The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said on Thursday that automakers recalled 51.3 million vehicles in the United States last year, the second-highest ever, in 868 separate campaigns. NHTSA and automakers have come under harsh criticism on auto safety issues from Congress and others in the wake of General Motors'delayed recall of 2.6 million vehicles for ignition switch defects linked to 124 deaths. Since then, the NHTSA has made a series of reforms and pledged to make more improvements.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald on Thursday disputed claims by members of Congress that his scandal-plagued agency hasn't dismissed enough employees, saying, "You can't fire your way to excellence."
Palin's son was arrested on suspicion of assaulting a woman and carrying a gun while intoxicated, police in the family's Alaska hometown said on Tuesday. In a speech she made Wednesday to support leading Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, Palin linked her son's charges to his experience in the U.S. military and blamed the Obama administration for not doing enough to support its veterans.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Gov. Jerry Brown on Thursday reiterated his call for fiscal caution, using his State of the State address to urge lawmakers to beef up California's rainy day fund and pay for long-delayed infrastructure repairs rather than pursue expensive new programs.
A former Oklahoma City police officer convicted of raping four women and sexually assaulting several others while he was on duty was sentenced on Thursday to 263 consecutive years in prison, the maximum allowable sentence. In December, an Oklahoma City jury found Daniel Holtzclaw, 29, guilty on 18 of 36 charges of sexual assault, including rape. The sentence was given by District Judge Timothy Henderson and came after victims told the court on Thursday that the former officer had destroyed their lives.