EU launches talks to defend work, living conditions

BRUSSELS (AP) -- The European Union is launching talks with unions and employers to ensure that people's work and living conditions are protected as they turn to alternative jobs like self-driving taxis or fast food deliveries. The EU Commission said Wednesday that debate is needed across the 28 nations as job market changes increase the risk that people might be deprived of unemployment benefits or health insurance.

AP Explains: What will a Hollywood writers' strike mean?

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Hollywood is facing a cliffhanger after members of the Writers Guild of America voted overwhelmingly to authorize a strike that could begin as soon as next week. Negotiations resumed Tuesday as the union and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers grapple over issues including compensation and health care.

Lawsuit filed against Fox alleges racial discrimination

NEW YORK (AP) -- An expanded lawsuit filed Tuesday accuses Fox News Channel of racial discrimination "that appears more akin to Plantation-style management than a modern-day work environment." The lawsuit, filed in state Supreme Court, adds eight former and current Fox employees to a case involving three former Fox workers and their accusations against a since-fired Fox financial executive. It also expands the case to include Dianne Brandi, Fox's chief counsel.

Jobs incentives in poorer N. Carolina counties focus of bill

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- A key North Carolina state senator wants to change how the state's primary economic incentives tool is used and promoted so that more benefits go to companies that promise to create jobs in the state's poorer regions. Senate Majority Leader Harry Brown of Jacksonville is an author of a bill approved Tuesday by the Senate Finance Committee that addresses the Job Development Investment Grant.

Uber takes to the skies with next ride-hailing project

NEW YORK (AP) -- Uber is taking to the skies with its next project -- "flying cars" -- even as all eyes are on its problems on the ground. On Tuesday, the embattled ride-hailing company announced plans for an on-demand network of electric aircraft that can take off and land vertically, like a helicopter. It wants to test a network for such vehicles by 2020.

Packaging company putting 30 jobs near South Carolina coast

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) -- South Carolina Commerce Department officials say a packaging company will open a new facility in North Charleston. The department said in a news release Tuesday that Mid-States Packaging Inc. will create 30 jobs when it sets up the $5 million operation. The company will locate its manufacturing, warehousing and distribution operations in two buildings in North Charleston.

Alitalia faces bankruptcy after employees vote down plan

ROME (AP) -- The risk of bankruptcy looms for Italy's flagship airline, Alitalia, after employees resoundingly rejected proposed salary cuts and layoffs that were aimed at securing investments and keeping the carrier afloat. It's the latest twist in the decades-long saga of decline for the loss-making company, which has been through multiple bailouts and restructurings but never managed to compete with the booming low-cost carriers in Europe.

The Latest: All proposed Wells Fargo board members elected

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. (AP) -- The Latest on Wells Fargo's annual meeting after a scandal over the bank's sales practices (all times local): 12:50 p.m. All proposed Wells Fargo directors have been elected, though one got barely 53 percent of shareholders votes, after a scandal over sales practices drew ire from investors.

Cost cuts at Coca-Cola go deeper, including jobs

ATLANTA (AP) -- Coca-Cola's sales declined in the first quarter as it restructured its business, and the world's biggest beverage maker said it will cut 1,200 jobs starting later this year as it deepens its cost-cutting. The maker of Fanta, Sprite and Smartwater said the job cuts will come from its corporate staff around the world.

Publishers to step down amid McClatchy restructuring

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (AP) -- South Carolina's The Sun News and Georgia's The Telegraph will see their respective publishers step down next month. Both papers are part of The McClatchy Co., which recently announced a new regional publishing structure. News outlets report that Sun News president and publisher Mark Webster and Telegraph president and publisher Don Bailey will each step down from their positions effective May 5.

Writers Guild votes to authorize strike as talks continue

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Members of the Writers Guild of America are one step closer to striking come May 2. In a letter to its members Monday, the WGA said 96.3 percent voted to authorize a strike as the May 1 contract expiration deadline looms. Negotiations between the Guild and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers will resume Tuesday.

Lawsuit claims ex-Fox News host was harassed online by Fox

NEW YORK (AP) -- Former Fox News host Andrea Tantaros said in a lawsuit Monday she believes network operatives used bogus social media accounts to torture her after she complained about sexual harassment. She also said she believes someone hacked her computer and phone. Tantaros' attorney, Judd Burstein, filed the suit in Manhattan federal court. The lawsuit doesn't offer hard evidence that Fox was behind harassing tweets.

Report: Companies not complying with Bangladesh garment plan

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) -- Dozens of global clothing companies are not complying with a plan to ensure better safety in Bangladesh garment factories following the deadly collapse of a building four years ago, a rights group said Monday. Only 29 out of 72 recently contacted companies are releasing information about how they source their products in Bangladesh, and "many brands have held out completely," New York-based Human Rights Watch said in a report.

Transcript of AP interview with Trump

A transcript of an Oval Office interview Friday with President Donald Trump by AP White House Correspondent Julie Pace. Where the audio recording of the interview is unclear, ellipses or a notation that the recording was unintelligible are used. AP: I do want to talk to you about the 100 days. TRUMP: Good. AP: I want to ask a few questions on some topics that are happening toward the end of the interview.

Cement multinational CEO resigns after Syria deals

GENEVA (AP) -- The top executive of LafargeHolcim announced Monday that he will resign, citing "strong tensions" facing the Swiss-French cement maker since its admission last month that it had struck deals with armed groups in Syria -- allegedly including the radical Islamic State group. The world's largest cement maker said an internal investigation has concluded that CEO Eric Olsen was not responsible for or aware of any wrongdoing linked to now-discontinued Syria operations.

Transcript of AP interview with Trump

A transcript of an Oval Office interview Friday with President Donald Trump by AP White House Correspondent Julie Pace. Where the audio recording of the interview is unclear, ellipses or a notation that the recording was unintelligible are used. AP: I do want to talk to you about the 100 days. TRUMP: Good. AP: I want to ask a few questions on some topics that are happening toward the end of the interview.

Saudis reinstate public sector perks after 7-month cutback

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) -- Saudi Arabia's King Salman has issued a decree reinstating public sector perks after a drop in oil prices forced the kingdom to curb big-ticket spending and implement sensitive austerity measures. The decree, issued late Saturday, states that King Salman is "keen to provide comfort to Saudi citizens" and has reinstated all allowances, privileges and financial premiums given to civil and military officials.

Company to expand North Carolina plant, adding 275 jobs

APEX, N.C. (AP) -- A company that makes robotics parts is expanding its operation in North Carolina, adding 275 jobs over the next four years. The News & Observer of Raleigh reported (http://bit.ly/2pX1wV8) that ATI Industrial Automation said Thursday it will expand its factory and headquarters in Apex. CEO Robert Little said the company plans to spend $6 million on the expansion that will include factory and warehouse space.