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August 18, 2013 |
More than six months after David Perdue was wrongly targeted by Torrance police during the search for former LAPD Officer Christopher Dorner, the city of Torrance has reimbursed him $20,000 for the damage officers did to his pickup truck, his attorney said. Early on the morning of Feb. 7, Perdue, 38, was driving toward the beach to surf before starting a shift at his job as a baggage handler at Los Angeles International Airport when a Torrance police cruiser rammed into his truck and at least one of the officers in the car fired repeatedly at Perdue.
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August 8, 2013 |
A 1-year-old boy died after he darted into the street and was struck by a San Diego city water truck, police said Thursday. The accident, in the Logan Heights neighborhood, occurred while the boy's grandmother was diverted for a moment. The boy was taken to Rady Children's Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Police are investigating. ALSO: Out of work for two years, California woman hits on Powerball Plumbing issues force downtown court to close early Thursday Silver fire grows to 11,000 acres; only 10% contained Twitter: @LATsandiego email@example.com
August 7, 2013 |
Toyota announced Wednesday that it is voluntarily recalling approximately 342,000 of its midsize Tacoma pickup trucks to fix an issue with the seat belts. The recall affects Tacoma Access Cab trucks from the 2004 through 2011 model years. At issue are screws on the seat belt pre-tensioner that can come loose over time as a result of the door repeatedly closing. When the bolts become loose, it can cause the seat belts to retract incorrectly. PHOTOS: Has your vehicle been recalled?
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August 6, 2013 |
Long Beach has erected a new fortification in the battle against freeway noise and air pollution, and it's decidedly low-tech. It's called "The Great Wall of Mulch. " City officials gathered Tuesday to top off a 12-foot-high barrier of shredded tree clippings held together by two chain-link fences - a low-cost structure designed to dampen the sound and block the sight of diesel trucks from the heavily traveled Terminal Island Freeway. "This is not just going to be good for sound pollution, it's not just good for visual blight, but it's the first sound wall that I know of that's also going to improve air quality," said City Councilman James Johnson as he hopped aboard a cherry picker with Mayor Bob Foster to dump a final, golden bucketful of mulch atop the 3-foot-thick wall.
August 1, 2013 |
Automakers reported strong July sales as consumers replacing aging cars and businesses buying trucks pushed the industry to levels not seen since before the recession. All of the top automakers reported double-digit gains over the same month a year ago. Ford Motor Co. and Chrysler Group said it was their best July since 2006. "If we were ever looking for an indication that the industry is back, this is the month," said Jessica Caldwell, an analyst with auto information company Edmunds.com.
July 31, 2013 |
Ford Motor Co. plans to start selling its popular F-150 pickup truck with an option of running on natural gas or propane fuel. While Ford already makes the option available in some of its commercial vehicles, this will be the first compressed natural gas, or CNG, model sold by the automaker that has considerable retail sales. Ford sells about 70,000 gasoline-powered F-series trucks every month. Its sales top all other vehicles in the U.S. While Ford says some consumers will probably order the CNG model, most of the customers will be businesses.
July 30, 2013 |
Matching a trend set last week by its domestic rivals, Chrysler Group reported healthy second quarter earnings Tuesday, helped by the strong U.S. auto market and a boom in profitable truck sales. The Auburn Hills, Mich., automaker said it posted second quarter net income of $507 million, a 16% gain from $436 million in the same quarter a year earlier. The second quarter was Chrysler's eighth consecutive quarter of positive net income. Second quarter sales rose to $18 billion, a 7% increase from same period last year.
July 27, 2013 |
In the automotive world, no one is more loyal than a truck owner. Lassie on her best day couldn't match the fidelity of someone who buys a particular brand of pickup. Once they choose Ford or Chevy or Dodge, usually only a pine box lures them away. With this in mind, the goal of the next-generation Chevrolet Silverado wasn't to lure new buyers with extraneous bells and whistles. Rather, the 2014 model, rolling into dealerships now, aims to give the Chevy faithful exactly what they liked about their existing trucks, while correcting previous flaws.
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July 24, 2013 |
It's easy to visualize Steve McQueen atop a motorcycle in "The Great Escape" or cruising in a convertible, but the legendary actor in a camper? Why not? McQueen's 1952 Forest Green Chevrolet 3800 series pickup truck with custom camper hits the auction block Friday at the Barker Hangar at Santa Monica Airport. McQueen owned upwards of 60 rare vehicles throughout his life, according to the auction listing provided by Mecum, and the Chevrolet 3800 series "is a one-ton long-bed pickup truck and is much sought after by customizers, hot rodders and old truck collectors.
July 19, 2013 |
Officials are expected to announce Friday whether a 16-year-old Chinese student was accidentally killed on the runway by an emergency vehicle responding to the crash of Asiana Airlines Flight 214. The San Mateo County coroner's office has scheduled a 10 a.m. news conference to discuss the death of Ye Mengyuan following the plane's July 6 crash landing at San Francisco International Airport, officials said. Ye was one of three passengers killed. Her body was found close to the aircraft's left wing.