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Police: Mom left kids in car

ENFIELD — A 28-year-old mother is charged with leaving her two young children in her car in freezing temperatures while she went tanning in a salon, police said.

Candy Ann Rock of Enfield was charged Monday with reckless endangerment and risk of injury to children.

Enfield Police Chief Carl Sferrazza told the Journal Inquirer that Mrs. Rock left her two children, ages 3 and just under 1 year, in the parked car, which was not running, for 18 minutes during her tanning session at about 9 a.m. Monday. He said weather reports showed the wind chill was 19 degrees at the time. The children were not injured.

Mrs. Rock posted $5,000 bail and is due in court Feb. 9.


Ford adding tweets to service

LAS VEGAS — Ford Motor Co. is adding Twitter messages and Internet radio to its in-car entertainment and communication service, known as Sync.

Ford hopes to entice consumers who are adept at using mobile applications on their cell phones. But CEO Alan Mulally told an audience at the International Consumer Electronics Show that because Sync is voice-activated, it’s safer for drivers than using their phones in the car.

Ford executives said Thursday that Sync will begin working with Internet radio services Pandora and Stitcher. It also will connect to OpenBeak, which can read your or your friends’ Twitter posts out loud.

Executives said Ford is talking with Google Inc. about bringing its services to cars as well. Ford Sync was developed by Microsoft in 2007.


Gay marriage bill defeated

TRENTON — New Jersey’s state Senate defeated a bill Thursday that would have legalized same-sex marriage, a move that likely stalls the measure for several years.

The Senate, after an afternoon of debate, voted 20 to 14 against the bill. Backers had hoped to get it approved and signed into law before Gov. Jon Corzine, a supporter, leaves office Jan. 19.

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