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UAW abolishes regional office plagued by embezzlement

DETROIT | A United Auto Workers regional office racked by embezzlement allegations is being abolished and combined into two neighboring regions.

UAW Region 5 in St. Louis will be merged into regional offices in Lebanon, Tennessee, and Lincolnshire, Illinois, the union said in a statement Friday.

President Rory Gamble said in the statement the two regions that will take over Region 5 have been managed prudently.

The St. Louis region covers 17 states from Missouri to Hawaii.

The union will keep an office in St. Louis because of the high number of members it has in the area, spokesman Brian Rothenberg said. The UAW is still working on how to divide up Region 5 between the other two offices, he said.

Ford recalls big pickups; tailgates can open unexpectedly

DETROIT | Ford Motor Co. is recalling nearly 262,000 heavy-duty pickups in the U.S. and Canada because the tailgates can open unexpectedly.

The recall covers F-250, F-350 and F-450 trucks from the 2017 through 2019 model years. All the trucks have electric tailgate latch release switches in the tailgate handle.

Ford said water can get into the electrical wiring and cause a short circuit, activating the switches and releasing the latches. That could allow loose cargo to fall onto the road.

The company says it has no reports of crashes or injuries. Trucks with mechanical tailgate latches are not affected.

Amazon says delivery times back to normal after delays

NEW YORK | Amazon said Friday that it’s back to delivering its packages on time after bad weather and a rush of orders caused some delays earlier in the week.

“We quickly rebalanced capacity and it’s all systems go now,” tweeted Amazon executive Dave Clark, who oversees Amazon’s warehouse and delivery network.

Amazon said it received a record amount of orders on Black Friday and Cyber Monday, when it offered steep discounts. And much of the Midwest experienced strong winds and snow at the end of the Thanksgiving weekend, causing hundreds of flight cancellations and making deliveries difficult.

Delivery company UPS said winter storms caused some delays in Colorado, Utah, the upper Midwest and the Northeast.

“Overall, the UPS network is performing as expected to handle a record increase over our normal daily volume between Thanksgiving and Christmas,” the company said.

— From AP reports