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Mercedes recalls 10,500 C-Class cars in U.S. for steering defect

mercedes recallDaimler AG's Mercedes-Benz unit is recalling 10,509 C-Class compacts from model year 2015 in the United States because some cars can lose steering function at low speed.

Mercedes said it had reports of two incidents from outside the United States alleging loss of steering. No injuries were reported.

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Mormon Church admits Joseph Smith had 40 wives

Joseph SmithFor the first time in its history, the Mormon church acknowledged its founder, Joseph Smith, had as many as 40 wives.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, which officially disavowed polygamy in the 1890s, has tried to portray Smith as a loyal spouse to his wife, Emma. But the church has been making an effort to be transparent about the more troubling aspects of its history, and finally revealed the truth about Smith's marriages in an essay on its official website.

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France arrests three men with drone near nuclear site

French nuclear plantFrench police have arrested three men after they were found in possession of a drone near a French nuclear reactor. The arrests come amid a spate of mysterious drone flights over reactors that began in early October.

There have been at least 15 sightings of drones over nuclear reactors around France, raising security concerns in a country heavily dependent on atomic energy for electricity. The zone around nuclear plants is off limits.

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Fugitive Mexican mayor suspected in abduction of 43 students captured

AbarcaMexican police on Tuesday captured a fugitive former mayor and his wife suspected of being the probable masterminds behind the abduction of 43 student teachers feared massacred in September, officials said.

Police working with a local drug gang in the southwestern city of Iguala abducted the students after clashes there on the night of Sept. 26, sparking a huge manhunt and causing serious embarrassment for President Enrique Pena Nieto.

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Hyundai, Kia Fined $100 Million Over Misleading Gas Mileage Figures

EPA chief McCarthyIn a settlement the Justice Department is calling "unprecedented," Korean car makers Hyundai and Kia have agreed to pay a $100 million civil penalty for overstating the gas mileage on 1.2 million vehicles.

According to the Environmental Protection Agency, the settlement is the largest in Clean Air Act history.

"Greenhouse gas emission laws protect the public from the dangers of climate change, and today's action reinforces EPA's commitment to see those laws through," EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy said in a press release.

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7 countries where Americans can study at universities, in English, for free (or almost free)

Free UniversitiesSince 1985, U.S. college costs have surged by about 500 percent, and tuition fees keep rising. In Germany, they've done the opposite.

The country's universities have been tuition-free since the beginning of October, when Lower Saxony became the last state to scrap the fees. Tuition rates were always low in Germany, but now the German government fully funds the education of its citizens -- and even of foreigners.

Explaining the change, Dorothee Stapelfeldt, a senator in the northern city of Hamburg, said tuition fees "discourage young people who do not have a traditional academic family background from taking up study. It is a core task of politics to ensure that young women and men can study with a high quality standard free of charge in Germany."

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Jehovah's Witnesses ordered to pay $13.5m to victim of sexual abuse

Jehovah's witnessesA Californian judge has ordered the Jehovah’s Witnesses to pay $13.5m to a man who was sexually abused in the 1980s by a church leader, the attorney for the victim said on Friday.

Church elders had assigned a man to work with Jose Lopez on Bible studies, even though they knew he had admitted to molesting another boy in 1982, because they felt he was “repentant”, Lopez’s attorney, Irwin Zalkin, said.

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