Mike Guillen works on the assembly line at the General Motors Assembly Plant in Arlington, Texas June 9, 2015. General Motors Co is raising the stakes on its bet that sales of fuel-thirsty sport utility vehicles will keep driving its global profits as Chinese and other markets sag. GM said on July 14, 2015 that it plans to spend $1.4 billion to modernize the factory in Arlington, Texas, that builds the Cadillac Escalade, Chevrolet Suburban and GMC Yukon sport utility vehicles. It's the largest single investment in a $5.4 billion, three-year plant upgrade program announced earlier this year. Picture taken June 9, 2015.
The man accused of kidnapping a 15-year-old Tennessee high school student scoured the internet for information on "teen marriage," Tennessee Bureau of Investigation officials said Tuesday. Tad Cummins, 50, searched the internet for teen marriage on March 5, more than a week before he skipped town with Elizabeth Thomas, officials said. He would also search for information about what features a Nissan Rogue has which could allow police to track him, The Tennessean reported. TBI officials have received more than 650 leads, but no credible sightings of the pair. Officials believe Cummins could have Thomas hidden somewhere away from the public's view, the newspaper reported.
Authorities have not released the names of the girls or the woman who were struck by the truck on Saturday in Lake Hallie, including the name of a fourth girl who survived but was in critical condition at a hospital in Rochester, Minnesota. The girls were members of Troop 3055 and were fourth-grade students at Halmstad Elementary School in adjoining Chippewa Falls, which is about 90 miles (145 kilometers) east of Minneapolis. "Our hearts are broken for the girls and families of the Girl Scouts of the Northwestern Great Lakes," CEO Sylvia Acevedo of Girl Scouts of the USA said in a statement Sunday. "The Girl Scout Movement everywhere stands with our sister Girl Scouts in Wisconsin to grieve and comfort one another in the wake of this terrible tragedy." Daniel Sokup said the pickup, a black Ford F-150, crossed a lane and veered into a roadside ditch, striking the victims.
Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) Online has announced another slew of tech-related university courses, accelerating its plan to tackle the impending skills shortage Australia is expected to face. The new courses come courtesy of a partnership with Silicon Valley-based global education startup Udacity, which works with the likes of Google, Facebook, Mercedes-Benz, and Nvidia to close talent gaps. This is the first time it has partnered with a university, however. According to RMIT Online, the courses will address skills shortages in emerging tech, robotics, engineering, and artificial intelligence fields through short courses that bring a "Silicon Valley mindset to Australia's workforce". RMIT Online CEO Helen Souness said Australia is facing a growing skills shortage across many design and technology fields and believes universities must lead the way.
Driving a 2002 Honda Civic, Huma Hanif was traveling on a highway outside Houston on March 31 when the high school student ran into a car in front of her. Hanif's car was equipped with an air bag made by Japanese supplier Takata Corp. The air bag ruptured with the collision, sending a metal shard into her neck, and the 17-year-old died at the scene, authorities said. It was the 10th fatality in the United States linked to Takata's defective air bags, expanding what already has become one of the worst scandals in U.S. consumer-safety history. More than 100 injuries also are linked to the air bags.