For almost 10 years, Candice Anderson blamed herself for the car accident that killed her fiancé, Mikale Erickson. But in May, she found out that GM has linked his death to a faulty ignition switch. On Thursday, the company will announce the findings of its investigation into why it took more than a decade to recall 2.6 million cars with that exact problem.
Anderson told CBS News that in November 2004, the Saturn Ion she was driving in Canton, Texas, went off the road. The airbags did not deploy and there were no skid marks or any other obvious clues as to what had happened. Anderson barely survived, and was found with a small amount of anti-anxiety drugs in her system. She was charged with manslaughter and pleaded guilty to criminal negligent homicide.
"It's been a question if I was at fault for his death, and I've carried it for so long," she told CBS News. In May, Anderson and Mikale's mother, Rhonda Erickson, heard that Mikale's death was one of 13 GM linked to the faulty ignition switch, a fact confirmed by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The women say they have yet to hear from GM. "I think they owe me an apology," Erickson said. "They can’t give me back my son. But, I mean, they could at least give me an apology." She would also like to see Anderson's record cleared. Catherine Garcia
Want proof that the onslaught of LinkedIn emails crashing your inbox is just as annoying as you always thought? Here it is: LinkedIn has agreed to pay users $13 million to settle a class-action lawsuit over what Gizmodo describes as an "endless torrent" of emails and the professional networking site's "overzealous email habits."
Because LinkedIn sent oh so many emails that name-checked people you might know, many users thought the barrage of emails "made them look needy (the email mentions your contact's name no less than five times), which is why they launched a class-action suit against the company," Engadget says.
So, if you were a member of LinkedIn's "add connections" program between September 2011 and October 2014 — and the subject line: "Hi, I'd like to add you to my professional network on LinkedIn" — is seared into your memory, you may very well be eligible to get some money for the hassle of clicking delete so many times.
Granted, the payout will likely only be about $10 — and hopefully the end of all those emails. Becca Stanek
A southbound Amtrak train derailed Monday morning just north of Montpelier, Vermont, WPTZ reports. First responders said that two train cars, the engine and the conductor's car, went over an embankment; the conductor was injured but not severely. Four people in total were reportedly injured, and no fatalities have been reported so far. The train, which belonged to Amtrak's daily Vermonter line, was en route from St. Albans, Vermont, to Washington, D.C.
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Next time you accidentally frequent a cash-only bar, you better think twice about settling for the nearest ATM. The average fee for using an out-of-network ATM is now a record-high $4.52, according to a Bankrate survey released Monday. If you live in a city like New York or Atlanta, average fees top $5, and you might wind up forking over as much as $8 in some cases.
The new average is a 21 percent spike from five years ago, The Wall Street Journal reports, chalking it up to a combination of pressure on banks to lower other fees and a sizable decrease in ATM withdrawal popularity.
U.S. banks don't disclose how much they earn in non-customer ATM fees, but overall, they've collectively brought in less money from all fees in recent years.
San Francisco boasts some of the lowest ATM fees out of the cities surveyed — $3.85 on average — but when you weigh that against the city's exorbitant housing market, it's a safe bet you're better off staying put. Julie Kliegman
Jeb Bush is polling at 4 percent among Republican voters, according to the latest survey from Pew. While his handlers say that the campaign is built for the long haul, and political scientists will tell you that the laws of political gravity will ultimately drag down renegade candidates like Donald Trump, we've also seen how low poll numbers sparked a death spiral in dried-up funds and plummeting enthusiasm for the likes of Scott Walker and Rick Perry.
So a rattled Bush campaign is reportedly contemplating bringing out a big gun to woo disaffected conservative voters: George W. Bush, who is still popular with the party's base, even as he remains a divisive figure with the voting public at large. The New York Times reports that the decision to campaign with the former president is "an agonizing one for the campaign":
While dispatching George Bush to a state like South Carolina could shore up his brother's standing with conservatives, and remind voters there of a political family they still admire, it could also underscore the impression that Jeb Bush is simply a legacy candidate at a time when voters are itching for change.
What is more, given the former president's unpopularity among many in the broader electorate, joint appearances by the brothers could provide irresistible footage for Democratic attacks against Jeb Bush if he wins the Republican nomination. The continued instability in the Middle East, in particular, could remind voters of George Bush's decision to invade Iraq and make joint images of the Bush brothers potent fodder for the opposition. [The New York Times]
Then again, if Jeb Bush were to cling more tightly to his brother, he couldn't do worse than his competitors, who for the most part have embraced George W. Bush's legacy on issues of national security and taxes. Appearing with the former president on stage would just make the connection explicit. Ryu Spaeth
The Transformers franchise has made clear it's determined to solider on without Shia LaBeouf, even as Age of Extinction, its fourth installment, tanked in the U.S. In case you're still jonesin' for some live-action machinery mayhem, there are apparently four more films in the works, Entertainment Weekly reports.
"Stay tuned, Transformers 5 is on its way, and 6 and 7 and 8," Hasbro president Stephen Davis said, adding that the toy company recently joined Paramount, franchise director Michael Bay, and others in plotting out a 10-year trajectory for the series.
Bay actually hasn't confirmed he'll direct the Mark Wahlberg-starring fifth installment, set to shoot in early 2016. But if three more movies really do see the light of day afterward, that means Transformers has ample opportunity to rack up some more hard-earned Razzies. Julie Kliegman
This is especially the case for justices nominated by Republican presidents: While Democratic nominees become more liberal as well, the transformation is more significant for GOP picks. The trend holds true for the current justices, though in his short tenure, Justice Samuel Alito has actually moved slightly to the right.
As for why this happens, FiveThirtyEight posits no less than seven theories, the most convincing of which may be research that suggests (contrary to popular wisdom) that it's fairly common for people to become less strictly conservative with age. Bonnie Kristian
A bipartisan group of senators and representatives have partnered to introduce the Craft Beverage Modernization and Tax Reform Act (S.1562) to simplify and lower taxes and regulations on the production of beer and other alcoholic beverages in America.
The bill would reduce excise taxes from $7 to $3.50 per barrel on the first 60,000 barrels of beers from the smallest breweries, and reduce it from $18 to $16 for the first 6 million barrels from bigger outfits. Other proposed changes include expanding the list of allowable ingredients in hard cider and making it easier for breweries to collaborate without paying extra taxes. Home hobby distillation, which is currently subject to a dubious legal situation, would also be decriminalized on a small scale should the bill pass.
Not surprisingly, the craft brewing industry is supportive of the legislation. This "could drive the industry to greater heights," said Wisconsin brewer Fish Hamilton. "Really, this is something that the cost is minimal, the benefit is substantial and, again, I think it is something that has long been needed." Bonnie Kristian