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Official says UAW, GM close to deal

DETROIT — Negotiators for General Motors Corp. and the United Auto Workers were close to finalizing the details of a new contract Sunday after 20 straight days of talks, according to a local union official who is being briefed on the discussions.

The two sides have wrapped up work on most issues and were down to determining how much money GM must put into a trust fund for retiree health care that will be managed by the UAW, said the official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the talks are private. The official expected a final deal could be reached as early as Sunday evening, although others said it could take longer.

Wyoming hops into bunny battle

POWELL, Wyo. — A proposed city ordinance limiting the number of rabbits per household has some City Council members in this northern Wyoming community hopping.

The council gave initial approval last week to an ordinance that limits rabbits to three breeding pairs a household.

“I know that rabbits are very big in Powell, and it’s about time we got something like this on the books,” Mayor Scott Mangold said.

Councilman Tim Sapp doesn’t agree.

“I’ve talked with a number of my constituents, and a lot of them aren’t 100 percent sure they’re for letting rabbits in Powell,” Sapp said.

The bunny battle started with a complaint by a resident aptly named David Haire. He is convinced that rabbits raised by his neighbor’s 10-year-old daughter made him sick.

The ordinance still needs final approval from the council.

John Grisham joins Clinton fundraiser

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — Author John Grisham teamed with Democrat Hillary Clinton to raise money for her front-running presidential campaign Sunday afternoon.

The creator of Deep South legal thrillers that later became box office blockbusters attracted prominent Democratic donors to a renovated downtown cinema for a fundraiser billed as “A Conversation with John Grisham and Hillary Clinton.”

Analysis: Church hurt by gay battle

NEW ORLEANS — As Episcopal leaders consider barring more gays from becoming bishops to prevent an Anglican schism, the world Anglican family is already dying by a thousand cuts.

Theological conflict over the 2003 consecration of the first openly gay Episcopal bishop, V. Gene Robinson of New Hampshire, is draining the Anglican Communion of its global influence. Episcopal and Anglican conservatives who have been trying to maneuver collectively have instead been scattering in different directions, adding to a sense of chaos.

And while the number of Episcopal parishes that have broken with the national church is relatively small, observers say there’s another threat that’s harder to measure: that some parishioners upset by how leaders have handled the crisis are falling away from the church.

Tropical storm forms in Atlantic

MIAMI — Tropical Storm Jerry formed Sunday in the Atlantic Ocean but posed no immediate threat to land, the National Hurricane Center said.

At 10 p.m. CDT, Jerry was centered about 1,045 miles west of the Azores, with top sustained winds near 40 mph.

Forecasters said the storm was moving north around 8 mph and is expected to remain over open waters, far west of the Azores. Jerry is the 10th named storm of the Atlantic hurricane season. Its winds extended outward about 105 miles.

Earlier Sunday, Jerry had formed as a subtropical storm. Subtropical storms are hybrid systems that get energy from warm waters like tropical ones, but also from colliding warm and cold air masses like more common storms over land.

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