2 million vehicles recalled for air bag fix
More than 2 million Toyota, Chrysler and Honda vehicles are being recalled for a second fix for faulty air bags that may inadvertently inflate while the car is running. The recall includes some Acura MDX, Dodge Viper, Jeep Grand Cherokee, Honda Odyssey, Pontiac Vibe, Toyota Corolla and Toyota Avalon models made from 2002 to 2004. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said all of the vehicles had already been under a recall for the faulty air bags, but the carmakers' original attempts to fix the defects only worked about 85 percent of the time.
Deportation relief process to begin
Applications will be accepted starting Feb. 18 for temporary deportation relief for immigrants who were brought to the U.S. illegally as children as part of protections under President Obama's new immigration plan. Expanding the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program is the first part of Obama's plan — and exactly what the new Republican Congress has tried to prevent by withholding funding for the Homeland Security Department. As the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services announced the launch, Republicans said they would block Obama's plan from taking effect.
7,000-mile balloon journey ends safely
Two pilots in a helium-filled balloon landed safely off the coast of Mexico after an audacious, nearly 7,000-mile-long trip across the Pacific Ocean that shattered two long-standing records for ballooning. The pilots landed 4 miles offshore in Baja California. They dropped thick trailing ropes into the ocean to help slow the balloon before setting down in a controlled water landing. Mission control in Albuquerque, N.M., was packed with balloon team members and the pilots' families as it descended.
Police union calls for more stun guns
The head of Britain's Police Federation said all front-line officers need to be equipped with stun guns because of the rising terror threat. Chairman Steve White said that terrorists have turned to lone-wolf style tactics that can bring terrorism to virtually any town or city. White said the threat level against police had been raised two levels recently, leaving many in the largely unarmed police force vulnerable. A few police are already equipped with stun guns.