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FILE - In this Thursday, April 17, 2014, file photo, journalists visit Takata Ignition Systems in Schoenebeck, Germany. U.S. safety regulators are threatening fines and legal action against Takata Corp. for failing to admit that its driver's-side air bag inflators are defective and should be recalled nationwide. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration sent a letter to the company Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014, detailing the threats, which include a public hearing and possible court action. (AP Photo/Jens Meyer, File)

U.S. Demands Massive Air Bag Recall

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Detroit — U.S. safety regulators threatened fines and legal action against Takata Corp. Wednesday unless the company admits that its driver’s air bag inflators are defective and agrees to a nationwide recall. In a letter to Takata’s Washington office, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the Japanese company until Tuesday to file paperwork declaring a defect and expanding the …

Researchers Discover ‘Pre-Cancer’ Gene Mutation in Blood

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Many older people silently harbor a blood “pre-cancer” — a gene mutation acquired during their lifetime that could start them on the path to leukemia, lymphoma or other blood disease, scientists have discovered. It opens a new frontier on early detection and possibly someday preventing these cancers, which become more common with age. The discovery was made by two international research teams working …

Passengers Push Jet After Brakes Freeze

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Anyone who’s ever been stuck in a Siberian backwater in late November would understand the impulse. As 74 homebound oil workers and seven crew members waited for a Katekavia Airlines Tu-134 passenger jet to take off from a remote Arctic Circle air strip in Igarka, they were told the brakes on the jet’s landing gear had become frozen, and a tow-truck was having …

Provincial Capital in Iraq May Be Set to Fall to Islamic State

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Irbil, Iraq — Islamic State fighters on Tuesday penetrated to the core of Ramadi, the provincial capital of Iraq’s largest province, prompting local security officials to warn that the city was on the verge of falling to the extremists. Such a gain would be the Islamic State’s most …

Hong Kong Police Arrest 116

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Hong Kong — Hong Kong authorities cleared street barricades from a pro-democracy protest camp in the volatile Mong Kok district for a second day earlier today after a night of clashes in which police arrested 116 people. People …

No Indictment in Ferguson

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Ferguson, Mo. — After months of deliberations over one of the nation’s most widely watched and racially charged criminal investigations, a Missouri grand jury decided not to indict Darren Wilson, a white police officer who shot and killed …

New Hampshire Leads Nation In Average Student Debt Load

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Washington — It may house some of the most esteemed colleges in the country, but if you want to graduate without backbreaking debt, steer clear of schools along the eastern seaboard. That’s what a series of new reports …

Sen. Paul Wants Vote Declaring War on ISIS

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Washington — Sen. Rand Paul has upped the ante in the debate over the role of Congress in the fight against the Islamic State. The Kentucky Republican announced Monday he would be introducing a resolution to formally declare war against the terrorist group in Syria and Iraq, setting …

Defense Chief To Step Down Amid Pressure

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Washington — Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is stepping down from his post after 21 months in office amid tension with the White House over strategy and the rise of new security challenges to the country. President Obama called …

Iran Nuclear Talks Stall

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Vienna — A yearlong effort to seal a nuclear deal with Iran fizzled Monday, leaving the U.S. and its allies little choice but to declare a seven-month extension in hopes that a new deadline will be enough to achieve what a decade of negotiations have failed to do …

UVA Campus Rattled by Rape Article

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Charlottesville, Va. — Student leaders at the University of Virginia said they are seeking to foster cultural and institutional changes to combat sexual assault at the state’s flagship campus after allegations of a gang rape at a fraternity surfaced last week. Campus representatives of student government and sexual …

Medal of Freedom Awarded to Streep, Wonder, Others

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Washington — President Obama recognized 18 recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor, including Tom Brokaw, Stevie Wonder and Meryl Streep, in a warm and at times lighthearted ceremony Monday. “Once a year, we set aside this event to celebrate people who have …

FDA Orders Calorie Counts at a Variety of Food Venues

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Washington — It’s about to get a lot tougher to hide from calories. Chain restaurants, vending machines, grocery stores, coffee shops and pizza joints will soon have to display detailed calorie information on their menus under long-awaited rules to be issued today by the Food and Drug Administration. …