National briefs: U.S. Steel, USW reach contract for some workers
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U.S. Steel Corp. reached a tentative three-year contract Sunday with the United Steelworkers union for about two-thirds of its workforce.
The accord would cover 16,000 employees at flat-rolled and iron-ore mining facilities as well as tubular operations in Lorain, Ohio, and Fairfield, Ala., the Pittsburgh-based company said in a statement. The proposal remains subject to ratification.
U.S. Steel, the country's largest producer of the metal by volume, negotiated the agreement amid sluggish demand, with sales dropping 2 percent to $5.02 billion in the three months through June.
One of the key points in negotiations was increasing retiree health care costs, the union said in a statement.
DAVENPORT, Iowa -- A Texas pilot was killed when his plane crashed during an air show in eastern Iowa, authorities said Sunday.
Authorities said Glenn A. Smith of Frisco, Texas, was flying a Soviet-era retired military jet in formation with other members of the HopperFlight jet team when the jet failed to pull out of a 45-degree bank and crashed into a field north of Interstate 80 Saturday afternoon.
Nobody on the ground was hurt, but crowds watching the Quad-City Air Show in Davenport saw the plane go down and erupt in flames.
WASHINGTON -- A senior Obama administration political appointee and longtime aide to Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano resigned Saturday amid allegations of inappropriate sexual behavior lodged by at least three Immigration and Customs Enforcement employees.
Suzanne Barr, chief of staff to ICE director John Morton, said in her resignation letter that the allegations against her are "unfounded." But she said she was stepping down anyway to end distractions within the agency. ICE, a division of the Homeland Security Department, confirmed Ms. Barr had resigned.
NEW YORK -- A man hurled acid in his daughter's face in a gruesome attack that sent her into a street screaming for help as her skin peeled and her clothes disintegrated, police and witnesses said.
As his 49-year-old daughter sat on his couch Saturday in the borough of Brooklyn, Jerome Lynch abruptly left the room, returned with a cup of what she thought was water and doused her with it, she later told a cousin, according to the Daily News.
Bystanders poured water on the victim, helped pull away her clothes and covered her with a sheet, witnesses said.
Darlene Lynch is the main caregiver for her father, who uses a wheelchair and has been deteriorating mentally in recent years, said a cousin, Dominique Goodwin.
CAMDEN, N.J. -- A 6-year-old Camden boy was stabbed to death early Sunday and his 12-year-old sister was seriously injured during an attack in their home, neighbors and police said.
Police are searching for a man known in the neighborhood as Poppy. He would sit on the street corner all day and night, drinking and smoking "wet marijuana mixed with PCP," said Nakyta McCray, who lives on the block of apartments built about two years ago.
"All the kids loved him, all the kids played with him," Ms. McCray said of Poppy. "He never seemed like a troublesome person."
Neighbors said that a 14-year-old had been babysitting Dominick and Amber Andujor and a 9-year-old sister because their mother was in the hospital after having surgery Saturday.
-- Compiled from news services
First Published September 3, 2012 12:00 am