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In this Thursday, Sept. 5, 2019, photo, a roadside fruit seller waits for customers as vehicles drive past in Noida on the outskirts of New Delhi, India. Confidence in the Indian economy is giving way to uncertainty as growth in the labor-intensive manufacturing sector has come to a near standstill, braking to 0.6% in the last quarter from 12.1% in the same period a year earlier. (AP Photo/Altaf Qadri)
September 16, 2019 - 3:10 am
NEW DELHI (AP) — Anuj Kapoor took over his father's booming auto parts business in 2012, hoping to elevate the company from selling to suppliers to selling directly to carmakers. Seven years later, he's had to lay off half his workers as drooping sales caused his profit to plummet by at least 80%...
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Terry Dittes, director of the UAW GM department, announces that GM workers will go on a national strike at midnight on Sunday Sept. 15, 2019 in the Marriott Renaissance Hotel, in Detroit, Mi. (Clarence Tabb, Jr./Detroit News via AP)
September 15, 2019 - 8:09 pm
DETROIT (AP) — Roughly 49,000 workers at General Motors plants in the U.S. plan to go on strike just before midnight Sunday, but talks between the United Auto Workers and the automaker will resume. About 200 plant-level union leaders voted unanimously in favor of a walkout during a meeting Sunday...
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FILE - This May 16, 2014, file photo shows the General Motors logo at the company's world headquarters in Detroit. The United Auto Workers union is letting its contract with General Motors expire just before midnight Saturday, Sept. 14, 2019, increasing the likelihood of a strike as early as Sunday night. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)
September 15, 2019 - 5:06 pm
DETROIT (AP) — The Latest on labor strife at General Motors factories (all times local): 4:55 p.m. Contract talks between the United Auto Workers union and General Motors broke off Sunday and haven't resumed, meaning the union's first national strike since 2007 is very likely. GM's 49,200 UAW...
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FILE - This May 16, 2014, file photo shows the General Motors logo at the company's world headquarters in Detroit. The United Auto Workers union is letting its contract with General Motors expire just before midnight Saturday, Sept. 14, 2019, increasing the likelihood of a strike as early as Sunday night. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)
September 14, 2019 - 9:00 pm
DETROIT (AP) — A top United Auto Workers official said the union and General Motors are far apart on major issues, increasing the likelihood of a strike as early as Sunday night. The union, in letters to members and GM Saturday, said it will let its four-year contract with the company expire just...
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FILE - This Jan. 11, 2018 file photo shows Judge Dan Polster in his office, in Cleveland. Attorneys representing eight drug distributors, pharmacies and retailers facing trial for their roles in the national opioid crisis are seeking to disqualify the federal judge overseeing their cases saying he’s shown clear bias in his efforts to obtain a multi-billion dollar global settlement. The motion was filed late Friday, Sept. 13, 2019, in U.S. District Court in Cleveland, where Judge Dan Polster presides over most of the 2,000 lawsuits filed by state, local and tribal governments. Polster has not responded. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak, File)
September 14, 2019 - 4:27 pm
CLEVELAND (AP) — Attorneys for eight drug distributors, pharmacies and retailers facing trial next month for their roles in the opioid crisis want to disqualify the federal judge overseeing their cases, saying he has shown bias in his effort to obtain a multibillion-dollar global settlement...
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FILE - In this July 16, 2019, file photo United Auto Workers President Gary Jones speaks during the opening of their contract talks with General Motors in Detroit. A strike against General Motors looms large with just over a day left until the United Auto Workers’ national contracts with the three Detroit automakers expire. The union’s national agreements with GM, Ford and Fiat Chrysler end at 11:59 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 14. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)
September 13, 2019 - 9:05 pm
DETROIT (AP) — Leaders of the United Auto Workers union have extended contracts with Ford and Fiat Chrysler indefinitely, but the pact with General Motors is still set to expire Saturday night. The move, plus a widening corruption investigation of union leadership, puts added pressure on bargainers...
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FILE - In this Aug. 25, 2019, file photo, a long line of unsold Clubman sports-utility vehicles sit at a Mini dealership in Highlands Ranch, Colo. On Friday, Sept. 13, the Commerce Department releases U.S. retail sales data for August. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)
September 13, 2019 - 2:10 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. retail sales rose moderately in August, driven higher by a jump in auto buying and healthy online sales, evidence that consumers are still spending enough to support growth. The Commerce Department said Friday that retail sales increased 0.4% last month, down from a strong 0...
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File - In this Aug. 28, 2019, file photo, a man exhales while smoking an e-cigarette in Portland, Maine. The U.S. government has refined how it is measuring an outbreak of breathing illnesses in people who vape, now counting only cases that are most closely linked to electronic cigarette use. Health officials on Thursday, Sept. 12, 2019 said 380 confirmed cases and probable cases have been reported in 36 states and one U.S. territory. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty, File)
September 12, 2019 - 8:11 pm
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Oregon marijuana retailers on Thursday began removing vaping products from their shelves and offering returns on previously purchased vape pens amid a nationwide scare over severe lung illnesses and deaths tied to electronic cigarettes. The move came after the agency that...
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September 12, 2019 - 6:15 pm
DETROIT (AP) — A Missouri-based official at the United Auto Workers was charged Thursday with corruption in an alleged scheme to embezzle union money and spend cash on premium booze, golf clubs, cigars and swanky stays in California. It's another blow to the union's reputation and comes just before...
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FILE-In this Sunday, May 19, 2013 file photo, a vehicle passes the front of the Publix supermarket in Zephyrhills, Fla. Publix Supermarkets is joining a growing number of retailers in asking customers not to openly carry firearms in its stores, even if state laws allow it. The company announced the move by email in a one-sentence statement on Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2019, saying "Publix respectfully requests that only law enforcement officials openly carry firearms in our stores." (AP Photo/Scott Iskowitz, File)
September 12, 2019 - 3:46 pm
LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) — If you're carrying a gun, the Publix supermarket chain doesn't want to see it. Publix is joining a growing number of retailers in asking customers not to openly carry firearms in its stores, even if state laws allow it. The new policy comes a week after the competing Kroger...
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