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CalTrans announces Full Nightime Closure of the 91 Freeway in Riverside

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(Best Syndication News) – Night-time commuters will be facing a full freeway closure of State Route 91 at 14th street in Riverside later this month. Caltrans announced that the closure will begin on Monday, December 17, 2012 starting at midnight and go through Friday December 21, 2012. The hours of closure will be between 11 p.m. and 6 a.m.

The full freeway closure is to allow for construction workers to complete falsework for the new 14th Street Bridge. During the closures, motorists will need to follow detour signs or find an alternative route. Additionally, commuters will need to add extra time for travel delays.

Chevrolet Volt Car Owners drove over 100 Million Miles on Electricity

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(Best Syndication News) - All the Chevrolet Volt cars on the road have been driven over 100 million electric-powered miles, according to the General Motors Company (NYSE:GM). The cars can use both electricity and gas, but Volt owners use electricity to power their vehicles in over 65 percent of their trips. The on-board gas-powered generator is used for the longer road trips.

The Chevrolet Volt cars started becoming available on the market in December 2010. In this short time, General Motors estimates that around 5 million gallons of gas have been saved by using electricity to power these cars. Additionally, around $1,370 is saved in fuel expenditures per year for each Chevrolet Volt owner.

GM aims for up to 500,000 Electric and eAssist Vehicles by 2017

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(Best Syndication News) - General Motors (NYSE:GM, TSX: GMM) plans to have up to 500,000 vehicles on the roads with some form of electric power by 2017. The announcement came from GM’s top product development executive this Wednesday.

“The plug-in offers a unique opportunity to change the way people commute. Plug-based solutions will play a significant role in our technology portfolio going forward,” said Mary Barra, senior vice president of Global Product Development. She made her comments at the GM Electrification Experience in San Francisco,

Lessons learned from the Chevrolet Volt - which was introduced in 2010 – helped GM develop their Chevrolet Spark EV. The Chevrolet Spark will become available next year in certain US and South Korea markets, with more markets to be announced soon.

Starbucks offers Holiday Flavors at Stores

Starbucks Christmas Blend Coffee - credit: Starbucks

(Best Syndication News) - Starbucks Coffee Company (NASDAQ: SBUX) announced that they will be offering customers a free beverage when they purchase a holiday beverage between 2 to 5 pm on November 15-18, 2012. Starbucks said that the customer should bring a friend to the store to get the offer. SBUX also brought back their Christmas Blend coffee in a variety of flavors and roasts and have stocked their stores with stocking-stuffer ideas and other holiday gift products.

Starbucks is offering their customers both hot and cold beverages that are reminiscent of holiday flavors, such as Peppermint Mocha, Skinny Peppermint Mocha, Gingerbread Latte, Eggnog Latte, and Caramel Brulée Latte.

6.5 Magnitude Earthquake occurs offshore of Guatemala

Recent Guatemala Earthquake Activity Map Nov. 11, 2012 - Credit: USGS

(Best Syndication News) - A sizeable 6.5 magnitude and a 5.0 magnitude aftershock shook off the shores of Guatemala this Sunday, November 11, 2012. Many aftershocks have occurred days after a 7.4 earthquake event, which happened on November 7, 2012.

The US Geological Survey reported that the 6.5 magnitude earthquake event occurred at 4:15 p.m. local time on Sunday at 14.164°N, 92.167°W with a depth of 16.8 miles. Residents in the surrounding areas reported feeling light to moderate shaking with very little damage. The earthquake was in the same area as the large 7.4 earthquake.

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