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  • May 26- The U.S. Virgin Islands sued Takata Corp and Honda Motor Co late on Wednesday over the sale of millions of recalled airbags linked to deadly ruptures. The Virgin Islands suit, seeking civil and other penalties, claims the companies committed fraud, used unfair trade practices and were negligent in allowing the use of the unsafe airbags.

  • May 26- The U.S. Virgin Islands sued Takata Corp and Honda Motor Co late Wednesday over the sale of millions of recalled airbags linked to deadly ruptures, seeking civil penalties and other penalties. The U.S. territory joins the state of Hawaii, which earlier this month sued Takata and Honda, the largest user of recalled Takata air bags linked to 13 deaths and more...

  • CHICAGO, May 26- A letter arrives in the mail with this opening line: "We are writing to let you know how you can get help paying your Medicare costs." And this year, the data from Social Security will help us reach out to seniors who should be enrolled. " About 30 percent of all Medicare Part D enrollees are in the Extra Help program, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation.

  • Takata, which posted a net loss of 13.1 billion yen for the year ended in March, potentially could face billions of dollars in costs related to the recall. Earlier this month, the U.S. Transportation Department and Takata confirmed that 17 automakers will recall another 35 million to 40 million U.S. air bag inflators by 2019-- on top of 28.8 million recalled...

  • SAN FRANCISCO, May 17- U.S. states owed $968 billion in unfunded pension benefits for retirees in 2013, the highest level in a decade, according to a report released Tuesday by Pew Charitable Trusts. The states also reported $587 billion in unfunded retiree health care liabilities and $518 billion in outstanding debt in 2013, according to Pew.

  • WASHINGTON/ TOKYO, May 17- Japan's Takata Corp declared nearly 14 million air bag inflators defective as part of an expanded U.S. recall, but it said it considered the recall investigative, leaving the thorny question of cost-sharing with automakers unresolved. The airbags have the potential to inflate violently, spraying metal shrapnel in the vehicle and have...

  • A deployed airbag is seen in a 2001 Honda Accord at the LKQ Pick Your Part salvage yard on May 22, 2015 in Medley, Florida. The largest automotive recall in history centers around the defective Takata Corp. air bags that are found in millions of vehicles that are manufactured by BMW, Chrysler, Daimler Trucks, Ford, General Motors, Honda, Mazda, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Subaru and Toyota. (

    Hawaii took the Japanese auto parts maker Takata to court on Friday, accusing it of covering up a deadly air bag defect.

  • Though 34 states had declining debt levels, two had double-digit increases: Kansas and South Dakota, at 40 percent and 20 percent, respectively. States with the largest year-over-year debt level declines were Nebraska and North Dakota, each with a 15 percent drop, and Utah, which saw its debt decrease 12 percent. States with the highest per capita debt levels were...

  • Calfornia raises the tobacco age to 21

    The new law hopes to help those below the age avoid taking on the harmful habit.

  • BEIJING, April 28- China Eastern Airlines on Thursday placed an order for 35 wide-body jets from Boeing Co and Airbus Group, as the Shanghai- based carrier continues to build its long-haul fleet amid the country's outbound travel boom. Chinese airlines are adding flights to New York, Paris and Sydney from inland cities, while opening new routes to smaller cities...

  • LOS ANGELES, April 8- In November, solar energy giant SunEdison Inc reported that its project pipeline had grown by 75 percent in just a year, the result of an aggressive growth strategy. Among the deals now in question is a solar plant under construction for the central Texas community of Georgetown. And last month, TerraForm Global- a related company set up to own...

  • Taxes states

    Some states are better than others at giving their residents returns on their tax dollars. WalletHub.com takes a look

  • NEW YORK, April 5- While you may know musician Jack Johnson for his mellow hits like "Better Together," "Upside Down" or "Banana Pancakes," he's likely less known for his home-grown Swiss chard, eggplants and sugar snap peas. The average American household forks out $6,759 a year on food, or 12.6 percent of total spending, according to the Consumer Expenditure Survey from...

  • Malaysia's Prime Minister Najib spent as much as $15 million on luxury items, according to bank-transfer data from a Malaysian probe, The WSJ reported.

  • New York, March 30- It is tax season, and you owe thousands to the Internal Revenue Service. If the collections unit of the IRS reaches out to you first, things can get ugly. " If you owe a big balance on the due date, send the IRS about 40 percent of what you owe, "he says.

  • New York, March 30- It is tax season, and you owe thousands to the Internal Revenue Service. If the collections unit of the IRS reaches out to you first, things can get ugly. " If you owe a big balance on the due date, send the IRS about 40 percent of what you owe, "he says.

  • *Philippines freezes 44 accounts, seeks FBI assistance. DHAKA/ MANILA, March 15- Bangladesh's central bank governor resigned on Tuesday over the theft of $81 million from the bank's U.S. account, as details emerged in the Philippines that $30 million of the money was delivered in cash to a casino junket operator in Manila. Unknown hackers last month breached the...

  • MANILA, March 15- More than $30 million of the money hackers stole from the Bangladesh central bank's account at the New York Fed was delivered in cash to a Chinese casino junket operator in Manila, officials told a Philippines Senate hearing on Tuesday. A further $50 million was split between a casino resort and a gaming firm in the Philippines, where bank...

  • MANILA, March 15- More than $30 million of the money hackers stole from the Bangladesh central bank's account at the New York Fed was handed over in cash to an ethnic Chinese man in Manila, a Philippines senator looking into the suspected laundering scheme said. The details he gave shine a partial light on the money trail after last month's cyber-heist of...

  • Workers outside Reactor 4 work to decontaminate the Tokyo Electric Power Co.'s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant on Feb. 25, 2016, in Okuma, Japan.

    Small amounts of radiation from the Fukushima nuclear accident are still leaking into the ocean and showing up on U.S. shores.