News@noon: That Oscars flub; always a Piston
Today is Monday, Feb. 27, 2017, and Takata Corp. will be in a Detroit courtroom around 1:30 p.m. today to plead guilty to wire fraud and pay $1 billion in criminal penalties stemming from the company’s fraudulent conduct related to sales of defective air bag inflators.
Federal prosecutors in Detroit reached a settlement with Takata — one of the world’s largest suppliers of automotive safety equipment — after a 25-month international investigation into the Tokyo-based company’s faulty air bags that have been linked to at least 17 deaths.
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Well, that happened
- So things were chugging along at the Oscars last night, and they had reached the final award of the evening: Best Picture. That's when things went wrong in an epic way. Film critic Adam Graham has the highlights and low points of one of the strangest Academy Awards ceremonies ever.
- Here's a complete (and accurate) list of winners.
Preparing for the speech
The White House is promising that Trump’s first address to Congress Tuesday night will be a forward-looking one about the “renewal of the American spirit.”
The speech offers Trump an opportunity to stand before millions of viewers around the United States and the world, and try to reframe his presidency after a chaotic opening in which he’s rattled world leaders, railed against leaked information, engaged in open warfare with the press and seen his signature effort to halt some immigration thwarted by the courts.
Today, the White House said Trump will be proposing a budget that will include a whopping $54 billion increase in defense spending, as well as imposing corresponding cuts to domestic programs and foreign aid.
'Rip' will always be a Piston
Even on the day his Pistons jersey was being retired, Rip Hamilton still was in disbelief. It’s quite the honor, but especially after the way things ended with the Pistons and he signed with the Chicago Bulls as a free agent in the 2011-12 season, Hamilton didn’t think a day like Sunday would come.
The Pistons raised Hamilton’s No. 32 to the rafters at The Palace, joining those of “Goin’ to Work” teammates Ben Wallace and Chauncey Billups, along with several other greats in franchise history.
Busch races to victory
- Kurt Busch used a last-lap pass to win the crash-filled Daytona 500 on Sunday in the opening race of Monster Energy’s new role as title sponsor of NASCAR’s top series.
- This was a victory of redemption for Busch, who was suspended by NASCAR two days before the 2015 Daytona 500 for his off-track behavior, and for Monster, which has promised to pump new life into NASCAR’s sagging sport.
Retired cop under fire
A retired Detroit police officer has been arrested after reports of numerous shots being fired around his home, where authorities say they have found grenades and other weapons. Authorities say the man, who was on the force for about 20 years and has been retired for eight, was apprehended early this morning.
Most dangerous bacteria
The World Health Organization has issued a list of the top dozen bacteria most dangerous to humans, warning that doctors are fast running out of treatment options. In a press briefing today, the U.N. health agency said its list is meant to promote the development of medicines for the most worrying drug-resistant bacteria, including salmonella and Staphylococcus aureus.
Checking in with the Tigers
- Columnist Lynn Henning is down in Lakeland with the Tigers for Spring Training, and he's seen behind the curtain. Even though there's plenty of banter and fun, there's also an earnest drive to be better.
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