While the weather that recently terrorized California was a headache for the locals, it proved to be a stroke of luck for those test driving General Motor’s latest line-up of full-size SUVs during the last week in February. As we made our way from Lake Tahoe in the Sierra Nevada mountain range to Napa Valley in the heart of tranquil wine country, the climate changed from a driving snowstorm with high winds and white-out conditions, to a mix of sleet and rain, to pouring rain with patches of dense fog, and finally to beautiful clear skies and sunshine. We couldn’t have asked for a more diverse variety of climes under which to push these extra-large people movers to their limits.
By Niluksi Koswanage KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - The Malaysian military believes an airliner missing for almost four days with 239 people on board flew for more than an hour after vanishing from air traffic control screens, changing course and travelling west over the Strait of Malacca, a senior military source said. At the time it was roughly midway between Malaysia's east coast town of Kota Bharu and the southern tip of Vietnam, flying at 35,000 ft (10,670 metres). It made it into the Malacca Strait," the military official, who has been briefed on investigations, told Reuters. Earlier on Tuesday, Malaysia's Berita Harian newspaper quoted air force chief Rodzali Daud as saying the Malaysia Airlines plane was last detected by military radar at 2:40 a.m. on Saturday, near the island of Pulau Perak at the northern end of the Strait of Malacca.