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A food delivery worker wearing a face mask to help curb the spread of the coronavirus prepares to deliver foods for his customers outside a restaurant in Beijing on Thursday, Jan. 14, 2021. The e-commerce workers and delivery people who kept China fed during the pandemic, making their billionaire bosses even richer, are so unhappy with their pay and treatment that one just set himself on fire in protest. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)

Deaths, self-immolation draw scrutiny on China tech giants

Jan. 17, 2021 1:05 AM EST

HONG KONG (AP) — E-commerce workers who kept China fed during the coronavirus pandemic, making their billionaire bosses even richer, are so unhappy with their pay and treatment that one just set himself on fire in protest. China’s internet industries already were known for long, demanding days. With...

FILE In this Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021, file photo, supporters listen as President Donald Trump speaks as a Confederate-themed and other flags flutter in the wind during a rally in Washington. War-like imagery has begun to take hold in mainstream Republican political circles in the wake of the deadly attack on the U.S. Capitol, with some elected officials and party leaders rejecting calls to tone down their rhetoric contemplating a second civil war. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)

Some in the GOP parrot far-right talk of a coming civil war

Jan. 16, 2021 11:46 AM EST

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — War-like imagery has begun spreading in Republican circles after the attack on the U.S. Capitol by a mob of President Donald Trump's supporters, with some elected officials and party leaders rejecting pleas to tone down rhetoric calling for a second civil war. In northwestern...

Army veteran Michael McKinney, is shown in a Dec. 6, 2020 booking photo released by the Polk County Jail in Des Moines, Iowa. McKinney is charged with attempted murder in the shooting of a 15-year-old Black girl who was arguing with supporters of the president at a Trump rally, a case authorities have not detailed to the public. (Polk County Jail via AP)

White Army vet charged in shooting Black girl at Trump rally

Jan. 15, 2021 3:07 PM EST

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — A white military veteran shot and wounded a 15-year-old girl when he fired his gun into a car carrying four Black teenagers during a tense confrontation at a rally in support of President Donald Trump near the Iowa Capitol last month. Michael McKinney, 25, is charged with attempted...

Charges dismissed against police officer in summer protest

Jan. 15, 2021 2:48 PM EST

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Charges have been dismissed against a Philadelphia police officer who was accused of striking a protester in the head with a metal baton during a racial injustice demonstration. Police Staff Inspector Joseph Bologna, 54, was suspended after a video showed him hitting the protester last...

Cambodian police officers escort prisoners, in orange clothes, including Rong Chhun, president of the Cambodian Confederation of Unions, as they enter the Phnom Penh Municipal Court in Phnom Penh, Cambodia Friday, Jan. 15, 2021. The trial of the Cambodian labor union leader charged with inciting social unrest opened Friday, part of a large-scale legal offensive by the government against its critics. (AP Photo/Heng Sinith)

Cambodian labor leader's trial for border remarks begins

Jan. 15, 2021 2:41 AM EST

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — The trial of a Cambodian labor union leader charged with inciting social unrest opened in Phnom Penh on Friday, part of a large-scale legal offensive by the government against its critics. Rong Chhun, president of the Cambodian Confederation of Unions, is standing trial for...

FILE- In this Aug. 3, 2017, file photo the Dollar General store is pictured in Luther, Okla.  As vaccinations continue across the U.S., some companies are offering financial incentives to encourage their workers to get the shots. Dollar General is one of the first major companies to announce extra pay for workers who get vaccinated. The Tennessee-based retailer said Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2021  it will give employees the equivalent of four hours of pay if they get the vaccine.    (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File)

Instacart, others push incentives to get workers vaccinated

Jan. 14, 2021 7:31 PM EST

As vaccinations continue across the U.S., some companies are offering financial incentives to encourage their workers to get the shots. Instacart Inc., the grocery delivery service, announced Thursday that it would provide a $25 stipend for workers who get the COVID-19 vaccine. It joins others, including Trader...

FILE - In this Jan. 1, 2021 file photo, The Amtrak Metropolitan Lounge overlooks the newly-completed Moynihan Train Hall in New York. Two major railroad workers unions have asked the Department of Homeland Security to beef up security on Amtrak and other passenger rail lines, including by creating a no-ride list akin to the no-fly list that prevents people identified as risks from boarding planes. The unions said Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2021, that tougher security measures are needed after last week's riot at the U.S. Capitol because people who took part in the insurrection that were placed on the no-fly list may turn to railroads for transportation. (AP Photo/Kevin Hagen File).

Unions: Passenger rails need better security, no-ride list

Jan. 14, 2021 6:08 PM EST

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Two major railroad workers unions have asked the Department of Homeland Security to beef up security on Amtrak and other passenger lines, including by creating a no-ride list akin to the no-fly list that prevents people identified as risks from boarding planes. The unions said Wednesday...

Andrew Walcott, owners of Fusion East Caribbean & Soul Food restaurant, poses for a photo at the restaurant in East New York neighborhood of the Brooklyn borough of New York, Thursday, Jan. 7, 2021.  Walcott had to furlough four employees at his restaurant just before Christmas, after New York state stopped allowing indoor dining.   (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

US unemployment claims jump to 965,000 as virus takes toll

Jan. 14, 2021 11:26 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of people seeking unemployment aid soared last week to 965,000, the most since late August and a sign that the resurgent virus has likely escalated layoffs. The latest figures for jobless claims, issued Thursday by the Labor Department, remain at levels never seen until the...

An elderly Chinese man looks at map of Chinese showing its different ethnic groups and the slogan

US to block cotton from China region targeted in crackdown

Jan. 13, 2021 9:02 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. government announced Wednesday that it will halt imports of cotton and tomatoes from the Uighur region of China in its most sweeping action yet to pressure the Communist Party over its campaign against ethnic minorities. Officials said Customs and Border Protection will use its...

Editorial Roundup: US

Jan. 13, 2021 9:09 AM EST

Excerpts from recent editorials in the United States and abroad: ___ Jan. 12 The Miami Herald on “blue lives matter” and the deaths of two police officers after the U.S. Capitol riot: Do blue lives only matter when Black lives are perceived as the threat to them? Up until the weekend, when videos...