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Obama order forces rail strikers back to work in Philadelphia


Obama order forces strikers back to work

President Barack Obama on Saturday forced union workers in Philadelphia's commuter rail strike to return to the job, granting Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett's request to create a presidential emergency board to mediate the contract dispute. Obama ordered the establishment of the three-member board effective at 12:01 a.m. today. He called for "a swift and smooth resolution" of the dispute between the Southeast Pennsylvania Transportation Authority and its engineers and electricians unions. More than 400 workers went on strike at 12:01 a.m. Saturday. Workers are seeking raises of at least 14.5 percent over five years — or about 3 percentage points more than SEPTA has offered.


Officials say scores of militants killed

Pakistani military jets pounded militant hideouts in the northwestern tribal region bordering Afghanistan early today, officials said, killing as many as 100 militants in the second strike on the region since a deadly attack on the Karachi airport a week ago. One of those killed was Abu Abdul Rehman al-Maani, who is believed to have helped orchestrate the airport siege, two officials said. The information could not be independently verified.

Riverside, Calif.

Man tries to stop daughter, is killed

A 69-year-old Southern California man who was trying to prevent his daughter from driving drunk was run over and killed by the woman in her driveway, Riverside police said Saturday. Sgt. Dan Reeves said Soukvilay Barton, 37, ignored her father's pleas not to drive and backed her BMW convertible out of the garage, striking him. Bounmy Rajsombath was rushed to a Riverside hospital, where he was pronounced dead Friday night. Barton was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence.

New York

Makers of medical devices near deal

Medtronic is nearing a deal to buy a competitor, Covidien, for $45 billion in a deal that would help lower its tax rate, the New York Times reported Saturday, citing unnamed people briefed on the matter. Medtronic, which makes insulin pumps and devices for monitoring glucose to control blood sugar, would be the latest big U.S. company to reincorporate abroad. As Covidien is based in Ireland, where the tax rate is substantially lower than it is in the United States, Medtronic would likely relocate there.

Arlington, Va.

Sotomayor attends Clinton book tour

You never know who'll show up at a Hillary Rodham Clinton book event. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor dropped by a book signing at a Costco in suburban Virginia on Saturday. A surprised Clinton shouted that she couldn't believe it. Sotomayor told reporters she was "just shopping" and decided to get a signed copy of Clinton's new book, Hard Choices.

Times wires

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