Freelance journalists file suit over contractor law AB5

Freelance journalists file suit over contractor law AB5

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Organizations representing freelance journalists are mounting a legal challenge to a new California law that aims to rein in companies’ use of independent contractors by placing certain restrictions on contract work. Under the state’s landmark labor law AB5, which goes into effect Jan. 1, news outlets can publish no more than 35 pieces per year […]

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New York Life agrees $6bn-plus deal for Cigna unit

New York Life agrees $6bn-plus deal for Cigna unit

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New York Life Insurance has agreed to pay more than $6bn to purchase a Cigna unit that sells employers non-medical insurance products, according to multiple people briefed on the negotiations. The takeover will broaden New York Life’s offerings beyond its core life insurance and annuities franchises. It also will provide a significant cash injection to […]

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Year of the Pig brings devastation to Asian hog farms

Year of the Pig brings devastation to Asian hog farms

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Alland San Juan, a hog farmer in Bulacan province, north of Manila, knew disaster was about to strike in August when his neighbours’ pigs began dying en masse, forcing them to dispose of the bodies in local catfish ponds. African Swine Fever had not yet been reported in the Philippines. But by early September, all […]

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Hong Kong cleans up after latest violence ahead of Oct 1 anniversary

Greece needs to do more to counter bribery By Reuters

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European rights watchdog: Greece needs to do more to counter bribery ATHENS (Reuters) – Greece has toughened laws against bribery offences but more work is needed to restore the ability of its criminal justice system to counter corruption, Europe’s main rights watchdog said on Tuesday. In June, Greece downgraded bribery of public officials from a […]

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NASCAR great Rusty Wallace eyes a speedy sale in North Carolina

NASCAR great Rusty Wallace eyes a speedy sale in North Carolina

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NASCAR Hall of Famer Rusty Wallace is racing to sell his North Carolina estate, listing the scenic retreat for $1.599 million. The single-story home is on three acres in Linville, a mountain resort community on the northwest side of the state. It takes full advantage of the woodsy setting with floor-to-ceiling windows and wraparound decks […]

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Former Trump campaign aide Rick Gates gets 45 days in jail

Former Trump campaign aide Rick Gates gets 45 days in jail

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Donald Trump’s former deputy campaign chairman, Rick Gates, was sentenced on Tuesday to spend a total of 45 days in jail, almost two years after he began extensively co-operating with prosecutors who were investigating the president’s ties to Russia. In addition to the 45 days in jail, to be served intermittently, he was also sentenced […]

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Life Lessons with Bellamy Young By Reuters

Life Lessons with Bellamy Young By Reuters

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By Chris Taylor NEW YORK (Reuters) – The United States may not have had a woman president quite yet, but on TV it certainly has. One of those was Mellie Grant, the character played by Bellamy Young on the Shonda Rhimes hit “Scandal” before it ended last year. Now one of the stars of the […]

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