Other News: GM Closes in on Restructuring Deadline
In other news, General Motors neared a deadline to submit a restructuring plan and markets rose at the close of the week on Wall Street.
JUDY WOODRUFF: More pieces of General Motors' future fell
into place today. The automaker is now three days away from a deadline for
entering federal bankruptcy protection. Today, GM announced it plans to reopen
factory still to be named and use it to build subcompact cars. And the United
Auto Workers formally ratified new concessions to help the company save money.
White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said, GM is taking important steps.
ROBERT GIBBS, White House Press Secretary: I know the
president is encouraged that, whatever happens at the deadline, that the
progress that is being made to restructure General Motors and put it on a path,
as I have said, to being a viable auto company, we have seen encouraging signs.
JUDY WOODRUFF: Gibbs also said that Chrysler's speedy
passage through the bankruptcy process is providing a hopeful example. In New York, a federal
bankruptcy court held a third day of hearings on selling most of Chrysler to
In other news today, Wall Street staged an end-of-week
rally. The Dow Jones industrial average gained 96 points, to close at 8500. The
Nasdaq rose 22 points, to close at 1774.
For the month, the Dow gained 4 percent, the Nasdaq rose 3
Korea fired off a new missile and new
threats in another day of heightened tensions. The missile was a short-range
weapon launched from a site on the country's East Coast. And the Foreign
Ministry also issued a warning to the U.N. Security Council not to impose new
sanctions. It came on state-controlled television.
WOMAN (through translator): If the U.N. Security Council
makes further provocations, it will be inevitable for us to take further
self-defense measures. If the U.N. Security Council does not accept our fair
request for an apology, we will not accept the council's resolutions and
decisions in the future.
JUDY WOODRUFF: The war of words has been building since North Korea
carried out a nuclear test on Monday. But Defense Secretary Gates said there is
no crisis. He said there's no need for additional U.S. troops in the region.
soldier was killed in a grenade attack in the north. That made 22 Americans to
die there so far this month. It's the largest number of U.S. fatalities
since last September.