Continental Airlines and its flight attendants, represented by the International Assn. of Machinists, edged closer to a possible strike early next year after the two sides adjourned mediated talks in Washington last week without a new contract. In a statement, the airline said that "the issues have been narrowed to a few remaining items," and another bargaining session has been scheduled for Dec. 7-8 in the offices of the National Mediation Board. According to Continental, NMB stated it ...

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