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GM reportedly adding shift, jobs

Associated Press / January 23, 2011

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DETROIT — General Motors Co. will add a shift and more than 650 jobs at its cab-truck assembly plant in Flint, according to a person familiar with the plan. The person spoke yesterday on the condition of anonymity because the announcement had not yet been publicly made. An announcement is scheduled for tomorrow. Flint is the birthplace of GM and once was a powerful auto manufacturing town, but its economy and population have steadily declined over the past few decades.

School district, girl settle in rape case
RICHMOND — Attorneys say a teenage girl who was gang-raped outside a Northern California high school reached a $4 million settlement with the school district. The value of the deal in the civil claim against the West Contra Costa Unified School District was revealed last week. The girl’s attorney, Richard Schoenberger, said district officials agreed it was not in the girl’s best interest to endure depositions or a civil trial. Six people have pleaded not guilty to charges stemming from the October 2009 rape.

Authorities report rise of new drug
FULTON — Authorities in several states say they are seeing a new street drug with terrifying effects. The drug is sold under such names as Ivory Wave, Red Dove, Bliss, White Lightning, and Hurricane Charlie. Authorities say the chemicals can cause hallucinations, paranoia, rapid heart rates, and suicidal thoughts. They are packaged as bath salts or even plant food and sold legally at convenience stores and over the Internet. Some say the effects are as powerful as abusing methamphetamine. Some states, including Mississippi and Kentucky, are considering banning their sale. top stories on Twitter

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