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Malaysian palm oil giant hit with forced labor allegations

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 7th - 4:16pm

An anti-trafficking organization has filed a petition to ban the importation of palm oil produced by one of the world’s largest suppliers, saying it found evidence of child and forced labor on plantations that supply American food and cosmetics companies.

Data: Congress created virus aid, then reaped the benefits

Matthew Daly and Brian Slodysko, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 7th - 3:43pm

At least a dozen lawmakers have ties to organizations that received federal coronavirus aid, according to newly released government data, highlighting how Washington insiders were both author and beneficiary of one of the biggest government programs in U.S. history.

Opponents: Pipeline's defeat 'a testament to perseverance'

Sarah Rankin, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 7th - 3:06pm

Richard Averitt and his wife have spent six years and more than six figures fighting to keep the Atlantic Coast Pipeline off their picturesque central Virginia property.

Levi's to cut 700 office jobs due to virus-related slump

Joseph Pisani, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 7th - 2:43pm

Levi's said Tuesday that it will cut 700 office jobs, or about 15% of its worldwide corporate workforce, as it deals with a sharp drop in sales due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Man avoids prison for threatening vaccine bill sponsor

Michael Kunzelman, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 7th - 2:37pm

A Maryland man who worked for a Defense Department contractor was sentenced on Tuesday to six months of home detention for threatening to kill a member of Congress who sponsored vaccination requirements for public school students.

Dream owner Loeffler objects to WNBA's social justice plans

Doug Feinberg, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 7th - 2:28pm

Atlanta Dream co-owner Kelly Loeffler is not in favor of the WNBA's social justice plans and has sent a letter to Commissioner Cathy Engelbert objecting to the league’s initiatives to honor the Black Lives Matter movement.

Italy, Portugal say economic forecasts show need for EU help

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 7th - 2:22pm

New forecasts predicting the European Union’s economy is headed for a steep decline underscore the need for quick approval of a proposed recovery fund to help its 27 member countries, the leaders of Italy and Portugal said Tuesday.

Small business program scrutinized for loans to big firms

Joyce M. Rosenberg, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 7th - 2:13pm

Congress set aside $659 billion to throw a lifeline to small businesses and organizations side-swiped by the coronavirus pandemic and to help paychecks keep flowing to workers who might otherwise head to the unemployment line.

7th former eBay staffer charged in harassment campaign

The Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 7th - 2:10pm

A seventh former eBay Inc. employee has been charged with participating in a campaign to terrorize the editor and publisher of an online newsletter because eBay executives were upset about coverage of the company, authorities said Tuesday.

Senate Republicans eye virus aid as evictions, benefits cuts loom

Lisa Mascaro, Associated Press  |  Posted Jul 7th - 2:03pm

An eviction moratorium is lifting. Extra unemployment benefits are ending. Parents are being called to work, but schools are struggling to reopen for fall as the COVID-19 crisis shows no signs of easing.

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, blaming a toxic family for raising a narcissistic, damaged man who poses an immediate danger to the public, according to a copy obtained Tuesday by The Associated Press.

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, who has repeatedly taken shots at Mexico and Mexican migrants 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.