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Employees at a Trader Joe’s supermarket in Massachusetts on Thursday became the latest workers at a major company to approve a labor union. The store in Hadley is the first Trader Joe’s with an employees union. Workers at two other company locations have initiated unionization efforts. The workers in Hadley are organizing under the name Trader Joe’s United, which will be an independent union and not affiliated with a larger existing union. Now that it's been approved, the next step is putting together a negotiating committee to hammer out a contract with the California-based company.

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Russian, French and American leaders are crisscrossing Africa to win support for their positions on the war in Ukraine, waging what some say is the most intense competition for influence on the continent since the Cold War. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and French President Emmanuel Macron are visiting several African countries this week. Lavrov, in his travels across the continent where many countries are suffering drought, has sought to portray the West as the villain, blaming it for rising food prices, while Macron has accused the Kremlin of cynically using food as a weapon and waging an imperial-style war of conquest — words calculated to appeal to listeners in post-colonial Africa.

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The toxic chemical methanol has been identified as a possible cause of the deaths of 21 teenagers at a bar in the South African city of East London last month. Methanol was found in all of their bodies and investigations are continuing to determine whether the levels of the toxic chemical were enough to have killed them. Dr. Litha Matiwane, Eastern Cape provincial deputy director for clinical service, said at press conference in East London Tuesday that authorities are still awaiting the conclusive results which are being conducted at a laboratory in the city of Cape Town. Methanol is a toxic form of alcohol that is used industrially as a solvent, pesticide or an alternative source of fuel.

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‘Tis the season for fresh herbs. And even cooks who aren't gardeners often keep some herb plants in pots on the windowsill. Fresh herbs enhance all kinds of dishes in summertime and all year. AP cooking writer Katie Workman thinks basil might be the summeriest of herbs and is essential to cuisines around the world. She also reaches for thyme, parsley, oregano and mint to use in all kinds of dishes. You can grow these herbs and more pretty easily on the kitchen windowsill if you just give them the right amount of sun and remember to water properly.

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This March 2019 photo shows a jar of spinach and parsley pesto. Fresh herbs enhance all kinds of dishes in summertime and all year. If a garden is not in the cards for you, you can easily grow herbs in a windowsill pot. Many herbs thrive in containers, and then you can snip off little bunches of basil, dill, oregano and thyme to your heart’s content, knowing there will be more to come. (Cheyenne Cohen via AP)

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This June 2021 image shows a recipe for roasted chicken thighs with rosemary. Fresh herbs enhance all kinds of dishes in summertime and all year. If a garden is not in the cards for you, you can easily grow herbs in a windowsill pot. Many herbs thrive in containers, and then you can snip off little bunches of basil, dill, oregano and thyme to your heart’s content, knowing there will be more to come. (Cheyenne Cohen via AP)

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This image shows a basil ginger lemon saketini cocktail made with fresh basil leaves. Fresh herbs enhance all kinds of dishes in summertime and all year. If a garden is not in the cards for you, you can easily grow herbs in a windowsill pot. Many herbs thrive in containers, and then you can snip off little bunches of basil, dill, oregano and thyme to your heart’s content, knowing there will be more to come. (Cheyenne Cohen via AP)

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Long lines are back at outside food banks around the U.S. as working Americans overwhelmed by inflation increasingly seek handouts to feed their families. Many people are coming for the first time amid the skyrocketing grocery and gas prices. The food banks struggle to help even as federal programs provide less food, grocery store donations wane and cash gifts don't go nearly as far while U.S. inflation hits a 40-year high. Charitable food distribution has remained far above amounts given away before the coronavirus pandemic, even though demand tapered off somewhat late last year.