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Other News: Seattle Police Kill Suspect in Officers’ Deaths

December 1, 2009 at 12:00 AM EDT
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In other news, police killed the man suspected of shooting four police officers over the weekend, and the chief executive of General Motors was forced out Tuesday by the board of directors.
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JIM LEHRER: In other news today, police shot and killed the man suspected of killing four police officers near Tacoma, Washington. Maurice Clemmons had eluded capture since Sunday, but the manhunt came to an end early this morning in Seattle. Police said a lone patrolman came across Clemmons near a stolen car, but he wouldn’t surrender.

JIM PUGEL, assistant chief, Seattle Police Department: He ordered the person to stop. He ordered the person to show his hands. That person wouldn’t show his hands and also began to run away counterclockwise around the vehicle. The officer again told him to stop. He wouldn’t stop. The officer fired several rounds.

JIM LEHRER: Later in the day, an honor procession for one of the slain officers made its way through Lakewood, where Sunday’s attack occurred. Police also announced they have arrested several people accused of aiding Clemmons.

The chief executive of General Motors, Fritz Henderson, was forced out today. He took the post last March and helped guide the automaker out of bankruptcy. But he had been at odds with GM’s board over a range of key decisions. In Detroit, chairman Ed Whitacre announced he will serve as interim CEO.

ED WHITACRE, chairman, General Motors: Fritz has done a remarkable job leading the company through an unprecedented period of challenge and change. And momentum has been building in our company over the past several months. But we all agreed that some changes needed to be made going forward.

JIM LEHRER: The federal government still owns a majority of GM. That happened in return for billions of dollars in emergency loans. But the Obama administration said it wasn’t involved in the ouster of Henderson.

A batch of new economic reports today showed improvement in factory activity, construction and home sales. And Wall Street had a good day as well. The Dow Jones industrial average gained more than 126 points, to close at 10471. The Nasdaq rose 31 points, to close at 2175. A major media deal may be in the works. It was widely reported today, General Electric plans to buy the remaining stake in NBC Universal from a French company. Once that’s done, GE would sell majority control of NBC Universal to Comcast, the largest U.S. cable provider. The deal could be wrapped up later this week.

Golfing star Tiger Woods will be cited for careless driving in a weekend car crash. It happened outside his home in Florida early Friday morning. The state highway patrol announced today, it found no evidence to support any other charges. Officers also said there was no claim of domestic violence.

MAJOR CINDY WILLIAMS, Florida Highway Patrol: The Florida Highway Patrol has completed its investigation in the same professional manner that it strives to complete each traffic crash investigation, although our approach may vary depending upon the circumstances. Mr. Woods’ status in no way impacted our investigation, results or conclusions.

JIM LEHRER: Woods will face a fine of $164 and four points against his driver’s license. He has declined to talk to police, but he issued a statement on Sunday, saying the incident was a private matter.

The mayor of Baltimore, Sheila Dixon, was convicted today of taking gift cards meant for the city’s poor. Dixon was acquitted of more serious felony charges, but the misdemeanor conviction could force her to leave office. She’s been the subject of a city hall corruption probe for nearly four years.

On this World AIDS Day, South Africa announced it will greatly expand efforts to fight the spread of HIV, the AIDS virus. At least 5.7 million South Africans are infected, the most of any country in the world. The new strategy calls for treating all babies who test positive for HIV. More pregnant women will get treatment as well.