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iStock/Thinkstock(LOS ANGELES) — Some of the world’s biggest automakers should have recalled millions of vehicles with keyless ignitions because the cars, which don’t shut off automatically if the driver fails to press the start/stop button, could be a deadly carbon monoxide risk, according to a new lawsuit.

According to the suit, filed in Los Angeles Federal Court on behalf of keyless car drivers Wednesday, there have been at least 13 deaths — and a number of close calls — from carbon monoxide poisoning after consumers failed to manually shut off their engines. The suit claims, “Reasonable drivers mistakenly believe that removing the Keyless Fob from the vehicle turns off the engine.”

Keyless cars allow drivers to start their engines without inserting a key into the ignition switch, but instead pressing a start/stop button. To shut off the car, they must manually press the button again.

The lawsuit claims the defendants — Toyota, Ford, Nissan, Honda, GM, BMW, Volkswagen, Bentley, Mercedes-Benz, Hyundai and Kia — knew or should have known of these risks. Yet according to the suit, they allegedly sold keyless fobs “without instituting adequate safeguards, warnings, or other safety features,” including a relatively inexpensive auto-off feature that automatically switches the engine off if the car is left unattended.

Some of the cars were equipped with audible alerts, which sounded when drivers exited the vehicle with the engine still on.

The lawsuit claims that, “for years the Automakers have known about the deadly consequences that can result when a driver exits a vehicle with our without the keyless fob and without having depressed the Start/Stop button. Nevertheless, even though an Auto-Off feature can be implemented without significant effort or cost, the Automakers have refused to act.”

Several consumers complained to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration about the lack of the auto-off feature, and in 2007, Ford and General Motors even filed patents to address the issue — supposedly demonstrating, according to the lawsuit, that automakers (who read one another’s patents) allegedly “recognized the dangerous consequences associated with keyless fobs.”

Though some of the car companies installed auto-off in later models, they allegedly failed to recall the earlier model cars, or provide reasonable auto-off software updates.

While there have been lawsuits brought by victims of carbon monoxide poisoning (or their families), some of which have settled, the lawyers bringing this lawsuit are seeking class action status to represent all owners of the models of cars with keyless entry named in the lawsuit.

The car makers also allegedly failed to include warnings in car manuals or sales brochures and allegedly “continue to conceal” the safety risk from the public at large. Meanwhile, they profited from sales of keyless fobs, which are often part of a costly upgrade package.

Most car companies declined comment to ABC News, but Ford said, “Ford takes the safety of our customers very seriously; the keyless ignition system has proven to be a safe and reliable innovative feature that has been well-received by customers. Ford vehicles equipped with keyless ignition alert drivers when the driver’s door is open and the vehicle’s engine is running.”

Volkswagen said, “Volkswagen Group of America and its brands consider the safety and satisfaction of its consumers and passengers as a top priority. All brands within the Volkswagen Group are engineered to meet or exceed all government regulations.”

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Buena Vista(NEW YORK) — There has been an awakening, this time on Instagram.

A new teaser for Star Wars: The Force Awakens has been released on Instagram using the platform’s new landscape orientation, which allows users to post widescreen videos.

The short teaser concludes with the shot of villain Kylo Ren, played by Adam Driver, and his red, cross-guarded lightsaber, and then cuts to Finn, played by John Boyega, holding a blue lightsaber.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens, also starring Oscar Isaac, Daisy Ridley, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisherand Mark Hamill, hits theaters December 18.

Lucasfilm, like ABC News, is owned by Disney.

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Buena Vista(NEW YORK) — There has been an awakening, this time on Instagram.

A new teaser for Star Wars: The Force Awakens has been released on Instagram using the platform’s new landscape orientation, which allows users to post widescreen videos.

The short teaser concludes with the shot of villain Kylo Ren, played by Adam Driver, and his red, cross-guarded lightsaber, and then cuts to Finn, played by John Boyega, holding a blue lightsaber.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens, also starring Oscar Isaac, Daisy Ridley, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisherand Mark Hamill, hits theaters December 18.

Lucasfilm, like ABC News, is owned by Disney.

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Buena Vista(NEW YORK) — There has been an awakening, this time on Instagram.

A new teaser for Star Wars: The Force Awakens has been released on Instagram using the platform’s new landscape orientation, which allows users to post widescreen videos.

The short teaser concludes with the shot of villain Kylo Ren, played by Adam Driver, and his red, cross-guarded lightsaber, and then cuts to Finn, played by John Boyega, holding a blue lightsaber.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens, also starring Oscar Isaac, Daisy Ridley, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisherand Mark Hamill, hits theaters December 18.

Lucasfilm, like ABC News, is owned by Disney.

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ESA/NASA(NEW YORK) — The cosmic butterfly, or as its known more formally, the twin jet nebula, was captured in a vibrant new image taken from the Hubble Telescope.

The glowing colors and expanding gas seen in the image are the final gasps of life for an old star, according to NASA.

The old star shed its layers, leaving its core exposed and illuminating the layers to create a rainbow colored light show in space.

Planetary nebula have one star at the center, but the twin jet nebula is characterized as a bipolar nebula because it has two stars which help give it the wings that have led to the nickname cosmic butterfly.

While the larger star is nearing death, its companion star has already crossed over to the other side becoming a small white dwarf, essentially the corpse of a star. The butterfly-like shape is likely caused by the motion between the two stars orbiting their common center of mass, according to NASA. The gas from the larger star forms the two lobes instead of taking on a spherical appearance.

The cosmic butterfly’s wings are expected to continue to spread, according to NASA’s measurements. It may look pretty, but this cosmic butterfly is vicious. The growing lobes are twin jets of gas streaming into space at more than 621,400 miles per hour.

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PAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP/Getty Images(ROANOKE, Va.) — The heartbreaking task of getting back to work was the first assignment of the day for the staffers at WDBJ-TV in Virginia.

They returned to the news desk a day after two of their colleagues were fatally shot during a live interview.

“They’re doing as well as can be expected,” station general manager Jeff Marks told ABC News of his colleagues this morning. “They’re choking back tears and their emotions show, but they’re covering the news.”

Anchor Kimberly McBroom, who was on-air Wednesday when the shooting happened, led the broadcast and the ensuing moment of silence in honor of reporter Alison Parker and cameraman Adam Ward, who died in the shooting.

Everyone on air Thursday morning was wearing maroon and turquoise in honor of the pair; maroon is the color of Ward’s alma mater, Virginia Tech, and Parker loved the color turquoise.

In addition to the support from outsiders, the CBS affiliate received physical support from sister stations in the Midwest, with Mark noting that several staffers from other stations have flown to Virginia to help.

“We’re very gratified by that and all the support from the people who have been here all night camped out and have brought flowers and placards and just want to say something to us,” Marks said.

More than anything, the WDBJ staff appeared determined to share memories of their lost colleagues. They have been posting special stories on the station’s Twitter account, including meteorologist Leo Hirsbrunner’s memories of Ward’s coming over to his desk daily and hiding a candy wrapper so it would be visible in any segments he did later that day.

For Parker, they highlighted a sign reading “Hope” that she had on her desk to remind her of a child abuse victim she had worked with.

“She was doing what she enjoyed to do when she was killed and that makes it all the more heartbreaking but it also gives us here at the station and me and her family the slightest bit of comfort to know that she died at her happiest,” said Chris Hurst, Parker’s boyfriend who worked as one of the station’s evening anchors.

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Apple(NEW YORK) — It’s official: After plenty of speculation, Apple Thursday confirmed it will hold an event Sept. 9 in San Francisco where it is widely expected the company will show off an iPhone 6S.

The event is scheduled to start at 10 a.m. PT and will be held at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium.

Apple is remaining tight-lipped about the agenda for the event and in a characteristically coy invitation teased, “Hey Siri, give us a hint.”

Among the biggest updates expected for the possible new iPhone release are an even sharper camera, faster processor and force touch technology, allowing users to press parts of the screen the same way they would a button, according to reports.

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Barbara Kinney for Hillary for America(ANKENY, Iowa) — Hillary Clinton left her Hamptons vacation Wednesday to get back on the campaign trail in the critical state of Iowa, where she fielded questions about Vice President Joe Biden and his potential run for president.

“I mean Joe has had more terrible events than most people can even contemplate. Losing his first wife, losing his first daughter, now losing his son. I think everybody should — he has to do what he has to do, but I’m just going to continue with my campaign,” Clinton said. “I’m going to do what I believe I should be doing and he will have to decide what he should be doing.”

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Barbara Kinney for Hillary for America(ANKENY, Iowa) — Hillary Clinton left her Hamptons vacation Wednesday to get back on the campaign trail in the critical state of Iowa, where she fielded questions about Vice President Joe Biden and his potential run for president.

“I mean Joe has had more terrible events than most people can even contemplate. Losing his first wife, losing his first daughter, now losing his son. I think everybody should — he has to do what he has to do, but I’m just going to continue with my campaign,” Clinton said. “I’m going to do what I believe I should be doing and he will have to decide what he should be doing.”

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Michael Steele/Getty Images(BEIJING) — Usain Bolt may be the world’s man, but his speed was no match for an out-of-control Segway at the World Athletic Championship in Beijing Thursday.

A cameraman following behind Bolt on the two-wheeled electric vehicle after his 200m victory over American Justin Gatlin collided with the Jamaican sprinter, taking him down as he celebrated.

Bolt did not appear to be hurt in by the incident, telling reporters the Segway “hit me in my calf area,” The Guardian reports. He added, “I am just going to get it massaged, ice it up a bit and I should be fine.”

According to The Guardian, the repeat world champion even had jokes about his run-in with the Segway cameraman for his rival Gatlin.

“The rumor I’m trying to start right now is that Justin Gatlin paid him off,” he said.

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