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2013-05-12T00:00:00Z Around the nationThe Associated Press The Associated Press
May 12, 2013 12:00 am  • 

Michigan

Chrysler recalls 469,000 Jeep SUVs

DETROIT - Chrysler is recalling 469,000 Jeep SUVs worldwide because they can shift into neutral without warning on startup.

The recall affects 2005 to 2010 Grand Cherokees and 2006 to 2010 Commanders.

U.S. safety regulators said cracks in a circuit board can cause a faulty signal as the SUVs are being started. If the vehicles shift into neutral they can roll away.

Chrysler said the problem has caused 26 crashes and two injuries.

Chrysler will notify owners and dealers who will update software to take care of the problem. Chrysler found cracks in a circuit board that turns the four-wheel-drive system on and off.

Repairs will be made at no cost to owners.

The recall covers 295,000 vehicles in the U.S., 28,500 in Canada, and 4,200 in Mexico.

District of Columbia

West Wing evacuated because of smoke

WASHINGTON - Reporters and photographers were evacuated briefly from the West Wing of the White House early Saturday because of smoke from an overheated transformer in a mechanical room.

President Obama and his family were not affected by the incident, according to the White House.

U.S. Secret Service spokesman Max Milien said that at about 7 a.m., smoke was seen coming from a mechanical room closet on the first floor.

People were allowed back into the building about an hour later. No injuries were reported.

Utah

Facebook pics send graffiti suspect to jail

SALT LAKE CITY - A tagger who was so proud of his graffiti that he posted photos of his artwork on Facebook was arrested after police sent him a friend request through a fake online profile.

Police said Matthew Todakonzie, 20, of North Salt Lake posted more than 150 photos on a private Facebook page titled "graffiti." He agreed to share them online with undercover detective who tracked down dozens that carried the unique tag, "HOKES."

North Salt Lake Police Sgt. Mitch Gwilliam told the Deseret News most taggers are very proud of what they do and want to be recognized for their work to a certain extent.

Todakonzie's recognition landed him in the Davis County Jail on Thursday for investigation of several counts of criminal mischief graffiti and criminal trespass.

Wyoming

Smoking oven dragged outside by neighbors

RIVERTON - Residents saved a Fort Washakie home by removing a smoking oven from the kitchen before firefighters arrived, officials said.

Fort Washakie Fire Chief Kevin Farris told The Riverton Ranger the homeowner was cooking Thursday evening and noticed smoke coming from the oven. He said the residents dragged the heavy appliance outside before the fire could destroy anything.

No one was injured.

Pennsylvania

9 get to attend prom despite vaccine issue

IRWIN - Nine students in a western Pennsylvania school district who were told they couldn't attend their prom because they hadn't been vaccinated for chickenpox were able to attend after all.

The Pennsylvania Department of Health notified the Norwin School District that a student had the highly contagious virus, prompting school officials to pull student immunization records. They said 33 students hadn't had the vaccine, with nine registering for the prom.

But a Health Department official said Friday that the district miscalculated the dates. The nine were contacted Friday and told they could attend the prom.

The students identified for exclusion still could have a problem with graduation, which falls within the eight to 21 days after exposure during which students are to be excluded from classes and activities.

A student can be readmitted to school if he or she has a blood test proving immunity to chickenpox or received a vaccine by today, officials said. The Department of Health website notes that parents may opt out of vaccinations for religious or medical reasons, but those students may be barred if there's an outbreak

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