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Cal State Faculty Call One-Day Strike

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 17 (UPI) — Administrators say two California State University campuses remained open Thursday despite a one-day strike over raises called by faculty members. Faculty at Cal State Dominguez Hills and Cal State East Bay formed picket lines Thursday, protesting 2008-09 and 2009-10 school year pay raises that Chancellor Charles Reed has withheld, […]

Target Is Target Of Black Friday Protest

MINNEAPOLIS, Nov. 14 (UPI) — A Target Stores Inc. employee said the U.S. retailer’s plan to open at midnight after Thanksgiving is unfair to staff hoping for holiday time with family. The employee, Anthony Hardwick, who works at a Target store in Nebraska, quickly gathered more than 43,000 signatures on a petition protesting the store’s […]

Canada Trying Plastic Money

OTTAWA, Nov. 14 (UPI) — Plastic isn’t just for credit cards any longer, at least in Canada, which on Monday abandoned paper for its $100 bills. The decision was made to go with a plastic polymer to give the C-notes a longer life and make it harder for counterfeiters to copy, the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. […]

Article Dimisses Obama On China Currency

BEIJING, Nov. 14 (UPI) — The United States should put its own house in order before chiding China on the currency issue, the official Chinese news agency Xinhua said. A signed article in Xinhua dismissed as “a replay of scapegoating China for the economic woes of America’s own making” U.S. President Barack Obama’s comment that […]

Producer Prices Fell In October

WASHINGTON, Nov. 15 (UPI) — The U.S. Producer Price Index for finished goods fell 0.3 percent in October, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Tuesday. Core prices, which exclude food and energy items, were flat for the month. Food prices alone edged up 0.1 percent. Energy prices dropped 1.4 percent in the month. Prices received […]

Retail Sales Up 0.5 Percent Month To Month

WASHINGTON, Nov. 15 (UPI) — Retail sales rose 0.5 percent from September to October, the U.S. Census Bureau reported Tuesday. Retail sales, including food service sales, adjusted for seasonal variations but not for prices, rose rose more than the predicted 0.3 percent, climbing to $397.7 billion. Sales were 7.2 percent higher than October 2010, the […]

CNN Cuts 50 Staff Members

NEW YORK, Nov. 12 (UPI) — About 50 CNN employees in offices throughout the United States were laid off after a three-year internal work process analysis, company officials said. The Friday layoffs hit offices in Atlanta, New York, Washington, Los Angeles and Miami as CNN aims to make its editing and production facilities more efficient, […]

Feds Fine American Eagle For Tarmac Delays

WASHINGTON, Nov. 14 (UPI) — The U.S. Department of Transportation said Monday that American Eagle Airlines would be the first airline ever fined for violating new rules on flight delays. The rules apply to passengers delayed inside planes on the tarmac. Transportation said American Eagle was handed a $900,000 fine for delays that took place […]

Trimmed Down Walmart Hits The Mall

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 14 (UPI) — Walmart Stores Inc. has opened two pocket-sized stores in California that are, essentially, display stores for the Walmart online, the company said. The stores at the Westfield Topanga mall in Canoga Park and in downtown San Diego are 1,000 square feet and 3,000 square feet, respectively, little siblings to […]

Starbucks To Drop Small Purchase Surcharge

SEATTLE, Nov. 14 (UPI) — U.S. coffee server Starbucks Corp. said it has dropped its practice of charging customers who buy smaller than one pound bags of coffee an extra $1.50. “They don’t charge you a fee when you buy half a pound of bologna at the supermarket,” said consumer Frank Kidd, 67, at a […]

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