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Uaw Ready For Strikes At 5 Parts Plants

United Auto Workers will go on strike this morning at five plants that supply parts to General Motors Co. and Ford Motor Co. unless a contract agreement is reached by then, the union said Sunday.

A strike by 7,200 Auto Workers would shut down five American Axle & Manufacturing Inc. plants. The union said a strike would begin at 7 a.m. if there is no contract.

American Axle and the union began marathon contract talks Friday morning in advance of an 11:59 p.m. Friday strike deadline. The two sides still were meeting Sunday night, UAW spokesman Reg McGhee said.

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N. Korea, setting stage for talks, halts nuclear, ICBM tests

UPDATED: 10:03 p.m.

updated  North Korea said Saturday it has suspended nuclear and long-range missile tests and plans to close its nuclear test site ahead of a new round of negotiations with South Korea and the United States. There was no clear indication in the North’s announcement if it would be willing to deal away its arsenal.