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‘Yes, I live in Canada’: Photo of Ontario pizza delivery man’s vehicle goes viral

A photo of a pizza delivery man’s unconventional vehicle has gone viral after the customer shared it online in what he described as a “quintessential” image of Canada. Adrian Azcurra said he was surprised to see a large sport utility vehicle with a glowing Domino’s Pizza sign atop it pull onto his snow-covered street in Collingwood, Ont., located north of Toronto, on Wednesday night. “I just ordered pizza and this tank of a vehicle rolled up,” he recalled to CTVNews.ca during a telephone interview on Thursday. “I hadn’t seen a truck like that on the road in a long time so I was like ‘I got to take a picture of this.’” Azcurra said a friendly conversation with the vehicle’s driver revealed the truck was a 1987 Dodge Ram Charger. “I was just kind of like ‘Hey, how is it driving this thing on the snow-covered roads? And he was like ‘It’s a beauty,’” Azcurra said. The pizza delivery man allowed Azcurra to snap a photo of the truck as it sat parked on the snowy street. Not long ..

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U.S. court rules Kentucky man can get ‘IM GOD’ license plate

FRANKFORT, Ky. -- A federal court is allowing a Kentucky man to personalize a license plate with the phrase "IM GOD" after a three-year legal battle over the custom engraving. Court documents show Ben Hart, a self-identified atheist, set out to get the Kentucky plate in 2016. But Hart's request was denied by the state transportation department on the basis it violated antidiscrimination guidelines. News outlets report similar plates had been approved before, including "TRYGOD" and "NOGOD." Kentucky's American Civil Liberties Union and the Freedom From Religion Foundation got involved to help Hart challenge the decision. In an opinion Wednesday by a U.S. District Court in Frankfort, the judge ruled "vanity plates" are private speech protected by the First Amendment and that the state had violated Hart's rights by denying him the plate.

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‘I don’t think I’m a hero,’ SUV driver who used his car to save pedestrians humbled by experience

MONTREAL – Erick Marciano is being called a hero after he used his SUV to block a speeding car from potentially ramming into a dozen pedestrians on René-Lévesque Boulevard. It happened at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday. Montreal police had pulled over a 19-year-old driver on the busy boulevard, near Berri Street. “[I saw] a car going westbound. He burned a stop sign halfway, regretted it, backed up, but he was next to a policeman,” Marciano recalled. He says the man chatted with the officer for a minute before the vehicle took off. Two blocks later, “the policemen kind of cornered him into a snowbank. They got out of their car, pulled their guns; he managed to back up and make a really aggressive U-turn,” Marciano said. A police chase ensued. “I could see what exactly was happening. He was driving really, really fast,” Marciano said, adding that because it was lunchtime, there were a lot of people on the streets. “I decided to just put my car in his way to stop him. He went right thr..

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Hamilton expects to sort out new F1 contract soon

SAO PAULO -- Six-time Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton said Thursday he hopes to sort out his next contract soon, but he's not in any rush. The 34-year-old British driver's deal with Mercedes is valid until the end of 2020. Speaking before the Brazilian Grand Prix, Hamilton said he doesn't see a reason to stop racing anytime soon. "It's nice to be wanted. So hopefully soon we'll get that sorted," the driver said about future contract negotiations. "I have obviously considered the next couple of years and naturally I know that I want to continue racing," Hamilton added. "But in terms of the 'future future' I have not planned absolutely everything." The British driver said he and Mercedes are "tied to the hip", which doesn't mean he has concrete decisions for his future on the grid. "(But) there's no real stress, our word is our bond and has been all these years," Hamilton said about his relationship with Mercedes, his partner s..

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Consumer Reports finds vehicle redesigns come with glitches

DETROIT -- When it comes to buying a new car, the latest and greatest may not be the most dependable. In its annual auto reliability survey this year, Consumer Reports found that while newly redesigned models have the latest infotainment, safety and fuel-economy technology, they also come with glitches that frustrate owners. Problem-prone new models caused brands such as Acura, Volkswagen and Audi to fall in the annual rankings, while Dodge, Chrysler, Infiniti and Mini gained because they haven't made many changes in their model lineups. Overall, Japanese brands Lexus, Mazda and Toyota led the non-profit magazine and website's reliability rankings, followed by Porsche and Genesis, Hyundai's luxury brand. Rounding out the top 10 were Hyundai, Subaru, Dodge, Kia and Mini. General Motors' Cadillac was the least reliable of 30 brands, followed by Alfa Romeo, Acura, Volkswagen and Jeep. The remaining least-reliable brands were Chevrolet, Volvo, Tesla, GMC and Mer..

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Former BMW executive Duesmann named new CEO at rival Audi

BERLIN -- German automaker Audi says former BMW executive Markus Duesmann is to become its new chief executive. Audi said Friday that the 50-year-old succeeds current CEO Bram Schot on April 1. Herbert Diess, the head of Volkswagen, of which Audi is a part, called Duesmann an "excellent engineer." Audi has struggled to keep up with rivals BMW and Daimler in recent years.

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Ferrari aims to entice new clients with Roma coupe

ROME -- Ferrari unveiled Thursday a new, easy-driving coupe dubbed Roma aimed at attracting buyers who have been intimidated by sports cars and perhaps even the Prancing Horse's racing heritage. The Ferrari Roma is the fifth new model launched by the luxury sportscar maker this year, and one of 15 to be rolled out through 2022 under an ambitious model overhaul. "We believe we will attract an important number of new-to-Ferrari clients," said commercial and marketing director Enrico Galliera. Unveiled in the Italian capital, the Roma is designed "for people who would like to drive a sports car, or a Ferrari, but are a little bit afraid of Ferrari and sportscars," he said. It brings a sportscar sleekness with the comforts of so-called Gran Turismo cars meant to be easy to drive over longer distances. Together with the SF90 Stradale, Ferrari's first production series plug-in hybrid launched earlier this year, it represents a new kind of offering. Despite its newer techn..

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GM strike pushes industrial production down 0.8% last month

WASHINGTON -- A strike at General Motors pushed U.S. manufacturing production lower in October, adding to the troubles confronting American industry. Manufacturing output tumbled 0.6% last month, the Federal Reserve said Friday, largely because production of cars and auto parts plunged 7.1% amid the GM strike. The drop in factory production was the biggest since April. The GM strike ended late in October. Overall industrial production -- which includes factories, utilities and mines -- fell 0.8%, the biggest drop since May 2018. Industrial output is down 1.1% from October 2018. The drops were bigger than economists had expected. American manufacturing is also contending with the fallout from President Donald Trump's trade wars, which have raised costs for some factories and created uncertainty for business. Excluding auto output, industrial production still fell 0.5% and manufacturing output slipped 0.1%. Mining production slid 0.7%, as oil and gas drilling fell last m..

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Fire danger causes Nissan to recall over 450,000 vehicles

DETROIT -- Nissan is recalling over 450,000 vehicles worldwide because a brake fluid leak could cause them to catch fire. Because of the fire risk, the company is urging owners to park the vehicles outdoors and away from structures if the antilock brake light comes on for more than 10 seconds. The recall, detailed in documents posted Friday by the U.S. government, covers the Nissan Murano SUV from 2015 through 2018, and Maxima sedans from 2016 through 2018. Also included are Infiniti QX60 and Nissan Pathfinder SUVs from 2017 through 2019. Most are in the U.S. and Canada. Nissan says an antilock brake actuator pump can leak fluid onto a circuit board, causing electrical shorts and fires. Documents filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration didn't say if there had been any fires or injuries in vehicles covered by the latest recall. A Nissan spokeswoman said she would look into the matter, and messages were left seeking details from NHTSA. It's Nissa..

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