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NHTSA closes four-year probe of Ion steering issues after GM recall

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 04/21/2014 - 22:33

A 2004 Saturn ION sedan is seen in an undated publicity photo. REUTERS/Handout via General MotorsU.S. safety regulators closed a four-year probe into power steering problems in almost 335,000 older Saturn Ions after General Motors Co recalled the cars, which are also part of an unrelated recall of defective ignition switches linked to at least 13 deaths. The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in documents filed in its online database over the weekend, said it was closing its probe into 2004 to 2007 model-year Ion cars after GM's recall of the vehicles last month. GM has been criticized for not acting fast enough on the consumer complaints surrounding recalls for the power steering issue as well as the defective switches linked to at least 13 deaths and the recall of 2.6 million vehicles. The Ion was among the 1.5 million cars GM recalled on March 31 for possible loss of power steering.


Stock edge higher at start of busy earnings week

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 04/21/2014 - 22:25

FILE - In this Friday, April 11, 2014 file photo, trader Joseph Lawler, center, works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. Global stocks were mixed Monday, April 21, 2014, in light trading after Japan reported a record annual trade deficit and investors looked ahead to economic data this week from China and South Korea. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks edged higher Monday at the start of another major week for company earnings. The Standard & Poor's 500 index had its best week since July last week as first-quarter corporate earnings began to come in.


MARATHON WATCH: 'We're taking back our race'

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 04/21/2014 - 22:24

Race fans from left, Andrew Lembecke, of Chicago, Brandon Petrich of Fargo, N.D, Marlene Youngblood of Louisville, Ky, and Bill Januszewski cheer near the finish line at the 118th Boston Marathon Monday, April 21, 2014 in Boston. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)A look at the 118th running of the Boston Marathon.


MARATHON WATCH: Race security monitored at center

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 04/21/2014 - 22:10

Elite women runners leave the start line of the 118th Boston Marathon Monday, April 21, 2014 in Hopkinton, Mass. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)A look at the 118th running of the Boston Marathon.


Top court declines Exxon's appeal in water pollution case

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 04/21/2014 - 22:04

A view of the Exxon Mobil refinery in Baytown, TexasBy Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Supreme Court on Monday declined to review a ruling against Exxon Mobil Corp that ordered the company to pay $105 million in damages for polluting New York City's groundwater with a toxic gasoline additive. The decision not to hear the case leaves intact a July 2 U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruling that upheld the judgment. In 2009, a jury concluded that Exxon contaminated water supply wells when the additive, methyl tertiary butyl ether (MTBE), leaked from its underground storage tanks in the borough of Queens. The appeals court rejected Exxon's arguments that it was required to use the additive under the federal Clean Air Act.


Stocks edge higher as major earnings week starts

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 04/21/2014 - 21:49

FILE - In this Friday, April 11, 2014 file photo, trader Joseph Lawler, center, works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. Global stocks were mixed Monday, April 21, 2014, in light trading after Japan reported a record annual trade deficit and investors looked ahead to economic data this week from China and South Korea. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks are edging higher as another big week for company earnings begins.


MARATHON WATCH: Americans seek win to end drought

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 04/21/2014 - 21:41

Mobility-impared runners David Abel, left, Juli Windsor, and Scott Rigsby compete in the 118th Boston Marathon Monday, April 21, 2014 in Hopkinton, Mass. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)A look at the 118th running of the Boston Marathon.


Court to look at 'born in Jerusalem' passport case

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 04/21/2014 - 21:41
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court says it will hear for the second time a passport dispute fraught with Middle Eastern politics. The question is whether Americans born in Jerusalem may list their place of birth as Israel.

Supreme Court declines to revive Arizona immigration law

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 04/21/2014 - 21:40

The exterior of the U.S. Supreme Court is seen in WashingtonBy Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Supreme Court on Monday declined to revive a provision in an Arizona law that sought to criminalize the harboring and transportation of illegal immigrants. The court's decision not to hear the state's appeal leaves intact an October 2013 ruling by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco that found in part that the provision was trumped by federal immigration law. The harboring provision, part of Arizona's controversial 2010 immigration law, made it a criminal offense to encourage illegal immigrants to enter the state or to harbor or transport them within Arizona. In a 2012 case, the Supreme Court partially upheld other provisions of the 2010 law.


Supreme Court declines to revive Arizona immigration law

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 04/21/2014 - 21:40

The exterior of the U.S. Supreme Court is seen in WashingtonBy Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Supreme Court on Monday declined to revive a provision in an Arizona law that sought to criminalize the harboring and transportation of illegal immigrants. The court's decision not to hear the state's appeal leaves intact an October 2013 ruling by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco that found in part that the provision was trumped by federal immigration law. The harboring provision, part of Arizona's controversial 2010 immigration law, made it a criminal offense to encourage illegal immigrants to enter the state or to harbor or transport them within Arizona. In a 2012 case, the Supreme Court partially upheld other provisions of the 2010 law.


Crews fill in sinkhole in central Florida

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 04/21/2014 - 21:40
THE VILLAGES, Fla. (AP) — Repair crews filled in a sinkhole that opened between two houses in a sprawling Florida retirement community.

MARATHON WATCH: Hoyts running Boston for last time

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 04/21/2014 - 21:28

Father and son Boston Marathon race team Dick Hoyt, right, and his son Rick Hoyt walk across the start line as they warm up before they run the 118th Boston Marathon Monday, April 21, 2014 in Hopkinton, Mass. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)A look at the 118th running of the Boston Marathon.


NHTSA closes four-year probe of Ion steering issues after GM recall

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 04/21/2014 - 21:26

A 2004 Saturn ION sedan is seen in an undated publicity photo. REUTERS/Handout via General MotorsU.S. safety regulators closed a four-year probe into power steering problems in almost 335,000 older Saturn Ions after General Motors Co recalled the cars, which are also part of an unrelated recall of defective ignition switches linked to at least 13 deaths. The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in documents filed in its online database over the weekend, said it was closing its probe into 2004 to 2007 model-year Ion cars after GM's recall of the vehicles last month. GM has been criticized for not acting fast enough on the consumer complaints surrounding recalls for the power steering issue as well as the defective switches linked to at least 13 deaths and the recall of 2.6 million vehicles. The Ion was among the 1.5 million cars GM recalled on March 31 for possible loss of power steering.


US stock futures edge higher, busy earnings week

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 04/21/2014 - 21:22
NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stock futures are edging higher Monday as more companies report their first quarter earnings. The Standard & Poor's 500 index had its best week since July last week.

MARATHON WATCH: A year later, determined to finish

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 04/21/2014 - 21:17

Mobility-impaired runners gather at the start line for a moment of silence before the 118th Boston Marathon Monday, April 21, 2014 in Hopkinton, Mass. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)A look at the 118th running of the Boston Marathon.


Poll: Big Bang a big question for most Americans

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 04/21/2014 - 21:16

 global warming, evolution, and their largest question mark was in the Big Bang that created the universe. “Science ignorance is pervasive in our society, and these attitudes are reinforced when some of our leaders are openly antagonistic to established facts,” said 2013 Nobel Prize in medicine winner Randy Scheckman. (AP Photo/Dave Martin, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Few Americans question that smoking causes cancer. But they express bigger doubts as concepts that scientists consider to be truths get further from our own experiences and the present time, an Associated Press-GfK poll found.


After bombs, Boston Marathon under tight security

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 04/21/2014 - 21:09
BOSTON (AP) — A large police presence greeted runners and spectators filtering in Monday morning for the Boston Marathon, a year after a pair of homemade pressure-cooker bombs near the finish line killed three people and wounded more than 260 others.

MARATHON WATCH: 118th Boston Marathon begins

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 04/21/2014 - 20:57

A military policeman stands near the start line of the 118th Boston Marathon Monday, April 21, 2014 in Hopkinton, Mass. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)The 118th Boston Marathon has begun. The first entrants crossed the starting line at 8:50 a.m. in the mobility impaired division. The wheelchair division starts at 9:17.


MARATHON WATCH: Where to find Boston race on TV

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 04/21/2014 - 20:46

Buses carrying runners arrive at sunrise in Hopkinton, Mass., for the start of the 118th Boston Marathon Monday, April 21, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)National television coverage of the Boston Marathon will have an expanded reach but still won't be available to many viewers.


MARATHON WATCH: Runners gathering in Boston

Yahoo! National News - Mon, 04/21/2014 - 20:35

Pepi Bolognese cleans the finish line before the running of the 118th Boston Marathon Monday, April 21, 2014 in Boston. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)Thousands of runners are gathering at the starting line of the Boston Marathon in Hopkinton, one year after a pair of homemade pressure-cooker bombs killed three people and wounded more than 260 others.