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Immigrant advocates say US policy change endangers workers

Kevin McGill, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 7th - 1:38pm

Immigrant advocates in New Orleans claim in a federal lawsuit that federal rule changes made last year by the U.S. Department of Labor will make foreign workers fearful of reporting workplace abuses or human trafficking for fear of being deported.

Man charged with murder claims defense against racist attack

Russ Bynum, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 7th - 12:52pm

A biracial man charged with murder in the shooting of a 17-year-old white girl on a Georgia highway says he fired in self-defense after her friends in a pickup truck yelled racial slurs and tried to run his car off the road.

Trump donors among early recipients of coronavirus loans

Brian Slodysko and Angeliki Kastanis, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 7th - 11:53am

As much as $273 million in federal coronavirus aid was awarded to more than 100 companies that are owned or operated by major donors to President Donald Trump's election efforts, according to an Associated Press analysis of federal data.

Mary Trump's book offers scathing portrayal of president

Larry Neumeister and Jill Colvin, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 7th - 11:34am

President Donald Trump’s niece offers a scathing portrayal of her uncle in a new book obtained by The Associated Press Tuesday that credits a “perfect storm of catastrophes" for exposing the president at his worst.

Update on the latest in business:

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 7th - 11:06am

Most of Wall Street is slipping, giving back some of the big gains made the past couple weeks. But a handful of tech giants bucked the trend and kept the market’s losses in check.

France's Rodin Museum sells bronzes to weather virus crisis

Arno Pedram, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 7th - 11:00am

Unlike other museums thumped by the coronavirus pandemic, Paris’ Rodin Museum might have an ace up its sleeve to help see it through the crisis: It can sell limited-edition versions of the French sculptor’s masterpieces.

Biden wants US to produce more of its own pandemic supplies

Will Weissert, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 7th - 10:32am

Joe Biden is promising to shift production of medical equipment and other key pandemic-fighting products “back to U.S. soil," creating jobs and bolstering a domestic supply chain he says has been exposed as inadequate and vulnerable by the coronavirus outbreak.

Mexico president heads to Washington for meeting with Trump

Christopher Sherman, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 7th - 10:01am

For his first foreign trip as president, Mexico’s Andrés Manuel López Obrador travels to Washington Tuesday to meet with President Donald Trump, a leader who has repeatedly used Mexico as a piñata to rally his base.

Judge rejects Dakota Access request for emergency order

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 7th - 9:43am

A federal judge on Tuesday rejected a request for an emergency order to delay the process of shutting down the Dakota Access pipeline while attorneys appeal a ruling to shutter the pipeline during the course of an environmental review.

Grains mixed,livestock mixed.

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 7th - 9:11am

Grain futures were mixed on Tuesday in early trading on the Chicago Board of Trade. Wheat for July delivery rose 6 cents at $4.95 a bushel; July corn was up .20 cent at $3.4620 a bushel; Sept. oats fell 3.80 cents at $2.8220 a bushel; while July soybeans was off 2.20 cents at 8.9920 a bushel.

Hiring soared in May as mass layoffs eased

Christopher Rugaber, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 7th - 8:46am

The job market took a big step toward healing in May, though plenty of damage remains, as a record level of hiring followed record layoffs in March and April.

US probes fuel leaks in older Chevy Cobalt and HHR vehicles

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 7th - 7:38am

The U.S. government's road safety agency is investigating complaints of fuel leaks in older Chevrolet Cobalt small cars and HHR wagons.

Cyprus: EU partners aim to rein in Turkey's 'expansionism'

Menelaos Hadjicostis, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 7th - 4:50am

Cyprus and its European Union partners are working to rein in Turkey’s “expansionist policy” in the eastern Mediterranean amid heightened tensions over an offshore search for hydrocarbons, the island nation's president said Tuesday.

Hong Kong grappling with future under national security law

Zen Soo and Elaine Kurtenbach, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 7th - 2:40am

Hong Kong’s leader Carrie Lam offered scant reassurance Tuesday over a new national security law that critics say undermines liberties and legal protections promised when China took control of the former British colony.

EU forecasts deeper economic hit from pandemic

Samuel Petrequin, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 7th - 2:38am

The European Union's executive arm forecasts that the bloc's economy will contract more than previously expected because of the coronavirus pandemic, which has caused lockdowns on business and public life that are only slowly being eased.

Major retailers to states: Mandate face masks now

Joseph Pisani, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 7th - 2:01am

Retailers have a message for state governors: Please make everyone wear a face mask.

Update on the latest in business:

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 7th - 1:40am

Markets were mostly lower in Asia today as expanding coronavirus outbreaks dim hopes for a global recovery, despite an overnight rally in tech shares that pushed the Nasdaq composite to another record high.

Most stocks slink back after strong rally, except for tech

Stan Choe, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 7th - 1:06am

Most of Wall Street is slipping in midday trading on Tuesday, giving back some of the big gains made the past couple weeks, but a handful of tech giants bucked the trend and kept the market's losses in check.

AM Prep-Segue

Oscar Wells Gabriel Ii, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 7th - 1:05am

Tom Hanks says since getting — and recovering from — COVID-19, he's taking things day by day. He says he's had “an ongoing physiological maintenance" for his brain and body. The actor announced in March that he and his wife, Rita Wilson, had the new coronavirus. They recuperated in Australia — and since returning to the U.S., he has hosted a from-home episode of “Saturday Night Live” and released his new World War II naval drama “Greyhound” — though the movie went from being rolled out in theaters to being released on Apple TV+.