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    Report: California DMV may have suffered credit card breach
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    Residents of California now have one more reason to dislike the Department of Motor Vehicles, thanks to a potential security breach with the its credit card processing systems. The warning came from unnamed "law enforcement authorities" as part of a press release from the DMV, which you can view ...

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    Report: Senate to question GM CEO Barra one day after House
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    It looks like General Motors CEO Mary Barra will be staying in Washington D.C for an additional day in April. The Senate has scheduled its hearing into the automaker's ignition switch recall for April 2, according to The Detroit News. That will put it a day after Barra's testimony in front of the ...

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    Report: Lawsuits contend GM hasn't recalled all defective Cobalts
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    General Motors is facing additional lawsuits in California and Alabama relating to the faulty ignition switches that have forced it to recall some 1.6 million Chevrolet, Pontiac and Saturn vehicles. These suits are a bit different than GM's other legal issues, though. In the California case, a ...

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    Report: Senator wants DoJ to create GM victims' fund
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    US Senator Richard Blumenthal, a Democrat from Connecticut, is echoing the call of safety advocates in requesting that the Justice Department create a compensation fund for those killed or injured behind the wheel of General Motors vehicles with faulty ignition switches. Blumenthal, pictured ...

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    Report: Recalled Saturn Ion facing separate federal safety probe
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    General Motors may be staring down another recall campaign for one of its models already embroiled in its high-profile ignition recall. The 2003-2007 Saturn Ion is already among the 1.6-million vehicles being recalled for faulty ignition switches, and now new light is being shed on a National ...

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    Report: Barra will testify to US House on April 1 about recall
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    The US House Energy and Commerce Committee has set April 1 for its hearing into General Motors' ongoing recall of roughly 1.6 million cars over faulty ignition switches. Both GM CEO Mary Barra and National Highway Transportation Safety Administration Acting Administrator David Friedman will ...

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    Video: Police video of ex-NASCAR driver Tyler Walker's high-speed chase released
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    Even a racing driver isn't going beat the concerted efforts of the police. That was former NASCAR driver Tyler Walker's lesson when he was arrested on January 30, 2013, after a high-speed chase over three states. The dash cam video from several officers involved has made it online thanks to a ...

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    Followup: Permanent erection lawsuit against BMW thrown out
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    The California man who claimed that he suffered from a 20-month erection after a four-hour ride on his BMW K1100RS motorcycle (similar model pictured above) has had his case dismissed. It seems the court found his claims too hard to believe. Henry Wolf filed a product liability lawsuit against ...

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    Report: Barra says recalled GM cars 'safe to drive' with one big 'if'
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    The ongoing investigation into General Motors' 1.6-million-car ignition recall continues to pick up steam, with most questions centering on what the company knew and when it knew it. On Tuesday, newly minted CEO Mary Barra held a press conference to directly address questions about GM's safety ...

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    Report: $1.4B hedge fund suit against Porsche dismissed
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    Investors have canvassed courts in Europe and the US to repeatedly sue Porsche over its failed attempt to take over Volkswagen in 2008 (see here, and here and here), and they have repeatedly failed to win any cases. You can add another big loss to the tally, with Bloomberg reporting that the ...

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    Official: Toyota reaches $1.2B unintended acceleration settlement in criminal probe
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    UPDATE: Just like that, Toyota has released an official statement confirming its $1.2-billion dollar settlement with the US Attorney's Office. Our story has been updated to reflect this development and the automaker's official statement has been added below. Toyota has reached a settlement over ...

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    Read This: Drunk driver who confessed on YouTube has had far-reaching effects [w/video]
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    "I killed a man." We can't think of a statement at the moment that is more direct and forceful than that. But perhaps, "Because I said I would" could be seen as a close second (not related to the first statement, of course), as you see by the example outlined here. The story of Matthew Cordle ...

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    Report: NHTSA closes investigation into Jeep Liberty fires
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    The investigation that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration opened into the Jeep Liberty in October 2013 has been closed. NHTSA received two (!) complaints about fires starting in the driver's door, thought to be caused by the master power window switch. The initial estimate was ...

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    Report: Driver held in SXSW fatal accident could get death penalty
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    Rashad Charjuan Owens, the driver who crashed through police barricades and into a crowd of people celebrating the SXSW festivities in Austin, Texas, killing two people and injuring dozens more, has been charged with capital murder and may get the death penalty. Owens may also face multiple ...

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    Followup: US database may have overstated deaths in GM ignition switch recall
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    The FARS analysis didn't take into account fatal accidents where the airbags weren't supposed to deploy. Earlier today, we reported that the actual death toll attributable to GM's ignition switch problem had crested the 300 mark according to new research, well up from the original reports of ...

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    Report: Anti-union group files lawsuit against VW and UAW
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    The fight for unionization at Volkswagen's Chattanooga, TN, factory isn't letting up. Yesterday, the National Labor Relations Board decided to allow anti-United Auto Workers employees at the plant the right to defend voting down the measure. Now, a group called the National Right to Work ...

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    Report: 303 deaths may be linked to GM ignition recall [UPDATE]
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    This issue could surpass the 27 Ford Pinto fire deaths and the 271 fatalities blamed on the Ford Explorer/Firestone debacle The General Motors ignition switch recall appears to be rapidly spiraling out of control. A new report analyzing federal crash data suggests that there weren't only 12 ...

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    Report: Feds to end roadside breath testing without permission
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    "I'm concerned that motorists who encounter these surveys are not properly informed the survey is voluntary." - Rep. Tom Petri Last year, the National Roadside Survey of Alcohol and Drugged Driving kicked off in 60 cities across the US. The survey, as the name suggests, attempts to gauge the ...

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    Report: Secret Service taking bids for next presidential limo [w/poll]
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    There was little question that when the latest presidential limo, known as "The Beast," entered service in 2008, it represented the very state of the art (if not the union) in executive protection. But that was over five years ago – longer than the previous Cadillac DTS presidential ...

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    Report: UAW angered over VW workers getting right to defend anti-union vote
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    The United Auto Workers have called a decision by the National Labor Relations Board allowing anti-UAW employees at the Volkswagen factory in Chattanooga the right to defend voting down unionization at the plant "an outrage." You'll recall that the union was defeated by a vote of 712 to 626 in a ...

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