(CNN Money) — Car buyers these days love SUVs. They don’t, however, love actual cars like hatchbacks and sedans — as Ford has learned. Ford said on Wednesday the only passenger car models it plans to keep on the market in North America will be the Mustang and the upcoming Ford Focus Active, a crossover-like hatchback that’s slated to debut in 2019. That means the Fiesta, Taurus, Fusion and the regular Focus will disappear in the United States and Canada. Ford will, however, continue to offer its full gamut of trucks, SUVs and crossovers. Ford profits hit by lower sales, higher costs By 2020, “almost 90 percent of the Ford portfolio in North America will be trucks, utilities and commercial vehicles,” the press release says. “The company is also exploring new ‘white space’ vehicle silhouettes that combine the best attributes of cars and utilities, such as higher ride height, space and versatility.” Related: American sedans are vanishing By “white space,” the company is referring to vehicles that don’t fall neatly into the typical categories. Ford has hinted it might decide to retire much of its sedan portfolio. Earlier this year, James Farley, the company’s president of global markets, said Ford is “shifting from cars to utilities,” which have been a bigger profit driver. It also reallocated $7 billion of research funds from cars to SUVs and trucks. And it’s not just Ford. Fiat Chrysler did away with the Dodge Dart and Chrysler 200 more than a year ago. And General Motors decided to scale back production of the Chevy Cruze, Chevy Impala, Buick LaCrosse and the Cadillac ATS and CTS. — Jackie Wattles; Peter Valdes-Dapena and Chris Isidore contributed to this report. The-CNN-Wire ( & © 2018 Cable News Network, Inc., a Time Warner Company. All rights reserved.)
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Trevor Richards outpitched Clayton Kershaw just months removed from working as a substitute elementary school teacher, and the Miami Marlins took advantage of a wild outing from the Dodgers’ ace to beat Los Angeles 8-6 on Wednesday night. Richards struck out 10 and pitched one-hit ball over 4 2/3 scoreless innings in his fifth major league start. The former independent league right-hander was pulled after throwing 100 pitches. Richards’ offseason jobs have included teaching and working for the MillerCoors brewery since going undrafted out of Drury University. He joined a Marlins’ Class A affiliate in 2016 after being noticed while pitching for Gateway of the independent Frontier League for two seasons. He spent this winter working at a school in his hometown of Aviston, Illinois, according to the Miami Herald. J.T. Realmuto homered twice and Miguel Rojas went deep to help Miami capitalize on an unusually wild night by Kershaw (1-4). The left-hander tied a career high with six walks, a mark he hadn’t reached since 2010, and left after allowing three runs in five innings. Kershaw had only allowed three walks all season. Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager was checked on by trainers after slipping while chasing a pop fly. He remained in the game, and manager Dave Roberts said he expects Seager to be OK. Relievers Merandy Gonzalez, Junichi Tazawa and Brad Ziegler were hit around a bit late but held on for Miami. Gonzalez (1-0) earned his first career win. Kershaw (1-4), pitching against the Marlins for the first time since 2016, struggled with his control but was able to strand eight runners over the first four innings without yielding a run. His luck ran out in the fifth after he issued a pair of two-out walks. Rojas followed by drilling a three-run homer off the left field foul pole, giving the Marlins a 3-0 lead. Realmuto hit a solo shot in the sixth to make it 4-0 and added a two-run blast — his fourth of the season — in the eighth. Realmuto has hit safely in all 19 career games against the Dodgers, the longest hitting streak versus the Dodgers to begin a career since 1900. After losing five in a row, Miami has won two straight and clinched its first series victory of the season. Matt Kemp hit a two-run homer for the Dodgers in the eighth, and Yasmani Grandal added a two-run homer in the ninth, but the Marlins held on to win. Chris Taylor went 0 for 5 and had his seven-game hitting streak snapped. TRAINER’S ROOM Miami: RHP Dan Straily (right forearm strain) and LHP Wei-Yin Chen (left elbow strain) both pitched this week and will continue their minor league rehab assignments. Los Angeles: Injured 3B Justin Turner (left wrist fracture) started taking ‘dry’ swings. No firm date has been set for is return. UP NEXT Miami: After an off day on Thursday, the Marlins open a 6-game home stand starting with the Colorado Rockies on Friday. RHP Jose Urena (0-3, 5.88) will take the hill for the Marlins. Los Angeles: The Dodgers are off Thursday and will begin a season-long 11-game, 10-day road trip starting on Friday at San Francisco. Hyun-Jin Ryu (3-0, 1.99) will take the mound to open the four-game series. (@Copyright 2018. The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)
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ST. LOUIS (AP) — Marcell Ozuna hit a tiebreaking two-run single and Michael Wacha won his fourth straight start as the St. Louis Cardinals beat the New York Mets 9-1 on Wednesday night. Jedd Gyorko added a two-run homer for St. Louis, which has won nine of 11. Ozuna had just one hit in his previous 24 at-bats prior to a bases-loaded single to cap a three-run third inning that put the Cardinals in front to stay 3-1. Acquired from the Marlins on Dec. 14 for four prospects, the outfielder had struck out 23 times in his previous 20 games. He finished 1 for 4. Wacha (4-1) gave up one run on five hits over six innings. He struck out eight and walked one. He is 4-0 with 2.78 ERA over his last four starts. His only loss this season came in a 6-2 setback to the Mets on March 31. Kolten Wong and Paul DeJong had two hits each for the Cardinals, and Dexter Fowler drove in two runs. Steven Matz (1-2) gave up seven runs, just three earned, over 3 1/3 innings. He surrendered five hits and fell to 0-3 with an 8.49 ERA in three career starts against the Cardinals. The Mets have dropped six of 10 after an 11-1 start to the season. St. Louis added four runs in the fourth on two hits and two errors. Wacha brought in Paul DeJong with a squeeze bunt. Dexter Fowler drew a bases-loaded walk for a 5-1 cushion. Gyorko’s 100th career homer, in the fifth off Corey Oswalt, pushed the lead to 9-1. Jay Bruce had given the Mets a 1-0 lead with an RBI single in the top of the third. St. Louis outfielder Tommy Pham was removed in the third inning after suffering a head laceration before the game. TRAINER’S ROOM Mets: LHP Jason Vargas will make his season debut on Saturday at San Diego. Vargas had been on the disabled list with a broken bone in his non-throwing hand suffered on March 17 when he tried to catch a line drive in a minor league game. He allowed three runs in four innings of a rehab appearance for Triple-A Las Vegas on Monday. Cardinals: INF Matt Carpenter was given the night off. He is in an 0-for-6 skid. Carpenter is hitting .167 with two home runs, 10 RBI in 21 games. … RHP Sam Tuivailala begins a 30-day injury rehabilitation stint at Triple-A Memphis on Thursday. He has been out with a left knee strain suffered on April 9. UP NEXT Mets RHP Noah Syndergaard (2-0, 3.29) will face St. Louis RHP Carlos Martinez (2-1, 1.42) in the final game of the three-game series Thursday. The Mets are 5-0 in Syndergaard’s starts. Martinez has not allowed a run his last 18 innings. (© Copyright 2017 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)
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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – A subway car recently became a classroom for one father as he tried to relearn elementary school math to help his son who was struggling in third grade. Denise Wilson was riding the subway home to Brooklyn at the end of a long day last week when she overheard two strangers sitting across from her. “He was just telling the guy, ‘I’m in my 40s and all of this is new to me, so I’ve got to re-learn this to teach my son because he failed a math test,’” she told CBS2’s Ali Bauman. Fractions, said the father, as he flipped through worksheets in his lap. “When I say I started tearing up, that warmed my heart. So I snapped a picture,” Wilson said. She posted it on Facebook, writing a stranger responded, “I used to be a math teacher,” then started quizzing the father with his folder. “Everything he got wrong or was confused about, he broke it down and corrected him,” she wrote. Corey Simmons admits he’s never been much of a math student. “It’s been about 30 years I’d say since I did fractions,” he told Bauman. But when Corey Jr. started struggling in third grade, it was time to revisit some old lessons. “It doesn’t matter if you fail, it’s what you do after you fail,” he said. The men eventually got off at different stops. Simmons said, between all the numbers, he didn’t catch the math tutor’s name. Neither did Wilson, even though her post has been shared more than 40,000 times. “It was just one person helping another, and I thought that was beautiful,” she said. As for the fractions, Simmons said “we’re halfway there, but I wouldn’t say we mastered the whole fraction thing yet.” But maybe math was the second-most important lesson he brought home from his train ride. “You need help sometimes and you shouldn’t want to bite your tongue, to not ask for the help,” he said. “So don’t feel shy to ask someone for help, it’s OK.” It’s a lesson Corey Jr. already seems to have a good grasp on, thanks to dad.
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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Police were searching late Wednesday for a missing two-year-old boy from Queens. Sources tell CBS2 that Adam El-Alaoui was last seen with his father Tuesday morning in Jamaica for an authorized visit. 51-year-old Joseph Martinez picked the child up at an Administration for Children’s Services building on 161st Street, but didn’t return at the designated time two hours later. Martinez is described as an approximately 5’10” tall and 210 pound Hispanic male with brown eyes and salt and pepper hair who was last seen wearing a black jacket and sneakers. Anyone with information in regards to this incident is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74682). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime stoppers website at WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577.
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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A Brooklyn teacher is charged with having sexual contact with a 14-year-old boy. Andre Braddy, a 34-year-old math teacher, was tight-lipped as he was led out of the NYPD’s Special Victims Unit Wednesday evening. Sources tell CBS2 he allegedly had sex with the student in a bathroom at Lenox Academy in Canarsie for longer than a month until the boy told his parents, who then contacted police. Braddy’s future as an educator appeared promising. In 2014 he was one of only four City University of New York graduates awarded a $100,000 fellowship from Math for America for agreeing to serve as a New York City public school teacher while furthering his own studies. No one inside Braddy’s Crown Heights apartment answered the door Wednesday night, but neighbors say this is the last thing they’d expect from a person who usually appeared so polite and professional. “I wouldn’t think he’d be involved in something like that,” one man said. “He doesn’t come across… the guy lives a normal life.” The city’s Department of Education calls the allegations “deeply disturbing,” and adds Braddy is being kept away from students. He will be removed from payroll as soon as legally possible, according to the DOE. Braddy is charged with two counts of criminal sex acts, one count of acting in a manner injurious to a child, and sex abuse.
NEW YORK (AP) — Didi Gregorius homered for the fourth straight game and added two RBIs to his major league-leading total, sending the New York Yankees past the Minnesota Twins 7-4 in a hazy fog Wednesday night for their fifth consecutive victory. Tyler Austin hit a three-run shot and made a sparkling defensive play at first base to stop a Twins rally. With a fine effort from the bullpen, New York handed Minnesota its sixth defeat in a row — the team’s longest skid since a seven-game slide in September 2016. Slumping slugger Miguel Sano launched an early two-run homer for the Twins, who lost their seventh straight to New York, including last year’s AL wild-card game. They have dropped 12 of their last 13 at Yankee Stadium, counting the postseason. After a rainy day in the Bronx that forced both teams indoors for batting practice, the game began on time in 53-degree weather before a scattered crowd. And by the mid-to-late innings, a damp mist had morphed into a soupy, spooky fog that descended on Yankee Stadium and made it feel more like Victorian London. Play on the field didn’t seem to be affected all that much, but late in the game Yankees announcers said the fog was so thick that the YES Network couldn’t get the strike zone box to function on the telecast. Chad Green (2-0) relieved shaky starter Sonny Gray in the fifth inning and got five outs for the win. Green retired slumping Logan Morrison with the bases loaded to end the fifth. Morrison, who began the night batting .103, whiffed again with the bases loaded against Chasen Shreve for the second out of the seventh. Austin then sprinted some 90 feet to make a sliding, over-the-shoulder catch in foul territory of Robbie Grossman’s popup near the low retaining wall, preserving New York’s 6-4 lead. David Robertson pitched a perfect eighth and Aroldis Chapman closed for his fourth save. Gregorius charged in to make a barehanded play at shortstop for the final out, with the call at first base upheld following a replay review. Gregorius had an RBI single in the first, a solo homer in the third off Lance Lynn (0-2) and a bunt single to beat the infield shift in the sixth. He also walked twice, reaching safely all five times up, and leads the majors with 29 RBIs. All nine of his home runs this season have come at Yankee Stadium. Austin’s homer in the third gave New York a 5-2 lead. Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton each had a sacrifice fly for New York. Gleyber Torres got two hits and scored twice. Lynn allowed six runs and seven hits over 3 2/3 innings in his fourth start for the Twins. GOOD CHOICE Austin started at first base against a right-hander even though switch-hitter Neil Walker is 15 for 40 (.375) with three homers, four doubles and two triples off Lynn. With a decision on his appeal expected any day now, Austin will probably soon need to begin serving a suspension for his role in an April 11 brawl with Boston. Knowing his team has a day game Thursday and the 32-year-old Walker, banged up recently, could have to play several games in a row once Austin is unavailable, Yankees manager Aaron Boone went with Austin. “Really tough decision for me. I grinded over it most of the day,” Boone said. “I kind of looked at more of a long view of it.” TRAINER’S ROOM Twins: Lynn appeared to twist his left ankle when he jumped a bit to field a fourth-inning comebacker. He made an accurate throw to the plate, but came up hobbling. He was checked by a trainer, threw two warmup pitches and remained in the game for two more batters. … Gold Glove CF Byron Buxton did not play in extended spring training as planned and instead had his left big toe drained. Buxton is on the disabled list, retroactive to April 15, due to migraine symptoms that have cleared up, but he fouled a ball off his foot Sunday during a rehab assignment with Class A Fort Myers. It’s unclear if he’ll be able to return to the lineup this weekend against Cincinnati. Yankees: Gray took a fifth-inning line drive off the back of his pitching arm, near his shoulder, and was checked by Boone and a trainer. The right-hander threw two warmup tosses and seemed OK, lasting four more batters before he was pulled. … 3B Brandon Drury (severe migraines) had two singles and scored twice in a rehab game with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. UP NEXT Yankees LHP Jordan Montgomery (2-0, 3.80 ERA) pitches the four-game series finale Thursday afternoon on Judge’s 26th birthday. Montgomery, unbeaten in his last nine starts, was tagged for six earned runs and seven hits over six innings in a loss at Minnesota last year. Twins RHP Kyle Gibson (1-1, 4.29) is 1-4 with a 9.31 ERA in six career starts against New York. (© Copyright 2017 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)
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