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White House pushes higher fuel efficiency

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration wants cars and light trucks in the United States to average 56.2 miles per gallon of gasoline by 2025, a standard that will cut the nation's oil consumption and carbon output significantly while also raising each vehicle's cost by about $2,375.

The White House's ambitious opening bid, which it revealed in conversations with domestic auto companies and lawmakers last week, has already sparked resistance. U.S. automakers have offered to raise fuel efficiency over the next eight years to between 42.6 and 46.7 mpg, according to sources who had been briefed on the negotiations.

Trucker tried to stop before hitting train

RENO, Nev. —A truck driver tried to stop his big rig before it slammed into the side of an Amtrak passenger car in the Nevada desert, killing him and at least one person on the train and injuring about 20 others in the fiery crash, authorities said Saturday.

Investigators at the scene about 70 miles east of Reno found skid marks at the railroad crossing on U.S. 95, indicating the driver tried to stop his semitrailer before Friday's crash, Nevada Highway Patrol Trooper Dan Lopez said.

He said the truck driver and an Amtrak conductor are confirmed dead in the crash, but it is possible more bodies could be found in the wreckage, with two Amtrak cars gutted by fire after the crash.

Explosive devices found at Colo. bookstore

GOLDEN, Colo. —Authorities say two explosive devices were found inside a Borders Bookstore at a suburban Denver mall in a case that's now being investigated by the FBI.

Officials detonated the devices safely early Saturday, and no one was injured.

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