WASHINGTON (AP) — Unwilling to spook the markets and divided among themselves, House Republicans backed away from a battle over the government's debt limit Tuesday and permitted President Barack Obama's Democratic allies to drive quick passage of a measure extending Treasury's borrowing authority without any concessions from the White House.
By David Jones FORT LEE, New Jersey (Reuters) - Valerie Howard-Fadul recalled feeling "excruciating" pain after the anesthesia wore off, when her usual 45-minute drive home across the Hudson River after a medical eye treatment stretched into five hours in the now infamous bridge traffic jam orchestrated by aides of New Jersey Governor Chris Christie. Howard-Fadul, 55, of Fort Lee, New Jersey, was one of the motorists ensnared in last September's epic tie-up. "You're the head chief, you're the captain of the ship," said Howard-Fadul, a writer who got stuck on her way home after receiving injections to treat an eye condition for partial blindness. Federal prosecutors and the Democratic-controlled state legislature have opened probes into the incident last September, in which top aides to Christie ordered the closure of access lanes to the heavily trafficked George Washington Bridge, which spans the Hudson between New Jersey and Manhattan, triggering the jam.
PETERBOROUGH, N.H. (AP) — A factory explosion that blew out windows and injured 15 people likely originated in a room where acid is used to treat the surface of ball bearings, but it could be weeks before the exact cause is known, investigators said Tuesday.
By Bernie Woodall CHATTANOOGA, Tennessee (Reuters) - If the United Auto Workers wins this week's historic election at Volkswagen's three-year-old Chattanooga factory, the union could use the victory as a springboard to organize other foreign-owned plants in the South and revive its waning influence on the U.S. labor movement. The UAW appears to have its best chance of a major victory in 30 years. But its bid to represent VW's 1,550 hourly workers faces fierce resistance from local politicians and national conservative groups and is too close to call on the eve of a three-day secret-ballot election that closes Friday night. It would reinforce the widely held notion that the UAW is unable to overcome the region's deep antipathy toward organized labor.