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GOP congressman suggests runaway Toyota was a hoax

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US House Rep. Darrell Issa wondered aloud Monday whether last week’s sensational incident of a runaway Toyota Prius was a hoax, telling CBS’s Early Show that some drivers may be lying about problems with their cars to gain fame.

The California Republican pointed to news that investigators from Toyota and the federal government were unable to duplicate the incident in testing last week.

That “doesn’t mean it didn’t happen, but let’s understand it doesn’t mean it did happen,” said Issa, who is the ranking member of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, which has been investigating the recent Toyota recalls over stuck accelerator pedals.

“In some cases, people didn’t understand how their car worked, and so they thought something was unintended acceleration when it wasn’t,” Issa said. “And in some cases there will be people who, quite honestly, want the notoriety.”

Last Monday, Prius owner James Sikes called 911 from a California freeway to report his car was accelerating to above 90 miles per hour and he couldn’t stop it. Police helped bring the car to a stop.

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But even before news emerged that Sikes’ mishap couldn’t be duplicated, accusations began flying that the incident was a hoax. Blogger Matt Hardigree at Jalopnik suggested Sikes may have had a financial motive to claim wrongdoing by a corporation: Sikes reportedly declared bankruptcy in 2008 and is $700,000 in debt.

Theodore H. Frank, a lawyer who represented General Motors in lawsuits over sudden acceleration, also suggested Sikes may have been faking it. “Somehow no one in the press has asked Sikes how it is he could stop the car once it had slowed to 50 mph, but not when it was going 90 mph,” Frank wrote in an op-ed for the Washington Examiner. “Have Balloon Boy and the finger-in-the-chili taught us nothing?”

But Sikes’ lawyer has stated Sikes is not interested in suing Toyota over the incident.

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Toyota’s woes have mounted in recent weeks as the carmaker repeatedly expanded its recall of cars that could suffer from stuck accelerator pedals. Most recently, Orange County in California announced a lawsuit against the Japan-based company.

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Trump pits Apollo 11 astronauts against NASA chief — he thinks he understands space travel better

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President Donald Trump welcomed surviving Apollo 11 crew members Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins to the White House Friday, using the occasion to tell his space chief he would prefer to go straight to Mars without returning to the Moon.

It is a theme he had touched upon earlier this month in a tweet, and this time drew on the support of the two former astronauts, who are taking part in celebrations marking the 50th anniversary of their mission, to make his case to NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine.

"To get to Mars, you have to land on the Moon, they say," said Trump, without looking convinced.

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Babies born near oil and gas wells are up to 70% more likely to have congenital heart defects, new study shows

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Researchers at the University of Colorado studied pregnant women who are among the 17 million Americans living within a mile from an active oil or gas well

Proximity to oil and gas sites makes pregnant mothers up to 70 percent more likely to give birth to a baby with congenital heart defects, according to a new study.

Led by Dr. Lisa McKenzie at the University of Colorado, researchers found that the chemicals released from oil and gas wells can have serious and potentially fatal effects on babies born to mothers who live within a mile of an active well site—as about 17 million Americans do.

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Mueller testimony ‘is going to be a devastating day for the president’: former White House lawyer

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The eyes of the nation will be on Capitol Hill on Wednesday when former special counsel Robert Mueller publicly testifies before Congress.

Mueller, who was a federal prosecutor, top DOJ official, and director of the FBI before serving as special counsel, is scheduled to testify before the House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday morning and the House Intelligence Committee on Wednesday afternoon.

"As Democrats prepare for the arrival of special counsel Robert Mueller on Capitol Hill next week, their plans for his day of wall-to-wall testimony is becoming clearer: if Donald Trump were anyone but the president, he would be charged with the crimes Mueller uncovered," MSNBC anchor Nicolle Wallace reported on Friday.

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Issa suggests runaway Toyota is a hoax

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Tests have failed to duplicate the condition that caused unwanted acceleration in a 2008 Toyota Prius. Rep. Darrell Issa told CBS’ Harry Smith that some drivers may be lying about problems with their cars to gain fame.

This video is from CBS’ Early Show, broadcast March 15, 2010.



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Trump pits Apollo 11 astronauts against NASA chief — he thinks he understands space travel better

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President Donald Trump welcomed surviving Apollo 11 crew members Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins to the White House Friday, using the occasion to tell his space chief he would prefer to go straight to Mars without returning to the Moon.

It is a theme he had touched upon earlier this month in a tweet, and this time drew on the support of the two former astronauts, who are taking part in celebrations marking the 50th anniversary of their mission, to make his case to NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine.

"To get to Mars, you have to land on the Moon, they say," said Trump, without looking convinced.

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Babies born near oil and gas wells are up to 70% more likely to have congenital heart defects, new study shows

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Researchers at the University of Colorado studied pregnant women who are among the 17 million Americans living within a mile from an active oil or gas well

Proximity to oil and gas sites makes pregnant mothers up to 70 percent more likely to give birth to a baby with congenital heart defects, according to a new study.

Led by Dr. Lisa McKenzie at the University of Colorado, researchers found that the chemicals released from oil and gas wells can have serious and potentially fatal effects on babies born to mothers who live within a mile of an active well site—as about 17 million Americans do.

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Mueller testimony ‘is going to be a devastating day for the president’: former White House lawyer

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The eyes of the nation will be on Capitol Hill on Wednesday when former special counsel Robert Mueller publicly testifies before Congress.

Mueller, who was a federal prosecutor, top DOJ official, and director of the FBI before serving as special counsel, is scheduled to testify before the House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday morning and the House Intelligence Committee on Wednesday afternoon.

"As Democrats prepare for the arrival of special counsel Robert Mueller on Capitol Hill next week, their plans for his day of wall-to-wall testimony is becoming clearer: if Donald Trump were anyone but the president, he would be charged with the crimes Mueller uncovered," MSNBC anchor Nicolle Wallace reported on Friday.

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