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Coronavirus has many American businesses waiting for products to ship

NEW YORK — When the factory in China that makes Romy Taormina's anti-nausea wristbands closed for the Lunar New Year in late January, she expected production to resume by early this month. But many factories across China are still closed to try to limit the spread of the coronavirus, leaving business owners in limbo. "There's [...]

By | 2020-02-13T16:08:16+00:00 Tuesday, February 18, 2020|

Missteps lead publishing industry to review diversity effort

NEW YORK — As debate rages around "American Dirt," the bestselling novel criticized for its portrait of Mexican life and culture, publishers are pledging to change a historically white industry as critics question whether it can truly transform. Diversity has been an issue in publishing for years, but perhaps never so urgently as in the [...]

By | 2020-02-13T16:06:32+00:00 Tuesday, February 18, 2020|

Wanted: Texas Republicans need new voters in 2020, and fast

PFLUGERVILLE, Texas (AP) — It's normal to target new voters ahead of Super Tuesday. Think volunteers holding clipboards at street festivals, malls or outside grocery stores. Democrats in Texas have made it a perennial focus, hoping they can end decades of losses by rousing more voters to the polls. Republicans here, meanwhile, never really needed [...]

By | 2020-02-13T16:09:27+00:00 Tuesday, February 18, 2020|

401(k)s hit records as workers sock away more, stocks jump

NEW YORK (AP) — How’s your 401(k) doing? President Donald Trump likes to ask that question around the country, sometimes throwing out big gains like 90 percent or 95 percent. The average 401(k) did indeed hit a record last year, although its growth was considerably less than that. The average 401(k) balance rose 17 percent [...]

By | 2020-02-13T16:11:27+00:00 Tuesday, February 18, 2020|

Bill would allow domestic violence victims to break lease, move without penalty

In a bill its Democratic joint sponsors say is respectful of landlords, a victim of domestic violence may end a rental agreement at any time as long as the individual includes a qualifying protection order with the notice to vacate. “We unfairly ask, ‘why didn’t they leave?’ when we hear about a domestic violence situation,” [...]

By | 2020-02-13T16:12:03+00:00 Tuesday, February 18, 2020|

Bloomberg once blamed end of ‘redlining’ for 2008 collapse

WASHINGTON — At the height of the 2008 economic collapse, then-New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg said the elimination of a discriminatory housing practice known as "redlining" was responsible for instigating the meltdown. "It all started back when there was a lot of pressure on banks to make loans to everyone," Bloomberg, now a Democratic presidential [...]

By | 2020-02-13T16:07:23+00:00 Tuesday, February 18, 2020|

Teacher unions: Students are terrified by active shooter drills

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The nation's two largest teachers unions want schools to revise or eliminate active shooter drills, asserting last week that they can harm students' mental health and that there are better ways to prepare for the possibility of a school shooting. The American Federation of Teachers and National Education Association joined with [...]

By | 2020-02-13T16:10:32+00:00 Tuesday, February 18, 2020|

Military still struggles to handle kid-on-kid sex assaults

The U.S. Department of Defense is struggling to change how it handles the abuse of military kids, including cases involving sexual assault by other children, according to a report commissioned by Congress. The military has been slow to implement reforms that lawmakers mandated more than a year ago, said the report released Wednesday by the [...]

By | 2020-02-13T16:08:42+00:00 Tuesday, February 18, 2020|