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Consumer Watchdog's experts and advocates are quoted every day in the printed press, online, and on TV and radio. Below are selections from our appearances in the news.

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2/11/2016
By Gary Richards & Natalie Jacewicz, VALLEJO TIMES-HERALD
California drivers are finally cheering instead of hissing the price of gas, as dozens of Northern California stations are selling fuel for under $2 a gallon -- the first time prices have dropped this low in eight years. "It's about time," Ivan Rodriguez, of San Jose, said, smiling, as he lined up at the Gas & Shop at 1590...
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2/11/2016
By Staff Writers, ITS INTERNATIONAL
A letter to Google, the US federal transport regulator, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), appears to pave the way for self-driving cars, but adds the proviso that the rule-making could take some time. Google had requested clarification of a number of provisions in the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSSs) as they...
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2/11/2016
By Logan Utsman, TOPSPEED.COM
As driverless car technology grows, so does the controversy surrounding autonomous motoring. Recently, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) came out to say they are considering self-driving cars to qualify as drivers under federal law. The statement came shortly after Google, the star of the driverless car, complained about...
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2/10/2016
By Ben Miller, GOVTECH.COM
In a limited sort of way, a federal agency has sent a ray of sunshine down to the automotive industry suggesting that cars that will drive without humans are OK after all. It came in the form of a letter that te chief counsel of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration sent to the head of Google’s self-driving car project on Feb. 4...
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2/10/2016
By Samantha Masunaga, LOS ANGELES TIMES
A car's driver doesn't necessarily have to be human: The artificial intelligence behind Google Inc.'s self-driving system could count, according to federal highway safety officials. In a letter posted on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's website, the agency responded to Google's request for interpretation of...
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2/10/2016
By Staff Writers, COLLISION REPAIR MAGAZINE
Santa Monica, California -- February 10, 2016 -- Does the software suite piloting an autonomous vehicle count as a driver? The US-based National Highway Traffic Safety Administration seems to think so, judging by recent comments made by Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx. “We are taking great care to embrace innovations that can boost...
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2/10/2016
By Doug McIntyre, KABC 790 AM - McIntyre in the Morning
A consumer advocate says California paid $10 billion dollars more for gas than the rest of the country partly because of the movements of a “mystery tanker.” Consumer Watchdog’s Jamie Court says his organization tracked the Exxon oil tanker “American Progress” along with other ships and made didn’t like what...
News Story
2/9/2016
By Consumer Bob, NBC TV-7 San Diego, CA
Keeping supply low and driving up prices California drivers pay more to fill their gas tank than drivers across the country, but Consumer Watchdog says that's because big oil companies manipulate the fuel supply. The consumer group released a study this week saying drivers spent 2015 paying much more for gasoline than other driver because of...
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2/9/2016
By Nick Green, THE DAILY BREEZE
Collusion among California oil refiners “artificially inflated” pump prices in a move that enabled oil companies to make a “killing” in the wake of an explosion last winter at ExxonMobil’s Torrance refinery, nonprofit group Consumer Watchdog alleged Tuesday. Jamie Court, president of the Santa Monica-based group,...
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2/9/2016
By Ivan Penn, LOS ANGELES TIMES
There's an unusual new entry to the long list of reasons why Californians spent the last year paying significantly more for gasoline than other U.S. drivers: a mystery ship. The explosion at Exxon Mobil's huge Torrance refinery a year ago undoubtedly was a major factor contributing to high gasoline prices in California, especially in the...