General Motors' compensation expert rejected 91 percent of death and injury claims related to faulty ignition switches, which have been linked to 124 deaths – ten times more than GM originally believed –and 275 injuries, 17 of them serious.
A teacher from the Bronx was struck by a car and killed in Oklahoma during a charity bicycle ride across the US. Another cyclist was seriously injured. Police said the driver had been distracted while looking at her cell phone.
A video of a car being backed at speed towards oncoming traffic in Los Angeles went viral, with the city police now looking for the daredevil male driver, who was filmed speeding in reverse by a stunned witness.
A New Zealand beer company claims it has come up with a novel idea about how to save the planet “from war and pollution” - with a new type of biofuel, dubbed Brewtroleum. It’s made from the brewing process’s production waste.
In a crime-prevention fit, Canadian police have handed over a ticket to a 3-year-old “ruthless biker” who “illegally parked” his red plastic motorcycle. The ticket was blank, but the picture posted by the officers has bein seized on by ‘netizens’.
It is now legal in Tennessee to break into a car to save an animal. A new state law extended the existing immunity for ‘Good Samaritans’ who save children from dying of overheating to pet rescuers as well, reportedly the first US state to do so.