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A recently formed task force hopes to save the main highway on the Outer Banks from the ravages of storms, erosion and sea level rise. Federal, state and local agencies have formed the N.C. 12 task force, which will focus on protecting seven vulnerable spots along 67 miles of the narrow highway that runs from Oregon Inlet to Hatteras Village and continues after a ferry ride to Ocracoke. The ...

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The Lexus ES is the brand’s entry-level luxury sedan and shares a mechanical relationship with the more plebeian Toyota Camry. But if you option the latest ES sedan to its top trim, the Ultra Luxury, it begins to feel like a higher-tier vehicle. Sure, there’s standard navigation, an upgraded stereo and a surround-view camera. But there is also a special suspension setup to reduce vibrations on the road.

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In any trim, the Mazda 3 is definitely a good buy for a small sedan. But it is especially attractive at the top end of its range. Compared with base models, the Mazda 3 2.5 Turbo Premium Plus gains a turbocharged four-cylinder engine with 227 horsepower — a big improvement over the base engine. All-wheel drive and 18-inch wheels are also included.

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