By Steve Bittenbender LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Reuters) - A huge fire ripped through a section of General Electric's Louisville, Kentucky facility used for warehousing and offices on Friday, forcing the giant industrial park to shut down for at least the coming week, the company and union officials said. "The fire at GE Appliance Park has been contained," said Kim Freeman, a GE spokeswoman. Building six – a non-production building which warehouses production parts and contains offices – suffered extensive damage, according to the company spokeswoman. Smoke from the fire at GE’s Appliance Park could be seen more than 10 miles (16 km) away, and debris was found more than a half-mile away.
HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) — A Maaco body shop worker will be suspended for leaving a profane, threatening message telling a customer's husband to "get her in check" after her she posted a scathing review on Facebook, the company said Friday.
NEW YORK (AP) — Conservative faith leaders have made religious liberty a rallying cry as gay marriage has spread throughout the states. And though stunned by Indiana's retreat from a religious freedom law after an uproar over same-sex marriage, they vow not to give up.
(Reuters) - A union caucus representing dockworkers at West Coast ports voted to recommend to its members a labor contract deal reached over months of negotiations that led to major disruptions to trans-Pacific trade, the U.S. Department of Labor said on Friday. The International Longshore and Warehouse Union reached a tentative five-year agreement with the Pacific Maritime Association, representing a group of shippers, on Feb. 20 with the help of a federal mediator and intervention by U.S. Labor Secretary Thomas Perez. "With their vote to recommend ratification of the contract between shippers and dockworkers at the West Coast ports, leaders of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union have taken an important step toward finalizing the agreement," Perez said in a statement on Friday. During nine months of talks between dockworkers and shippers, tensions arose and played out in chronic cargo backups that increasingly slowed freight traffic at the ports.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A Philadelphia woman was arrested Friday on charges she tried to join and martyr herself for the Islamic State group, a day after two women in New York were charged with plotting to wage jihad by building a bomb and using it for a Boston Marathon-type attack.
HUNTINGDON, Pa. (AP) — You'd think Dylan Miller would have looked forward to spring, considering he spent his senior year of college living off-campus — WAY off campus — in a sturdy but rudimentary shelter he built in the woods.
SEATTLE (AP) — In a story April 1 about Seattle's minimum wage law, The Associated Press erroneously reported the amount the small restaurant chain Skillet had raised wages. Skillet is phasing in a wage increase, as the law allows, not immediately increasing pay to $15 an hour.
INKSTER, Mich. (AP) — Ministers, civil rights proponents, union workers and others have marched in support of a black motorist who was pulled from his car and repeatedly punched in the head by a white police officer during a traffic stop in suburban Detroit.