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Biden to unveil .3 billion Microsoft AI investment in battleground Wisconsin

Biden to unveil $3.3 billion Microsoft AI investment in battleground Wisconsin

[ad_1] Construction at Foxconn complex in Mt. Pleasant, Wisconsin in August 2020. Brian Snyder | Reuters President Joe Biden will visit the political battleground state of Wisconsin on Wednesday to announce plans by Microsoft Corp to build a $3.3 billion high-tech data center that will create thousands of jobs, the White House said. The Microsoft facility in Racine County, in southeastern Wisconsin, will be built on the same land where Taiwan electronics manufacturer Foxconn had planned to build a $10 billion factory that former President Donald Trump once called “the eighth wonder of the world,” before Foxconn drastically scaled back its plans. Microsoft’s plans will result in 2,300 union construction jobs and some 2,000 permanent jobs over time, the White House said. It said nearly 4,000 jobs had been added in Racine since Biden took office, while about 1,000 manufacturing jobs were lost during the Trump administration. Microsoft will partner with Gateway Technical College to train 1,000 people for data center and other roles by 2030, and will work to train 1,000 business leaders to …

Abortion bans drive away young talent: CNBC/Generation Lab survey

Abortion bans drive away young talent: CNBC/Generation Lab survey

[ad_1] Young people are seen on the Emory University campus in Atlanta, Georgia on October 14, 2022.  Elijah Nouvelage | AFP | Getty Images The youngest generation of American workers is prepared to move away from states that pass abortion bans and to turn down job offers in states where bans are already in place, a new survey from CNBC/Generation Lab finds. The “Youth & Money in the USA” survey of more than 1,000 people between the ages of 18 and 34 found almost two-thirds of respondents, 62%, would “probably not” or “definitely not” live in a state that banned abortion. And 45% of those surveyed said that if they were to be offered a job in a state where abortion is illegal, they would either “definitely reject” or “probably reject” the offer. Another 35% said they would “probably accept” the job. And only 20% of respondents said they would definitely take the job. “These numbers on abortion have gigantic implications for just about every large company in America,” said Cyrus Beschloss, the CEO of …

Myanmar ethnic armed group says it captured hundreds of junta personnel

Myanmar ethnic armed group says it captured hundreds of junta personnel

[ad_1] BANGKOK: A Myanmar ethnic armed group said on Monday (May 6) it had captured a military command and taken hundreds of junta personnel prisoner in western Rakhine state, the latest blow to the military. Clashes have rocked Rakhine since the Arakan Army (AA) attacked security forces in November, ending a ceasefire that had largely held since the junta’s 2021 coup. The military still holds the state capital Sittwe but AA fighters have seized territory in surrounding districts, including bases on the border with India and Bangladesh. A video released by the AA’s media channel said the group had captured “Military Operations Command 15 (MOC 15)” near the town of Buthidaung, around 90km north of Sittwe. The video did not say when its fighters had captured the site but local media have reported regular clashes around Buthidaung in recent days. “The video record of the deputy commander of MOC 15 after a certain period of siege,” read a message published in Burmese, Chinese and English. After a “final assault” the junta troops had “faced total defeat …

FTC votes to ban noncompete clauses that bar employees from working for competitors

FTC votes to ban noncompete clauses that bar employees from working for competitors

[ad_1] Federal Trade Commission Chair Lina Khan testifies before a House Judiciary Committee hearing on Oversight of the Federal Trade Commission, on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., July 13, 2023. Kevin Wurm | Reuters The Federal Trade Commission on Tuesday voted 3-2 for a nationwide ban against noncompete agreements, which companies use to prevent employees from taking jobs with competitors in the same industry. The new rule is slated to go into effect 120 days after it is officially published in the Federal Register, though business groups are expected to challenge it. Within hours of the vote, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce pledged to sue the agency over the rule. If officially implemented, the rule will not only prohibit new noncompete clauses, but will also force companies to scrap their existing noncompetes for all employees except senior executives who earn more than $151,164 annually and who are in policy-making roles. “Workers ought to have the right to choose who they want to work for,” President Joe Biden said Tuesday. The FTC estimates that 30 million …

Trump wins on inflation as Biden centers tariffs, jobs: NBC News poll

Trump wins on inflation as Biden centers tariffs, jobs: NBC News poll

[ad_1] Joe Biden and Donald Trump 2024. Brendan Smialowski | Jon Cherry | Getty Images More voters trust Donald Trump than President Joe Biden to deal with inflation and the cost of living, their top concerns for the U.S., according to the latest NBC News poll. The poll of 1,000 registered voters nationwide found that 52% of respondents said Trump would better handle inflation and the cost of living, while 30% said the same of Biden. The survey was taken from April 12 to 16, several days after the release of another hotter-than-expected inflation report, indicating consumer prices gradually ticking back up. Trump attacked Biden’s economic policies immediately following the release of the data. As consumer prices heat up again, the Biden administration has kept its message on inflation the same and turned more of its attention to other aspects of the economy: jobs, tariffs and taxes. Biden’s heavy focus on those issues was evident as he made the rounds in the key battleground state of Pennsylvania last week. During a Wednesday speech in Pittsburgh, Biden …

US to Withdraw Military Personnel From Niger, Source Says

US to Withdraw Military Personnel From Niger, Source Says

[ad_1] WASHINGTON (Reuters) -The United States will withdraw its troops from Niger, a source familiar with the matter told Reuters late on Friday, adding an agreement was reached between U.S Deputy Secretary of State Kurt Campbell and Niger’s leadership. There were a little over 1,000 U.S. troops in Niger as of last year, where the U.S. military operated out of two bases, including a drone base known as Air Base 201 built near Agadez in central Niger at a cost of more than $100 million. Since 2018, the base has been used to target Islamic State militants and Jama’at Nusrat al-Islam wal Muslimeen, an al Qaeda affiliate, in the Sahel region. Last year, Niger’s army seized power in a coup. Until the coup, Niger had remained a key security partner of the United States and France. But the new authorities in Niger joined juntas in neighboring Mali and Burkina Faso in ending military deals with one-time Western allies like Washington and Paris, quitting the regional political and economic bloc ECOWAS and fostering closer ties with …

U.S. economy world’s best; Trump claims ‘cesspool.’ Data is clear

U.S. economy world’s best; Trump claims ‘cesspool.’ Data is clear

[ad_1] U.S. President Joe Biden delivers remarks on the U.S. economy and his administration’s effort to revive American manufacturing, during his visit to Flex LTD, a factory that makes solar energy microinverters, in West Columbia, South Carolina, July 6, 2023. Jonathan Ernst | Reuters President Joe Biden is fighting to convince inflation-weary voters that the U.S. economy is healthy. “America has the best economy in the world,” he told NBC’s “TODAY” on Monday, laying out an argument that is central to his reelection campaign. America’s economic standing in the world is becoming an early flashpoint on the campaign trail, where former President Donald Trump routinely depicts the United States as a commercial wasteland. “We are a nation whose economy is collapsing into a cesspool of ruin, whose supply chain is broken, whose stores are not stocked, whose deliveries are not coming,” Trump shouted at a Georgia rally last month. But the numbers paint a different picture, one more in line with Biden’s narrative of American economic dominance than Trump’s apocalyptic warnings. Inflation has fallen sharply …

Army Corps of Engineers to deploy 1,100 personnel to Baltimore

Army Corps of Engineers to deploy 1,100 personnel to Baltimore

[ad_1] The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) is deploying more than 1,100 personnel to Baltimore, Md., following the collapse of the Francis Scott Key Bridge into the Patapsco River early Tuesday morning, the service said in a statement.  The corps’ Baltimore District has activated its Emergency Operations Center, “clearing the way for more than 1,100 engineering, construction, contracting and operations specialists to provide support to local, state and federal agencies” in clearing the fallen bridge, the Army said in the release.    The Francis Scott Key Bridge, a major bridge in Baltimore, collapsed just seconds after being struck by the Dali, a cargo ship managed by Synergy Marine Group and owned by Grace Ocean Private Ltd, a Singaporean company.  The crumbling bridge sent multiple cars and construction workers who had been filling potholes plunging into the chilly waters below, with six people now missing and presumed dead.  The accident is likely to have massive economic impacts on Baltimore, where the port is used to import cars and food products and export coal. Maryland state data notes …

Elon Musk’s SpaceX hit with NLRB complaint over severance

Elon Musk’s SpaceX hit with NLRB complaint over severance

[ad_1] The SpaceX logo is shown on a Falcon 9 rocket as it is prepared for launch to carry NASA’s SpaceX Crew-8 astronauts Matthew Dominick, Michael Barratt, and Jeanette Epps, and Roscosmos cosmonaut Alexander Grebenkin to the International Space Station at the Kennedy Space Center, in Cape Canaveral, Florida, U.S., March 2, 2024. Joe Skipper | Reuters The National Labor Relations Board accused SpaceX in a new complaint of entering into unlawful severance agreements with terminated employees nationwide. The unfair labor practices complaint comes two months after SpaceX filed a federal lawsuit challenging the legality of the NLRB’s oversight authority, and after the federal agency in a separate complaint accused the company of illegally firing eight workers who had criticized its CEO Elon Musk in an open letter. The new NLRB complaint claims that SpaceX included unlawful confidentiality and non-disparagement clauses in severance agreements and that it unlawfully limited the terminated workers’ ability to participate in other claims against the company. It also alleges that the rocket maker and satellite internet company maintained an unlawful …

AI and automation justify shorter workweek, Democrats argue

AI and automation justify shorter workweek, Democrats argue

[ad_1] Senate Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee Chairman Bernie Sanders (I-VT) questions witnesses with ranking member Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-LA) during a hearing about working hours in the Dirksen Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill on March 14, 2024 in Washington, DC. Chip Somodevilla | Getty Images Sen. Bernie Sanders and Senate Democrats cited advances in artificial intelligence and automation Thursday in their argument for a bill that would mandate a 32-hour federal workweek. “Despite massive growth in technology and worker productivity, millions of workers in our country are working longer hours for low wages,” Sanders said after gaveling open a hearing of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions. “The sad reality is Americans now work more hours than the people of any other wealthy nation,” the committee chair and Vermont independent said later. The bill introduced by Sanders and Sen. Laphonza Butler, D-Calif., would reduce the standard workweek from 40 hours to 32 hours over a four-year period. Employers would have to pay overtime compensation to nonexempt employees of …