Michigan Radio: The Associated Press http://nwpr.org en Jimmie Johnson Wins Second Daytona 500; Danica Patrick Makes Historic Leads http://nwpr.org/post/jimmie-johnson-wins-second-daytona-500-danica-patrick-makes-historic-leads A big first for Danica Patrick, but an even bigger second for Jimmie Johnson.<p>Patrick made history out front at the Daytona 500, only to see five-time NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson reclaim his spot at the top in the end.<p>Johnson won his second Daytona 500 with a late push on Sunday, grabbing the spotlight from Patrick as she faded on the final lap. Patrick became the first woman in history to lead laps in "The Great American Race" and was running third on the last lap, but slipped to eighth in the late push for position.<p>Her fall began when Dale Earnhardt Jr. Sun, 24 Feb 2013 22:40:00 +0000 Michigan Radio: The Associated Press 23271 at http://nwpr.org Jimmie Johnson Wins Second Daytona 500; Danica Patrick Makes Historic Leads Thousands Of British Troops On Olympic Guard Duty http://nwpr.org/post/thousands-british-troops-olympic-guard-duty When a private firm failed to meet its promise of providing enough guards for the Olympics, the British military was called in to "mind the gap" in security.<p>But even though the government is bringing in those troops — as well as RAF Typhoon combat jets, surface-to-air missiles on rooftops, and an aircraft carrier on the River Thames — organizers say it will still look like the Summer Games, and not war games.<p>"I don't think anyone will go feeling anything other than safe and secure and probably quite charmed by what they witness," London Olympics organizing chief Sebastian Coe said Friday Fri, 13 Jul 2012 22:32:00 +0000 Michigan Radio: The Associated Press 11597 at http://nwpr.org Thousands Of British Troops On Olympic Guard Duty S. Korea Conducts Drill, Flouting N. Korean Threat http://nwpr.org/post/s-korea-conducts-drill-flouting-n-korean-threat South Korea conducted live-fire military drills near its disputed sea boundary with North Korea Monday, despite Pyongyang's threat to respond with a "merciless" attack.<p>North Korea did not carry out the threat as it focuses on internal stability two months after the death of longtime leader Kim Jong Il and prepares for nuclear disarmament talks with the United States later this week. Mon, 20 Feb 2012 12:34:00 +0000 Michigan Radio: The Associated Press 3452 at http://nwpr.org S. Korea Conducts Drill, Flouting N. Korean Threat Saudi Arabia Enforces Gender Law In Lingerie Shops http://nwpr.org/post/saudi-arabia-enforces-gender-law-lingerie-shops Saudi Arabia said Monday that it will enforce a law that allows only females to work in women's lingerie and apparel stores, despite disapproval from the country's top cleric.<p>The 2006 law banning men from working in female apparel and cosmetic stores has never been put into effect, partly because of the views of hard-liners in the religious establishment, who oppose the whole idea of women working in places where men and women congregate, such as malls.<p>Saudi women, tired of having to deal with men when buying undergarments, have boycotted lingerie stores to pressure them to employ women. Mon, 02 Jan 2012 22:42:00 +0000 Michigan Radio: The Associated Press 605 at http://nwpr.org Brazil Sets Trade Records, Due To Chinese Demand http://nwpr.org/post/brazil-sets-trade-records-due-chinese-demand Brazil had record trade figures in 2011, logging $256 billion in exports and maintaining a $29.7 billion surplus on the back of high commodity prices and strong Chinese demand, officials said Monday.<p>Exports to China hit $44.3 billion, an increase of more than 43 percent over 2010. In 2009 China surpassed the U.S. Mon, 02 Jan 2012 20:35:00 +0000 Michigan Radio: The Associated Press 592 at http://nwpr.org U.S. Auto Sales Seen Continuing To Rebound In 2012 http://nwpr.org/post/us-auto-sales-seen-continuing-rebound-2012 After hitting a 30-year low in 2009, U.S. auto sales are poised for a second straight year of growth in 2012 — the result of easier credit, low interest rates and pent-up demand for cars and trucks created by the Great Recession.<p>The sales forecast bodes well for the industry's continued recovery and for the broader American economy.<p>Just two years ago, Detroit automakers were in peril. Car sales plunged as unemployment soared, and loans became harder to get. Chrysler and General Motors filed for bankruptcy protection. Mon, 02 Jan 2012 19:51:00 +0000 Michigan Radio: The Associated Press 590 at http://nwpr.org Iran's Navy Tests Surface-To-Surface Missile http://nwpr.org/post/irans-navy-tests-surface-surface-missile Iran's navy said it test-fired a surface-to-surface cruise missile on Monday during a drill in international waters near the strategic Strait of Hormuz, the official IRNA news agency reported.<p>The missile, called Ghader, or Capable in Farsi, was described as an upgraded version of a missile that has been in service before. IRNA said the missile "successfully hit its intended target" during the drill.<p>An earlier version of the same cruise missile had a range of 124 miles (200 kilometers) and could travel at low altitudes. There were suggestions it could counter the U.S. Mon, 02 Jan 2012 12:26:00 +0000 Michigan Radio: The Associated Press 568 at http://nwpr.org