hStrikers picket hotelwhere replacements stay
ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Striking Northwest Airlines mechanic Rodney Schwiesow, left, joins other mechanics and their supporters from other unions as they picket a hotel in Minneapolis where some replacement workers are staying. With the backdrop of record high oil prices, Northwest Airlines is urging its pilots to return to the negotiating table to discuss a new round of cuts, including reductions in wages, benefits and changes in work rules that could eliminate about 1,100 jobs. "They see an advantageous environment for getting their desires in bargaining, so they want to start as quickly as possible," said Mark McClain, chairman of the executive council of the Air Line Pilots Association at Northwest. "But it takes two to bargain." The council plans to discuss its negotiating strategy in a special meeting Wednesday and Thursday in St. Paul. Northwest is seeking annual cost savings of at least $1.1 billion from its labor groups as speculation intensifies about a possible bankruptcy filing. The mechanics went on strike Aug. 19.
Bomber gets 39 years
OKLAHOMA CITY -- A federal judge sentenced a man to 39 years in prison Tuesday for firebombing a Jewish temple and later trying to send a racist later to the congregation. The defendant raised his hand in a stiff-armed Nazi salute as the judge left the court. Sean Gillespie, 21, of Spokane, Wash., was found guilty in April of three bombing-related charges for hurling a Molotov cocktail at Temple B'Nai Israel a year earlier. The act, which caused minor damage to a brick wall and a glass door, was captured on a security videotape.
Youth gets life in prisonfor murdering classmates
ST. CLOUD, Minn. -- A 17-year-old who gunned down two classmates at school was sentenced Tuesday to life in prison, with no possibility for parole until he's well over 50. "You devastated two families, you damaged a community's sense of safety and you destroyed your own and your parents' hope for the future," the judge told Jason McLaughlin at his sentencing. McLaughlin was convicted of first-degree murder in the September 2003 shooting death of 14-year-old Seth Bartell, and second-degree murder for killing Aaron Rollins, 17.
Little Rock Nine unveilstatue of 1957 event
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) -- Nearly half a century after they faced down a mob to integrate Little Rock Central High School, the Little Rock Nine stood together outside the Statehouse on Tuesday and unveiled statues of themselves in that defiant walk. Some cried as they pulled away the sheets draping their individual statues and saw themselves as they were in 1957. Elizabeth Eckford looked at the bespectacled statue of herself leading the way into the school and smiled and joked about the more slender chin on the statue. The location of the statues is heavy with meaning. The nine stand just outside the governor's office, where in 1957 Gov. Orval Faubus called out the National Guard to prevent black school children from attending previously all-white Central High after a 1954 Supreme Court ruling.
Collaborator's mansionto be Holocaust center
OSLO, Norway -- The imposing mansion used by the Norwegian Nazi-collaborator Vidkun Quisling during World War II was turned over Tuesday to a research center focusing on the Holocaust and the persecution of minorities. The Center for Studies of Holocaust and Religious Minorities in Norway will use the Villa Grande for displays and research activities focusing on the Nazi-led genocide of Jews.
Israeli army appeals term
JERUSALEM -- The Israeli army has appealed the eight-year prison term given to a soldier convicted of killing a British pro-Palestinian activist, saying in a statement Tuesday that it is seeking a harsher sentence. Sgt. Taysir Hayb was convicted in June of manslaughter and sentenced to seven years for shooting Tom Hurndall in the head during an army operation in the Gaza Strip in April 2003. He was jailed for an additional year for obstruction of justice for attempting to cover up his actions in testimony to investigators.