Motoring Q&A: More on downshifting

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Q: I always enjoy your columns, but the recent one on downshifting confused me a little. We have a 2013 Toyota Corolla with 7,000 miles and a 2012 Toyota Sienna with 44,000 miles. Both have automatic transmissions. When we bought the cars, the two different dealers both told me that the automatic transmission could be downshifted when braking ...Read more

Under the Hood: Key keeps getting stuck in ignition

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Q: It's very difficult to remove the key from the ignition of my 1991 Honda Civic when the car is cold. As the car warms up, this issue seems to go away, and there is no problem removing the key when the vehicle is not running. These are factory keys I am using. I have tried Lock-Ease and other lock lubricants to no avail. Do I have to replace ...Read more

Larry Printz: Had your fill of turkey? Before you answer, check your garage

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By now, you've probably had your fill of turkey. Nevertheless, when it comes to automobiles, there are any number of turkeys. Give this list a look, and then give thanks that most of these turkeys have passed from new car showrooms.

Acura ZDX (2010-2013)

Why it's foul: Automakers misunderstand that a sport utility vehicle's off-road ability is...Read more

Mark Phelan: Hits and misses at the Los Angeles Auto Show

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Auto show season kicked off in Los Angeles last week with beauty, beasts and bores. Here's what's new:

Hit: Buick LaCrosse

The only large sedan debuting in Los Angeles, the LaCrosse design should translate well from the auto show stand to the road. The body has a number of subtle shapes, including multiple creases on the rear fenders. The ...Read more

Need an EV battery fill-up? At many charging stations, get in line

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SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Joe Siudzinski travels around town just fine in his six electric vehicles. He can get by with a 15-minute charge on a round trip from his home to the San Francisco airport, or a breakfast break and a longer top-off on a drive to Monterey, about 50 miles south.

But he's found a bug in the network: people. They park gasoline ...Read more

The Week Ahead: Yellen will check her list twice before Fed raises rates

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Janet Yellen will never be confused for Santa Claus. But the chair of the Federal Reserve shares the habit of double-checking her work before coming to a conclusion.

Federal Reserve bankers get their last major economic statistic in the week ahead before their interest rate meeting in mid-December. On Friday, November employment data will be ...Read more

Auto review: Nissan redesigns the Maxima sport sedan for 2016, giving it a new sculpted exterior

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The Nissan Maxima has been completely redesigned for 2016, with all-new sheet metal featuring deeply sculpted character lines created using a special stamping technique.

Maxima has evolved over the past 35 years from a tight, sporty four-door to a luxurious full-size sedan. The restyling of the eighth-generation model includes a new grille, ...Read more

For cable networks, holiday movies are the gift that keeps on giving

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Even Ebenezer Scrooge might have been impressed with how TV networks are profiting from holiday movies.

Along with early displays of decorations by retailers, the continuous loop of holiday music on radio and the festive color of Starbucks coffee cups, nothing rings in the season quite like the volley of holiday movies that flood the small ...Read more

Fuel cell cars and filling stations are slow to arrive

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LOS ANGELES -- Several years after automotive experts began predicting hydrogen fuel cell technology would be the powertrain of the future, the future still isn't here.

Car companies are building, leasing and even selling fuel cell cars. Hydrogen fuel providers are building filling stations. But both sides are moving slowly -- caught in a ...Read more

Auto review: 2016 Lexus RX 350 comforts, doesn't innovate

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Leadership is a slippery quality. It cannot be given, but must be earned. It's easy to claim leadership -- just look at this season's political debates or virtually any commercial, no matter how dubious the product -- but difficult to define it.

The 2016 Lexus RX 350 (I give it four out of four stars) is likely to continue the luxury SUV's ...Read more

Ferrari engine, FCA tech, trident badging everywhere, the Ghibli showcases Maserati's growth

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The Maserati Ghibli is a midsize sports sedan with a Ferrari engine, a Chrysler infotainment system and Maserati trident badging everywhere.

The Ghibli ("gib-lee") represents the growing pains of the 21st century global hodgepodge automaker.

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, led by fellow Italian Sergio Marchionne, who deems giant automotive mergers ...Read more

The Mortgage Professor: Selling a house to buy a house

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Homeowners sell their homes and buy other homes for a variety of reasons, including a need to live closer to a place of employment, to be closer to family, to enjoy a better climate, or simply to upgrade. This article is about finding the best sequence of steps in the process.

--The importance of equity in the existing house: Whatever the ...Read more

Oil train safety concerns cast shadow over cross-border rail deal

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WATERTOWN, Wis. -- Concerns about the safety of crude oil trains loom over a proposed rail takeover that would create the largest rail system in North America.

Last week, Alberta-based Canadian Pacific made public its plan to acquire Virginia-based Norfolk Southern. The $28.4 billion deal would need to be approved by company shareholders and ...Read more

Mobile beginning to dominate holiday shopping

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With Americans spending significant portions of their waking hours looking at a smartphone or tablet, perhaps it's no wonder that's the way many will shop for the holidays too.

This season, for the first time, mobile devices will overtake desktops on Thanksgiving Day to drive the majority of online shopping visits and nearly one-third of online...Read more

Turing won't cut list price of lifesaving drug Daraprim

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CHICAGO -- A small drugmaker that promised to decrease the price of a lifesaving drug -- after raising it about 5,000 percent -- now says it will not cut the list price of the drug, sold exclusively by select Walgreens pharmacies.

Turing Pharmaceuticals AG, a privately held biopharmaceutical company run by former hedge fund manager Martin ...Read more

Billionaire Sumner Redstone unable to make decisions, says lawsuit by ex-girlfriend

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LOS ANGELES -- A bitter battle to control the fortune of ailing billionaire Sumner Redstone escalated Wednesday when the media mogul's ex-girlfriend filed a lawsuit alleging that he is mentally impaired and unable to make decisions.

The lawsuit raises important questions about whether the 92-year-old Redstone is capable of overseeing the ...Read more

Barbie beats Elsa as top toy for girls

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See you later, Elsa. Barbie has put the freeze on Disney's "Frozen."

The classic doll with the exaggerated measurements once again tops the list of toys that shoppers plan to buy for the young girls on their holiday gift list, according to a National Retail Federation survey.

Barbie lost her crown to Disney's "Frozen" characters in 2014. That ...Read more

Consumer spending inches up in October as cautious Americans save more

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WASHINGTON -- Consumer spending inched up last month, rising at a rate well below expectations, as cautious Americans saved more of their growing incomes, the Commerce Department said Wednesday.

Personal consumption expenditures increased just 0.1 percent for the second straight month. Economists had expected a 0.3 percent increase.

The slow ...Read more

Inside Snapchat's newest feature: Story Explorer

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LOS ANGELES -- Snapchat Inc. Chief Executive Evan Spiegel grabs his iPhone, opens his Los Angeles company's app and taps an icon for "Los Angeles."

Instantly, he's watching short, full-screen videos that Snapchat users across LA have recorded over the last 24 hours and given the company permission to distribute widely. It's a stream that jumps ...Read more

As volume expands, ways of receiving parcels evolving for consumers

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PITTSBURGH -- Allegheny City Market, tucked inconspicuously into Pittsburgh's Mexican War Streets neighborhood, has built a customer base with its tidy convenience store and deli featuring locally themed sandwiches like the Randyland Reuben, named for artist Randy Gilson's colorful residence a block away.

More recently, the market has been a ...Read more