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Toyota Motor Corp. agreed to pay $10 million to the family of four people killed in a runaway Lexus crash that led to recalls of millions of the automaker's vehicles, attorneys said today.

Peddlers will not look for Christmas cheer at Kempton, says McCain

Emerging hurdling talent Peddlers Cross, who took the scalp of Binocular on Saturday on his first venture into the senior ranks, is unlikely to cross swords with the reigning king again until the Champion Hurdle. The new kid on the block will skip the next date on the top-level domestic two-mile circuit, next month's Christmas Hurdle at Kempton, in favour of the Grade Two trial at Haydock in January.

Diamond Harry posts a sparkling display

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George aims to spike Commander's guns

Tom George, trainer of the Betfair Chase third favourite Nacarat, is relishing the dashing grey's return to the top level in Saturday's Grade One feature at Haydock. The nine-year-old warmed up for his meeting with Cheltenham Gold Cup hero Imperial Commander with a convincing victory at Wetherby last month and has, apparently, been sparkling at home since.

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This trailblazing small, executive hybrid should be a winner, but the reality is disappointing.

Rothbury breathes sigh of relief as tension eases

Rothbury breathed a sigh of relief today as the tension of the traumatic past five days eased away.

Net closing in on fugitive gunman Raoul Moat

Armed police were scouring miles of countryside today as the net closed in on suspected killer Raoul Moat.

Car giant Toyota begins new recall

Toyota started recalling Lexus and Crown luxury vehicles in Japan over an engine defect in the latest setback for the car manufacturer beset with quality problems.

Toyota issues yet another recall over faulty Lexus engine valve springs

Toyota issued yet another wave of recalls yesterday over engine faults that could affect up to 270,000 of its premium Lexus vehicles worldwide. The scare, which could hit as many as 3,200 British drivers, is just the latest technical hitch to hit the beleaguered Japanese manufacturer.

Toyota warns of Lexus engine fault

A fault that might lead to engine problems has been found in some Lexus cars, including more than 3,000 in the UK, the firm's parent company Toyota said today.

Toyota announces Japanese Lexus recall

Toyota said today it will recall 4,500 Lexus vehicles in Japan to fix a computerised steering problem, with another 7,000 vehicles overseas also likely affected.

Lexus upgrades hybrid GS450 h

Lexus has announced a series of improvements to its luxury hybrid GS range. Volvo-style pre-crash braking systems have been added to the existing pre-crash seatbelt and brake assist systems, along with "active" anti-whiplash head restraints.

VC hero tells of car crash suicide bid

Guilt-racked Victoria Cross winner Johnson Beharry told today how he tried to kill himself by driving into a lamppost at 100mph.

Infiniti announces pricing for its first diesel model

Infiniti has announced prices for its first diesel model, a variant of the FX SUV. The entry-level FX30d GT will cost £45,150, a premium of just £200 over the cheapest petrol model in the range, the FX37 GT.

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