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    U-Turn: What you missed on 7.23.14
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    Cellphone bans don't reduce accidents? It's true, though perhaps a bit hard to believe. According to a few recent studies, accident rates do not decline in areas where cellphone use is banned. Are drivers finding themselves distracted by other items, or is cellphone use behind the wheel less ...

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    Featured: Cellphone bans don't reduce accidents, research finds
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    "It was pretty clear to us that there was no compelling evidence of a decrease in accidents" – Daniel Kaffine Common sense says that talking on a cellphone while driving is not a particularly safe thing to do. But recent studies have found banning cellphone use while behind the wheel is ...

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    Report: Chicago red-light cameras under fire for unexplained ticket spikes [w/videos]
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    Chicago may once have been known as the home of the mob in US with Al Capone running things, but for several years in the 2000s it looks like a completely legal racket may have made the city millions. A recent Chicago Tribune investigation has turned up some disturbing data about how the Windy ...

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    Report: How cars are being exported individually and why carmakers are upset about it
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    Cars are expensive in China, especially if they happen to wear the badge of a prestigious manufacturer. As we've pointed out before, the price of a Range Rover over in the People's Republic sits at the equivalent of about $450,000, despite its US starting price of $84,225. In addition to that ...

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    Report: GM could add 1,750 new jobs, $800M to MI economy
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    Grim as things may be at Detroit's Renaissance Center, General Motors is soldiering on, thanks in part to a change in its state tax credit from the Michigan Strategic Fund. The amendment could lead to $800 million in new investments in the state, as well as 1,750 new jobs. According to The ...

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    Report: Stolen Plymouth Barracuda found after 13 years, alleged thief to keep it? [w/video]
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    "Why wouldn't the cops get our car? It's very mind boggling." – Jackie White. For an auto enthusiast, a stolen car represents a roller coaster of emotions, ranging from severe dejection upon realizing what's happened to elation once your car has been recovered. Of course, that roller ...

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    Report: Seoul moves to ban Uber, create own app
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    The ridesharing service Uber promises to connect people needing a lift with drivers offering one, and it appears to be pretty useful. After all, you can use it to summon Optimus Prime. For many cab drivers around the world, though, the app is basically the bane of their existence. The French ...

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    Report: Subaru facing class-action suit over excess oil use
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    A recently filed lawsuit in federal court against Subaru of America and its parent Fuji Heavy Industries claims that several recent models burn an excessive amount of oil. The case, which is seeking class-action status, covers examples of the 2011-2014 Forester, 2013 Legacy and 2013 Outback with ...

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    Report: No heads have rolled at NHTSA over GM ignition switch recall scandal
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    At this point, there's little question that General Motors deserves the bulk of the blame for not recalling the millions of vehicles affected by the ignition switch problem earlier than it did. And to a large degree, GM is facing the music and accepting blame for its mistakes, even if that ...

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    Video: US Marines testing GUSS automated vehicle that could save lives
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    The machine you see in the video here is the Ground Unmanned Support Surrogate. Called GUSS for short – because who doesn't like a handy-dandy nickname – this vehicle, as its proper name suggests, is capable of operating without a driver. It's possible to get in and drive, as you'll ...

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    Podcast: Submit your questions for Autoblog Podcast #390 LIVE!
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    We're set to record Autoblog Podcast #390 this evening. Check out the topics below or drop us your questions and comments via the Q&A module. And don't forget to subscribe to the Autoblog Podcast in iTunes if you haven't already done so. To take it all in live, tune in to our UStream (audio ...

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    Report: CHP seizes medical records of woman seen repeatedly struck by officer [w/video]
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    In early July, a video of Marlene Pinnock being struck repeatedly by a patrolman on the side of a Los Angeles Interstate stirred allegations of police brutally against the California Highway Patrol. Pinnock was reportedly walking in traffic on the freeway when a CHP officer responded to the ...

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    ETC: The best place to get your Top Gear fix online has been thwacked by lawyers
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    The website Final Gear is one of the premiere fan sites for Top Gear on the Internet. For over a decade, it has been providing followers of the show and its spinoffs with BitTorrent links for the episodes and gave people a place to discuss all things related. However, the site was hobbled on July ...

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    Report: Trio of cheesy classic VW buses stolen, recovered
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    Three customized Volkswagen Buses (pictured above) made to look like blocks of Tillamook cheddar cheese are safe again after being stolen on July 12, and two men are in police custody for the alleged theft. The cheesy cadre of VWs, their custom trailer and a Ford F-350 to haul them were on a ...

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    ETC: UK woman has failed driver's test 110 times at a cost of over $5,000
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    In America, a driver's test seems almost like a formality. Can you park? Can you parallel park? Can you navigate down a road without hitting/killing any other cars, people, animals, houses, buildings, street signs or yourself? Yes, yes and yes? Congratulations, you're licensed to drive. Things ...

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    Followup: Five key takeaways from today's GM hearing on Capitol Hill
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    At times, the proceedings took a more conciliatory tone than previous hearings. General Motors executives were back on Capitol Hill on Thursday for another round of testimony before a Congressional subcommittee investigating the company's delays in addressing an ignition-switch defect that ...

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    Read This: Imported Land Rovers being seized as part of Federal investigation
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    Early Tuesday morning, federal authorities from the Department of Homeland Security allegedly seized 40 gray-market Land Rover 90, 110 and Defender SUVs in what is believed to be part of an ongoing case that has already resulted in 20 of the iconic SUVs being taken from their US owners in May of ...

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    Report: EPA wants actual road-test results to fix auto fuel economy estimates [w/poll]
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    The agency thinks the new approach will result in more realistic ratings, especially for hybrids. The Environmental Protection Agency is getting tired of discovering automakers overstating their vehicles' fuel economy figures, and it's apparently actually trying to do something about it. The ...

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    Report: GM lawyer, Delphi exec face Senate scrutiny
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    Investigations into the General Motors ignition switch recall continue on Capitol Hill this week, as two of the central figures in the legal nightmare testified before a congressional hearing for the first time. GM General Counsel Michael Millikin testified Thursday, under oath, to the Senate ...

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    Report: FBI fears autonomous cars will make great weapons
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    Let's face it, autonomous cars aren't coming; they're already here. From Google's continual testing to promises from Nissan and Mercedes-Benz that the tech is on the way, the only direction that driverless vehicles are moving is forward. Although, we're already seeing the first joking jabs about ...

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