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Ford cancels plan to build new Mexican plant, adds U.S. jobs


FLAT ROCK, Mich. (AP) — Ford is canceling plans to build a new $1.6 billion factory in Mexico and will invest $700 million in a Michigan plant to build new electric and autonomous vehicles.

Ford, however, still plans to shift production of the Focus small car to Mexico and will make the car at an existing plant. President-elect Donald Trump has been pressuring Ford to keep production of the Focus in the U.S.

The company made the announcements Tuesday at a factory in Flat Rock, Michigan, near Detroit. The factory will get 700 new jobs.

Among the new vehicles it will make are a fully electric small SUV with 300 miles of range.

Ford also plans a gas-electric hybrid version of the F-150 pickup.

 

Michigan man charged with killing girlfriend’s pet donkey
 

MICHIGAN CITY, Ind. (AP) — A Michigan man is charged after police in Indiana accused him of shooting and killing his girlfriend’s pet donkey.

Fifty-year-old Olvydas Abromavieius of Union Pier, Michigan, is charged with felony domestic violence animal cruelty and misdemeanor domestic battery. The LaPorte County Sheriff’s Office in Indiana said in a news release that officers responded Sunday evening at a LaPorte home to a domestic disturbance. Authorities say one of the deputies found a donkey bleeding from its head.

Police say the 5-year-old donkey, named Jack, died before a veterinarian could arrive. The donkey suffered a shot in the head near its left eye. Police also said Abromavieius’ girlfriend claimed he battered her.

Abromavieius was booked into the LaPorte County jail and was scheduled to appear Tuesday in LaPorte Superior Court.

 

Authorities: Man wanted to have inmates kill ex-girlfriend


MASON, Mich. (AP) — Authorities say a Michigan man offered to pay two fellow inmates and an undercover police officer to kill his ex-girlfriend and possibly others while he was jailed.

The Lansing State Journal reports one of the inmates told police Tunc Uraz offered to pay him $2,500 and wanted him to bludgeon the victim. Authorities say Tunc agreed to pay the officer $2,000 for killing the woman and $500 for every additional person killed.

The 49-year-old Haslett man was ordered to stand trial last month on three counts of soliciting murder. The case is pending in Ingham County Circuit Court.

Uraz’s attorney Mike Nichols says informants’ motives and credibility will be issues as the case moves forward.

The investigation began in late August as Uraz was being held on stalking charges.
 

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