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News Wrap: Hyundai, Kia to pay $100 million over inflated gas mileage figures

In our news wrap Monday, two Korean automakers will pay $100 million to settle claims that they inflated gas mileage performance figures. Hyundai and Kia have denied wrongdoing. Also, fighters from al-Nusra Front, a militant group linked to al-Qaida, have massed near a crossing at the Turkish border which controls a key supply route.

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  • JUDY WOODRUFF:

    American hopes of having moderate rebels in Syria prevail against the Islamic State group have suffered new setbacks. The rebels lost a series of towns over the weekend to yet another group linked to al-Qaida. And, today, fighters from that same militant group massed near a crossing at the Turkish border, threatening to overrun it. The crossing controls a key supply route.

  • GWEN IFILL:

    The Islamic State group kept up a campaign of atrocities against a Sunni tribe in Iraq today. An Iraqi official said 36 men, women and children were lined up and publicly killed in a village in Anbar province. The militants have slain more than 200 people from that tribe since Friday.

  • JUDY WOODRUFF:

    There's been another large cyber-attack, this one targeting the U.S. government's top security clearance contractor. The Associated Press reports the breach at USIS went on for months before the company noticed. It compromised the private records of at least 25,000 workers at the Department of Homeland Security.

  • GWEN IFILL:

    Korean automakers Hyundai and Kia will pay a record $100 million penalty to settle claims they inflated gas mileage figures in the U.S. A Justice Department investigation found the companies violated the Clean Air Act.

  • Attorney General Eric Holder:

  • ERIC HOLDER, Attorney General:

    Because they used inaccurately low numbers to demonstrate compliance with emissions standards, cherry-picking data, and conducting tests in ways that didn't reflect good engineering judgment, Hyundai and Kia calculated higher fuel economy and lower greenhouse gas emissions than these vehicles actually have.

  • GWEN IFILL:

    The two companies denied any legal wrongdoing. They said federal rules for gas mileage testing are complex and hard to interpret.

  • JUDY WOODRUFF:

    Falling gasoline prices boosted U.S. auto sales last month. Chrysler reported a 22 percent bump for its largest October gains since 2001. Japanese automakers Nissan and Honda reported their best U.S. sales ever for the month. Only Ford had a sales decline, down 2 percent.

  • GWEN IFILL:

    An Oregon woman who sparked new debate over decisions about dying passed away in Portland, Oregon, over the weekend. Twenty-nine-year-old Brittany Maynard ended her life on Saturday, as she had said she wanted to, by taking lethal drugs. She had terminal brain cancer. Maynard had moved to Oregon to take advantage of the state's death with dignity law.

  • JUDY WOODRUFF:

    Tom Magliozzi, co-host of NPR's long-running "Car Talk" show, died today of complications from Alzheimer's disease. The weekend call-in show was based at WBUR in Boston, combining car repairs with the quick-witted banter of Magliozzi and his younger brother, Ray.

    Here, Tom gives advice on a frequent topic, marriage.

  • TOM MAGLIOZZI, Car Talk:

    I have my own law of marriage, and it is, it is more important to be happy than to be right. Now, you may know that you're right. I mean, I'm always right. Whenever my wife and I have an argument, I'm always right.

    But, being the clever fellow that I am, I never try to prove to her that I'm right. And she thinks that I'm a dummy, that I'm always wrong, but she loves me.

    (LAUGHTER)

  • MAN:

    Well, I will tell you, everybody else thinks you're a dummy, too. I will let you in on a little secret.

    (LAUGHTER)

  • TOM MAGLIOZZI:

    But, see, I know — as long as I know that I'm always right, I don't have to tell her that.

  • JUDY WOODRUFF:

    Nothing like that show. The brothers retired two years ago, but the show continues in reruns. Tom Magliozzi was 77 years old.

  • GWEN IFILL:

    It's been more than 13 years since the 9/11 attacks, and, today, the newly built One World Trade Center opened for business. It's built at the Ground Zero site where the Twin Towers were destroyed. This time lapse shows the new building under construction over eight years, at a cost of nearly $4 billion. At 104 stories, it is the tallest building in the United States.

    Publishing giant Conde Nast was the first tenant to begin moving in today.

  • JUDY WOODRUFF:

    Wall Street failed to gain any traction after lackluster reports on manufacturing in China and Europe. The Dow Jones industrial average lost 24 points to close at 17,366; the Nasdaq rose eight points to close near 4,639; the S&P 500 lost a fraction, to finish at 2,017.

    And oil prices closed below $79 a barrel in New York. That's the lowest in two years.

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