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The 2021 Kia Soul is a strong choice in the extra-small SUV category thanks to its roomy interior and long list of standard features, but upgrading to the top-end Soul Turbo comes with even more benefits.

A riding lawn tractor is the ultimate way to cut, trim and manicure a large lawn; and to keep it working safely and at peak performance it requires regular maintenance. If you’re a grease monkey and enjoy working on engines and machinery, you can keep a lawn tractor in good running order. If not, get a regular tuneup by the manufacturer.

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We recommend taking a closer look at the recently reintroduced Land Rover Defender if you’re looking for a bit more luxury from your off-roader. Taking on off-road duties with a bit more finesse than most rivals, the Defender has sleek styling, a wide range of options and a comfortable interior not often found in the most rugged of vehicles.

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The Concord Fire Department was called to the scene of a nonresidential structure fire on Laurelview Drive Northwest in Concord at 6 p.m. Thur…

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Arriving at dealers this summer, the Cross Turismo offers more cargo space than the standard Taycan, and will feature dual-motor all-wheel drive, a two-speed rear transmission, and Porsche adaptive air suspension. Performance matches the Taycan. Prices start at $90,900.

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Larger dogs with strong fetching urges will enjoy this iFetch machine, and their owners will enjoy watching the fun. Dogs can learn to load it, but the balls can jam unexpectedly. You can adjust the throwing distance on the nearly silent launcher, and get 250 tosses per full charge. It’s on the expensive side.

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The Santa Fe got a significant overhaul for 2021, giving it standout standard features for the class. Another familiar Hyundai highlight is exceptional warranty coverage — every Santa Fe comes standard with a 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain plan. Both engines are more powerful and have higher EPA-rated fuel economy than their 2020 counterparts. There’s also a new hybrid option.

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One DIY fix for a drain pipe may be to simply tighten a slip-nut near the P-trap. If the leak is coming directly from a hole in the drain pipe, you could try a flexible coupling with hose clamps.

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In a busy family bathroom nothing gets a harder workout than a bathroom fan. You can replace the guts of the fan, without tearing out the whole thing, when it becomes noisy and does a poor job of removing hot, damp air. The Fantech Bath Fan Conversion Kit Model BFRK100 is designed for do-it-yourselfers and lets you use the existing exhaust fan grill and housing, so there’s no ceiling repair work required. And the unit is Energy Star rated, meaning it’s more efficient than your old fan.

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Whatever you purchase, keep up with regular maintenance. Anything with moving parts, whether a pulley-based weight machine or a treadmill, will eventually wear out.

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In late February, ITALY became the epicenter of COVID-19 in Europe and a cautionary tale of what happens when a health care system in even one of the wealthiest parts of the world collapses under the weight of pandemic sick and dead. When the second wave hit in September, even the lessons learned from the first weren’t enough to spare Italy’s disproportionately old population from devastation. Despite plans and protocols, monitoring systems and machinery that were put in place to hedge against the expected autumn onslaught, thousands more died and hospitals once again were brought to the breaking point.

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