The director of the Cincinnati Zoo on Monday stood by the decision to shoot dead a gorilla as he dragged a 4-year-old boy around by the ankle, saying the ape was not simply endangering the child who fell into his enclosure but actually hurting him. "Looking back, we would make the same decision" to shoot the gorilla, Thayne Maynard, director of the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Gardens, told a news conference. The boy's head was banging on the concrete as he was being dragged through the enclosure, which was one factor in the decision to shoot Harambe, the Western lowland gorilla, whose species is listed as endangered.
Verizon has reached a tentative deal with unions that could end a weekslong strike and will see about 36,000 workers get a raise over the next three years, the US telecoms giant said Monday. The company said the new contracts would mainly benefit workers in its network operations and "consumer and mass business" units, and it pledged to hire 1,400 new staff, mainly for call center jobs. Verizon workers had been on strike since mid-April, but the deal means they are set to return to work Wednesday.
NEW YORK (AP) — Nearly 40,000 striking Verizon employees will return to work Wednesday after reaching a tentative contract agreement that includes 1,300 new call center jobs and nearly 11 percent in raises over four years but also makes health care plan changes to save the company money, the company and unions said Monday.