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Volkswagen and UAW to create union at Tennessee plant

VolkswagenThe South may get its first union at a foreign-owned automaker after all. Bucking an anti-union vote by workers at a Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee, in February, the United Auto Workers and Volkswagen will announce Thursday the creation of a union local.

Participation in the local would be voluntary and not formally recognized by VW until a majority of the 3,200 employees at the plant agree to join, according to The Tennessean. It’s unclear that that number of employees would agree to join immediately, but pro-union workers lost narrowly in February’s vote, and Volkswagen has actively encouraged the creation of a union, threatening to pull back on expansion plans if workers cannot agree to form one.

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4 Children Among 6 Killed in Houston-Area Shooting

Houston shootinNeighbors reacted with shock after six people, four of them children, were fatally shot in a Houston suburb Wednesday in what police described as a domestic dispute.

Neighbors said they were making dinner when they heard gunshots and then ambulance after ambulance rush to their street.

"It's really sad because they were my best friends since first grade," said Cassidy Ramirez.

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Judge tosses Colorado gay marriage ban but stays ruling

Colorado gay marriageAn Adams County District Court judge on Wednesday declared Colorado's ban on same-sex marriages unconstitutional, but he immediately stayed his ruling.

The ruling makes Colorado the latest in a string of states that have seen their bans on same-sex marriages tossed out by state and federal judges.

The ruling came as another judge in Boulder County considered a request by Attorney General John Suthers to stop a county clerk from issuing marriage licenses to gay couples. Last week, attorneys filed a federal lawsuit seeking to challenge Colorado's gay marriage ban.

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NSA Spied on Muslim-American Leaders

NSA spied on Muslim AmericansThe National Security Agency and FBI have covertly monitored the emails of prominent Muslim-Americans—including a political candidate and several civil rights activists, academics, and lawyers—under secretive procedures intended to target terrorists and foreign spies.

According to documents provided by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, the list of Americans monitored by their own government includes:

• Faisal Gill, a longtime Republican Party operative and one-time candidate for public office who held a top-secret security clearance and served in the Department of Homeland Security under President George W. Bush;

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Ford recalling 100,610 vehicles in North America in six actions

Ford recallFord Motor Co (F.N) said on Tuesday it is recalling 100,610 vehicles in North America in six separate actions.

About 92,000 of the vehicles have a potential problem with front axles that run to right wheels and may have not been properly installed during assembly. That may cause the axle to move outward over time and eventually become disengaged.

There have been no injuries, crashes or deaths related to this issue or any of the six issues in the half dozen recalls, a Ford spokeswoman said.

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Two arrested after drones nearly collide with NYPD chopper over GW Bridge

Drones near collision with chopper-Two men have been arrested and arraigned on felony reckless endangerment charges after they allegedly piloted two drones that almost struck an NYPD helicopter flying over the George Washington Bridge.

The drones, which were allegedly operated by Remy Castro and Wilkins Mendoza, came within 800 feet of the police chopper.

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Court halts denial of licenses for immigrants

Jan BrewerAn appeals court blocked Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer’s policy of denying driver’s licenses to young immigrants who have gotten work permits and avoided deportation under an Obama administration policy.

The ruling Monday by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals marks a victory for immigrant rights advocates who argued the young immigrants were harmed by unequal treatment by the state.

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