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Boeing workers end strike after eight weeks

SEATTLE : Factories at Boeing Co. were due to start humming again yesterday after Machinists union members voted to end a costly eight-week strike that clipped profits and stalled deliveries by the world's No. 2 commercial airplane maker. Workers were expected to return last night to Boeing's commercial airplane factories, which have been closed since the Sept. 6 walkout. The strike cost an estimated $100 million a day in deferred revenue and production delays on the company's highly anticipated next-generation passenger jet. Machinists union members ended their walkout Saturday by ratifying a new contract with Boeing. Members of the union, which represents about 27,000 workers at plants in Washington state, Oregon and Kansas, voted about 74 percent in favor of the proposal.

Iraq to sell yacht owned by Saddam Hussein

BAGHDAD: Iraq says it has decided to sell Saddam Hussein's luxury yacht after winning a legal dispute over its ownership. The former dictator's 269-foot superyacht is fitted with swimming pools, salons, a secret passage and a rocket launching system. Iraq's government spokesman Ali al-Dabbagh says in a statement that the government agreed to part with the superyacht yesterday. French authorities seized the boat Jan. 31 after it docked in Nice on the Mediterranean coast. The yacht remained there while courts settled a row over the ship's ownership. A yacht brokerage firm had tried to sell the boat for a reported $35 million. But Iraq said the yacht still belonged to the country.

Gunmen kidnap brother of Afghan official

KABUL, Afghanistan : Gunmen in Pakistan kidnapped the brother of Afghanistan's finance minister as he was returning to his mother's home from prayers, Afghan officials said yesterday. He was at least the third person with ties to the Afghan government to be abducted in Pakistan's lawless border region, used by al-Qaida and Taliban militants as a base to attack U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan. Zia ul-Haq Ahadi was visiting his sick mother in the Pakistani city of Peshawar and was abducted Friday as he returned to her home from a neighborhood mosque, said Abdul Razaq, an assistant to the finance minister. The kidnapped man's brother is Finance Minister Anwar ul-Haq Ahadim. No demands had been made, and the kidnappers have not contacted officials or the Ahadi family, said the Finance Ministry spokesman, Haziz Shams.

Service held for kin of Jennifer Hudson

Chicago : Nearly 100 people gathered yesterday afternoon at Pleasant Gift Missionary Baptist Church for a private memorial service honoring Julian King and Jennifer Hudson's murdered mother, Darnell Donerson, and brother, Jason Hudson. Afterward, thousands of mourners filed into the small hall, writing condolence notes on cards bearing the images of the three victims. Authorities have called the estranged husband of Julian King's mother, Julia Hudson, a "person of interest." That person, William Balfour, 27, is in custody on a parole violation. The funeral for the three victims is scheduled for today at Apostolic Church of God on the city's South Side.

Minister and deacon shot while at Ky. funeral

COVINGTON, Ky. : A gunman fatally shot a Cincinnati minister and wounded a church deacon just after the two men arrived at a northern Kentucky church to attend a funeral, police said. Court records in Hamilton County, Ohio, revealed a yearlong dispute between the accused gunman and the minister, the Rev. Donald Fairbanks Sr. Fairbanks and Dowdell Cobb were shot just before 11 a.m. Saturday, police said. The gunman chased one of the men to a nearby park, where he shot the man a second time, said Lee Russo, the police chief in Covington, Ky. Frederick L. Davis of Covington quickly surrendered to police and was charged with murder.

Interior minister in Iran faces impeachment

TEHRAN, Iran : Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad yesterday said impeaching his interior minister over his admission he had a fake degree from Oxford University would be illegal, the state-run news agency reported. The minister, Ali Kordan, faces an impeachment hearing tomorrow in parliament after an honorary degree he claimed was awarded to him by the British university was found to be a fake. Both conservative and moderate lawmakers have called on Kordan to resign or face a no-confidence vote in the parliament and be dismissed from his Cabinet post.

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