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This photo provided by Scholastic shows CEO Dick Robinson. (Erica Lansner/Scholastic via AP)

Scholastic CEO talks civil unrest, pandemic

Jul. 5, 2020 10:01 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — When the pandemic shut down schools nationwide in March, Scholastic Corp. immediately pivoted, offering a free online learning hub for millions of families with kids. Two months later, civil unrest caused the company to quickly jump in and ramp up coverage on racial inequality for teachers,...

Mexico joins international labor agreement on maids' rights

Jul. 4, 2020 4:21 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The Mexican government says it has formally adhered to the International Labor Organization’s Convention 189 on the rights of domestic workers. The Domestic Workers Convention sets out guidelines for ensuring that maids are protected from exploitation, violence or unsafe working...

700 nurses at Joliet hospital go on strike over pay, safety

Jul. 4, 2020 4:10 PM EDT

JOLIET, ILL. (AP) — More than 700 nurses at Amita Health St. Joseph Medical Center Joliet went on strike Saturday morning after negotiations between the hospital and the nurses union failed to result in a contract. The strike comes after Amita Health, which has 19 hospitals in Illinois, issued a statement...

Migrants who are seeking seasonal work harvest fruits stand in a square in Lleida, Spain, Thursday, July 2, 2020. Authorities in northeast Spain have ordered the lockdown of a county around the city of Lleida due to worrying outbreaks of the COVID-19 virus. Catalan regional authorities announced Saturday, July 4, 2020 that as of noon local time movement will be restricted to and from the county of El SegriĆ” around Lleida which is home to over 200,000 people. Residents will have until 4 p.m. to enter the area. The new outbreaks are linked to agricultural workers in the rural area. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)

Virus spike in Spain reveals plight of seasonal farm workers

Jul. 4, 2020 3:26 PM EDT

LLEIDA, Spain (AP) — In the 20 years since he left his native Senegal, Biram Fall has never slept in the streets. This week, when he ran out of savings after failing to find work in northern Spain’s peach orchards, he still refused to do so. As part of an army of cheap labor that follows the...

Young demonstrators dance at the start of the annual Gay Pride march in Paris, France, Saturday, July 4, 2020. (AP Photo/Benjamin Girette)

At Pride march in Paris, activists demand racial justice too

Jul. 4, 2020 1:11 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — Grassroots LGBTQ groups marched through Paris led by activists of color Saturday as part of Global Pride observances, protesting police violence and demanding more political actions on behalf of migrants, sex workers and other marginalized members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and...

Transgender man sues over harassment, firing in Maine

Jul. 4, 2020 9:54 AM EDT

SCARBOROUGH, Maine (AP) — A lawsuit by a transgender man contends he was sexually harassed, demoted and fired after being outed by his manager at a Dunkin Donuts in Scarborough. Kye Hubbard contends he was called transphobic slurs by co-workers, demoted from his shift leader position after complaining to...

Students, alums see racist culture at Chicago private school

Jul. 4, 2020 1:01 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — As an eighth-grader in 2017, South Chicago resident Randy Pierre boasted the grades and test scores to get into some of Chicago’s top high schools. His first choice was Whitney Young High School, a public school on the Near West Side where two in three students are people of color....

Voters may see just 4 initiatives on November ballot

Jul. 3, 2020 7:21 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona voters are likely to see four voter initiatives on their November ballot, although all four must first survive a review of qualifying signatures turned into the Secretary of State's office this week and legal challenges that routinely are made. The four that turned in their...

Family files discrimination lawsuit against Hampton Inn

Jul. 3, 2020 2:49 PM EDT

WILSON, N.C. (AP) — A Black family has filed a federal lawsuit against the parent company of Hampton Inn and others after the family said a North Carolina clerk called police on them over a billing dispute two years ago. Delores Corbett was seeking clarification on a billing error for her prepaid room at...

Minneapolis ad agency stages 'Black Lives Matter' walkout

Jul. 3, 2020 1:31 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — An advertising agency’s parent company has changed a rule forbidding employees from using “Black Lives Matter” in social media posts after 179 workers in the city where George Floyd was killed walked off the job. Employees at Minneapolis-based Periscope told the Star...