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Consumer prices rose 0.8 percent in July, and 5.6 percent on a year-over-year basis, the biggest increase in the consumer price index since January 1991, the Labor Department reported Thursday. The index is the most commonly used inflation index.

In a case centered on the use of Tasers in law enforcement, a Louisiana grand jury Wednesday indicted Scott Nugent, a former police officer, on a manslaughter charge. Nugent is accused of “unnecessarily” using a Taser on Baron Pikes during an arrest on a drug possession warrant in January. Pikes died after being shocked nine times with a 50,000-volt Taser.

Chrysler will invest $1.8 billion to retool a Detroit assembly plant that will keep more than 400 jobs in Michigan, the automaker said Wednesday. The plant is expected to produce vehicles early in 2010.

An apparently distraught gunman shot and killed the chairman of the Arkansas Democratic Party at party headquarters in Little Rock Wednesday shortly after introducing himself to Bill Gwatney. Suspect Timothy Dale Johnson approached Gwatney not long after being fired from his job at a Target store. Police shot and killed Johnson after a chase that followed Gwatney's murder.


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