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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Japanese air bag maker Takata is doubling the number of air bags it's declaring defective. The chemical that inflates the air bags can explode with too much force, sending shrapnel flying, and they're responsible for six deaths and more than 100 injuries worldwide. Takata's decision to add more than 18 million air bags to existing recalls comes following pressure from U.S. safety regulators. Eleven automakers use Takata air bags, including Honda and Toyota.
SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — Authorities in Georgia are looking into whether the driver of a tractor-trailer may have fallen asleep before he smashed into two cars in a fiery collision on a busy interstate west of Savannah today. Five people were killed. Witnesses told authorities they saw a tractor-trailer "drifting in and out of lanes" before colliding with cars in front of it. Police say the trucker sustained no serious injuries.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The union for Amtrak's locomotive engineers says a second worker needs to be with the engineer at the controls of trains on the busy Northeast Corridor. The Brotherhood of locomotive Engineers and Trainmen says, "The public would never accept an airline operation with a single person in the cockpit." Amtrak engineer Brandon Bostian was alone when his train derailed last Tuesday in Philadelphia, killing eight people and injuring more than 200 others.
WACO, Texas (AP) — Police in Waco, Texas, say a deadly weekend shootout involving rival motorcycle gangs began with a parking dispute. Police say someone then ran over a gang member's foot, causing a dispute that continued inside the restaurant, where fighting and then shooting began. The fight then spilled back outside. When it was over, nine people were dead and 18 were wounded. Police say about 50 weapons were confiscated and more may be found once authorities are done analyzing the crime scene.
BOSTON (AP) — The Boston Public Library says two valuable Old Master artworks are missing from its extensive print collection. Library president Amy Ryan tells the Boston Herald that she's hoping the 1634 Rembrandt etching and the 1504 Albrecht Durer engraving have been misfiled. The pieces were reported missing to police on April 29. The Durer piece called "Adam and Eve" is valued at about $600,000. And the Rembrandt self-portrait is valued between $20,000 and $30,000.
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