BC-Business News Preview
Among the stories Wednesday from The Associated Press:
HOLIDAY HIRING-STRUGGLES — Retailers and shippers are facing a uniquely difficult holiday hiring season: The job market is the tightest it has been in at least two decades, and online shopping continues to grow, requiring more workers to pack and ship orders on time. Companies are offering bonuses; full-time, permanent jobs; and investing in automation to meet the challenge. By Christopher Rugaber and Anne D’Innocenzio. UPCOMING: About 1,200 words by noon, photos.
SMALL BIZ-SMALL TALK-GENDER DISCRIMINATION — Many women don’t know how at first how to respond to gender bias. But over time, they find strategies to deal with it. By Joyce M. Rosenberg. UPCOMING: 750 words by 11 a.m., photos.
ON THE MONEY-AMEX GOLD CARD — The middle child of American Express’ suite of charge cards — the Gold Card — is getting a major upgrade this fall, but its bigger perks are going to come with a higher fee. By Ken Sweet. UPCOMING: 600 words by noon.
ZIMBABWE-TUMBLING ECONOMY — As Zimbabwe plunges into its worst economic crisis in a decade, gas lines are snaking for hours, prices are spiking and residents goggle as the new government insists that the country — somehow — has risen to middle-income status. By Farai Mutsaka. SENT: 850 words, photos.
MARKETS & ECONOMY:
FINANCIAL MARKETS — U.S. stock indexes fell in early trading as interest rates nudged higher yet. By Stan Choe. SENT: 560 words, photo. UPCOMING: 700 words by 5 p.m.
PRODUCER PRICES — U.S. wholesale prices rose a mild 0.2 percent last month, held down by lower food and energy prices, suggesting that inflation remains in check despite the economy’s robust growth. By Christopher Rugaber. SENT: 320 words, photo. UPCOMING: Will be updated.
ROUNDUP WEED KILLER CANCER — A San Francisco jury’s $289 million verdict in favor of a school groundskeeper who says Roundup weed killer caused his cancer will face its first court test Wednesday. SENT: 340 words. UPCOMING: Will be updated.
EUROPE-AUTO EMISSIONS — European Union officials are working on tougher auto emissions standards aimed at fighting global warming — but which the industry cautions could hurt workers and consumers. SENT: 440 words, photo.
CANADA MARIJUANA LEGALIZATION — Next week, Canada becomes the largest country with a legal national marijuana market, but rollout will vary from province to province. By Gene Johnson and Rob Gillies. SENT: 1,400 words, photos, video.
CANADA MARIJUANA LEGALIZATION-THINGS TO KNOW — Here’s a look at Canada’s upcoming marijuana legalization and how it will differ from the nine U.S. states that have approved recreational pot use. SENT: 860 words, photos.
RECYCLING SHAKE-UP — America’s recycling industry is in the dumps. A crash in the global market for recyclables is forcing communities to make hard choices about whether they can afford to keep recycling or should simply send all those bottles, cans and plastic containers to the landfill. By Mary Esch. SENT: 890 words, photos.
OFFICE PARKS-SCHOOLS — Across the country, office parks that have lost their luster with employers are being repurposed as school buildings. Colleges and K-12 districts willing to think beyond traditional school settings are retrofitting office space to help them deal with growing enrollments and a scarcity of available land in urban and suburban areas. By Michael Melia. SENT: 860 words, photos.
HONG KONG-E CIGARETTE BAN — Hong Kong plans to ban e-cigarettes and other new smoking products to protect public health, the leader of the semi-autonomous Chinese territory said. SENT: 310 words, photos.
TECHNOLOGY & MEDIA:
EUROPE-GOOGLE — Google has appealed a record $5 billion antitrust fine by European Union authorities, who say the tech giant abused the dominance of its Android operating system to stifle competitors. SENT: 250 words, photo.
SAUDI ARABIA-MISSING WRITER — Turkish media published images of an alleged 15-member Saudi “assassination squad” and video of suspicious movements at the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul following journalist Jamal Khashoggi’s disappearance a week ago, putting new pressure on the kingdom amid growing international concern for the writer. By Ayse Wieting, Suzan Fraser and Jon Gambrell. SENT: 870 words, photos, video.
BEHIND THE WHEEL-OLD VERSUS NEW — Automakers are continually making changes in vehicles. Here’s a look at what’s new — and what’s missing — in your next new car. By Ronald Montoya of Edmunds. SENT: 870 words, photo.
BREXIT — European Union commissioners say there’s no breakthrough on a Brexit deal and are stressing the importance of security cooperation once Britain leaves the EU. SENT: 130 words, photos.
KOREAS-DIPLOMACY — South Korea is considering lifting some of its unilateral sanctions against North Korea to create more momentum for diplomacy aimed at improving relations and defusing the nuclear crisis, the South’s foreign minister said. By Kim Tong-Hyung. SENT: 920 words, photos.
BRITAIN-UNEXPLAINED WEALTH — A woman from Azerbaijan who spent 16 million pounds ($21 million) at luxury London department store Harrods over the course of a decade is the first target of a British power to seize money from people who can’t explain the origins of their wealth. SENT: 260 words.
AUSTRALIA-JAPAN — Australia and Japan reaffirm their commitment to pressuring North Korea to abandon its nuclear weapons program and enforcing sanctions on Pyongyang. SENT: 220 words, photos.
ISRAEL-FRANKINCENSE HONEY — An Israeli farmer has cashed in by making exotic honey from a rare tree that produces frankincense — the resin once worth its weight in gold and venerated in the Bible. But the farm’s location in a far-flung West Bank settlement has left a bitter taste in at least one investor’s mouth. By Ilan Ben Zion. SENT: 1,030 words, photos.BRITAIN-GAY RIGHTS CASE — Britain’s Supreme Court reverses a lower court ruling and ruled that a bakery owned by a Christian family didn’t discriminate against a gay customer when it refused to make a cake bearing a slogan supporting same-sex marriage. By Danica Kirka. SENT: 320 words, photos.
EGYPT-ECONOMY — Egypt says inflation jumped to 15.4 percent in September, a rise of more than two percentage points over the previous month. SENT: 130 words.
GREECE-CYPRUS-EGYPT — The leaders of Greece, Egypt and Cyprus are meeting on the island of Crete to discuss furthering regional cooperation, including oil and gas exploration rights in the east Mediterranean and efforts to combat illegal immigration to Europe. SENT: 130 words.
CYPRUS-FILMMAKERS — Under its adopted moniker of “Olivewood,” the tiny Mediterranean island of Cyprus is trying to woo moviemakers from around the world with 300-plus days of sunshine yearly and a package of financial incentives including a cash rebate of up to 35 percent. SENT: 130 words.
SOUTH AFRICA-CORRUPTION PROBE — South African opposition parties are pushing for wider scrutiny of President Cyril Ramaphosa and his Cabinet after the resignation of a finance minister who acknowledged meeting with a business family linked to alleged corruption under the former administration. By Christopher Torchia. SENT: 460 words, photo.
FRANCE FAULTY BREAST IMPLANTS — France’s top court rules on whether a German certification company should compensate thousands of women around the world given faulty breast implants. The German company says it was a victim of the fraudulent manufacturer. SENT: 350 words. UPCOMING: Will be updated with ruling.
BOSNIA-REFINERY BLAST — An explosion at a Russian-owned oil refinery in northern Bosnia has killed one worker and injured 10, the company running the complex said. By Amel Emric. SENT: 240 words, photos.