Donald Trump declared Tuesday morning that the Air Force should cancel its contract with Boeing to build two new presidential airplanes, asserting that the agreement had a $4 billion price tag. “Boeing is building a brand new 747 Air Force One for future presidents, but costs are out of control, more than $4 billion. It’s not clear how Trump, who frequently tweets exaggerated or baseless claims, arrived at that number.
The operator of the converted warehouse in Oakland, Calif., where a massive fire killed at least 36 people over the weekend is facing intense scrutiny over his role as de facto landlord of a building that fire officials say was a maze of plywood, tapestries, furniture, art and apparently illegal living spaces. “What am I doing here?” Almena said. A criminal investigation is under way, though it’s unclear whether Almena is the focus.
The Evening Rush is your daily roundup of auto, gear, and lifestyle news, all in one place. Last week we discussed how Ferrari and R.M. Sotheby’s were teaming up to auction off the 500th LaFerrari to aid central Italy earthquake victims. Well, the auction occurred this past weekend in Monterey—and the custom Ferrari went for an impressive $7 million, making it the priciest successful auction of a car made in the 21st Century.
A street actor dressed as a devil frightens children in downtown Prague on the eve of St. Nicholas in the Czech Republic; military veterans huddle together to hold a United States flag against strong winds during a march to a closed bridge outside the
Fidel Castro is dead. Castro was believed dead in 1953, after he disappeared during his surprise attack on the Moncada Barracks during an early, failed attempt to overthrow Cuba’s government. Cuba’s President Raul Castro, left, receives the box containing the ashes of Cuba’s former President Fidel Castro at the Santa Ifigenia Cemetery, in Santiago de Cuba, Dec. 4, 2016.
The fifth-generation Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 received a hero’s welcome from American enthusiasts. Back in 2014, the special edition muscle car famously clocked a 7m 37s wet lap of the Nürburgring, faster than dry times for the Lamborghini Murciélago and contemporary Porsche 911 Carrera S. No wonder the initial run of Z/28s sold out before arriving at dealerships. Trouble is, Chevy also limited production to 500 units that first model year, which means lots of people missed the boat.
Authorities in Oakland, California, said on Tuesday they do not expect the death toll from a blaze that engulfed a converted warehouse during a dance party to rise above 36, but could not rule it out as they continued picking through debris. Emergency workers have searched and cleared 90 percent of the charred building, officials told a news conference. "We're going to continue the process until absolutely every piece of debris is removed from the building (and) every area has been searched," said Oakland Police Department spokeswoman Johnna Watson.
The state has rejected a proposal to temporarily delay the January execution of a man set to die for the 1993 rape and killing of his girlfriend's 3-year-old daughter. Assistant Ohio attorney general Thomas Madden ruled out the possibility of a one-month reprieve for death row inmate Ronald Phillips in a Friday email made public Monday. The state and attorneys for Phillips discussed the possibility of a reprieve while arguments are made over Ohio's new three-drug lethal-injection method.
Asian countries dominated the top places in a key survey released Tuesday of high-school skills, but the report criticised science teaching in many countries. The PISA survey of 15-year-olds in 72 countries and economies found that the quality of science lessons was more important than equipment or even staffing levels. Singapore came top of the table for its teaching of science, reading and mathematics.
On Monday morning, Amazon unveiled its new vision for the future of brick-and-mortar grocery stores: Amazon Go. Amazon says the company brought together the most advanced machine learning and artificial intelligence to eliminate cash registers in a new 1,800-square-foot store in Seattle. Amazon Go is already open to Amazon employees through its beta program and is scheduled to open to the public in early 2017.
President-elect Donald Trump has made a terrific choice — his best one yet — in choosing retired Gen. James Mattis as his secretary of defense. The only cost in appointing Mattis, along with retired Lt. Gen. Mike Flynn as national security advisor, is that it could take David Petraeus out of the running for secretary of state on the theory that the administration can’t have retired generals filling all of the senior national security posts. Petraeus would be a superbly qualified secretary of state — one who already has more diplomatic experience than most of those previously selected for this position.
A visit by a white nationalist ended in a fracas at Texas A&M.
It's been unveiled! Originally scheduled for release during the 2017 Geneva Auto Show, Buick's forthcoming Regal has reared it's surprisingly gorgeous head. Caught on the streets camouflage and fancy-free, the Buick shows itself in the form of its platform sister, the Opel Insignia.
Rebels in Aleppo called for a five-day truce and the evacuation of civilians Wednesday after losing more territory including the Old City to a Syrian army offensive. US Secretary of State John Kerry was to hold fresh talks with Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov in Hamburg, Germany, later Wednesday on efforts to halt the fighting. A blistering new offensive launched last month has seen President Bashar al-Assad's forces move closer than ever to retaking all of Aleppo and winning their most important victory yet in the civil war that began in 2011.
Missing California mother Sherri Papini returned home two weeks ago, but the gruesome details of her case and her ordeal continue to unfold. As police continue to hunt for Papini's abductors, several theories have emerged about the kidnapping case. Papini disappeared on Nov. 2 while out jogging near her home in Redding, California.
By Julia Fioretti BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Web giants YouTube , Facebook , Twitter and Microsoft will step up efforts to remove extremist content from their websites by creating a common database. The companies will share 'hashes' - unique digital fingerprints they automatically assign to videos or photos - of extremist content they have removed from their websites to enable their peers to identify the same content on their platforms. Tech companies have long resisted outside intervention in how their sites should be policed, but have come under increasing pressure from Western governments to do more to remove extremist content following a wave of militant attacks.
If you’ve ever had the opportunity to drive both a Hellcat (Charger or Challenger) and Jeep Wrangler, you can certainly appreciate each vehicle's individual capability. The Hellcat and its pavement-scorching 707 horsepower is scary fun and always good for a few smiles and close calls. It's also common knowledge that the Jeep Wrangler is arguably the most capable off-road vehicle from the factory. But what if you could have both in one vehicle?
A Lowe's hardware store in Abilene, Texas, is feeling the praise online after hiring a veteran and his service dog. Air Force veteran Clay Luthy was having difficulty finding a job due to his service dog named Charlotte, who accompanies him at all times.
In a story Dec. 4 about developments in the dispute over the Dakota Access oil pipeline, The Associated Press reported erroneously in several separate items that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said that it wouldn't grant an easement for the project. The Army issued the decision to not approve the easement at this time. The company building the $3.8 billion Dakota Access oil pipeline is slamming the Obama administration after the U.S. Army's decision not to grant an easement for the project.
By Environment Correspondent Alister Doyle OSLO (Reuters) - Sea ice off Antarctica and in the Arctic is at record lows for this time of year after declining by twice the size of Alaska in a sign of rising global temperatures, climate scientists say. Against a trend of global warming and a steady retreat of ice at earth's northern tip, ice floating on the Southern Ocean off Antarctica has tended to expand in recent years. "There are some really crazy things going on," said Mark Serreze, director of the U.S. National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) in Boulder, Colorado, saying temperatures in parts of the Arctic were 20 degrees Celsius (36°F) above normal some days in November.
President Barack Obama is set to deliver the closing argument that his counterterrorism policies have been effective during a speech Tuesday at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Fla. The talk that comes just weeks before his administration prepares to hand the fight off to President-elect Donald Trump, who has criticized Obama for not being tough enough in countering the Islamic State and other threats. The speech comes on the same day that Trump will announce the nomination of retired general — and forceful Obama critic — James Mattis to be his defense secretary. Obama is expected to offer a broad defense of his foreign policy, including drawing down the population of Gitmo, trying terrorist suspects in domestic courts, and rolling back ISIS in Iraq and Syria, defense officials say.
Anthony Pettis doesn’t seem like the sort of guy you’d want to mess with. Pettis, 29, is a professional mixed martial arts fighter, meaning his chosen occupation is ceremoniously beating other men to a bloody pulp. Between August 2013 and March 2015, Pettis was the UFC Lightweight Champion.
Germany's public broadcaster ARD came under fire Tuesday, accused of ignoring a rape-murder case in which an Afghan refugee is the top suspect for fear of fueling anti-migrant sentiment. The top-ranking evening news programme, Tagesschau, had on Saturday decided not to report on the arrest of the 17-year-old Afghan asylum seeker over the alleged killing of a 19-year-old medical student named as Maria L. Responding to a wave of online criticism, ARD chief news editor Kai Gniffke said that the national edition of the programme reports "very rarely on individual criminal cases" and focuses mainly on "events of societal, national or international relevance".
The immense demand for methamphetamine (ice), ecstasy and new psychoactive substances among the wealthy urban residents of East Asia and beyond has revitalized organized crime in the region. The scale of recent drug seizures in underground laboratories in China's Guangdong province alone is staggering -- and it's jumped by 50 percent in the past year. In May that year, 1.3 tons of ketamine and 2.7 tons of its precursors were found in the city of Yangjiang, disguised as black tea bound for Southeast Asia.