New Colombian President Pledges to Protect Rainforest | Business News

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Gustavo Petro, Colombia’s first elected leftist president, will take office in August with ambitious proposals to halt the record-high rates of deforestation in the Amazon rainforest. Petro has promised to limit agribusiness expansion into the forest, and create reserves where Indigenous communities and others are allowed to harvest rubber, acai … Read more

Pfizer Says Tweaked COVID-19 Shots Boost Omicron Protection | Business News

By LAURAN NEERGAARD, AP Medical Writer Pfizer announced Saturday that tweaking its COVID-19 vaccine to better target the omicron variant is safe and works — just days before regulators debate whether to offer Americans updated booster shots this fall. The vaccines currently used in the US still offer strong protection against severe COVID-19 disease and … Read more

Group Asks for Living Wages, Labor Rights for 2026 World Cup | Business News

By ANNE M. PETERSON, AP Sports Writer With this year’s World Cup in Qatar clouded by labor and human rights issues, there’s a push for the North American cities awarded games for the 2026 tournament to commit to deliverable wages, equitable hiring and worker protection. The Dignity 2026 coalition has brought together groups including the … Read more

Juul Can Keep Selling E-Cigarettes as Court Blocks FDA Ban | Business News

By TOM MURPHY, AP Health Writer Juul can continue to sell its electronic cigarettes, at least for now, after a federal appeals court on Friday temporarily blocked a government ban. Juul filed an emergency motion earlier Friday, seeking the temporary hold while it appeals the sales ban. The e-cigarette maker had asked the court to … Read more

Asian Shares Gain as Investors Shrug off Downbeat Data | Business News

By ELAINE KURTENBACH, AP Business Writer BANGKOK (AP) — Shares were higher in Asia on Friday, despite data suggesting economies are slowing. The advance tracked gains on Wall Street, where the market is headed for its first weekly gain after three weeks of punishing losses. Tokyo’s Nikkei 225 index added 1.2% to 26,491.97 and the … Read more

Burlington School Board Votes to Relocate Some Tech Center Programs to Airport | Education | Seven Days

Burlington School Board Votes to Relocate Some Tech Center Programs to Airport |  Education |  Seven Days

click to enlarge File: Oliver Parini ©️ Seven Days Burlington Technical Center students in the aviation program The Burlington School Board voted Wednesday to alter plans for the district’s new high school and technical center in … Read more

Ford Pledges to Work With Community Near Future Factory | Business News

By ADRIAN SAINZ, Associated Press BROWNSVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Ford Motor Co. officials on Tuesday pledged to be good neighbors to those in rural west Tennessee who live near the automaker’s planned electric truck factory, a project expected to create thousands of jobs and change the face of the region. More than 200 people attended … Read more

Hundreds of Southwest pilots picket in Dallas amid summer travel crunch

Hundreds of Southwest pilots picket in Dallas amid summer travel crunch

DALLAS — Hundreds of uniformed Southwest Airlines pilots stood in perfect lines in the scorching Texas sun at Dallas Love Field on Tuesday, holding signs that blamed Southwest management for delays and cancellations that have upset passengers. Every once in a while, a motorist would honk or yell encouragement. Most passengers made a beeline for … Read more

NC sports gambling advances in House as session winds down

Business Highlights: Rising Powell criticism, Kellogg split

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — A late-session effort to authorize and regulate sports gambling in North Carolina pressed forward Tuesday in the state House, nearly a year after a measure that would make such betting lawful cleared the Senate. A divided House judicial committee voted for two bills — one the exact same legislation that passed … Read more

Business Highlights: Rising Powell criticism, Kellogg split

Business Highlights: Rising Powell criticism, Kellogg split

___ Fed’s Powell facing rising criticism for inflation missteps WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell won praise for his deft leadership during the maelstrom of the pandemic recession. As threats to the US economy have mounted, though, Powell has increasingly struck Fed watchers as much less sure-footed. Inflation has proved higher and far … Read more