NATION IN BRIEF: Toyota tells dealers parts on way to fix pedals

The Associated Press. Salesman Andre Kamali walks next to a Corolla at Magnussen's Toyota dealership in Palo Alto, Calif., on Monday.

The Associated Press. Salesman Andre Kamali walks next to a Corolla at Magnussen's Toyota dealership in Palo Alto, Calif., on Monday.

Toyota tells dealers parts on way to fix pedals

WASHINGTON -- Toyota Motor Corp. said Monday its dealers should get parts to fix a sticky gas pedal problem by the end of this week as the automaker apologized to customers and tried to bring an end to a recall that has affected 4.2 million vehicles worldwide.

The company said in a statement that it has begun shipping parts and is training dealers on the repairs. Some dealers will stay open around the clock to fix the 2.3 million cars and trucks affected by the recall in the U.S.

Technical bulletins on how to install the new parts should arrive at dealers by midweek, the company told dealers in an e-mail. It was not clear exactly when repairs would start, although dealers have said they'll begin as soon as possible.

The automaker also said Monday it would suspend production of eight U.S. models affected by the recall this week, with factories restarting Monday.

Toyota suspended sales of the models last week, but spokesman Mike Michels said dealers can begin selling the cars as soon they are fixed. However, cars already on the road will be the dealers' first priority, he said in an e-mail.

Blaze that killed 5 in NY ruled arson

NEW YORK -- New York detectives investigating a fire that killed five Guatemalan immigrants over the weekend in a building without enough smoke detectors declared the blaze an arson Monday and urged neighborhood witnesses to come forward, regardless of their legal status.

A man who escaped the Brooklyn building hesitated coming forward because he feared he would be deported, officials said. Police detective Louis Yero said investigators were working with a pastor who is acting as a liaison between investigators and possible witnesses.

A motive remained unclear in the blaze, the city's deadliest since a 2007 fire killed 10 people, nine of them children, in the Bronx. Saturday's blaze is believed to have started near the front door.

Giant squid invade waters off California, entice anglers

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. -- Giant squid weighing up to 60 pounds have invaded the California waters off Newport Beach and are being caught by sport fishermen by the hundreds.

The squid showed up last week and anglers started booking twilight fishing trips over the weekend to catch them.

The animals weigh between 20 and 40 pounds, but a few fishermen have reeled in 60-pound creatures.

Autopsy: Detroit imam shot 20 times at FBI raid

DETROIT -- A Muslim prayer leader accused of encouraging his followers to commit violence against the U.S. government was shot 20 times during an FBI raid at a suburban warehouse last fall, according to an autopsy report released Monday.

The autopsy was completed a month after Luqman Ameen Abdullah's death, but Dearborn police were granted a delay in releasing the results while they investigate the Oct. 28 shooting, said Dr. Carl Schmidt, Wayne County's chief medical examiner.

Abdullah, 53, died instantly, he said.

Abdullah, also known as Christopher Thomas, was the imam of a small mosque in Detroit that served mostly black Muslims. The FBI says agents were trying to arrest him at a Dearborn warehouse when he resisted and fired a gun.

Plane reporting on traffic lands on NJ Turnpike

HADDONFIELD, N.J. -- A traffic reporter in a small plane put himself in the thick of a rush-hour tie-up when his aircraft had to make an emergency landing Monday on the New Jersey Turnpike.

It was a little before 7 a.m., before the morning rush in the Philadelphia suburbs gets going, when a low oil pressure indicator came on in the Cessna owned by Wilmington, Del.-based Out of the Blue, Inc.

The pilot, flying with traffic reporter Mike Lankford for Metro Networks, which was providing traffic reports for a number of TV and radio stations, put the plane down on the northbound lanes of the turnpike in Cherry Hill about two miles south of Exit 4.

Officers accused of beating teen are suspended

PITTSBURGH -- The city of Pittsburgh has suspended three white police officers while officials investigate accusations that they beat up a black teenage arts student who was walking to his grandmother's house after dark, the mayor said Monday.

The city agency that handles police misconduct allegations has agreed to complete its investigation of the Jan. 12 confrontation by month's end, Mayor Luke Ravenstahl said. It must do so before any decision is made on whether to fire the officers.