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April 2, 2013 | By Ronald D. White
General Motors is recalling some model year 2013 Buick Encores with steering wheel fasteners that may not have been properly installed. The problem could cause the steering wheel to come loose or separate from the steering column. If the steering wheel separates from the steering column while driving, the ability to steer could be lost, increasing the risk of a crash. The recall involves 144 Encores equipped with a heated steering wheel and manufactured between Dec. 9 and Dec. 28. GM issued a statement about the recall, saying there were no known crashes or injuries related to the problem.
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AUTOS
April 4, 2014 | By Brian Thevenot
Diesel-powered cars save on fuel, but many of them won't save you any money. That's because they cost thousands more to buy in the first place, compared with similar gas-powered models. And many automakers usually offer diesel engines only in combination with a pricey set of standard features. So it can take years - if ever - to make up for those upfront costs through savings at the pump. That's what makes the latest addition to Volkswagen's growing diesel fleet, the Jetta TDI Value Edition, so intriguing.
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BUSINESS
May 17, 2012 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Apple was granted a series of patents this week that included designs for a new speaker system for mobile devices and a wireless iPod remote control that attaches to a car's steering wheel. The patent for the speaker system shows a loudspeaker about the size of a quarter that would be located on the backside of Apple's iPhone and iPad devices. The patent was issued Thursday. The design provides improved performance over iOS' devices current loudspeaker despite its relatively small size.
NATIONAL
March 7, 2014 | By Michael Muskal
  A pregnant South Carolina woman who drove her three young children into the surf in a locked minivan said she wanted to take them to a better place, said authorities, who charged her Friday with three counts of attempted first-degree murder and three counts of child abuse. Ebony Wilkerson, 32, was arrested Friday and was being held without bond in the county jail , according to the Volusia County Sheriff's Office in Florida . She has been in the Halifax Health Medical Center undergoing a mental health evaluation for several days, officials said.
AUTOS
April 4, 2014 | By Brian Thevenot
Diesel-powered cars save on fuel, but many of them won't save you any money. That's because they cost thousands more to buy in the first place, compared with similar gas-powered models. And many automakers usually offer diesel engines only in combination with a pricey set of standard features. So it can take years - if ever - to make up for those upfront costs through savings at the pump. That's what makes the latest addition to Volkswagen's growing diesel fleet, the Jetta TDI Value Edition, so intriguing.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 28, 1992 | PENELOPE McMILLAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
"Ask for The Club," goes one promotion for locks to prevent auto theft. But some car owners say that when they attach such devices to their steering wheels, what they have to ask for is help. Call it the lock that sometimes works too well. Lauren Clarke found that out this week when she got into her car, thinking that she was going to the tanning salon and the bank. She was as thwarted as any thief. "I went to unlock it and it wouldn't turn," the 27-year-old Van Nuys resident said.
SPORTS
September 26, 2006
'It has a steering wheel, four tires, brakes.'
NATIONAL
March 7, 2014 | By Michael Muskal
  A pregnant South Carolina woman who drove her three young children into the surf in a locked minivan said she wanted to take them to a better place, said authorities, who charged her Friday with three counts of attempted first-degree murder and three counts of child abuse. Ebony Wilkerson, 32, was arrested Friday and was being held without bond in the county jail , according to the Volusia County Sheriff's Office in Florida . She has been in the Halifax Health Medical Center undergoing a mental health evaluation for several days, officials said.
HEALTH
April 27, 2013 | Roy Wallack, Gear
For all the hoopla over "natural" and "functional" fitness movements, one of the most popular workouts for all body types and athletic levels continues to be the wholly unnatural egg-shaped stride of the elliptical machine, invented by Precor less than 20 years ago. As smooth and joint-friendly as cycling and almost as calorie-burning as running, the elliptical offers an unmatched all-body aerobic workout in a number of creative variations, from front-drive...
HOME & GARDEN
May 11, 2013 | Chris Erskine
What's to live for? The price of wine continues to skyrocket, and Warren Buffett is now tweeting. What's next for us culturally? Bingo night at the Louvre? Meanwhile, the criminal justice system insists on hammering on poor Lindsay Lohan. It's only a matter of time before her work suffers, and then who takes over as the freckled queen of American cinema? Leonardo DiCaprio? That's the obvious answer. Yes, I have issues with him as Gatsby, but more on that in a moment. For now, I'll tell you what's to live for. Summer, that's what.
HOME & GARDEN
September 6, 2013 | By Carrie Friedman
I am running errands on a rare free afternoon when I drive past the restaurant Little Door on 3rd Street and surprise myself by having an anxiety attack, pronounced enough that I have to pull over. I can't get a good breath. My hands are so sweaty they slip on the steering wheel. I was last here a decade ago with my boyfriend at the time. We were together for six years, and for most of those years I felt like a disheveled beauty queen, my sash out of whack, Vaseline smeared on my teeth, trying so hard to win his love.
SPORTS
August 20, 2013 | By Jim Peltz
Now that he's won his first IndyCar race, Charlie Kimball sees no reason that he can't do it again Sunday when the series visits Sonoma Raceway. His victory at the Mid-Ohio track Aug. 4 "gives us a lot of confidence as a team that we can keep winning," Kimball, 28, said in an interview. Born in Britain and raised in Camarillo, Kimball is in his third year in the Izod IndyCar Series driving for the powerhouse team of Chip Ganassi Racing, whose other drivers are four-time champion Dario Franchitti and two-time title winner Scott Dixon.
HOME & GARDEN
May 11, 2013 | Chris Erskine
What's to live for? The price of wine continues to skyrocket, and Warren Buffett is now tweeting. What's next for us culturally? Bingo night at the Louvre? Meanwhile, the criminal justice system insists on hammering on poor Lindsay Lohan. It's only a matter of time before her work suffers, and then who takes over as the freckled queen of American cinema? Leonardo DiCaprio? That's the obvious answer. Yes, I have issues with him as Gatsby, but more on that in a moment. For now, I'll tell you what's to live for. Summer, that's what.
HEALTH
April 27, 2013 | Roy Wallack, Gear
For all the hoopla over "natural" and "functional" fitness movements, one of the most popular workouts for all body types and athletic levels continues to be the wholly unnatural egg-shaped stride of the elliptical machine, invented by Precor less than 20 years ago. As smooth and joint-friendly as cycling and almost as calorie-burning as running, the elliptical offers an unmatched all-body aerobic workout in a number of creative variations, from front-drive...
AUTOS
April 2, 2013 | By Ronald D. White
General Motors is recalling some model year 2013 Buick Encores with steering wheel fasteners that may not have been properly installed. The problem could cause the steering wheel to come loose or separate from the steering column. If the steering wheel separates from the steering column while driving, the ability to steer could be lost, increasing the risk of a crash. The recall involves 144 Encores equipped with a heated steering wheel and manufactured between Dec. 9 and Dec. 28. GM issued a statement about the recall, saying there were no known crashes or injuries related to the problem.
BUSINESS
October 16, 2012 | By David Undercoffler, Los Angeles Times
Several weeks ago, on a hot Monday afternoon in the Nevada desert some 50 miles northwest of Las Vegas, Porsche quietly gave a sneak peek at an all-new supercar project that will start production in a little less than a year's time. Past the freeway exit touting only a truck stop, a meandering road to nowhere and an eagle-eyed park ranger granting our group access to a gravel road, sat a parking lot containing two prototypes of Porsche's future. They were resting after a day of hot-weather testing by several of the lead engineers on the project.
BUSINESS
October 16, 1996 | Times Staff and Wire Reports
TRW to Buy Steering Wheel-Air Bag Unit: The Cleveland-based company said it agreed to buy the steering wheel and air bag business of Long Island, N.Y.-based Izumi Corp. for an undisclosed price. The acquisition allows TRW to offer auto makers one occupant restraint unit, which lowers costs by reducing the number of supplier transactions. Currently, auto makers buy steering wheels from different suppliers than air bags and must match trim, paint color and other details to the steering wheel.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 21, 2000
Re "Cell Phone Use by Motorists Under Scrutiny," Feb. 16: A logistical problem: How does a driver using a cell phone--one hand holding the instrument, the other on the steering wheel--signal his/her intention to change lanes or make a turn? CHARLES R. BARR Upland
BUSINESS
May 17, 2012 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Apple was granted a series of patents this week that included designs for a new speaker system for mobile devices and a wireless iPod remote control that attaches to a car's steering wheel. The patent for the speaker system shows a loudspeaker about the size of a quarter that would be located on the backside of Apple's iPhone and iPad devices. The patent was issued Thursday. The design provides improved performance over iOS' devices current loudspeaker despite its relatively small size.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 3, 2012
Here are some of the other 23 victims of unsolved homicides related to the L.A. riots. Click for an interactive map of the riots deaths to learn more about all of the incidents: Howard Epstein , 45, was shot and killed April 30, 1992, near Slauson and 7th avenues in Hyde Park. Epstein, who had flown from his Northern California home to check on his South Los Angeles metal manufacturing business, was struck in the head by a bullet apparently fired from a pickup truck that had pulled alongside his car. His car careened into a liquor store parking lot, where a crowd quickly gathered.
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