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FILE - In this Nov. 20, 2014 file photo, Senate Commerce Committee member Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla. displays the parts and function of a defective airbag made by Takata of Japan that has been linked to multiple deaths and injuries in cars driven in the U.S., during the committee's hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington. Government statistics released Thursday, Feb. 12, 2015 show that automakers issued 803 recalls totaling almost 64 million vehicles in the U.S. last year, more than double the old record set a decade earlier.

Owners may need to replace Takata air bags more than once

Millions with Takata air bags may need more repairs because of shortages of replacement parts and uncertainty over defective repair parts.

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Tropical Storm Blanca expected to become major hurricane

Tropical Storm Blanca is forecast to rapidly strengthen and become a major hurricane later this week over the eastern Pacific.

FILE - In this March 12, 2015 file photo, Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C. speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington. Lindsey Graham will launch his bid for president in the small South Carolina town where he grew up.

Lindsey Graham joins the 2016 presidential race

South Carolina Republican Lindsey Graham is set to join the 2016 Republican presidential race.

Samantha Elauf stands outside the Supreme Court in Washington, Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015. The Supreme Court is indicating it will side with a Muslim woman who didn't get hired by clothing retailer Abercrombie & Fitch because she wore a black headscarf that conflicted with the company's dress code to her job interview. Liberal and conservative justices aggressively questioned the company's lawyer during arguments at the high court Wednesday in a case that deals with when an employer must take steps to accommodate the religious beliefs of a job applicant or worker.

Supreme Court rules on religious discrimination

The Supreme Court has sided with a Muslim woman who did not get hired after she showed up to a job interview with Abercrombie & Fitch wearing a head scarf.

A fighter with the separatist self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic Army sits atop a tank at a checkpoint along a road from the town of Vuhlehirsk to Debaltseve in Ukraine, in this picture taken February 18, 2015.

U.N. finds growing signs of Russian involvement in Ukraine war

A separatist conflict in eastern Ukraine is revealing increasing evidence, but not yet conclusive legal proof, of Russian state involvement.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky. arrives on Capitol Hill in Washington, Monday, June 1, 2015, before debate continues in the Senate on renewing the Patriot Act. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Senate lets NSA spy program lapse

The legal authority for the NSA's collection of phone records and other data expired after the Senate failed to pass legislation extending their powers.

FILE - In this May 20, 2015 file photo, Secretary of State John Kerry speaks at the Blair House in Washington. Kerry is in stable condition in a Swiss hospital after suffering a leg injury in a bike crash on Sunday, May 31, 2015. Kerry was flown to Hospital University Geneva and is being evaluated.

John Kerry to fly home after breaking his leg

The Secretary of State broke his leg while cycling a portion of the Tour de France route in the Haute Savoie region.

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US construction spending climbs

U.S. construction spending climbed in April to the highest level in more than six years.

FILE - In this Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2008 file photo, Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden, son of Democratic vice presidential candidate, Sen. Joe Biden, D-Del., introduces his father at the Democratic National Convention in Denver. On Saturday, May 30, 2015, Vice President Biden announced the death of son, Beau, from brain cancer.

Joe Biden’s son dies after cancer battle

Beau Biden passed away on Saturday after a battle with brain cancer.

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