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Next up to Test Self-driving Cars on California Roads: Mercedes-Benz

Mercedes-Benz has followed Volkswagen AG’s Audi unit in getting a license to test self- driving vehicles on California roads as the luxury-car makers vie for a market predicted to grow to $87 billion by 2030. Mercedes, the third-biggest producer of …

Prop. 103 vs. Self-driving Cars Revving up in California

Way back in 1988 it probably seemed like the idea of self-driving vehicles was about as far off as flying cars or hovercraft. That was the year California voters enacted Proposition 103, giving among other things an insurance commissioner the …

Drivers in California Must Give Bikes 3-Foot Buffer

Californians will now need to take extra care to steer clear of cyclists. Under statewide regulations taking effect Tuesday, drivers must give bikes a buffer zone of at least 3 feet while passing. Cited violators will face a fine of …

California Fire’s Rapid Growth Draws Droves of Firefighters

Just days after a wildfire tore through a small Northern California town and destroyed scores of homes, crews on Wednesday battled another fast-moving blaze in the region that was also threatening residences. Hundreds of additional firefighters were dispatched to the …

100 Homes Destroyed by Northern California Wildfire

A wind-driven fire cut through a small California town near the Oregon border on Monday damaging or destroying 100 homes and prompting evacuation orders for at least 1,500 people, authorities said. The town near the base of Mount Shasta in …

Texas Pickup Trucks Stolen the Most: NICB Report

Pickup trucks have become a favorite target by vehicle thieves according to a new report released by the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB). Between Jan. 1, 2010 and Dec. 31, 2013, 9,441 pickup trucks were reported stolen. Full-sized pickup trucks …

California Drivers Lose $44B Over Worn-Out Roads Cost, Report Says

California’s worn-out, congested roads and bridges are costing drivers $44 billion a year, a report released today shows. Higher vehicle operating costs, congestion-related delays and traffic accidents cost $2,458 per driver in Los Angeles, according to the report released by …

Southern California Fire Danger Rises Amid Heat Wave

Forecasters say a heat wave building across Southern California will elevate fire danger through early next week. The National Weather Service says temperatures will edge upward to around 100 degrees in warmest areas Friday and the peak of the heat …

California Earthquake Claims First Death

A 65-year-old woman who suffered a head injury when a television struck her during last month’s earthquake in California’s wine country has died – the first death attributed to the magnitude-6.0 temblor, sheriff’s officials said. Laurie Anne Thompson was at …

Quake’s Main Force Directed At Napa Scientists Say

Emerging data on last month’s 6.0 magnitude earthquake shows it directed most of its force north toward Napa and the Napa Valley, hitting hard enough to move one side of the West Napa Fault north by 18 inches (46 centimeters), …