FLAGSTAFF, Arizona (AP) — A candidate for tribal president on the largest Native American reservation lost another round in a language fluency dispute Wednesday, all but ending his bid for office.
The Navajo Nation's highest court dismissed an appeal from Chris Deschene, making a disqualification order from a lower court final and enforceable. The lower court had disqualified Deschene from seeking the tribe's top elected post after he declined to demonstrate whether he is fluent in Navajo. Tribal law requires its presidential candidates to be fluent in the language, a defining part of Navajo culture.
Despite the long odds, Deschene said he is holding out hope that election officials and tribal lawmakers will provide a way for him to remain on the ballot.
"Certainly the campaign is committed to moving forward," his spokeswoman Stacy Pearson said.
It wasn't immediately clear where the decision leaves the presidential election. The disqualification order requires that election officials move up the third-place finisher from the primary election.
However, absentee ballots giving voters a choice between Deschene and former President Joe Shirley Jr. already have gone out, and early voting is under way.
Levon Henry, an attorney for the Tribal Council and election officials, has said the Nov. 4 election likely will be postponed. The Navajo Board of Election Supervisors is scheduled to meet about it Thursday.
Meanwhile, the Navajo Nation Council has a bill on its agenda this week to make voters the sole decision-makers when it comes to determining a presidential candidate's fluency.
Henry did not immediately return a message Wednesday seeking comment on whether tribal lawmakers can undo a Supreme Court action.
The high court did not rule on the merits of Deschene's appeal. Instead, the justices dismissed it over lack of jurisdiction because Deschene did not include a copy of his disqualification order with his notice of appeal.
They ruled out any possibility to have the appeal reconsidered.
"Any litigant who is serious about his case will ensure that all of the court's jurisdictional requirements are satisfied," the justices wrote.
Justin Jones, an attorney for one of the men who challenged Deschene, said Deschene confused voters by not admitting that he couldn't speak fluent Navajo.
Deschene has said he is proficient in the language.
Deschene came in second to Shirley in the August primary, but his campaign was overshadowed by questions regarding his fluency in Navajo.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, more people speak Navajo than any other single Native American language. More than half of the Navajo Nation's members speak the language.
Deschene refused to take a fluency test developed by the personnel in the tribe's education department. He also declined to answer questions in a deposition or as a witness in the case against him. He said it was not right that he be singled out and tested on his language ability.
Richie Nez of the tribe's Office of Hearings and Appeals said he had no choice but to disqualify Deschene after he failed to prove he could speak fluent Navajo.
Nez earlier dismissed the challenges as untimely. But the Supreme Court remanded the case to him after ruling that Nez must decide the challenges on the merits. It said the tribe's language was too important to disregard as a qualification for the presidency.
The language is the foundation of Navajo culture and traditions, said to have been handed down by deities.News Topics: General news, Presidential elections, United States Presidential Election, Tribal governments, Campaigns, National courts, Supreme courts, Native Americans, National elections, Elections, Government and politics, Events, National governments, Courts, Judiciary
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SAN DIEGO (AP) — The Port of San Diego is making a final push to host the America's Cup, including releasing a splashy video touting the bay as a perfect venue for so-called stadium sailing.
San Diego is competing with Bermuda, a British territory, to host the 35th America's Cup in 2017.
The video, posted online Wednesday, says organizers can count on a breeze of more than 8 knots on San Diego Bay 93 percent of the time to ensure a reliable TV schedule.
The next-generation America's Cup catamarans are expected to rise up on hydrofoils in single-digit wind speeds.
San Diego hosted the America's Cup in 1988, 1992 and 1995, with racing on the Pacific Ocean several miles off Point Loma.
A venue decision is expected before the end of the year.News Topics: Sports, Sailing, America's Cup, Events
People, Places and Companies: San Diego, California, United States, North America
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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The family of a Texas nurse who flew to Ohio and was diagnosed with Ebola says doctors no longer detect the virus in her body.
A family statement released Wednesday through a media consultant says officials at Emory University Hospital and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention couldn't detect Ebola in Amber Vinson as of Tuesday evening. Doctors usually do two tests a day apart before saying they can't detect the virus. It's unclear how many tests Vinson has had.
The statement says Vinson's mother spoke to her Wednesday and Vinson has been approved for transfer from isolation.
Vinson is being treated at Emory, near Atlanta. Emory officials won't comment on her status.
Vinson helped care for a Liberian man with Ebola who died at a Dallas hospital Oct. 8. Another nurse there also became infected.News Topics: General news, Ebola virus, Health, Hemorrhagic fever, Infectious diseases, Diseases and conditions
People, Places and Companies: Texas, Ohio, United States, North America
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WATFORD, England (AP) — The Atlanta Falcons are a long way from the Georgia Dome.
But they are getting ready for a "home" game in London against the Detroit Lions.
Reeling from a four-game losing streak and several injuries, the Falcons (2-5) are not out of it in the mediocre NFC South.
The Falcons enter the week trailing the Saints (2-5) and Panthers (3-3-1).
"As bad and as ugly as it's been in the last couple of weeks, we're still right in the mix," quarterback Matt Ryan said after the team arrived Monday to overcome a trans-Atlantic dose of jetlag.
For the second time in an injury-filled season, Ryan will be taking snaps from a new center: undrafted rookie James Stone.
The Falcons' first backup, Peter Konz, tore ligaments in his left knee Sunday in the Falcons' 29-7 loss to the Baltimore Ravens. He became the fourth starting lineman to suffer a season-ending injury this year.
Ryan and coach Mike Smith expressed confidence in Stone's ability to learn quickly, but know he will face a challenge in Ndamukong Suh and the rest of the Lions' ferocious pass rush.
"James is a very good young football player that understands the game. He impressed us early on with his ability to identify fronts and change protections. He is an intelligent young guy," Smith said. "He just doesn't have any experience."
Stone is hardly the only one facing new experiences as the NFL pursues its experiment of developing European interest in the American sport with the second of three games at London's Wembley Stadium this season.
Many of the Falcons had never traveled overseas before Monday.
When they arrived at London's Heathrow Airport, they went immediately to an elementary school to teach local kids some NFL fundamentals, and were instructed by coaches to push through the jetlag by staying awake well past sundown.
Many players found it difficult to follow that advice and were still feeling jetlag on Wednesday as practice opened at the London training ground of Arsenal, one of Britain's top soccer clubs.
"I was in and out. I think I woke up at 2 o'clock," said receiver Julio Jones, describing his first night's attempt to sleep on the European clock. "It's difficult here with this time difference, five hours. It's been rough on me."
Jones was asked by an English journalist whether he thought the league was serious about bringing an NFL team full time to London.
He said it might provide the best home-field advantage in league history, so long as the visiting U.S. team didn't get the time to adjust their body clocks.
"A permanent franchise?" he said. "Y'all would definitely have the upper hand — if you don't let guys come in too early to get acclimated. Let them come in on Friday. Play them Sunday. You'd kill 'em every time."
People, Places and Companies: Matt Ryan, James Stone, Peter Konz, Mike Smith, Ndamukong Suh, Julio Jones, United Kingdom, London, England, Western Europe, Europe
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — A U.N. official says the number of piracy incidents off the coast of Somalia is at its lowest in recent years.
Political chief Jeffrey Feltman told the U.N. Security Council on Wednesday that the last time a large commercial vessel was hijacked was over two years ago.
But he warned that the trend toward progress is "fragile and reversible" and said Somali pirates are still holding 37 people.
Feltman is calling on more countries to criminalize piracy and fight its financing.
The International Maritime Bureau has said there were only seven attacks and attempted attacks off Somalia last year, down from 49 in 2012 and 160 in 2011, the epidemic's peak.News Topics: General news, Maritime piracy, Crime
People, Places and Companies: Jeffrey Feltman, Somalia, East Africa, Africa
KANSAS CITY, Missouri (AP) — San Francisco Giants pitcher Tim Lincecum missed the pregame introductions before the World Series opener because he was vomiting.
The two-time Cy Young pitching award winner did not line up with his teammates on the third-base side of the field at Kauffman Stadium before the Giants' 7-1 win Tuesday night.
"My trainer, Dave Groeschner, he said he got sick about a half hour before the game and he was throwing up," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said Wednesday. "He rebounded very well. He was OK to pitch."
Bochy wasn't sure whether the issue was cause by food.
"I don't know if he knows," he said. "He was down in the bullpen, I think, the second inning."
Linecum pitched his second career no-hitter against San Diego on June 25 but struggled after the All-Star break and was dropped from the rotation in late August. He hasn't pitched at all since the regular-season finale on Sept. 28.News Topics: Sports, MLB baseball, MLB World Series, Professional baseball, Baseball, Men's sports, Events
People, Places and Companies: Tim Lincecum, Bruce Bochy, Missouri, United States, North America
ATLANTIC CITY, New Jersey (AP) — Trump Entertainment Resorts is dropping its threat to close Atlantic City's Taj Mahal casino on Nov. 13.
The company said Wednesday it still cannot guarantee the Taj Mahal won't close by the end of the year, but added it will definitely remain open throughout the month of November.
Trump Entertainment has been pursuing a long-shot rescue plan to re-finance the company and transfer ownership to billionaire Carl Icahn, who would pump $100 million into it. But the plan hinges on getting $175 million in state assistance that state Senate President Steve Sweeney has already ruled out.
"As of now we don't have any plan to close the Taj, but that could change next month," Robert Griffin, CEO of Trump Entertainment, told The Associated Press. "We still need our plan to be approved, and we need assistance from the state with no assurance we're going to get it.
"We can't say we're not going to close the Taj before the end of the year," Griffin said. "But we can say it won't close in November."
The company says it acted Wednesday in part to assure customers that a Culture Club concert scheduled for Nov. 28 will go on as planned.
Four of Atlantic City's 12 casinos have closed this year, putting 8,000 casino workers on the street. If the Taj Mahal became the fifth, the unemployment total would soar to 11,000.
Recent events appear to have given it at least a few weeks' breathing room. Last Friday a bankruptcy judge in Delaware granted the company's request to terminate health care coverage and pension contributions for the Taj Mahal's 3,000 workers. The company said it would have closed the casino had the ruling gone against it.
The new timetable for a possible closure came as the company continued to battle its main union. Local 54 of the Unite-HERE union told a federal bankruptcy judge Wednesday that Trump Entertainment Resorts cannot stop it from contacting customers, letting them know about the labor dispute and urging them to go elsewhere.
The union is warning customers of further labor unrest; picketing there is set for Friday.
On Oct. 8, the company asked the judge to order the union to send letters to everyone it contacted, acknowledging that its previous communications were "misleading." It also wants a list of everyone the union contacted.
In its response Wednesday, the union countered that a federal law called the Norris-LaGuardia Act prohibits federal courts from barring publicity connected with a labor dispute.
Union attorney William Josem said the order the company seeks would be unconstitutional because it would violate the union's free speech rights.
Contacting customers of a casino with which it is engaged in a dispute is a time-honored tactic of the union. It used similar tactics to dissuade clients of the Tropicana Casino Resort and Resorts Casino Hotel during contract disputes in the last seven years.
Wayne Parry can be reached at http://twitter.com/WayneParryACNews Topics: Business, General news, Corporate legal affairs, Casinos, Freedom of speech, Corporate news, Gambling, Recreation and leisure, Lifestyle, Human rights and civil liberties, Social issues, Social affairs
People, Places and Companies: Carl Icahn, Steve Sweeney, Stephen M. Sweeney, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States, North America
PARIS (AP) — Cristiano Ronaldo scored his 70th Champions League goal and Mario Balotelli again failed to deliver as Real Madrid cruised to a 3-0 win at Liverpool on Wednesday to take complete control of Group B with a third straight win.
While Tuesday night's 40-goal bonanza never looked like being matched, there was still drama elsewhere as Arsenal scraped a 2-1 win at Anderlecht with late goals from defender Kieran Gibbs and forward Lukas Podolski — a peripheral player this season.
German sides continue to score for fun, too, as Borussia Dortmund romped to a 4-0 win at Galatasaray the day after Bayern Munich's magnificent 7-1 in Roma and Schalke beat Sporting Lisbon 4-3.
But it was a bad night for Italian champion Juventus, which lost 1-0 at Greek side Olympiakos.News Topics: Sports, Men's sports, Men's soccer, Professional soccer, Soccer
People, Places and Companies: Kieran Gibbs, Lukas Podolski, France, Europe, Western Europe
SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — Yordan Minev scored a stoppage-time winner to give Champions League newcomer Ludogorets a 1-0 victory over 10-man Basel in Group B on Wednesday.
Minev struck a right-footed shot from outside the box into the bottom left corner in the second minutes of added time to secure his team's first win in Europe's top-tier competition.
The victory moved the Bulgarian side onto three points, along with Basel and Liverpool. Real Madrid tops the group standings with nine points after its 3-0 victory over Liverpool.
Basel started well but was hit by a red card for Ivory Coast midfielder Geoffroy Serey Die in the 18th minute. The Swiss team kept trying to push forward, but Ludogorets gradually gained the upper hand.
Despite being a man down, Basel nearly opened the scoring midway through the first half when a rising shot from Derlis Gonzalez drew a brilliant save from keeper Vladislav Stoyanov.
The home side started well after the break and Dani Abalo came close with a shot that Basel goalkeeper Tomas Vaclik managed to push over the bar.
Fabio Espinho went on to miss several chances for the home side and, with 10 minutes remaining, Mihail Aleksandrov met a cross by Minev with a header that flashed wide.
Minev made no mistake with his finish, though.
"This is a great night," Ludogorets coach Georgi Dermendzhiev said. "We played good football and won with better tactics."News Topics: Sports, Men's soccer, Professional soccer, Soccer, Men's sports
People, Places and Companies: Bulgaria, Eastern Europe, Europe
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico's justice department has filed fraud and other charges against officials at the troubled state-owned power company in the U.S. territory.
Among those charged is Jose Perez Canabal, former vice president of the board of the Electric Energy Authority, along with attorney Francisco Santos Rivera. Also charged is accountant Roberto Torres, who does not work for the company.
The suspects are scheduled to appear in court Oct. 28.
Justice Secretary Cesar Miranda on Wednesday accused them of wrongful intervention as the government awarded renewable energy contracts in 2011.
Justice officials said the investigation began in 2011 after former Gov. Luis Fortuno raised concerns.
The charges come as the government aims to reform the power company amid complaints of corruption and high power bills.News Topics: Business, General news, Fraud and false statements, Crime
People, Places and Companies: Puerto Rico, Caribbean, Latin America and Caribbean
WASHINGTON (AP) — The military increased security Wednesday at the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery after fatal shootings at a Canadian war memorial and Parliament, even though the FBI and the Homeland Security Department said there was no specific threat against the U.S.
President Barack Obama condemned the shootings in Canada as "outrageous acts."
"Obviously the situation there is tragic," Obama said, adding, "we're all shaken by it." He confirmed the death of a Canadian soldier, and extended his condolences.
The Canadian soldier had been standing guard at the National War Memorial in the capital of Ottawa, Ontario. Gunfire also erupted inside Parliament, and authorities in Canada said at least one gunman was killed.
The White House said Obama spoke by telephone with Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper. The U.S. has offered to help the U.S. ally with its response, and Obama expressed the American people's solidarity with Canada.
In a statement, the FBI said it had reminded field offices and government partners to remain vigilant in light of recent calls for attacks against government personnel by what it described as terrorist groups and like-minded individuals. "We stand ready to assist our Canadian partners as they deal with the ongoing situation in their capital," it said.
The agency and Homeland Security said there was no specific threat against this country.
A U.S. Capitol police spokesman said the force remained at a post-9/11 "heightened level of awareness," but did not make any significant modifications as a result of the shootings in Canada.
"The USCP continues to monitor and track the Canadian event," Officer Shennell Antrobus said.
Authorities increased security at the Tomb of the Unknowns, which draws 4 million tourists a year. The Military District of Washington, which oversees the 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment, known as The Old Guard, that protects the tomb, said the added security was a "precautionary measure."
The U.S. Embassy in Ottawa was also placed on lockdown as a precaution.
It was unclear whether Wednesday's shootings were terrorism-related.
Earlier this week one Canadian soldier was killed and another injured in a hit-and-run crash. Authorities have said the suspect in that earlier case was a recent convert to Islam who is suspected of having jihadist ambitions. The suspect was shot to death by police after the deadly crash.
Associated Press writers Matthew Barakat in McLean, Virginia, Rob Gillies in Toronto, Jeremy Hainsworth in Ottawa, Ontario, and Matthew Daly in Washington contributed to this report.News Topics: General news, Government and politics, Military and defense
People, Places and Companies: Barack Obama, Stephen Harper, Canada, United States, Ottawa, North America, Ontario
TORONTO (AP) — A Canadian official has identified the dead Ottawa gunman as Michael Zehaf-Bibeau.
The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak publicly.
Authorities and witnesses say a man with a scarf over his face shot and killed a Canadian soldier standing guard at the nation's war memorial on Wednesday, then headed into Parliament, where he was fatally shot by the sergeant-at-arms.
Two other people were wounded and in stable conditions, hospital officials said.
Wednesday's shooting came two days after a deadly hit-and-run against two Canadian soldiers by a man who police say was fired up with radical Muslim fervor. One of the soldiers was killed.News Topics: General news, Shootings, Violent crime, Crime
People, Places and Companies: Canada, Ottawa, North America, Ontario
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Retired Los Angeles Laker Magic Johnson became famous for dishing out assists to his teammates during his Hall of Fame basketball career. Now, as an entrepreneur focused on minority markets, he says he is ready to help Silicon Valley hire more blacks and Latinos to diversify the technology industry's largely white and Asian workforce.
Johnson believes his own Beverly Hills, California, company, Magic Johnson Enterprises, could connect major technology employers with more minority engineers if they call upon him.
"We have to make sure the Apples and Googles of the world get together with others who know what they are doing and who can make a difference, whether it's myself or somebody else," Johnson told The Associated Press Wednesday after appearing at an Intuit Inc. conference in Silicon Valley.News Topics: Business, General news, Sports, Workplace diversity, Personnel, Social diversity, Social issues, Social affairs
People, Places and Companies: Intuit Inc, Magic Johnson, California, United States, North America
LIVERPOOL, England (AP) — Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has criticized Mario Balotelli for swapping shirts with an opponent at halftime of a Champions League match against Real Madrid.
Balotelli exchanged shirts with Madrid defender Pepe as they approached the tunnel on the way to the dressing rooms, moments after the halftime whistle.
Rodgers says "it's not something I stand for. If you want to do that, for me you do that at the end of the game."
Rodgers says "it's something I'll deal with" on Thursday.
Balotelli did not reappear for the second half, although Rodgers said that was "purely tactical" and was unaware of Balotelli swapping shirts until after the match.
Madrid won 3-0 at Anfield.News Topics: Sports, Soccer, Men's soccer, Men's sports, Professional soccer
People, Places and Companies: England, United Kingdom, Western Europe, Europe
BRUSSELS (AP) — Kieran Gibbs and Lukas Podolski scored in the final minutes to give Arsenal 2-1 victory over Anderlecht and a thrilling Champions League birthday present for manager Arsene Wenger.
With defeat seeming assured, Gibbs brought Arsenal back into the game in the 89th minute with a low volley. Podolski followed up from close range in stoppage time after a goalmouth scramble to keep the London side second in Group D.
Anderlecht had sensed victory after midfielder Andy Najar gave the Belgian champion a 1-0 lead with a powerful header which wrong-footed Arsenal's third-choice goalie Emiliano Martinez in the 71st minute.
Dortmund leads the group with nine points ahead of Arsenal, whose coach Wenger celebrated his 65th birthday on Wednesday, with six points. Anderlecht and Galatasaray have one point each.
"We are in a strong position now. It is down to us now and we have to win our home games," Wenger said.
It put a smile back on the face of Wenger, whose side long seemed incapable of producing something special for the Frenchman's 65th birthday.
Struggling in the Premier League with any hope of winning it seemingly gone ahead of Christmas, Arsenal was on the verge of dropping to third place in its Champions League group.
In front of a sellout crowd of 26,000 at the Vanden Stock stadium, Anderlecht more than held its own against the injury-depleted Londoners and after Honduran international Najar scored, it seemed poised to jump over Arsenal in the standings.
Five minutes after the goal, Anderlecht defender Anthony Vanden Borre could have doubled the lead but fluffed a close-range shot that bounced off the crossbar.
Arsenal took heart and never gave up. Increasingly, it ripped the defense to shreds right up to the point that even goalie Sivlio Proto cracked.
Wenger can claim credit fo9r bringing on Podolski only six minutes from time to make the difference.
Raf Casert can be followed on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/rcasertNews Topics: Sports, Men's soccer, Professional soccer, Soccer, Men's sports
People, Places and Companies: Kieran Gibbs, Lukas Podolski, Anthony Vanden Borre, Belgium, Western Europe, Europe
TORONTO, Ontario (AP) — Canadian official identifies dead Ottawa gunman as Michael Zehaf-Bibeau .News Topics: General news
People, Places and Companies: Ontario, Ottawa, Canada, North America
Stocks fell broadly on Wednesday, snapping a four-day winning streak for the Standard & Poor's 500 index, as investors shaken by recent swings in the market sold some of their holdings. A drop in the price of oil dragged down energy stocks. Small-company stocks also fell as traders unloaded riskier assets.
The Dow Jones industrial average fell 153.49 points, or 0.9 percent, to 16,461.32.
The S&P 500 500 fell 14.17 points, or 0.7 percent, to 1,927.11.
The Nasdaq composite fell 36.63 points, or 0.8 percent, to 4,382.85.
For the week:
The Dow is up 80.91 points, or 0.5 percent.
The S&P 500 is up 40.35, or 2.1 percent.
The Nasdaq has added 124.41 points, or 2.9 percent.
For the year:
The Dow is down 115.34 points, or 0.7 percent.
The S&P 500 index is up 78.75 points, or 4.3 percent.
The Nasdaq is up 206.26 points, or 4.9 percent.News Topics: Business, Stock indices and averages, Stock prices, Financial markets, Stock markets, Leading economic indicators, Economy
DALLAS (AP) — Facing an even bigger mountain of packages this holiday season, FedEx and UPS are hiring more workers to avoid the delays that frustrated shoppers and gift-recipients a year ago.
Last December, the delivery giants were caught off-guard by bad weather and a surge in last-minute online shopping. An estimated 2 million packages were late at Christmas.
On Wednesday, FedEx Corp. said it expects deliveries between Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve to rise 8.8 percent over last year, to 290 million shipments. Volume is expected to surge on each of the first three Mondays in December, with FedEx predicting a peak of 22.6 million shipments on Monday, Dec. 15.
The delivery companies and Internet retailers are benefiting from a strengthening economy and optimism about consumer spending. At the same time, they're dealing with consumers who increasingly enjoy the ease of shopping on computers and mobile devices but expect the goods to show up almost as quickly as if they had shopped at a store. That expectation is often fed by online retailers, who hold out the promise of free delivery until right before Christmas.
About 1.3 million express packages handled by UPS and 618,000 carried by FedEx failed to get delivered on time last Christmas Eve, according to ShipMatrix Inc., which makes software for shipment tracking. The firm's president, Satish Jindel, said UPS and FedEx were at fault only 30 percent of the time.
In most cases, retailers promised guaranteed express delivery but tried to save money and didn't pay the delivery companies for that speedier service, Jindel said.
The merchants face tough competition for consumers who base purchases first on price, and second on free shipping, and the faster the better.
"Every single year the percentage of retailers offering free shipping goes up," said Vicki Cantrell, senior vice president at the National Retail Federation. "The consumer expects it. The retailer may or may not be able to afford it."
Target Corp. has started offering free holiday shipping for any item on its website, a first for the retailer as it tries to compete better against online rivals such as Amazon.com Inc. The timing of the offer was stunning — weeks before the unofficial kickoff of holiday shopping.
Cantrell said Target, Wal-Mart Stores Inc. and other retailers are getting better at the shipping game. They will ship items from stores instead of a central warehouse if that is faster, or tell online customers when the product they want can be picked up at a store near their home. Those strategies could relieve pressure on the delivery companies and satisfy the shopper more quickly.
The retail federation's online division, Shop.org, predicts that online sales in November and December will rise 8 to 11 percent over last year. To meet that demand, online retailers such as Amazon and the delivery companies are hiring more.
FedEx plans to hire 50,000 seasonal workers, up from 40,000 last year. United Parcel Service Inc. says it will add up to 95,000 people, up from 85,000. Last year, both companies wound up scrambling to hire more seasonal employees than they had planned, which increased costs and cut into profits.
FedEx also expects to invest $1.2 billion in its ground-shipping network in its current fiscal year, with most of that going to increase capacity and automation. The company said that the improvements have sped up ground delivery by a day or more in more than two-thirds of the U.S.
UPS has also invested to boost shipping capacity during the holidays, said the company's chief commercial officer, Alan Gershenhorn. He said that UPS had improved it forecasting and package tracking. UPS has not issued a holiday forecast.
Shares of FedEx fell $1.41 to $158.47; UPS shares fell $1.69 to $99.06.News Topics: Business, General news, Hiring and recruitment, Transportation and shipping, Retail industry, Seasonal jobs, Personnel, Industrial products and services, Industries, Retail and wholesale, Consumer services, Consumer products and services, Careers
People, Places and Companies: Fedex Corp, United Parcel Service Inc (Ups), Target Corp, Amazon.Com Inc, Wal-Mart Stores Inc
LIVERPOOL, England (AP) — Cristiano Ronaldo's 70th Champions League goal and a double from Karim Benzema guided Real Madrid to a 3-0 win over Liverpool as the reigning champions notched a third straight victory in Group B on Tuesday.
All the goals came in a devastating 18-minute spell in the first half at Anfield, with Ronaldo moving to within one goal of Raul Gonzalez's record tally in the competition by flicking in a superb opener in the 23rd minute.
The goal punctured Liverpool's bright start and Real took control, with Benzema heading in the second in the 30th minute and making it 3-0 from close range.
Mario Balotelli's miserable start to his Liverpool career continued as he was substituted at halftime — and swapped shirts with an opponent while walking to the dressing room.News Topics: Sports, Men's sports, Men's soccer, Professional soccer, Soccer
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