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Judge says 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.

Fort Worth-based 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 Corporation 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.

AMR spent two years in bankruptcy protection until merging with US Airways last December.


Galveston church damaged by Ike to reopen

GALVESTON, Texas (AP) - A historic Roman Catholic church in Galveston closed since Hurricane Ike damaged it in 2008 reopens this weekend.

A restored St. Mary Cathedral-Basilica will officially re-open on Easter Sunday with a Mass celebrated by Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, head of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston.

The archdiocese says the church, built in 1847, was one of the few Galveston landmarks to survive the catastrophic 1900 hurricane that decimated the city and killed at least 6,000 people.

In a prepared statement, DiNardo says it was the first church built in Texas to be a cathedral. The church was named to the National Register of Historic Places in 1968.

The $4 million renovation included replacing the roof, rebuilding the pews, reinforcing the two front spires and a new mural.


Remains of missing woman found in submerged truck

GRANBURY, Texas (AP) - Authorities believe skeletal remains found inside a truck recovered from a North Texas lake are those of a woman missing for 35 years.

A statement released by the Hood County Sheriff's Office says a passer-by discovered the partially exposed 1970s-model Chevy truck Thursday in Lake Granbury. The ongoing drought has dropped the lake's water level, revealing a portion of the vehicle.

While inspecting the truck(asterisk)s cab, investigators found the skeletal remains and a purse containing objects with Helen Holladay's name on them. Holladay was 45 years old when she disappeared in September 1979.

Her husband, Herman, was a suspect in her disappearance but was never charged and has since died.

Authorities have notified Holladay(asterisk)s two surviving daughters and the results of DNA tests could be returned in about two months.


Whole Foods recalls croissants over undeclared egg

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Whole Foods Markets is recalling mini butter croissants sold in Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Louisiana because they contain eggs, an undeclared allergen.

The recalled item is sold with a Whole Foods market scale label reading "mini butter croissants" in six-pack plastic containers with a "Best by" date of April 21st through April 23rd. It also has a uniform product code of 2 28719-00499-1 on the scale label.

A company statement says the issue arose after one illness was reported. That's the only illness reported so far, but persons with an allergy or severe sensitivity to eggs run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reactions if they consume the pastry.

Austin-based Whole Foods Markets' Southwest Region distributed the pastry to 26 While Foods Market stores in the regions four states.


Rangers' Scheppers headed to DL with elbow issue

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - Texas Rangers right-hander Tanner Scheppers has been put on the disabled list because of elbow inflammation after moving into the rotation from the bullpen and making four starts.

Scheppers said Friday he's had discomfort in his pitching elbow since the end of last season, when he led the team with 76 appearances in his second season in the bullpen.

General manager Jon Daniels said an MRI showed no structural damage. Scheppers will take 10 days off, then start a throwing program.

Scheppers was Texas' opening day starter because Yu Darvish had a neck strain, Scheppers is 0-1 with a 9.82 ERA.

Texas selected the contract of left-hander Aaron Poreda from Triple-A Round Rock and made room for him on the 40-man roster by designating infielder Andy Parrino for assignment.

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