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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.
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NATIONAL
January 30, 2014 | By Lisa Mascaro and David Zucchino
ATLANTA - As Georgia nursed a hangover from a freak winter storm, Gov. Nathan Deal took responsibility Thursday for poor preparation that led to massive gridlock in and around Atlanta, forcing drivers to sleep in their cars overnight or abandon the vehicles along slick, snow-covered roads. Most schools and offices across the area remained closed because of icy roads. Uniformed state and local police escorted motorists back to hundreds of abandoned vehicles along the interstate system.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 20, 1990
If you really want people to buy and use electric cars, Caltrans should allow them to use the diamond lane, regardless of the rider count. DAVID REID Silverlake
AUTOS
December 3, 2013 | By David Undercoffler
An unnamed U.S. car collector got a quick start on holiday shopping at a London auction over the weekend, spending nearly $12 million on a trio of rare vehicles. At Bonhams' annual London auction on Sunday, the buyer took home a 1952 Jaguar C-Type for $4.74 million, a 1956 Jaguar 'Shortnose' D-Type for $4.25 million and a 1960 Commer TS3 transport truck for $2.94 million. All three vehicles were from the Ecurie Ecosse racing collection. An additional five cars from the Ecurie collection were sold to different individual buyers.
TRAVEL
November 24, 1985
I read with interest Reg Jones's comments in Jerry Hulse's Travel Tips (Oct. 27) regarding Team Cars, London. Reg did not know that you can book your Team Car from anywhere in the United States on our toll-free number, (800) 858-1515. Team Cars are well located for exit from London; they operate the latest equipment, are friendly, efficient. JOHN MACE president Autoglobe Los Angeles
NATIONAL
October 1, 2012 | By Michael Muskal
Sunday is the traditional day to take the car out for spin (except, of course, in Los Angeles when a Carmaggedon is underway). But in Philadelphia, one such ride didn't quite turn out as hoped, with the driver crashing his van into five parked cars. The driver was 10 years old, police said According to Philadelphia police, the boy saw the van, which was being used to unload furniture, with the keys hanging from the rear door. He allegedly grabbed the keys, jumped into the cab and took off -- for less than a block.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 7, 2014 | By A Times Staff Writer
San Francisco police are investigating after witnesses reported that a group of men tipped over three Smart cars late Sunday or early Monday. “I thought it looked like they were up to no good and then sure enough they walk up to this Smart car right here, all huddle around it, and then life it up and set it on its hind legs,” resident Brandon Michael told CBS San Francisco. The pint-sized, two-door coupes were either set on their hind quarters or tipped completely over. The feat of upending a car listed at roughly 1,800 pounds may take more muscle than merely pushing over a snoozing cow, but the vandals also appeared to know what they were doing, according to one witness.
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 23, 2009 | Associated Press
Two 21-year-old men are charged with 85 felonies for allegedly shooting pellet guns at more than 40 cars along a Bay Area freeway. Shawn Philip Wagner of Mariposa and Rojelio Samuel Gomez of Fremont were each charged with 42 counts of assault with a deadly weapon and 43 counts of vandalism in connection with the shootings over the last several months. Both defendants are expected to make their first appearance at the Fremont Hall of Justice on Tuesday.
BUSINESS
June 20, 2011 | Jerry Hirsch
That spare tire in your trunk may be going the way of the typewriter and transistor radio. Automakers are selling more cars without an extra wheel to trim weight, boost gas mileage and shave a few bucks off their costs. What happens if you get a flat? Some manufacturers equip cars with run-flat tires, while others are putting flat repair kits in the trunk. Both alternatives have drawbacks, and many motorists say the trend is unsettling. "I like the security of having a spare.
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