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Heavy rain floods Philippine capital; markets, schools shut

MANILA (Reuters) – A tropical storm dumped heavy rain on the Philippine capital on Friday, flooding many parts of the city, shutting schools, government offices and financial markets. Thousands of residents in low-lying areas were moved to higher ground, officials said, as flood waters rose quickly after the equivalent of half a month’s usual rain fell in six hours. The Philippine Stock Exchange suspended trade after the government canceled work and classes in the capital. …

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Microsoft says government officials make sudden visits to China offices

BEIJING (Reuters) – Chinese government officials have made sudden visits to Microsoft Corp offices in China, a spokeswoman for the company said on Monday, but declined to give any reason for the inspections. China’s State Administration for Industry & Commerce, which Chinese media reported had made the visits to Microsoft offices in Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Chengdu, declined to give comment outside of working hours. Microsoft has been a focus of anti-U.S. technology sentiment in China since U.S. …

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FBI investigates Ford engineer after listening devices found -Ford

A former Ford Motor Co engineer is being investigated by the FBI after listening devices were found in meeting rooms at company offices, the automaker said on Friday. “Ford initiated an investigation of a now former employee and requested the assistance of the FBI,” said Susan Krusel, a Ford spokeswoman. The Detroit News reported that the FBI seized listening devices, computers and financial records in a July 11 search of company offices.

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Hundreds of postal workers protest at Chicago Staples over outsourcing

By Mary Wisniewski CHICAGO (Reuters) – Hundreds of postal workers from around the country protested outside a Staples store in downtown Chicago on Tuesday over a program that allows postal services to be sold at more than 80 Staples retail outlets. Postal workers have complained about the program for months, saying the “mini-post offices” staffed by non-union workers will result in fewer jobs and hours of work at government post offices. Last week, Staples said the office supply chain and the U.S. Postal Service would end the pilot program that began in November, but the union says it is continuing under a different name. “What they attempted to do is convince us we achieved victory and pull back on our campaign,” said Rich Shelley, a representative for the American Postal Workers Union, which is having its national convention in Chicago. …read more

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Typhoon kills 10 in Philippines, shuts Manila, prompts mass evacuations

By Rosemarie Francisco MANILA (Reuters) – A typhoon killed at least 10 people as it churned across the Philippines and hit the capital, prompting the evacuation of almost more than 370,000 people and shutting financial markets, offices and schools, rescue officials said on Wednesday. The eye of Typhoon Rammasun, the strongest storm to hit the country this year, passed to the south of Manila on Wednesday after cutting a path across the main island of Luzon, toppling trees and power lines and causing electrocutions and widespread blackouts. Major roads across Luzon were blocked by debris, fallen trees and electricity poles. Richard Gordon, chairman of the Philippine National Red Cross, said there was minimal damage in the capital but staff were trying to rescue people trapped by fallen debris in Batangas City to the south where two people were electrocuted.

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Staples, USPS end program to set up mini-post offices in stores

Staples Inc said the company and the U.S. Postal Service will end a pilot program to set up mini-post offices in the company’s retail outlets, after several protests outside the retailer’s stores. Postal workers have protested the program for months, objecting to expanding post office services to Staples stores, staffed with non-union workers. The news comes days after the American Postal Workers Union won the support of the American Federation of Teachers after it approved a resolution to boycott Staples.

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