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US companies announce near record 11 million open jobs

WASHINGTON – US employers posted 11 million open jobs in October, nearly tying a record set in July and a sign that businesses were confident enough in the economy to grow.

Wednesday’s government report also showed that the number of people leaving their jobs edged down in October to reach

4.4 million in September, although it remains the third highest number of monthly quits on records dating back to 2000.

Figures from the Ministry of Labor’s JOLTS job vacancies and turnover survey show that with so many companies chasing relatively few unemployed people, job seekers have the most bargaining power they have had for at least two decades. Wages are growing at a healthy pace, especially for lower-paid employees, although much of that wage increase is eroded by higher inflation.

There were only 7.4 million people counted as unemployed in October, just two-thirds of the 11 million open jobs. In the two decades that the government released the JOLTS report, there were generally more unemployed than available workers.

Congress to change military sexual assault prosecution

WASHINGTON – After years of debate, Congress is on track to change the way the US military deals with sexual assault cases, removing some authority from commanders and bringing in independent prosecutors instead .

Spurred on by a growing number of cases of sexual misconduct in the military and backed by the backing of President Joe Biden and senior Pentagon officials, the changes were included in a larger defense bill that was passed. in the House Tuesday night and heading to the Senate for almost some approval.

But several senators on Wednesday, led by Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, DN.Y., said the measure does not go far enough. She said the Pentagon was in a position to successfully argue against the total removal of business commanders.

Former NFL player Foster dies after arrest in Alabama

REFORM, Alabama – Arrested for driving twice the speed limit in a rural Alabama community, former NFL player Glenn Foster Jr. ended up in jail where he allegedly beat another prisoner while trying to steal socks, authorities said. Foster showed signs of mental instability during a court appearance, records show, and a judge ordered him to be held for an assessment just hours before he died in custody.

Foster’s exact cause of death was still a mystery on Wednesday, and Alabama state police said they were investigating.

Foster’s parents said he was diagnosed with mental health issues and told The Times-Picayune / The New Orleans Advocate that they feared their son had not received proper care while in detention.

“I can’t get my son back, but we want whoever is responsible to pay for it,” said his mother, Sabrina Foster.

“We want justice for our son,” said Foster’s father Glenn Foster Sr. “It’s unfair. It’s inhumane. It is not fair.

Reform Police, located about 145 kilometers west of Birmingham, said in a press release that an officer timed Foster driving a black Jeep Wrangler at 92 mph in a 45 mph zone on Friday evening . The Jeep accelerated to get away and officers in the nearby town of Gordo put spiked strips on the road to burst the tires, the statement said.

Once arrested, Foster was handcuffed without further issue and taken to Pickens County Jail in Carrollton for reckless endangerment, attempted escape and resisting arrest, police said.

“He was in good health when we left him in jail,” Reform Police Chief Richard Black said on Wednesday.

Foster’s family came to town on Saturday and made a connection on the condition that police take him to Birmingham for any necessary medical evaluation, the statement said. But the Pickens County Sheriff’s Office suspended Foster on Sunday, when he allegedly beat another prisoner so badly while trying to grab socks that the man needed medical attention.

While handcuffed, Foster fought a Pickens County deputy and correctional officer, injuring the deputy’s nose and hand, according to court records obtained by The Associated Press.

Foster first appeared before Pickens County District Judge Samuel Junkin, where he was “non-compliant and refused to answer questions” other than asking for a lawyer, the judge wrote in an order on Monday .

Based on police observations and Foster’s behavior, the judge said Foster was “not mentally stable and a danger to himself and to others” and ordered that he be held without bail for a mental assessment at the Taylor Hardin Secure Medical Facility in Tuscaloosa.

But what happened between that time and his death on Monday is unclear. Few other details, including the results of an autopsy, have been released.

Foster had been diagnosed with bipolar disorder when he was around 20, but was mostly able to manage the condition before the arrest, said Glenn Foster Sr. The arrest came as his son was on his way to Atlanta on business, his father said.

Originally from Chicago, Foster lives in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He played two seasons for the Saints at the defensive end, appearing in 17 games in 2013 and 2014.

Court records do not include the name of a lawyer who may have represented Foster.

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