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DETROIT (AP) -- General Motors and Ford are putting aside their longstanding rivalry to work together to develop a new generation of fuel-efficient automatic transmissions. The companies said Monday that their engineers will jointly design nine- and 10-speed transmissions that will go into many of their new cars and trucks. When transmissions have more gears, engines don't have to work as hard. That saves fuel. As long as the shifting is smooth, most customers don't give much thought to their transmissions.
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- The body of a 9-year-old boy who disappeared while snowmobiling with his father has been recovered from a crevasse in an Alaska glacier. Alaska State Troopers spokeswoman Megan Peters said by email that the body of Shjon Brown, of Fairbanks, was recovered at 12:40 a.m. Monday.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Here's a little secret for all you procrastinators on Tax Day: The Internal Revenue Service doesn't like to talk about it, but as long as you don't owe any additional taxes, there is no penalty for filing a few days late. The late filing penalty is usually 5 percent of the unpaid taxes for each month - or part of a month - a return is late. That can add up quickly if you owe additional taxes. But what if the unpaid taxes are zero? Five percent of zero is ... zero!
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) -- The family of a girl who committed suicide after she was sexually battered and then cyberbullied with a humiliating photo planned to file a civil action against the suspects on Monday and also speak publicly about the case, their representatives said.
ST. CLOUD — A simple device that looks a bit like a Frisbee could be saving the lives of potential drowning victims in Stearns County this summer. The county recently outfitted its sheriff's deputies with 60 ResQ disks. They are attached to a rope with a Velcro strap that attaches to the person throwing the disk. The St. Cloud Times reports that the idea is to fling the disk like a Frisbee into the water toward a person in trouble. The person can use the disk to help float while their rescuer reels them to safety.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Ricky Rubio has made his mark in the NBA with his behind-the-back passes and quick hands on defense. The Phoenix Suns saw both of those traits on Saturday night, to no one’s surprise. What they didn’t expect was for Rubio to become Minnesota’s primary scoring threat. Rubio had a career-high 24 points to go with 10 assists and five steals, and J.J. Barea scored 16 points to lead the Timberwolves to a 105-93 victory over the Phoenix Suns.
ST. PAUL (AP) — While Columbus Blue Jackets coach Todd Richards lamented his team’s play after a big win at Minnesota, Mike Yeo tried to focus on the positives in the Wild’s third straight loss. Both teams need to get their offenses going as the playoff race tightens. Sergei Bobrovsky stopped 39 shots, Vinny Prospal and Fedor Tyutin scored in regulation, and Mark Letestu and Cam Atkinson scored in a shootout to lift the Blue Jackets over the Wild 3-2 on Saturday.
Dish Network is offering to buy Sprint Nextel Corp. in a cash-and-stock deal it values at $25.5 billion, saying its bid is superior to that of Japanese phone company SoftBank. Sprint's stock jumped in premarket trading Monday. SoftBank Corp. is seeking approval from U.S. authorities for its $20 billion purchase of a 70 percent stake in Sprint Nextel Corp. that would be Japan's biggest foreign acquisition ever. Sprint previously said that it expected the deal with SoftBank to close during the summer.
Here's a list "Fifty Shades of Grey" was destined to make: The books most likely to be removed from school and library shelves. On Monday, E L James' multimillion selling erotic trilogy placed No. 4 on the American Library Association's annual study of "challenged books," works subject to complaints from parents, educators and other members of the public. The objections: Offensive language, and, of course, graphic sexual content.
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) -- Hugo Chavez's hand-picked successor, Nicolas Maduro, has won Venezuela's presidential election by a stunningly narrow margin that highlights rising discontent over problems ranging from crime to power blackouts. His rival demanded a recount, portending more headaches for a country shaken by the death of its dominating leader.