Chocolate store: Tax issue resolved
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - A Philadelphia chocolate maker and candy store says it has resolved a tax issue that threatened to shutter the establishment days before Easter.
Blasius Chocolate Factory says on its Facebook page that the problem had been solved and the store "is open now forever. No more tax issues."
Mark McDonald, spokesman for Mayor Michael Nutter, told Philly.com that the shop signed an agreement to pay delinquent taxes and made a down payment on Thursday afternoon.
City officials had moved to close the store in the city's Kensington neighborhood Wednesday over $12,000 in unpaid taxes. Owner Phil Kerwick had disputed the amount.
The firm has been hand-making chocolates since the 1920s. It's noted for buttercreams and giant Easter eggs.
NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) - A spokeswoman for Metro-North says the nation's second-largest commuter railroad has made tremendous strides in improving its safety culture after two derailments last year.
Marjorie Anders says Metro-North did a thorough inspection of its tracks and other infrastructure and tightened safeguards on when tracks are put back into service.
She says it is implementing other improvements such as anonymous reporting of near-accidents.
She spoke as U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal announced that Metro-North has been fined $552,000 over the past decade for safety violations and defects. The Connecticut Democrat says there were 139 violations since 2004.
Anders says Metro-North shares Blumenthal's goals to have a safe
A derailment in New York City left four passengers dead and one in Bridgeport injured dozens.
American can't end retiree benefits yet
DALLAS (AP) - A federal judge is telling American Airlines that it can't yet act alone to cut off benefits for many retirees.
American wants retirees who wish to keep their benefits to pay all the cost. Now the dispute could go to negotiations or a trial.
On Friday, bankruptcy court Judge Sean Lane in New York rejected a request made by former parent AMR Corp. for summary judgment allowing it to immediately eliminate benefits for retired pilots, flight attendants and other union workers.
He granted AMR's request for a group of nonunion workers.
American says it will review the ruling before deciding its next move, which could include negotiations with a committee representing the retirees.