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June 1, 2008 | David Colker, Times Staff Writer
Not everything you've heard about increasing gas mileage is true. There are plenty of legitimate ways to stretch your mileage: slow down, keep tires at proper inflation, avoid quick acceleration, don't pile luggage on a roof rack, use a properly fitted gas cap. But at this time of skyrocketing gasoline prices, several myths are circulating. The claims were tested by car experts at the Automobile Club of Southern California and Consumer Reports magazine.
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March 29, 2014 | By Alana Semuels
RIDGELAND, Miss. - Over the bass beat coming from the band, the Rev. Charles Miller is leading his congregation in boisterous prayer. As his voice rings out, blessing the community and the oppressed, the congregation affirming each line, he names a new group that he says deserves God's attention. "We pray for the employees who are working at Nissan," Miller says, and the dozens of women and men in the pews say amen to that, too. "We pray you wake up the conscience of those that are oppressing them," he says.
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May 12, 2004 | Ralph Vartabedian, Times Staff Writer
A good set of tires has always made a big difference in safety, fuel economy and handling, but one area that is getting new attention is the quality of tires to reduce or increase the amount of noise a vehicle makes. Tire manufacturers are racing to develop tires that reduce noise, aiming to meet tough new standards mandated by European and Asian nations that want to reduce noise pollution. Though U.S.
AUTOS
January 29, 2014 | By Jerry Hirsch
The newly merged Chrysler and Fiat auto companies reported profitable fourth quarters Wednesday and announced a series of transactions that will combine control of the carmakers into a Netherlands-based holding company. The creation of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles -- the name of the combined company -- demonstrates the increasingly global nature of the auto business. While the headquarters, essentially the administrative function of the business -- will be based in the Netherlands, shares of the automaker will trade on the New York Stock Exchange.
NEWS
August 16, 1989 | ANNE BOGART
In Paris, women clutch flirtatious little Chanel bags, so small they hold next to nothing. In New York, they take the opposite tack, lugging mega-tote bags that bend their backs into Quasimodo crouches, so they can keep their subway reading, gym clothes and other such sundries close at hand. But in Los Angeles, women breeze around town carrying nothing except a set of keys. That's because the quintessential California purse comes with four wheels and a trunk.
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December 18, 1998 | DAVID ROSENZWEIG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Federal marshals seized a grand piano and an aged Rolls-Royce on Thursday from the Encino home of entertainer Michael Jackson's parents to satisfy part of a $1.3-million default judgment. "This is a tempest in a teapot," said Brian Oxman, attorney for Joseph and Katherine Jackson. He said the seizure was illegal because the couple were not served with court papers before the default judgment was obtained. Besides, he said, "the piano belongs to Michael, not his parents.
BUSINESS
May 12, 1992 | JAMES F. PELTZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
J. D. Power & Associates in Agoura Hills is nearly synonymous with car research, which Power has earned by publishing customer-satisfaction surveys and other analyses for the world's auto makers for more than a decade. But that isn't stopping AutoPacific Group Inc. of Santa Ana from trying to muscle in on parts of Power's business.
BUSINESS
November 1, 2008 | Ken Bensinger, Bensinger is a Times staff writer.
In tough times, Nissan Motor Co. is hoping less is more. On Friday, the Japanese carmaker said it would begin selling a cut-rate version of its Versa sedan in the U.S. for $9,990 -- more than $1,000 less than the cheapest new car currently sold in America. The frills-free Versa -- which is made in Mexico and will be available starting Nov. 18 -- will come without power windows or air conditioning and will be the only new car available in the U.S. for less than $10,000.
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July 17, 1990 | ALAN CITRON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
When mom, dad and the kids drive to the neighborhood theater to see "Days of Thunder" this summer, they may be surprised to discover that the family car has a starring role. The Chevrolet Lumina, the transportation of choice for many people whose favorite option is a child safety seat, turns up as Tom Cruise's howling monster of a race car in the film, complete with stickers on its neon-green body armor promoting auto parts, not theme parks.
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December 16, 1989 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The Internal Revenue Service, selling off vintage cars seized in drug cases, netted $157,800 in an auction Thursday that drew 1,000 potential bidders and will help compensate the agency for unpaid taxes. Many of the prized automobiles were confiscated in drug seizures. Seven of the cars belonged to Rudy Henderson, a millionaire imprisoned on drug charges. One of the seven vehicles included a 1968 Chevrolet Corvette that went for $24,500, the highest of the sale.
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January 18, 2014 | Steve Lopez
As crazy as it sounds, you may one day get into your car and head to the coffee shop, to work, to the gym or the beach without ever putting your foot on the brake or the gas pedal. No, you're not going to have a chauffeur. Your car is going to drive itself. Impossible? Not at all. The design and production of self-driving cars has already begun. Google has a fleet of them cruising Bay Area roads, and in 2012  the company ran a demonstration in which a local resident got behind the wheel of a Prius, went to lunch and picked up his dry cleaning without having to touch the controls.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 26, 2013 | By Ed Stockly
Customized TV Listings are available here: www.latimes.com/tvtimes Click here to download TV listings for the week of Nov. 24 - 30, 2013 in PDF format This week's TV Movies       SERIES The X Factor In this performance episode, the acts perform with a live band. 8 p.m. Fox Saturday Night Live This special episode airing in prime time is a compilation of memorable bits on the themes of Thanksgiving in particular and family gatherings in general.
BUSINESS
November 17, 2013 | By Stuart Pfeifer
Opinions about Mercury General Corp. often depend on whether they're coming from investors or consumers. The Los Angeles automobile and homeowner insurance company has been at the center of repeated attempts to amend California's landmark Proposition 103, which made automobile insurance a more regulated industry. For more than a decade, Mercury's founder and chairman, George Joseph, has clashed repeatedly with consumer advocate Harvey Rosenfield, author of the landmark proposition, before the California Department of Insurance, the courts, the Legislature and on the ballot.
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September 28, 2013 | By Joel Rubin
Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck on Friday evening quietly rescinded the department's car impound policy, a controversial set of rules Beck put in place last year to be more lenient on immigrants in the country illegally, but which had come under fire from his own officers and a judge who found the policy violated state law. The surprise move marked a stark reversal for Beck, who just days earlier had reiterated in an interview with the Los...
BUSINESS
May 23, 2013 | By Marc Lifsher
About 1 million customers of the Automobile Club of Southern California will get an average $65 reduction in their annual car insurance bills, the auto club and the state Insurance Department announced. The total rate cut for all motorists came to $70 million, or 4.1%, for policies that start or renew after July 1. It was the fourth such reduction in the last nine years that collectively saved policyholders more than $380 million, Auto Club Chief Executive Robert T. Bouttier said Wednesday.
BUSINESS
April 20, 2013 | By Ronald D. White, Los Angeles Times
The gig: Jared Rowe is president of auto information company Kelley Blue Book. The Irvine company has been providing new car pricing, used car values, reviews and other data for 87 years. Once just a modest blue publication, now the company also operates a website that gets about 560,000 visitors a day. The subsidiary of AutoTrader.com employs about 400 people, most in California. Embrace what you love: "I always had an interest in cars when I was growing up. I had a 1968 Mustang that my father and I restored.
BUSINESS
June 20, 1995 | John O'Dell, Times staff writer
Going Once, Going Twice . . .: Organizers of the recent Newport Beach Classic & Collector Car Auction say that more than 15,000 people visited the auction at the Hyatt Newporter. Bidders spent more than $3 million on cars that ranged from a restored 1970 Buick Riviera ($3,045) to a 1932 Auburn Phaeton ($100,000).
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November 16, 2012 | By Alana Semuels, Los Angeles Times
NEW YORK - Eric Gsellmeier's shortest commute home this week began in downtown Manhattan at 4:30 p.m. and ended two hours and 20 minutes later in his three-bedroom Colonial home in Westwood, N.J., 27 miles to the north. It included a rattling subway ride, a 30-minute wait in an unmoving line in the Port Authority Bus Terminal and a halting, hourlong bus ride in the dark, where commuters squeezed up and down the aisles, some standing with hands pressed against overhead compartments for stability.
BUSINESS
October 3, 2012 | By Jerry Hirsch
Here's an example of just how hot the collector car market has become this year. Santa Monica auction house Gooding & Co. has completed its 2012 auction season and reported sales of $189.6 million, an average of $640,635 for each of the 296 cars sold. The total is 44% higher than last year's results, which also included 296 cars. The auction house said the increase demonstrates the rising demand for collector cars as well as the selection of coveted vehicles compiled by Gooding this year.
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