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Foxconn denies worker unrest slows iPhone assembly
BEIJING (AP) -- A company that owns a plant in China that makes Apple's iPhones is denying that production was affected there.
But both state media and an overseas labor watch group say some workers stopped production lines there yesterday, apparently in a dispute over higher quality control standards.
China Labor Watch, based in New York, says as many as 4,000 workers at the Foxconn plant went on strike over the quality demands and the requirement that they work during an extended national holiday.
But in a statement, Foxconn -- an electronics manufacturer based in Taiwan -- says production continued without interruption.
It says there were two isolated, small scale disputes earlier in the week, but they were quickly addressed.
The company also says workers who were on the job over the holiday had volunteered to work, and were being paid three times their normal pay.
China's state news agency says some workers were unhappy when Apple strengthened quality inspections of the iPhone 5 following customer complaints of aesthetic flaws in the phones.
Labor activists have said the rollout of the iPhone 5 has led to longer working hours and more pressure on workers.
Posted: Saturday, October 6 2012, 07:39 PM CDT
IN OKLAHOMA NEWS
Tornado watch issued for western, central Oklahoma
May 18, 2013 22:57 GMT
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- A tornado watch is in effect for western and central Oklahoma.
The weather system brought severe thunderstorms to the Altus and Clinton areas, as well as Harper County late Saturday afternoon. There were no reports of rotation as evening approached but the tornado watch lasts until 11 p.m. Saturday.
The dangerous weather is forecast to continue into Sunday night as the system progresses to the east.
The tornado watch area Saturday stretched from eastern edge of the Panhandle to include the Oklahoma City area.
Forecasters warn that the system could also bring large hail.
The National Weather Service in Norman reports tennis ball-size hail along U.S. 62 near the border of Harmon and Jackson counties in the state's far southwest.
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From the FOX 25 First Forecast Center..Tornado watch for western and central OK until 11 pm Saturday night. Severe t'storms may also produce large hail and damaging winds. ...
Gauge of US economy's future health up in April
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A measure of the U.S. economy's future health rose in solidly in April, buoyed by a sharp rise in applications to build new homes and apartments.
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IN THE NEWS: LABOR GROUP SAYS CONDITIONS AT APPLE PLANTS IMPROVING
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A labor group Apple joined to assess working conditions at three manufacturing plants in China, where its products are made, says conditions are getting better.
ON THIN ICE?
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- He was already on thin ice with the law when he failed to meet the conditions of his probation.