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Lawmakers May Extend Connecticut Seat Belt Law to Back Seat

U.S. News

Fran Mayko, testifying on behalf of Connecticut's two AAA automobile clubs, said 29 states and Washington, D.C., currently require back-seat passengers to wear seat belts. Connecticut was one of the first states in the nation to enact a seat belt requirement in 1985. Mayko noted that policymakers three decades ago thought the back seat was a safe place for unrestrained passengers, but that thinking has changed over the years.

Boy, 13, caught driving car with toddler and mum inside

BBC News

A 13-year-old boy has been caught driving a car with a two-year-old and a woman inside the vehicle. The teenager was stopped in Peterborough at 11:00GMT by a team from the Cambridgeshire, Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Road Policing Unit. In a tweet, a spokesman for the unit said the toddler was sitting unrestrained on its mother's knee. When officers pulled the car over, they were told by those inside that it was "only a short journey". Car being driven in Peterborough by a 13 yr old boy, also in the car was an unrestrained 2 yr old sitting on mums knee!!!, reply was " It's only a short journey" 351650/351830 A spokesman for police said the woman in the car was the mother of the toddler and related to the 13-year-old.

GOP laments Bush's death as end of 'a culture of civility'

The Japan Times

WASHINGTON – Facing the nation for the first time as its president, George H.W. Bush vowed to lead with humility, moral principle and a spirit of unity. Nearly three decades later, Bush's leadership approach stands in sharp contrast with that of President Donald Trump, a fellow Republican whose brand is defined by material success, unrestrained aggression toward his rivals and disdain for traditional coalitions at home and abroad. Their presidencies separated by a single generation, the nation's 41st and 45th presidents shared little in personality or worldview. And beyond personality, the conflicting presidencies underscore just how little remains today of the Grand Old Party that Bush once led. One of Bush's former senior aides, Ron Kaufman, says Bush's death marks "the end of a culture -- a culture of civility."

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Baby sleepers recalled in US after deaths

BBC News

Toymaker Fisher-Price has recalled nearly five million of its Rock'n Play Sleepers after reports linked the product to dozens of baby deaths. The recall was announced by the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) on Friday. On its website, the commission said at least 30 infants had died in the sleeper model since its 2009 release. In a statement, Fisher-Price owner Mattel confirmed the voluntarily recall but stood by the product's safety. They said the infants had rolled over while unrestrained or in other circumstances.