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    ETC: DC ambulance fleet under scrutiny for engine fires, shoddy repairs [w/video]
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    The International Association of Firefighters, Local No. 36, Washington, D.C.'s firefighter union chapter, is concerned about the alarming number of breakdowns in the District's ambulance fleet and recommends investigations into its state of disrepair, implying that D.C. Fire Chief Kenneth ...

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    Report: Car thief caught in McDonald's drive-thru after placing order with owner
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    If you're going to drive a stolen car in a town of roughly 77,000 people – about the same size as Scranton, Pennsylvania or Ogden, Utah – you want to be very careful about where you drive that stolen car to eat. That's the lesson Katherine York of Kennewick, Washington learned when ...

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    Video: This is how a tunnel boring machine will burrow a viaduct under Seattle
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    So it's not exactly automotive, but it is a fascinating vehicle – and you'll excuse us if we don't make any puns about how boring it actually is. A portion of Seattle's Alaskan Way Viaduct is being replaced by a deep tunnel, and the machine purpose-built for the job is the world's largest ...

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    Report: DC cop battles city to return $1.8M in unlawful tickets
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    Like many thousands before him, Sergeant Mark Robinson of the Washington D.C. Metropolitan Police Department was cited for speeding while driving through the District's Third Street Tunnel last fall. But unlike most of the other motorists, Sgt. Robinson contested the ticket and won a ...

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    Report: EV owners in WA to pay extra $100 annual fee
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    Anyone purchasing an EV in the state of Washington will have to pay an extra $100 with their registration – a bit counter-intuitive, considering that the government generally promotes EV purchases with incentives. You see, owners of gasoline-powered vehicles in WA pay an annual gasoline ...

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    Video: eGarage looks into the man behind America's Car Museum
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    In the second part of its coverage of the LeMay Museum in Tacoma, Washington (part one is here), we get even more visual representation of why it bills itself as "America's Museum." There are few places where you can wander through a single collection and see the vintage Rolls-Royce pictured ...

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    Video: Alleged car thief foiled after posting cap-busting footage of himself on YouTube [w/video]
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    When are people going to learn that posting videos of themselves on YouTube doing something illegal is impossibly stupid can be used against them in a court of law? Motorcycles carelessly speeding through traffic at triple-digit speeds are one thing, but driving around in the suburbs randomly ...

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    Report: Toyota 4Runner still drives after being crushed by tree [w/video]
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    Disaster can strike just about anywhere, but the likelihood – and severity – often increases the further you are from civilization. That's what one couple in Washington State found out when they went camping with their Toyota 4Runner along the Barlow Pass in the northern Cascade ...

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    Report: Drive for quieter pavement could lead to carpet-like roads
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    Road construction isn't usually something to get excited about, but what if those resurfacing projects were also making roads quieter? While increased traffic has turned some roads into aural nuisances, engineers are working to reduce tire noise by changing the design of pavement ...

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    Video: Brave kid stops runaway school bus when driver has seizure
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    If you found yourself in a situation where lives were in danger, would you step up and be the hero? Junior high students in Milton, Washington were confronted with just such a scenario, and 13-year-old Jeremy Wuitschick manned up in a big way. When his bus driver went into convulsions, he shot ...

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    Report: Shelby SuperCars working toward new Washington state factory
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    So many independent supercar operations have disappeared as fast as they've sprung up. But Shelby SuperCars is out to make a name for itself. Not only did the upstart manage to challenge the likes of Koenigsegg and Bugatti for top-speed supremacy with its Ultimate Aero, but now it's coming back ...

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    Official: GM offering free insurance with new vehicle purchase - in Oregon and Washington
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    Those in the market for a 2011 Cadillac CTS-V Sport Wagon might not worry about insurance costs, but that doesn't mean other folks shopping in the General Motors catalog of vehicles aren't concerned about their premiums. GM has decided to lend a helping hand on that front, by offering one free ...

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    Video: Dan Neil calls out D.C. drivers as the world's worst
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    Dan Neil isn't exactly known for being Mr. Sensitive. In fact, Neil has built an entire career around ruffling people's feathers and not saying sorry. In a clip from SPEED's upcoming The Car Show, Neil calls out drivers in Washington, D.C. as the worst, not in America, but in the world. ...

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    Report: Red-light camera company exec put on leave after internet misrepresentation
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    Bill Kroske, vice president of American Traffic Solutions, Inc., has been suspended after misrepresenting himself on two newspaper websites in western Washington. Kroske claimed to be a citizen in comments he made on both the Everett, Wash. Herald and the Spokane, Wash. Spokesman-Review. In ...

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    Washington State Troopers remind motorists that the left lane is for passing
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    The percentage of motorists who really understand the basic tenets of driving vary from state to state. In some areas of the country, hogging the left lane is a vile offense, yet drivers in other parts of the country use it as they see fit. This is incorrect, and it's also quite frustrating to ...

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    VIDEO: Seattle earthquake viaduct simulation released; timing politically motivated?
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    Alaskan Way Viaduct earthquake simulation -- Click above to watch video
    The Alaskan Way Viaduct (AWV) is an elevated roadway running along the Elliot Bay Waterway in Seattle. An earthquake in 2001 damaged the viaduct, and the structural degradation has only gotten worse over the years. To ...

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    Neff (allegedly) uses Buick, rope to drag bull; police and motorists irate
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    We occasionally decry some of the daffy laws that are still on the books, and then things like this happen and we're reminded that we need some of them. Two men in King County, Washington allegedly tied a live bull to a Buick's door frame and were spotted dragging it down the road to another ...

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    Streaming Mad: $206 in urine-soaked coins is not acceptable payment for a speeding ticket in Washington
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    Michael Harold Lynch was ticketed for doing 54 mph in a 35 mph area that was also a construction zone. The fine was $206. Lynch decided to let his anger flow by placing $206 in a plastic bag, peeing in the bag and sending it in. Upon receiving Lynch's little care package, the courthouse staff gave ...

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    Seattle's plow crews not trying to clear snow from roads by design
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    Not long ago, Washington state's Department of Ecology was making noises about not letting people wash their cars at home because "what goes on the street goes into the creek." Now the state is on the opposing side of Seattle's efforts not to let harmful chemicals wash into the freshwater streams ...

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    GM's Wagoner heading to Congress in Malibu Hybrid
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    Click above for a high-res gallery of the 2008 Malibu Hybrid
    While it won't get him there as quickly (or as luxuriously) as a Gulfstream corporate jet, GM CEO Rick Wagoner will drive to Washington this week in a Chevrolet Malibu hybrid to ask for taxpayer-funded bridge loans. Last month, ...

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