Sadly, that's exactly what happened to upstart airship Hybrid Air Vehicles, when its massive Airlander 10 aircraft crashed into the ground Wednesday in England. The Airlander 10, or as the Brits prefer to call it, the "Flying Bum," was successfully airborne for 100 minutes before it attempt to land at its base at Cardington airfield in Bedfordshire, England. In a statement, Hybrid Air Vehicles said it would be investigating why and how the incident took place.
French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve warned Wednesday against stigmatising Muslims, as a furore over the banning of burkinis grew with the emergence of pictures showing police surrounding a veiled woman on a beach. CFCM president Anouar Kbibech requested an urgent meeting with Cazeneuve after pictures emerged of a veiled woman sitting on a beach in Nice removing her tunic, watched by four policemen. "We have seen images of police officers forcing a woman on a Nice beach to remove her tunic when she wasn't even wearing a burkini," the CFCM said indignantly.
By Jeff Mason and Ece Toksabay ANKARA (Reuters) - U.S. Vice President Joe Biden sought on Wednesday to ease tensions with Turkey over its demands for extradition of a cleric it blames for July's failed coup, saying Washington was cooperating but needed evidence to meet U.S. legal standards. Demands for the extradition of Fethullah Gulen, in exile since 1999, and Turkish perceptions of an unsympathetic Western response to the coup soured relations between the United States and Turkey, a NATO partner in the U.S.-led war on Islamic State.
A fire at a Chicago apartment building that appears to have been deliberately set killed four people Tuesday, including three children, police said. It took around 200 firefighters three hours to put out the blaze, which began around 1:30 a.m. in a three-story building in the South Chicago neighborhood. A preliminary investigation indicated a person returned to the building after a dispute and set fire to the rear porch, police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said.
Of all the rumors bouncing around the automotive world, perhaps none is quite as perennial as the story that Mazda will resurrect the rotary-powered sports car from the grave. According to the report, which comes to us from Japanese website Holiday Auto by way of Autoblog, the new RX-9 will be powered by a 1.6-liter twin-rotor Wankel engine assisted by a turbocharger. The report also states that Mazda engineers are shooting for a curb weight of 1,300 kilograms—a hair less than 2,900 pounds, in imperial units.
More than 60 years after a World War II-era aircraft carrier sunk to the bottom of the sea, the word "Independence" could still be made out on its surface. By exploring the wreck with robotic subs, scientists are getting their first look at this decades-old ship, which was a target during atomic bomb tests at Bikini Atoll in the Pacific in the 1940s. The exploration is already revealing secrets: Scientists operating the underwater robot discovered a fighter plane within the sunken aircraft carrier that, according to records, should not have been there.
An international charity on Wednesday removed 15 animals from a Gaza Strip zoo, freeing them from stifling conditions in what it called “the worst zoo in the world” and hoping to grant them a better life abroad. Most of the animals are destined for an animal sanctuary in Jordan while the tiger is headed to a refuge in South Africa. The animals’ removal effectively closed the long-troubled zoo.
"We had every type of politician on," said Bill Geddie, former longtime executive producer of "The View." If I had to pick one song to describe "The view," it's" let's give them something to talk about".
The degree to which Russia has taken center stage in the U.S. presidential election hasn’t been seen since the height of the Cold War. Whether it’s the strange and disturbing details of an apparent Kremlin-sponsored Democratic National Committee email hack or the Donald Trump campaign’s curious and convoluted links to the former Soviet region, Russia and its strongman president Vladimir Putin have emerged as a top U.S. national security concern.
The Colorado Rockies are huge, and so are the grilles on Ford's new line of Super Duty trucks. After spending two days with a range of different Super Duty trucks—spanning the heavy-pickup canon from two-door work truck to crew-cabbed dual rear wheel rigs capable of towing more than 30,000 pounds—it was difficult not to walk away from the display with a feeling that Ford knows what it's doing when it comes to trucks. Ford has already sold more than 460,000 F-Series trucks this year.
South Africa's Finance Minister said Wednesday he would not appear before police as part of their probe into a spy unit formed while he was the country's top tax man. Pravin Gordhan who was commissioner of South African Revenue Service (SARS) from 1999 to 2009 has faced allegations that the "rogue spy unit" spied on politicians, including the current President Jacob Zuma. "I have a job to do in a difficult economic environment and serve South Africa as best I can.
As the death toll continues to rise following a deadly earthquake that has rocked central Italy, shocking video has emerged of a survivor speaking to rescuers while pinned beneath rubble. On Wednesday afternoon, Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi said the death toll from the 6.8-magnitude temblor had risen to 120.
David Becker, 18, a former three-sport athlete from East Longmeadow High School in western Massachusetts, escaped jail time even though prosecutors recommended a two-year sentence. Becker admitted in court last week to sexually assaulting two 18-year-old women as they slept after a party, and an initial charge of rape was amended to indecent assault and battery, according to court records. Becker also agreed to undergo treatment and evaluation as a sex offender and submit to drug and alcohol screenings for two years.
The Evening Rush is your daily roundup of auto, gear, and lifestyle news, all in one place. German tuner GeigerCars has tuned a Dodge Viper ACR to a ridiculous 765hp. Expect to pay an additional $48,000 to upgrade your Viper ACR from insanity to frothing madness.
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said Thursday that his country had achieved the "success of all successes" in launching a missile from a submarine, saying it effectively gave the country a fully equipped nuclear attack capability and put the U.S. mainland within striking distance. Kim's comments, carried by Pyongyang's official Korean Central News Agency, came a day after South Korean officials said a ballistic missile fired from a North Korean submarine was tracked flying about 500 kilometers (310 miles), the longest distance achieved by the North for such a weapon. North Korea already has a variety of land-based missiles that can hit South Korea and Japan, including U.S. military bases in those countries.
"Striking gold" is mainly a term to express when someone gets really lucky nowadays, but by golly, someone has actually done it. A 145-ounce gold nugget has been reportedly found in Victoria, Australia by a real life prospector and could be worth more than A$250,000 ($190,710) when it goes to auction. The anonymous prospector initially found a nine ounce tennis ball-shaped gold nugget two feet deep, returning the next day to see if there was more, according to a statement from metal detector manufacturer, Minelab.
Firefighters in northern Utah are working to contain a growing wildfire near a ski resort that's now crossed the border into southern Idaho. Fire spokeswoman Sierra Hellstrom said Wednesday that wind and high temperatures Tuesday afternoon had pushed the fire to 1.4 square miles. It's burning about 23 miles northwest of Logan, and about one-fourth of a mile from the Beaver Mountain Ski Resort, which was on pre-evacuation notice this week.
On Tuesday, Turkey entered its second consecutive day of shelling Islamic State and Kurdish YPG forces in Syria, amid reports that more than 1,500 Turkish-backed Syrian rebels have gathered in Turkey to launch an offensive against Jarablus, the last town controlled by ISIS on the Turkish border. The Turkish offensive strategy may exacerbate political tensions in the region, even if ISIS forces are successfully driven out of Jarablus. Turkey is an important player in the Syrian conflict.
BuzzFeed News and BuzzFeed Entertainment Group - comes at a time when online media companies are grappling with the balance between covering news and politics, and lighter fare like social media, entertainment and lifestyle. BuzzFeed will integrate some existing groups like the health team and video news into BuzzFeed News, which will be run by Ben Smith, editor in chief of BuzzFeed.
Soon you’ll be able to drive that Tesla Model X or Model S faster for a longer period of time, as the electric carmaker’s CEO Elon Musk has announced the company is developing two new versions of the vehicles. Musk unveiled the plans for the revamped Model S and X during a press conference on Tuesday afternoon, claiming the carmaker would now be the producer of the third fastest accelerating car ever made. The vehicle will come equipped with a 100 kilowatt-per-hour battery and a 315 mile charge, making it the first to go beyond a 300-mile charge, according to Tesla.
A Minnesota mom is furious after she says she and her young son were surrounded by multiple police officers and TSA agents all because her son has a pacemaker. Ali Bergstrom and her 9-year-old son Chille were boarding a flight in Phoenix to fly back home to Wyoming Saturday when she says they were surrounded by TSA agents. The youngster, who wants to be a pilot, is an avid traveler and usually asks for an alternative screening at TSA.
A Moroccan court Wednesday handed down a 20-year jail term to an assailant in the gang rape of a teenage girl who later burnt herself alive, a rights group said. Omar Arbib of the Moroccan Association of Human Rights told AFP that the accused on trial in the city of Marrakesh was found guilty of raping a minor and of group violence. At the end of last year, a group of young men abducted Khadija Souidi, who was then 16, from her hometown in Ben Guerir, north of Marrakesh, "and then took turns to rape her", Arbib said last week.
CHICAGO/MIAMI (Reuters) - Florida Governor Rick Scott said on Wednesday the federal government had so far not delivered all the Zika antibody tests and laboratory support he had requested as the state battles the spread of the virus. On Wednesday, the Florida Department of Health reported a second non-travel related case of Zika in Palm Beach County, bringing the state's total to 43. Health officials warned pregnant women last week not to travel to Miami Beach after Florida confirmed the mosquito-borne Zika virus was active there, becoming the second area in Miami to be affected after Wynwood.
North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un declared a submarine-launched missile test the "greatest success", state media said Thursday, as the UN weighed a condemnation of the launch which appears to advance Pyongyang's nuclear strike capability. The US mainland and the Pacific are now "within the striking range" of the North's army, the official KCNA news agency reported Kim as saying after Wednesday's launch. The missile was fired from a submarine submerged off the northeastern port of Sinpo on Wednesday, according to South Korea's military.
Black students and students with disabilities attending public schools in Virginia's capital city are more severely and more frequently punished than their classmates, according to a complaint filed Wednesday with the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Civil Rights. The complaint brought by two students and a local branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People alleges that African-American students at Richmond Public Schools and those with mental, emotional or physical disabilities are more likely than white students to be suspended or expelled. "Make no mistake about it: This is about justice, equality, and fairness for students with disabilities, for those who are African-American and for both," said Leslie Mehta, legal director of the ACLU of Virginia, which along with the Legal Aid Justice Center filed the complaint on behalf of the students and the Richmond chapter of the NAACP.