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Canada charges Volkswagen over faking car emissions tests

Dec. 9, 2019 4:56 PM EST

OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — The Canadian government said Monday that it is charging Volkswagen for importing cars into Canada that company executives knew violated emissions standards. The German automaker faces 58 charges of violating the Canadian Environmental Protection Act for bringing 128,000 cars into...

Florida man faces prison for defying 'red flag' gun law

Dec. 7, 2019 5:08 PM EST

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida man faces up to five years in prison for refusing to surrender his weapons to authorities under the state's “red flag" law. It took a Broward County jury less than an hour to find 33-year-old Jerron Smith guilty last week, the South Florida Sun Sentinel...

California cuts electric-car rebates, drops luxury models

Dec. 4, 2019 4:57 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California's rebate program to entice more drivers to purchase electric vehicles has gotten less generous, especially for residents looking to buy luxury models. The San Francisco Chronicle reports that effective Tuesday, regulators have stopped offering rebates for buyers of...

EU deputy: Not a bad idea to question Malta PM in slaying

Dec. 4, 2019 2:37 PM EST

VALLETTA, Malta (AP) — The head of an EU lawmaker mission to Malta on Wednesday suggested that police question the Maltese premier about the car bombing that killed a journalist investigating possible corruption in his government. “I think that it is a matter for the police to decide, but ... I...

Uber and Lyft drivers get lighted signs ahead of law change

Dec. 4, 2019 1:06 PM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Hundreds of Uber and Lyft drivers in North Carolina have been picking up lighted signs to display in their vehicles. The Raleigh News & Observer reported Tuesday that the rideshare companies will need to post the signs by next summer because of a new state law. The law is meant to...

Protesters block Malta’s leader from leaving Parliament

Dec. 2, 2019 3:38 PM EST

VALLETTA, Malta (AP) — Some 4,000 angry protesters in Malta who want the prime minister to immediately step down briefly blocked him and his party’s lawmakers from leaving parliament on Monday, amid high public pressure over an investigative journalist’s car-bomb murder. Police prevented...

Malta leader to resign amid protests over reporter’s death

Dec. 1, 2019 5:15 PM EST

VALLETTA, Malta (AP) — Maltese Prime Minister Joseph Muscat told the nation Sunday night that he would resign in January, following pressure from angry citizens for the truth about the 2017 car bombing that killed an anti-corruption journalist. In a televised message, Muscat said he had informed...

In ride-hail boom, livery cabs feel squeezed and forgotten

Nov. 30, 2019 8:02 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — As a livery cab driver in the Bronx for more than a decade, Orlando Lantigua knows some of his customers well. If they don’t have money to pay today, they can pay him later. He often gets dispatched by his base station to pick up children and take them to school, without their...

Minnesota reducing gas emissions with Volkswagen settlement

Nov. 30, 2019 1:05 AM EST

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — How big of a cut to greenhouse gas emissions can $47 million buy? It might be less than you think. State regulators recently announced plans to spend a chunk of cash from a national legal settlement with Volkswagen on a host of projects to make more of the transportation sector run on...

Lawsuit seeks to protect California’s auto emission rules

Nov. 22, 2019 1:30 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A coalition of 11 environmental groups has sued the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for revoking California’s authority to set tougher emission standards for cars and trucks than the federal government. The federal government has allowed California to set its own...