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Top Gear producer expresses regret over 'light-hearted' racist joke

Top Gear producer expresses regret over 'light-hearted' racist joke

Filed under: Government/Legal, Celebrities, TV/Movies Generally, when you're globally known like the team at Top Gear and are getting sued for $1.66 million over claims of racism, it's in your best interest to apologize early, often and profusely. You should not, however, apologize a month after th [more]
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High-tech observatory only uses decades-old diesel trucks

High-tech observatory only uses decades-old diesel trucks

Filed under: Truck, Government/Legal, Technology, Diesel Head on out to Green Bank, WV, and you're likely to notice what looks like a giant satellite dish on the horizon. Only it's not a satellite dish. It's actually a fully steerable radio telescope - the largest of its kind in the world. It's fun [more]
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Ferrari threatening to fine journalists $69,000 for breaking LaFerrari embargo

Ferrari threatening to fine journalists $69,000 for breaking LaFerrari embargo

Filed under: Coupe, Performance, Government/Legal, Ferrari, Racing In automotive journalism, we deal with embargoes on a regular basis. For the uninitiated, these are agreements between publications like Autoblog and manufacturers. While news embargoes (where pubs are provided with information and [more]
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Michael Schumacher sued in Spain for motorcycle accident prior to coma

Michael Schumacher sued in Spain for motorcycle accident prior to coma

Filed under: Government/Legal, Celebrities Seven-time Formula One world champion Michael Schumacher has been in a French hospital since a December 29 accident left him in a coma. Now, the German driver is being investigated for another accident, although he was behind the wheel for this one. A few [more]
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Mercedes Sprinter vans with leaky A/C units prompt class-action suit [w/video]

Mercedes Sprinter vans with leaky A/C units prompt class-action suit [w/video]

Filed under: Minivan/Van, Government/Legal, Videos, Mercedes-Benz Mercedes-Benz is known for packing its cars with luxury features, but the rear passengers in some Sprinter vans are getting a shower that they don't expect. The rear air conditioning system is reportedly leaking in some models, and o [more]
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UAW drops appeal of VW Tennessee unionization vote

UAW drops appeal of VW Tennessee unionization vote

Filed under: Government/Legal, Plants/Manufacturing, Volkswagen, UAW/Unions The United Auto Workers' attempt to unionize Volkswagen's Chattanooga, TN, factory may be off the table for a while. Since shortly after workers there rejected organizing, the UAW has been appealing to the National Labor Re [more]
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Aston Martin requests exemption from stringent US safety regulations

Aston Martin requests exemption from stringent US safety regulations

Filed under: Car Buying, Convertible, Coupe, Performance, Government/Legal, Safety, Aston Martin If you were intrigued by the chance to buy a new Aston Martin Vantage GT for $99,900, it might be best not to wait too long. There is a slim chance that the Vantage and DB9 may not have much life left i [more]
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LAPD apologizes for tampering with patrol car recording equipment

LAPD apologizes for tampering with patrol car recording equipment

Filed under: Government/Legal Perhaps you've heard this line from a police officer or some other person of authority, "If you haven't done anything wrong, what do you have to hide?" That would probably be one of the many questions being asked by the Los Angeles Police Commission - the civilian over [more]
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Federal judge keeps recalled General Motors cars on road

Federal judge keeps recalled General Motors cars on road

Filed under: Government/Legal, Recalls, GM More than a quarter-million General Motors cars recalled for faulty ignition switches are staying on the road. On Thursday, a federal judge in Texas denied an emergency motion that would have idled all the affected cars until they are repaired. A Texas att [more]
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Documents show GM rejected better ignition switch in 2001

Documents show GM rejected better ignition switch in 2001

Filed under: Government/Legal, Recalls, Safety, GM Documents do not shed light on what motivated the decision to eschew use of the first switch. General Motors made a fateful choice in the fall of 2001. The company considered two options for ignition switches to be installed on the 2003 Saturn [more]
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General Motors creates new safety organization in wake of recall

General Motors creates new safety organization in wake of recall

Filed under: Government/Legal, Recalls, GM Barra announced that she's creating another group within the company that will monitor new products for safety issues. General Motors CEO Mary Barra continued to make changes Tuesday, which she said would help lead the embattled company out of a crisis [more]
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NTSB offers NHTSA advice on semi truck safety

NTSB offers NHTSA advice on semi truck safety

Filed under: Truck, Government/Legal, Safety, Work Based on studies conducted last year, the National Transportation Safety Board has sent seven recommendations to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration "to improve the safety of tractor-trailers." The suggestions range from changing act [more]
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Chrysler dealers terminated in bankruptcy still stuck in court

Chrysler dealers terminated in bankruptcy still stuck in court

Filed under: Government/Legal, Chrysler Part of the deal for the federal bailouts of Chrysler and General Motors was that both organizations were required to trim their vast array of dealerships. This move did not sit well with the people that would be losing out on franchises, though, and in Chrys [more]
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Ontario looks to liquidate its holdings in General Motors

Ontario looks to liquidate its holdings in General Motors

Filed under: Government/Legal, GM, Earnings/Financials, Canada The late-80s and early-90s saw the Canadian government divest itself from some of its largest state-owned businesses (known in Commonwealth countries as Crown Corporations) - particularly when it came to transport and energy companies. [more]
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Emails show NHTSA official felt GM often lagged on safety

Emails show NHTSA official felt GM often lagged on safety

Filed under: Auctions, Government/Legal, Recalls, GM Federal safety regulators had grown frustrated with what they felt was the company's indifferent attitude toward safety issues. General Motors has attempted to distance itself from a widening crisis over its botched handling of a deadly defec [more]
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GM not seeking NASA's help for ignition switch recall?

GM not seeking NASA's help for ignition switch recall?

Filed under: Government/Legal, Recalls, Safety, GM Despite previous reports, General Motors may not have sought the help of NASA in confirming that cars suffering from the ignition switch defect are safe to drive in certain conditions. The reports, which first began surfacing on Thursday, has been [more]
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Investigation reveals GM's Mary Barra knew of trouble in 2011

Investigation reveals GM's Mary Barra knew of trouble in 2011

Filed under: Government/Legal, GM Mary Barra received a letter warning of steering problems associated with certain models of the Chevrolet Cobalt and Saturn Ion. An investigation into ignition-switch defects in several General Motors vehicles revealed Friday the company's current CEO knew of t [more]
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Senate committee votes to keep driver black box data private

Senate committee votes to keep driver black box data private

Filed under: Government/Legal, Safety, TechnologyDrivers are one step safer to having improved privacy behind the wheel. The Senate Commerce Committee has granted bipartisan approval to legislation that aims to protect the information on automotive Event Data Recorders (EDR), also known as black box [more]
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General Motors announces another big ignition-related recall

General Motors announces another big ignition-related recall

Filed under: Government/Legal, Recalls, Safety, Chevrolet, Pontiac, Saturn The company is recalling 2.19 million of the same models to fix a problem that allows keys to be removed from ignitions that are not in the "off" position. Replacement parts for cars at the center of a massive General Mo [more]
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Two GM engineers put on paid leave pending recall investigation [w/video]

Two GM engineers put on paid leave pending recall investigation [w/video]

Filed under: Government/Legal, Recalls, GM The internal investigation General Motors is conducting regarding its response (and responsiveness) to the ignition switch recall might be having its first effects. The company has put two of its engineers on paid leave. According to The Detroit Free Press [more]
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