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Tesla confirmed Tuesday that US Justice Department officials were looking into possible criminal aspects of a seemingly spontaneous, and later aborted, announcement by chief executive Elon Musk on taking the electric automaker private. Tesla shares ended the formal Nasdaq trading day down 3.35 percent to $284.96. Tesla said it was confident the matter would be quickly resolved with the Justice Department.
The ministry said that while Syrian anti-aircraft had mistakenly shot down the plane of a close ally, Israeli jets flying nearby had put the Russian jet in the path of danger, and it threatened to retaliate over what it called a hostile act. "As for retaliatory measures, they will be aimed first and foremost at further ensuring the safety of our military personnel and facilities in Syria.
A Texas daycare centre owner has been arrested on child endangerment charges after she was accused of keeping infants and toddlers tied to their car seats for hours. Rebecca Anderson, 60, kept the small children tied up in car seats for at least seven hours a day at her Mesquite daycare centre, Becky’s Home Child Care, according to an arrest warrant affidavit. The affidavit also alleged the daycare centre owner yanked a six-month-old child by the bib around his neck, tying laces around the young children’s necks to limit their movement.
German luxury car brand Audi on Monday staged the global launch of a new electric sport utility vehicle on the home turf of rival Tesla Inc, and highlighted a deal with Amazon.com Inc to make recharging its forthcoming e-tron models easier. The Audi e-tron midsize SUV will be offered in the United States next year at a starting price of $75,795 before a $7,500 tax credit. It is one of a volley of electric vehicles coming from Volkswagen AG brands, as well as other European premium brands including Daimler-owned Mercedes-Benz, BMW, Volvo Cars and Jaguar Land Rover.
Anita Hill claimed that Clarence Thomas had told her about his love of pornography, even that involving animals and rape scenes, and bragged of his own sexual prowess. Thomas adamantly denied the accusations, and many in the country believed him. Christine Blasey Ford, 51, a professor from California, is set to tell the committee about an incident at a high school party in Maryland three decades ago, when the latest nominee for the court, Brett Kavanaugh, allegedly pinned her to a bed and tried to take off her clothes.
This photographer has an incredible body of work after traveling the globe in to capture images of some of the world’s most beautiful of libraries. The photographer, from Florence, Italy, said that everything about these grand venues attracts him — from the simple smell of dust, leather and wood, to the pleasure of opening an aged book.
"I'm optimistic because trade is one of those things where it's not a zero-sum game," Cook told ABC News' "Good Morning America" program on Tuesday. The iPhone was not among the ‘wide range’ of products that Apple told regulators would be hit by the $200 billion round of tariffs in a Sept. 5 comment letter to trade officials. Apple had feared for its Apple Watch and its wireless AirPod headphones, but both were left off the list announced on Monday.
The US will allow no more than 30,000 refugees into the country in the coming year, down by a third from last year’s cap, the secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, has announced. The latest cut reflects a victory by White House hardliners on immigration over both the state department and the Pentagon. When Donald Trump took office the ceiling on refugees the US was prepared to welcome each year was 110,000.
Firefighters are tackling a massive fire that spread through a parking garage in Brooklyn, New York. The fire began before 9:00 a.m. local time near the Kings Plaza shopping centre in Brooklyn, erupting from a two-alarm to a seven-alarm emergency within an hour. Police and fire department officials did not respond to enquiries, and it was not immediately clear whether police suspected criminal intent or wrongdoing.
Dads and technology don't always mix. Just ask Simran, a 21-year-old Twitter user whose father recently tried to show off his photo skills using his iPhone X's panoramic feature, but failed miserably. SEE ALSO: Man poses with incredible cucumber and inspires an awesome photoshop battle On Saturday, Simran tweeted two panoramic photographs her dad took of her on their family vacation. While the panoramic feature is most often used to capture especially wide landscape shots, Simran's Hip Dad doesn't play by the rules. "My dad told me to stand by the apples because he said he discovered a new way to take pano pics vertically. I agreed to it and this was the result," Simran told Mashable via Twitter. My dad trying to take Panoramic’s of me. I’m mad asf. pic.twitter.com/qLz73jM5tk — Simran (@sc_x_cs) September 15, 2018 "My dad trying to take panoramics of me. I'm mad asf," Simran tweeted alongside two photos of herself looking like an optical illusion. "When he saw them he said 'they look great' and then I saw them and completely lost it. I mean, are you kidding me? I look like an Alien," she said, noting that several people on Twitter have compared her to Kanye West and Lil Pump in their music video for "I Love It." To see how truly distorted the shots were, here's what Simran looks like through a regular lens. My hair ain’t too bad ?????? pic.twitter.com/nB5zqcYYwa — Simran (@sc_x_cs) September 16, 2018 Nice try, dad, but in the future, leave the fancy photo tricks to the pros. WATCH: NVIDIA's new AI photo filler is mind-blowing to watch
The test message was originally scheduled for 2:18 p.m. EDT (1818 GMT)on Thursday but is being pushed back to the same time on Oct. 3 because of response efforts to Tropical Depression Florence, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) said in a statement. FEMA, which will send the alert, said last week that the messages would bear the headline “Presidential Alert,” and that phones will make a loud tone and have a special vibration. The test has been scheduled to ensure that the alert system would work in the event of a national emergency, and U.S. cellphone users will not be able to opt out.
Saudi Arabia on Monday announced it has signed off on a $1 billion investment in US carmaker Lucid Motors with the aim of helping the Tesla rival roll out electric cars. The Public Investment Fund, which invests on behalf of the Saudi government, said the outlay was aimed at funding the commercial launch of the Lucid Air model in 2020, pending regulatory approvals and closing conditions. Saudi Arabia, the world's largest exporter of oil and a crucial US ally in the Middle East, has pushed to diversify its economy since the 2014 crude market crash.
Retirement investors looking to boost income have an opportunity that probably doesn't come to mind right away -- trading in the options market with strategies like writing covered calls. After all, the standard advice is to play it pretty safe in retirement accounts like IRAs, and options would seem to violate all that. Most options contracts expire worthless, and since they have a fixed expiration date you can't just wait for things to turn around like with stocks and bonds.
Hundreds of rescuers in the Philippines dug frantically with shovels and their bare hands on Monday in an attempt to save the lives of dozens of people buried by a landslide triggered at the weekend by Typhoon Mangkhut, the world’s strongest storm of the year. But despite their best efforts, weary aid workers were only able to pull dead bodies from the mud and debris that had engulfed a church and miners’ bunkhouse where people had been sheltering from the fierce rain and winds topping 150 miles per hour in the early hours of Saturday morning. Grief-stricken relatives, many of them quietly praying, waited anxiously near the disaster site. Victorio Palangdan, Itogon’s mayor, warned that the chances of finding any survivors were slim, raising the prospect that the previously confirmed Philippine death toll of 65 from the typhoon could significantly rise. Mr Palangdan told a news conference that of the 40 to 50 people thought buried, there’s a “99 per cent (chance) that they are really dead.” Itogon, #Philippines. With no chance of getting heavy equipment into the valley, rescue workers are using shovels and their hands to move rock and debris from the landslides. But there is so much of it. One official figures it will take a week. @NBCNewspic.twitter.com/4tX1LjXNKx— Janis Mackey Frayer (@janisfrayer) September 17, 2018 He revealed that dozens of residents had refused to heed police warnings to leave the area. “They laughed at our policemen. They insisted,” he said, according to the AP. “They were resisting when our police tried to pull them away. What can we do?” Most of the buried are believed to be poor miners and their families, who were working illegally at the mine site. Foreign aid has begun to pour into the Philippines, which will face months of recovery after farms across the island of Luzon, which produces much of the nation's rice and corn, were submerged in muddy floodwater just a month before harvest. Francis Tolentino, a senior adviser to President Rodrigo Duterte, estimated that nationwide 5.7 million people had been affected by the storm. Many high rise buildings in Hong Kong had their windows blown out Credit: Anthony Wallace/AFP Hong Kong on Monday also began to clear up “severe and extensive” damage from Mangkhut after it struck the high-rise city on Sunday, leaving 300 injured. Roads remained blocked by felled trees and debris and some areas remained severely flooded. Windows in swaying tower blocks had been smashed by gusts of more than 142mph. After tearing through Luzon and pummelling Hong Kong and Macau, the storm hit China’s Guangdong province, killing four people, three of whom were struck by trees. More than 3 million people were evacuated. But by Monday afternoon, the terrifying storm had been downgraded to a tropical depression at it moved into Guangxi province on a path to the mountainous Yunnan province, where it was expected to weaken further as it approached Vietnam, Laos and Burma. No further deaths or damage were reported.
Hurricane Florence’s deadly winds and waters forced widespread evacuations in North Carolina, and for many residents, that included their pets. Rescuers and evacuees sought to bring their dogs, cats and even horses to higher ground. Click through this slideshow to see some of the — sometimes quite wet — animals being saved. (Colin Campbell/Yahoo News)
Volvo is the latest automaker to ask the U.S. government for an exemption from steep tariffs on Chinese-made SUVs, Reuters reported Friday. Buick asked trade officials in July for an exemption from a 25-percent tariff on its China-made Envision SUV earlier this year, although Volvo's interest in seeking relief from the measure is far greater. In August, the XC60 accounted for more than 31 percent of overall sales for Volvo, according to the automaker. Since May, the U.S. has imported most of its Volvo XC60 models from China, although the automaker originally imported them from its factory in Sweden when the car was launched. Unlike Buick, which petitioned for an exemption for 40,000 of its China-built Envision crossover, Volvo is seeking an unlimited exemption for XC60 crossovers built in China, according to Reuters. Earlier this year, Volvo opened its first North American production facility near Charleston, S.C., where it builds the S60 sedan and eventually the XC90 full-size crossover. DON'T MISS: Global trade war prompts Volvo to put brakes on its IPO In its letter to the U.S. Trade Representative, Volvo said it could eventually build the XC60 crossover in America, but said that a proposed 25-percent tariff would be unfairly passed to consumers. When Volvo opened its North American plant in June, CEO Hakan Samuelsson said that steep tariffs could threaten jobs at that plant and that eliminating global trade restrictions was the "right way" for the auto industry. “We will export as many cars from this factory as we will import in the U.S...That is a good example of how trade with cars should work in an open and free economy,” he said in June.
Five infant squirrels have been rescued after being found tied together by their tails. The entanglement is thought to have happened by chance with the giant knot forming as the young greys moved about their nest and each other. Grass, twigs and bits of plastic had also become interwoven into the entanglement.
The financial hub of Hong Kong began clearing up on Monday after being battered by one of the strongest typhoons in recent years, with financial markets and offices operating as normal. Super typhoon Mangkhut, with hurricane-force winds well over 200 kilometers per hour (124 miles/h), had barreled past the northern tip of the Philippines, killing at least 50 people. It then skirted south of Hong Kong and the neighboring gambling hub of Macau, before making landfall in China.
President Tayyip Erdogan has defended his decision to accept a luxury plane from Qatar at a time of economic hardship, saying it was a gift, not a purchase, and that it had been donated to the Turkish state, not to him personally. State broadcaster TRT Haber said last week the Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani had given Erdogan the aircraft, which Turkish media said was a Boeing 747, sparking criticism from Turkey's opposition. A lawmaker from the main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP), Sezgin Tanrikulu, had expressed concern that the aircraft had been bought rather than donated, noting that Turkey was in an economic crisis, the Hurriyet newspaper reported.