Ford Motor Co. leader William Clay Ford dies

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DETROIT (AP) -- William Clay Ford Sr., who helped steer Ford Motor Co. for more than five decades and owned the NFL's Detroit Lions, has died at the age of 88.

The company said in a statement Sunday that Ford died of pneumonia at his home. He was the last surviving grandson of company founder Henry Ford.

Ford served as an employee and board member of the automaker for more than half of its 100-year history. The company says in a statement that he was instrumental in setting the design direction for the company's vehicles.

Bites finger: Cherry Hill, N.J., police said a dispute over a parking spot at a southern New Jersey mall ended when a woman bit and almost severed the finger of another driver. The fight at the Cherry Hill Mall involved three women and occurred around 4:30 p.m. Saturday outside Nordstrom's. Authorities said it began as a verbal argument before it turned physical. The Courier-Post (on.cpsj.com/1fOS2nl) reported that the injured woman was a 42-year-old Philadelphia resident. She was in stable condition at a hospital. Police are searching for the biter and say she could face aggravated assault charges.

Response to Tweet: A Minnesota legislator's tweet about the NBA has prompted hundreds of responses, with many on social media calling it racist. State Rep. Pat Garofalo sent a tweet Sunday that read: "Let's be honest, 70% of teams in NBA could fold tomorrow + nobody would notice a difference w/ possible exception of increase in streetcrime." The Star Tribune reported (http://strib.mn/1cNB6Ys) that when asked about the tweet, the Farmington Republican said he was "talking about NBA's high arrest rate and that they are the only major pro league that testing positive for marijuana is not a substance abuse violation." Within two hours of his tweet, more than 600 people retweeted it and hundreds more responded.

Stage collapses: Investigators combed through a collapsed theater stage at a Southern California high school Sunday, trying to determine why it buckled during a performance and sent 25 students to the hospital, some with broken bones but most with minor injuries like bruises and scrapes, authorities said Sunday. Police, firefighters and medics responded to a call Saturday night after the wooden stage gave way at Servite High School, an all-boys Catholic school in Anaheim. About 250 students from nearby Rosary High School, an all-girls sister school, were singing and dancing on the platform when they fell 5 feet, Anaheim police Lt. Tim Schmidt said.

The cause appeared to be too many students on stage and too much weight on the platform, Schmidt said.

More than 600 students, parents, faculty and alumni were in the auditorium at the time of the accident.

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