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Cosby declines to answer questions about sex assault accusations

Bill CosbyComedian Bill Cosby, in an interview that aired on Saturday, declined to answer questions by a National Public Radio journalist about accusations of sexual assault that resurfaced in recent weeks.

Cosby, 77, responded by shaking his head to signal "No" at least twice when NPR's Scott Simon asked him to respond to the sexual assault accusations, including those made by former aspiring actress Barbara Bowman in an op-ed in the Washington Post earlier in the week.


‘Evil, abnormal beast’: FBI’s ‘suicide note’ to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. revealed 50 years later

MLKDr. Martin Luther King Jr. was called “an evil, abnormal beast” in an anonymous letter FBI agents sent the civil rights leader in 1964 in an effort to get him to commit suicide, a newly published, unredacted version of the note, shows.

The disturbing missive, which details intimate knowledge of King’s extramarital affairs, was sent in the days before he was to receive the Nobel Peace Prize and is written under the guise of a civil rights supporter angry with the movement’s leader.


New Deaths Deepen Air-Bag Crisis as Investigators Summon Takata

Toyota recallAn air-bag crisis ensnaring the world’s largest automakers is deepening after Honda Motor Co. (7267) disclosed another death, a grand jury subpoenaed Takata Corp. (7312) and a U.S. Senate committee scheduled a hearing for next week.

Defective Takata air bags caused the July 27 death in Malaysia of a woman in a 2003 Honda City subcompact, said Akemi Ando, a spokeswoman for the carmaker. The pregnant woman’s unborn child also died, Honda said in a separate statement. The company was notified of the accident -- the first outside the U.S. -- one month later and is now recalling more than 170,000 additional vehicles worldwide because of a problem traced back to a Takata plant in Georgia, it said earlier.


Mercedes recalls 10,500 C-Class cars in U.S. for steering defect

mercedes recallDaimler AG's Mercedes-Benz unit is recalling 10,509 C-Class compacts from model year 2015 in the United States because some cars can lose steering function at low speed.

Mercedes said it had reports of two incidents from outside the United States alleging loss of steering. No injuries were reported.


Mormon Church admits Joseph Smith had 40 wives

Joseph SmithFor the first time in its history, the Mormon church acknowledged its founder, Joseph Smith, had as many as 40 wives.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, which officially disavowed polygamy in the 1890s, has tried to portray Smith as a loyal spouse to his wife, Emma. But the church has been making an effort to be transparent about the more troubling aspects of its history, and finally revealed the truth about Smith's marriages in an essay on its official website.


France arrests three men with drone near nuclear site

French nuclear plantFrench police have arrested three men after they were found in possession of a drone near a French nuclear reactor. The arrests come amid a spate of mysterious drone flights over reactors that began in early October.

There have been at least 15 sightings of drones over nuclear reactors around France, raising security concerns in a country heavily dependent on atomic energy for electricity. The zone around nuclear plants is off limits.


Fugitive Mexican mayor suspected in abduction of 43 students captured

AbarcaMexican police on Tuesday captured a fugitive former mayor and his wife suspected of being the probable masterminds behind the abduction of 43 student teachers feared massacred in September, officials said.

Police working with a local drug gang in the southwestern city of Iguala abducted the students after clashes there on the night of Sept. 26, sparking a huge manhunt and causing serious embarrassment for President Enrique Pena Nieto.


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