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    Study: Is it illegal to use the Apple Watch while driving?
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    In conjunction with the typical Internet feeding frenzy that goes hand in hand with the announcement of each new iPhone, Apple has been cited in countless headlines this week after its debut of its new Apple Watch on September 9. The so-called "smartwatch" is far from an industry first – ...

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    U-Turn: What you missed on 9.16.14
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    Bugatti Dynamic Driving Experience Ever wonder what it's like to have so much money that you can literally buy anything you want? What would that be like? Our man Basem Wasef gets to play the part of the rich distinguished gentleman as he learns what it's like to be courted by Bugatti, and it ...

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    Featured: Congress skewers NHTSA's investigative competence
    Watchdog Agency Missed Chances To Uncover GM Defect, Report Says 1410908280

    NHTSA's incompetence played a role in allowing the General Motors ignition switch crisis to go undetected for years. Five months after the top official at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration promised to reform the federal agency charged with keeping motorists safe, it remains ...

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    Followup: Dodge Viper saved from crusher by students, but will it last?
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    The saga of the Washington state community college hoping to keep its allegedly pre-production Dodge Viper out of the maw of the crusher is going strong. Not only does the school still have the car, but there's a chance that the college might even get to keep it. The whole situation flared up in ...

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    Report: Tony Stewart case to be presented to grand jury
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    Upon my review of all of the information contained in the entire investigation, I have made the determination that it would be appropriate to submit the evidence to a grand jury, for their determination as to what action should be taken in this matter. Accordingly, the evidence developed in the ...

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    Report: Federal Robotics Commission could accelerate arrival of self-driving cars
    'Much Is lost' In Government's Piecemeal Approach To Robotics, Report Says 1410891360

    Back when investigators from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration first probed reports of unintended accelerations in Toyota vehicles, they ran into a serious internal roadblock. They lacked the expertise to examine the problem. They suspected a software glitch, but couldn't delve ...

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    Report: Truant students beware, San Diego school district acquires MRAP
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    Meet the newest vehicle in the arsenal of the San Diego Unified School District, a Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected vehicle, more commonly known as an MRAP, or the US military's answer to the improvised explosive devices (IEDs) so favored by insurgents in Iraq and Afghanistan. Now, you might be ...

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    U-Turn: What you missed on 9.15.14
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    Review: 2015 Lincoln Navigator We take the heavily refreshed 2015 Lincoln Navigator for a spin and find that there's plenty to like about the brand's truckish 'ute. Still, while it boasts a ton of room inside and stunning power from its 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 engine, it's far from perfect. Read ...

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    Report: NHTSA investigating Ford Fiesta for faulty door latches
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    The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has opened a preliminary investigation on the 2011-2013 Ford Fiesta because the regulator has received 61 complaints from drivers, including one claim of an injury, about the doors on the subcompacts failing to latch and sometimes even flying ...

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    Report: Former Ford CEO Mulally won't run for president
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    Alan Mulally will not be following his successful term as president and CEO of Ford Motor Company with a run at an even bigger presidency. Rumors that the 68-year-old former Boeing exec would make a run at the White House sprouted after his apparent dodging of a reporter's questions about a ...

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    Report: California historical license plate reissues in jeopardy
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    California hands out its license plates differently than some other states. As opposed to the tag being associated with the owner and switching whenever the vehicle is sold; the plate belongs to the car and remains for its life in the Golden State. Over the decades, the Department of Motor ...

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    Report: CA man accused of stealing same Ferrari twice
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    Cars get stolen all the time. It's an unfortunate reality, but a reality nonetheless. It's just unusual when the same guy steals the same car twice, but that's what apparently occurred recently in Fontana, CA. That's where one Earnie Hooks was arrested late last month driving a black Ferrari 458 ...

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    Report: Police officers using controversial network to keep tabs on motorists [w/video]
    Critics Question Constitutionality Of Nationwide Program 1410217200

    Information includes details like motorists' social security numbers, addresses, identifying tattoos and hunches about which drivers to stop. Law enforcement officers across the country have been using a private intelligence network to compile and share detailed information about motorists in ...

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    Report: GM's board of directors was 'shocked' and 'stunned' by recall woes
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    With nearly 30 million cars worldwide covered under recalls, General Motors hasn't exactly had the best year. While sales haven't suffered too badly in the US, the cost of all of the safety campaigns has been a big drain financially for the last two quarters. As investors' representatives within ...

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    Official: Cadillac to launch Super Cruise semi-autonomous technology in two years [w/video]
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    We all know that self-driving cars are coming. It's not so much a question of If so much as When. And when it comes to General Motors products, we now have something of a date to work with, as Cadillac has announced plans to roll out what it is calling Super Cruise technology in an unnamed new ...

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    Report: Can a DUI be beat by drinking after a crash?
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    Years ago I was watching one of the endless streams of legal dramas flashing across my television. The story revolved around a man who had been drinking and then got into an accident. He immediately called his lawyer, who asked him if he had a bottle in the trunk, then advised him to immediately ...

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    Followup: Gender-nonconforming teen sues South Carolina DMV over driver's license photo
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    Back in June, we reported on the case of 16-year-old Chase Culpepper, a gender-nonconforming teen from South Carolina who was told that he had to remove his makeup – his "disguise," as the DMV employees called it – before being able to take his license picture. Now, he's suing the ...

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    ETC: Reaching for glovebox isn't a suspicious act when getting pulled over, court says
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    "Such movement, standing alone, does not give rise to a reasonable belief that appellant was armed and dangerous." – Judge Stephen Yarbrough Is reaching for the glovebox during a traffic stop suspicious? Is it reason to search a car without a warrant? An Ohio appeals court said no last ...

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    Report: Saturn Vue ignition issue was discussed three times before recall, new documents reveal
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    Despite the tens of millions of recalled vehicles this year, it's somewhat rare that we get a glimpse into what goes into deciding when to conduct one of these safety campaigns. New documents published by General Motors and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration are giving us an ...

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    Report: Biker in Scotland liable for accident involving motorcycle he sold
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    A man in Scotland could be saddled with thousands of dollars in bills caused by a motorcycle crash that he had nothing to do with. The tragic incident occurred when Paul Duffy sold his bike, and the new owner was in a fatal accident on it a few days later. However, the rider didn't have any ...

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