US fines Japanese automaker a record $200 million over faulty airbags

US fines Japanese automaker a record $200 million over faulty airbags

Agence France-Presse US auto safety regulators announced a record $200 million civil fine against Takata on Tuesday for providing inadequate and inaccurate information about its dangerously explosive airbags installed in millions of cars. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said the Japanese auto parts maker had evaded reporting requirements, including making “the conscious decision” to

Alleged donations to racist Stormfront forum leaked in new Pastebin document

Alleged donations to racist Stormfront forum leaked in new Pastebin document

International Business Times

A list of 80 alleged donors to white supremacist website Stormfront was posted on the text-sharing website Pastebin Tuesday ahead of a scheduled reveal of more than 1,000 Ku Klux Klan members on Thursday. The Twitter account Anon Data posted the list, which includes the alleged donation amount, the donation data and the username of the…

GOP keeps control of Virginia state Senate despite gun control spending

GOP keeps control of Virginia state Senate despite gun control spending

Reuters Republicans kept control of the Virginia state Senate on Tuesday despite millions from billionaire Michael Bloomberg’s gun control advocacy group backing Democrats. The victories mean that the Republicans retain control of both houses of the state legislature. The party remains an obstacle to Democratic Governor Terry McAuliffe as he tries to tighten gun laws

Washington police probe death of handcuffed man in custody

Washington police probe death of handcuffed man in custody

Reuters Washington police are investigating the death of a 27-year-old man found handcuffed in the custody of special officers, authorities said. The man, Alonzo Smith, was discovered by officers on Sunday unconscious and not breathing at a residential building, the Metropolitan Police Department said in a statement late on Tuesday. The police officers had responded

LGBT activists call on NFL to pull Super Bowl out of Houston after voters repeal anti-discrimination law

LGBT activists call on NFL to pull Super Bowl out of Houston after voters repeal anti-discrimination law

Bethania Palma Markus After Houston voters struck down a city ordinance protecting transgender people discrimination, some are calling for an economic boycott of the city — including asking the National Football League to relocate its 2017 Super Bowl originally slated for Houston. The Houston Equal Rights Ordinance, or HERO, was defeated by a wide margin, the

Meet Matt Bevin — Kentucky’s new Kim Davis-loving, ‘pathological liar,’ GOP ‘idiot’ governor

Meet Matt Bevin — Kentucky’s new Kim Davis-loving, ‘pathological liar,’ GOP ‘idiot’ governor

Travis Gettys Republican Matt Bevin defeated Democrat Barack Obama in the race for Kentucky governor. At least, that’s what it seemed like. The Tea Party conservative repeatedly pissed off Republicans after winning May’s GOP primary by just 83 votes, and the Republican Governors Association pulled its advertising support in September. Polls showed Kentucky’s attorney general,

Seattle passes landmark campaign finance initiative

Seattle passes landmark campaign finance initiative

International Business Times

Seattle residents voted Tuesday night on a campaign measure that was publicized as a national model for campaign finance reform. The measure, based on votes counted around 11 p.m. local time Tuesday, had garnered 60 percent of the votes, local media reported. “Seattle leads the nation … We look forward to seeing more cities and states…

Kentucky clerk Kim Davis appeals ruling that sent her to prison

Kentucky clerk Kim Davis appeals ruling that sent her to prison

International Business Times

Kentucky clerk Kim Davis, who gained nationwide attention for denying marriage licenses to same-sex couples, filed an appeal asking a court to dismiss rulings that landed her in jail. Davis was jailed in September after being found in contempt of court for defying the Supreme Court’s June ruling that legalized gay marriage across the U.S. In…

France-born soldier becomes American war hero

France-born soldier becomes American war hero

Agence France-Presse Wrapped around Florent Groberg’s right wrist is a scratched, black metal band he hardly ever takes off. The soldier’s bracelet is engraved with a date in 2012, along with the names and ranks of three comrades who were killed in a suicide blast in Afghanistan. Next week, President Barack Obama will give Groberg