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Gates visitor center more than simply a philanthropy museum

SEATTLE (AP) - People are already joking it's a good thing the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation isn't charging admission for its new visitor center, which showcases Bill Gates' multibillion-dollar philanthropy, not his computers.

February 01, 2012 | | BUSINESS

CT 200h is the green, lean entry to Lexus

The Lexus CT 200h begins its second full year on sale and debuts a new external sound system for pedestrian notification that will be applied to other Lexus hybrids. Also new for this hot-looking, five-passenger, four-door hatchback is an F Sport Package.

February 01, 2012 | By MARK MAYNARD Autoword | BUSINESS

A pair of romantic California getaways

If you're looking for a last-minute Valentine's Day gift, don't overlook the gift of travel. The beauty of giving a trip is that you get two chances to make a lasting impression on your Significant Other: 1/ when you give the gift, and 2/ when you use the gift.

February 01, 2012 | By CARY ORDWAY | BUSINESS

Burlington Coat Factory opening store in Manteca

Burlington Coat Factory is opening a Manteca store this fall in the former Mervyn's store at Mission Ridge Shopping Center.

January 28, 2012 | Dennis Wyatt | BUSINESS

Sentra 2.0 SR: Technology & style

TRACY – Technology, style and convenience all within reach.

January 25, 2012 | Vince Rembulat | BUSINESS

Miami to Keys 'over the sea' railroad turns 100

MARATHON, Fla. (AP) - Florida is marking the centennial of Henry Flagler's Over-Sea Railroad, which steamed through the Florida Keys Jan. 22, 1912, carrying residents and tourists from Miami through the once-isolated island chain to Key West for the first time ever.

January 25, 2012 | | BUSINESS

Camry rolls out 7th-generation model

You know you're getting older when you're testing a new Toyota Camry and you catch yourself saying, "This is nicely done." I almost forgot I was driving what many would consider the most boring car on sale in the United States.

January 25, 2012 | By MARK MAYNARD Autoword | BUSINESS

Universal Orlando plans daily parade & night show

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - Universal Orlando, with an eye on bolstering attendance, announced ambitious plans Wednesday for a daily interactive character parade and a nighttime light and pyrotechnics show at the theme park highlighting the company's 100 years of moviemaking.

January 25, 2012 | | BUSINESS

Kia updates its popular Soul for 2012

The Kia Soul received some slight styling updates for 2012.

January 18, 2012 | Vince Rembulat | BUSINESS

Through the frozen forest: Yellowstone on ski

YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, Wyo. (AP) - I took a deep breath, positioned my skis and shot down the hillside, whizzing through a forest of trees covered with thick, feathered layers of ice.

January 18, 2012 | The Associated Press | BUSINESS

Kia Rio: Styling, technology, fuel efficiency

My wife Barbara and I have been reviewing new vehicles for more than 20 years, and since 1994, we have reviewed every new Kia model coming to the United States. Looking back over the years there is one clear trend – every new Kia model and new generation has been a significant improvement over any of the previous models.

January 18, 2012 | By BILL SCHAFFER Auto Digest | BUSINESS

Lincoln MKX: Executive-class presence

I finished my test week in the front passenger seat of the Lincoln MKX, and it had a leavening effect to the evaluation. I was on a round-trip of four hours up and back with a fellow journalist to an event at the Auto Club Speedway in Fontana.

January 18, 2012 | By MARK MAYNARD Autoword | BUSINESS

Hyundai rolls out revamped Genesis coupe for 2013 model

DETROIT (AP) - Hyundai Motor Co. on Monday unveiled an updated version of its Genesis coupe, complete with a more powerful turbocharged four-cylinder engine, and a new look to its front end.

January 18, 2012 | The Associated Press | BUSINESS

Audi A3 diesel has the heart of a traveler

The Audi A3 is a study of good things in small packages.

January 18, 2012 | By MARK MAYNARD Autoword | BUSINESS

SoCal desert winter camping: Stark beauty

LOS ANGELES (AP) - In spring and fall, desert camping attracts thousands of tourists in Southern California. Joshua trees curve up out of the dry ground like spiky sculptures, and Mojave rattlesnakes sunbathe on rocks. Temperatures can peak into the triple digits.

January 18, 2012 | | BUSINESS

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