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.
Do you spend time in Silicon Valley or Detroit? If you don’t, know that most conversations involve these talking points: Autonomous cars are inevitable. Almost here. Will be ubiquitous. Save lives. Reduce traffic. Cut pollution. Also, mobility. And sharing
Rescuers were scrambling on Thursday to find a US marine pilot who went missing after a jet crashed off the southwest coast of Japan. "Search and rescue efforts for the pilot who ejected from a Marine F/A-18 December 7 have expanded to a greater radius and include more rescue assets as the daylight increases," the Marine Corps said in a statement Thursday. "The bilateral search and rescue efforts continued through the night with the US military working closely with" Japan's Self-Defense Forces, it added.
Deputy Dora Linda Nishihara, 69, crashed her personal car Sunday evening after a burst sewer line and heavy rains created the massive crater in San Antonio. Authorities said two passersby rescued another driver, a man in his 60s, Sunday night before first responders arrived and realized Nishihara's vehicle was already 90 percent submerged in the water, WFAA reported. Rescuers believed it was not likely that Nishihara had survived. The other driver and one of his rescuers were taken to a hospital and treated for minor injuries.
People carry flags and effigies during a protest prior to the season opening of the famous Milan ‘La Scala’ opera house with the original two-act version of the opera ‘Madame Butterfly’ by Giacomo Puccini, in Milan; an aerial view shows the autumn scenery
A court in Saudi Arabia handed down death sentences to 15 people Tuesday for spying for Iran, according to reports. Nimr was a well-known critic of the Saudi regime and his execution further soured relations between Sunni and Shia Muslims in the region.
U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Tuesday said he is pushing to extend expiring healthcare benefits for retired coal miners by including a provision in a spending bill Congress hopes to pass this week. In a statement on the Senate floor, McConnell, a Republican from Kentucky, said that in conversations with House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan he has insisted that the Continuing Resolution include "a provision to address that issue so these retirees don't lose their healthcare benefit at the end of this year." The fate of the United Mine Workers' health care and pension funds is up in the air as Congress weighs legislation to provide financial support for the soon-expiring benefits, which are at risk of default as coal companies grapple with bankruptcies.
The video was unambiguous: A white police officer fatally shot an unarmed black man in the back as the man ran away. "There's a jury full of people and they cannot decide if it's illegal to shoot someone who is running away from you?" said activist Johnetta Elzie, who is black. Prosecutors plan to retry officer Michael Slager, who is scheduled to be tried separately next year on federal charges that he violated Walter Scott's civil rights.
President-elect Donald Trump did something unusual Tuesday night at the second rally of his “Thank You Tour” in Fayetteville, N.C. — he stopped the crowd from booing the press. Remember, this has been a great, great movement, the likes of which they’ve never seen before,” Trump said, pointing to the reporters who were covering the rally. “No, no, no,” Trump said putting a stop to the jeers.
Young artists, musicians and educators were among the victims of the deadly warehouse fire that broke out in Oakland over the weekend, killing several dozen attendees of a party in an art space. According to Alameda County Sheriff’s Deputy Tya Modste, 36 bodies had been recovered as of Sunday from the dilapidated, two-story Oakland warehouse known as the Ghost Ship. The San Francisco Chronicle has reported that the teenage victim was Draven McGill, a junior at Ruth Asawa San Francisco School of the Arts and the son of a deputy for the Alameda County sheriff’s office.
It’s rare that a vehicle can be so ahead of its time when first introduced that it remains relevant for the good part of a decade. Somehow, the Volvo XC60 has accomplished such a feat with minimal updates and fairly safe styling. The 2017 Volvo XC60 T6 AWD doesn’t look that much different from the 2010 XC60 which is actually quite impressive.
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.
For the last 50-plus years, muscle cars have been confronted with a basic problem: more power than traction. Until today, when Dodge revealed the 2017 Challenger GT—the first muscle car with all-wheel-drive straight from the factory. People have been retrofitting AWD systems to muscle cars for years—Ken Block’s maniacal 1,400-horsepower Hoonicorn being the most obvious example—but this marks the first time a carmaker has officially slapped such a drivetrain into a production car.
NASA’s Cassini-Huygens orbiter has been on mission for nearly two decades and it’s still delivering glimpses of Saturn that leave us in awe. The spacecraft, which is approaching its final phase, just sent back some glorious photos of Saturn’s northern pole, and it’s some of the most impressive space photography yet. NASA notes that each side of the hexagon is roughly as wide as the entirety of Earth, just to give you an idea of the scale.
Eva and Erika Sandoval, 2, had the complicated surgery Tuesday at the Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital in Stanford, California, the Miami Herald reported. The operation to separate the twins can result in a 30 percent chance of fatality, according to the Sacramento Bee. The surgeon leading the twins’ operation was Dr. Gary Hartman.
By Hani Amara SIRTE, Libya (Reuters) - Libyan forces backed by U.S. air strikes finished clearing the last Islamic State holdout in Sirte on Tuesday after a near seven-month battle for the militant group's former North African stronghold. The forces gained full control over a final patch of ground in Sirte's Ghiza Bahriya district after hours of clashes. Fighters fired in the air chanting "Free Libya" and "The blood of the martyrs was not for nothing." The loss of Sirte is a major blow for Islamic State, leaving the group without any territory in Libya, though it retains an active presence in parts of the vast country.
A visit by a white nationalist ended in a fracas at Texas A&M.
The bizarre rumors began with a leaked email referring to Hillary Clinton and sinister interpretations of pizza parties. One of those people posting on the conspiracy theory is the son of President-elect Donald Trump's proposed national security adviser. On Monday, White House Spokesman Josh Earnest, asked about the shooting, said, "There's no denying the corrosive effect that some of these false reports have had on our political debate, and that's concerning in a political context.
An adoptive mother has been arrested for allegedly keeping teens labeled as "special needs" in deplorable conditions in a home outside Houston. The seven teens, ages 13 to 16, were removed from the home of Paula Sinclair, 54, on November 23 after authorities received reports they were malnourished, locked in a room and struck with a wooden paddle, causing bodily injury. "I cannot think of a more deplorable situation than what we have learned in this case," said Sheriff Troy E. Nehls.
A famous Russian submarine design bureau is working on a drone that imitates submarines. The drone, tentatively named "Surrogat," could be a useful decoy in baiting a trap…or escaping one. The Rubin Design Bureau of St. Petersberg, designer of Cold War Soviet missile submarines including the enormous Typhoon class, is working on this drone for the Russian Navy.
It seems as if Toyota is going to give the 86 a second run in the near future. The current 86, formerly dubbed the Scion FRS, stirred up the sports car coals for Toyota when it was introduced in 2012. The collab project with Subaru got enthusiasts' attention with its rear wheel drive and naturally aspirated engine, but so far, it hasn't been as impressive as the masses have hoped.
British Prime Minister Theresa May secured a symbolic victory on Brexit on Wednesday after MPs agreed not to delay her plans to begin the EU exit talks by the end of March, although she had to promise to give them more details of her negotiating strategy. The opposition Labour party's original motion demanded the government publish its "plan" before triggering EU Article 50, which begins the two-year exit process. This motion had been expected to draw support from dozens of May's Conservative MPs but the premier fended off a rebellion with a last-minute amendment, accepting the Labour motion on condition that MPs support her timetable for triggering the Brexit talks.
Sherri Papini and her family have abruptly fled their home in Redding, California, and moved to an undisclosed location in the wake of her abduction, the New York Post reported Monday. According to the New York Post, the family left the house over the weekend and did not take their two dogs with them. A friend of Keith Papini, Sherri's husband, told the Post he could not "answer any questions" about the family's whereabouts.