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Abercrombie & Fitch sued by fired Muslim

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- A former stockroom worker for Abercrombie & Fitch Co. sued the clothing retailer in federal court Monday, saying she was illegally fired after refusing to remove her Muslim head scarf while on the job.

Hani Khan said a manager at the company's Hollister Co. store at the Hillsdale Mall in San Mateo hired her while she was wearing her hijab. The manager said it was OK to wear it as long as it was in company colors, Khan said.

Four months later, the 20-year-old says a district manager and human resources manager asked if she could remove the hijab while working, and she was suspended and then fired for refusing to do so.

It's the latest employment discrimination charge against the company's so-called "look policy," which critics say means images of mostly white, young, athletic-looking people. The New Albany, Ohio-based company has said it does not tolerate discrimination.

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Mail for Canada accepted

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The U.S. Postal Service is again accepting mail for Canada, starting today.

The post office stopped accepting most mail bound for Canada on June 18 because of labor problems in that country. The Canadian government has passed legislation requiring Canada Post employees to return to work.

The post office said Monday that mail held by the U.S. Postal Service since the work stoppage began is being released and transported to Canada in stages. There will be some delays in service due to the large volume of mail that was being held.

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American alters boarding

FORT WORTH, Texas -- Remember when you got to board the plane before other economy class passengers because you were seated in the back row of the plane?

That is no longer the case at American Airlines.

The Fort Worth-based carrier changed its boarding process last month, now boarding economy class passengers based on when they check in for the flight. Of course, first class, AAdvantage premium frequent fliers and uniformed military are still the first ones on the plane.

But its flight attendants union describes the new boarding process as "complete chaos in the cabin," with congested aisles and confused passengers. The Association of Professional Flight Attendants, which represents America's flight attendants, says it has received reports that requests to board early are on the rise because of the new policy.

-- McClatchy Newspapers

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Washington tourism hit

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) -- Like a business trying to sell a product, Washington State has for years attracted visitors by promoting stunning images of some of the nation's most majestic scenery -- from the snowcapped peaks of the Cascades to the rain forests and thundering waterfalls of the Olympic Peninsula.

That marketing is now coming to an abrupt end.

By the end of this week, Washington will close its official tourism agency and become the only state to cease all state funding for self-promotion. It's just one example of how states are coping with budget deficits brought on by slumping tax revenue.

In May, the State Legislature eliminated the remaining funding for the tourism agency, about $2 million for the coming fiscal year. State support had been as high as $7 million in years past.

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Nike's net profit rises

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- Nike Inc.'s fourth-quarter net profit rose 14 percent to beat expectations as the company's sales improved around the globe.

The world's largest athletic shoe company reported Monday that it earned $594 million, or $1.24 per share, for the quarter. That's up from the $522 million, or $1.06 per share, it earned in the same quarter last year.

Nike's revenue rose 14 percent to $5.77 billion

The results handily beat the $1.16 per share on revenue of $5.53 billion analysts were anticipating. Nike shares soared in after-hours trading.

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