MONTEREY

Job fair

celebrates

20 years

The 20th annual Community Job Fair, sponsored by Shoreline Industries and the state Employment Development Department, will be from

9 a.m. to noon April 1 at the Monterey Conference Center.

Admission for job seekers and employers is free. Employer registration, due by March 23, is available at www.communityjobfair.org.

For information, call Daniela AuClair-Valdez at 287-2357.

PEBBLE BEACH

Rotary to hear about Share the Care

Nurse Gail Robins will talk about Share the Care, a method of forming support networks for individuals and families facing a serious medical event, at Tuesday's Pacific Grove Rotary Club meeting.

The meeting is at noon at The Inn at Spanish Bay. Lunch is $20. For reservations, call Jane Roland at 649-0657.

BRUSSELS

EU says eurozone economy to shrink

The European Union predicted Friday that the economy of the 17 member countries that use the euro will shrink again in 2013 even though it will see its fortunes improve in the second half of the year.

In its winter forecast, the EU Commission, the EU's executive arm, said the eurozone is likely to shrink a further 0.3 percent this year, in contrast to November's prediction of 0.1 percent growth.

The debt crisis and the associated belt-tightening are weighing on activity — official figures showed the eurozone contracted 0.6 percent in the final quarter of 2012 from the previous three-month period. The eurozone has been in recession — officially defined as two consecutive quarters of negative growth — since the second quarter of 2012, when concerns about the future of the euro were particularly acute.

NEW YORK

Apple shareholder

vote blocked

A federal judge is blocking Apple from conducting a shareholder vote on a package of governance proposals, handing a victory to a rebel investor who is trying to persuade the company to share more of its cash with its investors.

U.S. District Judge Richard Sullivan in New York ruled Friday that Apple was wrong to bundle four amendments to its corporate charter into one proposal for a vote at next Wednesday's annual meeting.

Shareholders should get to vote on the amendments separately, he said.

TRENTON, N.J.

J&J hip implant marketing probed

Federal prosecutors are investigating Johnson & Johnson's practices in marketing a line of hip replacements recalled in 2010 because many had to be replaced within a few years — part of a string of more than 30 product recalls by the health care giant in the last 3½ years.

The company's annual report to the Securities and Exchange Commission states that the government has asked for additional documents from DePuy Synthes and two related subsidiaries. They have turned over the documents and are cooperating fully with investigators, the filing states.

— Staff and wire reports