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US opens probe of Impala air bag performance
Written by TOM KRISHER, AP Auto Writer   
Friday, 25 July 2014 19:38
DETROIT (AP) — The U.S. government's highway safety agency has opened a formal investigation into air bag failures in some Chevrolet Impala full-size cars made by General Motors.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said Friday it began the probe after receiving a petition from Donald Friedman of Xprts LLC, a Santa Barbara, California, company that examines crashes.

Friedman examined an April 2011 car crash in Hidalgo County, Texas, that severely injured an elderly man named Roberto Martinez. His wife Aurora was driving their 2008 Impala when it was hit by an SUV and forced into a concrete highway divider and a fixed barrier in front of the car. The passenger air bags didn't deploy, and Roberto suffered permanent brain injuries, according to a lawsuit filed by the couple against GM. He died about 10 months later.

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Measles case diagnosed in central Indiana
Written by Associated Press   
Friday, 25 July 2014 19:34
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — State health officials say a case of measles has been diagnosed in central Indiana and people who visited three clinics and a restaurant may have been exposed to the virus.

The state Department of Health said Friday it's working with local health departments and hospitals to identify additional measles cases.

The agency says people who visited St. Vincent Immediate Care Center in Zionsville on July 17, St. Vincent Carmel Hospital Emergency Department in Carmel on July 19 and St. Vincent Outpatient Treatment Center in Carmel on July 20 may have been exposed to the virus.

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Ex-police officer will learn whether he remains free
Written by Associated Press   
Friday, 25 July 2014 13:41
AKRON, Ohio (AP) — A former Akron police captain is scheduled to appear before a judge to determine if he can remain free or must return to prison in the slaying of his ex-wife.
A now-retired Summit County judge in early 2013 exonerated Douglas Prade after he had spent nearly 15 years in prison when DNA testing showed a bite mark on his ex-wife’s lab coat was not his. An appellate court overturned the judge’s ruling in March and the Ohio Supreme Court on Wednesday upheld the appellate court decision.
Prade was convicted in the 1997 shooting death of his ex-wife outside her medical office.
Attorneys for the 68-year-old Prade say he’s innocent. Prosecutors want Prade returned to prison while it’s determined if he should get a new trial. The hearing is Friday afternoon.
 
Band booster club ex-treasurer charged with theft
Written by Associated Press   
Friday, 25 July 2014 13:44
NEWARK, Ohio (AP) — Authorities say a former booster club treasurer accused of stealing about $67,000 meant for a central Ohio high school band has been indicted for theft.
Attorney General Mike DeWine says 51-year-old Ernest T. Bowers, of Pataskala, was indicted Thursday by a Licking County grand jury in Newark on one felony count of theft.
Court records don’t list an attorney for Bowers. A message left at a home phone listing for Bowers wasn’t immediately returned Thursday.
Investigators say the money intended for the Watkins Memorial High School Band was used for personal trips, adult entertainment, gas and food. Authorities say the money also was used for personal cellphones, cable services and family members’ education expenses.
The attorney general’s statement says Bowers allegedly stole the money over a four-year period.
 
Paul blends privacy with civil rights in speech
Written by Associated Press   
Friday, 25 July 2014 13:35
CINCINNATI (AP) — U.S. Sen. Rand Paul blended his message of libertarian-fueled privacy policies with civil rights-inspired criminal justice reforms during a speech Friday to the National Urban League’s annual convention in this presidential battleground state.
The Kentucky Republican announced he would introduce legislation on Friday that would end the federal sentencing disparities between crack and powder cocaine, part of a series of bills Paul has authored in the past two months designed to correct the racial imbalance of the nation’s criminal justice system. And he continued his criticism of the federal government’s domestic spying program, telling the mostly black audience that “those who have known injustice should be at the vanguard of the fight to protect all of our civil liberties.”
“Whether you are a minority because of color of your skin or by virtue of your political or religious persuasion, it is imperative that we restrain the power of the majority,” he said. “Dr. King’s ‘I have a Dream’ speech inspired the world but it also prompted the FBI to tap his phone illegally and spy on tens of thousands of Americans.”
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