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Michael Clayton Ernest and Keith Lawson were both arrested in Tuscaloosa County. Authorities said the two men were charged with possession of an explosive device and conspiracy.The Walker County Sheriff’s office said Tuesday it had made two arrests in what it’s calling a murder-for-hire plot that ended with a man injured in a truck bombing.  

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YourAutoNetwork.com

If you own a Chrysler, Jeep or Dodge vehicle or plan on purchasing one, you need to know about the fact that these vehicles do not have any product defect liability coverage because of some shenanigans that took place in their chapter 11 bankruptcy. Vehicle resale values may plummet if Congress approves of warning labels on these vehicles. General Motors turned their back on their customers in chapter 11 forcing those with liability claims to fight with unsecured creditors over worthless assets.

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Rasmussen Reports

Public opposition to the auto bailouts may translating into consumer buying decisions, with 46% of Americans now saying they are more likely to buy a car from Ford because it did not take government money to stay in business.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 13% say they are less likely to buy a Ford because the company didn’t receive a bailout, and 37% say it has no impact on their car buying.

 

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Omaha.com

State driver's license stations all closed Monday, halting the issuance of any driver's licenses or identification cards and postponing the launch of a new, more secure system of issuing licenses until at least Wednesday.  The new system, designed to foil identity thieves and meet security challenges of the post-9/11 world, will cost the state $2.9 million in lease and setup costs this fiscal year.    [we'll update you as the traffic fatalities mount] 

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Perhaps propelled by the recent dawn of solar powered airplanes, this stunning solar powered blimp is poised to take flight by harnessing sunlight for fuel. Dubbed Nephelios, the solar-powered helium blimp was designed and built by high school engineering students in France. The history making blimp will begin test flights in the next 2 weeks, and by summer’s end the designers hope to fly Nephelios across the English Channel, “just to show that it’s possible.” Nephelios will be the first manned solar airship in existence, and its inaugural flight will prove that CO2-free air travel is now a reality.

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WTOL

Red light cameras have a new target. They can now do more than just catch speeders. They can also check to see if you have insurance. There's a program that uses the red-light cameras and insurance company databases to check for uninsured motorists. Here's how it works. The system would use license plate numbers to verify driver insurance. Ohio and Illinois are considering using the system. Officials in Chicago say the program could generate $200 million in additional revenue for the windy city.

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Earlier this month, the House of Representatives voted 310-118 to keep the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) from strip-searching passengers with millimeter-wave scanners at airport checkpoints. Screeners will grope us instead.
 
Millimeter-waves function like Superman’s X-ray vision, peering through your clothing to the body beneath. You don’t undress; the scanner does that for you. Meanwhile, screeners leering at the monitor and ostensibly checking for weapons can check you out instead.
 
Prisons have used millimeter-wave and similar technologies for years. No wonder the TSA, which frequently confuses passengers with prisoners, has tried since its beginnings in 2002 to push us into these pornographic scanners. But public outrage always stymied those efforts; there’s something unutterably creepy about government agents inspecting naked citizens. Michael Chertoff, then Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, finally growl

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NY Times

It is not every 31-year-old who, in a first government job, finds himself dismantling General Motors and rewriting the rules of American capitalism. Brian Deese, a not-quite graduate of Yale Law School who had never set foot in an automotive assembly plant until he took on his nearly unseen role in remaking the American automotive industry.

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NY Times

A federal judge on Sunday night cleared a path for Chrysler to exit bankruptcy by approving a sale of most of the carmaker’s assets to a new entity to be run by Fiat of Italy. Judge Arthur J. Gonzalez of the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York approved the government-backed plan after three days of marathon hearings on the proposal.

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Dodge

WOW! This is one strong warranty. Who's going to cover it if they go out of business? [Ed] We're confident in our vehicles. And we want you to have that same level of confidence. That's why Dodge is the only automaker in the U.S. with a Lifetime Powertrain Limited Warranty with unlimited mileage[1] [2]. This exclusive warranty covers the cost of parts and labor needed to repair the engine, transmission and/or drive system for the lifetime of your vehicle. Plus, our 3-year/36,00

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