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DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA

2.1 million vehicles recalled for air bag defect

Federal safety regulators are recalling more than 2.12 million Dodge, Jeep, Honda, Acura, Pontiac and Toyota vehicles for a defect that may cause air bags to deploy inadvertently, even if they have been repaired for a separate defect that has caused six reported death from deployments with excessive force in crashes.

The new recall covers Acura MDX, Dodge Viper, Jeep Liberty and Grand Cherokee, Honda Odyssey, Pontiac Vibe, Toyota Corolla, Toyota Matrix and Toyota Avalon models made in the early 2000s.

All the vehicles were subject to earlier recalls to address a problem with an electronic component manufactured by TRW that caused some airbags to deploy inadvertently — that is, in the absence of a crash.

Of the inadvertent deployments, nine involved ruptures caused by a flawed inflator produced by Takata. Those resulted in three injuries, Rosekind said, including an eye injury, burns and scratches. No one was killed.

– Tribune News Service

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA

Clinton’s private jet use detailed in official filings

WASHINGTON – Hillary Clinton took more than 200 privately chartered flights at taxpayer expense during her eight years in the Senate, sometimes using the jets of corporations and major campaign donors as she racked up $225,756 in flight costs.

Clinton, 67, the frontrunner for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2016, reported the travel in official filings.

Some of the companies whose planes she used included Coca-Cola, Citigroup and Saban Capital Group.

Members of the Senate spent $1 million in taxpayer money on privately chartered flights in 2013, according to a report in USA Today.

There is no evidence Clinton’s Senate trips, which ranged in cost from less than $200 to upwards of $3,000 per flight, ran afoul of Senate rules, which were tightened by a 2007 ethics law. Before the law was changed, senators were required to pay the cost of a first-class ticket to ride aboard a private jet – or, in some cases, even less.

In Clinton’s final two years in the Senate, lawmakers who flew on private or chartered planes had to pay their proportional share of the cost of the flight based on the number of passengers.

– Bloomberg News

GEORGIA

Houston’s daughter found passed out in tub

Bobbi Kristina Houston Brown, daughter of the late singer Whitney Houston, was taken to a hospital Saturday morning after she was found unresponsive in a bathtub at her Georgia home, authorities said.

Brown, whose father is R&B singer Bobby Brown, was discovered in the bathroom by her husband, Nick Gordon, and a friend at about 10:20 a.m., Lisa Holland, spokeswoman for the Roswell Police Department, told the Los Angeles Times.

The 21-year-old Brown, who is Houston’s only child, was taken to North Fulton Hospital in Roswell, a suburb of Atlanta. She was “still alive and breathing,” Holland said.

Police were obtaining a search warrant to look through Brown’s home and are talking to friends and family, Holland said.

Feb. 11 will be the third anniversary of Houston’s death. The singer had ruled the pop charts in the 1980s and 1990s before drug abuse and her tumultuous marriage to Bobbi Kristina’s father took its toll.

Houston was found unresponsive in the bathtub of her room at the Beverly Hilton on the eve of the Grammy Awards in 2011. She was 48 at the time of her death.

Brown, who was 18 when her mother died, was hospitalized a day after Houston’s death, reportedly for stress.

– Tribune News Service