General Motors Co is cutting production at two of its North American car plants as supplies of vehicles including the Chevrolet Sonic and Buick Regal rise, a person familiar with the company's plans said on Wednesday. Automotive News initially reported GM's plans for its plants in Lake Orion, Michigan, and Oshawa, Ontario, citing sources. GM scheduled downtime for March 9-13 at its Orion plant outside Detroit, where the Sonic and Buick Verano cars are made, to adjust for lower demand, said the person, who asked not to be identified. The plant was also idle last week and previously had scheduled a down week April 6-10, Automotive News said.
By Michael Fleeman OXNARD, Calif. (Reuters) - The rail crossing where a California commuter train plowed into a truck on Tuesday was a known transportation hazard and the scene of a fatal accident as recently as last year, raising questions about why a highway overpass has not been built there. Fifty people were injured in the fiery pre-dawn wreck in Oxnard, which flipped over three double-decker Metrolink rail cars and derailed two others. A car traveling southbound hit a train and there were also fatalities." Tuesday's crash, in which the driver appears to have turned accidentally onto the tracks in the pre-dawn darkness instead of crossing them, comes three weeks after a Metro-North commuter train struck a car at a crossing outside New York City and derailed, killing six people. Robert Sumwalt of the National Transportation Safety Board, which is investigating the crash, said over 2,000 grade crossing accidents occur every year nationally, killing about 250 people.
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A former prison official and a businessman are changing their pleas in federal court and admitting to a bribery scheme involving hundreds of millions of dollars in state contracts.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate on Wednesday voted to clear a path for immigration restrictions to be stripped from a Department of Homeland Security funding bill, a key step toward averting a partial shutdown of the agency within days. The procedural vote allows the Senate to execute a bipartisan plan to vote on $39.7 billion in Homeland Security funding and consider a separate bill with provisions aimed at blocking President Barack Obama's 2014 executive immigration order. (Reporting By David Lawder; Editing by Bill Trott)
DENVER (AP) — A man charged with setting off a small explosion last month near a Colorado NAACP office is a danger to the community and must stay jailed without bail before his trial, a federal judge ruled Wednesday.
STAFFORD TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) — Natural gas leaking from an underground main traveled into a New Jersey house, built up in its basement and exploded when it came in contact with an open flame from an appliance, investigators said.