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Yolanda Jacobs, a United Auto Workers member, walks the picket line at the General Motors Romulus Powertrain plant in Romulus, Mich., Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2019. Nearly four weeks into the United Auto Workers' strike against GM, employees are starting to feel the pinch of going without their regular paychecks. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
October 10, 2019 - 10:51 pm
DETROIT (AP) — General Motors Chief Executive Mary Barra has stepped into contract talks with striking auto workers, asking the union to wrap up outstanding issues and respond to a company offer made this week. But in a letter to GM's top bargainer Thursday, United Auto Workers Vice President Terry...
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Jamie Olivas transfers items from a Safeway store on Calistoga Road into a refrigerated trailer in order to keep them cold during a power outage in Santa Rosa, Calif., Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2019. Pacific Gas & Electric has cut power to more than half a million customers in Northern California hoping to prevent wildfires during dry, windy weather throughout the region. (Christopher Chung/The Press Democrat via AP)
October 10, 2019 - 4:56 pm
SONOMA, Calif. (AP) — Retailers and other businesses, from hardware chains to coffee shops, are dealing with a new economic reality of electrical outages in Northern California. Many struggled to keep their businesses open on the second day after the nation's biggest utility Pacific Gas &...
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A person's phone shows HKmap.live apps as they join others at a rally to mark Taiwan's National Day, in the Tsim Sha Tsui district in Hong Kong, Thursday, Oct. 10, 2019. A Hong Kong government official said on Thursday that Apple was responsible for removing a smartphone application which allowed activists to report police movements. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)
October 10, 2019 - 4:52 pm
HONG KONG (AP) — Under pressure from China, Apple has removed a smartphone app that enabled Hong Kong protesters to track police. It has cut off access in mainland China to a news app that extensively covered the anti-government demonstrations. And it has made it harder to find an emoji...
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A person's phone shows HKmap.live apps as they join others at a rally to mark Taiwan's National Day, in the Tsim Sha Tsui district in Hong Kong, Thursday, Oct. 10, 2019. A Hong Kong government official said on Thursday that Apple was responsible for removing a smartphone application which allowed activists to report police movements. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)
October 10, 2019 - 3:58 pm
HONG KONG (AP) — Under pressure from China, Apple has removed a smartphone app that enabled Hong Kong protesters to track police. It has cut off access in mainland China to a news app that extensively covered the anti-government demonstrations. And it has made it harder to find an emoji...
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A display of the app "HKmap.live" designed by an outside supplier and available on Apple Inc.'s online store is seen in Hong Kong Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2019. Apple became the latest company targeted for Chinese pressure over protests in Hong Kong when the ruling Communist Party's main newspaper criticized the tech giant Wednesday for a smartphone app that allows activists to report police movements. HKmap.live, designed by an outside supplier and available on Apple Inc.'s online store, "facilitates illegal behavior," People's Daily said in a commentary. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)
October 10, 2019 - 7:04 am
HONG KONG (AP) — For people in Hong Kong angry over tactics used by the police to break up anti-government protests, the HKmap.live app was a handy little tool. With real-time updates showing police movements, it helps steer users away from possible baton charges, volleys of tear gas and police ID...
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A display of the app "HKmap.live" designed by an outside supplier and available on Apple Inc.'s online store is seen in Hong Kong Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2019. Apple became the latest company targeted for Chinese pressure over protests in Hong Kong when the ruling Communist Party's main newspaper criticized the tech giant Wednesday for a smartphone app that allows activists to report police movements. HKmap.live, designed by an outside supplier and available on Apple Inc.'s online store, "facilitates illegal behavior," People's Daily said in a commentary. (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)
October 10, 2019 - 6:59 am
HONG KONG (AP) — For people in Hong Kong angry over tactics used by the police to break up anti-government protests, the HKmap.live app was a handy little tool. With real-time updates showing police movements, it helps steer users away from possible baton charges, volleys of tear gas and police ID...
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Crews work to connect generators in effort to keep the Caldecott Tunnel open to traffic during a possible power outage at noon on Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2019, in Oakland, Calif. Pacific Gas & Electric has cut power to more than half a million customers in Northern California hoping to prevent wildfires during dry, windy weather throughout the region. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
October 10, 2019 - 2:35 am
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Latest on power outages in California (all times local): 11:30 p.m. Pacific Gas & Electric has begun shutting off power to the San Francisco Bay area, adding more than 200,000 customers to a sweeping blackout that already has left a million people in the dark. The...
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In this Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2019, photo, striking General Motors worker Mike Armentrout stands on the picket line outside a transmission plant in Toledo, Ohio. Workers say they are starting to feel the pinch of going without their regular paychecks. (AP Photo/John Seewer)
October 10, 2019 - 12:17 am
TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Nearly four weeks into the United Auto Workers' strike against General Motors, employees are starting to feel the pinch of going without their regular paychecks. They're scaling back at the grocery, giving up on eating at restaurants and some are taking on part-time jobs while...
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FILE - This Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2019 file image made from video shows bottles of shampoo, conditioner and shower gel that will replace smaller bottles of them by 2021, filmed at Marriott's headquarters in Bethesda, Md. California Gov. Gavin Newsom announced Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2019, he had signed a law banning hotels from giving guests plastic bottles filled with shampoo, conditioner or soap that is set to take effect starting in 2023. The law follows similar actions by some of the world’s largest hotel chains. (AP Photo/Dan Huff, File)
October 10, 2019 - 12:14 am
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Hotels in the nation's most populous state will have to stop giving guests small plastic shampoo bottles under a new law set to take effect starting in 2023. Gov. Gavin Newsom announced Wednesday he had signed a law banning hotels from giving guests plastic bottles filled...
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October 09, 2019 - 11:20 pm
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Hotels in the nation's most populous state will have to stop giving guests small plastic shampoo bottles under a new law set to take effect starting in 2023. Gov. Gavin Newsom announced Wednesday he had signed a law banning hotels from giving guests plastic bottles filled...
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