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First Chevy Volt goes to retired pilot in N.J.

Jeffrey Kaffee, of Parsippany, N.J., drives his new Chevy Volt out of the Gearhart Chevrolet showroom in Denville, N.J., on Wednesday.

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Jeffrey Kaffee, of Parsippany, N.J., drives his new Chevy Volt out of the Gearhart Chevrolet showroom in Denville, N.J., on Wednesday.

DENVILLE, N.J.

Retired pilot is behind wheel of first Chevy Volt

A retired airline pilot living in New Jersey is the owner of the first Chevrolet Volt hybrid electric vehicle sold to the public. Jeffrey Kaffee, 69, of Parsippany, returned early from a Florida vacation to take delivery of the vehicle, above, Wednesday morning. Kaffee said he paid about $42,000 for the Volt, trading in a 2005 Toyota Prius. Chevrolet said the Volt is one of 360 being shipped this week from its Detroit-Hamtramck plant. The Volt can travel for about 35 miles on electricity before a gasoline engine takes over.

Ford minivan recall: Ford Motor Co. has expanded a recall of its Windstar minivans over concerns that their rear axles can corrode and break. The automaker has added 37,000 vans to the recall, bringing the total number of Windstars covered to 612,000 in the United States and Canada.

FORT MEADE, Md.

Army 'birther' is convicted

A military jury has convicted an Army doctor who disobeyed orders to deploy to Afghanistan because he questions President Barack Obama's eligibility for office. The jury on Wednesday found Lt. Col. Terrence Lakin of Greeley, Colo., guilty of missing a flight that would have gotten him to Fort Campbell, Ky., for his eventual deployment. He was convicted of a charge of missing movement by design. Lakin had already pleaded guilty to another charge against him. All told, he now faces up to three and a half years in prison.

MEMPHIS

Bond set at $100M for 18-year-old

The bond set for Christopher Williams was a little higher than what he had in mind. Accused of attempted second-degree murder, carjacking and three other felonies, Williams thought $75,000 might be reasonable. Criminal Court Judge Lee Coffee, however, thought $100 million was even more reasonable. "I want to make sure that if your family wins the lottery you still don't get out," Coffee said during a court session Tuesday. "And if you do, I'll revoke it."

Elsewhere

Border Patrol agent killed: U.S. Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry, 40, was fatally shot north of the Arizona-Mexico border while trying to catch bandits who target illegal immigrants, National Border Patrol Council president T.J. Bonner said Wednesday.

Eagles fly to record: Bird-watchers at Hawk Mountain Sanctuary in eastern Pennsylvania counted 404 migrating bald eagles, smashing the old record of 245 set two years ago.

Man sentenced in airport plot: Abdul Kadir, a former member of Guyana's Parliament will serve a life term in prison for plotting to blow up fuel tanks at New York City's John F. Kennedy International Airport. He was sentenced Wednesday in federal court in Boston.

1,200 dogs euthanized: An estimated 1,200 dogs at an Oberlin, Kan., kennel were euthanized after an outbreak of distemper in Wyoming was linked to the operation, Kansas Livestock Commissioner Bill Brown said Wednesday.

Times wires

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