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By Narae Kim JINDO, South Korea (Reuters) - Almost 300 people were missing after a ferry capsized off South Korea on Wednesday, despite frantic rescue efforts involving coastguard vessels, fishing boats and helicopters, in what could be the country's biggest maritime disaster in over 20 years. It was not immediately clear why the Sewol ferry listed heavily on to its side and capsized in apparently calm conditions off South Korea's southwest coast, but some survivors spoke of what appeared to be an impact prior to the accident.
(Reuters) - General Motors Co said it will ask a U.S. bankruptcy court to bar plaintiffs from proceeding with lawsuits against the automaker for claims related to any actions before it filed for bankruptcy in 2009. The defect has been linked to the deaths of at least 13 people and resulted in the recall of 2.6 million GM vehicles. In a filing with U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, GM asked for a stay on litigation related to ignition claims until the court decides on a motion to consolidate the claims and the bankruptcy court rules on whether the claims violate GM's 2009 bankruptcy sale order. The California case was in Re: Galdina Maciel et al. vs. General Motors LLC in the U.S. District Court, Northern District of California, No. 4:14-cv-01339-JSW.