Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

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Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

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Air Carrier To Impose Pact On Flight Attendant Union

American Airlines will impose a new contract today on its 21,000 union flight attendants after a breakdown in contract negotiations over the weekend.

The airline, a division of AMR Corp., said the new contract would raise pay by an average of 35 percent over four years, but the Association of Professional Flight Attendants said the raise was only 7.5 percent higher than the old four-year contract.

"This (contract) has a large number of the positive elements that the flight attendants had been seeking," Tim Smith, an American Airlines spokesman, said Sunday in Fort Worth, Texas. A spokesman said it was too early to comment on whether the company's action would avert a strike. Reuters

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AIR FARES

`Low-Fare, No-Fair' Ads Land Carrier In Hot Water

Continental Airlines has been fined $20,000 for misleading ads that promised discount fares to Europe when few seats were available at the cheap rate, the Transportation Department said Sunday.

The department said the fine - while not particularly severe - signaled a new federal activism to help consumers combat "low-fare, no-fair" practices.

"Low fares are good for consumers, but only when there are seats available," Transportation Secretary Federico Pena said. "Deceptive ads inconvenience the consumer and undermine the credibility of the entire airline industry." AP

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SPACE MISSION

Longest Flight Of Shuttle Will Draw To Close Today

Columbia's astronauts were jabbed with needles for the last time in space Sunday as NASA's longest shuttle flight drew to a close.

Researchers were thrilled with the data collected during the 14-day medical mission. The astronauts worked 18-hour days for much of the flight and volunteered for extra tests, some of them dizzying, to help scientists understand how the body changes in weightlessness.

Columbia's journey is due to end with a landing today at 9:06 a.m. (St. Louis time) at Edwards Air Force Base in California. The mission is scheduled to end 14 days and 13 minutes after it began and almost five hours beyond the longest shuttle flight to date. …

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