Ford shuts car plants

Ford Motor Company yesterday said it planned to cut 10,000 more salaried jobs, offer buyouts to all 75,000 hourly workers and shut down two more plants as part of a dramatic restructuring plan designed to restore the struggling US vehicle maker to profitability.

Ford Motor Company yesterday said it planned to cut 10,000 more salaried jobs, offer buyouts to all 75,000 hourly workers and shut down two more plants as part of a dramatic restructuring plan designed to restore the struggling US vehicle maker to profitability.

The company said it would shut a stamping plant in Maumee, Ohio, in 2008 and an engine plant in Essex, Ontario, in 2007.

In addition, an assembly plant in Norfolk, Virginia, would close in 2007, a year earlier than previously announced.

Gaza killings

Five Palestinian security officers were killed yesterday when unknown gunmen opened fire on their car in Gaza City.

The motive for the attack was not immediately clear.

Weapons find

Two teenage boys in the US amassed a cache of guns, ammunition, bombs and other weapons at their homes and planned to use them to attack their high school, authorities said.

The boys, both 17, were arrested at East High School in Green Bay, Wisconsin, but their identities were not released pending possible charges, authorities said.

Crime veteran

Matthew Ianniello, an ailing 86-year-old veteran chief in the Genovese crime family, pleaded guilty yesterday to a racketeering charge, admitting he helped infiltrate a US union and interfere with a federal grand jury probe.

Ianniello, his wooden cane hanging on a chair beside him, entered the plea before US Magistrate Judge Ronald Ellis in Manhattan.

A plea agreement called for Ianniello to be sentenced to between 18 months and two years in prison. Without the deal, Ianniello would have faced up to 20 years in prison. Sentencing was set for December 14.

He also agreed to forfeit up to $1m (£526,000) to the US government.

Cruel stepmum

An American woman who forced her stepchildren to gorge themselves on food and drink, then wallow in and eat their own vomit has been sentenced to two to six years in prison.

Venus Critchfield, 35, of Philippi, was sentenced to the maximum possible term after pleading guilty to two counts of felony child neglect with injury.

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