Factbox: Toyota’s U.S. recalls rose with fast growth

DETROIT (Reuters) – Toyota Motor Corp’s displaced Ford Motor Co as No. 2 in the U.S. market in 2007, and the following year it unseated General Motors Co as the world’s largest automaker.

But barely a year after overtaking GM, Toyota was launching the first of its damaging recalls that would involve more than 5 million vehicles in the United States — almost three times the number of U.S. vehicles that Toyota sold in 2009.

President Akio Toyoda, testifying before a U.S. congressional committee last month, acknowledged the company had lost its way during a period of fast growth but vowed to steer it back to the values that made it a watchword for quality.

Here are details of Toyota’s U.S. sales and its safety recalls since 2000 based on data compiled by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

After the vote: Some useful links to guide you

pelosiAfter a year of often rancorous debate, the House has passed a sweeping overhaul of the healthcare system that expands insurance coverage to nearly all Americans and hands President Barack Obama a landmark victory.

Here are some useful links from around the Web to help guide you through the reforms and what they may mean to you.

Kissing Brits land on most popular list

Sex and sexuality in some form or another dominated our best-read list this week, whether a simple kiss, randy nurses or naked activists. There was some serious stuff in there, too, but really, it’s all about the sex.

1. British pair faces jail time in Dubai over kiss

You, dear readers, were no doubt flabbergasted when you read this headline, so much so that you clicked it straight to the top of our most read list. Dubai authorities arrested the couple in November and now face a month in prison for the crime of … kissing. Egad! Off with their heads!  My message to Dubai authorities: You must remember this: a kiss is just a kiss …

Herpes and other most-read surprises

lindsayPresident Obama? Healthcare? Financial reform? VP Biden in Israel? If most-read lists are any indication, those are not the topics that make you lurch forward, scrunch up to the screen and read like your very life depends on it.  Herpes, however, does.  As does Lindsay Lohan. And the extremely rich.  By now, no doubt, you’re itching for more. Herewith, the stories that fired you up this week.

1. U.S. herpes rates remain high: CDC

It started as a little health story and then spread among readers like, well, like herpes, I guess.  I won’t go into the details – and I certainly don’t want to scare you — but it would appear that a good number of Americans are infected with the sexually transmitted disease. About 16 percent of them.  That’s almost one in five people.  That means that if you are in a room with four other people one of you likely has it. Let’s do a test: Look around the room right now …

An award-winning week for Reuters



This has been a very proud week for Thomson Reuters. Our journalists won  seven awards from the Society of American Business Editors and Writers (SABEW), a record for our organization. And Thursday we held our internal “Journalist of the Year” celebration. From financial commentary to war photography to professional chat rooms, Reuters’ journalism has never been better, more innovative, or more valuable. Reuters SABEW “Best in Business” winners:

Reuters “Journalist of the Year” Winners:
    Story of the Year: Turmoil in Iran. Scoop of the Year: Reuters tracks down Richard Fuld for the first time since Lehman Brothers filed for bankruptcy. Photo of the Year: A Break from War (shown above) by Carlos Barria Commentary & Analysis Journalist of the Year: John Kemp for original insight on commodities and macro-economics. Video Journalist of the Year: Royston Chan for impeccable video storytelling in China. Multimedia Storytelling of the Year: Larry Downing for Those Left Behind: The Legacy of Arlington’s Section 60. Reporter of the Year: Emma Graham-Harrison for her series of thought-provoking pieces from China, Tibet and Afghanistan. Photojournalist of the Year: Toby Melville for his photographs documenting daily life in the United Kingdom. Video Story of the Year: Afghanistan coverage for consistent delivery of outstanding news coverage in trying circumstances. Editor’s Choice: Markets Buzz/the Dealing room team – Stuart Brown, Eric BurroughsDayan Candappa, Andrew Goldner and Phil Smith.

This week we get naked and go flying

What do you get when you cross an economist, the Olympics and lots of naked people? An odd assortment of popular stories for the week. They obviously don’t make for a very funny punchline but they did get you clicking. Here are the stories that warmed your cockles (okay, maybe not, but “cockles” is a fun word, isn’t it?).

1. Winter storms to distort U.S. jobless figures-Summers

FINANCIAL/SUMMERSNothing triggers a good panic like a stern warning from the White House. Maybe that’s why this story made the top of the most popular list this week. Economic adviser Larry Summers said on Monday we should all look past Friday’s monthly unemployment numbers. The winter blizzards that zapped swathes of the U.S. in February would also do a number on the jobs report, making it seem worse than it really was. Maybe you, like me, thought, “Uh-oh, this is going to be way bad.” But wait, the actual report was better than expected. What are we to think now? Should we continue to disregard it? I’m so confused.

Tragedy tops most popular list

Tragedy, folk dancing and one mammoth-sized dog were among the story lines that grabbed your attention in a week that also saw high drama in Congress — or maybe that was low drama.  In either case, here are five of the most popular picks for the week.

1. Orca kills SeaWorld trainer

Dawn Brancheau, a trainer with 16 years experience at SeaWorld in Florida, was killed when a killer whale grabbed her by the waist, thrashed her about and took her underwater. Brancheau, 40, was patting the Orca’s head at the time.  A follow-up story provided more clues to the tragic tale. Astonishingly, the same whale had reportedly been involved in deadly incidents in the past.

Top Stories on this week

The unluckiest lottery and a potty-mouthed musician were among the stories that got you, our readers, clicking this past week, and some were still on our most popular list as the weekend came into play. Here are the top 5 stories that piqued your curiosity — or raised the hair on your neck.

Bad news for record lottery “winner”

Poor Stanley Philander. He is deaf. His wife is deaf. He works as a cleaner in South Africa. No doubt his $12 million lottery win was going to come in very handy. Except it didn’t. He didn’t win. He is still poor. His relatives don’t believe him though because the newspaper reported he won. He didn’t. He and his family have been moved to a secret location for their protection. Poor Stanley Philander.

How will journalism survive the Internet Age?

Chris Ahearn is President, Media at Thomson Reuters. The following is the text of remarks prepared for the Federal Trade Commission’s workshop on how the Internet has affected journalism.

Good afternoon. As I only have a couple of minutes, let me get straight to the point.