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GM recalls another 7.6 million U.S. cars after more crashes and deaths

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New York (AFP) – General Motors Monday announced another massive auto recall, calling back 8.4 million vehicles — 7.6 million of them in the U.S. — following seven crashes and three fatalities.

GM, reeling over an ignition-switch recall scandal linked to at least 13 deaths, said that while there were three fatalities related to fatal crashes of older cars being recalled for ignition issues, there is “no conclusive evidence” the defect caused the incidents.

The leading U.S. automaker announced six new recalls in all Monday. The bulk of the vehicles, about 8.2 million of the 8.4 million in the US, Canada and Mexico, are being recalled to address a problem of “unintended ignition key rotation.”

GM said the three fatal crashes occurred in older model full-size sedans with that problem, but the company did not provide further details.

The group of vehicles affected includes the 1997-2005 Chevrolet Malibu, the 1999-2004 Oldsmobile Alero and the 2000-2005 Chevrolet Impala. The most recent vehicles recalled with the unintended ignition key rotation problem are the 2014 Cadillac CTS.

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The other recalled vehicles have problems with a heater power cord, a joint fastener, and electrical problems.

GM said the latest batch of recalls means it will spend $1.2 billion on recall-related costs in the second quarter, up from the previous estimate of $700 million.

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Jeffrey Epstein’s IT consultant reveals he saw girls who ‘couldn’t have more than 15 or 16’ on private island

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ABC News broke a story just after midnight Thursday about a former IT consultant of Jeffrey Epstein's who resigned because he couldn't take some of the things he was seeing on Epstein's private island compound.

The island, which has been called "pedophile island" by locals, had "topless women everywhere.

"There were photos of topless women everywhere," said contractor Steve Scully, who began working for Epstein in 1999 and continued for six years. "On his desk, in his office, in his bedroom."

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Stephen Colbert mocks Eric Trump in a way that must be seen to be believed

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Stephen Colbert mocked Eric Trump so badly it has to be seen to be believed.

The moment came after Colbert played a clip of the young Trump child saying that 95 percent of the United States supports him, the camera cut to Colbert doing his Eric impression.

"I've got big gums, and I cannot lie," Colbert said.

"Yeah, 95, guys, I'm tellin' ya," Colbert said, pretending to be Eric with his lips curled up.

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Black Pennsylvania Trump voter wonders if he’s still welcome in the GOP

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Tuesday, CNN released interviews with Texas Trump supporters who defended his racist attacks on four Congresswomen of color. Wednesday night, Van Jones showed his panel of supporters of both President Donald Trump and former President Barack Obama. But things got tense when a Black Trump supporter was asked about the president's racially charged statements.

Two men, one white one Black, in the group said they supported Trump and probably would again because business was good. Two women in the group lamented that Trump's racism was hurtful for the country.

"I just go back to values," the older women said. "I value treating people with dignity. And if there is anything that is incongruent with those values, then I'm not for that. So I'm not going to put profit over my values."

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