2010 census to show slowing growth, GOP gains
WASHINGTON (AP) The closely watched 2010 census will likely show Americas once-torrid population growth dropping to the lowest level since possibly the Great Depression. In Congress, the steady migration to the South and West will be a boon to Republicans with GOP-leaning states such as Texas picking up new House seats.
The Census Bureau expects to release today the first results from the once-a-decade government count, figures that will be used to reapportion the 435 House seats among the 50 states. The numbers trigger a high-stakes process where the dominant party in each state redraws the election map to shape the political landscape for the next 10 years.
Toyota to pay $32.4 million in extra fines to end probe
WASHINGTON (AP) Toyota Motor Corp. has agreed to pay the government a record $32.4 million in additional fines to settle an investigation into its handling of two recalls at the heart of its safety crisis, a person familiar with the case told The Associated Press.
The civil penalties will settle investigations into how Toyota dealt with recalls over accelerator pedals that could get trapped in floor mats and steering relay rods that could break and lead to drivers losing control. The person spoke on condition of anonymity in advance of a formal announcement.
The latest settlement, on top of a $16.4 million fine Toyota paid earlier in a related investigation, brings the total penalties levied on the company to $48.8 million. It caps a difficult year for the worlds No. 1 automaker, which recalled more than 11 million vehicles globally since the fall of 2009 as it scrambled to protect its reputation for safety and reliability.
Brother disputes sale of Oswalds coffin
LOS ANGELES (AP) The brother of Lee Harvey Oswald said Monday a coffin that once held the body of the presidential assassin should have been destroyed years ago rather than being auctioned off and allowed to exist as a ghoulish keepsake.
Robert L. Oswald said he didnt know the coffin existed until he read in a Texas newspaper it had been put up for sale.
Oswald, 76, said he attempted to contact a funeral home owner to halt the sale, but his call was not returned. He said a similar request was ignored by the Santa Monica auction house that handled the sale.
This is not about money on my part. Oswald said. The coffin should have been destroyed years ago, and that is what I desire now.
Lee Harvey Oswald was shot to death at a Dallas police station two days after President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in an open convertible. Although Oswald was never put on trial, authorities concluded he was the killer.