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WASHINGTON -- AT&T is announcing a tentative agreement on wages, pensions and other benefits for more than 20,000 of its unionized workers.
The four-year agreement covers members of the Communications Workers of America in 36 states and the District of Columbia. AT&T is not disclosing the details of the agreement until it has been presented to union workers.
The CWA confirmed in a separate statement Saturday that an agreement had been reached, but is declining to provide details.
The agreement, which must be ratified by union members, covers wages, pensions, disability and work rules. The union negotiates health care benefits separately.
Vegas shooting SUV found
LAS VEGAS -- Police found a black Range Rover SUV in Las Vegas and identified a suspect in a shooting that sent a Maserati into a taxi that exploded, killing three people.
Police said the vehicle was found Saturday afternoon at an apartment complex east of the Las Vegas Strip.
Police said they are looking for 26-year-old Ammar Harris in connection with the shooting early Thursday on the Strip. His arrest history in Las Vegas includes charges of kidnapping and pandering.
Honda moving regional HQ
DETROIT -- Honda is moving its North American leadership from California to a major factory campus in Ohio.
The Japanese automaker said Friday that about 50 leadership and support jobs will move to Marysville, Ohio, near Columbus.
But the company says its American headquarters and about 2,500 workers will remain in Torrance, Calif., near Los Angeles.
Last year the automaker announced plans to have its sales, manufacturing and research operations North America play a greater role in the global business. The company said that the move to Ohio and several executive changes made Friday are the next step in that process.
Honda also said it would form a new services company based in Marysville.
MIT gunman report a hoax
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- A false report of a gunman at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology that briefly caused a campuswide lockdown Saturday stemmed from an electronic message sent to police, authorities said.
Officers searched for a man reported to be carrying a long rifle and wearing body armor but found nothing unusual, Cambridge police said. The report turned out to be a hoax, and there was no threat to public safety, state police said.
Investigators are trying to identify the prankster and will pursue criminal charges if they do, a Cambridge spokesman said.
Slip causes Azure outage
REDMOND, Wash. -- Microsoft unwittingly let an online security certificate expire Friday, triggering a worldwide outage in an online service that stores data for a wide range of business customers.
The sloppy housekeeping represents an embarrassing lapse for Microsoft Corp. as the software maker tries to bring in more revenue from the storage service, which is called Azure.
Azure's failure illuminates the pitfalls of storing important information in remote data centers. Online storage, often called "cloud computing," is growing in appeal because it allows workers to pull up data, wherever they are, to an Internet-connected device.
First Published February 24, 2013 12:00 am