• This photo taken Nov. 18, 2015 shows a close-up of a lawsuit filed by North Carolina state troopers who argue that the state reneged on pay raises that were promised to them when they were hired. Troopers say the situation has caused them financial hardship, forcing some to work second jobs and others to accept food stamps or other government assistance. (AP Photo/Allen G. Breed)

    Troopers on food stamps, taking second jobs amid pay fight

    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — State troopers suing North Carolina for millions of dollars in back pay say the state’s broken promises have forced them into tough spots: working second jobs, moving in with parents, even going on food stamps.

  • In this Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2015, file photo, the United Auto Workers chief Ford negotiator, Jimmy Settles, center, speaks, during a news conference on the proposed 2015 UAW-Ford contract at Local 600 in Dearborn, Mich. With Detroit automakers profitable once again, the union promised big gains in its new contracts with Ford, General Motors and Fiat Chrysler. But while the contracts completed in the past two weeks contain generous wage increases and profit-sharing, passage was surprisingly difficult. Many dissenters said the leadership failed to win back enough of the painful concessions they made when the automakers were struggling. (Daniel Mears /Detroit News via AP, File)

    United Auto Workers stung by tough contract talks

    DEARBORN, Michigan (AP) — The United Auto Workers union started the year with a roar. It’s ending with a grumble.

  • This undated photo provided by Ford Motor Co. shows the 2016 Ford Escape Titanium. (Ford Motor Co. via AP)

    Ford workers narrowly approve new contract with UAW

    DETROIT (AP) — Ford workers narrowly approved a new four-year contract, wrapping up five months of negotiations between the United Auto Workers union and Detroit automakers.

  • New Mexico unemployment rate remains at 6.8 percent

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was at 6.8 percent in October, unchanged from September.

  • Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe speaks at the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Business and Investment Summit in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Saturday, Nov. 21, 2015. (AP Photo/Lai Seng Sin)

    The Latest: SE Asia aims to be 4th largest market globally

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Ten Southeast Asian heads of state and nine world leaders, including President Barack Obama, are meeting in Malaysia to discuss trade and economic issues. Terrorism and disputes over the South China Sea are also on the agenda. (All times local):