unemployment benefits, the latest allegations in an ongoing...

4 accused of getting pandemic jobless benefits for inmates

Apr. 09, 2021 18:04 PM EDT

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — A federal grand jury has indicted four people for their roles in a scheme to use the identities of 35 Virginia prison inmates to secure more than $300,000 in pandemic-related unemployment benefits, federal authorities said Friday. Two women worked...

Maine: Unemployment claims up; July 4th Pops canceled again

Apr. 09, 2021 16:12 PM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — New unemployment claims rose again in Maine despite an increase in hiring around the country. The Maine Department of Labor reported 2,100 initial claims for state unemployment insurance for the week that ended April 3. That was an increase from...

Asian shares mostly lower on strong China price data

Apr. 09, 2021 00:39 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Shares fell Friday in most Asian markets after China reported a stronger than expected rise in prices that could prompt authorities to act to cool inflation. Japan’s benchmark Nikkei 225 index rebounded after falling the day before. Shares declined in...

Va. man pleads guilty in latest unemployment fraud scheme

Apr. 08, 2021 17:46 PM EDT

ABINGDON, Va. (AP) — A southwest Virginia man has pleaded guilty to taking part in a pandemic unemployment benefits scheme that defrauded the government of over $150,000, according to federal authorities. Travis Kilgore of Wise, Virginia, pleaded guilty Thursday in...

California advances bill aimed at massive unemployment fraud

Apr. 08, 2021 16:48 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California lawmakers on Thursday advanced what they called commonsense legislation requiring two state agencies to share information aimed at helping stop billions of dollars in pandemic-related unemployment fraud. The measure that cleared its...

15 arrested for unemployment benefits fraud

Apr. 08, 2021 16:48 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Fifteen Rhode Island residents have been charged with defrauding unemployment insurance programs tied to federal COVID-19 relief funds, U.S. Acting Attorney Richard Myrus announced Thursday. Prosecutors said the suspects fraudulently filed...