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Apr 5, 2013

House passes immigrant licensing bill

The Maryland House of Delegates has passed a measure that would allow immigrants living in the U.S. illegally to continue to obtain Maryland driver's licenses.

Apr 2, 2013

Automakers report U.S. sales up in March

DETROIT — March is turning out to be the best month for auto sales in at least six years. Major automakers including Ford, Chrysler, Toyota, General Motors and Nissan all reported increases, with some reporting their best monthly totals since the start of the Great Recession in December of 2007. Buyers were lured to showrooms […]

Mar 7, 2013

Ford recalls 230,000 minivans to fix rust problem

DETROIT — Ford is recalling 230,000 minivans in 20 cold-weather states and Washington, D.C., to fix rust problems that can cause the third-row seats to come loose. The company says the recall affects Ford Freestar and Mercury Monterey minivans from the 2004 through 2007 model years. They were sold mainly in Canada and U.S. states […]

Feb 15, 2013

BMW recalls more than 30,000 SUVs to fix brakes

DETROIT — BMW is recalling more than 30,000 SUVs to fix an oil leak that can knock out the power-assisted braking. The German automaker says the recall covers X5 SUVs in the U.S. from the 2007 through 2010 model years. The vehicles were made between Sept. 12, 2006, and March 18, 2010. They have eight-cylinder […]

Feb 14, 2013

Maryland part of $29M Toyota settlement

Maryland Attorney General Doug Gansler has announced that the state has reached a $29 million settlement with Toyota Motor Corporation, along with 29 other attorneys general.

Feb 13, 2013

Retail sales rise 0.1 pct. after tax increase

WASHINGTON — Americans barely spent more last month at retail businesses and restaurants after higher taxes cut their paychecks. The small increase suggests consumer spending may be weak in the January-March quarter, which could hold back economic growth. Retail sales ticked up 0.1 percent in January from December, the Commerce Department said Wednesday. That follows […]

Feb 1, 2013

Detroit, Toyota see big U.S. sales gains in January

DETROIT — American consumers ignored tax increases and trudged through winter weather to buy new cars and trucks at an unusually strong pace last month. “(January) was like a sprinter out of the starting blocks,” said Mike Jackson, CEO of AutoNation Inc., the country’s largest auto dealership chain. Analysts said it will likely be the […]

Jan 2, 2013

2013 auto sales will be strong, research firm predicts

DETROIT — A healthier economy and more new model introductions should push U.S. auto sales above the 15 million mark this year, predicts an auto industry research firm. The Polk research firm says auto sales should continue to lead the country’s economic recovery, rising nearly 7 percent over 2012 to 15.3 million new vehicle registrations. […]

Dec 20, 2012

Toyota’s Camry performs poorly on new crash test

DETROIT — The Toyota Camry, the best-selling car in the U.S., performed poorly this year in a new crash test and failed to get the best safety rating from an insurance industry group. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the Camry a “Poor” rating on a test that measures how well people are protected […]

Dec 3, 2012

Better economy, storm delays lift U.S. auto sales

DETROIT — A better economy and extra demand after Superstorm Sandy lifted U.S. auto sales last month. Carmakers from Chrysler to Volkswagen reported brisk demand in November, and said sales rose on everything from small SUVs to sedans. Americans are willing to buy a new car or truck because they are more confident in the […]

Nov 1, 2012

Most automakers report sales jumps despite storm

DETROIT — Most major automakers reported sales increases in October despite losing at least three days of business to the punishing rain and wind from Superstorm Sandy. Toyota said its sales rose almost 16 percent for the month, while Volkswagen reported another strong month with sales up 22 percent. Honda sales slowed from double-digit growth […]

Oct 16, 2012

Scalia on the wrong side of parking laws

While their job requires them to consider some of the most important laws in the country, Supreme Court justices are apparently not immune to parking laws.

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