Nation Briefs 05-07-14 GM recalls Saturns to fix gear shifts

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DETROIT -- General Motors is recalling nearly 60,000 Saturn Aura cars because the automatic transmission shift levers can show the wrong gear.

The problem, caused by failure of the transmission shift cable, has led to 28 crashes and four injuries but no deaths during the past seven years, GM said Tuesday. The Auras can roll away unexpectedly because the driver may think the car is in "Park" when it's in another gear.

In 2011, GM covered the cars with an extended 10-year, 120,000-mile warranty because of the problem. But drivers had to experience trouble with their shifters for the coverage to kick in. At that time, GM thought the extended warranty was sufficient to handle the problem.

Gets industry partners: General Motors, Ford and Toyota are joining the University of Michigan in establishing a testing site for driverless cars that will simulate a cityscape, and will work with the school to help make such vehicles commercially viable, officials announced Tuesday. The Michigan Mobility Transformation Center's 32-acre testing site near the Ann Arbor school's North Campus is scheduled to be completed this fall. The university's regents last year approved the $6.5 million for the project. Groundbreaking took place Tuesday.

Couple acts out in court: A couple who carried out a plan to kill a registered sex offender and his wife showed little remorse when they were sentenced to life in prison Tuesday in Union, S.C., with one shouting: "That's what child molesters get!" Initially, Jeremy and Christine Moody apologized to the judge and asked for a 30-year sentence so they could see their children and grow old together. But after Union County Judge Lee Alford handed down the maximum punishment, they shared a brief kiss and then showed how they really felt. "See you perverts later," Jeremy Moody shouted at Charles Parker's family as he walked out of court. "That's what child molesters get." And as Christine Moody walked in shackles to a police car outside of the courthouse, she told reporters: "Killing that pedophile was the best day of my life."

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