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Volkswagen recalls 420,000 vehicles in U.S.

Volkswagon recallThe recall of some 420,000 vehicles in the United States and 41,000 in Canada is for eight models including the Golf and GTI (2011 to 2014), Passat and Tiguan (2010 to 2014) and Jetta (2010 to 2013).

Volkswagen said a spring in the steering wheel assembly can rip a cable that controls the electrical connection to the front air bags. This will not allow the airbag to deploy correctly.

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DNA proves President Harding fathered child out of wedlock

warren harding and mistressDNA testing all but confirmed Thomas Jefferson slept with his slave Sally Hemings. Now it's rewriting another lurid chapter in presidential history, this one from the Roaring '20s.

Genetic analysis has proved that President Warren G. Harding fathered a child with long-rumored mistress Nan Britton, according to AncestryDNA, a DNA-testing division of Ancestry.com.

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Mexican court lifts ban on adoption by gay couples

gay marriage adoption in MexicoThe Supreme Court of Mexico lifted a state ban on adoption by homosexual couples Monday.

In the Mexican state of Campeche, gay couples were legally unable to adopt. In its decision, the Supreme Court ruled article 19 of a law regulating civil unions unconstitutional, now allowing homosexual couples to adopt underage children.

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Inside Alphabet: why Google rebranded itself and what happens next

Alphabet GoogleEvery month a hundred billion searches run through Google – a repository of the world’s curiosity, hopes, dreams and fears. Google has been a verb in the Oxford English Dictionary since 2006, it is valued at $445bn and last year had revenues of $66bn. But as its billionaire founders have made clear, none of this is enough.

In a stunning move on Monday night, Google rebranded itself Alphabet. The new company will be a holding company whose largest asset will be Google the search firm. But founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin made clear that while G is for Google, it would be just one of the letters in its portfolio.

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Unstoppable Ledecky powers to fifth gold

American swimmer wins gold againAmerican Katie Ledecky entered the record books as she smashed the women's 800 meters world record to claim her fifth gold medal of a remarkable world championships on Saturday.

Ledecky, the 18-year-old high school graduate, blitzed her way to gold in eight minutes 7.39 seconds, setting her third world record of the week and 10th of a glittering career.

New Zealander Lauren Boyle upgraded her 2013 world bronze to claim silver, 10.26 seconds behind Ledecky, as she just held off Jaz Carlin of Britain by 0.50 seconds.

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Fiat Chrysler hit with $105M fine by NHTSA over failed recalls

Fiat=Chrysler finedFiat Chrysler was officially hit with a record $105 million penalty by the U.S. Department of Transportation on Sunday over nearly two dozen safety recalls it failed to complete, officials said.

The Dept. of Transportation and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced the penalty Sunday, which is part of an agreement that will allow some customers to sell their affected vehicles back to the automaker.

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US preparing to release convicted Israeli spy Pollard

PollardThe Obama administration is preparing to release Jonathan Pollard, a U.S. Navy intelligence officer convicted of spying for Israel, the Wall Street Journal reported on Friday, citing U.S. officials.

The release would end a decades-long fight between Israel and the United States over Pollard, 60, who was convicted of spying for Israel and sentenced in 1987 to life in prison with a minimum of 30 years, a period that ends this November.

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