Nation digest: Chrysler recalls 469,000 Jeep SUVs

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Chrysler recalls 469,000 Jeep SUVs

Chrysler is recalling 469,000 Jeep SUVs worldwide because they can shift into neutral without warning when started.

The recall affects 2005 to 2010 Grand Cherokees and 2006 to 2010 Commanders. U.S. safety regulators said cracks in a circuit board can cause a faulty signal when the SUVs are started. If the vehicles shift into neutral, they can roll away.

Chrysler said the problem has caused 26 crashes and two injuries.

Chrysler will notify owners, officials said, and dealers will update software to take care of the problem. Repairs will be made at no cost to owners.

Chrysler found cracks in a circuit board that turns the four-wheel-drive system on and off. The recall covers 295,000 vehicles in the United States, 28,500 in Canada and 4,200 in Mexico. The remaining 141,000 are outside North America.

In documents filed with the National Highway Traffic Administration, the company says it began looking into the problem after a customer complained that an SUV rolled away in January of 2012 after being started remotely.

— Associated Press

CALIFORNIA

12-year-old arrested in sister’s killing

Authorities on Saturday arrested the 12-year-old brother of an 8-year-old girl who was stabbed at her home in a quiet Northern California community last month.

Calaveras County Sheriff Gary Kuntz told reporters at a news conference that the boy will be charged with homicide.

The April 27 attack shook the tightknit Valley Springs community of about 7,400 people and set off a massive manhunt. The boy had told police that he encountered an intruder in the home and described the man as being tall with long gray hair.

Investigators did a door-to-door sweep of houses, storage sheds and horse stables scattered across oak-studded hills. Divers also searched two nearby reservoirs in search of clues.

As part of the investigation, authorities seized several knives from the home Leila Fowler shared with her father, stepmother and siblings to determine if one could have inflicted the fatal wounds.

A neighbor who told detectives she saw a man flee the Fowler home later recanted the story.

— Associated Press

CALIFORNIA

Nuclear protesters to remain in jail: A judge has ordered that a nun and two other nuclear protesters remain in jail until they are sentenced in September for breaking into the Y-12 National Security Complex in Oak Ridge, Tenn. Sister Megan Rice and protesters Michael Walli and Greg Boertje-Obed were convicted Wednesday of sabotaging the plant and damaging federal property last year at a uranium facility. An attorney for the defendants asked the judge Thursday to allow their release until the Sept. 23 sentencing. U.S. District Judge Amul Thapar said in his order Friday that releasing them would be too lenient.

Poll: Majority still believe in JFK assassination conspiracy: A clear majority of Americans still suspect there was a conspiracy behind President John F. Kennedy’s assassination, but the percentage who believe that Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone is at its highest level since the mid-1960s, according to a new Associated Press-GfK poll. According to the AP-GfK survey, conducted in mid-April, 59 percent of Americans think there was a conspiracy to kill the president; 24 percent think Oswald acted alone; and 16 percent are unsure. A 2003 Gallup poll found that 75 percent of Americans felt there was a conspiracy. The Oswald-acted-alone results, meanwhile, are the highest since the period three years after the assassination, when 36 percent said one man was responsible for Kennedy’s death.

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