WASHINGTON – WASHINGTON (AP) - The focus to boost new car sales and get old gas guzzlers off the road now turns to the Senate after easy House approval.
The "cash for clunkers" bill, which passed the House 298 to 119, would give consumers instant vouchers of up to $4,500 when they turn in older, gas guzzling vehicles and buy new, more fuel-efficient ones.
The aim is to help the ailing auto industry, which has seen sales drop by more than a third in just two years.
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Obama administration is ready to issue broad new principles on how to compensate top financial sector executives.
Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner and Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke want to give the Fed and the Securities and Exchange Commission greater powers to set compensation guidelines across the financial sector.
NEW YORK (AP) - Chrysler is a step closer to emerging from bankruptcy protection.
The Supreme Court has cleared the way for the sale of the bulk of Chrysler's assets to Fiat. The high court rejected an appeal by a trio of Indiana pension and construction funds, consumer groups and others who wanted to block the transaction.
The deal has the backing of the Obama administration. It will likely close today, according to A person briefed on the company's plans who declined to be named ahead of an official announcement.
WASHINGTON – WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court has cleared the way for Chrysler's sale to Fiat, turning down a last-ditch bid by opponents of the deal.
The court has rejected a plea to block the sale of most of Chrysler's assets to the Italian automaker. Chrysler, Fiat and the Obama administration had warned that the high court's intervention could have scuttled the sale.
A federal appeals court in New York had earlier approved the sale, but gave opponents until Monday afternoon to try to get the Supreme Court to intervene.
LANSING, MI – LANSING, MI (WKAR) - The Lansing Lugnuts defeated the West Michigan Whitecaps, 8-2, in the first game of a doubleheader before dropping the nightcap, 5-3, in 11 innings last night at Oldsmobile Park. Tonight at 7:05 p.m., the Lugnuts host the beginning of a four-game series with the Great Lakes Loons.
PITTSBURGH – PITTSBURGH (AP) - Jordan Staal and Tyler Kennedy scored, and Marc-Andre Fleury made 25 saves as the Pittsburgh Penguins forced Game 7 of the Stanley Cup finals by beating the defending champion Detroit Red Wings 2-1.
Coming off a 5-0 loss at Detroit on Saturday, the Penguins got a goal from Staal in the opening minute of the second period and one from Kennedy 5:35 into the third to make home teams 6 for 6 in these finals.
Lansing. MI – The state has re-opened the hotline that helps people quit smoking. It was shut down three months ago due to the overwhelming demand for free nicotine patches and gum. The hotline will no longer offer free smoking cessation kits.
Meanwhile, anti-smoking advocates continue to press the Legislature to ban smoking in workplaces. The state House passed a ban two weeks ago. It would outlaw smoking in all workplaces except for tobacco shops, cigar bars, and Detroit's casinos.
NEW YORK – NEW YORK (AP) - Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts has named a new chair, who'll help guide its ambitious redevelopment project.
It announced Monday after its annual board meeting Katherine Farley is chair-designate.
Farley succeeds Chairman Frank Bennack Jr., who leaves next June after serving five years.
Farley has been a member of Lincoln Center's board since 2003 and a vice chair since 2005. She'll remain a director at the Tishman Speyer real estate firm and chair of the Lincoln Center Development Project.
UNDATED – UNDATED (AP) - More than 70 percent of high schools report in a new survey that more of their graduates are giving up on their "dream" colleges this year than in previous years.
The survey conducted by the National Association for College Admission Counseling found that the sour economy had parents less willing to shell out for prestige school unless they offered top-of-the-line assistance.
WASHINGTON – WASHINGTON (AP) - Black, Latino and Asian lawmakers want President Barack Obama to focus more on racial disparities reported in medical treatment as the White House works toward overhauling the health care system.
Members of the Congressional Black Caucus sent Obama a letter last week calling for more attention to minority health problems. They are expected to join lawmakers from Hispanic and Asian caucuses today at a news conference on Capitol Hill to call attention to the issue.
WASHINGTON – WASHINGTON (AP) - The Obama administration says its economic recovery plan remains on track despite rising unemployment.
Jared Bernstein and other White House economists predicted four months ago the jobless rate now would be about 8 percent. It's actually nearly a point and a half higher. Critics are calling it fuzzy math.
Obama says critics should talk to business owners who decided not to cut jobs because of the stimulus plan.
MINNEAPOLIS – MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - New recommendations by Midwestern governors for a carbon cap-and-trade system include aggressive reduction goals that could bring big changes to a region that relies heavily on coal and manufacturing.
The plan calls for a nearly 20 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions over the next decade, and an 80 percent reduction by the middle of the century. That's from year 2005 levels.
CHICAGO – CHICAGO (AP) - Jose Contreras allowed one hit in eight strong innings in his return to the majors, getting his first win in nearly a year as the Chicago White Sox beat the Detroit Tigers 6-1 to earn a split in their day-night double header.
Alexei Ramirez, Scott Podsednik and Jim Thome homered for the White Sox in the second game after Detroit won the opener 5-4 as Brandon Inge hit a go-ahead RBI single in the ninth.
LANSING, MI (MPRN) – LANSING, MI (MPRN) - Some Republican lawmakers at the state Capitol are proposing amendments to Michigan's voter-approved medical marijuana law. They say the law makes it too easy to divert prescription marijuana for illegal purposes.
The law allows terminal and chronically ill patients or caregivers to get a state license and doctor's prescription for up to 12 seeds to grow their own pot. The state's issued more than 15 hundred licenses.
NEW YORK – NEW YORK (AP) - An African singer who ignited worldwide controversy among Muslims has performed before an enthusiastic crowd in New York City.
Youssou N'Dour played for about an hour Saturday at the Brooklyn Academy of Music as part of an arts festival aimed at spreading a deeper understanding of Islam. The audience gave him a frenzied dancing ovation.
N'Dour calls Islam a religion in which people "can dance, even enjoy." He says people "don't have to associate Islam with fear and sadness."
DEARBORN, MI – DEARBORN, MI (AP) - AAA Michigan says gasoline prices are up 17 cents per gallon over the past week to a statewide average of $2.93.
Although the total gas price average in Michigan has jumped $1.13 since the beginning of the year, the auto club said Monday the statewide average still is $1.13 per gallon lower than last year at this time.
EAST LANSING, MI – EAST LANSING, MI (WKAR) - Michigan State University took another step Monday toward building a $550 million nuclear research facility on campus. MSU signed an agreement with the US Department of Energy for funding for the Facility for Rare Isotope Beams, known as FRIB.
FRIB will extend the research at MSU's National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory and allow nuclear scientists to study rare isotopes - unstable atoms that offer clues to how the universe evolved.