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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.
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BUSINESS
February 13, 2010 | By Hugo Martín
The recalls of several Toyota models over the last month not only have sparked angst at Toyota dealerships but also have created headaches for car rental companies that offer the vehicles. The nation's largest rental companies have been rushing to pull thousands of recalled models off the road and assure renters that all the remaining cars are safe. But it hasn't been easy. After all, rental vehicles roll in and out at a fast pace all day long. So rounding up each recalled car, including those used for long-term rentals, has been a chore.
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.
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.
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.
NEWS
September 17, 2013 | By Robert Greene
Will the fifth time be the charm for the three-foot rule? Among the hundreds of bills on Gov. Jerry Brown's desk is AB 1371 , which would require a driver to keep at least three feet of space between his or her car and a bicycle when passing. If the governor signs it, the bill would affect all motor vehicles and bicycles sharing the road in California, but it would have special significance for Los Angeles. This city -- long regarded as the nation's most car-loving, driver-centric, petroleum-fueled, bike-hating municipality -- is sponsoring the bill.
AUTOS
November 21, 2013 | By Brian Thevenot and Jerry Hirsch
Of the scores of cars on display at the Los Angeles Auto Show, we've culled the herd down to five you definitely need to check out. The show, at the L.A. Convention Center, opened to the media on Tuesday and opens to the public on Friday. Here are our five favorites (and one total loser): Mercedes-Benz Vision Gran Turismo. Wow. Just … wow. Jaws dropped in unison as this over-the-top supercar concept rolled through a haze of smoke onto the Mercedes-Benz stage. You will never own this car, and it's not because you are not super-rich.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 14, 2013 | By Alene Tchekmedyian
Roughly 1,000 vehicles flooded the Empire Center in Burbank on Tuesday night for a car “flash mob” organized through social media, snarling traffic as crowds swarmed the parking lot. More than 20 police officers from Burbank, Glendale and San Marino were assigned to patrol after a similar event in November also caused traffic headaches. Earlier in the evening, police closed the parking lot to cars, shut down surrounding streets because of traffic congestion and warned motorists to avoid the area, the Burbank Leader reported.
SPORTS
May 31, 2011 | Staff and wire reports
A day after coach Jim Tressel's forced resignation for lying about Ohio State players receiving improper benefits, the focus has shifted to the investigation of star quarterback Terrelle Pryor and his succession of used cars. The salesman who put Pryor behind the wheel of several vehicles said in an affidavit released by Ohio State on Tuesday that he didn't offer any special deals to Buckeyes. "The deals that I did for Ohio State student-athletes were no different than any of the other 10,000-plus deals that I've done for all my other customers," Aaron Kniffin said in the statement.
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