DETROIT (AP) — The U.S. government is confirming another death due to the rupture of an air bag made by Takata Corp.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says a 50-year-old woman died Sept. 30 in Riverside County, California.

Honda Motor Co. confirmed the woman’s death and said she was driving a 2001 Civic.

This is the 11th known U.S. fatality attributed to Takata air bags.

The air bags can inflate with too much force, which causes their metal interior to rupture and spew shrapnel into the vehicle.

The problem touched off what is now the largest auto recall in U.S. history. More than 69 million inflators have been recalled in the U.S. and more than 100 million worldwide.


10.21.16:  Southern California schools cope with heat




WESTMINSTER, Calif. (AP) — Forecasters say a heat wave in Southern California that sent temperatures in some areas into the high 90s over the past two days is expected to ease slightly today.

Thursday’s heat raised the risk of wildfires and children attending schools with no air conditioning had to sweat it out.

Long Beach airport hit 99 degrees.


10.20.16:  Counterfeiting bust at Indiana festival leads to 24 arrests



MANSFIELD, Ind. (AP) — Authorities have seized tens of thousands of suspected counterfeit items from several booths at the Parke County Covered Bridge Festival in Indiana and arrested 24 people.

Indiana State Excise Police Officers say they executed search warrants Wednesday at the event in Mansfield. Charges include forgery and counterfeiting. Those arrested are from states including Illinois, Michigan, New York, Pennsylvania and Texas.

Authorities say the investigation started following citizen complaints in 2015.

Once festival booths were set up this year, undercover officers bought counterfeit items from several booths. Indiana State Excise Police Officers worked with agents from Advanced Investigative Services and Continental Enterprises Inc. on the case.

Items seized were believed to be imitations of brands including Nike, The North Face, Oakley, Adidas, Beats by Dre and professional sports leagues.


10.19.16:  Third Presidential debate




WASHINGTON (AP) — Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump’s battle for the White House is barreling toward the end, with the candidates taking the debate stage tonight for one final primetime showdown.


Moderator Chris Wallace of Fox News has said he plans to ask the candidates about debt and entitlements, immigration, the economy, the Supreme Court, foreign hot spots and their fitness to be president.


The debate will be held in Las Vegas and the 90 minute event gets underway at 9 p.m..



10.19.16:  Fiat Chrysler recalls trucks, cars to fix alternator problem




DETROIT (AP) — Fiat Chrysler is recalling more than 86,000 trucks and police cars mainly in North America to fix a short circuit in the alternators that can cause engine stalling or fires.

The recall covers certain 2007 through 2013 Ram 2500 and 3500 pickup trucks, as well as Ram 4500 and 5500 chassis cabs. Also covered are some 2011 through 2014 Charger police cars.

The company says diodes inside the alternators can wear out under frequent hot-temperature use in commercial fleets. That can cause the short circuits. Fiat Chrysler says it’s aware of one possibly related injury but no crashes. There also have been fires, but an FCA spokesman says he can’t say how many.

FCA will notify customers when they can bring vehicles in for service.


10.13.16:  Amazon adding 120,000 workers to meet holiday demand 




NEW YORK (AP) — will add 120,000 seasonal workers in an effort to meet an expected spike in demand during the holidays.

The seasonal positions will be created at fulfillment centers, sorting centers and customer service sites in 27 states. The move marks a 20 percent boost from the 100,000 seasonal hires a year ago.

Last year, the company said it transitioned 14,000 seasonal positions to regular, full-time jobs and it expects to boost that figure this year.

The e-commerce giant saw its fourth-quarter profit in 2015 more than double on higher demand from online shoppers during the holiday season.


10.13.16:  2 Boston police officers shot



BOSTON (AP) — Two Boston police officers are in “extremely critical condition” after being gunned down last night by a man wearing body armor and armed with an assault rifle.

Police say the officers were responding to a domestic disturbance call in an East Boston neighborhood when the gunman opened fire.

Fellow officers dragged the wounded officers out of the line of fire and eventually shot and killed the gunman.


10.13.16:  Applications for US unemployment aid remain at 43-year low



WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits stayed at a 43-year low last week in the latest sign that layoffs are scarce.

The Labor Department says unemployment benefit applications were unchanged last week at a seasonally adjusted 246,000. The four-week average, a less volatile measure, fell 3,500 to 249,250.

Both figures were at their lowest levels since November 1973.

Applications are a proxy for layoffs, so the figures indicate that companies are cutting few jobs. With the unemployment rate down to 5 percent from 10 percent in October 2009, some businesses say they are having trouble finding qualified workers. That suggests they are less likely to lay anyone off.

Hiring has been solid this year, though slower than in the two previous years.


10.12.16:  Hurricane Nicole is headed to Bermuda as Category 2 storm



MIAMI (AP) — Hurricane Nicole is heading toward Bermuda as a Category 2 storm, with maximum sustained winds near 100 mph.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center says some strengthening is possible and Nicole could be near major hurricane strength later in the day.


10.12.16:  Closed US restaurants, damaged homes: Matthew may cost $10B




UNDATED (AP) — Hurricane Matthew impaired or destroyed more than 1 million structures, forced businesses from Florida to North Carolina to close and put thousands temporarily out of work.

Goldman Sachs estimates the storm probably caused $10 billion in damage overall. Insurance companies will likely be liable for about $4 billion to $6 billion of that total, according to an estimate Saturday by CoreLogic, a real estate data provider.

In many affected areas, small-business owners were still assessing the damage, but figures suggest Matthew’s effect on the broader national economy will be minimal.

Though damage estimates are usually revised higher after more comprehensive assessments, the current figures would still make Matthew the 22nd-worst storm since World War II.