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Surge in COVID cases prompts Boston schools to go all-remote

Oct. 21, 2020 2:38 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Boston schools will switch to all-remote learning in response to a rising number of coronavirus cases in the city, Mayor Marty Walsh and Superintendent Brenda Cassellius said in a statement Wednesday. The switch to remote-only learning starts Thursday. The city’s seven-day average...

European Council President Charles Michel addresses the chamber on a report of last weeks EU summit during a plenary session at the European Parliament in Brussels, Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020. (Olivier Hoslet, Pool via AP)

UK-EU trade talks back on after bloc offers olive branch

Oct. 21, 2020 1:07 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — Britain and the European Union will resume their stalled trade negotiations at an “intensified” pace, the British government said Wednesday, in hope of striking a deal within weeks to avoid a messy economic breakup at the end of he year. The announcement came five days after...

FILE - In this May 28, 2020, file photo, a woman wearing face mask and face shield to help curb the spread of the new coronavirus checks surgical gown at a packing session of a garment factory at Industrial Zone in Yangon, Myanmar. The coronavirus pandemic has slammed the apparel industry, leaving many of the 65 million Asian garment factory workers struggling as factories close or cut back on wages, and the International Labor Organization is urging the industry to do more to protect them. (AP Photo/Thein Zaw, File)

ILO says garment industry should do more to help workers

Oct. 21, 2020 6:51 AM EDT

MITO, Japan (AP) — The coronavirus pandemic has slammed the apparel industry, leaving many of the 65 million Asian garment factory workers struggling as factories close or cut back on wages, and the International Labor Organization is urging the industry to do more to protect them. The ILO issued a report...

FILE - In this Oct. 1, 2020 file photo, Gov. Brad Little shares his COVID-19 reopen plan during a press conference at the Statehouse in Boise, Idaho. Idaho is seeing its largest coronavirus spike since the pandemic began, with new cases increasing by 46.5% percent over the past two weeks. That has some health care experts urging Gov. Brad Little to take additional action to slow the spread. (Darin Oswald/Idaho Statesman via AP, File)

Idaho's coronavirus cases spike again, doctors urge action

Oct. 20, 2020 7:12 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho is seeing its largest coronavirus spike since the pandemic began, with new cases increasing by 46.5% percent over the past two weeks. That trend has some health care experts urging Gov. Brad Little to take additional action to slow the spread. “As a health system, we're...

FILE - In this Friday, July 14, 2017 file photo visitors explore Meow Wolf's mazelike exhibition space in Santa Fe, N.M. (AP Photo/Morgan Lee, File)

Employees unionize at upstart Meow Wolf arts venue

Oct. 20, 2020 5:30 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Workers at a popular immersive arts entertainment project have approved the formation of a labor union under the Communications Workers of America umbrella. Meow Wolf employee Michael Wilson said Tuesday that the move to unionize was approved by a majority of 130 eligible,...

Number of COVID-19 cases ticking up in Miami-Dade schools

Oct. 20, 2020 2:22 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — The number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 has risen to 90 among students and teachers in Miami-Dade County's public schools since classrooms reopened for face-to-face learning, according to the district's dashboard. Some parents and teachers worry that the number is significantly higher,...

FILE - In this Friday, July 14, 2017 file photo visitors explore Meow Wolf's mazelike exhibition space in Santa Fe, N.M. (AP Photo/Morgan Lee, File)

Meow Wolf may unionize amid pandemic turmoil

Oct. 19, 2020 9:32 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Workers at a popular immersive arts entertainment project were voting Monday on whether to unionize under the Communications Workers of America umbrella, amid economic uncertainty linked to COVID-19. Born of a rag-tag arts collective, Meow Wolf coined a new brand of family...

WVa man gets year in prison for embezzling from union

Oct. 19, 2020 6:57 AM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia man has been sentenced to a year in prison for embezzling about $50,000 from a labor union. Rick Drain, 56, of Vienna, was sentenced in federal court in Charleston. Prosecutors say he also agreed to pay restitution. Drain was the business manager of a local union...

Crystal Williams-Coleman, president of the Guardian Civic League, talks to reporters during a press conference, Friday, Oct. 9, 2020, in Philadelphia. Public servants, firefighters, paramedics, emergency responders and a diverse group of law enforcement professionals denounced the Fraternal Order of Police and Local 22 for not listening to the concerns of the dues paying union members when endorsing President Donald J. Trump for re-election. (AP Photo/Michael Perez)

Black officers break from unions over Trump endorsements

Oct. 18, 2020 8:17 AM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Police unions nationwide have largely supported President Donald Trump’s reelection, amid mass demonstrations over police brutality and accusations of systemic racism — but a number of Black law enforcement officers are speaking out against these endorsements, saying their...

No class Monday in West Ada district due to teacher shortage

Oct. 17, 2020 2:52 PM EDT

NAMPA, Idaho (AP) — A school district in Idaho has canceled school next Monday due to a teacher shortage after hundreds called out in sick in protest of in-person instruction during the pandemic. The West Ada School District in the Boise metropolitan area made the announcement to cancel on Friday and said...