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Argentina demands 'Top Gear' apology from BBC

Argentina's ambassador to Britain on Tuesday demanded an apology from the BBC over an ill-fated trip by car show "Top Gear" to the South American country. The program's crew had to leave Argentina hastily last month after they faced violent protests for driving a car with license plate H982 FKL ...

FILE - This Feb. 3, 2010 file photo shows a palm tree behind a Toyota sign at Earl Stewart Toyota in North Palm Beach, Fla. Toyota is recalling 247,000 vehicles in high-humidity areas as an air bag problem that has plagued most of the auto industry continues to widen. The recall covers vehicles in South Florida, along the Gulf Coast, in Puerto Rico, Hawaii, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, Saipan and American Samoa. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee, File)

US agency warns car owners to get air bags fixed

The U.S. government issued an urgent plea to more than 4.7 million people to get the air bags in their cars fixed, amid concern that a defect in the devices can possibly kill or injure the driver or passengers. The inflator mechanisms in the air bags can rupture, causing metal ...

In this Oct. 15, 2014 photo, a man drives a classic American car on The Malecon in Havana, Cuba. This classic still running on the streets of Havana is part of a fleet of classic cars that have become an icon of tourism in the socialist nation. (AP Photo/Franklin Reyes)

AP PHOTOS: New gloss on Cuba's classic cars

When Martin Viera's Chevrolet rolled out of the dealer's lot, Harry Truman was president of the United States, gasoline cost 27 cents a gallon and a 24-year-old lefty named Tommy Lasorda was pitching for Almendares in the Cuban winter baseball league. That world is long gone, but the Chevy's still ...

Toyota adds 247K vehicles to air bag recall tally

Toyota is recalling 247,000 vehicles in high-humidity areas as an air bag problem that has plagued most of the auto industry continues to widen. The recall posed Monday by U.S. safety regulators covers the 2003 to 2005 Corolla and Matrix, the 2002 to 2005 Sequoia and the 2003 to 2005 ...

FILE - In this Jan. 14, 2013 file photo, the 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee is introduced at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. Chrysler is recalling 184,215 SUVs worldwide because a wiring problem could disable their air bags and seat belt pretensioners. The recall involves the 2014 model year Dodge Durango and Jeep Grand Cherokee. (AP Photo/Tony Ding, File)

Chrysler recalling nearly 907,000 cars, SUVs

Nearly 907,000 Chrysler, Dodge and Jeep SUVs and cars are being recalled for alternators that can fail and heated power mirror wiring that can short and cause minor fires. The recalls, posted Thursday by U.S. safety regulators, push the total number of recalls so far this year 544, totaling a ...

In this June 26, 2014 photo, Mitsubishi's new regional jet MRJ is at the company's Komaki south plant in Komaki, central Japan. The first made in Japan passenger jet in four decades reaches a development milestone later this week. (AP Photo/Mitsubishi Aircraft Corp)

First Japan passenger jet in 4 decades rolling out

The first made in Japan passenger jet in four decades reaches a development milestone later this week. A "rolling out" ceremony in Nagoya, central Japan on Saturday will unveil the long awaited Mitsubishi Regional Jet, or MRJ, a fuel-efficient lightweight carbon-fiber composite passenger plane. Major Japanese machinery maker Mitsubishi Heavy ...

Toyota recalls Lexuses in US for fuel leak risk

Toyota is recalling about 423,000 older-model Lexus luxury cars in the U.S. because a gasket can leak fuel and possibly cause a fire. The move is among three global recalls that Toyota announced Wednesday totaling about 1.7 million vehicles. The Lexus recall covers the LS model from the 2007 through ...

VW edges GM to hold 2nd place in global sales race

Volkswagen barely edged out General Motors for second place in the global auto sales race during the first three quarters of the year, but Toyota was expected to keep its lead to stay in first place. GM said Wednesday that is sold 7.372 million cars and trucks worldwide from January ...

FILE - In this Sunday, Oct. 12, 2014 file photo, a Turkish Kurd, standing in Mursitpinar, Turkey, on the Turkey-Syria border, watches smoke from fires caused by strikes during fighting between militants of the Islamic State group and Kurdish forces in Kobani, Syria. The predominantly Kurdish town of Kobani has been transformed from a dusty backwater into a symbol of resistance for Kurds around the world. The battle is now playing out in Kobani’s streets and alleyways - a fight being watched by scores of Syrian and Turkish Kurds, as well as dozens of journalists, through binoculars from hilltops and farms just across the border in Turkey. The international media spotlight, has helped turn the defense of Kobani into a very public test for the American-led international effort to roll back and ultimately destroy the Islamic State group. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis, File)

Correction: Iraq story

In a story Oct. 14 about violence in Iraq, The Associated Press reported erroneously the year of a series of lethal attacks by two Iraqi Shiite groups and the peak years of Iraq's sectarian strife. The years are 2011, and 2006-2007, respectively. A corrected version of the story is below: ...

BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 13:  Presenters Jay Leno (L) and Jimmy Fallon pose in the press room during the 70th Annual Golden Globe Awards held at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 13, 2013 in Beverly Hills, California.  (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

Jay Leno returning to series TV with CNBC car show

Jay Leno is returning to nightly television. The former "Tonight Show" host's new prime-time venture, tentatively titled, "Jay Leno's Garage," and based on his Emmy Award-winning Web series, will premiere on CNBC in 2015, the network announced Wednesday. The precise debut date and frequency of airing are yet to be ...

In this June 5, 2014 photo, Chelsea Vick shops for clothes at Wal-Mart Supercenter in Rogers, Ark. The Commerce Department releases retail sales data for September 2014 on Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014. (AP Photo/Sarah Bentham)

US retail sales fell in September on autos and gas

U.S. retail sales retreated in September as purchases of autos, gasoline, furniture and clothing slowed, a sign that recent job gains have yet to significantly boost consumer spending. The Commerce Department said Wednesday that seasonally adjusted retail sales dropped 0.3 percent from the previous month. Sales have risen 4.3 percent ...

People are reflected on the electronic board of a securities firm in Tokyo, Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014. Shares rose in Asia on Tuesday as investors encouraged by strong China trade shrugged off a tumble on Wall Street triggered by fears that slowing growth in Europe and Asia could hobble the global recovery. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)

Asia stocks rise as oil slump promises benefits

Asian stock markets were mostly higher Wednesday as a slump in energy prices promised benefits for the region's major economies. KEEPING SCORE: Japan's Nikkei 225 stock average was up 0.2 percent at 14,971.79 and Hong Kong's Hang Seng added 0.7 percent to 23,205.38. China's Shanghai Composite rose 0.4 percent to ...

FILE - In this Jan. 14, 2013 file photo, the 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee is introduced at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. Chrysler is recalling 184,215 SUVs worldwide because a wiring problem could disable their air bags and seat belt pretensioners. The recall involves the 2014 model year Dodge Durango and Jeep Grand Cherokee. (AP Photo/Tony Ding, File)

Chrysler recalls 184,215 SUVs for air bag defect

Chrysler is recalling 184,215 SUVs worldwide because a wiring problem could disable their air bags and seat belt pretensioners. The recall involves the 2014 model year Dodge Durango and Jeep Grand Cherokee. Most are in the U.S., but 57,443 SUVs are in Canada, Mexico and elsewhere. Chrysler says a short ...

Fiat Chrysler shares close down in 1st day on NYSE

Shares of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles bounced between negative and positive Monday after making their debut on the New York Stock Exchange. The newly merged company's stock, traded under the symbol FCAU, opened at $9 and rose quickly to $9.55 before falling much of the day. The stock closed at $8.92 ...

Mayor: Toledo, Fiat Chrysler should work together

Toledo's mayor isn't about to pick a fight with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, even if it pulls Jeep Wrangler production out of the city where the vehicle's roots date to World War II. That's because the automaker will still have a large presence in the area and an assembly complex that ...

GM ignition switch deaths rise to 27

At least 27 people have died and 25 people have been seriously injured in crashes involving General Motors cars with defective ignition switches. Attorney Kenneth Feinberg, who was hired by GM to compensate victims, updated the totals Monday. Feinberg says he has received 178 death claims since August. Of those, ...

In this photo taken Sunday, April 20, 2014, Ford unveils its latest model of Escort at the China Auto show in Beijing. The China Association of Automobile Manufacturers said Monday, Oct. 13, 2014 that sales of passenger vehicles in the world's biggest auto market rose 6.4 percent in September from a year earlier, slowing from 8 percent growth in August. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

Growth slows in China passenger vehicle sales

Growth in China's car sales slowed again in September while the country's own auto brands increased their market share slightly. An industry group said Monday that sales of passenger vehicles in the world's biggest auto market rose 6.4 percent in September from a year earlier, slowing from 8 percent growth ...

Tesla's 'D' adds all-wheel drive, safety features

Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk unveiled a new version of the luxury electric car maker's Model S sedan that includes all-wheel drive and self-driving "auto pilot" features. The open-to-the-public event Thursday night included free alcohol and test rides on an airport tarmac. With more than 1,000 Tesla fans in the ...

German Chancellor Angela Merkel listens during a press conference at the end of a high-level meeting of the German and Chinese governments at the chancellery in Berlin, Germany, Friday, Oct. 10, 2014. (AP Photo/Steffi Loos)

German downturn casts shadow over world economy

As if the global economy didn't have enough troubles, it looks like Germany, Europe's traditional growth engine, risks falling into recession — or growth so weak it holds back the entire euro currency union's weak recovery. Europe's largest economy has seen a run of lousy numbers for factory orders, industrial ...

Nissan recalls 2013 Altimas for hood latch problem

Nissan is recalling more than 238,000 Altima midsize cars worldwide because a secondary latch can fail and allow the hoods to fly open while the cars are in motion. Only Altimas from the 2013 model year are covered by the recall so far, but Nissan is investigating whether other models ...

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