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Tuesday, November 6, 2007 - 3

NEWS BRIEFS
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan
Police crack down
on lawyers, critics
Policeyesterday fired tear gas and
clubbed lawyers protesting against
President Gen. Pervez Musharraf's
emergency rule. The U.S. and other
nations called for elections to be
held on schedule and said they were
reviewing aid to Pakistan.
In the largest protest in the east-
ern city of Lahore, lawyers dressed
in black suits and ties chanted
"Musharraf Go!" as they defied the
government's ban on rallies. Some
fought back with stones and tree
branches.
The crackdown mainly targeted
Musharraf's most potent critics
- the judiciary and lawyers, inde-
pendent television stations and
opposition activists. Opposition
groups said 3,500 had been arrest-
ed, though the government report-
ed half that total.
VILLAHERMOSA, Mexico
Gov't rushes to
send aid to 20,000
stranded by flood
Hungry and dehydrated vic-
tims of one of the worst floods in
Mexico's history scrambled for
government packages of food and
medicine, while at least 20,000
people remained trapped yesterday
ontherooftops of homes swallowed
by water.
Residents were running dan-
gerously short of food and water
after nearly a week of floods left 80
percent of the Gulf Coast state of
Tabasco under water and destroyed
or damaged the homes of about half
a million people. Gov. Andres Gra-
nier ordered central streets in the
state capital of Villahermosa closed
to all but rescue workers to prevent
looting.
Authorities said two more bodies
were found Sunday in the brackish
waters covering much ofthe region. If
the deaths are confirmed to have been
caused by the flooding, the disaster's
death toll would stand at10.
WASHINGTON
Dems threaten to
hold Bush aides in
contempt
House Democrats threatened
yesterday to hold President Bush's
key confidants in contempt of
Congress unless they comply with
subpoenas for information on the
Justice Department's purge of fed-
eral prosecutors last winter.
The White House shrugged off
the ultimatum, saying the informa-
tion is off-limits under executive
privilege and that the aides in ques-
tion - White House Chief of Staff
Joshua Bolten and former presiden-
tial counselor Harriet Miers - are
immune from prosecution.
"It won't go anywhere," predict-
ed White House press secretary
Dana Perino.
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla.

Astronauts prep for
difficult re-entry
tomorrow
Shuttle Discovery's astronauts
surveyed the wings of their ship
yesterday to ensure a safe descent
over the American heartland after
leaving the international space
station.
On the ride home tomorrow,
the space shuttle will make the
first coast-to-coast re-entry since
Columbia shattered in the sky
over Texas in 2003 and sent tens
of thousands of pounds of wreck-
age raining down on at least two
states.
Discovery was not supposed to re-
enter over the entire United States
- just Florida after zooming up from
the southwest over Central America
and the Caribbean.
- Compiled from
Daily wire reports
U.S. CA SUALTIES
3,850
Number of American service mem-
bers who have died in the war in
Iraq, according to The Associated
Press. The following service mem-
ber was identified by the Depart-
ment of Defense yesterday:
Army Pfc. Dwane A. Covert Jr.,
20, Tonawanda, N.Y.
Army 2nd Lt. Tracy Lynn Alger,
30, New Auburn, Wis.

Unions approve
contract with Ford

Deal is similar to GM,
Chrysler contracts
DEARBORN (AP) - Local
union presidents and bargaining
chairs have unanimously voted to
recommend approval of a tenta-
tive four-year contract between
Ford Motor Co. and the United
Auto Workers, a union local offi-
cial said yesterday.
Bruce Yates, bargaining chairman
at LocalJ2000 at an assembly plant in
Avon Lake, Ohio, said the deal was
recommended by avoice vote.
A summary of the contract post-
ed on the union's website shows
that the Ford contract is similar to
deals ratified byworkers at General
Motors Corp. and Chrysler LLC.
Ford will contribute $13.2 bil-
lion to a union-run trust that will
pick up much of the company's

$22 billion in retiree health care
liabilities. The company also will
pay $2.2 billion for retiree health
care until the trust takes effect in
January 2010.
Atypical UAW worker at Ford will
get $12,904 worth of economic gains
over the life ofthe contract, including
a $3,000 signing bonus and lump-
sum payments of 3 percent in the
second year, 4 percent in the third
year and 3 percentinthe fourthyear,
according to the summary.
GM workers won similar
bonuses with total gains of
$13,056, while Chrysler workers
are to receive $10,235.
The summary also said that the
UAW won commitments from the
company to build five new flexible
body shops at assembly plants, as
well as a $200 million commit-
ment to invest in new technology
and equipment at stamping plants.

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