SMALL QUAKE SHAKES IN BUCKEYE STATE:
GALLIPOLIS (AP) - Parts of three states have been shaken by a minor earthquake centered in southern Ohio.
The U.S. Geological Survey reports the 3.4 magnitude quake occurred around 9:45 a.m. Friday. Michael Hansen, coordinator of the Ohio Seismic Network, says the epicenter was near Gallipolis, about 90 miles south of Columbus.
Staffers at the Gallia County 911 center thought a vehicle had hit their building and ran outside. Center director Steve Wilson says they quickly received 170 calls from rattled residents.
The government says reports of weak to light shaking have come from as far away as the Columbus suburbs, as well as areas in West Virginia and Kentucky.
Hansen says the network has received about 300 e-mails from people who felt the quake. There were no reports of damage.
CHRYSLER COULD STILL AVOID BANKRUPTCY:
DETROIT (AP) - With a government-imposed deadline for massive restructuring less than a week away, Chrysler LLC and Treasury Department officials are still holding out hope that they can reach deals to keep the troubled automaker out of bankruptcy courts, two people briefed on the talks said Friday.
The wounded automaker already is living on $4 billion in government loans and could get another $500 million in temporary financing. Chrysler must take on Fiat Group SpA as a partner, cut debt and reduce labor costs by Thursday if it wants an additional $6 billion.
Fiat CEO Sergio Marchionne was heading back to the U.S. for more talks, a Fiat spokesman said Friday.
Absent completed deals, the Obama administration has said it won't lend any more money, and without more cash, Chrysler almost certainly would be auctioned off in pieces under court supervision.
As talks continue, Chrysler and the Treasury Department are preparing paperwork for bankruptcy filings, one as a reorganization in Chapter 11 with government funding and the other as a liquidation if no government money is available, both people said.
Both spoke on condition of anonymity because the fast-moving negotiations are private.
The Canadian Auto Workers union said Friday it is close to a cost-cutting deal with Chrysler, and one of the people said the company also is nearing an agreement with the United Auto Workers in the U.S.
SUPER BOWL AD MAKER RETURNS TO MARIETTA COLLEGE:
A Marietta College graduate who, along with his brother, grabbed the attention of the nation - and a $1 million prize - with a humorous Super Bowl commercial spoke to students at his alma mater today.
MC alumnus Dave Herbert and his brother Joe won the prize with their Doritos ad featuring an office employee using a snow globe as a crystal ball, first breaking a vending machine to get "free" Doritos and then watching as another employee wished for a raise and instead accidentally hit his boss with the globe.
The brothers beat out numerous commercials with bigger budgets.
"We taught ourselves," Dave Herbert told a class of MC advertising students Friday, during a visit to his alma mater. "It doesn't cost a penny to have a good idea, do the research and do the work."