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By Stuart Grudgings KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - Malaysia's air force chief has denied saying military radar tracked a missing Malaysia Airlines jetliner over the Strait of Malacca, adding to the mystery surrounding the fate of flight MH370, which vanished on Saturday with 239 people aboard. A massive air and sea search now in its fifth day has failed to find any trace of the Boeing 777, and the last 24 hours have seen conflicting statements and reports over what may have happened after it lost contact with air traffic controllers. Malaysia's Berita Harian newspaper on Tuesday quoted Air Force chief Rodzali Daud as saying the plane was last detected by military radar at the northern end of the Strait of Malacca at 2.40 a.m. on Saturday, hundreds of kilometers off course.
General Motors is facing questions over why it took nearly a decade to recall 1.6 million cars sold in North America for defects that have been tied to 13 deaths. The world's number three automaker is now facing two official probes over the issue, one from the government's National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration, and a second from a powerful congressional committee, asking why both GM and the NHTSA were so slow to move after hundreds of complaints. Republican Congressman Fred Upton said the House Energy and Commerce Committee would hold hearings in the coming weeks. That was bad news for GM, and its shares tumbled 5.2 percent to $35.18 Tuesday.