U.S. upgrades probe into 1.33 million Ford Explorers over exhaust odors

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is upgrading and expanding a probe into 1.33 million Ford Explorer SUVs over reports of exhaust odors in vehicle compartments and exposure to carbon monoxide that may be linked to crashes and injuries.

Kansas governor tapped as religious ambassador reflects on legacy

(Reuters) – Kansas Governor Sam Brownback on Thursday shrugged off the political backlash and budget woes stirred by his aggressive tax-cutting policies at home as he looked forward to a new role as the Trump administration’s chief defender of global religious tolerance.

Dutch manufacturer suspends ride that killed 1 at Ohio fair

(Reuters) – The Dutch manufacturer of the ride that killed an 18-year-old man who just enlisted in the Marines and injured seven other people at the Ohio State Fair instructed operators on Thursday to suspend use of similar rides.

Shkreli portrayed both as liar, well-meaning as trial nears end

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Jurors were presented with starkly opposite portrayals of former drug company Martin Shkreli on Thursday, with a prosecutor casting him as a serial liar and his own lawyer calling him a well-meaning but misunderstood genius.

U.S. jury finds Macau billionaire guilty in U.N. bribery case

NEW YORK (Reuters) – A U.S. jury on Thursday found Macau billionaire Ng Lap Seng guilty on charges he bribed two United Nations ambassadors to help him build a multibillion-dollar conference center.

U.S. likely to approve Fiat Chrysler’s 2017 diesels: sources

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. and California regulators are expected to approve Fiat Chrysler Automobiles’ request to sell 2017 diesel vehicles, two sources said on Thursday – a move that may help the Italian-American automaker win approval for a software fix for older diesel models.

White House divisions on display with Scaramucci’s comments

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The rifts inside President Donald Trump’s White House were on startling display on Thursday, as his new communications director urged Trump’s chief of staff to state publicly that he does not leak information to the media.

Breeding organization official indicted in N.Y. for cockfighting

NEW YORK (Reuters) – The president of a game bird breeding organization was charged in New York federal court on Thursday with raising roosters for cockfighting.