Kingsport Times News Monday, December 22, 2014
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UAW reaches top tier of VW labor policy in Tennessee

UAW reaches top tier of VW labor policy in Tennessee

December 8th, 2014 8:02 pm by ERIK SCHELZIG, Associated Press

The United Auto Workers on Monday qualified for the top tier of a new labor policy at the Volkswagen plant in Tennessee, giving the union its first formal role within a foreign-owned auto plant in the South.

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Huge fire in downtown L.A.: 'It looked like a bomb had just exploded'

Huge fire in downtown L.A.: 'It looked like a bomb had just exploded'

December 8th, 2014 3:54 pm by By Marisa Gerber, Brittny Mejia and Lauren Raab, Los Angeles Times (TNS)

LOS ANGELES - The fire early Monday in downtown Los Angeles engulfed an area the size of a city block, closed freeways and roads, burst windows of nearby buildings and melted freeway signs.

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Prince William condemns wildlife trafficking

Prince William condemns wildlife trafficking

December 8th, 2014 3:31 pm by TOMOKO A. HOSAKA, AP Business Writer

William says his interest in the issue stems from his family's longtime passion for wildlife conservation.

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Religious nonprofits challenge health law

Religious nonprofits challenge health law

December 8th, 2014 3:24 pm by KRISTEN WYATT, Associated Press

Faith-based organizations that object to covering birth control in their employee health plans argued in federal appeals court Monday that the government hasn't gone far enough to ensure they don't have to violate their beliefs.

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Merger momentum to continue in 2015, EY says

Merger momentum to continue in 2015, EY says

December 8th, 2014 3:23 pm by STEVE ROTHWELL, AP Markets Writer

On Monday, drugmaker Merck announced that it was spending $8.4 billion to buy Cubist Pharmaceuticals in another sign of the recovering confidence in the market for mergers and acquisitions.

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High court rejects BP appeal of spill settlement

High court rejects BP appeal of spill settlement

December 8th, 2014 1:33 pm by JANET McCONNAUGHEY, Associated Press

The court's decision makes the economic and property damage settlement final, starting a six-month deadline for filing claims, said plaintiffs' attorney Joe Rice of Mount Pleasant, South Carolina.

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Deep in coal country, pondering future without it

Deep in coal country, pondering future without it

December 8th, 2014 8:46 am by ALLEN G. BREED, AP National Writer

For over a century, life in Central Appalachia has been largely defined by the ups and downs of the coal industry. Through all the bust years, there was always the promise of another boom. Until now.

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E-cigarette tech takes off as regulation looms

E-cigarette tech takes off as regulation looms

December 8th, 2014 8:33 am by MICHAEL FELBERBAUM, AP Tobacco Writer

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Just a few years ago, early adopters of e-cigarettes got their fix by clumsily screwing together a small battery and a plastic cartridge containing cotton soaked with nicotine.

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Tri-Cities Crossing plays catchup in competition involving three regional super retail developments

Tri-Cities Crossing plays catchup in competition involving three regional super retail developments

December 8th, 2014 8:04 am by Hank Hayes

The Kingsport Board of Mayor and Aldermen (BMA) has approved a resolution essentially delegating the Kingsport Economic Development Board (KEDB) as the point operator for the Tri-Cities Crossing project and any other development in its immediate area.

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Chlorine gas sickens 19, forces evacuation of hotel in Illinois

Chlorine gas sickens 19, forces evacuation of hotel in Illinois

December 7th, 2014 7:47 pm by Associated Press

ROSEMONT, Ill. — Chlorine gas sickened several people and forced the evacuation of thousands of guests from a suburban Chicago hotel early Sunday.

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