Progress reported in West Coast port talks

An employer group representing shipping lines and West Coast port terminals said it has reached a tentative agreement with the dockworkers union on a major issue in contentious contract negotiations. The talks, now in their ninth month, have grown increasingly heated since November as the union and employers accuse each other of creating severe congestion at West Coast ports, including at the nation's busiest complex in Los Angeles and Long Beach. On Monday, 16 ships were anchored off Los Angeles and Long Beach, waiting for the docks to clear, according to the Marine Exchange of Southern California. Steve Getzug, a spokesman for the employer group Pacific Maritime Assn., said...