BERLIN – German and British economy ministers have met to discuss ways to save General Motors' European assets in case a deal with Canadian parts maker Magna International falls through.
German Economy Minister Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg told reporters today the government only has a memorandum of understanding from Magna to acquire GM unit Adam Opel -- which includes Britain's Vauxhall. It's still talking with other bidders.
PARIS – Air France's chief executive says he is "not convinced" that faulty speed monitors caused the crash of Flight 447.
Pierre-Henri Gourgeon told journalists on Thursday that replacement external speed monitors - or Pitot tubes - for jet models of the same type as the crashed plane arrived three days before the fatal accident.
Airbus ordered the replacements on April 27 after pilots noted a loss of airspeed data in flight on Airbus A330 and A340 models.
WASHINGTON – New crash tests on those fuel-efficient mini cars suggest that crash repairs can be an expensive proposition.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety reports that repairing damage to microcars in low-speed crashes of 3 to 6 miles per hour could cost anywhere from $474 to $3,701.
The Institute conducted low-speed crash tests on the front and back bumpers and the front and rear corners of seven 2009 vehicles. The Kia Rio racked up the most damage in the four tests, averaging $2,705.
WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama takes his push for health care reform on the road today, hosting a town-hall meeting in Green Bay, Wis.
The president wants to overhaul the current system to extend coverage to the 50 million people who don't now have health insurance. Lawmakers have been wrestling over whether to add a government-sponsored insurance plan to the mix.
In order to personalize what's at stake, the president will be hearing directly from people about their problems with the system as it is.
WASHINGTON – The director of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum says their security training helped save lives when guards quickly shot an elderly gunman who opened fire with a rifle.
Sara Bloomfield also paid tribute to a guard who was killed in the Wednesday attack. She told NBC's "Today" show Thursday that 39-year-old officer Stephen Tyrone Johns was both a terrific professional and a warm, jovial person.
AUBURN HILLS, MI – Alana Beard scored 15 points, Crystal Langhorne added 14 and the Washington Mystics improved to 3-0 for the first time in franchise history with a 75-69 victory over the Detroit Shock.
Rookie Marissa Coleman added 13 points to help Washington end a six-game losing streak against the defending WNBA champion Shock (1-2).
Taj McWilliams and Katie Smith had 14 points each for Detroit.
Detroit led by 10 points early in the second quarter, but the Mystics finished the half with a 23-4 run to take a 38-27 lead.