DETROIT (AP) — Japanese auto parts maker Takata has pleaded guilty to a criminal charge and agreed to pay $1 billion for a scheme to conceal a deadly defect in millions of its air bag inflators. Takata admits to hiding problems that can cause inflators to explode with too much force, hurling shrapnel into drivers and passengers. U.S. prosecutors still are seeking extradition of three former Takata executives from Japan to face criminal charges. A Detroit federal judge accepted a guilty plea to a fraud charge today. The company faces dozens of consumer and state lawsuits that could run into millions of dollars.
OLATHE, Kan. (AP) — The man who was jailed following an apparently racially motivated bar shooting near Kansas City last week has waived a formal reading of the charges, and was appointed a public defender at a hearing today. Adam Purinton of Olathe (oh-LAY'-thuh), Kansas, appeared by closed-circuit TV on charges of first-degree murder and first-degree attempted murder. According to witnesses, Purinton yelled "get out of my country" at two Indian men before he opened fire Wednesday evening. One of the men was killed, and the other was wounded. A third patron was wounded when he tried to intervene.
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's budget director says Trump's budget "blueprint" will be submitted to Congress in mid-March. Mick Mulvaney says the full budget will be ready in May. He says the blueprint puts a priority on rebuilding the military, securing the border, enforcing laws that are already on the books, and taking care of veterans. And he says it "eliminates programs that simply don't work." A senior budget official says there will be an increase of about 10 percent in defense spending, and that most domestic agencies will see cuts.
WASHINGTON (AP) — He told Congress that he always used a state email account for government business -- but it turns out that Scott Pruitt occasionally used private email to communicate with staff as he served as Oklahoma's attorney general. Pruitt is now the administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency. Using private email isn't illegal for officials in Oklahoma. But one Senate Democrat says the issue raises questions about Pruitt's honesty.
NEW YORK (AP) — It's the lowest viewership total for an Academy Awards broadcast since 2008. The Nielsen company says 32.9 million viewers were watching last night -- a drop-off of more than a million from last year. Those who stayed until the end saw a bit of Oscars history -- a mistaken announcement of "La La Land" as best picture, instead of "Moonlight." The mistake was corrected as the "La La Land" producers were wrapping up their acceptance speeches.