October 19, 2013

Briefcase

From staff and wire reports

OAKLAND, Calif.

Rapid transit workers strike, snarling morning commute

San Francisco Bay Area rapid transit workers went on strike for the second time since July, scrambling the morning commute Friday for hundreds of thousands of workers who were up before dawn to clog highways, swarm buses and shiver on ferry decks as they found alternative ways to the office.

Six months of on-again, off-again negotiations have brought agreement on key issues such as raises, health care and pensions. But there remained a snarl Friday: a package of work rules involving when schedules are posted, whether workers can file for overtime when they’ve been out sick, and how paychecks are delivered.

BEIJING

China’s economic growth resumed pace in third quarter

China’s economic growth rebounded in the latest quarter, easing pressure on communist leaders for more stimulus and allowing them to focus on longer-term reforms.

The world’s second-largest economy grew by 7.8 percent over a year earlier in the three months ending in September, boosted by higher government spending, data showed Friday. That was up from a two-decade low of 7.5 percent the previous quarter.

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