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July 11, 2014 - 10:19am
6 min 44 sec ago

NEW YORK (AP) — The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says it is investigating steering problems in about 500,000 Ford cars.

The investigation covers 2004 to 2007 Crown Victoria, Grand Marquis and Marauder models.

NHTSA says a heat shield in the car can rust, dislodge and cause the steering shaft to jam. It has received 5 complaints about the issue and knows of one injury. In that case, the steering froze as a driver entered a high...

July 11, 2014 - 10:13am
6 min 43 sec ago

GRAND TETON NATIONAL PARK, Wyo. (AP) — Officials say about two dozen people were taken to a hospital after a bus flipped on its side in Grand Teton National Park.

The crash occurred Thursday near Colter Bay Village on Jackson Lake.

Details were sketchy. KIFI-TV in Idaho Falls, Idaho, reports (http://tinyurl.com/lqt6p43 ) two people were airlifted to an Idaho Falls hospital and 24 were taken by ambulance to a hospital in Jackson, Wyoming....

July 11, 2014 - 9:53am
6 min 43 sec ago

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks are opening lower and are headed for their biggest weekly loss since April.

The Dow Jones industrial average fell 40 points, or 0.2 percent, to 16,873 in the first few minutes of trading Friday.

The Standard & Poor's 500 index lost four points, or 0.2 percent, to 1,960. The Nasdaq composite fell four points, or 0.1 percent, to 4,391.

Investors were assessing company earnings. Fastenal, which makes...

July 11, 2014 - 9:36am
6 min 43 sec ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — Would-be home sellers across the country are grappling with a once-in-a-lifetime problem: They have mortgage rates so absurdly low it would hurt them financially to sell.

Doing so would mean giving up an irresistible rate in exchange for a new mortgage carrying a rate up to a percentage point higher. Their monthly payments would be larger even for a house of the same price. That's discouraging some people from selling, thereby limiting the supply of...

July 11, 2014 - 9:18am
6 min 43 sec ago

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks edged mostly lower in early trading Friday as investors assessed corporate news. Stocks are headed for their biggest weekly loss since April after ending the previous week at record levels.

KEEPING SCORE: The Standard & Poor's 500 index dropped two points, or 0.1 percent, to 1,961 as of 10:10 a.m. Eastern. The Dow Jones industrial average dropped 32 points, or 0.2 percent, to 16,877. The Nasdaq composite gained five points, or 0.1 percent, to 4...

July 11, 2014 - 8:59am
6 min 42 sec ago

NEW YORK (AP) — Chrysler says it is recalling 651,000 Jeep and Dodge SUVs in the U.S. because vanity mirror lights that have undergone repairs can short circuit and start a fire if not reassembled correctly.

The recall is for certain 2011 to 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee and Dodge Durango models. Chrysler says it has seen the problem only in lighted sun visor mirrors that have been repaired. But as a precaution, it says the recall applies to all of the vehicles....

July 11, 2014 - 8:56am
6 min 42 sec ago

ATLANTA (AP) — The wife of a Georgia man facing charges after their son died in a hot car has retained a criminal defense attorney for herself.

Atlanta attorney Lawrence Zimmerman says he now represents Leanna Harris.

Harris has not been charged with any crimes in the case. Asked about his role in the case, Zimmerman said he can't comment further.

Her husband, Justin Ross Harris, faces murder and child cruelty charges in the June...

July 11, 2014 - 8:50am
6 min 42 sec ago

PHOENIX (AP) — An Arizona woman convicted in her young son's disappearance nearly five years ago is out of prison.

Elizabeth Johnson was released early Friday morning from the Perryville state prison west of Phoenix. KNXV-TV (http://bit.ly/1lZsz8o ) reports that Johnson walked out of the prison and left in her attorney's SUV.

Johnson was given a more than 5-year sentence in 2012 for custodial interference and unlawful imprisonment in the 2009...

July 11, 2014 - 8:48am
6 min 42 sec ago

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration will probe a fatal truck explosion that happened last spring when a forklift pierced the vehicle's natural gas fuel tank.

The federal agency said the April 3 accident in Howard, Wisconsin, occurred when a Daimler 2014 Freightliner Business Class M2 truck was carrying a three-wheel electric forklift. The truck braked during the trip, and the forklift rolled forward, broke through the cargo compartment wall and hit the gas...

July 11, 2014 - 8:11am
6 min 42 sec ago

WEST DEPTFORD, N.J. (AP) — A small explosion at a chemical plant in southern New Jersey forced the evacuation of employees and left one person injured.

It happened at the Johnson Matthey plant in West Deptford just after 5:30 a.m. Friday.

Plant general manager Robert Bullen-Smith says a process line in a chemical production area broke and a spill occurred. He would not identify the chemical.

Bullen-Smith says there were no major...

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