<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - auto]]> http://gazette.com/rss/auto Mon, 05 Oct 2015 13:22:41 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[UN releases a draft for potential agreement on climate]]> http://gazette.com/un-releases-a-draft-for-potential-agreement-on-climate/article/feed/278236?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/un-releases-a-draft-for-potential-agreement-on-climate/article/feed/278236?custom_click=rss PARIS (AP) — The United Nations on Monday released a first draft of the negotiating text for the major conference on climate taking place in Paris in December.

The document is a step forward for the talks, slimming down the text from more than 90 pages earlier this year to just 20.

Negotiators from 195 countries are to gather for a new session of talks Oct. 19-23 in Bonn, Germany.

A large number of proposals in the text are in parentheses, meaning they are still to be negotiated. The document notably includes a long-term goal for reduction in global greenhouse gas emissions, but details and deadline remain to be discussed.

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]]> Mon, 05 Oct 2015 14:01:29 -0600 <![CDATA[Jury awards $28M in patent suit against Hyundai, Kia]]> http://gazette.com/jury-awards-28m-in-patent-suit-against-hyundai-kia/article/feed/278278?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/jury-awards-28m-in-patent-suit-against-hyundai-kia/article/feed/278278?custom_click=rss BALTIMORE (AP) — A Baltimore-based hybrid engine technology company has won $28.9 million in damages in a patent infringement suit against Hyundai Motor Co. and Kia Motors Corp.

A U.S. District Court jury found Thursday that the automakers knowingly used technology Paice LLC developed. Paice, founded in 1992 by Russian native Alexander Severinsky and co-owned by the Abell Foundation, built a prototype hybrid-powered car but major automakers turned it away, sometimes after years of discussions.

Court documents show the companies plan to ask U.S. District Judge Marvin Garbis to reverse the verdict. The automakers had argued that Paice's patents were invalid.

Toyota settled a Paice lawsuit by agreeing to license the tech

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]]> Mon, 05 Oct 2015 11:43:37 -0600 <![CDATA[Gas prices fall slightly to average $2.20 per gallon in RI]]> http://gazette.com/gas-prices-fall-slightly-to-average-2.20-per-gallon-in-ri/article/feed/278262?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/gas-prices-fall-slightly-to-average-2.20-per-gallon-in-ri/article/feed/278262?custom_click=rss PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Gas prices in Rhode Island have fallen to an average $2.20 per gallon.

AAA Northeast says in its survey released Monday that prices for regular gasoline have dropped a penny since last week.

The average price in Rhode Island is 9 cents per gallon less than the national average of $2.29.

A year ago at this time, the average price in Rhode Island was $3.39 per gallon. That's $1.19 more, or 54 percent higher.

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]]> Mon, 05 Oct 2015 11:17:58 -0600 <![CDATA[Massachusetts gas prices stay steady]]> http://gazette.com/massachusetts-gas-prices-stay-steady/article/feed/278263?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/massachusetts-gas-prices-stay-steady/article/feed/278263?custom_click=rss BOSTON (AP) — Gas prices in Massachusetts are leveling off, and remain the same as a week ago.

AAA Northeast's latest price survey released Monday found self-serve, regular selling for an average of $2.14 per gallon, the same as last week.

That price is still 13 cents lower than a month ago and $1.18 lower than at the same time a year ago.

The Massachusetts price is 15 cents lower than the national average.

AAA found self-serve, regular selling for as low as $1.99 per gallon and as high as $2.69.

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]]> Mon, 05 Oct 2015 11:14:46 -0600 <![CDATA[How surging US student debt is affecting borrowers' lives]]> http://gazette.com/how-surging-us-student-debt-is-affecting-borrowers-lives/article/feed/278164?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/how-surging-us-student-debt-is-affecting-borrowers-lives/article/feed/278164?custom_click=rss WASHINGTON (AP) — America's $1.2 trillion in student debt is having consequences in far-reaching ways.

College dropouts and students who borrowed to attend for-profit colleges are at risk of default. Many Generation X parents — ages 35 to 50 — are still repaying debt even as their children prepare to enter college and begin a second generation of family debt. Some millennials are delaying marriage and home ownership until their loans become less burdensome.

Three trends show how the pressures from student debt are compounding:


For people with college degrees but no graduate school education, incomes, after accounting for inflation, have declined, reducing their ability to repay their loa

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]]> Mon, 05 Oct 2015 10:03:38 -0600 <![CDATA[$300M Mississippi plant part of Yokohama expansion plan]]> http://gazette.com/300m-mississippi-plant-part-of-yokohama-expansion-plan/article/feed/278192?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/300m-mississippi-plant-part-of-yokohama-expansion-plan/article/feed/278192?custom_click=rss WEST POINT, Miss. (AP) — For Yokohama Rubber Co., its $300 million Mississippi plant is its platform to fight for a slice of the competitive North American tire market.

For West Point, the plant is a ticket out of the economic doldrums that have plagued the northeast Mississippi town of 11,000 for nearly a decade.

Company and state leaders planned to gather Monday to dedicate the plant, which has hired about 260 people so far out of 500 promised. Tadaharu Yamamoto, president of the Japanese tire company's Mississippi branch, says it will take up to two years to reach yearly capacity of 1 million truck and bus tires.

"This plant is the most modern plant in Yokohama," Yamamoto said. "It's highly automated. The productiv

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]]> Mon, 05 Oct 2015 08:06:53 -0600 <![CDATA[VW pollution test site under scrutiny amid cheating scandal]]> http://gazette.com/vw-pollution-test-site-under-scrutiny-amid-cheating-scandal/article/feed/278106?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/vw-pollution-test-site-under-scrutiny-amid-cheating-scandal/article/feed/278106?custom_click=rss

OXNARD, Calif. (AP) — When Volkswagen opened its gleaming pollution testing center near the California coast, a top executive from the German automaker helped snip the blue ribbon and joined a tour of a lab so advanced that VW would brag the air inside was cleaner than in the surrounding strawberry fields.

Three years later, with VW admitting that it manipulated emissions results in 482,000 U.S. diesel vehicles to make them seem more environmentally friendly, questions are swirling around Volkswagen's only test center in North America.

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]]> Mon, 05 Oct 2015 07:42:30 -0600 <![CDATA[AAA Michigan: Gas prices rise 9 cents in past week to $2.52]]> http://gazette.com/aaa-michigan-gas-prices-rise-9-cents-in-past-week-to-2.52/article/feed/278186?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/aaa-michigan-gas-prices-rise-9-cents-in-past-week-to-2.52/article/feed/278186?custom_click=rss DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) — AAA Michigan says gas prices statewide have gone up for the third consecutive week.

The Dearborn-based auto club says that the average price for self-serve regular unleaded gasoline was about $2.52 per gallon on Sunday. That's 9 cents more per gallon than last week's average and down about 76 cents from the same point last year.

The lowest average price was about $2.40 per gallon in the Marquette area, while the highest average was about $2.56 in the Jackson area.

AAA Michigan surveys daily fuel prices at 2,800 gas stations across the state.




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]]> Mon, 05 Oct 2015 07:30:36 -0600 <![CDATA[Gas prices fall 2 cents in New Hampshire]]> http://gazette.com/gas-prices-fall-2-cents-in-new-hampshire/article/feed/278182?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/gas-prices-fall-2-cents-in-new-hampshire/article/feed/278182?custom_click=rss CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Gas prices in New Hampshire fell 2 cents per gallon in the past week, to an average of $2.16.

Gasbuddy.com, which surveyed 875 gas stations in the state, says that's 13 cents lower than the national average, which went up half a cent to $2.29 a gallon.

Gas prices in New Hampshire are $1.16 lower than they were a year ago, and 14.6 cents per gallon lower than a month ago.

The national average is 11.4 cents per gallon lower than it was a month ago and 99.5 cents per gallon lower than a year ago.

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]]> Mon, 05 Oct 2015 07:14:12 -0600 <![CDATA[Maine gas prices decrease about 2 cents in past week]]> http://gazette.com/maine-gas-prices-decrease-about-2-cents-in-past-week/article/feed/278181?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/maine-gas-prices-decrease-about-2-cents-in-past-week/article/feed/278181?custom_click=rss PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Gas prices in Maine have fallen nearly 2 cents per gallon in the past week.

Gasbuddy.com, which surveyed 1,228 gas stations in the state, says the average retail gasoline price in Maine is $2.25 a gallon.

The national average increased half a cent, to $2.29 a gallon.

The price in Maine was $1.13 less per gallon than a year ago, and 12.3 cents per gallon lower than a month ago. The national average decreased 11.4 cents per gallon during the last month and is 99.5 cents lower than a year ago.

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]]> Mon, 05 Oct 2015 07:09:45 -0600 <![CDATA[UAW-Ford to host mobile mammogram screenings in Detroit area]]> http://gazette.com/uaw-ford-to-host-mobile-mammogram-screenings-in-detroit-area/article/feed/278138?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/uaw-ford-to-host-mobile-mammogram-screenings-in-detroit-area/article/feed/278138?custom_click=rss DETROIT (AP) — A 5-day mobile mammogram screening is being offered by the UAW-Ford for uninsured women in the Detroit area.

The program will be held in five locations and is being conducted in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

The UAW-Ford National Programs Center on West Jefferson in Detroit will host a screening on Oct. 12. Screenings also will be held Oct. 13 at the Jermaine Jackson Community Center in Mount Clemens; Oct. 14 at the UAW-Ford Local 600 in Dearborn; Oct. 15 at Local 900 in Wayne; and Oct. 16 at Local 387 in Flat Rock.

Twenty-five appointments will be available each day for women 40 and older.

UAW-Ford is a collaboration between United Auto Workers members and Dearborn-based Ford Motor Co.

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]]> Mon, 05 Oct 2015 03:06:03 -0600 <![CDATA[AP analysis: VW evasion likely led to dozens of deaths]]> http://gazette.com/ap-analysis-vw-evasion-likely-led-to-dozens-of-deaths/article/feed/278130?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/ap-analysis-vw-evasion-likely-led-to-dozens-of-deaths/article/feed/278130?custom_click=rss

WASHINGTON (AP) — Volkswagen's pollution-control chicanery has not just been victimless tinkering, killing between five and 20 people in the United States annually in recent years, according to an Associated Press statistical and computer analysis.

The software that the company admitted using to get around government emissions limits allowed VWs to spew enough pollution to cause somewhere between 16 and 94 deaths over seven years, with the annual count increasing more recently as more of the diesels were on the road. The total cost has been well over $100 million.

That's just in the United States. It's likely far deadlier and costlier in Europe, where more VW diesels were sold, engineers said.

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]]> Mon, 05 Oct 2015 02:45:50 -0600 <![CDATA[Annual celebration of classic cars under way on Miss coast]]> http://gazette.com/annual-celebration-of-classic-cars-under-way-on-miss-coast/article/feed/277955?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/annual-celebration-of-classic-cars-under-way-on-miss-coast/article/feed/277955?custom_click=rss GULFPORT, Miss. (AP) — The Mississippi Gulf Coast's annual celebration of hotrods and classic cars is getting under way.

Cruisin' the Coast runs Oct. 4-11 this year.

The festival has been growing since its start in 1996, when 374 vehicles were registered. WLOX-TV reports (http://bit.ly/1Lq14I6 ) that Cruisin' the Coast officials are hoping good weather and low gasoline prices will help put the number of registrants up to the 7,500 mark.

Meanwhile, police in Biloxi will be sporting fancy wheels of their own. The Sun-Herald (http://bit.ly/1Lq1j5Z ) reports that the department has four new Harley motorcycles and six new white SUVs that are likely to draw attention during the festival.

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]]> Sun, 04 Oct 2015 10:24:06 -0600 <![CDATA[Merkel calls on VW to clear up emissions-rigging scandal]]> http://gazette.com/merkel-calls-on-vw-to-clear-up-emissions-rigging-scandal/article/feed/277932?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/merkel-calls-on-vw-to-clear-up-emissions-rigging-scandal/article/feed/277932?custom_click=rss BERLIN (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel has called Volkswagen's emissions-rigging scandal a "far-reaching event" and demanded the world's largest automaker quickly investigate it.

Merkel told German public radio Deutschlandfunk on Sunday she hopes "that VW quickly establishes the needed transparency and clear things up."

The extent of the fallout from the scandal, which erupted Sept. 18 when the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said VW had cheated on tests of its diesel cars, remains unclear as do the costs to Volkswagen. Longtime CEO Martin Winterkorn quit last month, but said he was aware of no wrongdoing on his part.

Volkswagen AG has admitted using a piece of engine software to cheat on diesel car emissi

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]]> Sun, 04 Oct 2015 08:48:07 -0600 <![CDATA[Albuquerque police to buy property for seized vehicles]]> http://gazette.com/albuquerque-police-to-buy-property-for-seized-vehicles/article/feed/277902?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/albuquerque-police-to-buy-property-for-seized-vehicles/article/feed/277902?custom_click=rss ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — City officials say Albuquerque police may get the funds to purchase property for storing vehicles seized during DWI arrests later this month.

The Albuquerque Journal reports (http://bit.ly/1KNZcSW) City Councilor Trudy Jones is sponsoring legislation that would earmark $3.3 million for the purchase as well as for upgrades to a building used by tactical officers.

Police intend to buy a 15-acre lot and turn it into storage space as well as a base for traffic and DWI officers.

According to the department, police currently leases a property for $20,000 a month and the rate will only go up once the contract expires next year.

Police say they seized more than 1,200 vehicles last year and made

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]]> Sun, 04 Oct 2015 04:00:28 -0600 <![CDATA[2015 Volkswagen Golf GTI: Original hot-hatch gets more dynamic]]> http://gazette.com/2015-volkswagen-golf-gti-original-hot-hatch-gets-more-dynamic/article/1559504?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/2015-volkswagen-golf-gti-original-hot-hatch-gets-more-dynamic/article/1559504?custom_click=rss Improving on their timeless formula, Volkswagen’s new seventh-generation Golf GTI is bigger, lighter, faster, and more fuel efficient than ever.

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