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Utah could put Breathalyzer-type devices in bars PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Written by ANNIE KNOX, Associated Press   
Saturday, 15 February 2014 07:17

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Bargoers weighing whether they're sober enough to take the wheel could soon have a tool to help make that decision.

Breathalyzers and similar devices could pop up in more bars across Utah under a coming proposal from Draper Republican Rep. Greg Hughes. The measure is still incubating, but it aims to cut down on drunk driving in Utah.

"It makes good sense," he said Friday.

Setting up the machines alongside pool tables and juke boxes would especially help younger drinkers who are still learning their limits, Hughes said.

The measure won't require any bar to install the testing devices, he said, but it would ensure businesses aren't held responsible for customers who fail a breath test but decide to drive anyway.

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Texas oil tycoon Pickens marries at his ranch PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Written by Associated Press   
Saturday, 15 February 2014 06:55

DALLAS (AP) — It was a Valentine's Day wedding for Texas oil tycoon T. Boone Pickens.

Pickens spokesman Jay Rosser said Pickens married Toni Brinker on Friday. The wedding took place at Pickens' ranch in the Texas Panhandle.

Brinker is the widow of Dallas businessman Norman Brinker. He built a worldwide casual dining empire that included Chili's restaurants.

This is the fifth marriage for the 85-year-old Pickens.

The Oklahoma native made much of his fortune in oil drilling. Pickens has traveled the country championing wind power and other alternative energy forms. He's also donated millions of dollars to his alma mater of Oklahoma State University and various other causes.

In 2012, it was announced that Pickens and his fourth wife, Madeleine, were divorcing. The two had married in 2005.


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California officials make big shark fin bust in San Francisco PDF  | Print |  E-mail
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Saturday, 15 February 2014 07:14

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — More than a ton of illegal shark fins were seized from a vendor in San Francisco, state wildlife officials said Friday.

Michael Kwong, 42, of Kwong Yip Inc. was cited for having 2,138 pounds of the fins, which violates California's ban that went into effect in July, said Lt. Patrick Foy of the California Department of Fish and Wildlife.

Possessing shark fins, selling or trading them is a misdemeanor under California's law, so Foy said it will be up to a judge to determine any penalty.

Investigators were led to Kwong during an investigation of an Emeryville restaurant cited for selling shark fin soup on Jan. 27.

"We consider this an extremely egregious violation of the law," Foy said. "We will work with San Francisco's district attorney and push the case forward."

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UAW falls 87 votes short of major victory in South PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Written by ERIK SCHELZIG, Associated Press TOM KRISHER, Associated Press   
Saturday, 15 February 2014 06:53

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — Just 87 votes at the Volkswagen plant in Tennessee separated the United Auto Workers union from what would have been its first successful organization of workers at a foreign automaker in the South.

Instead of celebrating a potential watershed moment for labor politics in the region, UAW supporters were left crestfallen by the 712-626 vote against union representation in the election that ended Friday night.

The result stunned many labor experts who expected a UAW win because Volkswagen tacitly endorsed the union and even allowed organizers into the Chattanooga factory to make sales pitches.

The loss is a major setback for the UAW's effort to make inroads in the growing South, where foreign automakers have 14 assembly plants, eight built in the past decade, said Kristin Dziczek, director of the labor and industry group at the Center for Automotive Research, an industry think tank in Michigan.

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