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Eight members of religious group charged with child abuse

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — Federal prosecutors allege eight people connected to a Kansas-based organization conspired to provide unpaid child labor to businesses across the country and physically abused...

Report: At least 59,000 meat workers caught COVID, 269 died

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — At least 59,000 meatpacking workers caught COVID-19 and 269 workers died when the virus tore through the industry last year, which is significantly more than previously thought, acc...

Concert halls, dining rooms open doors; Coke sales rebound

Coca-Cola Co. is getting its fizz back. Revenue jumped 16% to $10 billion in the third quarter as stadiums, movie theaters and other venues reopened around the world. Case volumes ro...

Business and economic events scheduled for Thursday

Major business and economic events scheduled for Thursday. All times are Eastern. WASHINGTON — Labor Department releases weekly report on unemployment benefits, 8:3...

Weather junkies turn to Florida hurricane blogger for info

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — As a recent hurricane lashed the Louisiana coast, nervous excitement churned inside Florida-based, self-proclaimed weather geek turned storm chaser Mike Boylan. ...

Exacerbated by pandemic, child care crisis hampers economy

SEATTLE (AP) — After Bryan Kang’s son was born in July, the occupational therapist and his wife, a teacher, started looking for child care in the Los Angeles area. The couple called eight day care cen...

McDonald's sales surged 14% as virus restrictions eased

Higher menu prices aren't yet denting demand for McDonald’s, which reported stronger-than-expected sales in the third quarter. Revenue jumped 14% to $6.2 billion in the July-Septembe...

Fears of rising baguette prices pose crunch for the French

PARIS (AP) — A hike in the cost of wheat is alarming French households who fear a possible rise in the price of the prized baguette, seen by many as a barometer of the country's economic health. ...

Greece woos investments on Chinese foreign minister's visit

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greek officials sought to expand Chinese investment in the country during talks on Wednesday with China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi, that also touched on regional geopolitics, spo...

Opposition party to fight next Australia election on climate

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia’s opposition party said on Wednesday a looming election will be fought on greenhouse gas reduction targets as Prime Minister Scott Morrison comes under criticism f...

Manfred remains optimistic on labor; pitch clock encouraging

HOUSTON (AP) — Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred exchanged a handshake with players’ union head Tony Clark on the field before the World Series opener and expressed optimism about reaching an agreemen...

US McDonald's workers strike to protest workplace harassment

McDonald’s workers in 12 U.S. cities walked off the job Tuesday to protest what they say is an ongoing problem of sexual harassment and violence in the company’s stores. Several hund...

Enforcement of indoor vaccine mandates proves uneven in US

HONOLULU (AP) — Go out for a night on the town in some U.S. cities and you might find yourself waiting while someone at the door of the restaurant or theater closely inspects your vaccination card and...

Seattle mayoral candidate stops TV ad decried as racist

SEATTLE (AP) — A candidate for Seattle mayor is pulling a television ad attacking her opponent following criticism that the spot highlighting sexual assault issues was racist. The ad...

US consumer confidence rebounds in October after 3 declines

SILVER SPRING, Md. (AP) — U.S. consumer confidence rose in October after three straight declines as the public's anxiety about the delta variant of the coronavirus appear to have abated. ...