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Mazda Vision Coupe named Concept Car of the Year

Thu, 03/08/2018 - 07:50

A lot of the interest at major motor shows is inevitably focused on new production models about to be released by major manufacturers. After that though, concept cars are what probably generate the most interest, especially among the public, so being named the "Concept Car of the Year" at the 11th-annual Car Design Night Geneva held this week during the 2018 Geneva Motor Show is quite an accolade. The panel of 18 judges tasked with coming up with the eventual winner of the Concept Car of the Year Award in Geneva included several individuals who are currently serving as design directors at major global vehicle manufacturers.

Nationalist autocrats are on the march. Trump yawns.

Thu, 03/08/2018 - 05:00

President Trump leaves the impression that his administration isn't interested in checking the brazen power of dictators, mainly because it's true.

Adam Rippon says he will talk to Mike Pence

Thu, 03/08/2018 - 04:58

U.S. Olympic medalist Adam Rippon says he turned down an invitation to meet Vice President Mike Pence during the Olympics but now he’s open to a discussion.

Fact box about the trial of Danish inventor Peter Madsen

Thu, 03/08/2018 - 04:30

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Danish inventor Peter Madsen goes on trial Thursday for the killing of journalist Kim Wall in his submarine. A look at the key facts in the case:

US drone targeting Pakistani Taliban kills 21 in Afghanistan

Thu, 03/08/2018 - 04:15

DERA ISMAIL KHAN, Pakistan (AP) — Two missiles fired from a U.S. drone hit a militant facility in neighboring Afghanistan, killing 21 insurgents, including the son of the head of the Pakistani Taliban, two Pakistani intelligence officials and local Taliban commanders said Thursday.

Florida passes bill to restrict guns, arm some teachers

Thu, 03/08/2018 - 03:18

The US state of Florida, scene of America's latest school shooting, on Wednesday passed bill that raises the minimum age to buy firearms to 21 while funding a program that allows some teachers and school employees to be armed. The "Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Act," which takes its name from last month's mass shooting in which 17 people including 14 students were killed, passed the legislature's lower house a day after clearing the senate. It will now be sent to Governor Rick Scott to sign.

U.S. destroyer McCain collision which killed 10 sailors caused by 'sudden turn': Singapore

Thu, 03/08/2018 - 00:43

A U.S. guided missile destroyer's deadly collision with an oil tanker near Singapore in 2017 was caused by "a sudden turn" made by the warship that put it in the path of the commercial vessel, said a report by the Singapore government on Thursday. The collision on Aug. 21, which killed 10 sailors and was one of a handful of incidents in the Asia Pacific region involving U.S. Navy warships, raised questions about Navy training and led to the removal of a number of officers. "The collision between the USS John S McCain (JSM) and Alnic MC (AM) as they were transiting through the Singapore Strait happened because of a sudden turn to Port by JSM, which caused it to head into the path of AM," the report said.

Holocaust Museum Rescinds Prestigious Award as Aung San Suu Kyi Fails to Defend Rohingya

Wed, 03/07/2018 - 23:09

The severity of recent atrocities demands that she use her "moral authority," the museum said

British police hunt culprit in Russian ex-spy's poisoning

Wed, 03/07/2018 - 23:01

British detectives were scrambling Thursday to uncover who poisoned a Russian former double-agent and his daughter with a nerve agent, as doctors battled to save their lives and that of a policeman who also fell ill after coming to their aid. Sergei Skripal, 66, who moved to Britain in a 2010 spy swap, is in a critical condition in hospital along with his daughter Yulia after they collapsed on a bench outside a shopping centre on Sunday. The brazen poisoning in the southwestern English city of Salisbury is already being linked with Russia by British politicians and the media, sparking an angry response in Moscow.

Missouri Cop Killed in Line of Duty Was Sent to Wrong House by Traced 911 Call

Wed, 03/07/2018 - 22:58

Authorities revealed Wednesday that police were actually sent to the wrong house when they were responding to a 911 call which led to three officers being shot, one of them fatally.

Malaysia says MH370 report to be released after latest search ends

Wed, 03/07/2018 - 22:51

The full investigation report into the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 will be released after the latest search efforts are completed, officials said on Thursday, four years after the aircraft first went missing. Flight MH370, carrying 239 people onboard, became one of the world's greatest aviation mysteries when it disappeared on its way from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing on March 8, 2014. Malaysia agreed in January to pay U.S. firm Ocean Infinity up to $70 million if it found the plane during an offshore search effort that is underway and expected to end in June.

Japan punishes crypto exchanges after hack

Wed, 03/07/2018 - 22:48

Japanese authorities Thursday ordered two cryptocurrency exchanges to suspend operations as part of a clampdown following a massive hack that saw thieves steal hundreds of millions of dollars in virtual currency. The Financial Services Agency (FSA) said in a statement it had ordered FSHO and Bit Station, exchanges based in Yokohama and Nagoya, to temporarily halt their operations for a month from Thursday. Immediate comments from the two exchanges were not available.

Los Angeles DA Won't Prosecute Agent Who Allegedly Groped Terry Crews

Wed, 03/07/2018 - 20:39

The Hollywood agent accused of groping “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” cast member Terry Crews won’t be prosecuted for the alleged crime. Both the Los Angeles city attorney and the Los Angeles County district attorney reportedly will not prosecute Adam Venit, who Crews accused of groping him at a Hollywood party in February 2016. TMZ is reporting that the district attorney rejected a felony filing and sent the case to the city attorney, who determined that the alleged misdemeanor couldn’t be prosecuted after a one-year statute of limitations expired.

The Latest: Officers were sent to wrong house and then shot

Wed, 03/07/2018 - 19:21

CLINTON, Mo. (AP) — The Latest on the shooting of three Missouri police officers (all times local):

Ted Cruz Makes It Too Easy To Point Out The Hypocrisy Of His Latest Campaign Ad

Wed, 03/07/2018 - 19:05

CNN’s Chris Cuomo pressed Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) to explain on Wednesday why his campaign is attacking an opponent’s nickname when Cruz uses one himself. Following the Texas primary race on Tuesday, Cruz’s re-election campaign released a new ad mocking Rep. Beto O’Rourke, the Democratic challenger for Cruz’s Senate seat, for his name. FIRST LISTEN: our new 60-second statewide radio ad introducing our liberal opponent, Congressman Robert O’Rourke, to Texas voters.

U.S. wary of North Korea weapons advances while talks take place

Wed, 03/07/2018 - 19:00

By Matt Spetalnick, David Brunnstrom and Phil Stewart WASHINGTON (Reuters) - North Korea could buy time to build up and refine its nuclear arsenal, including a warhead able to survive re-entry into the Earth’s atmosphere, if it manages to drag out any talks with Washington, U.S. officials and experts say. “North Korea can be expected to proceed on all these things ... unless an agreement freezes or stops these activities, something unlikely in the short run,” said David Albright, a nuclear non-proliferation expert who heads Washington's Institute for Science and International Security.

Adam Rippon Is Changing His Tune On Mike Pence Meeting

Wed, 03/07/2018 - 18:26

Olympic figure skater Adam Rippon says now is the right time to meet with Vice President Mike Pence. “I agree with so many people that you don’t get to make any sort of change if you don’t try to at least reach across and have the opportunity to speak,” Rippon said. Rippon had previously said that he has nothing personally to say to Pence, who has pushed an aggressive anti-LGBTQ agenda during his political career.

Former Trump Attorney Stuns 'Fox & Friends,' Says Stormy Daniels NDA Is Likely Invalid

Wed, 03/07/2018 - 17:10

A former attorney and adviser of Donald Trump stunned “Fox & Friends” anchors on Wednesday with a revelation about a lawsuit filed Tuesday by Stephanie Clifford (aka Stormy Daniels). Jay Goldberg, who represented the president in both of his divorces, told show hosts that Clifford may have a point that her nondisclosure agreement with Trump is invalid if he didn’t sign it. After Goldberg’s input, the “Fox & Friends” hosts quickly end the segment, but as you can see on the video below, it appears as if some life was sucked out of the room.

Powerball winner wants to give up to $50 million to charity

Wed, 03/07/2018 - 17:06

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A New Hampshire woman who won a Powerball jackpot worth nearly $560 million plans to give as much as $50 million to charity as a legal fight to keep her identity private proceeds, her lawyers said Wednesday.

Australian Woman Discovers Message In A Bottle Sent In 1886

Wed, 03/07/2018 - 16:51

An Australian woman happened upon what experts believe is the oldest message in a bottle ever found, dating back to 1886. Tonya Illman of Perth said she walking along the beach on Wedge Island in January when she spied the old glass bottle and picked it up. Using basic German language skills and Google Translate, Kym Illman figured out the person who dispatched the bottle wanted to know where and when it was found.