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The Pulse: GM recalling 780,000 cars

In Thursday's edition of "The Pulse," winter storm hits the East Coast and General Motors announcing a recall of 780,000 vehicles.
In Thursday's edition of "The Pulse," winter storm hits the East Coast and General Motors announcing a recall of 780,000 vehicles.

The winter storm hitting the southeast this week, grounding thousands of flights; leaving more than 700,000 people without power; and killing at least 10 people. In Georgia, the roads were mostly empty throughout much of the state. The storm is now making its way up the East Coast.

General Motors recalling about 780,000 cars due to faulty ignition switches that can cause the engine to shut off unexpectedly. GM says Chevrolet Cobalt and Pontiac G5 cars made between 2005 and 2007 are being recalled in the U.S., Canada and Mexico to replace the switches. The car maker says that the switch tends to shut off accidentally when the car is driving off-road or experiencing "some other jarring event."

Facebook facing a challenge in court over its privacy policy. The Public Citizen, a non-profit group, says Facebook has continued to use the images and information of users for ads without their consent. The group wants a federal appeals court to overturn a 2013 settlement that still allows Facebook to use images of minors without parental consent. They say this violates privacy laws in several states.

Comcast is announcing plans to buy Time Warner Cable in a $45 billion deal. If approved, it would affect about a third of all cable customers in the U.S. and be the largest cable operator in several top markets, including Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Chicago, and Dallas and New York City.

Syria peace talks continue in Switzerland. Mediators urging the Assad regime and the rebel opposition to "speed up" the negotiations and come to an agreement to end the fighting that has torn the country apart for more than two years. But both the Syrian government and opposition have indicated they believe negotiations may be coming to an end with no resolution.
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