U.S. head of toyota asked about coverup
Rep. Edolphus Towns, D-N.Y., chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, sent a letter to Yoshimi Inaba, president of Toyota Motor North America, seeking a detailed response by March 12 to allegations by a former Toyota lawyer that the automaker illegally withheld information from a lawsuit over an accident in which its sport-utility vehicle rolled over. The SUV in question is not included in the about 8.5 million recalled Toyotas in the United States.
Also in Washington, President Barack Obama signed a one-year extension of several provisions in the nation's main counterterrorism law, the Patriot Act. And Julianna Smoot, who was chief of staff to U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk, takes over at the White House for Desiree Rogers, who resigned Friday.
Member of Temple dance team killed
A van carrying a Temple University dance team to a competition in North Carolina crashed in southern Virginia Saturday, killing one student and injuring seven. Kammini Ragoopath, 21, of Lansdale, Pa., died after the van veered off Interstate 85 and hit a guardrail in Dinwiddie County, according to Virginia State Police. The driver, Bilal Badruddin, 20, of Cranford, N.J., was charged with reckless driving.
Linder will not seek re-election
U.S. Rep. John Linder, 67, will retire after 18 years. The Republican from Gwinnett County made the announcement at the dedication of a new Gwinnett County GOP headquarters.
Berlusconi trial will continue
A panel of judges ruled that Premier Silvio Berlusconi's trial on corruption charges will continue, despite a ruling by Italy's highest appellate court that overturned the conviction of the British lawyer Berlusconi allegedly bribed. The judges rebuffed a bid by Berlusconi's defense lawyers to suspend his trial until the high court makes public its reasons in concluding the statute of limitations ran out in the case of David Mills.
Former minister gets 20 years
A court sentenced former transport minister Antonio Munguambe to 20 years in prison for his involvement in the theft of nearly $2 million in the country's biggest corruption case to go to trial since independence in 1975.
RFK grandson weighs House run
Joseph P. Kennedy III, 29, one of the twin sons of former Rep. Joseph P. Kennedy II and Robert Kennedy's grandson, is considering a bid for the U.S. House of Representatives if Democratic Rep. William Delahunt decides against seeking re-election in his South Shore and Cape Cod district.