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Verizon and Unions Reach Deal in Principle for 4-year Contract

NEW YORK (AP) — Striking Verizon employees may be back to work next week after the company and its unions reached an agreement in principle for a four-year contract.

About 39,000 Verizon Communications Inc. landline and cable employees in nine eastern states and Washington, D.C., have been on strike since April. They had been working without a contract since last August.

Labor Secretary Thomas Perez says the agreement is being written now and will be submitted for approval from union members of Communications Workers of America and International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers.

Who to Blame When You’re Stuck at the Airport This Summer

No one particularly likes taking off their shoes in the airport, but burgeoning wait times in security lines are enough to make almost anyone long to reach the body scanner.

On top of outcry about hours-long Transportation Security Administration (TSA) lines at airports nationwide in recent weeks, the head of that agency cautioned last week — just in time for Memorial Day weekend trips — that the wait will be even worse during the peak summer travel season.

With accusations of mismanagement flying while authorities scramble to cut wait times down, the situation is as messy as airport screening areas …

GM Recalls 2.2 Million Cars in China

BEIJING — General Motors Co.’s main Chinese joint venture is recalling 2.2 million cars to deal with insufficient corrosion resistance on crankcase valves.

The recall was ordered after Shanghai-GM received complaints about engine damage, according to the country’s product quality regulator. The automaker is a joint venture between GM and state-owned Shanghai Automotive Industries Corp.

The recall applies to Buick Excelle sedans and Chevrolet Cruzes, Epicas and Aveos. The product quality agency said GM will replace affected valves for free.

Sales by GM and its Chinese partners of GM-brand vehicles rose 5.2 percent last year to 3.6 million units.

Google Wins Copyright Suit Against Oracle

(SAN FRANCISCO) — A federal jury has sided with Google in a long-running legal battle with tech industry rival Oracle in a complex copyright case that was closely watched in Silicon Valley.

Oracle had said Google stole some of its software to create Android, the world’s most popular smartphone operating system.

Some tech industry groups said Oracle’s claim would undercut practices that are widely used to create all kinds of software.

The jury’s verdict on Thursday marks Google’s second victory in the case. A federal judge sided with Google in 2012, but an appellate court sent the case back for …

Airline: 70,000 Passengers Missed Flights Due to Security Lines

More than 70,000 American Airlines passengers have missed their flights this year due to “excessive wait times,” according to a company executive.

“We have never seen TSA wait times that affect airlines and passengers throughout the United States like we have seen in recent months,” American Airlines Senior Vice President of Customer Experience Kerry Philipovitch told a House subcommittee on transportation security Thursday, according to prepared testimony.

Philipovitch added that “over 40,000 checked bags were delayed in TSA screening and did not travel on their scheduled flight.”

Philipovitch’s figures, which represent only a fraction of the total air passengers affected …