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GM avoided defective switch redesign in 2005 to save a dollar each

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/02/2014 - 21:38

File photo of General Motors logo outside its headquarters at the Renaissance Center in DetroitBy Paul Lienert and Marilyn Thompson DETROIT/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - General Motors Co in 2005 decided not to change an ignition switch eventually linked to the deaths of at least 13 people because it would have added about a dollar to the cost of each car, according to an internal GM document provided to U.S. congressional investigators. The U.S. House Committee on Energy and Commerce released the documents on Tuesday as lawmakers asked CEO Mary Barra why GM failed to recall 2.6 million cars until more than a decade after it first noticed a switch problem that could cut off engines and disable airbags, power steering and power brakes. Colorado Congresswoman Diana DeGette cited a 2005 GM document that she said showed a cost of 57 cents per fix. However, Reuters obtained what appeared to be a separate document, a series of 2005 emails between GM engineers debating whether to make a change to the ignition switch.


Third day of testimony in Texas shoe stabbing case

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/02/2014 - 20:55

Prosecutor John Jordan does a crime scene demonstration, using a dummy, during the trial against Ana Trujillo Tuesday, April 1, 2014, in Houston. Trujillo, 45, is charged with murder, accused of killing her 59-year-old boyfriend, Alf Stefan Andersson with the heel of a stiletto shoe, at his condominium in June 2013. Defense attorney Jack Carroll, center, and crime scene investigator Christopher Duncan are shown in the background. (AP Photo/Houston Chronicle, Brett Coomer ) MANDATORY CREDIT.HOUSTON (AP) — A jury is to hear a third day of testimony in the trial of a Houston woman accused of stabbing her boyfriend to death with her stiletto heel.


$425 million Powerball winner wants privacy

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/02/2014 - 20:55
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The winner of one of the largest Powerball jackpots in history has finally come forward — but he still hasn't quite revealed his identity.

Fate of New York restaurant's fragile Picasso heads to court

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/02/2014 - 20:44

A 19-by-20-foot theater curtain "Le Tricorne" painted by Pablo Picasso in 1919 hangs at the Four Seasons restaurant in New York CityBy Jonathan Allen NEW YORK (Reuters) - The question of whether a fragile Picasso painting in New York City's Four Seasons restaurant will crumble if taken down to allow repairs to the wall it hangs on will go to a state court judge on Wednesday. The dispute between the restaurant's landlord and the painting's owner takes place in a grand setting: The Seagram Building, the influential masterpiece of International Style corporate architecture designed by Mies van der Rohe. Aby Rosen, the real estate developer who has owned the Seagram Building since 2000, wants the Picasso taken down from its prominent mount amid the rich and powerful who dine at the Four Seasons on the skyscraper's ground floor. The 19-foot-high (5.8-meter-high) unframed painted theater curtain depicting figures overlooking a bullring has hung in the hallway between two dining rooms since the restaurant's 1959 opening, earning the hallway the nickname "Picasso Alley." Rosen contends the wall on which it hangs has been damaged by moisture and steam from the kitchens on the other side, according to papers filed with the state supreme court in Manhattan.


Razor blades found at playground near Philadelphia

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/02/2014 - 20:03
BROOKHAVEN, Pa. (AP) — Police say razor blades were found duct-taped to playground equipment at a park outside Philadelphia.

US embroiled in Japan-Korea tussle over history

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/02/2014 - 19:43

A bronze statue of a young Korean girl in Central Park in Glendale, Calif. to honor so-called "comfort women" from World War II on Monday, March 31, 2014. Korean-Americans have won approval for local memorials for the victims of Japanese sexual slavery during World War II, over the objections of Japan. They have also pressed states to change school textbooks to address geographical differences with Japan. (AP Photo/Nick Ut )WASHINGTON (AP) — All politics is local, the saying goes. But in some American cities, local politics has gone international, with city governments finding themselves caught in historical disputes between two close U.S. allies: Japan and South Korea.


Under fire: GM's Barra deflects hard questions

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/02/2014 - 19:33

General Motors CEO Mary Barra testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, April 1, 2014, before the House Energy and Commerce subcommittee on Oversight and Investigation. The committee is looking for answers from Barra about safety defects and mishandled recall of 2.6 million small cars with a faulty ignition switch that's been linked to 13 deaths and dozen of crashes. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)WASHINGTON (AP) — General Motors CEO Mary Barra didn't squirm on the hot seat Tuesday. On the job less than three months, she calmly answered or deflected tough questions from a congressional committee about faulty parts responsible for at least 13 deaths and the recall of 2.6 million cars.


Chrysler recalling 870,000 SUVs for brake defect

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/02/2014 - 19:26

The 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee is introduced at the North American International Auto Show in DetroitDETROIT (AP) — Chrysler is recalling nearly 870,000 SUVs because corrosion may make the vehicles' brakes harder to use.


New CEO Barra faces tough task in shedding old GM

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/02/2014 - 19:13

General Motors CEO Mary Barra pauses as she testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, April 1, 2014, before the House Energy and Commerce subcommittee on Oversight and Investigation. The committee is looking for answers from Barra about safety defects and mishandled recall of 2.6 million small cars with a faulty ignition switch that's been linked to 13 deaths and dozen of crashes. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)WASHINGTON (AP) — "That is not how GM does business."


Funeral set for Boston firefighter, father of 3

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/02/2014 - 18:32
WATERTOWN, Mass. (AP) — A 43-year-old Boston firefighter killed with a colleague as they fought a nine-alarm apartment fire last week is being laid to rest.

Cadet accused of sex abuse faces hearing in Conn.

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/02/2014 - 18:19
NEW LONDON, Conn. (AP) — The U.S. Coast Guard Academy is holding a hearing in the case of a cadet accused of sexually abusing a classmate in September.

Kerry denounces use of energy as weapon

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/02/2014 - 17:55

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, left, listens as European Union High Representative Catherine Ashton speaks to the media at the start of a U.S.-EU Energy Dialogue meeting at the headquarters of the European Union in Brussels Wednesday April 2, 2014. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, Pool)BRUSSELS (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Wednesday denounced the use of energy as a weapon, a day after Russia sharply hiked the price for natural gas to Ukraine.


California runner craved burger after rescue

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/02/2014 - 17:47

This image from video provided by KTXL Fox 40 Sacramento, shows trail runner Robert Root after being rescued Tuesday, April 1, 2014, near Foresthill, Calif., in Placer County. Root was found alive in snowy conditions, two days after he went missing near a trail in a mountainous region of Northern California, authorities said. Root, 55, of Modesto, Calif., was wearing only a light running shirt, shorts and running shoes when he was discovered by rescuers on the Western States trail. (AP Photo/KTXL Fox 40 Sacramento)SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A Northern California man who survived two days in freezing temperatures in a snowy mountainous region said what he wanted most after the end of his ordeal was a hamburger.


Scandal-weary voters boot DC mayor from office

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/02/2014 - 16:58

D.C. mayoral candidate and council member Muriel Bowser watches returns at her election night watch party in Washington, Tuesday, April 1, 2014. Bowser is the top challenger to Mayor Vincent Gray. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)WASHINGTON (AP) — Reeling from allegations by federal prosecutors that he knew about the dirty tricks that helped him get elected four years ago, District of Columbia Mayor Vincent Gray tried to rally his base. But his core supporters weren't nearly enough, as a scandal-weary electorate rallied behind a much-younger challenger who promised honest and ethical leadership.


California city weighs minimum wage of $12.30, among nation's highest

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/02/2014 - 16:00

File photo of homes sitting below Chevron storage tanks on a hillside in Richmond, CaliforniaBy Laila Kearney RICHMOND, California (Reuters) - A California city in the pricey San Francisco Bay Area postponed a vote on Tuesday to raise its minimum wage to $12.30, which if passed would be among the highest municipal "living wage" rates in the United States. The proposal before the city council in Richmond, an industrial city of about 100,000 people east of San Francisco, comes as Democratic politicians across the United States are raising concerns about the growing gap between the poorest and richest Americans. The wage hike would increase wages gradually from $8 to $9 an hour by the end of 2014 and to $9.60 in 2015. The $12.30 wage would be fully phased in by 2017.


Obama, Mich. Senate candidate call for higher wage

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/02/2014 - 15:25

President Barack Obama speaks about the Affordable Care Act, Tuesday, April 1, 2014, in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is using his call for a higher minimum wage to help boost a Michigan congressman running for the Senate.


It's not too late to get health coverage

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/02/2014 - 15:22

FILE - This March 31, 2014 file photo shows applicants waiting to be called during a health care enrollment event at the Bay Area Rescue Mission in Richmond, Calif. It’s not too late to get covered. A few routes remain open for those who missed the health care law’s big enrollment deadline. Millions may be eligible for a second chance to sign up for subsidized insurance. And people who get coverage after the deadline can still avoid, or at least reduce, the fine for going uninsured. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — It's not too late to get covered. A few routes remain open for those who missed the health care law's big enrollment deadline.


GOP's small-state edge boosts its Senate hopes

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/02/2014 - 15:21

From left, Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., Senate Minority Whip John Cornyn of Texas and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., listen during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, March 25, 2014, following a Republican policy luncheon with Senate Republicans. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican senators are entrenching themselves in small states that elected Democrats a few years ago, brightening the GOP's future if Americans continue their trend of voting for the same party in Senate and presidential races.


Scandal-tainted Washington mayor loses Democratic primary

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/02/2014 - 14:29

D.C. Mayoral candidate, and Council Member Muriel Bowser gestures as she addresses her supporters at her election night watch party to await the Democrate Primary results in Washington, Tuesday, April 1, 2014. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)By Ian Simpson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - District of Columbia city council member Muriel Bowser swept to victory over scandal-plagued Mayor Vincent Gray in the U.S. capital's crowded Democratic Party primary on Wednesday. Winning the Democratic primary is seen as tantamount to taking the general election in the heavily Democratic city. "God bless you, and let's go to work," Bowser, a city council member for the past seven years, told cheering supporters. In the November election, Bowser will face David Catania, an openly gay independent member of the city council who is seen as the strongest challenger.


PG&E criminally charged in fatal pipeline blast

Yahoo! National News - Wed, 04/02/2014 - 14:20
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Pacific Gas and Electric Co. was charged on Tuesday with federal felony counts involving safety violations linked to a deadly 2010 natural gas pipeline explosion in the San Francisco Bay Area.