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U.S. regulators recall 2.1 million vehicles in new air bag issue

Jeep's Liberty Patriotic Edition is seen in a file photo taken at the North America Auto Show in DetroitThe auto industry's air bag troubles deepened on Saturday as U.S. federal safety regulators said three big automakers will recall about 2.1 million older vehicles to fix defects that could cause air bags to deploy when they are not supposed to. The vehicles involved in the recall announced by the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration are made by Toyota Motor Corp, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV and Honda Motor Co. There have been about 400 reported cases of inadvertent air bag deployments in the recalled vehicles, NHTSA Administrator Mark Rosekind said. The recall concerned a defective chip in air bag systems and the fix involved replacing the entire air bag module, including circuits manufactured by parts maker TRW Automotive Holdings, Rosekind said.



Deadline passes in U.S. refinery workers contract talks

By Erwin Seba HOUSTON (Reuters) - Union leaders and oil companies were unable to agree on a new labor accord on Saturday for workers at 63 U.S. refineries as a deadline passed that could lead to a strike. The United Steelworkers union (USW) said in a text message sent to members that the latest offer from companies was "insulting and fails to address issues that matter to members." Royal Dutch Shell Plc, the lead negotiator for U.S. refinery owners, has said it does not comment on details of labor negotiations. The USW talks have been occurring against a backdrop of falling oil prices. The expiring national contract covers about 30,000 hourly workers at plants that together have two-thirds of U.S. refining capacity.


Three climbers rescued after fall on Oregon's Mt. Hood

By Courtney Sherwood PORTLAND, Ore. (Reuters) - Two mountain climbers were rescued by helicopter on Saturday after they fell on Oregon's Mount Hood at an altitude of more than 10,000 feet (3,048 meters), and a third climber was helped down the mountain on foot, authorities said. The climbers, two men and one woman, were injured on the renowned peak when they fell in the Hog's Back region, the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office said in a statement. Authorities did not provide details on how far the climbers had fallen. Sheriff's deputies worked to reach the injured climbers in conjunction with Portland Mountain Rescue, who were in the area training at the time, and a team from the ambulance and helicopter rescue company AMR touched down to come to the climbers assistance within hours of their fall, officials said.


Obama budget offers contrasts, long-shot deals with GOP

FILE - In this Jan. 21, 2015 photo, President Barack Obama speaks at Boise State University in Boise, Idaho. After a year of relative peace in Washington?s budget battles, President Barack Obama will lay out a $4 trillion budget on Monday that needles Republicans with proposals for higher taxes on the wealthy and businesses to pay for education, public works projects and child care. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)WASHINGTON (AP) ? With a blend of tax hikes and spending increases, President Barack Obama's budget spells out a policy agenda that will distinguish him from Republicans who now control Congress. It also will contain what amount to opening bids for some long-shot compromises.



Historic balloon flight ends off Mexican coast

Tami Bradley and her daughter Savannah pose for a picture in Albuquerque, N.M., after celebrating word that pilot Troy Bradley was safe and in a fishing boat headed to the Baja California shore following the water landing of the Two Eagles Balloon on Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015. The balloon surpassed a pair of major distance and duration ballooning records while during a six-day journey across the Pacific Ocean. (AP Photo/Susan Montoya Bryan)ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) ? Troy Bradley might have been exhausted and a bit dehydrated, but the words printed on his T-shirt said it all: "Failure is not an option."



Union strikes at nine U.S. oil, chemical plants for new pact

By Erwin Seba HOUSTON (Reuters) - Union leaders called strikes on Sunday at nine U.S. refineries and chemical plants in a bid to pressure oil companies to agree to a new national contract covering workers at 63 plants. The discord comes as plunging crude prices force oil companies to slash spending. The United Steelworkers union (USW) said Royal Dutch Shell Plc, the lead industry negotiator, halted talks after the union rejected a fifth proposal from the company. "Shell refused to provide us with a counter-offer and left the bargaining table," USW International President Leo Gerard said.


Detectives review video to find clues in 'Suge' Knight case

FILE - This August 2008 file photo provided by the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department shows rap music mogul Marion "Suge" Knight. A lawyer for Knight says the Death Row Records founder was at the wheel of a car that struck two men, killing one, in a Los Angeles suburb. The accident in Compton occurred shortly before 3 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015. (AP Photo/Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department)LOS ANGELES (AP) ? Investigators were reviewing a video of an incident in which Marion "Suge" Knight struck two men with his pickup ? leaving one dead and the other injured ? to help shed light on whether the rap music mogul was a perpetrator or victim in a case that led to his arrest.



Storm crawls into Midwest, threatens Northeast

A storm system will slide into the Ohio Valley on Sunday, Feb. 1, 2015 bringing a chance of accumulating snow to parts of the Midwest. Showers and thunderstorms are possible across the South. The Pacific Northwest will see a mix of rain and snow. (AP Photo/Weather Underground)CHICAGO (AP) ? A storm that gathered steam over the southern Rockies moved into the Midwest early Sunday and is expected to dump more than a foot of snow as it moves toward New England, which is still recovering from a winter walloping it received just a few days ago.



US prosecutors: New spy case shows Russia up to old tricks

Yevgeny Buryakov appears in federal court in Manhattan Monday, Jan 26, 2015 in New York after his arrest earlier in the day in connection with a Cold War-style Russian spy ring that spoke in code, passed messages concealed in bags and magazines, and tried to recruit people with ties to an unnamed New York City university, according to authorities. At an initial court appearance, Assistant U.S. Attorney Adam Fee portrayed Buryakov as a professional spy skilled at duplicity who posed as an employee in the Manhattan branch of a Russian bank and lived in the Bronx with his Russian wife and two children. (AP Photo/Elizabeth Williams)NEW YORK (AP) ? Three men accused in the latest Russian spy case didn't hide behind fake identities and weren't stealing military secrets. The evidence even suggests they were annoyed that their assignment wasn't more like a James Bond film.



2 injured climbers airlifted off Mount Hood, officials say

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) ? An Oregon National Guard helicopter has airlifted two climbers off Mount Hood after the two were injured in a fall, rescue officials said.