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GM adding third shift, will hire back 650

DETROIT (AP) -- General Motors Co. will add a shift and more than 650 jobs at its assembly plant in Flint where it makes the hot-selling GMC Sierra and Chevrolet Silverado pickup trucks, a person familiar with the plan said Saturday.

An announcement is scheduled for Monday and comes as Chevy sales to small businesses have increased for three straight months.

The Flint plant, which employs more than 2,000 hourly and salaried workers, builds the heavy-duty Chevrolet and GMC Sierra crew and regular cab trucks and the light-duty Chevrolet Silverado crew and regular cab trucks.

The additional workers will come from GM's pool of laid-off workers, so no new employees will be hired, the person briefed on the announcement said. In the fourth quarter of last year, GM had about 3,500 laid-off workers in the pool nationwide.

There will be no added investment at the plant because GM is adding a third shift that will use the same equipment as the first two shifts.


Law shields proof of U.S. Obama birth

HONOLULU (AP) -- A privacy law that shields birth certificates has prompted Democratic Gov. Neil Abercrombie to abandon efforts to dispel claims that President Obama was born outside Hawaii, his office says.

State Attorney General David Louie told the governor that privacy laws bar him from disclosing an individual's birth documentation without the person's consent, Abercrombie spokeswoman Donalyn Dela Cruz said Friday.

Abercrombie, who was a friend of Obama's parents and knew him as a child, launched an investigation last month into whether he can release more information about the president's Aug. 4, 1961 birth. He said at the time he was bothered by people who questioned Obama's birthplace for political reasons.

But his attempt reached a dead end when Louie told him the law restricted his options.

So-called "birthers" claim Obama is ineligible to be president because they say there's no proof he was born in the United States. Many question whether he was actually born in Kenya, his father's home country.


Obama committed to protecting abortion

WASHINGTON -- President Obama is marking the 38th anniversary of the Supreme Court's landmark decision on abortion by calling the procedure a constitutional right that he is committed to protecting.

Obama also said in a statement Saturday that he remains committed to policies designed to prevent unintended pregnancies. He called on Americans to recommit themselves to ensuring that "our daughters have the same rights, the same freedoms and the same opportunities as our sons to fulfill their dreams."

Obama said the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision that legalized abortion affirmed what he called a "fundamental principle: that government should not intrude on private family matters."

Anti-abortion activists will participate in an annual "March for Life" on Monday in Washington.


Urns from Arlington set to be auctioned

WASHINGTON (AP) -- An Alexandria auction house plans to sell two decorative urns that once stood in Arlington National Cemetery's Memorial Amphitheater, next to the Tomb of the Unknowns.

The 9-foot-tall urns were apparently removed from the cemetery during a 1990s renovation.

Since 1997 they have been at a Maryland antiques shop, but shop owner Darryl Savage is closing his store and auctioning his inventory. Savage said he bought the urns from the company that renovated the amphitheater, replaced the urns and took away the originals.

After learning of the urns' proposed sale, the Army on Friday asked The Potomack Co. to halt the urns' auction, scheduled for next weekend.

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