Ford's 3Q profit falls on recall, truck launch

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Troubles in Ford Motor Co.'s home market - including a massive recall and the difficult launch of new heavy-duty pickups - are hurting the company's bottom line.

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A former Michigan State Police trooper is accused of embezzlement for allegedly pocketing over $170,000 in vehicle fees. Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette announced felony charges Wednesday against 31-year-old Seth Swanson after an investigation into salvage vehicle inspections.

Staffers from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are stationed in Flint to help state and local health officials investigate an outbreak of shigellosis, a highly contagious gastrointestinal illness.

The Genesee County Health Department says Wednesday that 177 cases have been reported in Genesee and Saginaw counties since March 1, 2016.

Police seeking man in connection with campus shooting

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Authorities are seeking a 24-year-old Lansing man in connection with a weekend shooting that wounded a college student in western Michigan. The Kent County sheriff's office says Wednesday that Paul Howard is named in a warrant.

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"It's the consumers' information. How it is used should be the consumers' choice." So said FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler as the commission adopted rules requiring Internet service providers such as Comcast and Verizon to get customers' permission before selling the data they collect to marketers.

The vote was 3-2 along party lines.

Poorly managed projects. Questionable spending. Dubious claims of success.

That's how an NPR report last year described recovery efforts in Haiti from international humanitarian groups after the earthquake in 2010. That's why NGOs — nongovernmental organizations — helping out in the wake of Hurricane Matthew know they need to get it right this time.

It's called sticking to your guns to the noble and bitter end, and it's almost certainly what the Senate majority is going to do when it comes to refusing to even consider President Obama's nominee to the Supreme Court, Judge Merrick Garland.

Call it a win for the Walloons.

The Belgian government says it's broken a deadlock over a major trade agreement between the European Union and Canada, known as the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement or CETA. The deal had been held up in the final days by Wallonia, a small French-speaking enclave in the small country of Belgium.

Amtrak has reached a $265 million settlement with people affected by last year's derailment in Philadelphia that killed eight and injured more than 200 others.

A federal judge approved the deal this morning. "The settlement is $30 million dollars less than the cap on damages for an accident like this," as NPR's Jeff Brady reports. "But attorneys for the victims say this agreement will get money to their clients more quickly than if the case were litigated."

Adam Crapser was brought to the United States when he was 3, to start a new life — new parents, new culture, new country.

But his adoptive parents didn't complete his citizenship papers. Then they abandoned him to the foster care system.

And now, as a 41-year-old father of four, he's being deported. Despite his appeals for help, he has been ordered to be sent back to South Korea, a country The Associated Press describes as "completely alien to him."

His predicament is the result of parental failings, a criminal past and acts of Congress.

A rusty-brown rock found on a beach by a fossil hunter might contain a bit of preserved dinosaur brain.

If so, it would be the first time scientists have ever found fossilized brain tissue from a dinosaur.

The fossil comes from a species closely related to Iguanodon, a large herbivore that lived about 130 million years ago. A collector named Jamie Hiscocks found it in 2004, near Bexhill in the United Kingdom.

Conservationists often discuss the fact that hunting bush meat in tropical areas is creating an ecological and public health crisis.

Placebos can't cure diseases, but research suggests that they seem to bring some people relief from subjective symptoms, such as pain, nausea, anxiety and fatigue.

Warplanes repeatedly bombed a complex of three schools in northern Syria on Wednesday in what UNICEF is calling one of the deadliest attacks on schools since the conflict began more than five years ago.

"This is a tragedy. It is an outrage. And if deliberate, it is a war crime," said UNICEF Director Anthony Lake. "Children lost forever to their families ... teachers lost forever to their students ... one more scar on Syria's future."