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  • Documents detail another delayed GM recall

    DETROIT (AP) — General Motors waited years to recall nearly 335,000 Saturn Ions for power steering failures despite getting thousands of consumer complaints and more than 30,000 warranty repair claims, according to government documents released Saturday. The National Highway Traffic Safety...

  • How many times have the cops photographed your license plate?

    Local police know exactly where my car has been — and when — during the past few months. They could have the same information — or more — about you.

  • 2 congressmen have questions in Jill Kelley leak

    Two Republican congressmen, Spencer Bachus and Walter Jones, say the Justice Department inspector general's office is declining to look into a complaint by a businesswoman whose identity was leaked to the news media after she reported to the FBI that she was the victim of a cyberstalker.

  • Vermont auditor plans review of health website

    The state auditor of accounts plans to review the troubled implementation of Vermont's health care exchange website, which has been criticized for being slow and not allowing users to correct mistakes.

  • Three sentenced in Orlando for credit card fraud

    Three men have been sentenced for credit card fraud in central Florida. U.S. District Judge Ann Conway sentenced the men Friday in federal court in Orlando.

  • Eight Florida patients arrested in Medicare scam

    Eight Florida seniors have been indicted for their alleged roles in a $12.5 million Medicare home health scam. Federal officials say the defendants received kickbacks for pretending to be patients. The defendants range between 67 years old and 79 years old.

  • Florida state transportation officials review campaign's misuse of public funds

    The state Department of Transportation has launched an investigation into how the Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority spent public money to educate voters about an expanded bus system and light rail project called Greenlight Pinellas.

  • GM puts 2 engineers on paid leave in recall case

    DETROIT (AP) — General Motors has suspended two engineers in the first disciplinary action stemming from its mishandled recall of more than 2 million small cars for a deadly ignition switch problem. But the company also said a second ignition part in the cars must be fixed, boosting...

  • Toyota, GM recalls push US to near-record pace

    DETROIT (AP) — Big U.S. recalls by General Motors and Toyota have put the auto industry on a record pace as companies try to avoid bad publicity and punishment from an increasingly aggressive government. On Wednesday, Toyota announced it was recalling nearly 1.8 million vehicles in the U.S....

  • Inspector general: South Carolina State University diverted $6.5 million

    South Carolina State University has diverted $6.5 million meant for agriculture research to cover debts since 2007, contributing to its cash flow crisis, the state inspector general said in a report released this week.

  • Two charged in $70 million Florida 'virtual concierge' fraud

    WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Two South Florida men are facing fraud charges in an alleged $70 million scheme using investments in so-called "virtual concierge" machines that operate in retail stores. Federal prosecutors said Tuesday that 49-year-old Joseph Signore and 56-year-old Paul...

  • Prison on lockdown after weapons, alcohol found

    Illinois' biggest maximum-security prison remained on lockdown for a second day Saturday after corrections officers uncovered an inmate cache of more than a dozen crude weapons, gallons of homemade alcohol and hoards of juice and sugar used to make the liquor.

  • California lawmakers propose reforms to regain public trust

    A series of scandals that has tarnished the integrity of the state Legislature has prompted a wave of proposals aimed at strengthening political ethics and reforming laws governing campaign contributions.

  • Report: Government files lacking for $6 billion in contracts

    A government investigation has found that the State Department has incomplete files or is missing files for more than $6 billion in contracts over the last six years.

  • Angry families want GM prosecuted for defects

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The families of those who died in General Motors cars with defective ignition switches want prosecutors to go after GM insiders responsible for letting the problems fester for more than a decade — and perhaps for covering them up. "The only way the public is going to be...



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