Cause of Montana Amtrak derailment still under investigation
Killed in the accident were Margie and Don Vardahoe, a Georgia couple on a cross-country trip to mark their 50th wedding anniversary, and Zachariah Schneider, 28, a software developer from Illinois.
McDonald's workers in 12 cities strike again to protest workplace harassment
This is the fifth time since 2018 that McDonald's workers have struck the company over what they say are inadequate efforts to stop sexual harassment in its stores. At least 50 workers have filed charges against McDonald's alleging verbal and physical harassment over the last five years.
Morton Arboretum leaders plan search for next president
CEO Gerard Donnelly plans to retire in September 2022 after celebrating the arboretum's centennial anniversary. Donnelly has led the arboretum, which includes more than 1,700 tree-filled acres in Lisle, since 1990.
Southwest Airlines changes course, won't put unvaccinated workers on unpaid leave
The company backtracked from a previous position that employees who had not been vaccinated or received an exemption would be put on unpaid leave.
Deere & Co. workers go on strike after rejecting contract
The contracts under negotiation with the Moline, Illinois-based company cover 14 Deere plants, including seven in Iowa, four in Illinois and one each in Kansas, Colorado, and Georgia.
US to reopen land borders in November for fully vaccinated
No testing will be required to enter the U.S. by land or sea, provided the travelers meet the vaccination requirement, according to the CDC. The U.S. will accept travelers who have been fully vaccinated with any of the vaccines approved for emergency use by the World Health Organization.
Southwest cancels hundreds more flights, denies vaccine mandate protest
The widespread disruptions began shortly after the Southwest Airlines Pilots Association, representing 9,000 pilots, asked a federal court on Friday to block the airline's order that all employees get vaccinated.
John Deere workers reject contract offer from tractor maker
Negotiators will return to the bargaining table Monday to try and work out a new deal to cover more than 10,000 workers at 14 plants across the United States. The union set a strike deadline of 11:59 p.m. Wednesday.
Merck says experimental pill cuts worst effects of COVID-19
Early results showed patients who received the drug, called Molnupiravir, within five days of COVID-19 symptoms had about half the rate of hospitalization and death as patients who received a placebo.
Frank Thomas heads group that buys Field of Dreams site
The company said Thursday that This is Heaven LLC, a company of the 53-year-old Thomas and Chicago real estate developer Rick Heidner, bought the interests in Go the Distance Baseball owned by the Denise M. Stillman Trust.
Boeing to build Navy aircraft at MidAmerica, invest $200M
Construction on the MidAmerica facility in Mascoutah, Illinois is scheduled to start later this year and be completed in early 2024. Production would start by mid-2024.
Nuclear plants saved in energy plan set to go to Pritzker
The Clean Energy Jobs Act provides a $700 million subsidy to Exelon with the idea of saving jobs and the large amount of carbon-free energy the plants already produce.