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Spider-Man ride reopening at Universal Orlando

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - As Universal Orlando theme park prepares to open a new and technologically eye-popping version of its iconic 3-D Spider-Man ride this week, creator Stan Lee says it's sort of a fluke that the costumed web-slinger ever came into existence at all.

March 07, 2012 | | BUSINESS

Fiat may shift Dodge Dart launch off April Fool's

GENEVA (AP) - Fiat and Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne says he may shift the date of the Dodge Dart's production launch off of April 1 to "to avoid being jinxed" by an April Fool's Day launch.

March 07, 2012 | | BUSINESS

Fiat makes family version of popular 500 city car

GENEVA (AP) - Italian carmaker Fiat has introduced the 500L family car to expand on the popularity of its two-door 500 city car.

March 07, 2012 | | BUSINESS

Radical redesign for Mercedes A Class

GENEVA (AP) - Mercedes-Benz unveiled a radical redesign of its A-Class vehicles Tuesday, the first in a series of facelifts for the German luxury automaker's fleet.

March 07, 2012 | | BUSINESS

Sleek silk: Mercedes-Benz SLK Is 2 cars in 1 — without compromise

Mmmmm, Airscarf. I left Santa Barbara, Calif., southbound for San Diego at 9 a.m. It was 60 degrees, and the sky was clear blue.

March 07, 2012 | By MARK MAYNARD Autoword | BUSINESS

Cadillac Escalade Platinum: It has everything

There's a good reason the black Chevy Tahoe, GMC Denali and Cadillac Escalade are the cars of choice of so many of the good guys and bad guys on television and we would presume in real life, or at least in Washington D.C. …they are spacious comfortable and remarkably utilitarian. Tint the windows dark, and these vehicles take on a look that ranges from prominence to sinister, stirring the imagination of anyone on the outside.

March 07, 2012 | By BARBARA & BILL SCHAFFER Auto Digest | BUSINESS

Sonoma offers world class wine & scenery

The California wine country in and near Sonoma County is known for its world-class wines, but you don't have to be a wine aficionado to marvel at this area's scenic backroads and the abundance of historical attractions all within a short drive. Case in point: a drive up the central part of the county that begins in the historic city of Petaluma.

February 29, 2012 | By CARY ORDWAY | BUSINESS

Chevrolet Sonic: Totally satisfying

We've seen many small Chevys over the years with names like Vega, Geo, Cavalier and Aveo come and go but like a diet meal, they just didn't satisfy.

February 29, 2012 | By BARBARA & BILL SCHAFFER Auto Digest | BUSINESS

Roaring into sun and sea on 2 wheels

KEY WEST, Fla. (AP) - Lots of Northerners shake off the last of the cold weather with a trip south this time of year. We decided to head into the Florida sunshine on two wheels, on a motorcycle trip from Miami down through the Keys, where the flat lanes seem to skim you over the blue-and-aquamarine, coral-lined sea before you're vaulted skyward bound up a causeway and on to another island.

February 29, 2012 | | BUSINESS

Burning Man regulars lament ticket 'fiasco'

RENO, Nev. (AP) - The biggest prior threats to the annual Burning Man gathering in the Nevada desert were U.S. land-use laws, undercover cops and the perception that the largest outdoor arts festival in North America is really just an excuse to get naked and do drugs.

February 29, 2012 | | BUSINESS

Rising gas prices add to Kia Rio’s appeal

With gas prices on the rise, it's no wonder the 2012 Rio is one of the top-selling cars at Kia Country, 1515 N. Main St., Manteca.

February 23, 2012 | Vince Rembulat | BUSINESS

Ford Edge gets bigger edge with EcoBoost

After a makeover for 2011, the Ford Edge returned for 2012 with an engine transplant, getting the first application of the company's four-cylinder EcoBoost engine.

February 22, 2012 | By BILL SCHAFFER Auto Digest | BUSINESS

Lake Tahoe in spring is worth the drive there

There's no doubt that scenic Lake Tahoe is high on the list of many California vacationers traveling in summer or winter, and a tourist infrastructure has been built up over the years to accommodate the hordes of people intent on a Tahoe getaway. But what many people may not think about is the advantage of visiting the lake during the spring.

February 22, 2012 | By CARY ORDWAY | BUSINESS

Retiring after 32 years with Cabral

For 32 years, Jimmy McLarty was part of the Cabral family.

February 15, 2012 | Vince Rembulat | BUSINESS

GM 2011 profit likely around $8 billion

DETROIT (AP) - General Motors was expected to post a 2011 net profit of around $8 billion - the best in its 103-year history - when it releases fourth-quarter and full-year earnings on Thursday.

February 15, 2012 | | BUSINESS

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Verizon loses key customers for first time

NEW YORK (AP) - Verizon, the once-unstoppable cellphone leader in the U.S., lost key wireless customers for the first time, even as it brought back ...

April 20, 2017 | | BUSINESS

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? Flying car to go on sale

MONACO (AP) - It may not be quite like the Jetsons, but for over a million dollars you too can soon fly around in a car.

April 20, 2017 | | BUSINESS

Google Home’s assistant can now recognize different voices

MOUNTAIN VIEW (AP) - Google's voice-activated assistant can now recognize who's talking to it on Google's Home speaker.

April 20, 2017 | | BUSINESS

GM quits Venezuela auto factory seized

VALENCIA, Venezuela (AP) - General Motors announced Thursday that it was shuttering its operations in Venezuela after authorities seized its factory in the country, a move ...

April 20, 2017 | | BUSINESS


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