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  • How GM's ignition switch redesign went wrong

    DETROIT (AP) — General Motors' deadly ignition switch flaws emerged from an effort to improve its cars. As the company began developing new small cars in the late 1990s, it listened to customers who complained about "cheap-feeling" switches that required too much effort to turn. GM set about...

  • Judicial Watch asks federal judge to lift 'temporary' stay on lawsuit seeking Operation Fast and Furious documents

    A federal judge will decide Tuesday whether to lift a 16-month-old "temporary" stay on a non-profit government watchdog's Freedom of Information Act lawsuit for Operation Fast and Furious scandal documents.

  • Subaru recalls 660K vehicles for brake line rust

    DETROIT (AP) — Subaru is recalling more than 660,000 cars and SUVs because the brake lines can rust and leak fluid, and that can mean it will take longer to stop the vehicles. For about half the vehicles, it's the second recall for the same problem. Affected are 2005 through 2009 Legacy and...

  • New York construction firms accused of safety scam

    NEW YORK (AP) — Two construction safety companies dispatched cooks, hairdressers, bellhops and musicians to sign off as licensed safety experts — one of them dead — on inspections at dozens of high-rise sites, authorities said Wednesday. Flouting a city law that requires a private-sector...

  • Groups want to see Montana judge's racist emails

    BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A group of American Indians wants a court to preserve and eventually release an investigative file containing inappropriate emails sent by a federal judge, including a racist message involving President Barack Obama. Two Indian advocacy groups from Montana and South...

  • Five problems a government inspection found with Obamacare subsidies

    The inspector general for the Department of Health and Human Services released a report highlighting problems verifying eligibility for federal health insurance subsidies under the Affordable Care Act.

  • Graco gives in, agrees to recall infant car seats

    DETROIT (AP) — Graco Children's Products is recalling 1.9 million infant car seats, bowing to demands from U.S. safety regulators, in what is now the largest seat recall in American history. The recall, announced Tuesday, comes after a five-month spat between Graco and the National Highway...

  • Another federal judge tells IRS to explain itself on lost emails

    IRS attorneys will be even busier than normal next week, because another federal judge has told them to show up in court July 11 to defend the federal tax agency.

  • Report: Health law sign-ups dogged by data flaws

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Many of the 8 million Americans signed up under the new health care law now have to clear up questions about their personal information that could affect their coverage. A government watchdog said Tuesday the Obama administration faces a huge task resolving these...

  • Recalls raise questions about ignition switches

    DETROIT (AP) — General Motors issued a new round of recalls for faulty ignition switches this week, but the company says the problem is different than the ignition switch defect that sparked recalls in February. At the same time, Chrysler is recalling vehicles for a similar ignition switch...

  • Government is why drilling permit approvals are slower than molasses, IG says

    In other shocking news: The federal government is impeding productivity. The Bureau of Land Management is taking its time to approve oil and gas drilling permits on federal and Indian lands, according to new report from the Department of the Interior's inspector general. Though federal law...

  • Happy birthday, IRS?

    On July 9, the Internal Revenue Service will turn 61, a few years short of the average retirement age. Many Americans, when they get ready to retire, reflect on their career. I'd like to think the IRS, were it personified, might take a long look at its professional life leading up to its birthday.

  • New recalls and questions about auto parts safety

    DETROIT (AP) — The ignition switch recalls now engulfing General Motors and Chrysler are raising new questions about the safety of the parts across the American auto industry. GM's safety crisis deepened dramatically Monday when the automaker added 8.2 million vehicles in North America to its...

  • Va. lawmaker indicted on charges related to teen

    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A Virginia legislator was indicted Monday on charges that he had an improper sexual relationship with a teenage girl, accusations the Democratic lawmaker denied and pledged to fight. According to a special prosecutor's statements in court papers, state Del. Joseph D....

  • GM won't limit ignition switch crash compensation

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The attorney overseeing General Motors' compensation to victims of small-car crashes says there's no limit to what the company will pay, provided the crashes were caused by faulty ignition switches. The tally could climb into billions of dollars. GM links 13 deaths to...



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