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Bid to unionize Amazon workers in New York nears milestone

October 21, 2021, 12:01pm Business

NEW YORK (AP) — A bid to unionize Amazon workers at a distribution facility in New York City neared an important milestone, as organizers prepared to deliver hundreds of signatures to the National Labor Relations Board as soon as Monday for authorization to hold a vote. Read story

FILE - In this May 8, 2019, file photo, Federal Trade Commission commissioner Rohit Chopra testifies during a House Energy and Commerce subcommittee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington. In its first move since getting a new director, Rohit Chopra, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is ordering Apple, Amazon, PayPal and other tech giants to disclose how they operate their proprietary payment networks, which have to come to dominate large portions of e-commerce and person-to-person payments.

Regulator seeks transparency for payment systems of big tech

FILE - In this May 8, 2019, file photo, Federal Trade Commission commissioner Rohit Chopra testifies during a House Energy and Commerce subcommittee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington. In its first move since getting a new director, Rohit Chopra, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is ordering Apple, Amazon, PayPal and other tech giants to disclose how they operate their proprietary payment networks, which have to come to dominate large portions of e-commerce and person-to-person payments.

October 21, 2021, 12:00pm Business

NEW YORK (AP) — In its first significant action under a new director, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is ordering Apple, Amazon, PayPal and other tech giants to reveal how their proprietary payment networks function. Read story

Facebook’s oversight board seeks details on VIPs’ treatment

October 21, 2021, 12:00pm Business

WASHINGTON (AP) — Facebook’s semi-independent oversight board says the company has failed to fully disclose information on its internal system that exempts high-profile users from some or all of its content rules. Read story

In this Sept. 28, 2021 file photo, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., speaks during a Senate Armed Services Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington. The Democrats' massive social spending and climate change bill could put the U.S. back on a path to reducing its persistent pool of uninsured people. Estimates range from 4 million to 7 million Americans gaining health coverage as a result of the legislation.

Biden bill would put U.S. back on path of reducing uninsured

In this Sept. 28, 2021 file photo, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., speaks during a Senate Armed Services Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington. The Democrats' massive social spending and climate change bill could put the U.S. back on a path to reducing its persistent pool of uninsured people. Estimates range from 4 million to 7 million Americans gaining health coverage as a result of the legislation.

October 21, 2021, 11:59am Business

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Democrats’ social spending and climate change bill would put the United States back on a path to reducing its persistent pool of uninsured people, with estimates ranging from 4 million to 7 million Americans gaining health coverage. Read story

FILE - In this Sept. 30, 2021 file photo, Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell testifies during a House Financial Services Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington.   Federal Reserve officials agreed at their last meeting that if the economy continued to improve, they could start reducing their monthly bond purchases as soon as next month and bring them to an end by the middle of 2022. The discussion was revealed in the minutes of the Fed's Sept. 21-22 meeting, released Wednesday., Oct. 13.

Fed imposes sweeping new limits on policymakers’ investments

FILE - In this Sept. 30, 2021 file photo, Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell testifies during a House Financial Services Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington.   Federal Reserve officials agreed at their last meeting that if the economy continued to improve, they could start reducing their monthly bond purchases as soon as next month and bring them to an end by the middle of 2022. The discussion was revealed in the minutes of the Fed's Sept. 21-22 meeting, released Wednesday., Oct. 13.

October 21, 2021, 11:59am Business

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Reserve is imposing a broad new set of restrictions on the investments its officials can own, a response to questionable recent trades that forced two top Fed officials to resign. Read story

FILE - This Wednesday, March 31, 2021 file photo shows empty vials of Johnson & Johnson's one-dose COVID-19 vaccine at a mobile vaccination site in Uniondale, N.Y. On Thursday, Oct. 21, 2021, advisers to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are slated to discuss who should get extra doses of the Moderna or Johnson & Johnson vaccines --  and the bigger question of getting a different brand for the booster than people's original vaccination.

CDC approves expanded COVID-19 booster rollout

FILE - This Wednesday, March 31, 2021 file photo shows empty vials of Johnson & Johnson's one-dose COVID-19 vaccine at a mobile vaccination site in Uniondale, N.Y. On Thursday, Oct. 21, 2021, advisers to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are slated to discuss who should get extra doses of the Moderna or Johnson & Johnson vaccines --  and the bigger question of getting a different brand for the booster than people's original vaccination.

October 21, 2021, 10:44am Business

WASHINGTON — Millions more Americans can get a COVID-19 booster and choose a different company’s vaccine for that next shot, federal health officials said Thursday. Read story

FILE - In this May 18, 2021, file photo, homes sit on a hill behind pump jacks operating at the Inglewood Oil Field in Los Angeles. California's oil regulator wants to ban new oil and gas drilling within 3,200 feet of schools, homes and hospitals to protect public health. The draft rule released Thursday, Oct. 21, 2021, would be the nation's largest buffer zone between drilling and community sites if adopted. (AP Photo/Jae C.

California proposes new oil drilling ban near neighborhoods

FILE - In this May 18, 2021, file photo, homes sit on a hill behind pump jacks operating at the Inglewood Oil Field in Los Angeles. California's oil regulator wants to ban new oil and gas drilling within 3,200 feet of schools, homes and hospitals to protect public health. The draft rule released Thursday, Oct. 21, 2021, would be the nation's largest buffer zone between drilling and community sites if adopted. (AP Photo/Jae C.

October 21, 2021, 9:28am Business

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California's oil and gas regulator on Thursday proposed that the state ban new oil drilling within 3,200 feet of schools, homes and hospitals to protect public health in what would be the nation's largest buffer zone between oil wells and communities. Read story

U.S. blocks tomato imports from Mexican farm over labor abuses

October 21, 2021, 9:27am Business

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States ordered a halt Thursday to imports of tomatoes from a Mexican farming company and its subsidiaries for what officials said was abusive treatment of workers that amounts to forced labor. Read story