<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - auto]]> http://gazette.com/rss/auto Sun, 07 Feb 2016 19:08:07 -0700 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Gas prices drop 8 cents over past 2 weeks, to $1.82]]> http://gazette.com/gas-prices-drop-8-cents-over-past-2-weeks-to-1.82/article/feed/314738?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/gas-prices-drop-8-cents-over-past-2-weeks-to-1.82/article/feed/314738?custom_click=rss CAMARILLO, Calif. (AP) — The average price of gasoline has dropped 8 cents over the past two weeks, to $1.82 a gallon.

Industry analyst Trilby Lundberg said Sunday that the price is 37 cents per gallon under its year-ago point.

Lundberg says the price drop may continue if crude oil costs continue to slide.

In the Lower 48 states, the highest average price of regular gasoline was $2.62 per gallon in Los Angeles. The lowest was $1.44 in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

The U.S. average diesel price is $2.13 per gallon, down about 7 cents from two weeks ago.

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]]> Sun, 07 Feb 2016 14:38:44 -0700 <![CDATA[2 dead, 1 badly hurt in explosion at Spanish biodiesel plant]]> http://gazette.com/2-dead-1-badly-hurt-in-explosion-at-spanish-biodiesel-plant/article/feed/314497?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/2-dead-1-badly-hurt-in-explosion-at-spanish-biodiesel-plant/article/feed/314497?custom_click=rss MADRID (AP) — An explosion at a biodiesel plant has killed two workers and left one survivor seriously injured, Spanish emergency services said Saturday.

The Emergency Coordination and Information Center for the regional government of Valencia said the explosion occurred at around 11 a.m. Saturday at a fuel production plant in Algemesi, 33 kilometers (21 miles) south of the port city of Valencia. Social media showed plumes of black smoke emerging from the Biocom Energia plant.

Josep Vicent Bort, spokesman for Valencia's regional firefighting services, said later Saturday the blaze that followed the explosion had been brought under control and the bodies of two men who had been due to do some welding work at the plant had be

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]]> Sat, 06 Feb 2016 10:43:33 -0700 <![CDATA[Dave Mirra, who broke barriers on a BMX bike, dies at 41]]> http://gazette.com/dave-mirra-who-broke-barriers-on-a-bmx-bike-dies-at-41/article/feed/314054?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/dave-mirra-who-broke-barriers-on-a-bmx-bike-dies-at-41/article/feed/314054?custom_click=rss

Dave Mirra did things few people could on a BMX bike, using a combination of natural ability, fearlessness and innovation to take the sport to places many never thought possible.

He was a giant in the big-air world of action sports, becoming one of the most decorated athletes in X Games history whose legacy carried on long after he stopped competing.

Mirra's body was found in North Carolina on Thursday with an apparently self-inflicted gunshot wound, leaving a huge hole in the hearts of those who knew him or watched him fly through the air. He was 41.

"Goodbye Dave Mirra, a true pioneer, icon and legend. Thank you for the memories ... we are heartbroken," action sports star Tony Hawk said on Twitter.

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]]> Sat, 06 Feb 2016 00:53:14 -0700 <![CDATA[Mississippi incentives for $1.45B tire plant could top $600M]]> http://gazette.com/mississippi-incentives-for-1.45b-tire-plant-could-top-600m/article/feed/314407?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/mississippi-incentives-for-1.45b-tire-plant-could-top-600m/article/feed/314407?custom_click=rss CLINTON, Miss. (AP) — An Associated Press analysis finds that the package of state aid and tax abatements to attract a $1.45 billion, 2,500-job Continental AG tire plant to Hinds County is worth approximately $600 million, and probably more.

The numbers continued to emerge Friday as four local government bodies approved agreements with the German tire maker. Gov. Phil Bryant will welcome Continental officials in a Monday ceremony.

State lawmakers Thursday approved the state and Hinds County borrowing $263 million for improvements to the 900-acre site just west of Clinton.

An analysis by a state economist and Associated Press calculations show other tax breaks and incentives are worth at least $333 million.

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]]> Fri, 05 Feb 2016 20:07:23 -0700 <![CDATA[Stocks lose more ground as jobs report disappoints]]> http://gazette.com/stocks-lose-more-ground-as-jobs-report-disappoints/article/feed/314263?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/stocks-lose-more-ground-as-jobs-report-disappoints/article/feed/314263?custom_click=rss

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks posted steep losses Friday, ending the week with broad declines, as investors fretted over a report showing that U.S. job creation slowed last month.

Technology stocks fell especially hard, and shares of LinkedIn had their worst day in history.

Energy and consumer discretionary stocks fell as oil prices declined and investors continued to worry that the risk of the U.S. economy slipping into recession, while low, is growing.

The Dow Jones industrial average fell 211.61 points, or 1.3 percent, to 16,204.97. The Standard & Poor's 500 index lost 35.40 points, or 1.9 percent, to 1,880.05 and the Nasdaq composite dropped 146.41 points, or 3.3 percent, to 4,363.14.

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]]> Fri, 05 Feb 2016 18:19:14 -0700 <![CDATA[New Jersey sues Volkswagen, claiming emissions fraud]]> http://gazette.com/new-jersey-sues-volkswagen-claiming-emissions-fraud/article/feed/314333?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/new-jersey-sues-volkswagen-claiming-emissions-fraud/article/feed/314333?custom_click=rss TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — The state of New Jersey sued Volkswagen Friday, claiming the auto maker sold diesel vehicles equipped with software that deactivated on-board emission controls except during emissions testing.

The suit filed in Hudson County alleges Volkswagen Group of America violated state clean air standards as it sought to gain a greater share of the passenger vehicle market.

"Our lawsuit alleges that Volkswagen put profit ahead of honesty, integrity, fair business practices and — most disturbing of all — the well-being of people living and breathing the air here in New Jersey and across the country," Acting Attorney General John Hoffman said in a statement.

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]]> Fri, 05 Feb 2016 17:25:06 -0700 <![CDATA[Car Talk: If only stopping global warming were this easy]]> http://gazette.com/car-talk-if-only-stopping-global-warming-were-this-easy/article/1569354?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/car-talk-if-only-stopping-global-warming-were-this-easy/article/1569354?custom_click=rss Dear Car Talk:   Why can't I use carbon dioxide gas to fill my tires instead of air (78 percent nitrogen) or instead of 100 percent nitrogen? If EVERYONE in the world filled their tires with carbon dioxide, wouldn't that take a LOT of carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere and slow global warming? Think of the amounts involved! Thank you!

-- Warren

Warren, its thinking like that that's kept you out of the country's best institutions of higher learning!

It's actually a great theory. So let's do the math on it.

The average car tire holds about 1,700 cubic inches of air. So if we take five tires per car (including the spare), the average car could hold about 8,500 cubic inches of carbon dioxide. If we

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<![CDATA[Car Talk: Switching gasoline and diesel fuel isn't fatal to a car, but it is costly]]> http://gazette.com/car-talk-switching-gasoline-and-diesel-fuel-isnt-fatal-to-a-car-but-it-is-costly/article/1568771?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/car-talk-switching-gasoline-and-diesel-fuel-isnt-fatal-to-a-car-but-it-is-costly/article/1568771?custom_click=rss

Dear Car Talk:  Will a car be damaged if a person mistakenly puts diesel into a gasoline car's gas tank? And also, what happens if you put regular gas into a diesel vehicle? How often does this happen? It happened to us recently. Thank you. -- Carolina

Well, it's not something we see every day, Carolina. First of all, diesel pumps are labeled "Diesel," and they're usually a different color -- most often green. So most people notice that something's different before they make that mistake.

I'm not making you feel better yet, am I, Carolina?

Actually, despite the markings, it happens surprisingly often, so don't feel too bad.

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<![CDATA[Bridgestone-Firestone recalls over 36,000 truck tires]]> http://gazette.com/bridgestone-firestone-recalls-over-36000-truck-tires/article/feed/314215?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/bridgestone-firestone-recalls-over-36000-truck-tires/article/feed/314215?custom_click=rss

DETROIT (AP) — Bridgestone-Firestone North America is recalling more than 36,000 heavy truck tires in the U.S. and Canada because the tread can separate from the body and cause the tires to fail.

The recall covers 22.5-inch Firestone FS561 replacement tires made from January 25, 2015 to January 27, 2016. The company says in documents filed with the government that the recall covers tires used on trailers. Tread separation can cause sudden loss of air pressure and increase the risk of a crash.

Bridgestone-Firestone says its investigating what causes the problem. It was discovered in October of 2015 when the company noticed an unusual number of warranty returns. The company says it has no reports of injuries.

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]]> Fri, 05 Feb 2016 13:58:57 -0700 <![CDATA[Satellite images show more NKorea preps for rocket launch]]> http://gazette.com/satellite-images-show-more-nkorea-preps-for-rocket-launch/article/feed/314316?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/satellite-images-show-more-nkorea-preps-for-rocket-launch/article/feed/314316?custom_click=rss WASHINGTON (AP) — A U.S. website says that North Korea appears to have brought in fuel in preparation for a rocket launch it plans to conduct in defiance of international sanctions this month.

The North Korea-focused website is 38 North. It says commercial satellite imagery from Wednesday and Thursday shows tanker trucks at the launch pad, likely to fill fuel and oxidizer tanks.

That doesn't mean the North has starting filling a rocket with fuel, but is probably a preparatory step. It says that in the past, that has happened one to two weeks before blastoff. It is not yet clear if a rocket is on the launch pad.

Less than a month after conducting a nuclear test, North Korea announced this week it plans to launch an Ear

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]]> Fri, 05 Feb 2016 13:41:00 -0700 <![CDATA[Help wanted: Jobs aplenty at stores, restaurants, hospitals]]> http://gazette.com/help-wanted-jobs-aplenty-at-stores-restaurants-hospitals/article/feed/314276?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/help-wanted-jobs-aplenty-at-stores-restaurants-hospitals/article/feed/314276?custom_click=rss WASHINGTON (AP) — The best places to look for work last month? Retail, restaurants and health care.

Those sectors alone accounted for more than 140,000 added jobs, helping offset losses in such areas as mining, education and transportation.

U.S. retailers added nearly 58,000 jobs in January. Stores selling clothing, furniture and electronics ramped up hiring. So did dealers selling cars and auto parts.

Restaurants and bars continued their hiring spree. Americans appear to be using some of the extra money they have from lower gas prices to eat out. The hiring momentum also remained strong at hospitals, physicians' offices and home health services.

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]]> Fri, 05 Feb 2016 10:58:22 -0700 <![CDATA[Scandal-hit VW postpones earnings release, annual meeting]]> http://gazette.com/scandal-hit-vw-postpones-earnings-release-annual-meeting/article/feed/314200?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/scandal-hit-vw-postpones-earnings-release-annual-meeting/article/feed/314200?custom_click=rss

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Volkswagen says it is postponing release of its full-year earnings as well as its annual shareholder meeting due to open questions about its diesel emissions scandal.

The German carmaker said Friday it would give new dates for the earnings release, formerly slated for March 10, and for its shareholder gathering originally set for April 21.

It said questions about how the matter will be resolved left open what it described in a statement as "valuation calculations."

Volkswagen says it is sticking to its plan to publish the findings of its investigation into the background and responsibilities of the scandal in the second half of April.

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]]> Fri, 05 Feb 2016 10:04:15 -0700 <![CDATA[Protesting chauffeurs disrupt access to Paris airport]]> http://gazette.com/protesting-chauffeurs-disrupt-access-to-paris-airport/article/feed/314131?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/protesting-chauffeurs-disrupt-access-to-paris-airport/article/feed/314131?custom_click=rss

PARIS (AP) — Protesting chauffeurs have moved to Paris' city center after having disrupted access to the Charles de Gaulle airport for a few hours, amid tensions between traditional taxis and app-based car services as the government loosens regulations in the evolving sector.

Taxi drivers and chauffeurs pelted each other with projectiles overnight at the Porte Maillot interchange in western Paris, according to Paris police. No one was injured or arrested.

On Friday morning, chauffeurs began blocking the main road into Charles de Gaulle with about 50 cars, and the airport authority warned passengers to take the commuter train instead.

The chauffeurs then moved to the Place de la Nation, in eastern Paris, to continue th

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]]> Fri, 05 Feb 2016 06:55:59 -0700 <![CDATA[Volvo posts higher 4th quarter profit on brisk Europe sales]]> http://gazette.com/volvo-posts-higher-4th-quarter-profit-on-brisk-europe-sales/article/feed/314172?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/volvo-posts-higher-4th-quarter-profit-on-brisk-europe-sales/article/feed/314172?custom_click=rss HELSINKI (AP) — Swedish truck maker AB Volvo has posted a fourth quarter net profit of 2.59 billion kronor ($310 million), compared with a 2.98 billion kronor loss last year, on the back of cost cuts and brisk sales in Europe.

The previous year's earnings were hurt by big provisions relating to an EU antitrust case and credit losses in China.

The Goteborg-based company said Friday sales in the last three months of 2015 rose 3 percent to 79.6 billion kronor.

Net orders fell to 49,088 vehicles from 61,222 the previous year. CEO Martin Lundstedt said the decrease was caused mainly by the key North American market, where demand was expected to remain sluggish. In Europe, demand for Volvo's trucks is forecast to remain bri

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]]> Fri, 05 Feb 2016 05:34:28 -0700 <![CDATA[Toyota posts $5.4 billion quarterly profit, raises forecast]]> http://gazette.com/toyota-posts-5.4-billion-quarterly-profit-raises-forecast/article/feed/314115?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/toyota-posts-5.4-billion-quarterly-profit-raises-forecast/article/feed/314115?custom_click=rss

TOKYO (AP) — Toyota's quarterly profit rose nearly 5 percent as the weaker yen and cost reductions offset declining sales in some markets. The automaker raised its full-year earnings forecast.

Toyota Motor Corp., the No. 1 automaker in global vehicle sales, reported Friday a 627.9 billion yen ($5.4 billion) profit for the October-December fiscal third quarter, up from 600 billion yen a year earlier.

Quarterly sales rose 2 percent to 7.34 trillion yen ($63 billion).

Toyota, which makes the Prius hybrid, Camry sedan and Lexus luxury model, raised its annual profit forecast to 2.27 trillion yen ($19.5 billion) from 2.25 trillion yen ($19.2 billion).

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]]> Fri, 05 Feb 2016 04:05:46 -0700 <![CDATA[Super Bowl ads go for the safety]]> http://gazette.com/super-bowl-ads-go-for-the-safety/article/feed/314126?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/super-bowl-ads-go-for-the-safety/article/feed/314126?custom_click=rss

NEW YORK (AP) — Talking animals, celebrity cameos and crowd-pleasing rock songs: This year's Super Bowl advertisers are sticking to the classics in their efforts to win over Big Game viewers on Sunday.

Skittles will showcase Steven Tyler's high range on "Dream On," Budweiser is enlisting Helen Mirren to chide drunk drivers, and Audi will have an astronaut drive its luxury R8 sports car to the tune of David Bowie's "Starman," to note just a few of the ads that have garnered pre-game buzz. (Many advertisers release their spots online ahead of the game.)

The Super Bowl is advertising's biggest stage, and each year brands battle to stand out among the 40-plus commercials that air during the game.

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]]> Fri, 05 Feb 2016 02:47:56 -0700 <![CDATA[Honda's latest air bag recall to total 5.7 million cars]]> http://gazette.com/hondas-latest-air-bag-recall-to-total-5.7-million-cars/article/feed/314118?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/hondas-latest-air-bag-recall-to-total-5.7-million-cars/article/feed/314118?custom_click=rss TOKYO (AP) — Honda Motor Co. said Friday that it would recall 5.7 million cars worldwide in the latest round of recalls involving Takata Corp. air bag inflators that can explode and hurl shrapnel into the vehicle.

The total includes 440,000 vehicles in Japan and another 2.2 million in the United States announced earlier this week.

Honda spokeswoman Yuka Abe would not say where the other recalls will be. She said they are pending negotiations with the relevant authorities in each country.

Takata's inflators can explode with too much force, blowing apart a metal canister.

At least 11 people have died worldwide from the problem, and 139 have been injured. About 24 million vehicles are being recalled in the U.S.

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]]> Fri, 05 Feb 2016 02:24:02 -0700 <![CDATA[Car Talk: Good maintenance follows a schedule]]> http://gazette.com/car-talk-good-maintenance-follows-a-schedule/article/1568289?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/car-talk-good-maintenance-follows-a-schedule/article/1568289?custom_click=rss

Dear Car Talk:   I have a 1998 Toyota Tacoma pickup with 210,000 miles. I change the automatic fluid whenever the transmission "feels" like it needs it, which tends to be about the time I get to the recommended fluid-change interval. I also have a 2005 Lexus ES 330 with 188,000 miles. The owner's manual suggests continuing to change the fluid on a regular basis, regardless of the age of the car. Some mechanics, including the local dealer, suggest NOT changing it: "That could cause more problems." I assume that means scale would be loosened and could clog up the moving parts.

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