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In brief: GM, Isuzu recall 258,000 SUVs

Detroit – General Motors and Isuzu are recalling more than 258,000 SUVs in the U.S. and Canada to fix short-circuits in power-window and door-lock switches that can cause fires.

The recall covers Chevrolet TrailBlazer, GMC Envoy, Buick Rainier, Isuzu Ascender and Saab 97-X SUVs from the 2006 and 2007 model years. The SUVs were sold or registered in 20 states, Washington, D.C., and Canada, where salt and other chemicals are used to clear roads in the winter.

Veronique Peck dies of heart failure

Los Angeles – French-born Veronique Peck, who was the widow of actor Gregory Peck and a supporter of civic and cultural causes in her adopted country, died Friday of heart failure at her Los Angeles home. She was 80.

As a young journalist, Veronique met Peck in 1953 when she interviewed him for a French newspaper. They were married on New Year’s Eve 1955, soon after his divorce from his first wife was finalized.

“I just participate in everything Greg does. I like it that way. I am not a career woman,” Veronique told the Los Angeles Times in 1967 when the newspaper named her Woman of the Year.

Beneath her “I’m just a housewife exterior,” the article pointed out, she was a dedicated professional and effective fundraiser. In the late 1960s, she helped her husband raise $50 million for the American Cancer Society.

Gregory Peck died at 87 in 2003.


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