Ford Sales Up 18%, Chrysler Up 11% in April

DETROIT (AP) — Chrysler says its sales rose 11 percent last month, a sign that Americans continue to buy cars and trucks despite economic uncertainty.  

The Detroit automaker says it sold nearly 157,000 cars and trucks last month in the U.S., its best April since 2007. Chrysler’s performance was led by the Ram pickup, with sales up 49 percent over April of last year. Ford Motor Co. says its U.S. sales rose 18 percent in April thanks to big demand for the recently redesigned Escape SUV. Continue Reading

U-S Firms Add Fewest Jobs in Seven Months: ADP Survey

WASHINGTON (AP) — A survey shows U.S. companies added the fewest jobs in seven months, indicating that government spending cuts and higher taxes may be weighing on the economy.  

Payroll processor ADP says private employers added just 119,000 jobs last month. And March’s hiring was slower than first thought: the survey shows just 131,000 added, down from an initial estimate of 158,000. Manufacturers cut 10,000 jobs, while construction firms added 15,000. The ADP report is derived from payroll data and tracks private employment each month. Continue Reading

Bring it on: Author says Muslim group's $30M libel suit will expose terror ties

The shadowy leader of an American Muslim organization accused of running terror training camps in the U.S. could find himself being questioned under oath if his outfit follows through on its $30 million defamation suit against the Christian group that leveled the charges in a best-selling book. Muslims of the Americas, a group founded in the 1980s by elusive Pakistani Sheikh Mubarak Ali Gilani, is suing the Christian Action Network for defamation and libel following CAN’s recent publication of the book “Twilight in America: The Untold Story of Islamist Terrorist Training Camps Inside America.” Co-authored by CAN founder Martin Mawyer and Patti Pierucci, the book accuses MOA of “acting as a front for the radical Islamist group Jamaat al-Fuqra.” In the suit, filed this year in federal court in Albany, N.Y., the Muslim group accuses Mawyer, Pierucci and CAN of “malicious, repetitious and continuous pronouncements and publication of defamatory statements against plaintiff.” “We’re calling their bluff,” said Mawyer. Continue Reading

Applebee's sued over drunk pedestrian's death

A Taos restaurant is facing a lawsuit over allegations that it overserved a pedestrian who was struck and killed by a pickup. The Albuquerque Journal reports Julian Varela had a blood alcohol level four times the legal limit for driving when he left the Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill and Bar on Dec. 29, 2011. He was killed by a teen driver who wasn’t cited in the incident. The lawsuit says the restaurant’s employees shouldn’t have served Varela the 20-ounce “Brewtus” beers and should have stopped him from leaving while intoxicated. Continue Reading

Mexican immigrant busted at border after getting tangled in razor wire

A suspected illegal immigrant was rescued Tuesday by San Diego firefighters after becoming ensnared in the razor wire on top of a fence at the U.S.-Mexico border, reported. Border Patrol agents saw the man stuck in the fence east of Otay Mesa just before 3:45 p.m., and they called the San Diego Fire Department, the report said. It took rescuers more than an hour to free the man stuck some 20 feet above the ground. The undocumented man was evaluated by EMTs at the scene and was not injured. He was handed over to border agents and taken into custody, the report said. Continue Reading

Bolivia president expels US govt aid agency

Bolivian President Evo Morales says he’s expelling the U.S. Agency for International Development from of the South American country for allegedly seeking to undermine his leftist government. The leftist leader expelled the U.S. ambassador and agents of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration in 2008. Via: Fox News Continue Reading

Boy, 5, fatally shoots sister, 2, with .22-caliber rifle he reportedly got as gift

A southern Kentucky coroner says the mother of a 2-year-old girl fatally shot by her 5-year-old brother had just stepped away from the children when the shooting occurred. Cumberland County Coroner Gary White tells WKYT-TV that the mother said she had been outside on a porch for “no more than three minutes.” Kentucky State Police say the girl was shot Tuesday afternoon in Cumberland County and was later pronounced dead. Cumberland County Coroner Gary White told the Lexington Herald-Leader the boy received the .22-caliber rifle as a gift and is used to shooting it. He said the rifle was kept in a corner and the family didn’t realize a shell was left inside it. Continue Reading

Police arrest mother of baby abandoned in Hawaii

A day after a woman reported finding an abandoned newborn crying in the sand on a Hawaii beach, police arrested her and revealed she’s the baby’s mother. Keala Simeona, 21, of Honolulu, was arrested Tuesday for filing a false police report. Police don’t expect to pursue additional offenses. She posted $250 bail and was released. She had told police she was parked at Sandy Beach in east Honolulu sometime between 11:30 p.m. Sunday and midnight when she heard several people screaming. Continue Reading

Boston bombing suspect's widow wants body released

The widow of one of the Boston Marathon bombing suspects will ask the Massachusetts medical examiner to release his body to his family, her attorney said Tuesday. Attorney Amato DeLuca said in a statement that Katherine Russell wants Tamerlan Tsarnaev’s remains released to the Tsarnaev family. Tsarnaev, 26, died after a gunfight with authorities. Police said he ran out of ammunition before his brother, 19-year-old Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, dragged his body under a vehicle while fleeing the scene. Authorities say the medical examiner has determined the cause of Tamerlan Tsarnaev’s death but it will remain private until his remains are released and a death certificate is filed. Continue Reading