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Smithsonian, EPA Ready to Close as Shutdown Toll Deepens

Fri, 12/28/2018 - 17:25

Nearly 14,000 workers at the EPA prepared to be furloughed at midnight, the seventh day of a shutdown that showed scant signs of ending. The Smithsonian said all museums, research centers and the National Zoo will close starting Jan. 2 unless the shutdown ends. The Federal Trade Commission in a tweet said it had closed.


Bentley takes a page out of Porsche’s playbook as it plans to lure over Tesla buyers

Fri, 12/28/2018 - 17:10

Whether you love Tesla or can't stand the company -- perhaps due to the antics of CEO Elon Musk -- there's no getting around the fact that the company may very well go down as one of the more influential car manufacturers in history. In a relatively short time-frame, Tesla managed to bring electric cars into the mainstream. Tesla's success has since prompted a number of luxury auto brands -- from BMW to Porsche -- to finally start taking EVs seriously. Just last year, for example, Porsche Cars North America CEO Klaus Zellmer flat-out said that the allure of the Model S likely lured away consumers who were otherwise interested in picking up a Porsche. In light of that, another luxury automaker influenced by Tesla's ongoing success is Bentley. During a recent interview with Automotive News Europe, Bentley CEO Adrian Hallmark relayed that he'd like to broaden Bentley's reach to include hyper-wealthy "upper liberals" who tend to be drawn to EVs from the likes of Tesla. As a result, Hallmark said that Bentley is planning to dive head-first into the EV realm. > About 40 percent of our customers would consider buying an EV. But more important, the two major demographic segments that we don't currently sell to -- the upper liberals and the post-moderns -- account for 40 percent of high-net-worth individuals, and an EV is even more appealing to them than to our customers. They tend to buy Porsche and Tesla now. We see full-electric cars as another growth opportunity in a five- to 10-year period. In the meantime, all nameplates will have a hybrid option before 2025. And similar to what we heard from Porsche when it was designing what is now known as the Taycan, Hallmark relayed that Bentley's first electric car will be designed as a Bentley that just happens to be electric. In other words, the company has no plans to make any compromises on design and performance when it rolls out an EV. Bentley has introduced some concept EV designs in the past, but it remains to be seen when a fully electric Bentley will become available for purchase.


No 'perp walk' for Kevin Spacey? He's trying to avoid his arraignment on sex-crime charge

Fri, 12/28/2018 - 16:21

Will Kevin Spacey avoid showing up for his arraignment on a sex-crime charge on Nantucket? Not if the district attorney has anything to say about it.


Trump proposal to weaken mercury standards could have broad impact on other anti-pollution rules

Fri, 12/28/2018 - 16:05

Environmental critics say the proposal would have far-reaching negative consequences by changing how rulemaking calculates human health benefits.


The Quickest Fords of All Time

Fri, 12/28/2018 - 16:02


FCC probes outage of CenturyLink 911 emergency call service

Fri, 12/28/2018 - 15:45

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is investigating a nationwide CenturyLink Inc network outage that has affected service on 911 emergency phone calls across the country, agency chairman Ajit Pai said on Friday. "The CenturyLink service outage is ... completely unacceptable, and its breadth and duration are particularly troubling," Pai said in a statement. "I’ve directed the Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau to immediately launch an investigation into the cause and impact of this outage." Asked about the FCC investigation, a spokeswoman for CenturyLink said the company had been in contact with the federal agency and would cooperate fully.


U.S. FCC probes outage of CenturyLink 911 emergency call service

Fri, 12/28/2018 - 15:44

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is investigating a nationwide CenturyLink Inc network outage that has affected service on 911 emergency phone calls across the country, agency chairman Ajit Pai said on Friday. "The CenturyLink service outage is ... completely unacceptable, and its breadth and duration are particularly troubling," Pai said in a statement. Asked about the FCC investigation, a spokeswoman for CenturyLink said the company had been in contact with the federal agency and would cooperate fully.


What were the best late-night moments of 2018? Take a look.

Fri, 12/28/2018 - 15:24

From the royal wedding to the Olympics to the midterm elections and Facebook, the comics talked about it all in Best of Late Night!


Syrian army deploys to Manbij area after Kurdish calls to deter Turkey

Fri, 12/28/2018 - 14:20

Manbij, which U.S.-backed forces captured from Islamic State in 2016, has emerged as a focal point of new tensions after U.S. President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw U.S. forces whose presence has effectively deterred Turkey. After a Syrian army announcement declaring government troops had entered Manbij, Turkey-backed Syrian rebels stationed in nearby territory said they had begun moving together with Turkish forces toward the town in readiness for "the start of military operations to liberate" it. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a UK-based monitoring group, said the Syrian government forces had entered a strip of territory at the edge of Manbij, not inside the town itself, creating a barrier with Turkey-backed fighters nearby.


America's best restaurant chains: Top-rated brands according to TripAdvisor

Fri, 12/28/2018 - 14:02

TripAdvisor names the top U.S. restaurant chains. Eddie V's Prime Seafood, The Capital Grille and Ruth's Chris Steak House are the best reviewed.


Pelosi taps Florida Democrat to lead climate change panel

Fri, 12/28/2018 - 13:39

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi on Friday appointed Florida Rep. Kathy Castor to lead a special committee on climate change that will be reinstated in the new Congress.


Kroger issues recall for shrimp products due to potential health hazard

Fri, 12/28/2018 - 13:37

Kroger is recalling nine different kinds of cooked shrimp that are actually raw or undercooked.


Barn find Bugatti trio found in Belgium is worth over $1m

Fri, 12/28/2018 - 13:01

Three classic Bugattis and a Citroen is a major barn find discovery, with all four cars heading to auction in February


UK says rising migrant Channel crossings are a 'major incident'

Fri, 12/28/2018 - 12:48

British interior minister Sajid Javid has said the fast-growing number of would-be immigrants crossing the English Channel from France in dinghies is a "major incident." Nearly 70 people have been intercepted in the past three days as they try to reach England by crossing one of the world's busiest shipping lanes. Javid is also seeking an urgent call with his French counterpart over the weekend, his ministry said. "He has insisted the Home Office treat the situation as a major incident and has ... asked for daily updates," it said in a statement.


How a Starbucks Barista Helped a Customer Find a New Kidney

Fri, 12/28/2018 - 12:38

Be kind to your baristas and they may be kind to you!


Volkswagen presents a mobile electric vehicle charging station

Fri, 12/28/2018 - 12:31

German carmaker Volkswagen has revealed a first glimpse of its mobile quick charging station for electric vehicles (EVs), which will go into production in 2020. With this first glimpse, Volkswagen has demonstrated that it's possible to provide temporary charging facilities, which will open up new avenues for the future expansion of recharging networks. The goal is to be able, for example, to set up charging points at large-scale events, or on company premises.


Citi cuts Q1 iPhone production estimates on weak demand

Fri, 12/28/2018 - 12:06

"The material cut in our forecasts is driven by our view that 2018 iPhone is entering a destocking phase, which does not bode well for the supply chain," analyst William Yang wrote in a client note. Citi said it expects the company to make 45 million iPhones for the quarter, down from 50 million it forecast earlier. The cut was mainly due to weak outlook for the iPhone XS Max, analyst William Yang said in a research note.


Utah gears up to implement nation's lowest DUI limit

Fri, 12/28/2018 - 11:44

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — New Year's Eve revelers in Utah could find themselves with more than a hangover as 2019 dawns. If they drink and drive, they could end up on the wrong side of the nation's newest and lowest DUI threshold.


'Yellow vest' protesters target Macron's holiday hideaway

Fri, 12/28/2018 - 11:29

If Emmanuel Macron is hoping for some holiday respite from the anti-government protests which have rocked France, he might want to avoid the presidential retreat on the Mediterranean coast. Around 40 "yellow vest" demonstrators on Thursday tried to storm the medieval fort of Bregancon that serves as Macron's summer retreat before being turned back by police, the mayor of nearby Bormes-les-Mimosas, Francois Arizzi, told AFP on Friday. For people who want more democracy, they should start by respecting other people's property," Arizzi said, saying many of the protesters had tried to infiltrate the fort by crossing private land.


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