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Caterpillar says it could cut 10,000 jobs to reduce costs

Caterpillar to cut jobsCaterpillar is planning another round of job cuts that could exceed 10,000 people through 2018, as the construction and mining equipment maker adjusts to downturns in key markets that it serves.

That could amount to more than 8 percent of the 126,800 employees it had globally as of June.

The Peoria, Illinois, company said Thursday that it will cut as many as 5,000 people mostly by the end of this year from its salaried and management workforce. It then could cut thousands more, raising the total cuts above 10,000, as it figures out which factories and manufacturing sites to close through 2018.


Yogi Berra, baseball Hall of Fame catcher, dies at 90

Yogi BerraThe lovable legend of Yogi Berra, that ain't ever gonna be over.

The Hall of Fame catcher renowned as much for his dizzying malapropisms as his unmatched 10 World Series championships with the New York Yankees, died Tuesday. He was 90.

Berra, who filled baseball's record book as well as "Bartlett's Familiar Quotations," died of natural causes at his home in New Jersey, according to Dave Kaplan, the director of the Yogi Berra Museum.


Pope Francis begins tour of the US

Pope Francis in the USPope Francis has begun to begin his tour of the US, where he is expected to greet millions of America Catholics and address thorny issues like climate change and income inequality.

US President Barack Obama welcomed the pope as he landed on Tuesday - a rare honour for a foreign dignitary.  The pontiff will visit Washington DC, New York and Philadelphia.


Hundreds of striking workers demand audience with Pope Francis

Striking workers ask to see Pope in DCHundreds of striking low-wage workers in Washington, D.C. want Pope Francis to join their cause. Members of Good Jobs Nation, the labor-backed campaign to win higher pay and union recognition for service employees at federal sites in the capital, halted work on Tuesday morning as part of a protest timed to coincide with the pope’s U.S. visit.

Roughly 1,000 workers from privately managed, federally owned workplaces, such as the Smithsonian museum food courts, joined religious leaders for a march to Capitol Hill. Most, but not all, of the workers are on strike. Several religious leaders marched alongside them, including Rev. Michael Livingston of Riverside Church of New York City, which has a long history of Christian civil rights activism. Sen. Bernie Sanders, who is running for the Democratic presidential nomination, is expected to address the crowd.


Officials: South Dakota man killed wife, 4 kids then himself

SD man kills family, selfAuthorities believe a man fatally shot his wife and four children, set their rural South Dakota house on fire, then turned the shotgun on himself, the state's attorney general's office said Tuesday.

Preliminary autopsy results show all six members of the Westerhuis family died of shotgun wounds. The bodies of Scott and Nicole Westerhuis and their children Kailey, Jaeci, Connor and Michael were found in the burned ruins of their home in Platte on Thursday.


Rape on campus: 1 in 4 women report enduring sexual assault, survey finds

Rape free campus campaignA survey on sexual assault and misconduct that included responses from more than 150,000 students at 27 universities shows that nearly a quarter of women reported nonconsensual sexual contact by physical force, threats of physical force, or incapacitation while enrolled at a university.

Conducted in April and May of this year and released Monday, results showed that 11.7 percent of students overall experienced misconduct with the incidence among undergraduate females at 23.1 percent and 5.4 percent for male undergraduates. About 1 in 10 female students say they have experienced sexual assault involving penetration, by force or incapacitation, while in college.


US weighs abstention on Cuba embargo vote at UN

embargo vote at UNFor the first time, the United States may be willing to accept a United Nations condemnation of the U.S. trade embargo against Cuba without a fight, The Associated Press has learned.

U.S. officials tell the AP that the Obama administration is weighing abstaining from the annual U.N. General Assembly vote on a Cuban-backed resolution demanding that the embargo be lifted. The vote could come next month.


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