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Boeing workers in Washington state OK contract deal


SEATTLE — Boeing workers in Washington state voted late Friday to approve an eight-year contract extension, ensuring that the company’s new 777X aircraft will be made in the Puget Sound region instead of another state. The vote was close, with 51 percent of workers in favor of the contract, said the union representing the workers, the International Association of Machinists. Local union leaders had encouraged workers to reject the contract because, they said, it had too many concessions on retirement and health care benefits. (New York Times)


Barbara Bush leaves hospital

HOUSTON — Barbara Bush, former first lady, praised the staff of a Texas hospital where she spent nearly a week being treated for pneumonia before going home Saturday. Jim McGrath, a spokesman for President George H.W. Bush and his wife, said doctors at Houston Methodist Hospital decided Saturday morning to allow Barbara Bush to go home. The 88-year-old Bush family matriarch had been hospitalized since Monday. (AP)



Lab experiment called dangerous

NEW YORK — Federal safety officials had issued warnings about the dangers of a popular chemistry experiment before a New York City teenager suffered life-threatening burns in a blast during a demonstration in his high school class. The US Chemical Safety Board circulated a video warning to its 60,000 subscribers about the rainbow demonstration weeks ago, The New York Times reported. (AP)