USA News Live: Johnson & Johnson plans to split into two companies – Times of India

US condemns ‘unjust’ sentence of US journalist in Myanmar, urges release

Americans quit their jobs at record pace for 2nd month

Americans quit their jobs at a record pace for the second straight month in September, while businesses and other employers posted a near-record number of available jobs. The Labor Department said Friday that 4.4 million people quit their jobs that month, or about 3% of the nation’s workforce. That’s up from 4.3 million in August. There were 10.4 million job openings, down from 10.6 million in August, which was revised higher.

US job openings are at a record high

Americans quit their jobs at a record pace for the second straight month in September, while businesses and other employers posted a near-record number of available jobs.

US Democrats move to censure Republican Gosar for violent video

Congressional Democrats on Friday introduced a motion to censure Republican Representative Paul Gosar on Friday over a cartoon video that depicted him killing Democratic Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and swinging swords at President Joe Biden.

Blinken says Qatar to handle US interests in Afghanistan

Qatar will handle US interests in Afghanistan following the shuttering of the US embassy after the Taliban takeover, Secretary of State Antony Blinken announced Friday. Welcoming his Qatari counterpart to Washington, Blinken said he was signing an agreement that “establishes Qatar as the United States protecting power in Afghanistan” with the Gulf ally to establish a US interests section at its Kabul embassy.

Russia denies weighing Ukraine attack after US briefs Europeans

Biden says US will deepen economic ties with APEC

US President Joe Biden on Friday pledged to deepen U.S. ties with Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) countries, including advancing fair and open trade as well as investment in the region, and urged action to shore up the environment and global health.

President Biden picks former FDA commissioner Dr. Robert Califf to lead the health agency, reports news agency AP

US journalist Danny Fenster sentenced to 11 years in Myanmar prison

A Myanmar military court has sentenced US journalist Danny Fenster to 11 years in prison, media reports said on Friday. 37-years-old Fenster has been detained in Myanmar for more than five months and denied bail, CNN reported.

US natgas futures slip on rising output, healthy stockpiles

US natural gas futures slipped over 2% on Friday after rallying more than 5% on Thursday as output continues to rise and with utilities expected to keep stockpiling gas into mid-November.

Hugh Leatherman, stalwart South Carolina senator, dies at 90

State Sen. Hugh Leatherman, South Carolina’s oldest and most powerful state lawmaker, died Friday at the age of 90. Leatherman died at his home in Florence, where he was in hospice care with what colleagues described as an inoperable cancer, his office announced.

Republican Senator Murkowski, who voted to impeach Trump, announces re-election bid

US Senator Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, a three-term Republican who voted to convict President Donald Trump in his second impeachment trial, announced her bid for re-election on Friday with a nod to bipartisanship.

Trump defends chants by rioters on Jan. 6 threatening to hang Pence

Former President Donald Trump defended his supporters’ chants threatening to hang Vice President Mike Pence as they stormed the US Capitol in a deadly riot on Jan. 6, according to a newly released interview on Friday.

China, US maintaining ‘close communication’ to facilitate Xi-Biden virtual summit: Chinese spokesman

China on Friday said it was in “close communication” with the US to facilitate the first virtual summit between President Xi Jinping and his US counterpart Joe Biden and hoped that Washington will work with it to bring the bilateral ties back to the “right track of sound and stable development.” Read full story

France, US re-affirm commitment to cooperate on anti-terrorism

France and the United States reaffirmed their commitment to cooperate in the fight against terrorism and notably in the Sahel region, US Vice President Kamala Harris said on Friday. “We have a mutual concern there that relates to the ongoing challenges that the countries in the Sahel are facing. Among the many priorities that we share is a concern about what we need to do to address potential violence and ongoing violence,” Harris said.

Pacific leaders agree on vaccines but not on US hosting APEC

Pacific Rim leaders agreed to do all they can to improve access to coronavirus vaccines and reduce carbon emissions, but failed to reach agreement on whether the US should host talks in two years’ time.

The company is aiming to complete the planned separation in 18 to 24 months, sending its shares up 4% before the bell

The consumer health branch, which produces Neutrogena skin care products and baby powder, generated $3.7 billion in the third quarter of 2021, nearly 16 percent of the group’s total revenue

It is the third major company to announce plans to break up its business this week after General Electric and Toshiba

Johnson & Johnson said in a statement it will create “two global leaders that are better positioned to deliver improved health outcomes for patients and consumers through innovation.”