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HEALTH
April 10, 2013 | By Ronald D. White
In the latest chapter of an ongoing battle against traditional dealer networks, Tesla Motors Inc. Chief Executive Elon Musk has taken his fight to Texas, telling lawmakers his company could sell as many as 2,000 cars next year if allowed to open its own stores. Musk testified Monday before a committee of the Texas Legislature in support of HB 3351 and SB 1659, bills  that would allow U.S.-based manufacturers of 100% electric- or battery-powered vehicles to sell directly to Texas consumers.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 14, 2014 | By a Los Angeles Times staff writer
A camel that escaped from a Palmdale property and began charging people and cars is now in the custody of animal control officials. Investigators are trying to determine how the camel got loose. The camel's capture was recorded by TV crews. The L.A. County Department of Animal Care and Control said in a statement to KTLA-TV Channel 5 that the "alleged owner is known not to be permitted to have the camel. The camel will be held as evidence and will be in the care of the Lancaster shelter.” A call reporting the camel, which broke loose about 8:38 a.m., came from a person in one of the cars that the animal charged, said sheriff's Deputy John Cereoli.
NEWS
January 9, 2013 | By Karin Klein
Two consecutive lawsuits and three plans and we still haven't properly resolved the Yosemite Valley dilemma. It's one of the most gorgeous spots in the world, but that can be hard to appreciate in summertime when you spend most of your time staring at the rear bumper of the car in front of you because of traffic so intense that people can walk faster than you can drive. And that's saying something, because the throngs of people are so dense that getting from Point A to Point B on foot can involve a fair amount of pedestrian maneuvering, braking and cutting in front.
WORLD
July 3, 2010 | By Usama Redha and Ned Parker, Los Angeles Times
In a dangerous country, it may be one of the quickest tickets to the afterlife. Those driving white or gray Nissan Sunny sedans flirt with the very real possibility of being hit with a spray of gunfire, or their vehicle being rigged with a bomb. At least 28 such assaults have occurred since March, police say, five of them in the last 10 days. What makes the Sunny such an appealing target? It's a model the Iraqi government provides to its intelligence services, military and police forces.
AUTOS
May 14, 2013 | By Ronald D. White
The federal Office of Defects Investigation is probing complaints of sudden engine stalls in approximately 192,000 model year 2006 Chrysler 300C luxury sedans, Dodge Charger sports cars and Dodge Magnum wagons. All of the related complaints about stalls that have been filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration involve cars that were equipped with either the 5.7-liter or the 6.1-liter HEMI engines. Several of the drivers who have filed complaints reported multiple stall incidents, according to documents filed with NHTSA.
BUSINESS
April 25, 1989 | DIRK SUTRO
On a recent Saturday afternoon, Nick Karoly, the top salesman at Hoehn Motors Mercedes Porsche in Carlsbad, roamed the lot. Saturday being the busiest day of the week for car dealers, there was a steady stream of potential buyers. Karoly's smooth sales approach earns him as much as $160,000 in a good year, meaning a year when he sells 170 cars or more. Hoehn is the top dealer of both Porsches and Mercedeses in San Diego County. Last year, the dealership sold 762 Mercedeses and 156 Porsches.
NEWS
October 19, 2012
It's among every parent's worst nightmares: You turn your back for just a second, and suddenly your child is in the middle of the street. According to a new study, those worries are not unfounded: Jaywalking and darting into the street are the most common reasons children are struck by vehicles, according to a study released at the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) National Conference and Exhibition in New Orleans. More than 5,000 Americans of all ages are struck and killed by cars every year, and many more accidents lead to significant head injuries.
SCIENCE
June 5, 2013 | By Julie Cart
Despite a three-fold increase in people and cars in the last 50 years, California's strict vehicle emissions standards have managed to significantly clear the state's air, according to  new research. The study also found that Southern California's air chemistry has changed for the better. The amount of organic nitrates in the atmosphere - which cause smog's eye-stinging irritation - has drastically fallen off, according to federal researchers. Ozone and other pollutants have been monitored in the state since the 1960s.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 27, 2011 | By Ben Fritz, Los Angeles Times
Late last week, Pixar faced a rare bout of skepticism. For the first time this decade, the Walt Disney Co.-owned animation studio with an unblemished record of commercial and critical success was releasing a new film, "Cars 2," that was expected to underperform at the box office. Reviews were largely negative, and pre-release surveys indicated the film would have an unimpressive debut of close to $50 million. "Was it a scary proposition for a moment in time? Yes, it was," said Chuck Viane, Walt Disney Studios' distribution president.
BUSINESS
June 19, 2010 | By Jerry Hirsch, Los Angeles Times
Women prefer to purchase small cars and crossovers, typically from foreign automakers. That's the finding of a study of 13 million U.S. vehicle registrations over the last two years by TrueCar.com, the Santa Monica auto pricing information company. Volkswagen's Beetle was the auto most likely to be purchased by a woman. Just over 56% of the buyers registering a new Beetle were women, the study found. But after that, female buyers tended toward small sport utility vehicles.
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