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Meatpacking union: 44 COVID-19 deaths among workers

The Associated Press  |  Posted May 28th - 3:44pm

At least 44 meatpacking workers in the U.S. have died from the new coronavirus and another 3,000 have tested positive, according to an estimate released Thursday by the largest union representing workers.

UN chief warns leaders pandemic may cause historic famine

Edith M. Lederer, Associated Press  |  Posted May 28th - 3:40pm

The U.N. chief on Thursday warned the largest gathering of world leaders since the coronavirus pandemic began that it will cause “unimaginable devastation and suffering around the world,” with historic levels of hunger and famine and up to 1.6 billion people unable to earn a living unless action is taken now.

Regulators approve PG&E bankruptcy plan despite safety fears

Michael Liedtke, Associated Press  |  Posted May 28th - 3:21pm

California power regulators on Thursday unanimously approved Pacific Gas & Electric's $58 billion plan for getting out of a bankruptcy caused by in a series of deadly wildfires despite ongoing worries about the utility's ability to safely operate its crumbling electrical grid .

Man charged for $317M sale of virus masks that didn't exist

The Associated Press  |  Posted May 28th - 3:00pm

A Georgia man was charged in federal court Thursday with trying to swindle a foreign government out of $317 million by promising to sell it face masks to protect against the coronavirus with a huge shipment that never existed.

Court denies request to revive US pipeline permit program

The Associated Press  |  Posted May 28th - 2:47pm

A U.S. appeals court on Thursday turned down a request by the Trump administration and energy industry groups to revive a permit program for new oil and gas pipelines that had been canceled by a lower court.

U.S. joins G7 artificial intelligence group to counter China

Matt O'Brien, Associated Press  |  Posted May 28th - 2:33pm

the world's wealthiest democracies — in setting up the Global Partnership on AI.

Officer will keep job despite racist email about virus masks

The Associated Press  |  Posted May 28th - 2:15pm

An Oklahoma police officer will keep his job after being disciplined for responding to an email about department-issued coronavirus protective masks by sending racist images of people with white bags over their faces carrying torches, reminiscent of the Ku Klux Klan preparing to lynch black victims, officials said.

Missouri Great Clips sites close after virus-related threats

Jim Salter, Associated Press  |  Posted May 28th - 2:13pm

Great Clips has temporarily closed its salons in Springfield, Missouri, after receiving threatening messages following the news that two of its hairstylists who tested positive for the coronavirus might have exposed 140 clients to the illness.

Democrats charge OSHA isn't protecting front-line workers

Matthew Daly, Associated Press  |  Posted May 28th - 1:49pm

As U.S. coronavirus deaths top 100,000, Democrats are slamming the Trump administration for failing to protect front-line workers, including those at meatpacking plants and health care facilities where outbreaks of the disease are spiking.

New novel coming in 2021 from author of 'The Revenant'

The Associated Press  |  Posted May 28th - 1:09pm

The author of “The Revenant,” the historical novel adapted into the Oscar-winning movie starring Leonardo DiCaprio, will be publishing his first new work of fiction in nearly 20 years.

Washington recovers $300M in fraudulent unemployment claims

Rachel By Corte, Associated Press  |  Posted May 28th - 1:06pm

Washington state has recovered $300 million paid to criminals who used stolen personal information to file fraudulent unemployment benefit claims amid the COVID-19 crisis, officials said Thursday.

French way of life to resume with restaurants reopening

Sylvie Corbet, Associated Press  |  Posted May 28th - 12:28pm

The French way of life is set to largely resume next week, with most virus-related restrictions easing as the country prepares for the summer holiday season amid the pandemic.

Mitch McConnell stresses need to wear face masks in public

Bruce Schreiner, Associated Press  |  Posted May 28th - 12:23pm

testing, treatment and a vaccine. He said earlier in the week that “the ultimate solution" is getting a vaccine developed and into circulation as quickly as possible. McConnell said he was upbeat about those prospects after speaking recently with pharmaceutical executives.

US charges North Koreans in $2.5B sanctions-busting scheme

Eric Tucker, Associated Press  |  Posted May 28th - 12:13pm

The Justice Department has accused a network of North Korean and Chinese citizens of secretly advancing North Korea’s nuclear weapons program by channeling at least $2.5 billion in illicit payments through hundreds of front companies.

Suits accuse retail chains of flooding Ohio with painkillers

Mark Gillispie, Associated Press  |  Posted May 28th - 12:09pm

Five retail chains flooded two Ohio counties with tens of millions of prescription painkillers through their pharmacies while taking few if any steps to stop drugs from being illegally diverted, according to updated lawsuits unsealed in U.S. District Court in Cleveland.

Update on the latest business

The Associated Press  |  Posted May 28th - 11:48am

Wall Street is rallying again, extending this week’s climb built on hopes for a coming economic revival. The S&P 500 was on track for its fourth straight gain. That would be its longest winning streak since early February, before the market began to sell off on worries about the recession caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

Airlines increase job cuts as pandemic crushes air travel

David Koenig and Danica Kirka, Associated Press  |  Posted May 28th - 11:11am

about 5,100 jobs. That could include layoffs in October if there aren’t enough takers for a buyout offer.

Buzz kill: Pot shops reopen, but some fear another shutdown

Philip Marcelo, Associated Press  |  Posted May 28th - 11:05am

Marijuana shops in many states have enjoyed brisk business during the coronavirus pandemic. In New England? Not so much.

Harbor Freight recalls jack stands that can fail under load

The Associated Press  |  Posted May 28th - 11:04am

The U.S. government’s road safety agency is warning people not to use Pittsburgh Automotive jack stands sold by Harbor Freight Tools because they can collapse when holding a load.