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United Airlines CEO calls on companies to mandate COVID-19 vaccination
  + stars: | 2021-01-22 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) sentiment -0.93   time to read: +1 min
FILE PHOTO: United Airlines president Scott Kirby speaks before the departure of the "Flight for the Planet", the most eco-friendly commercial flight in history of aviation, according to the airline, from O'Hare International Airport to Los Angeles, in Chicago, Illinois, U.S., June 5, 2019. REUTERS/Kamil Krzaczynski(Reuters) - United Airlines may make the COVID-19 vaccine mandatory for employees, and other companies should do the same, United Chief Executive Officer Scott Kirby told workers at a meeting on Thursday, according to a transcript reviewed by Reuters. A United spokeswoman confirmed that the company was “strongly considering” making vaccines compulsory, though it isn’t a policy yet. “I think the right thing to do is for United Airlines, and for other companies, to require the vaccines and to make them mandatory,” Kirby said. Private U.S. companies can require employees to get vaccinated against COVID-19, but are unlikely to do so because of the risks of legal and cultural backlash, experts have said.
Persons: Scott Kirby, Kamil Krzaczynski, ” Kirby, , Kirby Organizations: United Airlines, O'Hare International, REUTERS, United, Reuters, CNBC, Private U.S, COVID, Companies Locations: Los Angeles, Chicago , Illinois, U.S
United Airlines launches new employee exit deals with pay, memo shows
  + stars: | 2021-01-22 | by ( Tracy Rucinski | ) sentiment -1.00   time to read: +1 min
FILE PHOTO: United Airlines agent helps a customer check-in for his flight at O'Hare International Airport ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, in Chicago, Illinois, U.S. November 25, 2020. REUTERS/Kamil Krzaczynski/File Photo(Reuters) - United Airlines has offered employees fresh deals with pay and health benefits to leave the company, according to a memo seen by Reuters, part of a drive to reduce headcount and cut costs as it awaits a rebound in pandemic-hit travel demand. Chicago-based United said on Wednesday that it planned to offer voluntary leave options for employees as part of an effort to cut about $2 billion of annual costs through 2023, but did not provide details. It ended up furloughing around 13,000 employees last October when an initial round of payroll aid for airlines that banned job cuts expired. Each is tailored by age and years of service, according to the memo.
Persons: Kamil Krzaczynski Organizations: United Airlines, O'Hare, REUTERS, Reuters, Locations: Chicago , Illinois, U.S, Chicago
National Guard troops were allowed back into the Capitol to rest after being asked to move, a request that sent some to a parking garage, officials said. WATCH: National Guard troops leave the Thurgood Marshall Judicial Center garage after U.S. Capitol Police temporarily relocated their rest area. The Washington, D.C., National Guard said earlier Thursday that they were asked to move its rest area by Capitol Police. National Guard troops from across the country were sent to Washington to provide support. Approximately 10,600 were on duty Thursday afternoon, and arrangements were being made to send 15,000 home as soon as possible, the National Guard Bureau said.
Persons: Sen, Tammy Duckworth, Janeen Birckhead, Duckworth, we’ve, Joe Biden, Adam Kinzinger, Chuck Schumer, Tom Cotton Organizations: National Guard, Politico, Capitol Police, Guard, Thurgood Marshall Judicial, U.S . Capitol Police, Troops, NBC, Capitol, Trump, D.C, Capitol . National Guard, National Guard Bureau Locations: Illinois, Gen, Iraq, Washington, The Washington, New York, Arkansas, Afghanistan
Ad agency Hero Group sued Omnicom's DDB agency over a $4 billion US Army contract. The suit claims DDB brought on Hero Group to win the contract but never paid it for more than two years of work. Hero Group is seeking $100 million in damages for what it calls "a classic bait and switch." New York ad agency Hero Group sued Omnicom-owned agency DDB in federal court this week, alleging DDB "exploited" Hero to win the US Army contract and didn't pay it for two years of work. But in May 2020, Anthony said, Army officials told him they did not know his agency had signed a contract with DDB.
Persons: DDB, Joe Anthony, Paul Gunning, McCann, Leo Burnett, Johnson, Read, Omnicom, Gunning, Anthony, Group's, Anthony said Organizations: Hero Group, Omnicom's, US Army, Hero, Omnicom, Court, Army, DDB, Johnson, Mattel, US Locations: New York, Northern, Illinois
A group evenly divided between eight Republican and eight Democratic senators could play a key role shaping the Biden legislative agenda, starting with stimulus. The group includes moderate senators like Mitt Romney, Susan Collins, Joe Manchin and Mark Warner. President Joe Biden wants to draw Republican votes for his proposed $1.9 trillion economic rescue package. GOP senators include:Sen. Mitt Romney (Republican of Utah)Sen. Susan Collins (Republican of Maine)Sen. Lisa Murkowski (Republican of Alaska)Sen. Bill Cassidy (Republican of Louisiana)Sen. The White House faces a difficult path to draw Republican votes without major changes to the proposal.
Persons: Biden, Mitt Romney, Susan Collins, Joe Manchin, Mark Warner, Joe Biden, Sen, Lisa Murkowski, Bill Cassidy, Rob Portman, Jerry Moran, Shelly Moore Capito, Todd Young, Dick Durbin, Jeanne Shaheen, Angus King, Maggie Hassan, John Hickenlooper, Mark Kelly, Brian Deese, Deese, Read, Collins, Cassidy, Rick Rieder, he's Organizations: Democratic, Republican, The Washington Post, Senate, Democrat, Illinois, White, National Economic, Biden, Congress, Capitol, Warner Locations: Utah, Maine, Alaska, Louisiana, Ohio, Kansas, West Virginia, Indiana, Virginia, New Hampshire, Colorado, Arizona, BlackRock
The COVID-19 pandemic is tearing through US prisons, with inmates 5.5 times more likely to catch the disease than the overall population. One prisoner under home confinement, 69-year-old Rufus Rochelle, is calling for the release of prisoners in daily Facebook Live streams. On the evening that Rufus Rochelle saw the future, he was watching the news in a crowded room. Rufus Rochelle, a prisoner under home confinement, livestreams daily calls to improve pandemic safety measures in prisons. Letting out as many people as possible allowed for physical distancing inside prisons and jails.
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Dustin Diamond, known best for his portrayal of the endearingly nerdy Screech on “Saved by the Bell,” has completed his first round of chemotherapy for his stage 4 lung cancer, a representative for the actor said Thursday. On Thursday, Diamond's representative, Roger Paul, told NBC News that he is battling stage 4 small cell carcinoma. Diamond's next round of chemotherapy is being scheduled, and he will soon begin physical therapy, Paul said. Diamond came to fame in the 1990s with his role of Samuel "Screech" Powers on “Saved by the Bell. Diamond wrote the 2009 book, "Behind the Bell," which portrayed the cast in a less-than-flattering light.
Persons: Dustin Diamond, Screech, Bell, , Diamond's, Roger Paul, Paul, Dustin, Diamond, Samuel " Screech, Powers, Zack Morris, Peacock Organizations: Diamond's, NBC News, NBCUniversal Locations: Illinois, Wisconsin
Jobless claims show modest decline as Congress works on more stimulus
  + stars: | 2021-01-21 | by ( Jeff Cox | ) sentiment -0.99   time to read: +2 min
Jobless claims totaled 900,000 for the week ended Jan. 16, the Labor Department reported Thursday. Continuing claims showed a slight decrease for the week, falling by 127,000 to 5.05 million. However, the decline in pandemic-related claims won't last as the latest fiscal package includes extended benefits for displaced workers. Several big states that have had a heavier hand with restrictions saw the previous week's rise in claims tempered. Housing starts totaled 1.67 million vs. the 1.56 million estimate, while permits came in at 1.71 million against the 1.61 million expectation from Dow Jones.
Persons: Dow Jones, downwardly, Joe Biden Organizations: Labor Department, Housing, Philadelphia Fed Locations: California, New York, Pennsylvania, Arizona, Illinois
Instacart plans to cut 1,877 jobs no sooner than March, Bloomberg reported. The move includes the only unionized Instacart workers in the US. Online grocery delivery platform Instacart said it will slash almost 2,000 jobs, including its only unionized workers, in an effort to shift to new models in which grocery store workers will help fill customer orders, Bloomberg reported. It's looking to shift to new models, in which it hands off its technology to grocery store workers to prepare customer orders, Bloomberg reported. UCFW, which represents the only 10 unionized employees at the company, called on Instacart to halt its plans to terminate workers.
Persons: Instacart, Read Organizations: Bloomberg, Kroger, United Food, Commercial Workers International Union, Walmart Locations: Illinois
In total, Instacart is cutting more than 1,800 in-store shoppers, according to the letter, including those at the Kroger-owned stores, as a result of changes in how it works with partners. "We're doing everything we can to support in-store shoppers through this transition." Instacart's employees at the Mariano's in Skokie are a rarity for the company and the gig economy broadly. Instacart has fewer than 10,000 part-time employee shoppers, who are entitled to benefits and protections that on-demand companies have largely fought against providing to their contract workers, including the right to unionize. It also has full-service shoppers, who it treats as contract workers; they both shop and deliver orders to customers' homes.
Persons: Instacart, Marc Perrone, I'm, Kroger, they're, Apoorva Mehta's Organizations: CNN, Kroger, United Food, Commercial Workers Union, CNN Business, Instacart, Aldi Locations: Skokie , Illinois, Skokie, Instacart, Chicago, Los Angeles, Seattle , Minneapolis, San Diego, Texas
The “crusade against American history is toxic propaganda, ideological poison, that, if not removed, will dissolve the civic bonds that tie us together, will destroy our country,” he said at the time. The report is a clear rebuke of the 1619 Project, a Pulitzer Prize-winning report by the New York Times published in 2019. But according to Daina Ramey Berry, a professor and chair of the history department at the University of Texas at Austin, the 1776 Report didn’t incorporate King’s words properly. Intersectionality is one of the academic concepts targeted in part by Trump’s 1776 Commission. Despite the last-minute release of the 1776 Report, the initiative will end as Joe Biden plans to dismantle the 1776 Commission in one of his first acts as president.
Persons: Trump, Martin Luther King Jr, Donald Trump’s, , Nikole Hannah, Jones, George Washington, James Madison, King, , King’s, Daina Ramey Berry, ” Berry, Paul Johnson, Jim Crow, Johnson, Courtney Thompson’s, Thomas Lindsay, Matthew Spalding, Harris, Kimberlé Crenshaw, Crenshaw, ” Kendi, Jones hasn’t, Mike Pompeo, , ” Jones, Joe Biden, Berry, Biden rescinding Organizations: New York Times, America, University of Texas, University of Pittsburgh, Politico, Mississippi State University, Heritage Foundation, Intercollegiate Studies Institute, African American Policy, Biden, Trump’s, Boston University, Trump, Facebook, Twitter Locations: Britain, Virginia, Independence, Austin, United States, America
Salomon Melgen: Trump commuted the prison sentence of Melgen, an eye doctor and major Democratic donor convicted of defrauding Medicare patients. Urlacher faced two counts in the case, each of which had carried a potential prison sentence of five years. Here is the full list, as provided by the White House:Abel Holtz – President Trump granted a full pardon to Abel Holtz. Jaime A. Davidson – President Trump commuted the sentence of Jaime A. Davidson. Those assisted by Ms. Povah’s organization include Ms. Adrianne Miller, whose remaining prison sentence the President commuted.
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The Mega Millions jackpot inched closer to $1 billion after no one matched all six numbers during Tuesday night's drawing. The winning numbers were 10, 19, 26, 28, 50, and the Mega Ball of 16. No one has won the Mega Millions jackpot since September, when a player in Wisconsin won $120 million, officials said Wednesday in a statement. It is the longest Mega Millions has gone without a grand prize winner. The winner can choose between the $970 million annuity option, which is awarded over 30 years, or the $716.3 million cash option, which pays an immediate lump sum.
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REUTERS/Daniel AckerThe world’s top soybean buyer last year brought in 25.89 million tonnes of the oilseed from the U.S., its second-largest supplier, up from 16.94 million tonnes in 2019. Soybean purchases were expected to make up half of the monetary target and estimates showed China needed to import about 40 million tonnes to make good on the deal. For a graphic on China’s monthly soybean imports from U.S. and Brazil:In December, U.S. arrivals surged to 5.84 million tonnes, up from 3.09 million the previous year, data from the General Administration of Customs showed. For 2020, Brazilian shipments were 64.28 million tonnes, up 11.46% from 2019’s 57.67 million tonnes, and almost two-thirds of total annual imports. China’s soybean imports in 2020 were a record 100.33 million tonnes.
Persons: Daniel Acker Organizations: REUTERS, Washington, Administration, Customs Locations: BEIJING, United States, Buda , Illinois, U.S, China, Brazil, Rizhao, Shandong province
The Trump administration promised 20 million people would be vaccinated by the end of 2020; approximately 4 million were. There would be no windfall of vaccine doses to meet the already pent-up demand — or to fulfill the appointments offered to those waiting. Meanwhile, the state began largely consolidating vaccine distribution, pushing people to make appointments at mass vaccination sites administered by the state. Andrew Cuomo — has been accused of micromanaging vaccine distribution and thus causing delays in inoculating New Yorkers — and Michigan Gov. However, to do that, he'll need to both fix the problems with the federal distribution and help the states shore up their implementation strategies — fast.
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Raphael Warnock won a runoff election to become just the 11th Black U.S. senator in history and only the second Black senator from the South since Reconstruction. Revels’s path to the United States Senate coursed through the sacred pulpits of the Black church and the towering bluffs of a military encampment along the Mississippi River. Illinois has been home to three: Carol Moseley Braun, the first Black woman to be a U.S. senator, Barack Obama and Roland Burris. This is the history that Raphael Warnock stepped into when he declared his run for the Senate. Warnock recognized the unique obstacles and hazards that Black politicians and Democrats face in Southern states that have been reliably Republican for decades.
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Vice President-elect Kamala Harris takes the stage before President-elect Biden addresses the nation from the Chase Center November 07, 2020 in Wilmington, Delaware. Nadya Okamoto, 22, former candidate for city council in Cambridge, MassachusettsNadya Okamoto, PERIOD founder and former candidate for city council in Cambridge, MA. "Having served as Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris' Vermont campaign chair, I am a long-time admirer of her story, her determination and her inclusive vision of America. I am confident that Vice President-elect Kamala Harris will bring us together as we build a brighter future." Don't miss: The best credit cards for building credit of 2021 Check out: 5 Howard University women on Kamala Harris’ historic election and the impact of HBCUs
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Tyson Foods settles more of chicken price-fixing litigation
  + stars: | 2021-01-19 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) sentiment -1.00   time to read: +1 min
(Reuters) - Tyson Foods Inc agreed to settle price-fixing litigation by consumers who accused it of illegally conspiring to inflate prices in the $65 billion chicken industry. It came eight days after Tyson agreed to settle related antitrust claims by purchasers who bought chickens directly from the Springdale, Arkansas-based company. Pilgrim’s Pride Corp, owned mainly by Brazil’s JBS SA, agreed on Jan. 11 to pay $75 million to settle claims by direct purchasers of chickens. A few smaller producers have settled related claims. The case is In re Broiler Chicken Antitrust Litigation, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois, No.
Persons: Lucas Jackson, Tyson, Brazil’s Organizations: Reuters, Tyson Foods Inc, REUTERS, Kroger Co, Walmart Inc, Pilgrim’s Pride Corp, Brazil’s JBS SA, Perdue Farms Inc, Sanderson Farms, U.S . Department of Justice, Antitrust Litigation, Court, Northern District of Locations: New York, Chicago, Springdale , Arkansas, Denver, Northern District, Northern District of Illinois
Tyson Foods reaches more settlements in chicken price-fixing litigation
  + stars: | 2021-01-19 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) sentiment -1.00   time to read: +2 min
(Reuters) - Tyson Foods Inc said on Wednesday it would pay $221.5 million to settle a price-fixing litigation with two more groups of plaintiffs accusing it of illegally conspiring to inflate prices in the $65 billion chicken industry. Eight days ago, Tyson agreed to settle related antitrust claims by purchasers who bought chickens directly from the Springdale, Arkansas-based company. Tyson has also faced price-fixing claims by large restaurant and supermarket operators such as Chick-fil-A, Kroger Co and Walmart Inc. A few smaller producers have settled related claims. The case is In re Broiler Chicken Antitrust Litigation, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois, No.
Persons: Lucas Jackson, Tyson, Brazil’s Organizations: Reuters, Tyson Foods Inc, REUTERS, Kroger Co, Walmart Inc, Pilgrim’s Pride Corp, Brazil’s JBS SA, Perdue Farms Inc, Sanderson Farms, U.S . Department of Justice, Antitrust Litigation, Court, Northern District of Locations: New York, Chicago, Springdale , Arkansas, Denver, Northern District, Northern District of Illinois
(Reuters) - Tyson Foods Inc said on Wednesday it will pay $221.5 million to settle litigation by three groups of plaintiffs that accused it of illegally conspiring to inflate chicken prices. Tyson did not admit liability in agreeing to settle, and said the payments will be reflected in its first-quarter financial statements. Restaurants, supermarkets, distributors and consumers accused chicken producers of having conspired since 2008 to inflate chicken prices, through tactics such as restricting production and sharing nonpublic data about supply and demand. Pilgrim’s Pride Corp, owned mainly by Brazil’s JBS SA, agreed on Jan. 11 to pay $75 million to settle claims by direct purchasers of chickens. The case is In re Broiler Chicken Antitrust Litigation, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois, No.
Persons: Lucas Jackson, Tyson, Brazil’s Organizations: Reuters, Tyson Foods Inc, REUTERS, Kroger Co, Walmart Inc, Sysco Corp, Pilgrim’s Pride Corp, Brazil’s JBS SA, Perdue Farms Inc, Sanderson Farms, U.S . Department of Justice, Antitrust Litigation, Court, Northern District of Locations: New York, Chicago, Springdale , Arkansas, Denver, Northern District, Northern District of Illinois
Authorities are looking at two nooses found at an Illinois high school over Martin Luther King Jr. weekend as a potential hate crime. The nooses were hanging from metal bleachers at an outdoor field at the York Community High School, the Elmhurst Police Department said Monday in a statement. “The adults removed the ropes themselves and took them away with the intent to give them to school administrators later,” the department said. “School Administrators were contacted on Monday and informed Elmhurst Police Investigators.”Two messages were placed on the ropes with tape, police said. Please!”Monday was Martin Luther King Jr. Day, a federal holiday created to celebrate the slain civil rights leader's work to end racial segregation and promote equality for all Americans.
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Oil gains on stimulus optimism ahead of Biden inauguration
  + stars: | 2021-01-19 | by ( Scott Disavino | ) + 0.96   time to read: +2 min
FILE PHOTO: Pump jacks operate at sunset in an oil field in Midland, Texas U.S. August 22, 2018. REUTERS/Nick Oxford/File PhotoNEW YORK (Reuters) - Oil prices climbed with U.S. stock markets on Tuesday ahead of Joe Biden’s inauguration as U.S. president on optimism that more government stimulus will eventually lift global economic growth. Wall Street’s main indexes rose after upbeat earnings from big U.S. banks and expected comments from U.S. Treasury Secretary nominee Janet Yellen for hefty fiscal spending ahead of Biden’s inauguration on Wednesday. “As we are approaching the beginning of the Biden administration era in the U.S., traders now have their hopes up for a rapid positive effect on markets coming from the promised ($1.9 trillion) stimulus package,” said Rystad Energy’s head of oil markets, Bjornar Tonhaugen. [nL1N2JU0H5]OPEC’s secretary general, meanwhile, said he was cautiously optimistic the oil market would recover this year from the slump in demand brought about by the coronavirus pandemic.
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Retail investing behemoth Charles Schwab beat Wall Street's profit and revenue expectations for the fourth quarter, the first earnings report following Schwab's $26 billion acquisition of rival TD Ameritrade. Shares of Schwab rose were flat after rising slightly after the opening bell on Tuesday. Schwab added 15.77 million new clients in the fourth quarter, which includes 14.5 million new brokerage accounts from the TD Ameritrade merger. Daily average trades rose to 5.8 million in the fourth quarter, the highest on record. Record client trading activity, and the addition of TD Ameritrade, led to an 88% increase in trading revenue to $1.4 billion.
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They argue that nursing homes are unique medical facilities that would be better served by medical workers who already understand how they operate. Dobbs pointed to neighboring Alabama and Louisiana, which he says are vaccinating long-term care residents at four times the rate of Mississippi. Most already work with specialized pharmacists who understand the needs of nursing homes and administer medications and yearly vaccinations. He noted that tens of thousands of nursing homes — about 85% nationally, according to the CDC — have found that reassuring enough to participate. This story was produced by KHN, which publishes California Healthline, an editorially independent service of the California Health Care Foundation.
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Tennessee, Texas, and Florida saw the arrival of more one-way U-Haul trucks than any other states in 2020. U-Haul data shows that more people moved to Tennessee than any other state last year amid the coronavirus pandemic. And as a result, Texas and Florida were bumped down to second and third place, respectively. One-way U-Haul users headed to Tennessee increased 12% year-over-year, while trucks leaving increased 9%, according to U-Haul. After the coronavirus-induced national emergency was called in March, the 30 most occupied cities in the US had more U-Haul trucks departing than arriving for the following three months.
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