The United States on Thursday blacklisted eight more countries for failing to combat human trafficking, including fledgling democracy Myanmar, but was criticized for taking an easier line on Thailand. Announcing the release of the State Department's annual human trafficking report, Secretary of State John Kerry insisted the rankings were based on objective criteria, and not political favor.
(Reuters) - The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said on Thursday it is opening a preliminary investigation into 25,000 Tesla Motors Model S cars after a fatal crash involving a vehicle using the "Autopilot" mode. The agency said the crash came in a 2015 Model S operating with automated driving systems engaged, and "calls for an examination of the design and performance of any driving aids in use at the time of the crash." It is the first step before the agency could seek to order a recall if it believed the vehicles were unsafe.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama on Thursday signed into law a relief plan passed by the Congress to help Puerto Rico address its $70 billion debt, but said more tough work was ahead to help the U.S. territory regain financial stability. (Reporting by Roberta Rampton; Editing by Chris Reese)