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Model X Due Date, Sonata Eco, Mercedes Plug-In Hybrid: The Week In Reverse

<i>Which zero-emission vehicle is so powerful it actually broke the dyno it was being tested on?</i><p><i>And, what's the electric range of the latest plug-in</i> …

Environment

New York's exploding manhole covers pose unexpected winter hazard

| NEW YORK<p>Salvatore Grillo was walking his Labrador retriever near Brooklyn's Prospect Park on a cold morning in February when he heard what sounded like a muffled explosion.<p>Minutes later, emergency responders were hovering over the 71-year-old as he lay unconscious on the ground. Police said an …

New York City

New round of snow could push Boston to season record

BOSTON (AP) — After cold and snow that set February records, southern New England entered March with another round that could push Boston over its 20-year-old snowfall record.<p>With 102 inches, Boston needs 5.7 more to break the 1995-1996 record of 107.6.<p>Snowfall of 4 to 6 inches was expected by …

Boston

Marijuana Doesn’t Pose Significant Risk in Car Crashes, NHTSA Says

Weed smokers like to say that getting high doesn’t affect how they drive. Now, it appears the federal government is agreeing with them.<p>According to a new study commissioned by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, people who smoke marijuana have a minimally higher risk of crashing …

50 States of Speeding: Know the Law in Every State

What you need to know about speeding laws across America.<p>Everyone, with the exception of the Buick driver parked in the left lane, exceeds the speed limit once in a while. You generally know how much law-breaking you can get away with where you live—a few over on the highway is flow-of-traffic …

Porsche Remains On Top In 2014 J.D. Power APEAL Study

J.D. Power 2014 U.S. Automotive Performance, Execution and Layout (APEAL) study<p>Automotive Performance, Execution and Layout—APEAL—is how influential …

Autos

Porsche at 50 in Pictures

Essential Road Trip Wisdom

A good road trip involves a certain amount of improvisation. But the best ones require the right strategy and a few essentials. These eight pieces of advice will start you on the right path.<p>1. Arm your phone<p>The best app for a long haul is Roadtrippers, which will plan your route, estimate fuel …

Road Trips

Porsche Remains The Top Brand In 2014 J.D. Power Initial Quality Study

In a year that saw the average number of problems experienced by new car buyers increase, Porsche remains on top and actually managed to improve its …

Porsche

Electric vehicle chargers unplugged in Chicago

The Illinois Tollway's website says "fast charging" stations for electric vehicles at its rest stops are "inoperable," and thanks you for your patience.<p>The situation is much the same around the Chicago area.<p>On Kingsbury Street, electric-vehicle chargers are shrouded in black vinyl bags. At a Whole …

Autos

Colorado Is The Most Magical State In America

There's a reason "Rocky Mountain High" is one of Colorado's official state songs. Because regardless of your feelings on legalized pot, Colorado will leave you feeling absolutely magical.<p>If you're an urbanite, a mountaineer, a ski bum, a history nerd, an outdoor adventurer... you get the point... …

5 Things Europeans Say About You Behind Your Back

<i>Photo courtesy of alexgbaguio/myBudgetTravel. Article by Robert Firpo-Cappiello of Budget Travel.</i><p>Europeans are among the world's most gracious travel hosts, rolling out a red carpet of good manners, fabulous food, and the ultimate in culture and history. But do you ever wonder what they think of …

San Francisco sees spate of Smart tipping [w/video]

Among the ten commandments of the car guy, near the top is "Thou shalt not mess with thy neighbor's vehicle, regardless of how awful it may be." That said, we can't help but giggle every time we look at the image above.<p>Apparently, some delinquents in San Francisco, bereft of bovines to tip, have …

The 10 Best Airports In The World: 2014

Airports

Train Derailment at O'Hare Leaves 32 Injured

Thirty-two people were injured — none seriously — when an eight-car Chicago Transit Authority train continued through the end of the platform and …

Airplane Passenger Rich Wisken's NSFW Complaint Letter to JetStar Goes Viral

We've highlighted plenty of complaint letters covering everything from hilarious insights into subpar airline food to baffling itineraries. But this letter, in which comedy blogger Rich Wisken excoriates JetStar, a budget airline in Australia, is by far the most incendiary.<p>Having paid extra for a …

Long Weekend in Fribourg, Switzerland

Thick fondue, rolling green hills, well-preserved medieval towns—the canton of Fribourg in eastern Switzerland has it all. Often bypassed by visitors …

Switzerland

New Luxury Hotel Debuts in French Alps: L'Apogée Courchevel

Earlier this month, the French Alps welcomed the addition of brand-new luxury property L'Apogée Courchevel. The ski-in, ski-out resort is the latest …

Hotels

What to Pack: Aspen

Once a quaint mining town, Aspen, Colorado, has since dialed up the glitz and glam, courtesy of a host of famous visitors and residents (the Goldie …

Colorado

How License-Plate Scanners Are Eroding Our Privacy

Police officers don't respond kindly to being videotaped, yet law enforcement agencies on every level are tracking out comings and going via cameras that ID our license plate numbers. Here, PopMech contributor and Instapundit blogger Glenn Reynolds takes on the slow erosion of our privacy.<p><b>Here's a</b> …

5 Reasons to Go to Lake Tahoe this Winter

Straddling California and Nevada, Lake Tahoe is a year-round destination. But it really comes to life in the winter, as the go-to spot for winter …

Skiing

7 Best Warm Weather Trips Without a Passport

As we reach the final months of the year, the idea of a winter getaway to somewhere sunny—the Caribbean, Mexico, the Pacific—sounds sweeter and …

Passports

Underwater Room At Pemba Island's Manta Resort Unveiled (PHOTOS)

If you've ever dreamed of sleeping under the sea, à la The Little Mermaid, your dreams can soon become reality at the Manta Resort's new underwater room.<p>The Manta Resort is located on Pemba Island, part of the Zanzibar archipelago off the coast of East Africa. The resort's newest feature allows …

US Airways Passengers Mutiny After Pilot Kicks Blind Man Off Plane

A legally blind man was kicked off a US Airways flight Wednesday night after crew members grew upset over his seeing eye dog, Doxy. Also given the boot? About 30 other passengers, who effectively mutinied over the man's treatment, causing the flight to be canceled.<p>In an interview with ABC …

A Girl's Guide to Riding Alone

It never occurred to me to travel alone until I'd turned 30.<p>When I first started traveling without my parents -- which is to say, when I first started traveling much at all -- I had my college roommates as companions. Together we saw the Great Wall of China, the Cathedral of Notre-Dame, Myrtle …

Here's Why You Can't Get a Good Night's Sleep in a Hotel

By Amy Plitt, Condé Nast Traveler<p>Traveling can be highly rewarding, but there's no doubt about it--long hours on the road and jetlag can seriously hinder getting a good night's sleep. Travel-induced insomnia is something that The Benjamin Hotel, a luxury hotel in Manhattan, takes seriously. The …

Mount Huashan Is One Of The Most Dangerous, Terrifying Hikes In The World

Does that photo make your stomach drop?<p>Redditor AdventurousHuman posted the photo of hiking China's Mount Huashan. The trail is one of the most dangerous in the world.<p>The trails up Mount Hua Shan involve steep staircases, vertical ascents, and a plank trail consisting of wooden platforms bolted …

Outdoors