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Lexus, Toyota and Buick top new auto reliability survey

 

UNDATED (AP) — Lexus, Toyota and Buick are the most reliable brands in Consumer Reports' annual survey.

It's the fourth straight year that Lexus and Toyota have topped the survey. But Buick is the first domestic brand to crack the top three in more than 35 years.

 

Audi and Kia rounded out the top five brands. Dodge, Chrysler, Fiat and Ram — all owned by Fiat Chrysler Automobiles — were the worst performers. Tesla Motors also fared poorly.

 

Consumer Reports predicts the reliability of 2017 model-year brands and individual vehicles based on survey responses from its subscribers. Around 500,000 subscribers responded to this year's survey.

 

Two hybrids — the Toyota Prius and the Lexus CT 200H — were the best individual performers. The Cadillac Escalade SUV was the worst performer.

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For some low-income workers, retirement is only a dream

 

CHICAGO (AP) — Studies have found that about one-third of low-wage workers say they'll never be able to afford retirement. The problem is particularly acute among minority women.

The issue has been driven home by a photo of an 89-year-old man in Chicago hunched over, trying to push his cart that offered frozen treats. The photo went viral and people donated more than $384,000 to his retirement.

The lack of disposable income is often cited as an issue preventing low-income people from retiring.

Jacquelyn B. James, co-director of Boston College's Center on Aging and Work, says it's common for low-wage workers to stay on the job with no plans for retirement.

But even though these workers foresee working forever, she says things like an illness can happen, forcing them to stop work.

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Authorities lack 'manpower' to remove pipeline protest camp

 

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Authorities say they won't immediately remove the Dakota Access oil pipeline protesters who set up a camp on private land along the pipeline route in North Dakota.

Morton County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Donnell Preskey says authorities "don't have the manpower" currently to remove the more than 100 protesters who are trespassing.

The protesters said in a statement Sunday night that the land is theirs, according to an 1851 treaty. The camp of tents and teepees is in an area near where the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe says it has found several sites of "significant cultural and historic value" and where protesters and private security clashed in September. It's near a larger camp that's been in place for months.

The company building the pipeline, Texas-based Energy Transfer Partners, bought the land last month for an undisclosed price.

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NTSB Hoping to Recover Train's 2nd Data Recorder

 

HOBOKEN, N.J. (AP) — The National Transportation Safety Board says it's still hoping that a second data recorder from last week's train crash in Hoboken, New Jersey was functioning.

 

Train Hoboken

 

Investigators believe it's under a collapsed section of the train station's roof.

 

Another event data recorder that was supposed to record the train's speed and braking information wasn't working. And investigators say the train's engineer has no memory of the crash.

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