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1. Ford to appeal $1.7 billion judgment in pickup crash

A Georgia jury has called for Ford Motor Co. to pay $1.7 billion in a civil wrongful-death case over a pickup truck crash that killed a Georgia couple, James Butler Jr., a lawyer for the children of the couple, said Sunday. Butler said Melvin and Voncile Hill were killed in the April 2014 rollover crash because their 2002 F-250 had a defective roof. "The damn thing is useless in a wreck," he said Sunday. "You might as well drive a convertible." Ford said it will appeal the verdict. "While our sympathies go out to the Hill family, we do not believe the verdict is supported by the evidence, and we plan to appeal," the automaker said in a statement to The Associated Press on Sunday.

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