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Fiat Chrysler hit with $105M fine by NHTSA over failed recalls

Fiat=Chrysler finedFiat Chrysler was officially hit with a record $105 million penalty by the U.S. Department of Transportation on Sunday over nearly two dozen safety recalls it failed to complete, officials said.

The Dept. of Transportation and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced the penalty Sunday, which is part of an agreement that will allow some customers to sell their affected vehicles back to the automaker.

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US preparing to release convicted Israeli spy Pollard

PollardThe Obama administration is preparing to release Jonathan Pollard, a U.S. Navy intelligence officer convicted of spying for Israel, the Wall Street Journal reported on Friday, citing U.S. officials.

The release would end a decades-long fight between Israel and the United States over Pollard, 60, who was convicted of spying for Israel and sentenced in 1987 to life in prison with a minimum of 30 years, a period that ends this November.

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Fiat Chrysler Recalls 1.4 Million Cars Following Jeep Hacking Incident

Jeep recallFiat Chrysler has decided to recall about 1.4 million cars and trucks in the U.S. just days after two hackers detailed how they were able to take control of a Jeep Cherokee SUV over the Internet.

The company will update software to insulate the vehicles from being remotely controlled, and it implied that the hackers committed a crime, saying in a statement Friday that unauthorized remote manipulation of a vehicle is a criminal act.

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Shell gets permits for limited oil drilling in Arctic waters

Shell OilThe Obama administration has given Royal Dutch Shell PLC approval to begin limited exploratory oil drilling off Alaska's northwest coast.

The two permits issued Wednesday clear the way for drilling in Chukchi Sea, but with conditions.

Shell can only drill the top sections of wells because the company doesn't have critical emergency response equipment on site to cap a well in case of a leak. That equipment is aboard a ship headed to Portland, Oregon, for repairs.

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Arrests in Florida, Israel potentially linked to JPMorgan Chase hack

JPMorgan hackers arrestedFederal authorities Tuesday arrested four men in Florida and Israel over fraudulent investment charges involving the 2014 hack of JPMorgan Chase.

JPMorgan Chase was hacked in July 2014, when the contact information of 83 million customers was compromised. At the time, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) determined that the hack was not particularly sophisticated and that it succeeded because of the bank's failure to update one of its remote servers.

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Author EL Doctorow dies in New York aged 84

EL DoctorowEL Doctorow, the author of popular American historical novels including Ragtime, Billy Bathgate and World’s Fair, has died in New York at the age of 84.

The award-winning writer died of complications from lung cancer, his son Richard told the New York Times.

In a career spanning half a century, Doctorow published 12 novels, three volumes of short fiction and a stage play, as well as many political and social essays.

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The United States: Where Climate Change Is Not Seen as a Top Threat

USA and Climate ChangeThe Pew Research Center is out with the findings of a new global survey which shows that—in contrast to nearly half the nations surveyed—those in the U.S do not see climate change as a top threat.

Forty-two percent of respondents in the U.S. said they were very concerned about global climate change. Ranking higher were perceived threats from ISIS (68 percent), Iran's nuclear program (62 percent), cyber-attacks (59 percent), global economic instability (51 percent), and tensions with Russia (43 percent).

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