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

Investigators criticize NASA part handling in analysis of 2014 rocket explosion

Investigators criticize NASA part handling in analysis of 2014 rocket explosion

Reuters Independent NASA accident investigators said the U.S. space agency should “perform a greater level of due diligence for major system components” in rockets that deliver cargo to the International Space Station following a 2014 explosion. The recommendation came in the investigators’ report on the explosion of Orbital ATK’s Antares rocket that destroyed a load

Republican Matt Bevin elected governor in Kentucky

Republican Matt Bevin elected governor in Kentucky

Reuters Republican businessman Matt Bevin was elected Kentucky’s next governor on Tuesday in a setback for Democrats who had controlled the governor’s mansion in every election but one since 1971, CNN projected. Bevin, who rode Tea Party support to a narrow victory in a four-way Republican primary, defeated State Attorney General Jack Conway, whose late

Houston measure protecting LGBT workers from discrimination rejected by voters

Houston measure protecting LGBT workers from discrimination rejected by voters

Los Angeles Times

HOUSTON — Houston voters rejected a controversial measure Tuesday that would have barred discrimination against gays and transgender people in the wake of an 18-month battle that pitted advocates of gay rights against those who believed they were defending religious liberty. The vote had been expected to be close. But with about 30 percent of precincts…

WATCH: Chomsky explains why progressives need to focus more on movements than candidates

WATCH: Chomsky explains why progressives need to focus more on movements than candidates

Arturo Garcia The closing minutes of Telesur host Abby Martin’s interview with Noam Chomsky last week provided a blueprint for progressives to follow after several setbacks on Tuesday. Martin asked the MIT professor and philosopher about grassroots involvement, which prompted Chomsky to mention Sen. Bernie Sanders’ (I-VT) campaign for the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination. “He’s