Morning briefing

Lineups for the today’s news shows

WASHINGTON — Guest lineups for the Sunday TV news shows:

ABC’s “This Week” — To be announced.

NBC’s “Meet the Press” — Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner; Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo.

CBS’ “Face the Nation” — Federal Emergency Management Agency Administrator Brock Long; Turner.

CNN’s “State of the Union” — Gov. Greg Abbott, R-Texas; Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz.; Rep. Barbara Lee, D-Calif.

“Fox News Sunday” — Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin; Abbott.

U.S. rig count increases by 3 this week

HOUSTON — The number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. increased by three this week to 943.

A year ago, just 497 rigs were active.

Houston oilfield services company Baker Hughes said Friday that 759 rigs sought oil and 183 explored for natural gas this week. One was listed as miscellaneous.

Among major oil- and gas-producing states, New Mexico added three rigs. Alaska gained two and Pennsylvania one.

Texas and Wyoming each lost a rig.

Arkansas, California, Colorado, Louisiana, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Utah and West Virginia were all unchanged.

The U.S. rig count peaked at 4,530 in 1981. It bottomed out in May of 2016 at 404.

Honda settles some Takata lawsuits

DETROIT — Honda and some of the people suing the company over faulty Takata air bag inflators have agreed to a $605 million settlement.

The settlement covers owners of 16.5 million Honda cars with the inflators.

Under the deal, Honda gets credit for spending $121 million on rental cars for customers who had to wait for parts. That leaves $484 million. Of that, Honda will spend as much as $199 million finding owners who haven’t had their cars repaired.

The rest goes to attorney fees and to reimburse owners for expenses such as rental cars and lost wages. Owners can make claims that their cars dropped in value. A court-appointed administrator will decide on payment.

Trump to nominate new NASA head

WASHINGTON — The White House says President Donald Trump plans to nominate an Oklahoma congressman to serve as the next administrator of NASA.

Trump on Friday announced his pick of Republican Rep. Jim Bridenstine to lead the nation’s space agency.

The congressman is a pilot in the U.S. Navy Reserve and a former executive director of the Tulsa Air and Space Museum and Planetarium. He was elected to Congress in 2012 and currently serves on House Armed Services Committee and the Science, Space and Technology Committee.

If confirmed by the Senate, Bridenstine would play a key role in Trump’s plans to add human exploration of Mars to NASA’s mission. NASA is aiming for astronauts on Mars sometime in the 2030s.

Library refuses influx of arcade tokens

DANVERS, Mass. — A Massachusetts library is reminding residents that Chuck E. Cheese tokens are not an acceptable form of payment for overdue book fines.

Peabody Institute Library in Danvers, Mass., posted on Facebook this week the library has had a surge of people attempting to pay fines and printing fees with tokens from Chuck E. Cheese and Bonkers– a Peabody amusement center –this summer.

The library says the tokens are not legal tender and cannot be accepted.

Bookkeeper Sue Kontos said she had counted three Chuck E. Cheese tokens one day before realizing they weren’t real money.

Chuck E. Cheese is a restaurant and entertainment center for kids featuring arcade and video games. The company has been phasing out the use of coins.

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