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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...
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 25, 2014 | By Lee Romney, This post has been corrected, as indicated below.
SAN FRANCISCO -- The Monterey County district attorney is expected Tuesday afternoon to reveal the nature of charges against five members of the King City Police Department, the former longtime police chief and one civilian. Earlier reports noted that there had been six arrests, but Chief Assistant Dist. Atty. Terry Spitz has confirmed an additional arrest. Those taken into custody are: longtime Chief Nick Baldiviez, who retired in September; acting Chief Bruce Miller, Sgt. Bobby Carrillo, Sgt. Mark Allen Baker, officers Mario Mottu Sr. and Jaime Andrade, and Brian Miller, a civilian, of Miller's Towing.
BUSINESS
February 20, 2014 | By Marc Lifsher
SACARAMENTO - Californians, who already pay some of the highest gasoline prices in the nation, could soon be asked to pay more. Pump prices are likely to climb more than 12 cents per gallon starting Jan. 1, both the oil industry and environmental experts agree. That's when the state's complex cap-and-trade system for pollution credits expands to cover vehicle fuels and their emissions. As a result, gasoline producers would need to buy pollution credits, and they are expected to pass the cost along at the pump.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 16, 2014 | By Scott Gold
A mother and her four children died in an accident near Fresno, as the woman's husband tried in vain to pull them from the fiery wreckage of their car, authorities said Sunday. The 29-year-old mother, who was not identified, was driving south about 7 p.m. in a 2003 Ford Expedition in the community of Riverdale, south of Fresno. With her in the car were her four children, 1- and 3-year-old boys and 6- and 11-year-old girls. Another woman, identified by the California Highway Patrol as Juana Martinez Bejarano, 41, was driving west on Excelsior Avenue in a 2004 Nissan at about 60 mph. At the intersection with South Marks Avenue, Bejarano apparently failed to heed a stop sign, and the two cars collided, the CHP said.
BUSINESS
February 15, 2014 | By Jerry Hirsch
America loves trucks. California? The Prius hybrid. Toyota's Prius was the best-selling vehicle in the state for the second consecutive year in 2013, highlighting California's radically different taste in automobiles. Nationally, Ford's F-Series truck has been the bestselling vehicle for more than three decades. The Prius ranked 16th in sales nationally. For drivers in such places as Texas, Montana and much of the Midwest, trucks are practical - but also a lifestyle statement.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 13, 2014 | By Joseph Serna and Matt Stevens
At least 17 people reported a car heading the wrong way on two freeways before a head-on collision in Diamond Bar that killed six, the California Highway Patrol said Thursday. CHP officials said the 911 callers reported seeing the vehicle on the 57 and 60 freeways early Sunday morning. Police said witnesses told them the car driven by Olivia Carolee Culbreath appeared to be going more than 100 mph. "They were describing the vehicle, saying it was going the wrong way at a high rate of speed," CHP Officer Rodrigo Jimenez said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 12, 2014 | By Jason Wells
Oakland authorities said they are searching for a carjacked red sedan in connection with the kidnapping of an elderly man and 13-year-old girl Tuesday that set off an Amber Alert. Officials had initially said they were looking for a red Infiniti SUV. Oakland police spokeswoman Johnna Watson said authorities had tracked the SUV to the East Coast, meaning the license plate may have been switched. "It's difficult to say at this time, but we definitely want to make the key point on the license plate," she told reporters Tuesday night.
BUSINESS
February 12, 2014 | By Jerry Hirsch
After years of improving car reliability, automakers have shifted into reverse while attempting to exact better fuel economy and add in-dash technology, J.D. Power & Associates reported in its 2014 U.S. Vehicle Dependability Study. Owners of 3-year-old vehicles reported more problems than in the same study from the prior year, the automotive research firm said Wednesday. It was the first increase in problems reported since 1998. The slip in quality might be the first sign in a trend toward declining reliability in cars, according to the firm, whose research identified transmissions and infotainment systems as key trouble spots.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 8, 2014 | By Stephen Ceasar
Authorities are investigating a three-car crash on the southbound Highway 14 after a Los Angeles County Sheriff's deputy was hit by a vehicle during a traffic stop late Saturday near Palmdale, authorities said. About 8:50 p.m., a deputy responded to a traffic stop involving a person suspected of driving under the influence. As the deputy exited the vehicle, a passing vehicle struck him, then crashed into another vehicle, according to CHP and sheriff's officials. The deputy suffered minor injuries.
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