Ford Finally Makes Its Move Into Electric Cars

January 19, 2018

A Mustang and an Explorer wheel into a Detroit factory. This is not, tragically, the beginning of a joke. Rather, it’s a new (and weirdly ‘80s themed?) Ford promo video. Lightning flashes, synthesizers synthesize, and we behold the carmaker's next great machine, to debut in 2020: an all-electric SUV, good for 300 miles of driving between charges, called the Mach 1. Well, we behold a glowing sign that reads "Mach…

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Twin Suicide Bombing In Central Baghdad Kills At Least 27

January 19, 2018

Two men detonated explosives vests in Aviation Square, a commercial district and gathering point for day laborers seeking work, scores of whom were killed and injured, according to the official. The German foreign ministry condemned the devastating attack in Baghdad and expressed its condolences to the families of those killed. The Karrada bombing was the deadliest single attack in Iraq since the 2003 U.S.-led invasion that ousted Saddam Hussein. Download…

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Ford Says Farewell to Mass-Market Cars

January 19, 2018

Ford Motor Co., the 114-year-old automaker that put the world on wheels, is turning away from its original mission of selling sedans to the masses. The company responsible for launching the modern carmaking era with Henry Ford’s assembly line will pivot away from being a full-line automaker, shrinking its passenger-car lineup and shifting only to low-volume, high-margin models. The reason? Years of coming up short on a long-held profit-margin target….

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We Thought We Were Going To Die, So We Fought Over A Tractor

January 18, 2018

In those minutes in between, many residents believed the state was under attack. And with the ongoing public feud between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un, it’s easy to see why people thought the missile alert was real. As a Hawaii reporter who’s covered the threat of nuclear war with North Korea, I knew we only had up to 15 minutes to seek shelter before the missile hit….

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Toyota Calls Off EPA Partnership Under Pressure From Environmentalists

January 18, 2018

Toyota Motor Corp. has ended talks with the Environmental Protection Agency to overhaul internal management practices at the agency, the automaker told HuffPost on Wednesday. The decision comes more than a month after EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt announced in an off-the-cuff remark that he planned to hire Toyota to evaluate the agency’s internal practices and recommend some of the Japanese auto giant’s strategies to speed up reviews. “We were always…

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Murders By U.S. White Supremacists More Than Doubled In 2017, New Report Shows

January 18, 2018

The report, “Murder and Extremism in the United States in 2017,” published Tuesday by the Anti-Defamation League’s Center on Extremism, said extremists killed 34 people last year. Twenty of those victims — or 59 percent — were killed by right-wing extremists, a designation that includes white supremacists, members of the so-called “alt-right” and “alt-lite,” and members of the anti-government militia movement.  That’s also double the number of people killed by domestic Islamic…

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Car Flies Into Second Floor Of Building And Stays There

January 18, 2018

A speeding car driven by a man authorities said had been using drugs soared off a median divider and into a second-floor dental office in Santa Ana, California, early Sunday. And the vehicle lodged there as cops and rescuers arrived to extinguish a small fire and help extract one of the occupants, the Orange County Fire Authority noted in a series of tweets. Another car occupant exited unassisted. Both had…

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How Dirt Could Save Humanity From an Infectious Apocalypse

January 17, 2018

Nobody scours Central Park looking for drugs quite the way Sean Brady does. On a sweltering Thursday, he hops out of a yellow cab, crosses Fifth Avenue, and scurries up a dirt path. Around us, the penetrating churn of a helicopter and the honk of car horns filter through the trees. Brady, a fast-talking chemist in his late 40s who sports a graying buzz cut and rimless glasses, has a…

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This guy used an orange to hack his Tesla into a self-driving car

January 17, 2018

A future where self-driving cars roam the streets is inevitable, but it’ll take several years to get there. Some people, however, aren’t willing to wait that long. A video posted on YouTube shows a man bypass his Tesla Model S P85D’s check-in features so the vehicle could operate without any human supervision, essentially transforming it into a self-driving car. While some may be fooled by its poorly phrased “Autopilot” feature, Teslas…

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Anthony Levandowski Faces New Claims of Stealing Trade Secrets

January 17, 2018

The engineer at the heart of the upcoming Waymo vs. Uber trial is facing dramatic new allegations of commercial wrongdoing, this time from a former nanny. Erika Wong, who says she cared for Anthony Levandowski’s two children from December 2016 to June 2017, filed a lawsuit in California this month accusing him of breaking a long list of employment laws. The complaint alleges the failure to pay wages, labor and…

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Ford Warns Profit Will Drop This Year

January 17, 2018

Ford Motor Co. warned profit will fall this year as Chief Executive Officer Jim Hackett spends heavily to catch up with rivals bringing electrified vehicles to market. The U.S. automaker forecast adjusted earnings of $1.45 to $1.70 a share this year, down from about $1.78 last year. While Wall Street had been expecting a drop, the low end of the company’s guidance is worse than what analysts were anticipating. Ford flagged…

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‘Cowell reward’ puppy turns up safe

January 15, 2018

Image caption Morse’s owner revealed the family’s good news in a Facebook post The border terrier pup escaped from the family’s garden in December and ran up their road. Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Simon Cowell has offered a £10,000 reward

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Trump supporters react to his derogatory remark, in their own words

January 15, 2018

(CNN)Reports that Donald Trump referred to certain nations as “shithole countries” during a Thursday meeting in the Oval Office have inflamed his critics and drawn condemnation from the international community. CNN spoke to several of them to see whether they still support the President after his comments. Here’s what they had to say. Sen. Durbin: Trump said those hateful things

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China Neck and Neck With Silicon Valley In Showcasing Auto Tech at CES

January 14, 2018

After years of predictions that Chinese technology companies were coming to America, the lineup at this year’s CES showed that they’re finally here. Of the 4,500 exhibitors at the annual event — a global stage to showcase the latest developments in biggest gadget show on the planet has become a key stomping ground for Chinese startups, especially makers of autonomous and electric vehicles, as they seek to disrupt the global…

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GM Shows Off New Silverado in Bid to Narrow Ford’s Pickup Lead

January 14, 2018

It’s going to be the year of the truck in the U.S., and General Motors Co. wants to steal back some market share. GM kicked off the Detroit auto show by revealing an all-new Chevrolet Silverado pickup, the first completely redesigned truck for the automaker since the 2007 model year. The pickup with have eight different trim levels, two new V-8 engines and shed as much as 450 pounds from…

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Ford Urges Thousands Of Pickup Owners To Stop Driving After New Airbag Death

January 14, 2018

The second largest U.S. automaker said it confirmed in late December that a July 2017 crash death in West Virginia in a 2006 Ford Ranger was caused by a defective Takata inflator. It previously reported a similar death in South Carolina that occurred in December 2015. Ford issued a new recall for automobiles that had been previously recalled in 2016. A Mazda Motor Corp spokeswoman said on Thursday the company…

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Fiat Chrysler to Invest $1 Billion, Pay Bonuses on U.S. Tax Cut

January 14, 2018

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV is investing $1 billion in a Michigan truck factory and paying worker bonuses in the wake of a U.S. tax cut, gestures that could come in handy amid major policy matters being sorted out in Washington. The Italian-American automaker will share the spoils of a lower corporate tax rate by sending $2,000 checks to about 60,000 U.S. workers. Fiat Chrysler also will spend more than $1…

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There’s A Good Reason Feds Don’t Call White Guys Terrorists, Says DOJ Domestic Terror Chief

January 14, 2018

The question came up last year when a young neo-Nazi in a muscle car mowed down a crowd of anti-racist demonstrators. It was asked after after an abusive young white man decked out in tactical gear killed 26 churchgoers, and when a white supremacist stabbed two men to death because they intervened as he berated a woman in a hijab. People wondered about the answer when a left-wing zealot who railed against Republicans opened fire on GOP congressmen practicing softball, and when a wealthy…

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