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Feds threaten to act against airbag maker Takata

Wednesday, 26 November 2014 13:37
DETROIT - U.S. safety regulators are threatening fines and legal action against airbag maker Takata Corp. unless it admits that the company's driver's side airbag inflators are defective and agrees to a nationwide recall. In a letter to Takata's Washington office, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the Japanese company until Tuesday to file paperwork declaring a defect and agree to expand the recall from high-humidity states to the full nation. The company's airbags…
You can buy Washington’s Thanksgiving Proclamation – for $8 million
Wednesday, 26 November 2014 12:58
President George Washington’s Thanksgiving Proclamation is truly historic, but would you fork over $8.4 million to own one of two copies of the original document? View photo.If you are a person who collects historic documents and have a few extra million dollars to spend, it is a tempting proposition. Today marks the 225th anniversary of the first national Thanksgiving holiday celebrated at the direction of the first President of the United States.
Number of Ebola cases nears 16,000 as Sierra Leone loses ground
Wednesday, 26 November 2014 12:58
GENEVA (Reuters) - The death toll in the world's worst Ebola epidemic has risen to 5,689 out of 15,935 cases reported in eight countries by the end of Nov. 23, the World Health Organization said on Wednesday. Almost all cases and all but 15 deaths have been in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia - the three hardest-hit countries, which reported 600 new cases in the past week, the WHO said in its latest update.
Ruth Bader Ginsburg undergoes heart procedure
Wednesday, 26 November 2014 10:35
Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg underwent a coronary catheterization procedure Wednesday morning to have a stent placed in her right coronary artery, according to a statement from the high court. Ginsburg, the statement said, "experienced discomfort during routine exercise" Tuesday evening and was then taken to MedStar Washington Hospital Center, where the surgery was performed. Ginsburg is said to be resting and "is expected to be discharged in the next 48 hours. The 81-year-old…
Angelina Jolie considering a political career
Wednesday, 26 November 2014 10:35
Would Angelina Jolie leave Hollywood behind for Washington? Possibly. In a new interview with Britain's ITV News, the actress, director and humanitarian reveals she'd consider making a switch into politics "if I felt I could really make a difference." 23Photos Angelina Jolie's humanitarian work The actress is being honored with a Governors Award from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences for her humanitarian contributions
Michele Flournoy won't be the next secretary of defense
Wednesday, 26 November 2014 10:35
The list of potential replacements for outgoing Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is getting shorter. Former Undersecretary of Defense Michele Flournoy, who was rumored to be Hagel's most likely successor, said Tuesday that she asked President Obama to remove her name from consideration on Monday evening. Flournoy made the announcement in a letter circulated to the board of directors at the Center for New American Security (CNAS) the think tank she co-founded. A member of the…
White House turkeys compete for pardon on Twitter
Wednesday, 26 November 2014 09:34
If it's Thanksgiving at the White House, it's a great day for two lucky turkeys. The White House announced its annual turkey pardoning competition Wednesday, pitting the two turkeys, "Mac" and "Cheese," against each other on Twitter to see who will attend the annual turkey pardoning ceremony. Today is the #WHTurkeyPardon. Cast your vote now for America's next top turkey. Are you on #TeamMac or #TeamCheese? http://t.co/frNyFCH1v6— The White House (@WhiteHouse) November 26, 2014 Mac,…
Romney tops Republican poll for '16; ahead of Clinton in election
Wednesday, 26 November 2014 09:34
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Mitt Romney, the Republican Party's unsuccessful presidential nominee in 2012, leads the field for the 2016 election among Republican voters, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released on Wednesday. The former Massachusetts governor would have a slight edge over potential Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton by 45 percent to 44 percent in a general election, the poll found. Among possible Republican candidates, Romney's 19 percent put him ahead of former Florida governor Jeb…
U.N. investigators urge Obama to release CIA report
Wednesday, 26 November 2014 09:33
GENEVA (Reuters) - United Nations human rights investigators called on President Barack Obama to live up to principles preached by the United States around the world and release a long completed report on CIA interrogation methods. In an open letter issued in Geneva, the seven investigators and academic legal experts, said publication of the report by a Senate committee would be welcomed by victims of torture and their supporters everywhere.
Obama: "No sympathy" for destructive protesters in Ferguson
Wednesday, 26 November 2014 07:32
November 26, 2014, 7:32 AM|President Obama is acknowledging the need to improve race relations in the U.S. During an immigration speech in Chicago Tuesday, he outlined steps he will take in response to Michael Brown's death. Charlie Rose reports.

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