Richard Trumka, head of AFL-CIO and influential labor leader, dies at age 72

Richard Trumka, head of AFL-CIO and influential labor leader, dies at age 72

Washington — Richard Trumka, the head of the AFL-CIO labor union and a powerful force in Democratic politics, died unexpectedly Thursday at the age of 72. Tim Schlittner, the AFL-CIO’s communications director, confirmed Trumka’s death in a statement, saying the country “lost a legend today.” “Rich Trumka devoted his life to working people, from his…

More than 2 million dehumidifiers recalled after $17 million in fire damage

More than 2 million dehumidifiers recalled after $17 million in fire damage

Roughly 2.4 million dehumidifiers made for 20 different brands and sold by retailers nationwide are being recalled because they can overheat and catch fire, something that’s happened more than 100 times, causing about $17 million in property damage. “The recalled dehumidifiers can overheat and catch fire, posing fire and burn hazards,” according to a notice posted…

Listen up: Cheaper, sleeker over-the-counter hearing aids may hit shelves next year

Listen up: Cheaper, sleeker over-the-counter hearing aids may hit shelves next year

In theory, millions of Americans with mild-to-moderate hearing loss should be able to walk into a drug store today, buy devices akin to smartphone earbuds and re-engage with the audible world as they exit the store. That they can’t is another thing to blame on the pandemic. The Food and Drug Administration, its hands full…

Fewer Americans apply for jobless aid as hiring rebounds

Fewer Americans apply for jobless aid as hiring rebounds

The number of Americans filing for jobless aid is falling again as the job market continues to heal.  Some 385,000 people filed for first-time unemployment benefits in the week ended July 31, the Labor Department said Thursday. The number, adjusted for seasonal variation, is 14,000 below the prior week’s level. There were another 94,000 claims…

Spirit Airlines apologizes as widespread flight cancellations persist for fourth day

Spirit Airlines apologizes as widespread flight cancellations persist for fourth day

Spirit Airlines said that they “sincerely apologize” for widespread outages that have canceled hundreds of flights over the past four days. The airline’s issues, first reported over the weekend, are due to overlapping problems including staffing shortages, severe weather and system outages, Spirit Airlines spokesperson Erik Hofmeyer said. Spirit canceled 165 flights on Sunday and…

Big Economic Challenges Await Biden and the Fed This Fall

Big Economic Challenges Await Biden and the Fed This Fall

WASHINGTON — The U.S. economy is heading toward an increasingly uncertain autumn as a surge in the Delta variant of the coronavirus coincides with the expiration of expanded unemployment benefits for millions of people, complicating what was supposed to be a return to normal as a wave of workers re-entered the labor market. That dynamic…

Europe’s Pandemic Aid Is Winding Down. Is Now the Best Time?

Europe’s Pandemic Aid Is Winding Down. Is Now the Best Time?

PARIS — After almost 18 months of relying on expensive emergency aid programs to support their economies through the pandemic, governments across Europe are scaling back some of these measures, counting on burgeoning economic growth and the power of vaccines to carry the load from here. But the insurgent spread of the Delta variant of…