The United Steelworkers union (USW) and representatives for several U.S. refineries discussed on Thursday a possible resumption of face-to-face negotiations to settle a 26-day strike, two people familiar with the discussions told Reuters. No date had been set as of Thursday for resuming direct meetings with Shell Oil Co, which is representing the refiners, the sources said. "The USW continues to be ready and willing to resume negotiations with Shell at any time," said union spokeswoman Lynne Hancock. "Other than that, I don't have any information on when talks will resume." Shell Oil Co, the U.S. arm of Royal Dutch Shell Plc , confirmed making contact with the union.
Beijing has imposed a one-year ban on the import of ivory carvings, amid international criticism that rapidly-growing Chinese demand could push wild African elephants to extinction within a generation. The move, which took effect Thursday, was announced by China's State Forestry Administration in a statement posted on its website. It comes days ahead of a visit to China by Britain's Prince William, who has campaigned against illegal wildlife trafficking. China is a signatory to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species, but regulated sales of ivory carvings are legal in the country.
OXON HILL, Md. (AP) — Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker said Thursday that his experience taking on thousands of protesters in his state helped prepare him to take on terrorists across the world.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Police on Thursday asked for the public's help to find the suspected driver of a Ford Mustang that veered out of control during a street race in the San Fernando Valley and plowed into spectators, killing two men and critically injuring a third.
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Tiffany Mitchell had another player-of-the-year performance to bring No. 2 South Carolina another Southeastern Conference title.