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Feds seek to manage Takata air bag recall...Democrats push for more Amtrak funding...Trade bill clears hurdle



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DETROIT (AP) — U.S. safety regulators are moving to take charge of the massive Takata recall so that cars made with potentially lethal air bags can be fixed faster. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has started a legal process seeking control of production and delivery of replacement inflators, the first time the agency has used that power. It says the recall of nearly 34 million air bags involving 11 manufacturers has created a patchwork of solutions.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Democrats are demanding more money for Amtrak so the railroad can tackle a $21 billion backlog in repair and replacement projects. They say congressional Republicans have starved federal programs that help repair and rebuild passenger rail bridges, tunnels and track, and that safety is being compromised. Republicans have criticized Amtrak as wasteful and inefficient. Investigators have said a recent deadly Amtrak crash in Philadelphia could have been prevented if expensive safety technology had been installed.

WASHINGTON (AP) — A bill to give the president "fast track" authority to negotiate trade deals has cleared a key hurdle in the Senate. It received two votes more than the 60 it needed to advance. The legislation would allow the president to negotiate trade deals that Congress can accept or reject, but not change. Forty-nine Republicans and 13 Democrats voted to advance the measure. Thirty-one Democrats, two independents and five Republicans voted against.

WASHINGTON (AP) — A government investigation of Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams has found there was inadequate testing and cleaning at the company's Columbus, Ohio, plant before listeria was found in some of its product. The company recalled all of its products last month. Jeni's says it's making ice cream again after intensive cleaning and plans to reopen its shops tomorrow. The company traced the source of the listeria to a pint-filling machine.

DALLAS (AP) — A Texan who bid $350,000 to hunt a black rhinoceros in Africa has killed one of the endangered animals. The Dallas Safari Club says Corey Knowlton killed a black rhino this week in Namibia. The group's executive director says Knowlton shot a mature black rhino bull that was identified as detrimental to the herd. Last year's auction was billed as a conservation fundraiser. Proceeds go to the Namibia Ministry of Environment and Tourism, which issued the permit as part of efforts to cull the herd.

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