- - Wednesday, October 3, 2012

AIRLINES

DALLAS — A federal appeals court has overturned a judge’s ruling that had blocked a union election among nearly 10,000 employees at American Airlines.

The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans ruled Wednesday that the lower court should have left alone a federal panel’s decision to order an election by American’s passenger-service agents.

The ruling is a victory for the Communications Workers of America, which wants to represent the nonunion workers, and the National Mediation Board, which ordered the election.

American sued the mediation board. It argued that the union didn’t gather enough signed cards from employees to qualify for an election under new rules approved by Congress.

ESPIONAGE

11 accused of high-tech smuggling for Russia

NEW YORK — A Kazakhstan-born businessman was charged in New York on Wednesday with being a secret Russian agent involved in a multimillion-dollar scheme to illegally export microelectronics from the United States to Russian military and intelligence agencies.

Alexander Fishenko, 46, was among 11 defendants named in an indictment unsealed in federal court in Brooklyn.

Eight of the defendants, including the 46-year-old Mr. Fishenko, were arrested Tuesday night and Wednesday morning and were to be arraigned in Houston. Three others were still being sought.

Authorities say the electronics involved have a wide range of military uses, including radar and surveillance systems, weapons guidance systems and detonation triggers.

TELECOMMUNICATIONS

T-Mobile USA sets merger with MetroPCS

BERLIN — Struggling cellphone companies T-Mobile USA and MetroPCS Communications are set to merge, in a deal that will create an operator with more than 40 million subscribers.

In a joint statement, the two companies said Wednesday that Deutsche Telekom AG, the owner of T-Mobile USA, will hold 74 percent of the new business, while MetroPCS’s shareholders will hold the remainder, as well as receiving a payment of about $1.5 billion.

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