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Published December 28, 2012, 11:26 AM

Strike likely averted at East Coast ports

NEW YORK (AP) — The union for longshoremen along the East Coast and Gulf of Mexico has agreed to extend its contract for 30 days, averting a possible strike that could have crippled operations at ports that handle about 40 percent of all U.S. container cargo, a federal mediator announced Friday.

By: DAVID B. CARUSO,Associated Press SCOTT MAYEROWITZ,Associated Press, Associated Press

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