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4:51am

Wed August 15, 2012
Around the Nation

Movie Documents 'Janesville' After GM Closes Plant

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5:29am

Tue August 14, 2012
The Two-Way

Luxury Cars Do Poorly In New Type Of Crash Test

Originally published on Tue August 14, 2012 6:51 am

This type of crash is particularly deadly and the first set of cars tested generally didn't provide very good protection.
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety

The first set of cars put through a new type of safety test did poorly even though they were "luxury and near-luxury cars" that should have the latest safety technology built in, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety reports today.

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4:12pm

Sun July 29, 2012
World

Cars For Clunkers: Myanmar Swaps Old Rides For New

An old taxi is pushed toward a vehicle license office to be exchanged for an import permit in Yangon, Myanmar. As many Burmese citizens take cars as an investment, many imports are sold and resold with a higher markup.
Soe Zeya Tun Reuters/Landov

Nowhere are the many recent reforms in Myanmar, also known as Burma, so evident as on city streets. Until this year, they were often choked with ancient jalopies because for most of the past half century ordinary Burmese citizens weren't allowed to purchase imported cars.

But the country's car import policies are now undergoing a lurching sort of liberalization, whose speed, quirks and unintended consequences offer a window on Myanmar's reforms.

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11:29am

Thu July 26, 2012
The Two-Way

Ford Recalls 485,000 Escapes And Mavericks With Throttle Problems

Originally published on Fri July 27, 2012 10:16 am

Ford Escapes sit at a Ford dealership in east Denver.
David Zalubowski AP

Ford says that 485,000 Ford Escapes and Mavericks — which are sold in Europe — may have problems with its throttles.

The AP reports Ford issued a worldwide recall for model year 2001 through 2004 small sports utility vehicles "that are powered by 3-liter V-6 engines with cruise control."

The AP adds:

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4:32am

Fri June 15, 2012
The Two-Way

Heart Surgery Goes 'Very Well' For 'Little Darth Vader'

In this screen shot provided by Volkswagen of America, Max Page stars as a "Little Darth Vader" who thinks he's used "the force" to start a VW Passat.
AP

We've got good news to pass along regarding the open heart surgery performed Thursday on seven-year-old Max Page, the child actor who captivated viewers as "Little Darth Vader" in a 2011 Volkswagen commercial.

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