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The Two-Way
6:21 pm
Fri August 1, 2014

GM Stays At The Top As U.S. Car Sales Surge In July

Sales of GM's cars slid by 3.8 percent from July 1013, but its light trucks and SUVs, like this Buick Enclave, more than made up for it, spiking 17.5 percent.

Sales incentives helped U.S. auto sales rise in July, as major auto companies reported selling more than 120,000 more vehicles than the same month last year. GM retained its spot as the U.S. sales leader.

Sales of passenger cars rose by nearly 5 percent this July compared to last year, with sales of light trucks even higher, at 13.4 percent, according to data released Friday by research firm Autodata Corp.

GM sold 256,160 vehicles last month, beating Toyota's 215,802 and Ford's 211,467.

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Around the Nation
5:00 pm
Fri August 1, 2014

A Right Or A Privilege? Detroit Residents Split Over Water Shut-Offs

Demonstrators protest against the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department last month. Thousands of the city's customers are behind on their water payments.
Joshua Lott Getty Images

Originally published on Fri August 1, 2014 6:02 pm

In Detroit, protests continue over the city's massive effort to shut off water to thousands of customers who aren't paying their bills. Activists call the move a violation of a basic human need, while city officials call it an economic reality.

Detroit's Water and Sewerage Department has been accruing a massive debt for decades — in part because officials say there was only a token attempt to collect past-due bills. By this year, about half of all water customers were behind on payments, owing a combined $90 million.

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The Two-Way
4:57 pm
Fri August 1, 2014

Panel Says Plan To Cut Army Strength Goes Too Far

U.S. Army soldiers from 1st Platoon, G Troop, Task Force 1-35, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, move out on patrol in Iraq in 2008. A bipartisan panel says a Pentagon plan to cut Army strength go too far.
Sgt. Eric C. Hein AP

Originally published on Fri August 1, 2014 7:25 pm

A Pentagon plan to cut tens of thousands of soldiers from the U.S. Army's ranks in coming years goes too far given the growing global threats, including Russian aggression in Ukraine and unrest in Syria and Iraq, a bipartisan review panel says.

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The Two-Way
4:16 pm
Fri August 1, 2014

NYC Man's Chokehold Death Was A Homicide, Medical Examiner Says

The death of Eric Garner in police custody has sparked controversy in New York City — and it's now been ruled a homicide. On Thursday, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio (center) sat with Police Commissioner Bill Bratton (left) and the Rev. Al Sharpton during a discussion on police-community relations.
Spencer Platt Getty Images

Eric Garner, the unarmed man who died two weeks ago after police placed him in a chokehold, was a victim of homicide, says New York City's Office of the Chief Medical Examiner. Garner's death was captured in a video that showed his confrontation with police on a Staten Island sidewalk.

The update on Garner's controversial death was announced Friday afternoon. Member station WNYC cites spokeswoman Julie Bolcer:

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3:45 pm
Fri August 1, 2014

Immigrant Kids Won't Be Coming To Dallas County, Judge Jenkins Says

Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins talks in front of the Cathedral Shrine of the Virgin Guadalupe.
Doualy Xaykaothao KERA News

Originally published on Fri August 1, 2014 7:57 am

Those 2,000 immigrant children will not be coming to temporary shelters in Dallas County after all, the county's top elected official announced Thursday afternoon.

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