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As Uber drove into PR pot hole, Lyft stepped on the gas

SAN FRANCISCO — When management upheaval, allegations of corporate espionage, and revelations of sexual harassment sent Uber into a public relations sinkhole, its long overshadowed rival Lyft shifted into overdrive. The company seized the opportunity to recruit disillusioned drivers so it could be more responsive to passengers searching for a ride-hailing alternative to Uber. It […]

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Uber hires Expedia boss Dara Khosrowshahi as chief

SAN FRANCISCO—Uber said late Tuesday that it has hired Expedia boss Dara Khosrowshahi as its new chief executive. Khosrowshahi will be at Uber’s headquarters in San Francisco for an ‘all-hands’ gathering to meet workers at the controversy-battered company. “We are delighted to announce that Uber’s Board has voted unanimously to appoint Dara Khosrowshahi to be […]

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Pilot says ‘Hey, we got a mayday!,’ then crashes on freeway

LOS ANGELES — The pilot of a small twin-engine plane that dropped out of the sky and exploded in flames on a busy freeway near a Southern California airport Friday morning, injuring the two people aboard, declared a mayday and told air traffic controllers he had lost an engine before the crash. The Cessna 310 […]

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Car mows down Times Square pedestrians for blocks, killing 1

NEW YORK— A man steered his car onto a sidewalk running through the heart of Times Square and mowed down pedestrians for three blocks Thursday, killing a teenager, then emerged from his wrecked vehicle wild-eyed and waving his arms before he was subdued by police and bystanders. The driver, a 26-year-old U.S. Navy veteran, told […]

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Boy, 8, drives dad’s van to buy burger; takes sister, 4, with him

WASHINGTON, United States — Talk about a craving: an eight-year-old American boy drove his father’s van to a McDonald’s  because he just had to have a cheeseburger. The Ohio boy said he learned to drive by watching YouTube videos, the Weirton Daily Times reported on Sunday evening’s adventure. The child, at the wheel with his […]

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De la Hoya arrested on suspicion of drunk driving

LOS ANGELES, United States — Oscar de la Hoya, an Olympic boxing gold medalist turned professional world champion and head of Golden Boy Promotions, was arrested on suspicion of drunk driving on Wednesday, authorities said. De La Hoya, 43, was pulled over around 2 a.m. in Pasadena, northeast of downtown Los Angeles, the California Highway […]

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Auto industry on Trump watch ahead of Detroit show

DETROIT, Jan 9, 2017 (AFP) – The global auto industry on Monday was bracing for more confrontational tweets from President-elect Donald Trump, with the festive Detroit auto show due to kick off here. As he prepares to take office later this month, Trump has used his Twitter account to take aim at auto makers, warning that […]

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2 killed in 30-vehicle pileup on slick Michigan interstate

FOWLERVILLE, Michigan — Authorities said at least two people died and others were hurt following a 30-vehicle pileup on a snowy, icy Michigan interstate near the state capital of Lansing. Michigan State Police blamed slippery conditions for the Thursday morning crash on I-96 near Fowlerville. The pileup forced the closure of the highway in both […]

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13 dead in California tour bus, truck crash: authorities

LOS ANGELES, United States — Thirteen people were killed and 31 injured on Sunday when their tour bus collided with a truck on a major highway in southern California, the authorities said. “They believe everyone was asleep on the bus,” an emotional California Highway Police chief Jim Abele said, giving condolences to families of the […]

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Honda Civic hatchback launched in USA

Honda USA will launch the hatchback version of the Civic as a 2017 model. The turbocharged engine will mate with an available 6-speed manual transmission to highlight the Civic’s performance chops. The Civic hatchback was available when the model was launched in the Philippines, but for several generations we have only received the sedan version. […]

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Oct 18, 2017

It's not often that one is given an invitation to visit Rolls-Royce, purveyors of one of the best, if

Oct 11, 2017

How many times did you ever use the title of this column to answer a variety of question: