I don't know what I expected when I got into the Fiat 500L, but it's better than I thought it would be. It feels substantial, it's fairly functional and almost fun to drive.
SONOMA - The rolling hills and vineyards of the Sonoma Valley are just part of a natural tapestry that has beckoned art-lovers and wine connoisseurs to this region for decades. Indeed, the fathers who founded missions here were growing grapes hundreds of years ago. Then, in the late 1850s, a fellow named Col. Agoston Haraszthy figured it all out.
KINTLA LAKE, Mont. (AP) - With a can of bear spray on his hip and hearing aids in both ears, Lyle Ruterbories whistles and hums as he tends to this patch of wilderness along the Canadian border.
DETROIT (AP) - Automakers expect little impact from the federal government shutdown, and they predict a fourth-quarter rebound after a rare sales decline in September.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - Really, it's not that hard to spell. Just remember, there are three Us and a couple of Qs.
It may be one of among the most affordable midsize cars around.
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SANTA BARBARA - If you're as fascinated as we are by the opulence of 1930s Hollywood - a time when parts of Southern California seemed as far removed from the Depression-era Midwest as the two regions' temperatures on a bright January day - there is an excursion you can take that is like going back to spend a weekend with Clark Gable or Carole Lombard.
"All Jaguars have to look fast even when they are standing still." - Sir William Lyons, founder of Jaguar.
SACRAMENTO – Do you have questions about general driving related requirements like registration, licensing and insurance? Are you unclear about laws and restrictions related to driving? The California Department of Motor Vehicles has answers. "Save Time, Go Online," at www.dmv.ca.gov. You can submit any DMV-related questions at AskDMV@dmv.ca.gov
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Before the Civil War began, Ann Thomas was well enough known that her house would be used to give directions - "the grocery store opposite Ann Thomas."
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SAN FRANCISCO - San Francisco isn't perhaps as famous for other parts of California for its beaches. The southern part of the state, with its balmy sun-drenched climes, can give you the always-perfect weather of San Diego, or the sparkling opulence of Santa Barbara, to name but two.
The three-door Volkswagen GTI is a riot to drive. But does adding two more doors add mayhem or ho-hum to the melee?
NEW YORK (AP) - Tony Wheeler wrote his first travel book with his wife Maureen in 1973 after driving across Europe and Asia. It sold 1,500 copies in a week and launched a guidebook empire called Lonely Planet.