SCHOOL BUS DRIVERS' UNION ENDS STRIKE
The main union for New York City school bus drivers ended its monthlong strike Friday, handing a victory to the administration of Mayor Michael Bloomberg, which had refused to give in to the union's demands for job protections. Considering the toll the strike had taken on drivers, who spent the past four weeks picketing in freezing weather while losing income and health benefits, officials of the union, Local 1181 of the Amalgamated Transit Union, said they would try their luck with the next mayor.
New radioactive leak at nuclear site
An aging tank of high-level radioactive waste is leaking at the Hanford nuclear site in south-central Washington state at the rate of up to 300 gallons a year, federal authorities disclosed Friday after discovering a dip in the volume of toxic sludge in the tank. State officials said the leak increased the urgency of ending roadblocks to a permanent storage solution for the 53 million gallons of waste housed at the sprawling site that was a center for atomic bomb-making material after World War II.
Indian troops kill Pakistani soldier
Indian troops shot and killed another Pakistani soldier at the de facto border between the two countries in Kashmir, adding to an unusually tense period in the disputed region. A statement released Friday by the Indian army said Indian soldiers had seen an intruder at Thursday in the Nowshera sector of the Line of Control separating the Indian- and Pakistani-held parts of Kashmir. The Indian soldiers challenged the intruder, who "opened indiscriminate fire," wounding two soldiers, the statement said. The soldiers returned fire and later found a dead Pakistani soldier.
Cardinal to be deposed in suit
Cardinal Roger Mahony, the former Roman Catholic archbishop of Los Angeles, will be questioned under oath next week as part of a clergy abuse lawsuit just days before he flies to Rome to help select the next pope, attorneys said Friday. The recently retired head of the nation's largest archdiocese will be deposed Feb. 23 about how he handled a visiting Mexican priest who police believe molested 26 children in the Los Angeles archdiocese during a nine-month stay in 1987. The Rev. Nicolas Aguilar Rivera fled to Mexico in 1988 after parents complained. He has since been defrocked but remains a fugitive, with warrants for his arrest.
Czech Republic: President Vaclav Klaus has signed into law legislation that makes it legal in the Czech Republic to use marijuana for medical treatment.
Iraq: Tens of thousands of Sunni Muslims rallied on Friday in several Iraqi cities to protest what they describe as unfair treatment by the country's Shiite-led government.