NEWTOWN, Conn. (AP) - Thousands of spectators turned out for the annual Newtown Labor Day Parade in Connecticut, capping months of organizing in the aftermath of a shooting rampage that killed 20 first-graders and six educators last December.
Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, U.S. Sens. Richard Blumenthal and Christopher Murphy and local officials participated in the 52nd-annual Labor Day parade on Monday.
WFSB-TV reports that the Sandy Hook Volunteer Fire and Rescue Co. and Sandy Hook Elementary School students received the loudest applause from spectators along the parade route.
Organizers were wary about a parade so soon after the shooting rampage at Sandy Hook.
Labor Day Parade Committee head Beth Caldwell says she worked to balance respect for the tragedy with giving the community a celebration.
NEW YORK (AP) - Ford is recalling 370,000 cars due to potential corrosion to their steering shaft that may result in loss of steering.
No incidents or injuries have been reported.
The cars include 2005 to 2011 Ford Crown Victoria, Mercury Grand Marquis and Lincoln Town Cars. About 355,000 are in the U.S. and 15,000 in Canada.
Dealers will inspect the cars and may replace the lower intermediate steering shaft and if necessary resecure a lower steering column bearing and replace the upper intermediate steering shaft.
States included in the recall are: Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, Wisconsin and West Virginia.
Owners in other states can also ask for inspections and repairs.
As he continues commemorating Labor Day in his state, Illinois Governor Pat Quinn says he supports President Obama's approach when it comes to U.S. involvement in Syria.
The President announced over the weekend that he will seek congressional approval for military strikes against the Assad regime. Congress returns to Washington on September 9. Governor Quinn said Sunday that he trusts the President.
Quinn's Democratic challenger Bill Daly also says he agrees with Obama's decision to take the matter to Congress. Daly says Obama has been criticized for not taking action and now it's time for him to act.
The annual Ride of the Century that draws motorcyclists from across the county is in its last day.
And bikers' activities kept authorities busy. Heading into Sunday, two riders had died, police have made 15 arrests, and 25 motorcycles have been confiscated. Police handled the ride differently this year. Officers were stationed along roads and highways frequented in years past. Police would stop every biker and and ask for license and registration. The 25 confiscated bikes were taken for riders performing stunts or not have current registration.
The most common problems reported by residents were motorcycles going on sidewalks and bikers running red lights.
Two riders died over the weekend; one in south St. Louis and the other in St. Charles County.