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Mauritius races to contain oil spill, protect coastline

JOHANNESBURG — Thousands of students, environmental activists and residents of Mauritius were working around the clock Sunday, trying to reduce the damage to the Indian Ocean island from an oil spill after a tanker ran aground on a coral reef. An estimated 1 ton of oil from the Japanese ...

Trump allows some unemployment pay, defers payroll tax

BEDMINSTER, N.J. — President Donald Trump on Saturday bypassed the nation's lawmakers as he claimed the authority to defer payroll taxes and replace an expired unemployment benefit with a lower amount after negotiations with Congress on a new coronavirus rescue package collapsed. Trump's ...

Time to go ‘Up the Crick’

Businesses in the Pine Creek Valley are plentiful and are a source of recreation, entertainment and a gathering place for friendship and comfort, especially during what many agree is a stressful time dealing with a pandemic. One stop in the valley is Up the Crick Wine and Antiques along Route ...

Thousands of British Airways employees face job losses

LONDON (AP) — Some 4,000 British Airways workers are learning Friday whether they will be fired as the airline slashes jobs amid the drop in demand and travel restrictions stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic. The trade union Unite accused the airline of forcing workers out due to “naked ...

Inside Big Tech: Pulling back the curtain with ‘hot’ email

WASHINGTON — The House Judiciary chairman was closing in on his Perry Mason moment with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg. Fortified with “hot” internal company documents, Rep. Jerrold Nadler was building his case at a hearing that seemed almost like a trial for Facebook and three other tech ...

Wall Street rallies again; S&P 500 pulls within 2% of record

NEW YORK — Stocks are rising again on Wall Street Wednesday, and the S&P 500 is ticking closer to its record high as it tries for a fourth straight gain. The S&P 500 was 0.7% higher in midday trading, following up on gains in European markets and across much of Asia. It’s back ...

Alaska Airlines says 331 Anchorage employees face job cuts

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Alaska Airlines said 331 employees among the company's workforce in Anchorage may lose their jobs on Oct. 1. The company said the Anchorage layoffs are part of company-wide job cuts because of the economic fallout from the coronavirus pandemic, Alaska Public Media ...

Four Big Tech CEOs getting heat from Congress on competition

WASHINGTON — Four Big Tech CEOs — Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg, Amazon’s Jeff Bezos, Sundar Pichai of Google and Tim Cook of Apple — are answering for their companies’ practices before Congress as a House panel caps its yearlong investigation of market dominance in the industry. The ...

Wall Street rally carries on after Fed keep rates ultra-low

NEW YORK — Stocks are holding on to their gains on Wall Street Wednesday after the Federal Reserve said it will keep the accelerator floored on its aid for the economy, and the S&P 500 is on pace for its best day in two weeks. The benchmark index was 1% higher in afternoon trading, ...

AP-NORC poll: Nearly half say job lost to virus won’t return

WASHINGTON (AP) — Nearly half of Americans whose families experienced a layoff during the coronavirus pandemic now believe those jobs are lost forever, a new poll shows, a sign of increasing pessimism that would translate into roughly 10 million workers needing to find a new employer, if not ...

Asia shares slip after worst S&P 500 loss in nearly four weeks

MITO, Japan (AP) — Worsening China-U.S. friction, worries over aid to Americans and U.S. businesses and a stumble on Wall Street combined to push shares in Asia lower on Friday. Shares fell in Hong Kong, Sydney and Shanghai. Tokyo’s markets were closed for a national holiday. Trump ...

Local attorneys recognized as Top 100 People

WILLIAMSPORT —Julieanne Steinbacher, Esq., CELA and H. Amos Goodall, Esq., CELA, LLM, have been named to the Pennsylvania Business Central Top 100 People of 2020. This annual list, which is published each January, recognizes 100 people representing large and small businesses and nonprofits ...

Elder law firm named Top 10 Organization

WILLIAMSPORT —Steinbacher, Goodall & Yurchak, an elder law firm with locations in Williamsport and State College, has once again been named a Top 100 Organization by Pennsylvania Business Central in its annual list of Top 100 organizations. This annual list of honors by the business ...

Local law firm receives Business Partnership Award

WILLIAMSPORT — The Pennsylvania Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) recently presented its annual Business Partnership of the Year award to the Steinbacher, Goodall & Yurchak elder law firm. This annual award, initiated in 2014-15, is presented to an organization that helps ...

Local attorney named 2020 Professional Excellence Award Winner

STATE COLLEGE — The Legal Intelligencer announced that Amos Goodall has been given a Lifetime Achievement Award for 2020 as part of The Legal Intelligencer’s 2020 Professional Excellence Awards series. “These awards recognize the achievements of Pennsylvania lawyers who have made a ...

Renters face financial cliff ahead; limited help available

Renters are nearing the end of their financial rope. People who rent have largely been able to survive the initial months of the pandemic helped by unemployment and federal relief checks. But the extra $600 in unemployment benefits ceases at the end of July and local eviction moratoriums are ...

United sending layoff notices to nearly half of US employees

United Airlines will send layoff warnings to 36,000 employees - nearly half its U.S. staff - in the clearest signal yet of how deeply the virus outbreak is hurting the airline industry. The outlook for a recovery in air travel has dimmed in just the past two weeks, as infection rates rise in ...

Sons, daughters follow in fathers’ professional footsteps

JOHNSTOWN, Pa. — At the Greater Johnstown School District, a call for Mr. Jones could mean Michael or Gerald. For the past three years, Michael Jones and his son Gerald Jones have been working together, helping students of the district navigate their studies. Michael Jones’ career as a ...

Gig workers face shifting roles, competition in pandemic

NEW YORK (AP) — There were the two-hour, unpaid waits outside supermarkets when San Francisco first started to lock down, on top of the heavy shopping bags that had to be lugged up countless flights of stairs. And yet even after signing up for several apps, 39-year-old Saori Okawa still ...

England assesses the reopening of pubs

LONDON (AP) — It seems to have been more like a typical Saturday night than a drunken New Year's Eve. The reopening of pubs in England does not seem to have overwhelmed emergency services as many had feared ahead of the biggest easing of Britain's coronavirus lockdown. But one senior police ...