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NATIONAL
March 7, 2014 | By Brian Bennett
WASHINGTON - The U.S. Border Patrol has restricted border agents' authority to shoot at moving vehicles or at people throwing rocks, changing a controversial policy that has contributed to at least 19 deaths since 2010. In a memo released Friday, Border Patrol Chief Michael Fisher directed border agents not to step in front of moving vehicles, nor to use their bodies to block them, in order to open fire at drivers. He also barred shooting at vehicles whose occupants are fleeing from agents.
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BUSINESS
March 5, 2014 | By Ricardo Lopez
United Parcel Service Inc. said Wednesday it would invest $70 million to add 1,000 propane-powered delivery trucks to its fleet. The trucks, which can travel up to 200 miles on a tank of propane, will replace gasoline- and diesel-powered trucks used primarily in rural areas in Louisiana and Oklahoma, UPS said. Other states are pending.  The vehicles will hit the road by the middle of the year and operations will be completed by early next year, the Atlanta company said.  PHOTOS: The 10 wealthiest people in the world UPS said it worked with the Propane Education & Research Council, a nonprofit propane technology incubator, to secure the necessary regulatory certifications.  The company had tested 20 such trucks last winter in Georgia before announcing it would expand its fleet.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 5, 2014 | By KTLA
A man who authorities say was driving one of two vehicles that struck a 14-year-old girl in Santa Ana before driving off is due in court Wednesday to face felony hit-and-run charges. Police said Adan Camacho, 32, was behind the wheel of a truck that struck the unidentified girl when she ran into traffic against the light at about 4:10 p.m. Monday on her way to Santa Ana College at 17th and Bristol streets. Police said they are continuing to search for the driver of a second car, possibly a black Cadillac, that struck the girl.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 4, 2014 | By Ari Bloomekatz, This post has been updated. See the note below for details.
Authorities Tuesday morning were transporting at least a dozen people to hospitals after a Blue Line train struck a vehicle near downtown Los Angeles. The train struck the vehicle at about 9:55 a.m. in the 300 block of East Washington Boulevard, said Katherine Main of the Los Angeles Fire Department. The sole occupant of the vehicle suffered minor injuries, Main added. In all, 13 people complained of injuries, Main said. One declined transportation to a hospital, two were in serious condition and 10 were in fair condition.
BUSINESS
March 3, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Apple on Monday announced that its automobile infotainment system, now called CarPlay, will make its debut this week in new vehicles from Ferrari, Mercedes-Benz and Volvo. The Cupertino tech company first unveiled plans for a car infotainment system last year, when it called the feature "iOS in the Car. " It's been a while since then, but Apple finally announced that the system will roll out with several new cars shipping this year. At the Geneva Motor Show in Switzerland, Apple said CarPlay will make it possible for iPhone users to conduct several tasks on their devices by giving voice commands to Siri.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 3, 2014 | By Jessica Garrison
The two California Department of Fish and Wildlife scientists charged with doing environmental work on the proposed Newhall Ranch development had a daunting task. They were to help review whether and how the largest residential development ever approved in Los Angeles County - 20,000 homes stretching across a bucolic valley - could be built without undue harm to the environment, protected species and Southern California's last major wild river, the Santa Clara. The project was controversial and dizzyingly complicated.
NATIONAL
March 1, 2014 | By Paresh Dave
Thirty vehicles, including a semi-truck, crashed into each other on a snowy highway in Denver on Saturday morning, killing one person and injuring several, police said . The entire northbound side of Interstate 25 remained blocked near Downing Street by the pileup as of late morning, according to traffic camera video. Ambulances and police cars surrounded the cloudy scene. No tow trucks appeared to be in the area. At least one firetruck was on the southbound side of the freeway, slowing traffic on that side as well.
BUSINESS
February 27, 2014
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has launched an investigation into why General Motors Co. did not promptly recall more than 1.6 million vehicles after it learned that faulty ignition switches were causing fatal crashes. GM on Thursday issued its second apology for not moving faster to fix the problem, which is linked to 13 deaths in the Chevrolet Cobalt and other small cars. Safety experts praised the start of the investigation, which could result in up to a fine of up to $35 million, but faulted NHTSA for not taking action earlier, when it found out about the problem.
AUTOS
February 26, 2014 | By Jerry Hirsch
Trucks and sport-utilities are the most likely vehicles to reach 200,000 miles, according to iSeeCars.com, an auto shopping information company. ISeeCars.com culled mileage data for about 30 million used cars for sale in 2013 and looked to see which models were the most likely to have more than 200,000 miles of use. The Ford F-250 Super Duty pickup was the most durable by that measure -- 4.2% of the trucks for sale last year had more than 200,000...
BUSINESS
February 26, 2014 | By Jerry Hirsch
Tesla Motors Inc. wants to raise almost $2 billion to help fund a giant battery factory in the Southwestern U.S. to supply its electric vehicles. The Palo Alto automaker said Wednesday that it plans to build a "gigafactory" that would slash the cost of the battery packs for its cars, allowing Tesla to introduce a less expensive vehicle. "Tesla is riding on its success to tell a bigger story than just being a car company," said Thilo Koslowski, an analyst at Gartner Inc. "The batteries will attract a whole new group of investors.
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