Union, Shell discuss meeting on U.S. refinery strike: sources

Workers from the USW union walk a picket line outside the Shell Oil Deer Park Refinery in Deer Park, TexasThe 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.



China bans ivory carving imports for one year

A cameraman stands by seized ivory tusks displayed prior to their destruction by incineration in Hong Kong on May 15, 2014Beijing 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.



Walker: Protesters prepared him to confront global terrorism

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker runs onstage to address the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Md., Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)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 police ID suspect in fatal street race

Car skid marks are visible along a street in the Chatsworth section of Los Angeles, Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015. A souped-up car that was illegally street racing lost control and careened onto a sidewalk, killing two spectators and critically injuring another before its driver ran away early Thursday, police said. All three victims were struck by a silver, late-model Mustang that hit a curb, bounced onto the sidewalk, spun around and crashed into a utility pole, Los Angeles police Detective Bill Bustos said. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)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.



No. 2 South Carolina women top No. 11 Mississippi St. 69-50

South Carolina's Aleighsa Welch, center, drives against Mississippi State's Ketara Chapel, left, during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015, in Columbia, S.C. (AP Photo/Richard Shiro)COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Tiffany Mitchell had another player-of-the-year performance to bring No. 2 South Carolina another Southeastern Conference title.





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