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    Report: Czornobaj found guilty of two motorists' deaths after stopping car to save ducks [w/video]
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    Sometimes being an animal lover can get you into serious trouble, especially if you're not thinking of your fellow man. In 2010, Emma Czornobaj stopped her car in the left lane of a Canadian highway south of Montreal to rescue a group of ducklings. However, a motorcyclist riding with his daughter ...

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    Report: French police charge 10 for warning motorists of speed cameras via Facebook
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    Yesterday, we reported on a man in Ohio who was ticketed for holding a sign alerting other motorists of a DUI checkpoint. Apparently, the French take their speed cameras every bit as seriously as we take drunk driving. The local prosecutor in the Aveyron department of France is charging 10 people ...

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    Report: Truck driver in Tracy Morgan crash was speeding, ignored construction signs
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    A new report into the crash that critically injured funnyman Tracy Morgan and killed comedian James McNair has revealed that the Peterbilt semi that caused the accident was traveling at 20 miles per hour over the speed limit. It's also alleged that the truck driver behind the wheel of the semi ...

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    Report: OH man ticketed for holding sign warning of DUI checkpoint [w/videos]
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    An Ohio man is in trouble with police after attempting to warn drivers of an upcoming drunk-driving checkpoint with a sign that read "DUI checkpoint ahead! Turn now!" Douglas Odolecki took to a street corner in Parma, OH to warn drivers, although police quickly intervened, ticketing him for his ...

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    ETC: Watergate 'Deep Throat' parking garage to be leveled for real estate project
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    It isn't usually news when a parking structure is torn down. Then again, few parking structures have the significance of 1401 Wilson Boulevard in Rosslyn, VA. That's because the twin, 12-story structures are where Washington Post reporter and legend of journalism Bob Woodward met his contact in ...

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    Report: NHTSA investigating Chrysler for airbags, ignition switches
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    Chrysler is being targeted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in a pair of actions that focus on over 1.2 million Jeeps, minivans and crossovers. The first is a "preliminary investigation" that focuses on an airbag issue afflicting the Jeep Commander built in model years 2006 ...

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    Congressional probe of GM's ignition switch recall continues
    Congresswoman Says Up To 100 May Have Died Due To Faulty Cars 1403119980

    "We're hearing there may be up to 100 deaths linked to this." – Rep. Diana DeGette A member of the US House of Representatives said Wednesday there may be as many as 100 deaths linked to General Motors' decade-long failure to recall millions of defective cars. Rep. Diana DeGette ...

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    Report: General Motors sued for $10B over potentially lost resale value
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    General Motors has one more recall-related lawsuit to add to its growing stack, but this time it isn't about the company's ignition switch fiasco. The latest case claims owners lost value on vehicles dating back to 2009, including those that the automaker never recalled. The law firm filing the ...

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    Report: SC DMV orders gender-nonconforming teen to remove makeup for driver's license photo [w/video]
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    Like so many people around the country, 16-year-old Chase Culpepper of South Carolina is preparing for a fight with the Department of Motor Vehicles. Culpeper's case, though, is more troubling than the norm. You see, Culpepper is gender-nonconforming. He was born a male, and identifies as one, ...

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    Podcast: Autoblog Podcast #385
    Jonathon Buckley from Translogic, 24 Hours of Le Mans, Tesla Opens Patents, Ford Lowers Fuel Economy 1403041500

    Episode #385 of the Autoblog podcast is here, and this week, Dan Roth, Steven Ewing and Michael Harley talk about the 2014 24 Hours of Le Mans, Tesla opening its patents, and Ford lowering fuel economy ratings for several vehicles. We also had a chance to chat with Jonathon Buckley, the host of ...

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    Report: GM has fixed 150k of 2.6M ignition-switch recall cars
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    Four months into the General Motors ignition switch recall, the embattled Detroit automaker has repaired approximately six percent of the 2.59 million vehicles afflicted by the problem, which has already claimed at least 13 lives. That troubling statistic comes from a memo, obtained by Bloomberg, ...

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    Official: Fiat board makes Chrysler merger official, approves $5.4B bond sale
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    Fiat's board of directors has officially approved the merger plan that will see the conglomerate's automotive operations merged with Chrysler into the new Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. The plan essentially provides a road map for the structure of the new company. It includes provisions for Fiat ...

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    Report: Barra and Valukas called back for new round of House questioning
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    The first time time General Motors CEO Mary Barra went to Washington to answer Congress' questions about the Chevrolet Cobalt ignition switch situation, everyone walked away light on answers and heavy on parody, more parody and yet more parody. Barra explained that she was waiting for the results ...

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    Official: Tesla open-sources all its patents
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    When Tesla CEO Elon Musk says that he's thinking about something, you definitely need to pay attention because it's likely something big. In an eloquently worded press release (a very rare thing indeed) Musk explains reason after reason why Tesla is opening up all of its patents, effective ...

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    Report: GM won't pay owners of recalled cars for lost value
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    Kenneth Feinberg, the man in charge of the General Motors compensation fund dealing with the its widespread ignition switch woes, has issued an informal, two-letter response to the plaintiffs in more than 70 lawsuits seeking redress for lost resale value of their Cobalts: "No." The cases were ...

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    Official: Ford lowers MPG ratings on six vehicles
    Second Time C-Max Hybrid Drops Its Fuel Economy Numbers 1402598640

    Ford has announced that it will be lowering the fuel economy ratings on a number of its 2013 and 2014 model year vehicles after an error was discovered in the company's internal testing data. The EPA has been notified. Worryingly for Ford, the vast majority of the vehicles affected are hybrids, ...

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    Report: NYC Taxi of Tomorrow ruled legal by appeals court
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    The streets of New York City might be filling up with a lot more Nissans in the next few years. A New York appeals court ruled that the city's mandate to replace old taxis with a fleet entirely made up of the Nissan NV200 Taxi of Tomorrow was legal. The decision overturned a previous ruling that ...

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    Report: NHTSA ends $7,000 daily GM fines
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    General Motors will be saving a little more money everyday from now on. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has decided that the automaker is now finally in compliance with the regulator's records requests and ended the automaker's $7,000 a day in fines to the feds. The charges ...

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    Study: More than half of America willing to pay higher fuel taxes for better roads [w/poll]
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    The gas tax and diesel taxes haven't been increased since 1993. A new study by AAA has revealed a rather interesting factoid – apparently, there's a large number of Americans that wouldn't mind shelling out a bit more coin for a bit better roads. Yeah, we're pretty surprised ...

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    Report: Chevy trademarks 'Zora,' is a special Corvette on the way?
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    Automakers trademark names all the time, whether they want to protect some part of their past or if they are considering a model even far in the future. But occasionally a trademark pops up that is much more enticing than the rest. For example, General Motors recently reserved the name Zora for ...

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