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War, instability weigh down global economy, trade chief warns

The head of the World Trade Organization warned on Monday that war, uncertainty and instability are weighing down the global economy and urged the bloc to embrace reform as elections across nearly …

Strippers in Washington state want a bill of rights

For months, Andrea studied for her master's degree in library sciences between dancing naked at clubs in Seattle. But then she was sexually assaulted at work and slapped by a customer — and nobody …

Class-action suit says junior hockey system violates antitrust law

A class-action suit argues that the major junior hockey system in North America violates U.S. antitrust law. The lawsuit, brought by divisions of the World Association of Icehockey Players Unions and …

Workers hitting the picket lines more than doubled last year

Auto workers held waves of walkouts. Hollywood actors and writers picketed for months. And healthcare, education and hospitality employees also withheld their labor while calling for improved pay and …

Productivity surge helps explain economy's surprising resilience

Trying to keep up with customer demand, Batesville Tool & Die began seeking 70 people to hire last year. It wasn't easy. Attracting factory workers to a community of 7,300 in the Indiana …

Georgia could make it harder for some workers to join unions

As Georgia shovels out billions in economic incentives to electric vehicle manufacturers and other companies, the state's ruling Republicans are moving to make it harder for workers at those firms to …

Mouse, duck, princess look to unionize

Workers who help bring Disneyland's beloved characters to life — including Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck and Cinderella — are looking to unionize. Labor organizers announced the campaign Tuesday, …

Biden sets tighter standards for deadly soot pollution

The Biden administration is setting tougher standards for deadly soot pollution, saying that reducing fine particulate matter from tailpipes, smokestacks and other industrial sources could prevent …

NLRB: College hoops players are employees Stage set for union vote

A National Labor Relations Board regional official ruled on Monday that Dartmouth basketball players are employees of the school, clearing the way for an election that would create the first-ever …

The U.S. needs homes, but also the workers to build them

The United States needs an estimated 7 million more homes to house everyone who needs shelter. But to build all those homes, experts say, America would need many more construction workers. “The …

As legal challenges mount, some companies retool diversity and inclusion programs

Advocates of diversity efforts are steeling themselves for a fight this year as a growing number of lawsuits take aim at programs intended to advance racial equity in the corporate world. Lawsuits …

Tennessee gov., music leaders launch push to protect artists against AI

Tennessee Governor Bill Lee on Wednesday unveiled new legislation designed to protect songwriters, performers and other music industry professionals against the potential dangers of artificial …

Pay hikes over the past four years have lifted the wages of people who work in hospitality — the nation’s lowest-paid industry — nearly 30 percent on average, reversing much of the wage …

A nurse's fatal last visit to patient's home renews calls for better safety measures

The killing of a Connecticut nurse making a house call in October was a nightmare come true for an industry gripped by the fear of violence. Already stressed out by staffing shortages and mounting …

Americans ramped up spending during the holidays

Holiday sales rose this year and spending remained resilient during the shopping season even with Americans wrestling with higher prices in some areas and other financial worries, according to the …

This land is our land: States crack down on foreign-owned farm fields

Andy Gipson gets concerned even when American allies such as the Netherlands and Germany invest in large swaths of Mississippi’s farmland. “It just bothers me at a gut level,” he said. For …

Teachers outed, and fired, for moonlighting in adult content

At a small rural Missouri high school, two English teachers shared a secret: Both were posting adult content on OnlyFans, the subscription-based website known for sexually explicit content. The site …

How costs for services kept inflation up

Held down by sinking gas prices, U.S. inflation was mostly unchanged last month. But underlying price pressures — from apartment rents, restaurant meals, auto insurance and many other services — …

Some states’ economies cool even as the nation’s sizzles

A still-roaring national economy grew at an unexpectedly robust 5.2 percent annual rate in the third quarter of this year, but early indicators show a more mixed picture for many states heading into …

Tensions simmer as newcomers strive for work permits

In New York, migrants at a city-run shelter grumble that relatives who settled before them refuse to offer a bed. In Chicago, a provider of mental health services to people in the country illegally …

Artists push for copyright reforms but tech industry resists

Country singers, romance novelists, video game artists and voice actors are appealing to the U.S. government for relief — as soon as possible — from the threat that artificial intelligence poses …

Americans remain gloomy about the economy despite encouraging signs

Inflation has reached its lowest point in 2 1/2 years. The unemployment rate has stayed below 4 percent for the longest stretch since the 1960s. And the U.S. economy has repeatedly defied predictions …

Navajo sheep herding at risk from climate change

Whenever Amy Begaye's extended family butchered a sheep, she was given what she considered easy tasks — holding the legs and catching the blood with a bowl. She was never given the knife. That …

Humanoid robots are here. Do we really need them?

Building a robot that's both human-like and useful is a decades-old engineering dream inspired by popular science fiction. While the latest artificial intelligence craze has sparked another wave of …

From Coke floats to Cronuts, going viral can boost small business

The Lexington Candy Shop in New York City has served burgers, fries and shakes to hungry patrons for decades. Last remodeled in 1948, the diner is the definition of old-fashioned. But that hasn't …

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