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Northwest, trying to block a strike, heads to court on Friday

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Union negotiators have left Minneapolis, leaving a federal judge as Northwest Airlines' last hope to block a flight attendant strike that could begin as early as tomorrow night.

Flight attendants are angry that Northwest imposed pay cuts and work rules that the rank-and-file had rejected, and they say they'll begin sporadic, unannounced strikes anytime after nine tomorrow.

Northwest, already operating under bankruptcy protection, has said a strike like that could kill it. U-S District Judge Victor Marrero will have to make a snap decision on whether to intervene.

The Association of Flight Attendants says its strike preparations are gaining momentum, and it's been holding classes all week in cities where Northwest flies to train flight attendants on its strike strategy. Northwest has a hub at Memphis International Airport.

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