U.S. lawmakers propose making it easier to meet mpg rules


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A bipartisan pair of Michigan lawmakers introduced a bill to make it easier for automakers to comply with federal fuel efficiency requirements, as the Trump administration considers softening standards that require nearly doubling the fuel economy of the U.S. new vehicle fleet by 2025. The proposal, introduced late on Wednesday, would extend the life of fuel economy credits that would currently expire after five years, lift a cap on transferring credits between car and truck fleets and award automakers credits for emissions reductions not measured by existing test procedures.

Court hits pause on DMS access case


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A favorable ruling for Authenticom in its antitrust case against CDK Global Inc. and Reynolds and Reynolds Co. has been put on hold after appeals from the dealership management system giants.

U.S. Senate panel sets goals for autonomous vehicle deployment


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Senate Commerce Committee leaders on Tuesday said safety, reducing roadblocks to innovation, and clarifying federal and state regulatory roles are among the chief goals they will follow when drafting legislation covering autonomous vehicles in coming weeks. "Self-driving vehicles will not only dramatically change how we get from place to place, they have the potential to prevent accidents and save thousands of lives," Sen. Gary Peters, D-Mich., who is spearheading the effort along with Chairman John Thune, R-S.D., and ranking member Bill Nelson of Florida, said in a statement.

Mercedes parent Daimler fears its own diesel crisis in U.S.

Mercedes-Benz parent company Daimler AG warned this week the automaker could face significant fines and recalls as a result of U.S. authorities' investigation into its own diesels. The automaker launched an internal investigation at the request of the EPA a year ago after reports of possible discrepancies in the emissions levels of its U.S. market vehicles following the fallout of the Volkswagen diesel crisis .

Basic NAFTA deal likely by mid-2018, says Chamber of Commerce chief


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The United States, Mexico and Canada are likely to reach a basic accord over reworking the North American Free Trade Agreement by the middle of next year, the head of the biggest U.S. business lobby group said Sunday. The future of the deal binding the three nations has been in doubt since Donald Trump won the U.S. presidency in November pledging to ditch it if he could not rework terms in favor of the United States, clouding the outlook for Mexico in particular.

U.S. Navy Jet Crashes, Pilot Ejects As Aircraft Carrier Finally Heads Toward North Korea

U.S. Navy via Flickr : PACIFIC OCEAN An F/A-18E Super Hornet assigned to the Golden Dragons of Strike Fighter Squadron 192 makes an arrested landing aboard the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson . A Navy F/A-18E Super Hornet fighter crashed into the ocean and the pilot ejected unharmed while on approach to land on the USS Carl Vinson , the aircraft carrier that was briefly confused to have been off the coast of the Korean Peninsula during North Korea's failed nuclear test last weekend, but wasn't .

VW’s lost, destroyed phones justify more scrutiny, FTC says


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The Federal Trade Commission is seeking to further question Volkswagen Group's U.S. officials about whether evidence including mobile phones was destroyed amid the probe of diesel vehicles rigged to cheat emissions tests. "In the context of the massive scandal at the center of this case, 23 lost or bricked phones is a bright red flag, especially when they include phones that belonged to important individuals," FTC attorneys said in a court filing Thursday.

Exploding Takata air bag claims 11th victim in U.S.

A 50-year-old woman who died after a car wreck last month in California is the 11th U.S. victim of defective air bag inflators from auto industry supplier Takata. Exploding Takata air bag claims 11th victim in U.S. A 50-year-old woman who died after a car wreck last month in California is the 11th U.S. victim of defective air bag inflators from auto industry supplier Takata.

Tesla’s new Autopilot features, Chevy’s fuel cell truck, and more

It's unclear whether desperation or arrogance is more to blame for Volkswagen's systematic use of illegal, emissions tampering software in 11 million diesel-powered vehicles around the world. It is clear is that despite stifling stop-sale orders, a tarnished reputation and billions of dollars in recalls, repairs and buybacks, the company does not lack confidence-at least publically.

Stein hits Clinton on emails

Green Party candidate Jill Stein attacked Hillary Clinton on Monday for her use of a private email server as secretary of state, amid reports that notes from Clinton's interview with the FBI during its probe of the matter would be turned over to Congress soon. Declining to say whether she thought Clinton should have faced criminal charges from the FBI after its probe, Stein said that the issue "raises real questions about her competency."

Clinton: I will introduce campaign finance amendment in first 30 days

Hillary Clinton will pledge on Saturday to introduce an amendment to the Constitution to overturn the Supreme Court's Citizen United decision within the first 30 days of her administration, an aide said Saturday. Clinton first made the pledge to overturn the 2010 Supreme Court decision Citizens United, which opened the floodgates for outside money in politics, while campaigning in Iowa in 2015.

Congressmen: No commercial flights to Cuba yet

Several members of Congress want to block the start of scheduled commercial flights between the United States and Cuba, saying that security measures on the island might not be sufficient. Rep. John Katko, R-New York, said the move has nothing to do with politics and everything to do with the security of the flying public.

GM shares fuel cell research to US Navy to develop unmanned undersea vehicles

General Motors, the Office of Naval Research and the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory announce Thursday, June 23, 2016, they are cooperating to incorporate automotive hydrogen fuel cell systems into a next-generation of Navy unmanned undersea vehicles, or UUVs. Hydrogen fuel cells convert high-energy hydrogen efficiently into electricity, resulting in vehicles with greater range and endurance than those powered with batteries.

Sessions: ‘A lot of people’ may be wrongly on terror watch list

Sen. Jeff Sessions said Sunday that he would consider compromise gun legislation being hammered out by moderate Republican Sen. Susan Collins of Maine but has concerns about the constitutional rights of people placed on the federal terrorist watch list. "The problem is, you have got indications on this list of people who might be involved in terrorism," Sessions told CNN's Dana Bash on "State of the Union."

Trump says he would host Kim Jong Un in US

Donald Trump said Wednesday that he would receive North Korea's dictator for a visit to the United States and again rejected criticism over his willingness to sit down with Kim Jong Un. "What the hell is wrong with speaking?" Trump asked during a campaign event here, while conceding that he would have a very slim chance of convincing the North Korean leader to abandon his country's nuclear weapons program.

Florida Gov. Rick Scott postpones meeting with Trump

Florida Gov. Rick Scott's scheduled meeting with Donald Trump on Monday has been postponed as a major storm threatens the Gulf Coast. Scott has said the meeting in New York with the presumptive Republican presidential nominee was not related to potentially being chosen as Trump's running mate.