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Union ratifies
Delphi contract

DETROIT — Members of a union representing about 2,000 of Delphi Corp.’s hourly workers voted to ratify a new four-year contract with the auto parts supplier, the union said.

Seventy-five percent of International Union of Electronic Workers-Communications Workers of America members at locals with Delphi employees voted in favor of the deal, the union announced late Saturday.

The IUE-CWA has workers at three plants that Delphi plans to keep — including Warren, Ohio, and Brookhaven and Clinton, Miss. — as well as at three the company plans to sell or close, including Kettering and Moraine, Ohio, and Gadsden.

Afghan police free
German hostage

KABUL, Afghanistan — Afghan police freed a female German hostage from a neighborhood in the capital Kabul and arrested a group of kidnappers early Monday, an Interior Ministry spokesman said.

The 31-year old German captive was abducted from a restaurant Saturday. “A group of kidnappers were arrested,” said the ministry spokesman Zemary Bashari.

Earlier in the day, the captive, who identified herself as Christina Meier, appeared on a video pleading for help. The video was broadcast by a local television station.

Bridge collapse
death toll at 12

MINNEAPOLIS — The body of a man missing since an interstate bridge collapsed into the Mississippi River was recovered early Sunday, bringing the confirmed death toll to 12, authorities said.

The Hennepin County medical examiner’s office identified the remains as Scott Sathers, 30, of Maple Grove.

Sathers worked in enrollment services at Capella University and was on his way home from work, using his usual route, when the Interstate 35W bridge crumpled amid evening rush hour traffic on Aug. 1.

Minnesota flooding
kills at least 4

WINONA, Minn. — Severe storms deluged parts of the upper Midwest during the night with as much as a foot of rain, causing flooding that washed away bridges and roads and killed at least four people, authorities said Sunday.

Part of Winona and smaller towns in southeastern Minnesota and southwestern Wisconsin were evacuated, officials reported.

Rushing floods in Minnesota killed two people in their vehicle near Stockton and two others in vehicles near Witoka, said Bob Reinert, the Winona County administrator and spokesman for the county’s emergency operations center.

Navy pulls YouTube
video shot on carrier

SAN DIEGO — The Navy has removed a video from YouTube shot aboard the aircraft carrier Ronald Reagan because it shows sailors using safety equipment inappropriately, a Navy spokesman said.

The video, titled “Women of CVN76: ‘That Don’t Impress Me Much,’ ” was shot by an airman and not sanctioned by the ship’s commanders or the Navy. It includes fleeting shots of the door to the ship’s nuclear power plant and of a sailor dancing while wearing a full-body radiation suit.

Both could alarm Navy nuclear-propulsion officials, who are sensitive about security.

Plastic could have
hindered firefighters

NEW YORK — A blaze that killed two firefighters in an abandoned skyscraper being dismantled next to the World Trade Center may have been harder to combat because of plastics required by a federal agency to control asbestos, the governor said Sunday.

The blaze broke out Saturday on the 17th floor of the former Deutsche Bank office building, which has been a toxic site
since it was damaged in 2001
by falling wreckage when the trade center’s twin towers collapsed and contaminated by toxic dust.

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