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  • Fruit of the Loom closing Jamestown plant

    FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — More than 600 workers will lose their jobs under Fruit of the Loom's plans to close its plant in Jamestown. The company said it was moving the plant's textile operations to Honduras to save money. The company plans to close the plant in phases from June 8 through Dec....

  • Nissan settles worker's labor practice charge

    JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Nissan Motor Co. says it has settled an unfair labor practice charge with a pro-union worker at its assembly plant in Canton, Miss. The charge focused on a dispute over when Willard "Chip" Wells, a United Auto Workers supporter, could hand out union literature at the...

  • U.S. stocks slip, but hold close to an all-time high

    NEW YORK — The stock market held close to its all-time high on Thursday amid optimism that the economy is set to strengthen. Stocks are on course for their best weekly gain in seven weeks after investors got more encouraging news on the economy. A survey showed that U.S. service firms...

  • Real women vote Democrat --- or do they?

    "The conservative minds of the Heritage Foundation have found a way for Republicans to shrink the gender gap: They need to persuade more women to get their MRS degrees." So wrote the Washington Post's Dana Milbank about a panel that featured Mollie Hemingway, Karin Agness and yours truly. It...

  • Stocks ease below record highs ahead of jobs news

    NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks are closing lower for the first time in five days as traders look ahead to a key report on the U.S. job market. The Standard & Poor's 500 index fell two points, or 0.1 percent, to close at 1,888 Thursday. The index closed at an all-time high a day earlier. The Dow...

  • Jobless benefits bill set to pass Senate on Monday

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Legislation to restore jobless benefits for the long-term unemployed has cleared a final Senate hurdle before a vote on passage set for Monday. The vote was 61-35 Thursday to advance the bill, one more than the 60 needed. Most Republicans voted against advancing the bill,...

  • VIDEO: Republicans push law making it easier to fire Veterans Affairs officials

    Republican lawmakers from both chambers of Congress met Thursday morning with veterans activists groups to highlight new legislation aimed at giving Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki more authority to fire upper-level management officials who aren't properly completing their...

  • Applications for US jobless aid up 16,000 to 326,000

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits rose 16,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 326,000. Despite the increase, the number remains close to pre-recession levels and points to stable hiring. The Labor Department said Thursday that the four-week average...

  • Real fight on minimum wage is among Senate Democrats

    As President Obama pitched a federal minimum wage increase in Michigan on Wednesday, Senate Democrats were divided over it, pushing off for a third time a planned vote on legislation that would have increased the minimum wage from $7.25 to $10.10 over three years.

  • In Michigan, Obama presses for higher minimum wage

    ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Pressing his economic case in an election year, President Barack Obama came to Michigan on Wednesday to praise the state's ongoing effort to raise the minimum wage — and to accuse Republicans who oppose that step in Michigan and in Congress of standing in the way of...

  • Senate jobless benefits bill advances slowly

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Legislation to resurrect benefits for the long-term unemployed took an essential step Wednesday toward likely Senate approval, despite complaints from Republicans that Democrats refuse to allow changes designed to stimulate job creation. The vote was 61-38, one more than the...

  • More Americans see middle class status slipping

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A sense of belonging to the middle class occupies a cherished place in America. It conjures images of self-sufficient people with stable jobs and pleasant homes working toward prosperity. Yet nearly five years after the Great Recession ended, more people are coming to the...

  • VIDEO: Senate Dems and GOP weigh in on jobs and minimum wage

    Senate leaders on both sides stressed the importance of getting Americans out of poverty. Some suggested raising the minimum wage, while others tout their job-creation plans.

  • Obama mocks GOP message on minimum wage as 'Get off my lawn'

    Obama, traveling to Michigan to push Congress to raise the minimum wage, said conservatives dismissed the proposal because they believed it helped only young people.

  • No. 2 Senate Dem says minimum wage talks possible

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate's second-ranking Democrat says he'd be open to negotiating a compromise if Republicans block Democrats' efforts to raise the federal minimum wage to $10.10 an hour. Illinois Sen. Dick Durbin says Democrats' goal remains a $10.10 minimum wage. In the coming days,...



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