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Apple once threatened Facebook ban over Mideast maid abuse

Oct. 25, 2021 23:11 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Two years ago, Apple threatened to pull Facebook and Instagram from its app store over concerns about the platform being used as a tool to trade and sell maids in the Mideast. After publicly promising to crack down, Facebook...

California's unemployment fraud reaches at least $20 billion

Oct. 25, 2021 20:06 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California has given away at least $20 billion to criminals in the form of fraudulent unemployment benefits, state officials said Monday, confirming a number smaller than originally feared but one that still accounts for more than 11% of all benefits paid since the...

Australian prime minister will take net zero target to COP26

Oct. 25, 2021 19:15 PM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia will commit to a target of net zero carbon emissions by 2050 but will not increase its goal for 2030 at an upcoming U.N. climate summit in Scotland, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said Tuesday. Morrison’s conservative Liberal...

UK to increase low-wage workers' pay by more than inflation

Oct. 25, 2021 11:36 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Millions of low-pay workers in Britain will get an inflation-busting pay increase next year after the government said Monday it will legislate to raise the National Living Wage to 9.50 pounds ($13) an hour from the current rate of 8.91 pounds ($12.25). ...

Editorial Roundup: Michigan

Oct. 25, 2021 09:04 AM EDT

Detroit News. Oct. 21, 2021. Editorial: Protest exposes Line 5 security risk The protest at a Line 5 pumping station in Michigan’s Thumb appears to have been frivolous — a dozen or so young activists mostly hanging out in a parking lot listening...

Dot banks on post-COVID rural appeal, pays employees to move

Oct. 23, 2021 09:49 AM EDT

MOUNT STERLING, Ill. (AP) — Dot Foods had a problem. In early 2020, COVID-19 put the brakes on six decades of nearly constant hiring. When the pandemic eased and business buzzed again last spring, the company found that prospective employees, less willing to work, or at least having warmed...

Child tax credit tussle reflects debate over work incentives

Oct. 23, 2021 00:59 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — To supporters of the child tax credit, there has always been an "aha moment" — the recognition that as little as a few hundred dollars a month could be life-changing. For Colorado Sen. Michael Bennet, it was several years ago when he was working as...

Where are the workers? Cutoff of jobless aid spurs no influx

Oct. 22, 2021 19:14 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Earlier this year, an insistent cry arose from business leaders and Republican governors: Cut off a $300-a-week federal supplement for unemployed Americans. Many people, they argued, would then come off the sidelines and take the millions of jobs that employers were...

California hiring slows in September; jobless rate at 7.5%

Oct. 22, 2021 17:40 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — In California, new coronavirus cases are at their lowest point since the start of the pandemic, schools have fully reopened and the more generous unemployment benefits from the federal government have expired — all signs pointing to what should have been a robust...

Editorial Roundup: New England

Oct. 22, 2021 16:05 PM EDT

Hearst Connecticut Media. October 21, 2021. Editorial: Absentee ballots a step forward for CT Among the many changes COVID-19 brought to Connecticut was an upending of traditional voting practices. With fears of contracting a deadly disease serving...