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Chevy sweep: Corvette, Silverado take show awards

DETROIT — General Motors' Chevrolet brand swept the North American Car of the Year and North American Truck/Utility of the Year awards on Monday, giving the resurgent Detroit automaker another boost at the start of the Motor City's annual auto show. The Corvette Stingray received the car award, and the Silverado was judged tops among trucks. The Chevy sweep came after GM made the most appearances on this year's list of finalists, which also included the Cadillac CTS and the Mazda3 on the car side, and the Acura MDX and the Jeep Cherokee on the truck/utility side. The Cadillac ATS took top car honors last year. — Associated Press

All-new 2015 F-150 to be made largely of aluminum

Ford announced Monday that the all-new 2015 F-150 full-size pickup will be made mostly of aluminum. The frame will be largely high-strength steel, but the cab and the truck bed will be heavy-gauge aluminum. The switch helps the F-150 shed up to 700 pounds and makes it possible to introduce a smaller engine: the 2.7-liter turbocharged EcoBoost V-6.

Beetle Dune can handle off-road sand and slopes

Volkswagen's Beetle Dune, unveiled Monday, is made to appeal to skiers in Aspen, Colo., or sandboarders in Florence, Ore. The company bills it as a 21st century version of the Baja Bug, which is a modified Beetle that can handle off-road conditions such as the deserts of Baja, Calif. Two inches of extra ground clearance help the off-road performance.

Gamers will get to try out virtual Toyota sports car

Video game players will get a chance to try out a virtual version of Toyota's new concept sports car, the FT-1, which was unveiled in Detroit as a symbol of the automaker's design future. The vehicle's development started two years ago, and Toyota says the FT-1 will be available as a downloadable vehicle for PlayStation 3 Gran Turismo 6 starting today.

   
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An American Airlines passenger was refused beer - so he screamed, fought and spit blood, FBI says

An American Airlines passenger was refused beer - so he screamed, fought and spit blood, FBI says

It began, as so many plane debacles seem to, with strange sounds in the bathroom.They were the noises of Jason Felix, one of the passengers on Wednesday’s American Airlines flight out of Saint Croix, according to a FBI affidavit recounting events lea...
Updated: 11 hours ago
Is the Lightning’s Jeff Vinik the best owner in professional sports?

Is the Lightning’s Jeff Vinik the best owner in professional sports?

Hope of another Stanley Cup has dissolved, and soon the ice will follow. Yet even if sorrow is the price of devotion, the true hockey fans will still buy in when the next season comes around.That concept may not be unique to Tampa Bay, but it does se...
Published: 05/26/18
Five members of 69ers motorcycle gang indicted on federal charges

Five members of 69ers motorcycle gang indicted on federal charges

Last year three members of the 69ers Motorcycle Club gang were implicated in the execution of a rival gang leader in the middle of rush hour traffic in Pasco County.Now those three and two other 69ers members have been indicted on federal charges tha...
Published: 05/25/18
With makeover, ZooTampa at Lowry Park takes a page from the theme parks

With makeover, ZooTampa at Lowry Park takes a page from the theme parks

TAMPA — Behind the construction walls near the carousel at ZooTampa at Lowry Park, hammers, saws and power drills made a racket in the blazing Friday heat. A raft full of 100-pound water jugs took test trips on the new Roaring Springs ride set ...
Published: 05/25/18
U.S. news outlets block European readers over new privacy rules

U.S. news outlets block European readers over new privacy rules

LONDON — U.S. news outlets including The Chicago Tribune, The Los Angeles Times, The Orlando Sentinel and The Arizona Daily Star abruptly blocked access to their websites from Europe on Friday, choosing to black out readers rather than comply with a ...
Published: 05/25/18
Tampa Electric appeals OSHA findings for October accident

Tampa Electric appeals OSHA findings for October accident

TAMPA — Tampa Electric Co. is appealing a recent citation by federal regulators. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration hit the utility with a $76,050 fine and a "serious" violation in April following its investigation into an accident in ...
Published: 05/25/18
Fiat Chrysler recalls 4.8 million cars, warning owners: Don’t use the cruise control

Fiat Chrysler recalls 4.8 million cars, warning owners: Don’t use the cruise control

Associated PressDETROIT — Fiat Chrysler is recalling 4.8 million vehicles in the U.S. because in rare but terrifying circumstances, drivers may not be able to turn off the cruise control. The company is warning owners not to use cruise control until...
Published: 05/25/18
Federal Reserve chairman warns his agency must be free from political pressure

Federal Reserve chairman warns his agency must be free from political pressure

Associated PressFederal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell warned Friday that the Fed’s independence from political pressure must be respected if it is to succeed in controlling inflation, maximizing employment and regulating the financial system. His re...
Published: 05/25/18
Restaurants like Ford’s Garage use the experience to get you in the door

Restaurants like Ford’s Garage use the experience to get you in the door

Tim Butler’s first car was a Ford Model A pick-up truck — a pearl fawn and cherry red pick-up he got his senior year in high school from his dad, who renovates antique cars. That’s why as Butler waited for a table at the Ford’...
Published: 05/25/18
St. Petersburg man fined $507,513 in penny stock scheme

St. Petersburg man fined $507,513 in penny stock scheme

TAMPA — A St. Petersburg man was fined $507,513 and permanently barred from participating in the offering of a penny stock in a case involving a scheme to manipulate the price of Aureus, a penny stock company incorporated in Nevada, officials said Fr...
Published: 05/25/18