Department of Labor claims that Google systematically underpays its female employees – The Verge

In January, the US Department of Labor sued Google, claiming that the company was withholding information relevant to an ongoing compliance audit. Now, the agency claims that it has found “systemic compensation disparities against women pretty much across the entire workforce.” During a court hearing for the case on Friday, DoL Regional Director Janette Wipper […]

California governor declares end to drought emergency – Washington Post

SACRAMENTO — Gov. Jerry Brown declared an end to California’s historic drought Friday, lifting emergency orders that had forced residents to stop running sprinklers as often and encouraged them to rip out thirsty lawns during the state’s driest four-year period on record. The Democratic governor’s order that keeps in place conservation measures came as a […]

Stocks off lows, oil rallies after US missile strike on Syria – Reuters

LONDON Oil prices held near one-month highs on Friday after the United States attacked a Syrian air base but stocks and the dollar recovered early falls when a U.S. official played down the risks of an escalation. The U.S. dollar recouped all of its losses against a basket of major currencies and was last trading […]

Is China the unfair trade villain Trump says it is? – CBS News

Is China the unfair trade villain Trump says it is? – CBS News

President Donald Trump thinks China has repeatedly sucker-punched the U.S. economy with unfair trade policies. And he plans to air his grievances with the Chinese leader, Xi Jinping, at their two-day summit starting Thursday in Florida. The meeting will be “very difficult,” said Mr. Trump, whose criticism of Beijing resonates with his voter base. Is […]

Wall Street falls as Fed minutes reverse earlier rally – Reuters

Wall Street ended lower on Wednesday after a late-afternoon reversal following signals from the Federal Reserve that it could change its bond investment policy this year, quenching a rally sparked by a strong private-sector jobs report. Also investor concerns about the Trump administration’s ability to deliver promised tax cuts were intensified by comments from lawmakers […]

America is ‘over-stored’ and Payless ShoeSource is the latest victim – Washington Post

America is ‘over-stored’ and Payless ShoeSource is the latest victim – Washington Post

A Payless ShoeSource in Manhattan. (Carlo Allegri/Reuters) Payless ShoeSource became the latest major retailer to declare financial distress when, on Tuesday, the company filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy and announced a restructuring plan that includes the immediate closure of 400 stores in the United States and Puerto Rico. Further closures are possible as the company works […]

US tells companies not to overlook qualified Americans – WRAL.com

By SADIE GURMAN, Associated Press WASHINGTON — The Trump administration has issued a stern warning to U.S. companies as they begin applying for coveted skilled-worker visas, cautioning that it would investigate and prosecute those who overlook qualified American workers for jobs. The message came on the opening day of applications for American employers seeking visas […]

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