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TheCarConnection.com
Thu May 23, 2019 10:00 am
2016 Volvo XC90 T6 Inscription  -  Quick Drive, July 2015The 2016 Volvo XC90 crossover SUV has been recalled to fix a faulty coolant hose that could spring a leak and create a fire risk. Documents filed with the NHTSA last month and published this week show that 34,006 XC90 models are affected. The Swedish automaker said the heat and humidity could cause the engine-side coolant bleeder hose to breakdown...
Yahoo Automotive
Thu May 23, 2019 7:30 am

The Real Green New Deal Doesn’t Belong to AOCClimate change has long been a disaster in the making, but until recently the American public tended to treat it as an afterthought. The Green New Deal brought climate change front and center, and made Americans think about big bold solutions instead of technical tweaks and half measures. The think tank Data for Progress has a plan that actually predates Ocasio-Cortez’s, but which goes into much greater detail about how to combat climate change both at home and abroad.


TheCarConnection.com
Thu May 23, 2019 7:30 am
2019 Honda CR-V119K 2019 Honda CR-V crossover SUVs recalled to fix airbags Honda will recall its popular CR-V crossover SUV to address sharp metal within a steering wheel that could damage wiring related to the driver's airbag and prevent it from deploying, federal documents said Thursday. Non-profit petitions feds to reject GM's steering wheel-less car...
TheCarConnection.com
Thu May 23, 2019 7:30 am
2018 Lexus LS 500h Executive Package (Lexus LS Hybrid)Owners of a handful of recent Lexus cars and crossover SUVs now have the option to upgrade their infotainment system software to include Apple CarPlay and Amazon Alexa compatibility—for a price. DON'T MISS: 2019 Lexus UX crossover earns Top Safety Pick award from IIHS The luxury automaker said on its website that its dealers can install...
TheCarConnection.com
Thu May 23, 2019 7:15 am
2019 Honda CR-VHonda will recall its popular CR-V crossover SUV to address sharp metal within a steering wheel that could damage wiring related to the driver's airbag and prevent it from deploying, federal documents said Thursday. Honda has received dozens of complaints about driver's airbags that did not deploy correctly due to damaged wiring harnesses. The...
TheCarConnection.com
Wed May 24, 5600 3:59 pm
Chevrolet Bolt EV Cruise Automation test mule in San FranciscoIn a petition to the NHTSA, the Center for Auto Safety said that General Motors would use "unsuspecting motorists or pedestrians as guinea pigs" if the automaker is allowed to test self-driving cars without steering wheels or pedals on public roads. The nonprofit advocacy group claimed Monday in a release that both the automaker and the NHTSA have...
Yahoo Automotive
Tue May 24, 3555 3:58 pm

The Latest: Tornadoes move through southwest Missouri townsOKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Latest on storm damage in the Southern Plains and Midwest (all times local):


Yahoo Automotive
Sat May 24, 5800 3:58 pm

Russia and America Are Taking Turns Probing Each Other’s Air SpaceSix Russian Tu-95 heavy bombers and several Russian Su-35 fighters probed U.S. air-defenses on May 20 and May 21, 2019, prolonging a period of aerial tension between the Moscow and Washington.U.S. Air Force F-22 stealth fighters and supporting aircraft on both days peacefully intercepted the Russian planes. “The Russian bombers and fighters remained in international airspace and at no time did the aircraft enter United States or Canadian sovereign airspace,” North American Aerospace Defense Command reported.“Two pairs of F-22s and an E-3 airborne early warning and control system from North American Aerospace Defense Command positively identified and intercepted a total of four Tupolev Tu-95 bombers and two Su-35 fighters entering the Alaskan Air Defense Identification Zone on May 20,” noted the command, which also is known by its Cold War acronym “NORAD.”“Specifically, two of the Russian bombers were intercepted by two F-22s, and a second group of bombers with Su-35 fighters was intercepted later by two additional F-22s, while the E-3 provided overall surveillance.”


Yahoo Automotive
Thu May 24, 9781 3:58 pm

Google unveils a fresh new look for Search on mobile devicesGoogle unveiled a new look and feel today for the way it presents Google Search results on mobile, and the update has been regarded in a few corners now as somewhat News Feed-like.It's easy to see why that's the case, as the search giant's changes include putting emphasis on a website name and favicon above the search results. Whereas the source of results had previously not been so clearly emphasized, which makes the new design for showing results feel a little like scrolling through a feed of posts from publishers and the like."With this new design, a website's branding can be front and center, helping you better understand where the information is coming from and what pages have what you're looking for," explains Google Senior Interaction Designer for Search Jamie Leach in a company blog post today. "The name of the website and its icon appear at the top of the results card to help anchor each result, so you can more easily scan the page of results and decide what to explore next."The post notes that the refreshed look for what's arguably Google's most important product will start showing up to users over the coming days. As part of the changes, Leach continues, when you search for a product or service and Google feels like it's got a relevant, "useful" ad that would be worth including in the results, you'll now see an ad label in bold at the top of a search results card. The web address will also be included, so you can quickly determine where the information you're seeing is coming from.The other important thing to note about the Google Search refresh on mobile is that this also lays the foundation for Google to add more action buttons and information previews to search results cards, with Google wanting you to be able to now do everything from buying movie tickets to playing podcasts right there from within the results. "Our goal with Search always has been to help people quickly and easily find the information that they're looking for," Leach says. "Over the years, the amount and format of information available on the web has changed drastically -- from the proliferation of images and video to the availability of 3D objects you can now view in AR." Which is why the company thought a "visual refresh" of Search on mobile would do a better job of helping people find the information they need and quickly determine where it came from.


Yahoo Automotive
Mon May 24, 6877 3:58 pm

Trump to Democrats: No deals on infrastructure, drug prices until they drop investigationsDonald Trump told Democratic leaders he wouldn't work with them on shared priorities such as infrastructure unless they abandon "phony" investigations.


Yahoo Automotive
Sat May 24, 1851 3:58 pm

Joe Biden criticizes Kim Jong Un; North Korea calls Biden 'an imbecile'Kim said in April that his personal relationship with Trump was still good despite the collapse of their second summit in Vietnam in February. Biden's campaign responded to North Korea by calling the relationship between Trump and Pyongyang "antithetical to who we are." Biden, at a campaign launch in Philadelphia on Saturday, said: "Are we a nation that embraces dictators and tyrants like (Russian President Vladimir) Putin and Kim Jong Un?" Korean Central News Agency (KCNA), the state media, responded to Biden's criticism in a commentary late on Tuesday. Biden campaign spokesman Andrew Bates, in a statement responding to the KCNA remarks, repeated that Kim is a dictator and a tyrant.


Yahoo Automotive
Mon May 24, 9210 3:58 pm

Serial con artist arrested after scamming woman he met on Match.com out of $85,000A serial con artist was arrested Wednesday after allegedly scamming a Georgiawoman he met on Match


TheCarConnection.com
Wed May 24, 4400 3:58 pm
2018 Volkswagen Golf GTIThe sporty 2019 Volkswagen GTI hatchback earned top marks in the latest IIHS crash tests and qualified for the organization's top award when equipped with extra-cost headlights and collision-prevention gear. The 2019 GTI earned "Good" ratings in every crash test, save for an "Acceptable" in the passenger-side small overlap front test. Those score...
Yahoo Automotive
Sun May 24, 3733 3:58 pm

Dem. Rep. Accuses DHS Secretary of Choosing to Let Migrant Kids Die: ‘This Is Intentional’Representative Lauren Underwood (D., Ill.) on Wednesday accused the acting Department of Homeland Security secretary of intentionally implementing border-security policies that would lead to the deaths of migrant children.During his appearance before the House Homeland Security Committee on Wednesday, Acting Secretary Kevin McAleenan was asked to explain why five children have died in federal custody after being apprehended at the southern border since December.“These stories are appalling and yet they keep happening,” Underwood said, referring to the recent migrants deaths, as well as reports of inadequate housing and medical care for migrant children apprehended at the border. “Now Congress just provided half a billion dollars in February to address the humanitarian crisis at the border and will soon provide more. Why do these tragedies keep happening?”McAleenan, who succeeded Kirstjen Nielsen in April, responded that the resources provided by Congress are insufficient to address the record number of asylum seekers, many of whom are women and children, arriving at the border each day.“They're happening because the crisis is exceeding the resources provided. That's why we've asked for more and we've asked for more authority to prevent this crisis from happening in the first place and to prevent the children from being placed at risk,” he said.Underwood, a 32-year-old freshman lawmaker, dismissed McAleenan's claims, suggesting instead that he was implementing policies intended to result in the death of children.“People keep dying, sir. People keep dying. So, this is obviously more than a question of resources,” she said. “Congress has been more than willing to provide the resources and work with you to address the security and humanitarian concerns, but at this point, with five kids that have died, 5,000 separated from their families, I feel like — and the evidence is really clear — that this is intentional. It's a policy choice being made on purpose by this administration and it's cruel and inhumane."“That's an appalling accusation and our men and women fight hard to protect people in our custody every single day,” McAleenan responded.> The acting DHS secretary denies the accusation that migrant deaths are "intentional" policy. pic.twitter.com/7xiThg8IVY> > -- VICE News (@vicenews) May 22, 2019Republicans on the panel reacted forcefully to Underwood's assertion. The ranking Republican on the committee, Representative Mike Rogers (R., Mich.) called for a vote to strike her comments from the record. The vote passed 9-7.“You cannot impugn the character of the witness by stating that he intentionally murders children. That is completely inappropriate and her words should be taken down,” Rogers said during the hearing. “She was very explicit.”“It’s absolutely disheartening to see some radical Democrats stoop so low to say that the Acting DHS Secretary McAleenan is murdering children. McAleenan left the private sector to serve his country after the towers fell on 9/11. This is a sad day for America and the Democrat party,” Representative Mark Green (R., Tenn.) said in a statement provided to National Review.On Monday, 16-year-old Carlos Hernandez Vasquez became the fifth migrant child to die in federal custody in the last six months.Vasquez crossed into the U.S. without his parents and died of the flu at a Border Patrol station in Weslaco, Texas after spending a week in the custody of U.S. Customs and Border Patrol (CPB). His death has drawn scrutiny from Democratic lawmakers, who have pointed out that policy dictates he should have been transferred to the custody of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) within 72 hours of his apprehension.“Make no mistake: This is a pattern of death. This is an epidemic of death by the Trump administration,” Representative Joaquin Castro of Texas told reporters during a press conference Tuesday. “As I mentioned, nobody had died for ten years. And in the last six months, you've had five deaths.”The Trump administration has for months urged Congress to provide resources for medical care and the construction of housing units that can accommodate the new asylum-seekers arriving at the southern border. The existing detention centers lack the capacity to handle the record influx and were built to accommodate the mostly single men who formerly comprised most of the illegal-migrant population.The administration has also urged Congress to reform the asylum system through legislation in order to limit the number of migrants who must be detained on U.S. soil while their claims are being adjudicated.


TheCarConnection.com
Sat May 24, 9000 3:58 pm
2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1Punches were thrown. Names were taken. Integrity, honesty, and parentage were all called into question. The Car Connection’s best-performing cars draws deep divisions among our staff like whether a taco is technically a sandwich. (Eds note: It is and suggesting otherwise should be a felony if it isn’t already.) Nearly 300 cars were...
TheCarConnection.com
Sat May 24, 6600 3:58 pm
Lincoln Continental crashSafety isn’t usually the first priority on car buyers’ lists—until it is. Those of us lucky enough to escape a serious crash can’t forget how vital passenger protection can be in a crash. We seek out the safest new cars because we can’t imagine life without them. This year, the top cars on our list for safety all have...
TheCarConnection.com
Sat May 24, 5400 3:58 pm
2019 Chrysler PacificaNearly 200K Chrysler Pacifica minivans recalled over power steering loss risk Fiat Chrysler Automobiles said Friday that it will recall almost 200,000 2017-2019 Chrysler Pacifica minivans to remedy an electrical wiring fault that may affect the vehicles' power steering systems. Michigan lawmaker proposes taking parallel parking out of driving test...
TheCarConnection.com
Sat May 24, 5400 3:58 pm
2019 Kia SorentoThe 2019 Kia Sorento enters summer with two new trim levels packed with features that could make the crossover SUV appealing to shoppers comparing it to the automaker's larger Telluride. Cars Direct reported last week that two new high-value trims designed to jazz up the vehicle for shoppers on a budget. The first is a Sorento S trim, which will...
Yahoo Automotive
Mon May 24, 8877 3:58 pm

UPDATE 2-U.S. Justice Dept staff recommends blocking T-Mobile-Sprint deal, sources sayThe U.S. Justice Department's antitrust division staff has recommended the agency block T-Mobile US Inc's $26 billion acquisition of smaller rival Sprint Corp, according to two sources familiar with the matter. While Justice Department staff balked at the merger, the Federal Communications Commission indicated on Monday it had reached an agreement in principle with the companies to allow the deal after the companies agreed to sell Sprint's prepaid brand Boost Mobile. The final decision on whether to allow two of the four nationwide wireless carriers to merge now lies with political appointees at the department, headed by antitrust division chief Makan Delrahim.


Yahoo Automotive
Fri May 24, 2385 3:58 pm

Fears rise China could weaponise rare earths in US tech warThe US has hit China where it hurts by going after its telecom champion Huawei, but Beijing's control of the global supply of rare earths used in smartphones and electric cars gives it a powerful weapon in their escalating tech war. A seemingly routine visit by President Xi Jinping to a Chinese rare earths company this week is being widely read as an obvious threat that Beijing is standing ready for action. Xi's inspection tour "is no accident, this didn't happen by chance," said Li Mingjiang, China programme coordinator at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS) in Singapore.