WASHINGTON (AP) – WASHINGTON (AP) - The government says U.S. workers were more productive in the first quarter than previously estimated, as rapid layoffs meant companies were forced to make do with fewer employees.
The Labor Department said Thursday productivity, the amount of output per hour worked, rose at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.6 percent in the January-March period, double the government's estimate last month.
That is also above analysts' expectations of 1.2 percent growth.
NEW YORK (AP) – NEW YORK (AP) - The judge overseeing Chrysler's bankruptcy case says the automaker has a good case for the termination of 789 of its dealer franchises as part of its ongoing restructuring.
The judge in New York is hearing testimony today from Chrysler dealers and executives. Legal arguments follow on Tuesday. It's not clear when he will rule on Chrysler's motion, or if the hearing will delay Chrysler's plans to terminate the franchises effective Tuesday.
JERUSALEM (AP) – JERUSALEM (AP) - Israel says it hopes that President Barack Obama's historic speech in Cairo will lead to a "new era of reconciliation" with the Arab world.
In its first reaction to the speech, the Israeli government said it shares Obama's hope that his outreach to the Muslim world will be "the beginning of the end" of conflict and lead to general Arab recognition of Israel.
DETROIT (AP) – DETROIT (AP) - Josh Beckett did not allow a hit until there were two outs in the seventh inning and David Ortiz hit a two-run double, leading the Boston Red Sox to a 10-5 victory over the Detroit Tigers.
The Red Sox, though, lost Kevin Youkilis to a freak injury in the eighth inning. Youkilis was stretching for a throw at first when Josh Anderson appeared to step on the back of his right ankle.
East Lansing, MI – East Lansing, MI (MPRN) - The Michigan Court of Appeals has dismissed a lawsuit filed against 10 police officers and the manufacturer of the Tazer device. It was filed by the family of a man who died in police custody in 2003.
John Lee Thompson died two days after two separate altercations with police officers. One was at an apartment complex and the other was after he was inside the Saginaw County Jail. Both times officers used pepper spray and Tazers to subdue him.