As lawmakers press General Motors and regulators over their decade-long failure to correct a defective ignition switch, a new review of federal crash data shows that 303 people died after the air bags failed to deploy on two of the models that were recalled last month. The review of the air bag failures from 2003 to 2012, by the Friedman Research Corporation, adds to the mounting reports of problems that went unheeded before General Motors announced last month that it was recalling more than 1.6 million cars worldwide because of the defective switch.
"Want to make $1 billion the easy way?" This is the spirit of Warren Buffett's Billion Dollar Bracket Challenge, a contest pitting the knowledge of college basketball fans against overwhelming statistical odds. Put on by Warren Buffett's company Berkshire Hathaway, in collaboration with Quicken Loans, the contest offers an award of $1 billion to any contestant who can fill out a perfect bracket for the 2014 NCAA men's basketball tournament. What is the likelihood of picking a perfect bracket? Well, the odds are not in your favor. According to Chris Chase of USA Today Sports, you have a one-in-9.2-quintillion chance of filling out a flawless NCAA tournament bracket. read more
The protesters who filled Maidan Square to battle the Ukrainian army and topple President Yanukovych often fought with little more than sticks, bats and sledgehammers. Their nasty homemade weapons are the subject of a series of portraits by photographer Tom Jamieson, and show how determined protesters were to either damage or defend against government security forces, depending on your politics.
While other photographers scrambled to shoot the epic scenes playing out at the front line, Jamieson wandered the occupied zone asking to see what protesters were packing.
"Every single person without fail had a club or a bat or something like that," says Jamieson. "You couldn't help but notice the DIY nature of the whole thing, from the barricades themselves to the totally inadequate body armor that people were wearing, and the weapons as well. It looked like something out of Mad Max, it was crazy." read more
Hundreds of people (including Seth Meyers and Andy Samberg) got to try Dominique Ansel's much-discussed chocolate-chip-cookie-and- organic-milk "shots" at SXSW over the weekend. Now the cronut inventor will begin serving the snack this Friday at his Spring Street bakery in Soho for $3 each. The milk, which comes from Swede Farm in upstate New York, is organic and cold-infused with vanilla beans for 24 hours. read more
In an intensive care unit in Memphis, a virus ravages the body of a seven-year-old suffering heart and kidney failure. In a cabinet in Durham, N.C., there's a drug that could likely help Josh Hardy, but the drug company Chimerex won't give it to him. They're adamant that spending the time to help Josh and others like him will slow down their efforts to get the drug on the market. Helping Josh, they say, means hurting others. When asked how he will feel if Josh dies -- and he's in critical condition, so sadly that could happen soon -- the president of the company that makes the drug doesn't hesitate to answer. "Horrible," said Kenneth Moch. But still, he said there's no way he's going to change his mind. "Our son will die without this drug," said Todd Hardy, Josh's father. "We're begging them to give it to us." read more