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Insider Q&A: Being creative about hiring in tight job market

WASHINGTON (AP) — Paul McDonald, senior executive director at the staffing firm Robert Half International, has seen job markets of both extremes in his 35 years in recruiting: The ultra-low unemployment of the late 1990s, sky-high unemployment during the Great Recession and now back to a jobless rate of just 4 percent. McDonald's firm focuses…

Pass it On: Executive insights on staffing challenges

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a tight labor market, small business owners need to know that if they can't compete on the salary side, don't try. The better plan, says Paul McDonald, senior executive director at the staffing firm Robert Half International, is to "focus on culture, focus on learning, focus on the opportunity to take…

All shell, no shock: Lobster prices strong, season picks up

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — New England's lobster industry faces big new challenges in selling to Europe and China, but the trouble hasn't caused prices to budge much for American consumers. The business is in the midst of its busiest part of the year, when tourists flock to coastal states with a beachside lobster dinner in…

Fiat chairman lauds ailing Marchionne as rare kind of leader

MILAN (AP) — The chairman of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has written a letter to the carmaker's employees to tell them that long-time CEO Sergio Marchionne's condition has worsened, preventing his return to the Italian-American company he created through a bold merger. Chairman John Elkann, heir to the Agnelli family that founded Italian carmaker Fiat in…

Grandmother shot, hostages held at supermarket; 1 woman dead

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Police said they were trying to determine what prompted a man to shoot his grandmother and wound another woman before he crashed his car and ran into a busy supermarket, where he held dozens of people hostage in a tense standoff with scores of heavily armed officers outside. A woman was…

Jeep exec takes over Fiat, marking end of Marchionne era

ROME (AP) — Jeep executive Mike Manley will be the new CEO of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles after longtime leader Sergio Marchionne's health suddenly deteriorated following recent surgery. The announcement after an emergency board meeting Saturday marked the end of the Marchionne era, which included the turnaround of failing Fiat, the takeover of bankrupt U.S. automaker…

New UK Brexit chief: We may not pay exit fee if no deal

LONDON (AP) — Britain's slow move away from the European Union took a new twist Sunday as the new Brexit chief suggested that Britain might not pay its 39 billion pound ($51 billion) divorce bill if no trade agreement with the European Union is reached. Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab told the Sunday Telegraph that there…

Plagued by cuts, Lebanon survives on floating power plants

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon has for decades struggled with daily power cuts that leave residents sweating through their shirts summer after sticky summer. The bankrupt national power company, unable to build new power plants, has been buying electricity from Turkish barges docked off-shore. Last week, Lebanon received its third floating power station — the 235-megawatt…

Inspector warned duck boat company of design flaws last year

A private inspector said Saturday that he warned the company operating duck boats on a Missouri lake about design flaws putting the watercraft at greater risk of sinking, less than a year before the accident that killed 17 people during a sudden storm. Steve Paul, owner of the Test Drive Technologies inspection service in the…