• NBC Nov 9, 2019

    Actor Charles Levin's Decomposed Body Found Partially Eaten by Vultures

    The badly decomposed body of television actor Charles Levin was found at the bottom of a remote hill in Oregon, according to police documents obtained by NBC News. The 70-year-old actor apparently became lost while driving his Fiat on June 28 in Cave Junction, Oregon, eventually leaving his car and falling down a steep slope, NBC News reports. Authorities didn’t...

  • actor Jul 15, 2019

    Remains Found in Oregon Believed to Be Actor Charles Levin

    Remains found in a remote area of Oregon are believed to be of missing actor Charles Levin, who played numerous roles on television comedies such as “Seinfeld” and “Night Court.” Levin, 70, was reported missing from Grants Pass on July 8 by his son after he hadn’t heard from his father for several days, The Oregonian/OregonLive reported. He owned an...

  • CEO May 28, 2019

    New Auto Giant? Fiat Chrysler Wants to Merge With Renault

    Fiat Chrysler proposed on Monday to merge with France’s Renault to create the world’s third-biggest automaker, worth $40 billion, and combine forces in the race to make electric and autonomous vehicles. The merged company would reshape the global industry: it would produce some 8.7 million vehicles a year, leapfrogging General Motors and trailing only Volkswagen and Toyota. Shares of both...

  • DIRECTOR Feb 6, 2019

    Fire Rages in San Francisco After Gas Line Explosion

    They were thrilled to simply see Pope Francis. Pushed up against a silver-aluminum barrier at Philadelphia International Airport Saturday morning, the Keating Family looked on as the pontiff planted his feet in Philadelphia under gray skies. It was the last stop on his historic U.S. tour. They listened as Chuck Keating, the family’s patriarch, directed the Bishop Shanahan High...

  • United States Jul 25, 2018

    Sergio Marchionne, Who Saved Fiat and Chrysler, Has Died

    Sergio Marchionne, a charismatic and demanding leader who engineered two long-shot corporate turnarounds to save both Fiat and Chrysler from near-certain failure, died Wednesday. He was 66. The Exor holding company of the Fiat founding family Agnelli announced Marchionne’s death in Zurich in a statement. “Unfortunately what we feared has come to pass,” Fiat heir John Elkann said. “Sergio Marchionne,...

  • California Jun 2, 2018

    UC Berkeley Peregrine Falcon Chicks Named After Elements

    Three baby peregrine falcons that hatched last month at the University of California, Berkeley have been named for elements discovered at the university.

  • driver May 29, 2018

    Fiat Chrysler Warns 4.8 Million: Don't Use Cruise Control

    Fiat Chrysler is recalling 4.8 million vehicles in the U.S. because in rare but terrifying circumstances, drivers may not be able to turn off the cruise control. The company is warning owners not to use cruise control until the cars, SUVs and trucks can be fixed with a software update.

  • United States Mar 18, 2018

    US Probes 4 Deaths in Hyundai-Kia Cars When Air Bags Failed

    Air bags in some Hyundai and Kia cars failed to inflate in crashes and four people are dead. Now the U.S. government’s road safety agency wants to know why. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says it’s investigating problems that affect an estimated 425,000 cars made by the Korean automakers. The agency also is looking into whether the same problem...

  • CEO Feb 6, 2018

    General Motors Union Workers to Get $11K Profit-Sharing Checks

    General Motors announced Tuesday it made $12.8 billion in pre-tax profits in 2017, and the company said union-represented workers will receive profit-sharing checks of $11,750. The company reported a net loss of $3.9 billion, driven primarily by a $7.3 billion accounting charge related to the recent tax reform and $6.2 billion charge related to the sale of Europe’s Opel unit....

  • driver Jan 15, 2018

    Accord, Navigator, XC60 Take Top Prize at Detroit Auto Show

    Automotive journalists crowned the Honda Accord the North American Car of the Year on Monday, a first for the longtime model that’s twice flirted for the top honor as a finalist. The 10th-generartion Accord edged out the Kia Stinger and Toyota Camry for the award, which was announced at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. The award program,...

  • United States Dec 19, 2017

    US Eyes 1M Ram, Durango Gearshifts for Rollaway Risk

    The U.S. auto safety agency has opened an investigation into complaints that another 1 million Fiat Chrysler vehicles can roll away after the owners shift transmissions into park, a problem similar to the one being blamed in the death of Star Trek actor Anton Yelchin. The investigation by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration covers Fiat Chrysler’s top-selling vehicle, the...

  • Detroit Dec 19, 2017

    Chevy Bolt Gets Top Car Award at Major Auto Show, Honda Ridgeline Top Truck

    The Chevy Bolt has been named top car in North America, an important milestone for a car General Motors hopes will finally get Americans hooked on electric vehicles. The Honda Ridgeline grabbed the honor for top truck. Utility vehicles were honored separately for the first time, with the Pacifica minivan from Fiat Chrysler snagging that award. The honors were announced...

  • BMW Dec 19, 2017

    Tech Troubles Dent Car, Truck Reliability, JD Power Study Finds

    Technology glitches including Bluetooth phone pairing and misunderstood voice commands put a dent in car and truck reliability scores in a major survey of automobile owners. Lexus and Porsche tied for the top spot, leading all brands for dependability in the survey released Wednesday by the consulting firm J.D. Power. But electronic problems caused trouble across the industry, pushing the...

  • Egypt Apr 30, 2017

    Pope's Timely Egypt Visit Comforts Grief-Stricken Christians

    Pope Francis wrapped up a brief but deeply symbolic visit to Egypt on Saturday with an open-air Mass for the country’s tiny Catholic community, defying security concerns to show his support for the Christians of this Muslim majority Arab nation who have increasingly become targeted by Islamic militants. Military helicopters flew overhead and police fanned out in force as Francis...

  • Donald Trump Mar 28, 2017

    Trump Appears to Take Credit for Ford Investment Announced in 2015

    Ford on Tuesday outlined new details for a planned $9-billion investment in the United States. The automaker’s investment push was first announced in 2015, but President Donald Trump suggested on Twitter that the “big announcement” was related to his effort to grow jobs in the U.S., CNBC reported. Ford said Tuesday it would invest $1.2 billion into three Michigan plants....

  • United States Jan 12, 2017

    US Accuses Fiat Chrysler of Cheating on Emissions

    The U.S. government accused Fiat Chrysler on Thursday of failing to disclose software in some of its pickups and SUVs with diesel engines that allows them to emit more pollution than allowed under the Clean Air Act. The Environmental Protection Agency issued a “notice of violation” to the company that covers about 104,000 vehicles including the 2014 through 2016 Jeep...

  • CEO Sep 15, 2016

    Ford to Move Production of Small Cars From US to Mexico

    Ford says it will move its entire small car operation from America to Mexico, NBC News reported. “Over the next two to three years, we will have migrated all of our small car production to Mexico,” CEO Mark Fields said at an investor conference in Detroit on Wednedsay, assuring investors that his company maintains a healthy profit margin in its...

  • San Francisco Sep 9, 2016

    Ford Buys SF-Based Shuttle Service Chariot as Part of New Mobility Push

    Ford Motor Co. is buying an app-based shuttle service and partnering with a bike-share company as part of its ongoing effort to expand its traditional business.

  • Attorney Aug 3, 2016

    Parents Sue Over Crash That Killed ‘Star Trek' Actor Anton Yelchin

    The parents of “Star Trek” actor Anton Yelchin on Tuesday sued the makers of the Jeep Grand Cherokee, an SUV that was under recall when it crushed and killed the 27-year-old. Victor and Irina Yelchin filed the wrongful-death and product-liability lawsuit against automaker Fiat Chrysler in Los Angeles Superior Court roughly six weeks after their son was killed. Their attorney...

  • driver Jun 20, 2016

    SUV That Rolled, Killed ‘Star Trek' Actor Was Under Recall

    The SUV that rolled down a driveway and killed “Star Trek” actor Anton Yelchin was being recalled because the gear shifters have confused drivers, causing the vehicles to roll away unexpectedly, government records show. Yelchin, 27, a rising actor best known for playing Chekov in the rebooted series, died Sunday after his 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee pinned him against a...

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