By Ben Klayman, Paul Lienert and Richard Cowan WASHINGTON/DETROIT (Reuters) - A U.S. congressional probe is focusing on why General Motors Co employees repeatedly approved substandard ignition switches linked to at least 13 fatalities, as the automaker on Monday announced another major recall, this time related to power steering issues. On the eve of a high-profile hearing before a House of Representatives panel, GM said it is recalling more than 1.5 million additional vehicles globally. The Detroit-based automaker says it is taking an aggressive stance on safety issues, after coming under intense criticism for waiting more than a decade to recall millions of cars with potentially faulty ignition switches. On Monday, Democrats on the House Energy and Commerce Committee released details of some of the more than 200,000 pages of documents they have received from GM and a federal regulator.
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama on Monday threw his support to Sen. Brian Schatz over Colleen Hanabusa in Hawaii's Senate race, stepping into a primary that has been divisive for voters in the state where Obama was born.
The Democratic-led U.S. Senate agreed by a voice vote on Monday to begin debate on a bipartisan bill to renew expired jobless benefits for 2.2 million Americans. The action cleared a second Republican procedural roadblock in as many weeks and moved the bill toward anticipated Senate passage later this week. But the White House-backed measure is expected to die when it reaches the Republican-led House of Representatives. House Speaker John Boehner, the top Republican in Congress, has called the bill "unworkable," citing concerns by state administrators.
NEW YORK (AP) — A year and a half after Superstorm Sandy decimated New York City's coastline, a city-run program that was supposed to rebuild wrecked homes has only begun construction on three houses, and officials say they will need another $1 billion from the federal government in order to help every homeowner in need.
WASHINGTON (AP) — An Idaho man who pleaded guilty to firing an assault rifle at the White House in 2011, striking the executive mansion more than half a dozen times, was sentenced Monday to 25 years in prison.
HOUSTON (AP) — A woman attacked her boyfriend in a fit of rage, sat on him after knocking him down and then stabbed him to death with the stiletto heel of her shoe, striking him at least 25 times in the face, a prosecutor told jurors Monday.
By Emily Le Coz JACKSON, Mississippi (Reuters) - The Mississippi Supreme Court on Monday ordered a new trial for a female death row inmate, only days after she was given a last minute reprieve from execution. Michelle Byrom, 57, would have become the first woman to be executed in the state in 70 years. She was convicted in 2000 of the fatal shooting of her husband, Edward Byrom Sr. On Monday the state Supreme Court reversed her capital murder conviction and ordered a new trial, describing the case as "extraordinary and extremely rare," according to the court order signed by judge Josiah Dennis Coleman. It was a questionable case and the Mississippi Supreme Court recognized that," said Alan Freedman, one of the attorneys on Byrom's legal team with the Midwest Center for Justice based in Evanston, Illinois.