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BMW: we won't mass-produce electric cars until 2020, with cheaper cells

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 08:00:00 -0400

BMW sold more than 100,000 cars with plugs last year, adding together its battery-electric and plug-in hybrid models. The company has put far more plug-in cars on the road to date than its German counterparts, both Daimler and the massive Volkswagen Group, and it has aggressive plans for 25 electric models by 2025‚??split between 12 all-electric and 13 plug-in hybrid models. BMW sold just over 2 million vehicles globally under its own brand in 2017, but plans for much higher volumes of electric cars won't kick in until 2020.

Man Rips School Superintendent During Board Meeting, Accusing Him of Bullying When They Were Students

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 13:57:13 -0400

Gregg Barrett says he was tormented over his last name, Gay, by Dr. Lance Hindt, and even considered suicide at 13.

If The Law Says Scott Walker Has To Call Early Elections, The GOP Will Rewrite It

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 18:21:26 -0400

A day after a judge said Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) was violating state

Bolton is a fan of Islamophobe activist Pamela Geller

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 13:06:02 -0400

President Trump‚??s next national security adviser, John Bolton, wrote the foreword to a book by Pamela Geller, an Islamophobic activist and blogger.

Former Mormon Missionary Center Leader Accused Of Sexual Assault

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 19:07:37 -0400

Years-old sexual abuse allegations against a former Mormon missionary leader

U.S. Drops Charges Against Turkish Security Accused Of Attacking American Demonstrators

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 20:58:35 -0400

The U.S. has dropped criminal charges against nearly all of the Turkish

Senator Tells Ben Carson To Stop Blaming Wife For Expensive Furniture

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 14:36:00 -0400

Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) on Thursday slammed Housing and Urban Development

Jim Carrey Appears To Shred Jared Kushner In Biting New Portrait

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 06:14:22 -0400

Jim Carrey has returned to Twitter with yet another politically-charged

Lone Nigerian captive refused to convert for Boko Haram

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 16:04:41 -0400

LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) ‚?? The mother of the only Nigerian schoolgirl still in Boko Haram captivity after the extremists released 104 classmates said Thursday her daughter was blocked from boarding the vehicle to freedom and told to convert to Islam.

Iowa family found dead in vacation condo in Mexico

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 11:59:20 -0400

Kevin and Amy Sharp, along with their two children, were found dead in their vacation condo in Akumal, Mexico, one week after their family back in Iowa had last heard from them. A family member said there was no foul play and autopsy results are pending.

Author of "The Dictator Pope" suspended as Knight of Malta

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 16:54:31 -0400

VATICAN CITY (AP) ‚?? The author of a highly critical book about Pope Francis, entitled "The Dictator Pope," has been suspended by the Knights of Malta lay religious order.

Afghan migrant gets life sentence for raping, murdering German student

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 08:30:44 -0400

A German court on Thursday sentenced an Afghan migrant to life in prison for raping and murdering a university student, as the country wrestles with security and integration concerns after taking in over a million migrants since 2015. In December 2016 police detained the young Afghan man, who had arrived in the country at the height of the refugee crisis a year earlier. A test determined that his DNA matched that found near the site where a 19-year-old German female student had died in the southwestern city of Freiburg two months earlier.

Shark alert as more than 130 beached whales die in Western Australia

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 05:18:40 -0400

At least 135 short-finned pilot whales died after a mass beaching in Western Australia - with fears the carcasses will attract sharks - as rescuers worked to herd those still alive back out to sea. The stranding of 150 whales at Hamelin Bay, around 195 miles south of Perth, was spotted by a commercial fisherman at daybreak. Locals and tourists are being warned to stay out of the water due to a likely increase in sharks attracted by the dead whales. Western Australia state‚??s Parks and Wildlife Service said its staff were on site and assessing the health and well-being of the 15 still alive. "Most of the whales beached themselves on dry land overnight and have not survived," said incident controller Jeremy Chick who added they they were awaiting support and equipment to help in a rescue attempt." Stranded whales on the beach at Hamelin Bay Credit: REUTERS He added:¬†"The strength of the animals and the windy and possibly wet weather conditions will affect when and where we attempt to move them out to sea. "The main objectives are to ensure the safety of staff and volunteers as well as the whales‚?? greatest chance of survival." Melissa Lay, manager at the Hamelin Bay Holiday Park, told Reuters on the phone that it was the second masse stranding she had witnessed during her 15 years in the area. "There are some that are still alive but barely," Lay said. "The last time it happened, none survived." Locals and tourists were being warned to stay out of the water due to a likely increase in sharks attracted by the dead whales. People there for the peak salmon fishing season were also advised to stay out of the shallows. When they beach, short-finned pilot whales do so en masse as they travel in their hundreds Credit: Reuters "It is possible the dead and dying animals will act as an attractant, which could lead to sharks coming close into shore along this stretch of coast," the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development said in a statement. It added:¬†"While it's not uncommon for sharks to be present off the Western Australian coast throughout the year, people should exercise additional caution until the stranding incident is resolved." Short-finned pilot whales inhabit tropical and subtropical waters and are often seen in the hundreds and when they beach, it is usually en masse. The stranding happened at Hamelin Bay, around 200 miles south of Perth The reason why mass strandings occur is still unknown. There are many theories including the shape of the coastline being a contributing factor, whales responding to distress calls from other whales, or groups following a leader into shore. The largest mass stranding in Australia‚??s west was at Dunsborough in 1996 when 320 long-finned pilot whales came ashore. All but 20 survived.

13 Most Reliable Cars On The Road

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 12:56:20 -0400

The Latest: Mother: Unexploded bomb addressed to daughter

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 19:00:53 -0400

PFLUGERVILLE, Texas (AP) ‚?? The Latest on the investigation of the Austin bombings (all times local):

U.N. rights experts urge China to provide care for rights lawyer

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 05:34:04 -0400

United Nations experts called on China on Friday to provide medical care to Jiang Tianyong, a prominent human rights lawyer jailed for inciting "subversion", amid reports of his deteriorating health. In a rare joint statement on China, six independent human rights experts voiced deep concern at the condition of Jiang, sentenced to two years jail last November after being found guilty of inciting subversion of state power.

GOP lawmaker knocks Trump for Putin call but refuses to distance himself from president

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 09:52:04 -0400

A top Republican on the House Intelligence Committee chastised President Trump for congratulating Russian President Vladimir Putin on his reelection ‚?? but then refused to distance himself from Trump.

Fort Standard's Terrazzo Planters and Other Top Picks from the AD Design Show

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 14:42:08 -0400

Bodycam video shows Ohio police officers saving choking baby

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 09:42:59 -0400

Heart-stopping video shows Ohio police saving a 2-month-old baby who was choking.

China should prepare for military action over Taiwan: Chinese paper

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 13:59:41 -0400

By Ben Blanchard BEIJING (Reuters) - China should prepare for military action over self-ruled Taiwan and pressure Washington over cooperation on North Korea after the United States passed a law to boost ties with Taiwan, a widely read Chinese state-run newspaper said on Thursday. Beijing was infuriated when U.S. President Donald Trump signed legislation last week that encourages the United States to send senior officials to Taiwan to meet Taiwanese counterparts and vice versa. Beijing has also been upset by Trump's threats to impose trade restrictions on China over its huge trade surplus with the United States.

Austin Bomber Is A Terrorist Of Our Own Making

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 08:57:04 -0400

It's been a hell of a few weeks here in Austin, Texas, and the last one was

Charles Lazarus, Founder of Toys R Us, Dies at 94

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 15:04:17 -0400

Charles Lazarus opened what would become the first Toys R Us store in 1948.

The Climate Is Changing For Climate Skeptics

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 20:19:44 -0400

SAN FRANCISCO ‚?? Climate change skeptics may have outlived their usefulness to

In world first, Air India crosses Saudi airspace to Israel

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 16:52:18 -0400

Air India launched on Thursday the first scheduled service to Israel to be allowed to cross Saudi airspace, a sign of a behind-the-scenes improvement in ties between the Arab kingdom and the Jewish state. "It is the first time that there is an official connection between the state of Israel and Saudi Arabia," he said in Hebrew. There will now be three flights weekly in each direction, ending a decades-long Saudi ban on the use of its airspace for commercial flights to Israel.

The Irony Of Joe Biden Trying To Protect Women By Threatening Donald Trump

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 15:13:33 -0400

Former Vice President Joe Biden was speaking at a rally against sexual

Venezuela oil workers clash with security officials in PDVSA cafeteria protest

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 15:31:53 -0400

By Alexandra Ulmer and Deisy Buitrago CARACAS (Reuters) - Angry Venezuelan oil workers demanding better benefits to counter crushing hyperinflation and food shortages clashed with security officials during a rare protest in the cafeteria of state oil company PDVSA's headquarters on Friday. Venezuela is home to the world's largest crude reserves but its creaking state-led economic model has all but collapsed, sparking four-digit inflation and long lines for everything from milk to medicines. Many struggling oil workers have kept mum for fear of losing their jobs and health insurance as President Nicolas Maduro's government takes an increasingly tough line on dissent.

Pennsylvania Supreme Court Chief Scolds His Own Party For Trying To Impeach Justices

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 16:31:01 -0400

The chief justice of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, a Republican, spoke out

US firms face tough legal battles in China IP theft

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 06:58:57 -0400

It took a crucial piece of evidence for Microsoft to win one of its numerous anti-piracy lawsuits in China: A computer seller telling an investigator that he could install a Windows 7 knock-off for free. Premier Li Keqiang pledged this week that China will "strictly protect" intellectual property rights, and special IP courts have been created to hear such cases. As does the Silk Market in the heart of Beijing, where fake Ralph Lauren polo shirts fly off the shelves.

Scores of Russian diplomats set to be expelled after EU leaders agree Russia 'highly likely' to have carried out Salisbury attack

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 05:35:08 -0400

Scores of Russian diplomats look set to be expelled from European capitals as ten EU countries indicated they were preparing to follow Theresa May's lead in the wake of the Salisbury attacks. France, Poland, Ireland, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Lithuania, Latvia, Denmark, Estonia and the Netherlands are all in discussions about deporting suspected spies after Theresa May shared intelligence about the nerve agent attack at a meeting of the European Council. Germany's Chancellor, Angela Merkel, has also hinted that she may be prepared to go beyond merely rebuking Vladimir Putin, and the EU recalled its ambassador to Moscow overnight in a show of solidarity with Mrs May. Throwing their weight behind the Prime Minister, the 27 leaders of the European Council said it was ‚??highly likely‚?Ě that the Kremlin was responsible for the poisoning of Sergei Skripal and his daughter, Yulia. Responding to the announcement on Friday,¬†Moscow accused the UK of leading the European Union towards an "anti-Russia campaign".¬† In a statement, the Russian foreign ministry said the only explanation was that European leaders¬†"wanted to help the British Prime Minister out of a difficult situation". It came as Markus Ederer, the EU ambassador,¬†was recalled from Moscow on Thursday night to consult with Brussels over the EU‚??s response to the attack, while a number of EU member states said they were poised to announce expulsions of Russian diplomats. While Dutch prime minister Mark Rutte said the move was a "measure" rather a "sanction"¬†against Russia, the decision paves the way for further retaliatory action against the Kremlin which could see its European spy network dismantled within a matter of weeks. Meanwhile, a¬†convoy of vehicles left the British Embassy in¬†Moscow¬†on Friday morning ahead of a Russian deadline for 23 diplomats to leave the country. A convoy of vehicles leaves the British embassy in Moscow on Friday morning Credit: Pavel Golovkin¬†/AP Russia said it was expelling the diplomats last Saturday in a carefully-calibrated retaliatory move against London, which has accused the Kremlin of orchestrating the nerve toxin attack. On Friday morning, staff were seen embracing colleagues as vehicles were being readied on the grounds of the British embassy. Members of the British embassy staff gather at its compound in Moscow on Friday morning Credit: TATYANA MAKEYEVA¬†/Reuters Leaving a dinner with European leaders on Thursday night, Mrs May said the Council was ‚??standing together‚?Ě against the growing threat posed by the Putin regime. "I welcome the fact that the EU Council has agreed with the United Kingdom Government's assessment that it is highly likely that Russia is responsible for the attempted murder that took place on the streets of Salisbury and that there is no plausible alternative explanation,‚?Ě she added. "The threat that Russia poses respects no borders and it is a threat to our values and it is right that here in the EU Council we are standing together to uphold those values." On Friday morning, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told reporters on a visit to Hanoi that the UK is "feverishly trying to force allies to take¬†confrontational¬†steps". Theresa May left a dinner with European leaders late on Thursday night¬† It came after five EU countries indicated they are prepared to follow Theresa May‚??s lead by expelling diplomats suspected of espionage. France,¬†Poland, Lithuania¬†and at least two other countries are understood to be in discussions about co-ordinated expulsions of Russian Embassy officials in the wake of the Salisbury poisonings. On Friday, Latvia said it would expel "one or several" Russian diplomats. The Czech prime minister Andrej Babis said it was "probable" his country would follow suit, with a decision to be made on Monday. Estonia is understood to be taking action. Irish PM Leo Varadkar said Ireland would conduct a security assessment of Russian diplomats, which could lead to expulsions.¬† It comes as Donald Tusk, the president of the European Council, said leaders of the 28 EU states agreed that Russia is likely behind the attack.¬† At a dinner with other EU leaders in Brussels, Mrs May warned her allies that Russia represents a ‚??long term‚?Ě threat to each of them and urged them to consider taking action either individually or as a bloc. #EUCO agrees with UK government that highly likely Russia is responsible for #SalisburyAttack and that there is no other plausible explanation.‚?? Donald Tusk (@eucopresident) March 22, 2018 Following a meeting between Mrs May, the French President Emmanuel Macron and the German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French officials hinted that the country was prepared to act. Mr Macron and Mrs Merkel agreed on the importance of sending "a strong European message" to Russia. Dalia Grybauskaite, president of Lithuania, confirmed she was contemplating the deportation of Russians, and¬†Poland‚??s deputy foreign minister Bartosz Cichocki told The Telegraph his country was prepared to act unilaterally in expelling Russians if it encouraged others to take steps against Moscow. The development is a huge victory for Theresa May Credit: WOLFGANG RATTAY/REUTERS EU leaders made a joint statement on Thursday night agreeing they stood in "unqualified solidarity" with the UK in a big victory for Mrs May. In a joint¬†statement, they said:¬†"The European Council condemns in the strongest possible terms the recent attack in Salisbury, expresses its deepest sympathies to all whose lives have been threatened and lends its support to the ongoing investigation. "It agrees with the United Kingdom Government's assessment that it is highly likely that the Russian Federation is responsible and that there is no plausible alternative explanation. We stand in unqualified solidarity with the United Kingdom in the face of this grave challenge to our shared security. "The use of chemical weapons, including the use of any toxic chemicals as weapons under any circumstances, is completely unacceptable, must be systematically and rigorously condemned and constitutes a security threat to us all. "Member states will co-ordinate on the consequences to be drawn in the light of the answers provided by the Russian authorities. The European Union will remain closely focused on this issue and its implications. "Against this background, the European Union must strengthen its resilience to chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear-related risks, including through closer cooperation between the European Union and its member states as well as Nato. "The European Union and its member states should also continue to bolster their capabilities to address hybrid threats, including in the areas of cyber, strategic communication and counter-intelligence. The European Council invites the European Commission and the High Representative to take this work forward and report on progress by the June European Council."

Roseanne Barr‚??s outburst on ‚??Kimmel‚?? wins cheers

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 17:02:14 -0400

‚??I‚??ve always liked Roseanne, she holds nothing back.‚?Ě ‚??Finally someone on a talk show with a dissenting opinion.‚?Ě After her headline-making appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live, Rosie‚??s got Newsroom commenters talking ‚?? and applauding. Things got a bit awkward during the Thursday appearance. Barr, who voted for President Trump (and makes no apologies), shut down the late-night host after he questioned her political views. A defiant Roseanne replied: ‚??A lot of us, no matter who we voted for, we don‚??t want to see our president fail.‚?Ě Then came the bleeps: ‚??Because we don‚??t want [Mike] Pence! Are you f***ing kidding me? You want Pence? You want Pence for the freaking president? Well, then, zip that f***ing lip.‚?Ě Newsroom has her back. See the video above for more responses. Kimmel and Barr‚??s little debate ended with some laughs, and the two agreeing to disagree. What do you think of Roseanne Barr‚??s outburst? Join the conversation in Newsroom.

Teen wounded in US school shooting dies after life support removed

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 16:24:43 -0400

A teenage girl left brain dead after she was wounded in a school shooting in Maryland died after she was removed from life support, local officials said Friday. The girl, 16 year old Jaelynn Willey, was shot in the head by the attacker, with whom she had had a relationship. "My daughter was hurt by a boy who shot her in the head and took everything from us," said her mother, Melissa Willey, according to The Washington Post.

The Kris Kobach Voter Fraud Trial Was About Much More Than Kris Kobach

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 11:57:47 -0400

Since the year 2000, Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach (R) has found 129

The Latest: Tribal court orders baby's return to parents

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 19:40:22 -0400

MIAMI (AP) ‚?? The Latest on Miccosukee tribal police taking a baby from her parents (all times local):

Man dies after reclining movie theater seat closes on his head

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 10:20:42 -0400

A man in Birmingham, England, died after he reportedly got his head trapped in

Expert: No sign of foul play in US youth's death in Bermuda

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 18:04:42 -0400

HAMILTON, Bermuda (AP) ‚?? A U.S. student who died while visiting Bermuda for a rugby tournament died from an apparent fall and there are no signs of any foul play, police and a forensic expert said Thursday.

Surveillance video shows Vegas gunman methodically bringing suitcases of weapons to hotel room

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 11:59:40 -0400

In the week before the Las Vegas mass shooting, Stephen Paddock brought at least 21 suitcases to his room at the Mandalay Bay hotel as he gradually amassed 23 guns and thousands of rounds of ammo.

Kellyanne Conway warns college kids to avoid fentanyl

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 17:14:32 -0400

On Thursday, White House counselor Kellyanne Conway, President Trump‚??s pick to lead the fight against opioid abuse, warns an audience of college kids to avoid fentanyl.

Retired 4-Star General: 'Simply Outrageous' That Jared Kushner Represents America

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 05:35:54 -0400

Retired four-star Army Gen. Barry McCaffrey did not mince his words on

With John Bolton, Trump's White House gets a 'bad cop' for foreign policy

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 21:33:23 -0400

The president's new national security adviser may have been brought on to play "bad cop" to Trump's "good cop" on foreign policy, a source familiar with the president's thinking says.

Bolton expected to shake up Trump‚??s National Security Council

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 12:36:22 -0400

Donald Trump is replacing H.R. McMaster with John Bolton as his national security adviser. Bolton will have plenty on his desk, including North Korea, Russia and Iran. He‚??s also expected to shake up Trump‚??s National Security Council.

These Are The Biggest Marches In U.S. History

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 17:04:53 -0400

On Feb. 14, a lone gunman entered the halls of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High

These are the world's best airports of 2018

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 06:53:58 -0400

With sunflower and butterfly gardens, rooftop swimming pool, free foot massages, and a newly introduced fully automated check-in and boarding process, Singapore's Changi Airport has nabbed the title of world's best airport for the sixth year in a row. 

Sugary drinks linked to an increased risk of death

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 09:25:57 -0400

New US research has found that drinking a large amount of sugary drinks, such as soda and fruit juice, can increase the risk of dying from heart disease, as well as all other causes. Participants were asked to complete a food frequency questionnaire to estimate their intake of sugary foods, such as desserts, candy, and those with added sugars or syrups, and sugary drinks, such as soda, fruit drinks, and fruit juices.

Mark Zuckerberg Says He May Never Be 'The Right Person' To Testify Before Congress

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 15:09:59 -0400

When will Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg agree to answer questions

In photos: Damien Hirst unveils 'Colour Space' paintings in UK

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 11:18:15 -0400

Smoky condo fire in Vietnam kills at least 13, injures 28

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 04:34:46 -0400

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) ‚?? Residents startled awake by loud noise and smoke signaled for help with lit mobile phones and crawled onto cranes from their balconies to escape a fire Friday at a large condominium complex in southern Vietnam's Ho Chi Minh City. At least 13 people were killed and 28 injured, with police saying it was unclear if anyone was missing.

Pacific plastic dump far larger than feared: study

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 13:06:40 -0400

The vast dump of plastic waste swirling in the Pacific ocean is now bigger than France, Germany and Spain combined -- far larger than previously feared -- and is growing rapidly, a study published Thursday warned. Researchers based in the Netherlands used a fleet of boats and aircraft to scan the immense accumulation of bottles, containers, fishing nets and microparticles known as the "Great Pacific Garbage Patch" (GPGP) and found an astonishing build-up of plastic waste. "We found about 80,000 tonnes of buoyant plastic currently in the GPGP," Laurent Lebreton, lead author of the study published in the journal Scientific Reports, told AFP.

New VW Touareg Detailed On Video Showing Fresh Design, Huge Screen

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 09:01:35 -0400

If you add them up, the two fully digital displays measure a combined 27 inches.

Autopsies Being Performed on Family of 4 Found Dead in Mexico

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 00:00:00 -0400

Authorities said they found no trace of violence on the bodies or signs of forced entry.

Four-year-old child accidentally shoots baby at Texas home, police say

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 09:09:13 -0400

A nearby resident in the city of Temple said he saw a police officer carrying a ‚??lifeless-looking‚?Ě baby out to an ambulance. ‚??The police officer carried [the infant] out,‚?Ě witness Bradley Martin said. Temple Police Department's criminal investigations division is working on the case.

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