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Ax Crashes Through Car Windshield On Highway

Ax bounced out of a landscaper's dump truck

It was a scary moment on a highway north of Boston when an ax smashed through the windshield of a car.

Marijuana Smell Won't Get You In Trouble On Massachusetts Roads

Court ruling prohibits police from using smell of marijuana as reason for car search

In recent months, a number of states across America have made it easier for law-enforcement officers to meet the standards necessary to search a motorist's car without a warrant during a traffic stop. Massachusetts is headed in the opposite direction.

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Top Highway Safety Official Has Terrible Driving Record

Massachusetts director will be reassigned to different job

In order to run an organization dedicated to highway safety, it should probably be a foregone conclusion that a prospective candidate should have a good driving record.

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Lawsuit Involving Cancer Patient And Nissan Dealership Takes Unexpected Turn

Judge rules employee's brothers defamed Massachusetts dealership

On the surface, it seemed like Jill Colter had a slam-dunk case against a Nissan dealership she had accused of firing her because she had stage 4 cancer.

The Most Expensive State For Car Insurance Is ...

Study compared annual car insurance premiums to average household income

The state that America's auto industry calls home is also the state that boasts the nation's highest car insurance rates.

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Massachusetts Teen Sentenced For Killing By Text

Police say anti-texting laws hard to enforce but they can access phone records after an accident

A Massachusetts teenager on Wednesday became the first person in that state to be convicted of causing a fatal traffic accident while texting, and a judge sentenced him to one year in jail.

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NHTSA sued over unintended acceleration probe of 2003 Toyota Prius

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) was sued by an auto-safety firm over the federal regulator's probe into the possible case of unintended acceleration in a 2003 Toyota Prius, the New York Times said, citing legal documents filed by the firm.

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Massachusetts Supreme Court upholds policy of charging $70 fee to innocent motorists

Getting a ticket can ruin even the best of days, but at least American motorists have the ability to fight moving violations in court. Challenging a ticket at least gives drivers a shot at avoiding or reducing fines and/or points charged to their records.

Report: Terrafugia flying car to start production by end of year

Terrafugia Transition flying car – Click above for high-res image gallery

Renault-Nissan Alliance finds electric car partner in Massachusetts

2010 Nissan Leaf EV – Click above for hi-res image gallery

Report: GMC Canyon sales rise in MA thanks to senator's win (w/video)

Scott Brown and his 2005 GMC Canyon pickup – Click above to watch the video after the break

Mass. governor pondering so-called "Hummer Tax"

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Massachusetts revokes ZAP Xebra registrations

Prospective ZAP Xebra owners in Mass. take note: your State has just revoked all of the current registrations for the electric three-wheelers. It seems that the State has just come to realize that the machines don't actually qualify as either motorcycles or cars, despite laws regulating three-wheeled vehicles as motorcycles. The hiccup is apparently the roof overhead, as the law oddly allows a single occupant under an encl

Class warfare: Exotic car owners in MA got massive tax break

Owning a high-end car? Fun. Paying the hefty vehicle tax on it? Not so much -- that is, unless you live in the state of Massachusetts. From the late 1990s to 2007, the state's Registry of Motor Vehicles missed collecting $32 million a year in annual taxes because it used the NADA database to calculate them for some 131,000 exotics or otherwise premium vehicles. Unfortunately for the RMV, NADA's database excludes high-end luxury vehicles, so there was no proper way to tax those cars in t

Massachusetts introduces bill to ban modified exhausts

Legislators in Massachusetts are set to introduce a bill in October that will ban modified exhausts in the land of a certain tea party and the world's best baked beans. The pious patriots over at SEMA have been fighting this day for years, but the politicians have decided they've had enough with the Flowmasters, already. The proposed law doesn't make a whole lot of sense, as Massachusetts already has a noise ordinance in place, and the bill doesn't even have any clear standard for the law to enf

Massachusetts v. EPA: The Monkey Trial of the century

Does the Clean Air Act give the EPA power to regulate greenhouse gases? If so, can the EPA avoid exercising that authority simply because it doesn't want to? These are the two primary questions David Bookbinder, senior attorney for the Sierra Club, wants the U.S. Supreme Court to answer when Massachusetts v. EPA goes to trial in December.