Spirits producer Heaven Hill Distillery says its contract talks with striking union workers have reached an impasse. The company said Monday it will start hiring permanent replacement workers for bottling and warehouse operations in Kentucky. Union leaders say they’re willing to continue negotiations and accuse the company of wanting to replace longtime employees with non-union workers. About 420 workers have been on strike for more than five weeks They rejected a five-year contract offer and formed picket lines at Heaven Hill’s operations in Bardstown, Kentucky. The dispute revolves around health care and scheduling issues. Heaven Hill produces Evan Williams bourbon.
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Authorities say a man charged with raping a woman on a commuter train just outside of Philadelphia harassed her for more than 40 minutes while multiple people held up their phones to seemingly record the assault without intervening. The police chief for the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority said at a news conference Monday that more than two dozen train stops passed as the man harassed, groped and eventually raped the woman. Police do not believe a single witness on the train dialed 911. They are investigating whether some bystanders filmed the assault. Officers responded within about three minutes of a 911 call from a transportation authority employee at the train's last stop.
Data shows a massive cargo ship that was supposed to be at anchor repeatedly crossed over an undersea oil pipeline during a January storm. That pipeline just off the Southern California later ruptured, and crude washed up on beaches. The environmental group Skytruth says tracking data for the Panama-flagged ship MSC DANIT showed it crossing above the path of the pipeline that takes oil from platforms and delivers it to a facility in Long Beach. The finding bolsters investigators’ suspicion that the ship's anchor caught the pipeline and pulled it across the seafloor. But it doesn’t explain the monthslong delay between the anchor dragging and the spill discovered earlier this month.