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Japanese Court Acquits Former Utility Executives Over 2011 Fukushima Disaster

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The three ex-Tokyo Electric Power Co. executives were found not guilty of professional negligence linked to the meltdown of three of the nuclear power plant's reactors after an earthquake and tsunami.

California Governor Signs Law Protecting Gig Economy Workers

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The measure that reclassifies many independent contractors as employees could have national implications for the so-called gig economy.

Fed Cuts Interest Rates To Prop Up The Slowing Economy

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The Federal Reserve is widely expected to cut interest rates by a quarter percentage point. That could give a lift to the stock market but may not do much to help the economy amid the trade war.

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Oregon Universities Prepare For Start Of Classes — And An Employee Strike

Thousands of classified employees at Oregon’s public universities are preparing to strike. College administrators are making contingency plans in case a strike happens at the same time classes start.

 

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Workers At Oregon's Public Universities Authorize Strike

Workers at Oregon’s public universities have voted to authorize a strike. Picketing could coincide with the start of the fall semester later this month.

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USDA Offers Pork Companies A New Inspection Plan, Despite Opposition

Under new federal rules, pork companies can hire workers to do some tasks currently reserved for federal inspectors in hog slaughterhouses. Critics say it's a move toward privatization.

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Purdue Pharma, Accused Of Fueling Opioid Crisis, Files For Chapter 11

The bankruptcy follows the Sackler family, which owns Purdue, agreeing to surrender control of the company and offering $3 billion in cash to opioid-hit communities.

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Does It Pay For Companies To Do Good?

As Corporate America seeks to redefine its mission as a force for social good, new studies in economics are showing that there are self-serving reasons why they'd want to do that.

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Biggest Strike US Has Seen In Years Poised To Hit Kaiser Permanente

The coalition of unions representing 80,000 Kaiser Permanente workers announced Monday they’ll be walking picket lines in four weeks. 

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In GM Strike, Union Says Only 2% Of Deal Has Been Agreed To, 'We're Far Apart'

Some of the major sticking points include the cost of health insurance and pay raises demanded by workers.

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New York Set To Join Michigan In Banning Some Electronic Cigarettes

Gov. Andrew Cuomo said the state will issue an emergency regulation banning certain flavored products. The move comes amid advances toward a similar federal ban.

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NPR Shopping Cart Economics: How Prices Changed At A Walmart In 1 Year

NPR is tracking about 80 items sold at a Walmart in Georgia, since mid-2018 with an eye toward products caught in the trade war. On average, their prices increased 3%. Tariffs are one of many factors.

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PG&E Agrees To Pay $11 Billion Insurance Settlement Over California Wildfires

California utility Pacific Gas and Electric Co. will pay $11 billion to resolve insurance companies' claims over money they paid out for the 2017 Northern California wildfires and the 2018 Camp Fire.