Nov. 6 News Briefs

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

US probing whether GM SUV recall included enough vehicles

DETROIT (AP) — The U.S. government is investigating whether General Motors should expand a 2016 windshield wiper recall to include 1.7 million more SUVs. The government wants to know if a recall of 368,000 Chevrolet Equinox and GMC Terrain compact SUVs from the 2013 year should include more vehicles from 2010 to 2016.GM recalled the SUVs in August of 2016 because the wipers could fail. Water and debris could get into the wiper assembly ball joints, leading to wear and eventual joint failure. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says it has 249 wiper failure complaints from owners whose vehicles weren't included in the recall. No crashes or injuries were reported. A message was left Tuesday seeking comment from GM.

Powerful water pump removed from duck boat that sank

BRANSON, Mo. (AP) — Records show a water pump had been replaced with a less powerful system in a tourist duck boat that sank in a Missouri lake, killing 17 people. The Kansas City Star reports that the original Higgins pump is capable of removing as much as 250 gallons of water per minute. But it was replaced with two less powerful pumps in the boat that sank in July at Table Rock Lake in the Branson area. The capacity of those two pumps wasn't clear. But Coast Guard duck boat inspection records show that other Higgins pumps have been replaced in recent years in other ducks boats with pumps that combined can extract just 20 gallons of water or less per minute. The sunken boat's owner, Ripley Entertainment, declined to comment.

Officials consider role of speed readings in Lion Air crash

(AP) — Indonesian officials are focusing on faulty airspeed indicators as they investigate the deadly Lion Air crash, but safety experts say pilots should be able to work around problems with the sensors. Investigators say the airspeed indicator on Lion Air's Boeing jet malfunctioned on its last four flights, including the Oct. 29 crash that killed 189 people. Such devices have been used for decades to tell pilots how fast they are flying. They fail on occasion, most often when tubes and sensors freeze during storms at high altitude, and they have been blamed for deadly crashes including Air France 447 in 2009. Pilots train on simulators to learn how to fly safely when the indicators fail. In most cases, they say, failed sensors shouldn't cause a crash.

6 detained in suspected plot to attack French president

PARIS (AP) — A French judicial official says six people have been arrested on preliminary terrorism charges, suspected of plotting to attack French President Emmanuel Macron. The official, speaking on condition of anonymity to discuss the allegations, said intelligence agents detained the six in three widely scattered regions, including the Alps, Brittany and near the Belgian border. He said the plan appeared to be vague and unfinalized but violent. Macron is in Verdun on Tuesday as part of World War I commemorations and hosts U.S. President Donald Trump this weekend.

Migrants camp at Mexico City stadium as US votes

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Thousands of Central Americans dreaming of getting to the United States awoke Tuesday to donations of fruit and hot coffee at a sports stadium in Mexico’s chilly capital as the U.S. held midterm elections in which President Donald Trump has made the migrant caravan a central issue. Authorities counted more than 2,000 migrants at the Jesus Martinez stadium late Monday, and a steady flow continued into the night. The facility has capacity to hold 6,000, officials said, and four big tents set up for sleeping filled up. Women and children slept apart from the — who were relegated to concrete bleachers — while the city’s central market supplied 3.5 tons of bananas and guavas to refuel the crowd. Still hundreds of miles from the U.S. border, the migrants dozed on thin mattresses with blankets to ward off the chill. Nashieli Ramirez, ombudsman for the local human rights commission, said the city was preparing to accommodate as many as 5,000 people. The lead caravan is estimated to have about 4,000 participants and several smaller groups are trailing hundreds of miles to the south. Many of the migrants sought treatment for blistered and aching feet, respiratory infections, diarrhea and other maladies. City officials administered vaccines for tetanus and influenza. The Oxfam charity offered to donate 20 portable toilets.

Taliban target border troops, killing 20 in Afghanistan

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghan officials say at least 20 Afghan border troops have been killed in a Taliban attack on their base in western Farah province. Abdul Samad Salehi, a provincial council member, says more than 45 border forces were at the base in Posht Koh district; only three of them could reach a nearby village, rest of them are either killed or arrested by the Taliban. At least 20 soldiers were killed and similar number were missing, most probably arrested by Taliban, said a senior army official said, who was not authorized to speak with the media. The late Monday night gun battle lasted for more than two hours before insurgents overran the base and communications were lost, said the official. Zabihullah Mujahid, Taliban spokesman, claimed responsibility for the attack.



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