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Boeing machinists returned to work Sunday after ratifying a new contract, ending a walkout that began Sept. 6 and that cost the planemaker an estimated $100 million a day. Seventy-four percent of about 27,000 machinists favored the contract, which promises pay increases over four, instead of three, years and protects more than 5,000 factory jobs.

The government response to hurricane Ike, which slammed Texas's Gulf Coast in Sep-tember, has been too slow, a deputy Federal Emergency Management Agency administrator said in a report released Saturday. He underlined the need for FEMA to increase its deployment of mobile homes to the Galveston area and to address problems in approving applications for family assistance. The storm caused at least $11 billion in damages.

Complaints by pregnant women who believe employers haven't treated them fairly have risen 65 percent since 1992, according to filings with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. The data were compiled in connection with the 30th anniversary of the Pregnancy Discrimination Act, which was Oct. 31.


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