Fiat Chrysler to invest in Poland for new electric Jeeps, Fiats and Alfa Romeos
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV has confirmed plans to refurbish a plant in Poland for three new models for the Jeep, Fiat and Alfa Romeo brands, including hybrid and all-electric versions. It is not yet clear if those vehicles will be sold outside Europe when they start rolling off the line in the second half of 2022, according to an FCA spokesperson. The plan aligns with the Italian American automaker's ambitions to catch up to its competition on electric vehicle options as regulators push for a greener future. The company has said it will offer electrified options across its Jeep portfolio and...
The Detroit News
Execution delayed for only woman on federal death row, possibly to after Joe Biden’s inauguration
The execution of Lisa Montgomery, the only woman on federal death row, has been delayed a second time. Montgomery, 52, got the death penalty in 2008 for killing a pregnant woman four years earlier and stealing her fetus. The baby survived. Montgomery’s execution was initially scheduled for Dec. 8, but two of her attorneys contracted coronavirus. The federal government tried to reschedule the execution for Jan. 12, but a judge ruled Thursday that date was in violation of court rules, The Associated Press reported. U.S. District Court Judge Randolph Moss said the Bureau of Prisons couldn’t set a...
New York Daily News
Undocumented Jamaican couple celebrate freedom after more than two years in Philly church sanctuary
PHILADELPHIA — Clive and Oneita Thompson half-stepped, half-danced from the stone steps of a Philadelphia church Monday morning, ending more than two years in sanctuary and walking — free from the threat of deportation — into a cheering community of friends, clergy and supporters. Smiling and pumping their fists, the undocumented Jamaican couple were met by applause, whistles, bells, tambourines, and noisemakers at a socially distanced celebration outside the Tabernacle United Church in University City. Oneita’s voice caught Monday as she described their time inside church walls, never knowing...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Judge imposes sentence totaling 897 years on NorCal Rapist
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — After hearing emotional, searing statements from some of the women he victimized during his 15-year crime spree as the NorCal Rapist, Roy Charles Waller was sentenced in Sacramento Friday to nearly 900 years in prison — essentially 100 years for each of the women he raped. Superior Court Judge James Arguelles imposed consecutive terms: 459 years to run consecutive to a 438 years to life sentence. The judge said Waller would be ineligible for probation. He then added that even if he was he eligible, would not grant it because Waller is “a serious danger to society” and pres...
The Sacramento Bee
Editorial: Why Xavier Becerra is a very dubious choice to run HHS
President-elect Joe Biden's push for a diverse leadership team is welcome and smart. The centuries in which the federal government was almost entirely run by White men faded under Presidents Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama, only to resurge under President Donald Trump. It's heartening to see Biden pick the first woman secretary of Treasury (Janet Yellen) and first Black secretary of defense (Lloyd Austin). Yellen, a former Federal Reserve Board chair, and Austin, a retired four-star general, are eminently qualified. But it is difficult to grasp why Biden has tapped California Att...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
UK minister complains that Netflix doesn't specify that 'The Crown' is fictional
A not-so-glamorous depiction of the British Royal Family in “The Crown” has gotten at least one bad review from the UK culture secretary.The fourth season of the Netflix drama, which premiered on Nov. 15, moves forward to the Princess Diana years and paints a miserable young girl ostracized by her in-laws and ignored by her husband, Prince Charles, while Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher clashes with Queen Elizabeth.But the familiar actors on screen, including Gillian Anderson, Olivia Colman and Helena Bonham Carter, and the “drama” designation on Netflix’s home screen isn’t enough, apparently....
New York Daily News
Cher visits Pakistan to save the 'world's loneliest elephant'
She believes in life in the wild.Pop goddess Cher met with the prime minister of Pakistan, Imran Khan, on Friday, to help save Kaavan — known as “the world’s loneliest elephant.”The legendary singer and Oscar-winning actress was celebrating the departure of Kaavan, who’ll soon leave a Pakistani zoo for an animal sanctuary in Cambodia.“Just came from meeting to thank Prime Minister Imran Kahn for making it possible for me to take Kaavan to Cambodia,” the 74-year-old Grammy Award-winner tweeted. “Kaavan will be able to leave for Cambodia on the 29.”Four Paws International, an animal welfare orga...
New York Daily News
Sideline Chatter: Punting in 2020 seems like only rational decision
Another sure sign it’s 2020: Illinois punted on fourth-and-goal against Minnesota.But then again, it was fourth-and-48.———Headlines— At @NotSportsCenter: “Report: Trevor Lawrence says his doctors have told him he’ll be cleared from COVID to play football again as soon as the Jets draft another QB.”— At TheOnion.com: “Cora gets another kick at the can in Boston.”———2 out of 3 ain’t badTommy Tuberville — the former Auburn football coach and newly elected senator from Alabama — rattled off the three branches of the federal government as “the House, the Senate and executive.”At least he didn’t say...
The Seattle Times
'You got them Trump licks?' Chicago brothers target COVID-19 stimulus checks in scheme to steal mail, feds say
CHICAGO — Akeem Kosoko and his postal carrier brother had allegedly been stealing people’s personal funds from the U.S. mail for months when the federal government rolled out what undoubtedly seemed like the ultimate bonanza: “Trump checks.”That’s how Kosoko referred to the federal “economic impact payments” — emblazoned with President Donald Trump’s name — that were mailed to financially struggling taxpayers during the early days of the coronavirus pandemic, according to criminal charges recently unsealed in Chicago’s federal court.In early May, the FBI was listening as Kosoko allegedly arran...
Nation and world news briefs
Trump administration returns $3.4 million taken from ailing 9/11 FDNY program in errorWASHINGTON — The New York City Fire Department's World Trade Center Treatment Program just got its pilfered millions back from the federal government — $3,363,931.72, to be exact.That news comes from a letter sent to Rep. Pete King, R-N.Y., from Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin on Wednesday night, finally ending a saga that began years ago with the federal government mysteriously docking payments meant to fund health care for firefighters and EMTs who got sick from serving at ground zero.Earlier this month, M...
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