Strike averted at New York's main fruit and vegetable market

Strike averted at New York's main fruit and vegetable marketA work stoppage at a market that supplies much of New York City's fresh fruit and vegetables was averted early on Wednesday when negotiators tentatively reached a pay deal as the previous contract expired, the labor union said. Employees at the sprawling Hunts Point Terminal Produce Market in the city's Bronx borough had been prepared to go on strike for the first time since 1986 if there was no agreement before the contract expired at midnight. The deal reached overnight covers 1,100 warehouse workers, drivers and other employees, according to the Teamsters Local 202, the employees' union.



Majority of U.S. National Park Service board resigns, saying it was ignored

Majority of U.S. National Park Service board resigns, saying it was ignoredMost members of a U.S. National Park Service advisory board, appointed while Barack Obama was president, have resigned after saying they were ignored by President Donald Trump's administration, the panel chairman said on Tuesday. The National Park System Advisory Board, whose creation was authorized by the U.S. Congress in 1935, is tasked with advising on matters such as the designation of historic and natural landmarks. Seven of the panel's 10 members have submitted their resignations, Tony Knowles, who chaired the panel and was among those quitting, said by telephone.



Nine charged over fraternity pledge's death at Florida State University

Nine charged over fraternity pledge's death at Florida State UniversityThe nine men, who are between the ages of 20 and 22, were charged with college hazing causing injury or death in Leon County after a two-month investigation into the death of Andrew Coffey, the Tallahassee Police Department said in a statement. “This collaborative investigation was critical to finding answers for Andrew Coffey’s family and our community. Coffey died Nov. 3 after attending "Big Brother Night" at the Pi Kappa Phi fraternity, where he was a pledge.



Aliens, apocalypse, lightning? ... No, just a meteor rocking Michigan

Aliens, apocalypse, lightning? ... No, just a meteor rocking Michigan(Reuters) - A bright meteor briefly swept across the sky over parts of the U.S. Midwest and Canada on Tuesday, weather and geology agencies said, and then caused a powerful explosion that rattled homes and onlookers. The meteor was seen across the region in places such as Ohio, Michigan and Ontario at about 8 p.m. local time and registered a 2.0 magnitude tremor about 4 miles (7 km) east of Saint Clair Shores in Eastern Michigan, the United States Geological Survey said on its website. The National Weather Service (NWS) confirmed it was not a meteorological event but more likely a meteor.



Ex-U.S. Navy officers face negligent homicide charges over ship collisions

Ex-U.S. Navy officers face negligent homicide charges over ship collisionsFiling charges against the officers marks the Navy's latest effort to address the problems that led to collisions involving its warships in Asia, in which 17 sailors were killed. The Navy has already dismissed several senior officers, including the commander of the Seventh Fleet, as a result of the collisions. The commanding officer of the USS John S. McCain guided missile destroyer, which collided with a merchant ship near Singapore in August, faces charges of dereliction of duty, hazarding a vessel and negligent homicide, the statement said.





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