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A Buzzing Sound in the Massachusetts Sky Evokes Drone Fears

The mysterious plane is keeping residents up at night and making them anxious.<p>In a Massachusetts town where no one has ever died in a drone strike and no one is likely to for the foreseeable future, it is nevertheless unnerving to hear an unidentified aircraft buzzing overhead.<p>Just ask the …

Jacob Barnett, 14-Year-Old With Asperger's Syndrome, May Be Smarter Than Einstein

When Jacob Barnett was 2 years old, he was diagnosed with moderate to severe autism. Doctors told his parents that the boy would likely never talk or read and would probably be forever unable to independently manage basic daily activities like tying his shoe laces.<p>But they were sorely, …

2014 Kia Soul Review – First Look

Soul Train Stays on the Right Track<p><i>SHOW FLOOR UPDATE: Kia‘s Track’ster-inspired 2014 Soul was just unveiled amid a DMX remix, break dancers, and yes, dancing hamsters, today at the 2013 New York auto show. The stylish new Soul is Kia’s attempt at keeping the car fresh among young buyers. Though it</i> …

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2016 New York Auto Show News & Photos

Big new car debuts are expected in the Big Apple just before Easter every year. Jeep is a perennial favorite at this show.

Dancing Horse: Corso Pilota On Ice with a Ferrari FF

Learning to drive a Ferrari in a Winter Wonderland<p>The absurdity of it made me grin. The road was completely covered in packed snow, with another couple of inches of powder on top, and more was falling. We were miles from nowhere and hadn’t passed an occupied building in at least 30 minutes, and of …

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2013 Volkswagen XL1 First Drive

Winged Victory: Hybrid Supercar Could Reach 209 MPG<p>Smaller than a Golf and lower than a Boxster, Volkswagen’s XL1 looks like a bijou supercar. It has a sleek, thigh-high, carbon-fiber composite body, butterfly wing doors, a mid-mounted powertrain, and a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. The XL1 …

Plug-in Hybrid EVs

2012 Honda Civic Si Verdict

Slightly-Flawed Smile Generator<p>When executive editor Ron Kiino approached me about shepherding our new long-term 2012 Civic Si four-door a year ago, I jumped at the opportunity. I had never owned a vehicle like the Si — high-revving, naturally aspirated, raspy, and ready. My interest in cars jumped …

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2013 Fiat 500c Abarth Quick Drive

Already-Loud Munchkin Gets Even Louder<p>Either I’ve been an unlucky Californian, or I haven’t been frequenting the right places. The Golden State is responsible for many a Fiat sale, yet for the life of me, I can remember only ever seeing two (2!) 500 Abarths on public roads. I briefly shared a …

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2014 Jaguar F-Type First Drive

Leaping Out of the Museum-Piece's Shadow<p>The instant designer Ian Callum began to calmly speak about his new design, it was apparent that Jaguar had decided to confront the F-Type’s first problem — the ancient E-Type — head on. Never mind that the E-Type was introduced in 1961, and left the stage …

Classic Cars

Top 10 Most Fun-to-Drive Vehicles by Combined MPG

Thrills for Every Fuel Budget<p>When your automotive wants and needs conflict, finding a fun-to-drive vehicle without overextending the fuel budget can be a daunting task. After scouring the EPA’s official fuel economy site, though, we’ve picked two fun-to-drive vehicles in five combined mileage …

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2015 Volkswagen GTI First Drive

The First is Still The Best<p>In 1976, Volkswagen created the “hot hatch” with the MK1 Golf GTI. Since then, many competitors have come and gone, but the little GTI has evolved into the seventh generation you see here. Though the GTI has grown bigger, stronger, and more refined over the years, it has …

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2013 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid First Drive

Rearranging the Power for Smoother Performance<p>Hyundai‘s first stab at a hybrid didn’t impress us much when we compared it with the Toyota Camry Hybrid. On paper it looked like the Koreans had taken a shortcut or two. While Toyota (and Ford) connects a four-cylinder engine and two electric motors to …

Long Haul

2014 Kia Cadenza First Test

Luxury By Any Other Name<p><i>“What’s in a name? That which we call a rose, by any other name would smell as sweet.”</i><p>That quote is one of the most famous lines from Shakespeare’s best-known play, “Romeo and Juliet,” perhaps because it so easily adapts to whatever rhetorical situation you may be facing. …

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2014 Porsche 911 Turbo/Turbo S First Look

The Best Gets Better<p>Ever since its debut in 1974, the Porsche 911 Turbo has symbolized extreme performance (beaten only by the completely bonkers GT2). While the original 930 was an absolute handful to drive because of its massive turbo lag and propensity for oversteer, force-fed 911 Turbos have …

Electrical Engineering

2013/2014 Compact Crossover Comparison

Ford Escape SE vs. Mazda CX-5 vs. Subaru Forester 2.5 Touring vs. Toyota RAV4<p>No modern family starter kit is complete without a small crossover. On the automotive family evolutionary timeline, these crossovers live somewhere between a single person’s sports car and a family’s minivan. Young couples …

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2013 Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Vitesse Top Speed Run

Faster Company: The Ultimate Convertible Sets a 254.04-mph Record<p>If you have an ounce of gasoline in your veins, you know all about the Bugatti Veyron. You know it has a quad-turbo 16-cylinder engine that makes more than 1000 hp. You know it will accelerate to 60 mph in about 2.7 seconds, go faster …

Sports Cars

10 Stylish Steals in the Caribbean!

Sure, the amazing islands in the Caribbean Sea and off the Southeast coast conjure images of exclusive beaches, posh nightlife, and glitzy shopping. …

How Important Are Toiletries When You Choose A Hotel?

Insider Secrets of Hawaii

The historical sites of Oahu. The out-of-this-world volcanic landscape of the Big Island. And of course the beaches! Here are 20 tips for visiting …

30 Things Travelers Must See and Do Before They're 30

All the hype is on 30, which means you should squeeze as much adventure as possible into your 20s before not-so-gracefully bowing out of the years of which you're still expected to brush off your mother's advice. Here are 30 things every person with a bit of wanderlust must see and do before …

10 Common Cruise Myths—Debunked

We challenged prevailing cruise wisdom and found that some basic beliefs—when to book, where to get the best deals, when to tip—don't always hold up. …

10 Islands to See Before You Die

We scoured the globe to find 10 islands that belong on your must list. Each of these places offers something that you can’t find anywhere else, from …

Do travel deals change based on your browsing history?

Imagine seeing a pair of shoes in a store window priced at $50, but when you enter the store you're told the actual cost is $75. It's the classic bait-and-switch. Well, what if the store offered a variety of prices for those same shoes, ranging from $50 on up to $100? And what if the amount YOU …

10 "Hidden Gems" You'll Love This Summer!

From Yosemite to the Everglades, the U.S. boasts world-famous landmarks. But we're also a land of virtually undiscovered stretches of parkland and …

5 spectacular April getaways

Itching to get away in April? The door has finally slammed shut on winter, and many of us are itching to get away and dust off the cold-weather cobwebs. April is shoulder season for many North American destinations, so this can also be a wonderfully affordable time for a carpe diem-inspired break. …

15 Things You Didn't Know About New Orleans

Between voodoo, Mardi Gras, the music, and the food—oh, the food—New Orleans has a heritage few American cities can match. But how does your …

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