U.S. Sells Final Stake in GM
DETROIT (AP) - The U.S. government no longer owns part of General Motors. Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew says the government sold its remaining shares in the automaker on Tuesday. The government lost $10.5 billion on its bailout of GM. But Lew says the rescue was necessary to save 1 million jobs and stop the American auto industry from collapsing. The government got 912 million GM shares, or 60.8 percent of the company, in exchange for a $49.5 billion bailout during the financial crisis in 2008 and 2009. It recovered $39 billion of the money.
Fatal Fire In Donora
DONORA, Pa. (AP) - A longtime school bus driver has died after a fire badly damaged her home in southwestern Pennsylvania. An autopsy was set on the body of 52-year-old Gelinda Giles, who was found dead on the second floor of her home in Donora. The fire was reported about 3 a.m. Sunday and Giles was pronounced dead about 80 minutes later. Giles had been a bus driver with the Ringgold School District for nearly 20 years. District Superintendent Karen Polkabla says Giles was a "really dependable, faithful" driver who "is going to be missed by the students and the administration, as well." A fire marshal was still investigating the cause of the blaze, which caused about $50,000 damage.
Body Found In Weirton House
WEIRTON, W.Va. (AP) - A Weirton man is in custody after police investigating a robbery found a woman's body in his home.
Weirton police tell media outlets that 47-year-old Leslee Craig Arnold was arrested Sunday at a residence in Steubenville, Ohio. Arnold is being held at the Jefferson County Jail in Ohio awaiting extradition to West Virginia.
Police didn't identify the woman or say whether any charges have been filed against Arnold.
Weirton officers went to Arnold's home on Saturday in response to reports that a woman had been robbed at gunpoint and her vehicle had been stolen. Police say the officers found the woman's body hidden inside the residence.
No other details were provided.
Winter Storm Causes Major Travel Problems
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Roads have been slippery in much of the Northeast for this morning's commute to work, as a slow-moving storm that dumped snow and ice on the mid-Atlantic region moves up the coast. Forecasters say travel problems could linger into the afternoon, with freezing rain and icy conditions sticking around. The wintry weather is extending from Missouri into Maine. The storm -- which canceled more than 3,200 flights yesterday and delayed thousands more -- has already led to the cancellation of more than 1,200 additional flights today, according to the flight-tracking website Flightaware.com. The biggest share of those flights were from the Dallas-Fort Worth airport, which is still reeling from the effects of the ice storm that brought North Texas to a standstill. Hundreds of people were stranded there last night. Slippery conditions were reported overnight in the New York City area. One crash involving about 20 vehicles closed southbound lanes of Interstate 95 in Connecticut for a couple of hours. No serious injuries were reported.
Israeli Leader Won't Attend Mandela Memorial
JERUSALEM (AP) - Although nearly 100 heads of state will be in South Africa for tomorrow's memorial service for Nelson Mandela, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu won't be among them. An official says Netanyahu had been planning on attending, but he announced today that he'll be skipping that trip because of its high cost. The Israeli leader has faced a series of scandals over his high-flying lifestyle and expensive habits. Last week, official records disclosed that he had spent $1,700 in government money on scented candles. Earlier this year, a TV station reported that he had spent $127,000 in public funds for a special sleeping cabin on a five-hour flight to London to attend Margaret Thatcher's funeral. This trip would have cost an estimated $2 million -- including a charter flight for his entourage and a separate transport plane for security equipment. Netanyahu described Mandela last week as one of "the greatest figures of our time" -- but Israel's relations with post-apartheid South Africa have been strained. Many in South Africa compare Israel's occupation of the West Bank to South Africa under apartheid, a charge that Israel rejects. And Mandela famously said that freedom of South African blacks "is incomplete without the freedom of the Palestinians."
Pop Hall Of Fame Inductees Announced
Canonsburg's Pop Music Hall of Fame has announced its 2014 inductees with The Monkees receiving the most votes. Other inductees are Chicago, the Bee Gees, Tony Bennett, the Carpenters, Buddy Holly, Elton John, Carole King, Dean Martin, Roy Orbison, Patti Page, the Platters, Simon & Garfunkel and the Supremes. The latest names join those already voted into the Hall including The Beach Boys, The Beatles, Johnny Cash, Ray Charles, Perry Como, Nat King Cole, Neil Diamond, Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra, Bobby Vinton and Stevie Wonder. A feasibility study is underway to determine the size and location of a permenent Pop Music Hall of Fame facility in Canonsburg. Election of the third class of inductees will be in September 2014.