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Ford recalls 450,000 vehicles for possible fuel tank issue

Ford recallsThe Ford Motor Company issued a recall notice for about 450,000 2010 and 2011 Ford Fusion and Mercury Milan models, citing a possible fuel tank problem.

The announcement Monday said some cars could have an malfunctioning canister purge valve, which could lead to a pressure buildup, followed by cracks, leaks and possible fires, in their fuel tanks.


Five shot near site of Jamar Clark protest

Jamar ClarkThe family of a black man who was fatally shot by a Minneapolis police officer has called for supporters protesting the killing to move on to “the next step,” after five people were shot near the site of the dayslong demonstration.

No one was seriously injured in the shooting late Monday.

It wasn't immediately clear who was behind the attack. A witness to the shooting, Oluchi Omeoga, reported seeing three strangers wearing masks among the protesters. Police said early Tuesday they are searching for three white male suspects.


Texas Lands In Court For Trying To Defund Planned Parenthood

Planned Parenthood goes to courtPlanned Parenthood, which has been plagued by controversy for months thanks to a deceptive video campaign accusing the organization of selling aborted fetal tissue, is fighting back in court.

The national women’s health organization announced on Monday that it has filed suit against Texas for attempting to kick it out of the state’s Medicaid program.

Last month, Texas officials announced they intended to end Medicaid funding for Planned Parenthood clinics — saying that, in light of the videos, the group can’t be trusted to provide “medical services in a professionally competent, safe, legal and ethical manner.”


Florida approves 5 nurseries to grow medical marijuana

Foria approveds five medical marijuana nurseriesState health officials announced Monday that five Florida nurseries have been chosen to cultivate and distribute the first legal marijuana in the state, opening the door to the sale and distribution of the non-euphoric strains next year.

Costa Nursery Farms, of the Redland, won the bid for the Southeast Region. Knox Nursery, will grow it for the Central Region, including Tampa Bay. Hackney Nursery Company will grow it for the Northeast Region. Chestnut Hill Tree Farm will be the grower for the Northeast Region and Alpha Foliage will grow it for the Southwest Region.


Man in prison 16 years may be acquitted after DNA links crimes to serial rapist

Luis Vargas in center of photA Los Angeles judge was expected Monday to exonerate a man convicted of three rapes after DNA evidence linked the crimes to a serial rapist wanted for assaults dating back two decades.

Luis Vargas has been in prison for 16 years for crimes he didn’t commit, according to the California Innocence Project at California Western School of Law, which took up his case in 2012.


Pew: White Christians no longer a majority

Pew: White Christians no longer majorityWhite Christians now make up less than half of the U.S. population, largely receding from the majorities of most demographic groups, with one notable exception: the Republican Party.

According to the latest results from Pew Research Center's Religious Landscape survey published Monday by National Journal's Next America project, just 46 percent of American adults are white Christians, down from 55 percent in 2007.


16 injured in New Orleans park shooting

New Orleans shootingHundreds of people were gathered at a New Orleans playground for a block party and music video shoot when two groups in the crowd opened fire on each other, wounding 16 people in the shocking Sunday evening violence, police said.

Police were on their way to break up a big crowd at Bunny Friend Playground when gunfire erupted at the park in the city's 9th Ward, the police said in a statement Sunday.


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