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By Yoko Kubota BEIJING (Reuters) - Toyota Motor Corp plans to make and sell hybrid versions of its Corolla and Levin sedans in China next year, fitting them with locally-made components, in its first bid to entirely manufacture gas-electric hybrids outside Japan. The backdrop to Toyota's plans are efforts by foreign and domestic automakers to kick-start sales of hybrid cars in China, as the world's largest auto market warms to the vehicles in its efforts to cut pollution and reliance on fossil fuels. Toyota, an industry leader in hybrid vehicles, already makes the Prius and Camry hybrids in China, but has to import key parts, such as hybrid systems, making it tough to generate volume due to high import tariffs. In 2015, the Corolla and Levin hybrid sedans will carry made-in-China batteries, hybrid transaxles and inverters, Executive Vice President Yasumori Ihara, said at the Auto China car show in Beijing on Sunday.
The streets of Surrey, B.C., were lined with tens of thousands of people for the city's Vaisakhi Parade Saturday, and amid the the day's food booths and other festivities, one group was trying to reach the South Asian community with a serious message.
Jenkintown Mayor Ed Foley, in a gut-busting campaign to draw attention to the tiny borough's varied restaurant scene, set out to visit all 24 of them on Saturday, starting with a pre-dawn visit to IHOP. The second-term Democrat said he's had to battle "mom guilt" from restaurant staff as he has eaten his way across Jenkintown, a town so small that he only needed to build in 15 minutes to walk from place to place. He said several restaurants have opened in Jenkintown in recent years â€” and more are poised to join them in the coming months â€” but he was surprised to count them and see 24 restaurants now populate a town of less than a single square mile. About 20 years ago, he said, Jenkintown had only one place to eat.
China is set to surpass the United States to become Volvo Car Group's biggest market in 2014 with sales of at least 80,000 cars in the world's largest auto market. Its car sales target for 2014 is around a third higher than the 61,146 cars sold in 2013, while sales in the United States in 2014 are expected to increase only in line with the broader market, it said in a statement on Sunday. In the first quarter of this year, it sold 17,286 cars in China, up 25.4 percent from a year earlier. Volvo, whose XC60 SUV is its best-selling model in China, expects the Chinese market to help boost its global sales in coming years, though it faces competition from foreign firms, such as General Motors Co , and domestic players such as SAIC Motor Corp .
BOSTON - Shalane Flanagan grew up in nearby Marblehead with a reverence for the Boston Marathon and dreamed, like many locals and foreign runners alike, that she would win the race someday. If I could win this specific Boston: It has the most power, the most meaning behind it, of all the Boston Marathons that would be run." A year after two bombs at the finish line killed three and wounded 264 others, the 118th edition of the Boston Marathon has become a symbol of resilience for the running community, the city and a nation shocked by an attack on one of its beloved traditions. And Flanagan, a three-time Olympian who finished fourth in her Boston debut last year, is hoping an American victory in her hometown race will help heal the wounds caused by last year's bombings.
EDMONTON - Health officials in Edmonton are warning passengers who arrived in the city on a flight from Vancouver this month that they may have been exposed to measles. The warning further extends to anyone who was in Edmonton International Airport during the hours immediately after the Air Canada plane landed on April 9. Alberta Health Services issued a news release Saturday stating that passengers and crew on Air Canada Flight 248, which departed Vancouver at 8:30 p.m. and arrived in Edmonton at 9:35 p.m. may have been exposed. Dr. Marcia Johnson, a medical officer health in the Edmonton zone, said the passenger was a child with measles who arrived in Vancouver from the Philippines.
LOS ANGELES, Calif. - In the decade that "Touched by an Angel" executive producer Martha Williamson has been away from series TV, much has changed. But Williamson says her Hallmark Channel series, "Signed, Sealed, Delivered," will be just as comfortable a fit for viewers as "Angel" was during its 1994-2003 run. "Signed, Sealed, Delivered," debuting Sunday night, stars Eric Mabius ("Ugly Betty") as Oliver, the straight-laced, good-natured supervisor of an offbeat group of U.S. Postal Service employees who become sleuths to get mail to its proper place. Valerie Harper is a visiting manager in the first two episodes, with Valerie Bertinelli, Marilu Henner and former "Angel" star Della Reese also set to guest star.
PERTH-ANDOVER, N.B. - Some residents in this northwest New Brunswick village were advised on Saturday to stay away from their homes for at least one more night, even as water levels receded. Village spokeswoman Justine Waldeck said the community was breathing a bit easier after water levels on the St. John River plunged more than a metre overnight. But Waldeck stopped short of saying the flood threat had entirely dissipated. A monster ice jam above the dam at Grand Falls remained a concern, though Waldeck said it was hoped the drop in water levels would reduce the effect impact once the ice breaks up and drifts downstream.