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Fiat 1100C Spider: Pietro Frua's first original design on sale

Thu, 12/27/2018 - 12:47

This one-off classic Fiat 1100 Spider was legendary designer Pietro Frua's first ever design for his eponymous carrozzeria


Tesla's Musk says cave rescuer's defamation case should be dismissed

Thu, 12/27/2018 - 12:47

In a filing on Wednesday with the U.S. District Court in Los Angeles, Musk's lawyers said their client's comments about Vernon Unsworth were free speech protected by the U.S. Constitution's First Amendment even if they lacked any factual basis. Musk on July 15 called Unsworth a "pedo guy" in a tweet to more than 22 million Twitter followers, a comment for which he later apologized.


Nations count cost of 2018 climate disasters

Thu, 12/27/2018 - 12:30

Climate change-induced disasters cost nations at least $100 billion in 2018, a watchdog said Thursday, warning the spate of deadly wildfires, floods and superstorms was "a shadow" of things to come if greenhouse gas emissions aren't slashed. This year is set to be the fourth hottest on record and as planet-warming carbon and methane levels in the atmosphere continue to rise, extreme weather events such as the devastating blazes that destroyed swathes of California are likely to become far more common. "2018 showed the catastrophic threat that climate change presents the world.


14-Year-Old California Girl Dies After Fall From Arizona's Horseshoe Bend Overlook

Thu, 12/27/2018 - 12:21

After falling from an overlook in Arizona, a teenage girl from California is dead.


3 charged in shooting at gender reveal party for woman who wasn't pregnant

Thu, 12/27/2018 - 11:47

Three men were charged in the 2017 deadly gender reveal party shooting for a woman who was not pregnant to begin with.


Billionaire LinkedIn co-founder apologises for funding 'Russian-style' disinformation group in Alabama Senate race

Thu, 12/27/2018 - 11:13

Billionaire Reid Hoffman apologised on Wednesday for funding a group linked to a “highly disturbing” effort that spread disinformation during last year’s Alabama special election for US Senate, but he said he was not aware that his money was being used for this purpose. Mr Hoffman’s statement is his first acknowledgement of his ties to a campaign that adopted tactics similar to those deployed by Russian operatives during the 2016 presidential election. In Alabama, the Hoffman-funded group allegedly used Facebook and Twitter to undermine support for Republican Roy Moore and boost Democrat Doug Jones, who narrowly won the race.


Russia Says Syria's Assad Is Popular, Likely to Win New Vote

Thu, 12/27/2018 - 10:53

“He’s fairly popular, if he wasn’t, the results of the last few years would have been different,” President Vladimir Putin’s envoy to the Middle East, Mikhail Bogdanov, said in an interview in Moscow this week. “Of course, I think so,” he added, when asked whether the Syrian leader can triumph in the next presidential vote. Work is scheduled to start early next year on a new constitution for Syria ahead of UN-supervised elections.


I survived conversion therapy as a child. Now, I'm part of the movement to ban it for good.

Thu, 12/27/2018 - 10:25

The 'treatment' actually consisted of physical and emotional abuse. Ending this discredited therapy is a matter of life and death for today's youth.


UAE reopens Damascus embassy after seven years

Thu, 12/27/2018 - 10:13

The United Arab Emirates reopened its embassy in Damascus Thursday, the latest sign of efforts to bring the Syrian government back into the Arab fold. The UAE broke ties with Syria in February 2012, as the repression of nationwide protests demanding regime change was escalating into a devastating war. An acting charge d'affaires has already started working, an Emirati statement said, stressing that the UAE was "keen to put relations back on their normal track".


Wall Street falls at open after Dow's record-breaking surge

Thu, 12/27/2018 - 10:05

Stocks fell sharply at open on Thursday following a major rally a day earlier that helped the Dow surge more than 1,000 points for the first time ever.


Wrong About Franken, Right About Trump in 2018

Thu, 12/27/2018 - 09:30

1. I predicted that Special Counsel Robert Mueller would complete his investigation in the fall of 2018, and that although there would be further indictments, no one would be charged with a substantive offense related to the reason Mueller was appointed. Evaluation: Pretty much false.


Amazon’s surprise discounts on the Apple Watch Series 3 and 4 are still available today

Thu, 12/27/2018 - 08:42

Amazon manages to surprise us around Christmastime each and every year, and in 2018 it was no different. The nation's top online retailer offered several bigger-than-normal discounts on Apple products, which is a big deal since new Apple devices rarely go on sale. Some of those deals, like this discount on the current-generation iPad, are even still available now despite the fact that Christmas is over. You can still save on more than just iPads, though. There weren't many notable deals on the Apple Watch on Amazon during Black Friday and Cyber Week, but the company surprised us earlier this week when it slashed the prices of the Apple Watch Series 3 and Apple's new Apple Watch Series 4. If you were busy running around and you missed those deals, we have good news: they're still available now! Amazon is offering a sizeable $50 discount on the Apple Watch Series 3 with GPS + Cellular, and the deal is good on either the black sport band or the white one. The discount on the Apple Watch Series 4 isn't quite as sizeable, but Series 4 sales are quite rare so it's still better than paying $429 plus tax to Apple. ## Apple Watch Series 4 (GPS, 44mm) * GPS * Over 30% larger display and 50% louder speaker * Electrical and optical heart sensors * Digital Crown with haptic feedback * S4 SiP with faster 64-bit dual-core processor * Improved accelerometer and gyroscope for fall detection * Swimproof ## Apple Watch Series 3 (GPS + Cellular, 42mm) * GPS + Cellular * Optical heart sensor * Digital Crown * S3 with dual-core processor * Accelerometer and gyroscope * Swimproof * watchOS 5


UK defence minister says he has grave concerns about Huawei: Times

Thu, 12/27/2018 - 08:23

British Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson said he had "grave concerns" about Chinese company Huawei providing technology for Britain's planned 5G telecoms networks, the Times newspaper reported on Thursday. Huawei, the world's biggest producer of telecoms equipment, is facing intense scrutiny in the West over its ties to the Chinese government and concerns its equipment could be used by Beijing for spying. Williamson said a closer examination of security threats was needed before Huawei could be allowed to participate in the upgrade of Britain's mobile network, becoming the first senior British minister to have aired such concerns, the Times said.


More holiday travel troubles: Airlines waive fees ahead of winter storm.

Thu, 12/27/2018 - 06:46

Airlines are waiving ticket change fees for travelers due to fly to, through or from several airports in Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota


Tesla charging stations to cover all of Europe in 2019

Thu, 12/27/2018 - 06:41

Tesla's CEO-influencer Elon Musk has a habit of making major announcements on social media, particularly via Twitter, and yesterday was no different. Further down in the thread, he even announced that the station expansion will make its way into Africa in 2020.


Can You Trust Your Car Repair Shop?

Thu, 12/27/2018 - 06:00

Sitting in the customer lounge waiting to hear the potentially expensive news about your car can be nerve-wracking. That’s probably because you feel like you’re at the mercy of the mechanic. But ...


Was Grace Kelly's Rover P6 really sabotaged?

Thu, 12/27/2018 - 05:54

While it remains well documented that Princess Grace of Monaco died after her Rover P6 3500 plunged off a mountain pass, what's less well-known are the mysterious circumstances thereafter. Some claim the Rover was sabotaged, but is there evidence of such a claim?


The Latest: Trump returns to US from surprise trip to Iraq

Thu, 12/27/2018 - 05:20

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump and his trip to Iraq (all times local):


China Heads Into Trade Talks Bracing for More U.S. Demands

Thu, 12/27/2018 - 02:48

Since Presidents Xi Jinping and Donald Trump came to a temporary truce almost a month ago, China’s removed a retaliatory duty on U.S. automobiles and is drafting a law to prevent forced technology transfers. It’s also slashed import tariffs on more than 700 products and began buying U.S. crude oil, liquefied natural gas and soybeans again. Officials have been in constant contact with the U.S. to try to determine what else is needed to move things forward in January, according to people familiar with the talks.


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