Trump signs deal with Japan on agriculture
The United States and Japan signed a limited trade agreement Monday, a deal that would win back benefits American farmers lost when President Donald Trump pulled out of a broader Asia-Pacific pact during his first week in office.
U.S. farmers have been operating at a disadvantage in Japan since Trump withdrew from the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement, which had been negotiated by the Obama administration. The new U.S.-Japan mini-deal does not resolve differences over trade in autos. — AP
Unions sue over speed rule at pork plants
The union representing workers at pork processing plants sued the federal government on Monday to challenge a new rule that allows companies to set line speeds and turn over more food safety tasks to company employees.
The United Food and Commercial Workers International Union and local unions joined with nonprofit consumer advocacy group Public Citizen to file the lawsuit in Minneapolis.
The lawsuit alleges that the rule is illegal because it isn’t backed by reasoned decision-making. — AP
Walgreens, Kroger to pull vaping products
Two major retailers say they will no longer sell e-cigarettes in the U.S. amid health questions about vaping. Supermarket chain Kroger, which operates Baker’s Supermarkets, and drugstore chain Walgreens said Monday that they would stop selling e-cigarettes at their stores nationwide. — AP