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    Amazon says it’s raising its average starting pay for frontline workers from $18 to $19 a hour. That could help it attract more employees in a tight labor market as the holiday season approaches. The company said that beginning in October, warehouse and transportation workers would earn between $16 and $26 an hour, depending on their position and location in the U.S. The minimum wage at the Seattle-based e-commerce company, which employed roughly 1.5 million workers as of the end of June, will remain $15 an hour. Amazon had raised its average hourly pay to $18 an hour last year. It says the new raise would cost it $1 billion in the next year.

      The Army Corps of Engineers says the Mississippi River is so low and slow that salt water is creeping farther than usual along the bottom toward New Orleans and threatening drinking water. Officials plan an underwater levee to block the heavier salt water before it can reach two of the four treatment plants in Plaquemines Parish, south of New Orleans. The parish says salt may already affect the taste and smell of drinking water along the river's lowest stretch but is not a health hazard. The Corps says the structure called a sill might wind up tall enough to interfere with the extra-large ships the river was recently dredged to accommodate.

        For years, Facebook, now called Meta, has pushed the narrative that it was a neutral platform in Myanmar that was misused by malicious people and failed to moderate violent and hateful material adequately. But a new report by Amnesty International says Facebook was not merely a passive site with insufficient content moderation. Rather, Meta’s algorithms “proactively amplified" material that incited violent hatred against the Rohingya beginning as early as 2012. Amnesty found that despite years of warnings, the company not only failed to remove violent hate speech and disinformation against the Rohingya — it actively spread and amplified it until it culminated in the 2017 massacre.

          A GOP candidate for the Washington Legislature says a post he put on social media in 2020 was antisemitic. The Bellingham Herald reports Dan Johnson of Laurel, who is running to represent part of northwest Washington in the House, released a statement about the post after the newspaper published a Sunday story examining his social media going back 10 years. Johnson's 2020 Facebook post showed a yellow Star of David along with text about coronavirus restrictions. Johnson said Tuesday he inappropriately compared pandemic mandates to the Nazis’ treatment of Jewish people. Johnson is facing Democrat Joe Timmons of Bellingham in the November general election.

          Game days are as much about the appetizers as they are about football. These snacks will always be winners, even if your team doesn't make it to the Super Bowl.

          It can be very easy to overeat, whether it be out of hunger, boredom or just for comfort. But thankfully, Jamie Nadaeu, a registered dietitian from the US, has suggested some treats to stop you from overeating.

          Hurricane Ian has swamped a four-story Florida hospital from both above and below, according to a doctor who works there. The storm surge flooded its lower level emergency room on Wednesday, while fierce winds tore away part of the roof from the fourth-floor intensive care unit. Dr. Birgit Bodine spent the night at HCA Florida Fawcett Hospital in Port Charlotte, anticipating the storm would make things busy. But, she says, she didn’t anticipate that the roof would blow off on the fourth floor. The damage forced patients into just two of the floors. Bodine plans to spend another night at the hospital, when incoming storm injuries could make things worse.

          Friend or foe? On the streets of Tokyo and Beijing, the ties between Japan and China remain complicated and often contradictory. Chinese urbanites slurp “ramen” soup noodles in a two-story restaurant row made to look like Tokyo’s narrow alleyways. Japanese flock to a festival in Tokyo to try Chinese dumplings. But critical views are on the rise 50 years after the two Asian countries normalized relations as part of the process that brought Communist China into the international fold. The two are marking the anniversary Thursday of the agreement to establish diplomatic relations in 1972.

          A GOP candidate for the Washington Legislature says a post he put on social media in 2020 was antisemitic. The Bellingham Herald reports Dan Johnson of Laurel, who is running to represent part of northwest Washington in the House, released a statement about the post after the newspaper published a Sunday story examining his social media going back 10 years. Johnson's 2020 Facebook post showed a yellow Star of David along with text about coronavirus restrictions. Johnson said Tuesday he inappropriately compared pandemic mandates to the Nazis’ treatment of Jewish people. Johnson is facing Democrat Joe Timmons of Bellingham in the November general election.

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