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February 1, 2014 | By Paresh Dave
Louis Mitchell Jr. saw a brilliant opportunity when thousands of Georgia motorists abandoned their cars on snow-paralyzed roads this week, authorities say. Police say he used a tow truck he had stolen earlier in January to haul away four cars left on roads -- and without anyone's permission. Online jail records show the Atlanta Police Department also arrested Mitchell on suspicion of driving with a suspended or revoked license, using a fake license plate, damaging property and three instances of forgery.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 27, 2014 | By Tony Perry
This post has been updated. See below for details. SAN DIEGO -- No guns or explosives were found in the truck of a man shot to death by a San Diego police officer after a high-speed pursuit from San Diego to Escondido, officials said Monday. During the pursuit, the man, identified as Aaron Devenere , 27, phoned a police dispatcher and said he was holding a gun to the head of the woman driving the truck and that he also had an explosive. That information was relayed to officers.
AUTOS
January 24, 2014 | By David Undercoffler
Nissan Motor Co. and its U.S. advertising agency agreed Thursday to settle a complaint by the Federal Trade Commission over deceptive advertising charges. The deal stems from a 30-second ad Nissan ran in 2011 for its midsize Frontier pickup truck. In the spot, created by TBWA Worldwide, the Frontier is seen driving up a steep dune to push a buggy stuck in the sand. According to the FTC complaint, the actual truck couldn't pull off such a feat - and cables were used for both vehicles, and the hill was modified to look significantly steeper than it really was - so the ad was found to violate the FTC Act. “Special effects in ads can be entertaining, but advertisers can't use them to misrepresent what a product can do,” Jessica Rich, director of the FTC's Bureau of Consumer Protection, said in a statement.
AUTOS
January 13, 2014 | By Jerry Hirsch, This post has been updated as indicated below.
While designing the next-generation F-150 truck, Ford Motor Co. secretly substituted the steel body on some of its current pickups with an aluminum shell and delivered them to business customers. The automaker was looking to test how lightweight aluminum alloys would hold up on the job, at a gold mine, an energy utility and a construction firm. So it lent out the trucks in a test program - without telling the companies what was being tested. What Ford learned from 300,000 total miles convinced the world's biggest seller of full-size pickups to make wholesale changes to the F-Series.
AUTOS
January 12, 2014 | By Jerry Hirsch
Continuing to diversify its truck portfolio, General Motors on Sunday showed off the second of its smaller trucks, the GMC Canyon, at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. GM is convinced that America's love affair with pickup trucks is enduring. But consumers also want smaller vehicles that provide the same utility with less fuel. “They are looking for something that is easier to live with, to park and maybe at a lower purchase price,” said Roger McCormack, director of Buick/GMC marketing for GM. DETROIT AUTO SHOW: Big trucks, fast cars and more GM is targeting the truck directly at the Toyota Tacoma and Nissan Frontier.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 3, 2014 | By Tony Perry
SAN DIEGO -- The driver of a stolen truck trying to evade arrest was shot by a San Diego police officer and a Border Patrol agent after ramming three vehicles with the truck, police said. The driver suffered a gunshot wound to his leg and was taken to a local hospital. The officer and agent were not hurt. The shooting, which occurred Thursday night, shut down traffic at the border for hours. The incident began about 6:30 p.m. when police were alerted about a stolen 2007 Chevy pickup heading south on Interstate 15. The driver, at speeds approaching 100 mph, tried to outrun police, driving on I-15, several surface streets, and then Interstate 5, police said.
BUSINESS
January 2, 2014 | By Shan Li
Texas billionaire T. Boone Pickens thinks his long bet on natural gas is finally paying off. The legendary oilman has long declared it his mission to wean America off its addiction to foreign oil. He co-founded an Orange County company that builds natural gas stations around the country and sank billions into wind turbines. Pickens' gambles have not always paid off. He lost an estimated $150 million of his personal fortune in wind farming, and admits that he was a couple of decades early into natural gas. But he thinks the time has come for natural gas to shake up the energy industry.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 30, 2013 | By Jeremiah Dobruck
An Orange County Superior Court judge this month refused to hold Costa Mesa Mayor Pro Tem Steve Mensinger in contempt of court for revealing evidence that someone put him under surveillance, court records show. On Dec. 13, Judge David Hoffer denied the contempt motion by the Costa Mesa Police Officers' Assn. asserting that Mensinger and his attorneys violated a court order by publicizing confidential allegations that a GPS tracking device had been placed on Mensinger's truck during the 2012 election season.
WORLD
December 27, 2013 | By David Zucchino
BAGRAM, Afghanistan - Faced with an epidemic of deadly roadside bombs in Iraq and Afghanistan, U.S. military officials ordered up a fleet of V-hulled 16-ton armored behemoths in 2007 to help protect American soldiers and Marines. At a cost of $1 million each, the ugly tan beasts known as MRAPS have saved countless lives and absorbed or deflected thousands of insurgent bomb blasts in teeming cities, desert flats and rutted mountain roadways. The lumbering vehicles are so beloved that soldiers have scrawled notes of thanks on their armor.
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