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    Report: 2 dead, 23 injured after car crashes into SXSW crowd [w/video]
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    Two people are dead and 23 injured after a suspected drunk driver, attempting to evade police, barreled through a barricade and into a crowd at Austin's South by Southwest festival. The incident happened around 12:30AM last night on Red River Street, just a few blocks from the Texas Capitol ...

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    Report: Deborah Hersman, head of NTSB and vocal critic of auto safety efforts, stepping down
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    The National Transportation Safety Board will be getting a new boss, as the current head has announced she'll be stepping down. Deborah Hersman had a controversial tenure as head of the NTSB, strongly criticizing efforts in automotive safety. Hersman was a vocal opponent of talking and texting ...

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    Followup: Baptism of fire for Barra as GM announces $500 discount, free loaners to owners of recalled cars
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    As the federal government continues to investigate General Motors for the delayed recall of certain Chevrolet, Saturn and Pontiac vehicles with faulty ignition switches, the Detroit-based manufacturer has announced a $500 cash allowance for the 1.3 million American owners of affected cars. ...

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    ETC: Cops in Florida town of 477 wrote 12,700 tickets between 2011 and 2012
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    A tiny Florida town is in trouble with the state, after its police department wrote a whopping 12,698 speeding tickets despite holding jurisdiction over just 1,260 feet of road. Yes, feet, not yards, miles or kilometers. The New York Times has the story of Hampton, FL, the town of 477 that's in ...

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    Study: Americans taking public transit at highest rate in 57 years
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    In 2013, Americans took a record 10.7 billion trips on public transit. I don't like public transportation. It's a completely irrational dislike, I'll admit, and is largely due to the fact that I'm a control freak. It's the reason I like living in Detroit, rather than New York, Chicago, ...

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    Report: EU affirms refrigerant is safe, Daimler still disagrees
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    R1234yf, the refrigerant jointly developed by Honeywell and Dupont that is being phased in as a replacement for R134a in Europe, is safe. So says a panel of scientists from the Joint Research Council, researching the refrigerant at the request of the European Commission. German automaker Daimler, ...

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    Report: US House committee will probe GM recall
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    The public inquiry into the General Motors recall of roughly 1.6 million vehicles continues to broaden, and the US House Energy and Commerce Committee is planning a hearing to investigate GM's reaction to the problem. A date for the questioning hasn't been set yet, but it's expected to include ...

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    Report: GM bankruptcy terms may limit liability in ignition-related recall lawsuits
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    General Motors is facing an investigation from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration over its handling of a recall affecting roughly 1.6 million cars, but the automaker may have found a legal shield from possible future consumer lawsuits. The solution hinges on the old, ...

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    Report: GM's got 107 problems and NHTSA's No. 1
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    General Motors' problems with its recall of roughly 1.6-million vehicles continue to mount. Now that it has emerged that GM knew about the problem since at least 2004 but waited to recall vehicles until February 2014, regulators at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration have begun a ...

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    Report: Georgia law goes after left-lane lingerers, we cheer
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    Georgia drivers are going to face a new law on the Peach State's roads, as a bill aimed at left-lane hogs has received near unanimous approval in the state's House of Representatives, passing 162 to nine. The bill, colloquially called the "slow-poke" bill but officially known as House Bill 459, ...

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    Report: Baffled Japanese tourists trigger massive Utah high-speed chase
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    A Japanese family has a story to last a lifetime, after accidentally becoming involved in a high-speed chase in Utah caused by a cultural misunderstanding and the language barrier. The pursuit began at 1:00 AM on February 22 near the Utah/Arizona border when the police spotted a car going 37 ...

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    Followup: GM facing federal investigation into timeliness of deadly ignition recall
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    Thirteen motorists are dead, and federal safety regulators want to know why. On Wednesday, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced it would investigate why General Motors delayed a recall of more than 1.37 million vehicles when it knew a defect existed for as long as a ...

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    Report: Google hires lobbyists to fight bans on Glass while driving
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    Cat videos have much to do with many of our ills, and they've come up again in discussions various states are having about whether to preemptively ban Google Glass while driving. It was August 2013 when news reports began delving into potential bans and penalties in the US and UK for using Google ...

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    Report: Jaguar demanding customer data from reluctant dealers
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    Nearly every major business is collecting consumer data these days, and keeping that data secure has come to the forefront of many customer's minds. Jaguar Land Rover North America's decision to begin requesting more customer info from its dealer network appears unfortunately timed, however. If ...

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    Featured: Troubled traffic stops lead to anal probes, civil rights violations [w/videos]
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    Amid the battle against illegal drugs, sometimes the most mundane of stops go horribly awry. In the early afternoon hours of January 2, 2013, a police officer pulled over David Eckert for allegedly failing to yield at a stop sign in the parking lot of a Walmart in Deming, NM. This was no ...

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    Report: VW labor leaders hoping to save works council in TN
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    The fight for the Volkswagen Chattanooga Assembly Plant to create a works council is far from over, despite employees rejecting a bid to join the United Auto Workers on February 15. While the UAW is appealing the vote, labor leaders at VW's Tennessee factory are working on alternatives to create ...

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    Report: Stolen '57 Chevy returned after 30 years with complimentary restoration
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    Stories like this are too rare. Skip Wilson, 65, took delivery of his fully restored, 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air last Monday. That's not the cool part - he hadn't seen the car in over 30 years. Wilson's two-door Bel Air (not shown above) was purchased in 1975 for $375, and after years of work on it, ...

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    Report: NY legislator says 'No one should ever ride a bicycle or motorcycle'
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    Bikes, whether powered by gas or pedals, remain a complicated issue on our country's roadways. For many motorists, two-wheelers can be a nuisance, whether it be a cyclist holding up traffic on a two-lane road or a motorcyclist weaving between cars, while two-wheeled enthusiasts believe (some ...

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    ETC: 'Ferrari' is an oft-banned search term in China, but why?
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    The Internet has been a boon for car enthusiasts; after all, information about any car ever made is available at a few taps of the keyboard, whenever you'd like. Unfortunately, some Chinese motor heads are not quite as lucky because state censors have been intermittently banning searches for ...

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    Followup: UAW appealing VW Tennessee plant loss, argues interference
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    All of you who are surprised that the United Auto Workers union is appealing the results of the "No" vote at the Volkswagen plant in Tennessee, raise your hands. No one? Good. Reuters reports that after the workers at the Chattanooga factory declined union representation, the UAW has filed an ...

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