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Man charged in threat to kill gays at St. Louis Pride parade

Man charged in threat to kill gays at St. Louis Pride parade A suburban St. Louis man accused of telling organizers of the city's Pride parade that he would shoot and kill as many gays as possible at the LGBTQ celebration before turning the gun on himself has been charged with making a terrorist threat, according to court documents. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported that Edward Terry, 49, of Overland, was charged Tuesday. Marty Zuniga, vice president of PrideFest, said the organization works "hard to produce an event that is safe for all participants." The Pride parade in downtown St. Louis draws hundreds of thousands of people every year and is scheduled to take place June 30.


Egypt: UN office tries to politicize Morsi's courtroom death

Egypt: UN office tries to politicize Morsi's courtroom death Egypt said Wednesday that the U.N. human rights office was trying to politicize the death of former Egyptian president Mohammed Morsi, who collapsed inside a Cairo courtroom during his trial this week. Morsi, Egypt's first democratically elected president who hailed from the now outlawed Muslim Brotherhood group, was buried under heavy security early on Tuesday, a day after his dramatic collapse and death inside a Cairo courtroom. Rupert Colville, spokesman for the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, called Tuesday for a "prompt, impartial, thorough and transparent investigation" into Morsi's death on Monday.


Egypt: UN office tries to politicize Morsi's courtroom death

Egypt: UN office tries to politicize Morsi's courtroom death Egypt said Wednesday that the U.N. human rights office was trying to politicize the death of former Egyptian president Mohammed Morsi, who collapsed inside a Cairo courtroom during his trial this week. Morsi, Egypt's first democratically elected president who hailed from the now outlawed Muslim Brotherhood group, was buried under heavy security early on Tuesday, a day after his dramatic collapse and death inside a Cairo courtroom. Rupert Colville, spokesman for the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, called Tuesday for a "prompt, impartial, thorough and transparent investigation" into Morsi's death on Monday.


People are sharing their worst depression meals and I'm gagging

People are sharing their worst depression meals and I'm gagging We've all got that one, go-to heinous "meal" we eat at the kitchen counter illuminated only by the light of the fridge. Twitter user @hayley_hud asked her followers to share "the worst depression meal you've ever made." She then proceeded to post her own, which is "toast with a chick fil a sauce," a dish she labels an "abomination." I can't say I disagree.> Hey y'all please reply with the worst depression meal you've ever made...here is my abomination, toast with chick fil a sauce pic.twitter.com/9qIM8aQZ2T> > -- Saddington 2 ✈️ (@hayley_hud) June 18, 2019Looking through the thread of what people consider to be their saddest food attempts is like having vague war flashbacks to all of the bizarre things I've consumed at 3 a.m. in a sleepy haze. Although, eating slightly stale pretzel rods dipped in sriracha pales in comparison to some of these, er, melancholic hors d'oeuvres. Here's what the people have been eating in their darkest moments. You can look and even empathize, but please, don't get any ideas.  Quesadilla con cry-so> microwaved cheese on a tortilla and seasoned it with my tears> > -- jakey wakey (@parttimewinner) June 18, 2019 From the Wendy's Sad Hours menu> I ate a baked potato from Wendy's like a burrito unwrapping the foil as I ate> > -- Cai (@caileighwenner) June 18, 2019 It all goes to the same place, I guess> I couldn't sleep so i got fed up and ate 2 large cans of sour cream and onion pringles, a bottle of chocolate milk, and a bottle of beer. > > This was 3 years ago and i'm still nauseous.> > -- the average joe (@jazz_inmypants) June 18, 2019 Look ma, no bagel!> taking bites out of the plain philadelphia cream cheese (the one that comes in a box) like it was a giant cheese stick> > -- ACID TONGUE (@autuuumn) June 18, 2019 I'm pretty sure this is illegal but I'm not a narc, so don't worry. Just please don't do it again.(I realize now that that's exactly what a narc would say.)> peanut cereal, 4th night in a row :( pic.twitter.com/qoPJtTUyMG> > -- having fun online. (@factcheckingcuz) June 18, 2019 My tastebuds will never forgive this> i dipped my salt and vinegar chips in peanut butter and washed it down with a pear redbull> > -- the holly grail (@holly_catherine) June 18, 2019 Reverse hot dog-- sounds like a sex position but is actually, quite literally, just that> pic.twitter.com/6pKHNJSpqy> > -- Gus (@GHuerta98) June 18, 2019 Sometimes it lasts in love but sometimes it hurts instead> One time I cooked frozen pizza rolls in the microwave but I put too much time on the microwave and they became crusty little depression bricks. I ate them anyway because at the time I thought I deserved nothing but depression bricks> > -- Alisha Ashley (@AlishaLishy) June 18, 2019 SEE ALSO: Whole Foods to eliminate plastic straws in all stores Ah yes, the three food groups: cheese, sugar, and sport> Cheese stick with Nutella and Gatorade. I got all the major food groups in. Cheese, sugar and sport> > -- sage parsley (@sisyphussage) June 18, 2019 Please tell me you burned the Tupperware after> one time in college I just kept dumping pasta, tuna, canned beans, mayo, and various hot sauce/spices into a big Tupperware until it almost tasted like a reasonable tuna salad but mostly tasted like my own failures> > -- Patricia Wallinga ⛵ (@pwallinga) June 18, 2019 It's my birthday and I'll eat spaghetti out of a ziplock bag if I want to> from my bday last year pic.twitter.com/mi5irJgOVz> > -- lilac (@cantrunforever_) June 18, 2019 I'm 100 perfect definitely not going to ever try this, like at all. Like, I have zero desire to go get a box of push pops and a bowl right this very second. > I got a box of push pops and ate em all... efficiently. pic.twitter.com/4fgcJO1GkP> > -- Hadrian McQuaig (@TheHadrianShow) June 18, 2019 Eating ramen noodles with the back end of a floss stick? "Talented, brilliant, incredible, amazing, show stopping, spectacular, never the same, totally unique, completely not ever been done before..."  > i didn't have any utensils so i used the pick end of a clean floss stick to eat soup pic.twitter.com/6Vo7x9yOyO> > -- nicki (@yeeterskeeterr) June 18, 2019Alright folks, that's enough of that. I can honestly say this thread is the most gag-inducing I've witnessed on Twitter. Which is a feat, considering, um, it's Twitter. Next time I find myself being beckoned to the fridge at an odd hour, I'll remember this thread and know that someone, somewhere, is eating peanuts submerged in a bowl of milk.  WATCH: Autonomous car company Nuro announces partnership with Domino's Pizza in Houston


People are sharing their worst depression meals and I'm gagging

People are sharing their worst depression meals and I'm gagging We've all got that one, go-to heinous "meal" we eat at the kitchen counter illuminated only by the light of the fridge. Twitter user @hayley_hud asked her followers to share "the worst depression meal you've ever made." She then proceeded to post her own, which is "toast with a chick fil a sauce," a dish she labels an "abomination." I can't say I disagree.> Hey y'all please reply with the worst depression meal you've ever made...here is my abomination, toast with chick fil a sauce pic.twitter.com/9qIM8aQZ2T> > -- Saddington 2 ✈️ (@hayley_hud) June 18, 2019Looking through the thread of what people consider to be their saddest food attempts is like having vague war flashbacks to all of the bizarre things I've consumed at 3 a.m. in a sleepy haze. Although, eating slightly stale pretzel rods dipped in sriracha pales in comparison to some of these, er, melancholic hors d'oeuvres. Here's what the people have been eating in their darkest moments. You can look and even empathize, but please, don't get any ideas.  Quesadilla con cry-so> microwaved cheese on a tortilla and seasoned it with my tears> > -- jakey wakey (@parttimewinner) June 18, 2019 From the Wendy's Sad Hours menu> I ate a baked potato from Wendy's like a burrito unwrapping the foil as I ate> > -- Cai (@caileighwenner) June 18, 2019 It all goes to the same place, I guess> I couldn't sleep so i got fed up and ate 2 large cans of sour cream and onion pringles, a bottle of chocolate milk, and a bottle of beer. > > This was 3 years ago and i'm still nauseous.> > -- the average joe (@jazz_inmypants) June 18, 2019 Look ma, no bagel!> taking bites out of the plain philadelphia cream cheese (the one that comes in a box) like it was a giant cheese stick> > -- ACID TONGUE (@autuuumn) June 18, 2019 I'm pretty sure this is illegal but I'm not a narc, so don't worry. Just please don't do it again.(I realize now that that's exactly what a narc would say.)> peanut cereal, 4th night in a row :( pic.twitter.com/qoPJtTUyMG> > -- having fun online. (@factcheckingcuz) June 18, 2019 My tastebuds will never forgive this> i dipped my salt and vinegar chips in peanut butter and washed it down with a pear redbull> > -- the holly grail (@holly_catherine) June 18, 2019 Reverse hot dog-- sounds like a sex position but is actually, quite literally, just that> pic.twitter.com/6pKHNJSpqy> > -- Gus (@GHuerta98) June 18, 2019 Sometimes it lasts in love but sometimes it hurts instead> One time I cooked frozen pizza rolls in the microwave but I put too much time on the microwave and they became crusty little depression bricks. I ate them anyway because at the time I thought I deserved nothing but depression bricks> > -- Alisha Ashley (@AlishaLishy) June 18, 2019 SEE ALSO: Whole Foods to eliminate plastic straws in all stores Ah yes, the three food groups: cheese, sugar, and sport> Cheese stick with Nutella and Gatorade. I got all the major food groups in. Cheese, sugar and sport> > -- sage parsley (@sisyphussage) June 18, 2019 Please tell me you burned the Tupperware after> one time in college I just kept dumping pasta, tuna, canned beans, mayo, and various hot sauce/spices into a big Tupperware until it almost tasted like a reasonable tuna salad but mostly tasted like my own failures> > -- Patricia Wallinga ⛵ (@pwallinga) June 18, 2019 It's my birthday and I'll eat spaghetti out of a ziplock bag if I want to> from my bday last year pic.twitter.com/mi5irJgOVz> > -- lilac (@cantrunforever_) June 18, 2019 I'm 100 perfect definitely not going to ever try this, like at all. Like, I have zero desire to go get a box of push pops and a bowl right this very second. > I got a box of push pops and ate em all... efficiently. pic.twitter.com/4fgcJO1GkP> > -- Hadrian McQuaig (@TheHadrianShow) June 18, 2019 Eating ramen noodles with the back end of a floss stick? "Talented, brilliant, incredible, amazing, show stopping, spectacular, never the same, totally unique, completely not ever been done before..."  > i didn't have any utensils so i used the pick end of a clean floss stick to eat soup pic.twitter.com/6Vo7x9yOyO> > -- nicki (@yeeterskeeterr) June 18, 2019Alright folks, that's enough of that. I can honestly say this thread is the most gag-inducing I've witnessed on Twitter. Which is a feat, considering, um, it's Twitter. Next time I find myself being beckoned to the fridge at an odd hour, I'll remember this thread and know that someone, somewhere, is eating peanuts submerged in a bowl of milk.  WATCH: Autonomous car company Nuro announces partnership with Domino's Pizza in Houston


BMW adds a Gran Coupe to the 8 Series lineup

BMW adds a Gran Coupe to the 8 Series lineup BMW has revealed that the 8 Series lineup is gaining another member and one that's bigger than any other model in the segment: the 2020 8 Series Gran Coupe. A new model was added Wednesday to the BMW 8 Series family and it's one that tops the segment. The four-door 2020 8 Series Gran Coupe is not only longer, taller, and provides more interior space than its Coupe counterpart, but it's also available in three variations.


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U.S. Navy says mine fragments suggest Iran behind Gulf tanker attack

U.S. Navy says mine fragments suggest Iran behind Gulf tanker attack The United States sought on Wednesday to bolster its case for isolating Iran over its nuclear and regional activities by displaying limpet mine fragments it said came from a damaged oil tanker and saying the ordnance looked Iranian in origin. Iran has denied involvement in explosive strikes on two tankers in the Gulf of Oman last week and four tankers off the United Arab Emirates on May 12, both near the Strait of Hormuz, a major conduit for global oil supplies.


U.S. Navy says mine fragments suggest Iran behind Gulf tanker attack

U.S. Navy says mine fragments suggest Iran behind Gulf tanker attack The United States sought on Wednesday to bolster its case for isolating Iran over its nuclear and regional activities by displaying limpet mine fragments it said came from a damaged oil tanker and saying the ordnance looked Iranian in origin. Iran has denied involvement in explosive strikes on two tankers in the Gulf of Oman last week and four tankers off the United Arab Emirates on May 12, both near the Strait of Hormuz, a major conduit for global oil supplies.


Xiaomi Eyes $725 Million Expansion to Stave Off Huawei in China

Xiaomi Eyes $725 Million Expansion to Stave Off Huawei in China (Bloomberg) -- Xiaomi Corp. aims to spend an additional 5 billion yuan ($725 million) expanding its Chinese retail network over the next three years, anticipating a re-doubled effort by Huawei Technologies Co. to grow its domestic market share.The smartphone maker will spend the money on expanding distribution channels and on reward programs for its partners and sales employees, a person familiar with the matter said, citing an internal meeting convened by billionaire co-founder Lei Jun Tuesday. That spending comes on top of an existing budget for building up its retail operations. Chinese media outlet Caixin reported on the investment earlier.Huawei is said to be preparing for a drop in international smartphone shipments of 40% to 60% as the Trump administration bars its access to American components and software. That means Google will cut off popular apps like YouTube and stop providing updates for the Android system that powers all of Huawei’s devices abroad. It wants to grab as much as half of the smartphone market in China in 2019 to offset that decline overseas, people familiar with the matter have said, citing internal discussions about year-end goals. It hopes to get there also by investing in marketing and expanding distribution channels.Xiaomi aims to become the country’s top vendor but its priority is to at least become No. 3, the person said, asking not to be identified discussing internal goals. The company currently ranks fourth. It sees the roll-out of next-generation 5G mobile networks in coming years as a golden opportunity to boost sales on its home turf, the person added.Hong Kong-listed Xiaomi now commands about 12% of the Chinese smartphone market versus Huawei’s 34%, Canalys estimates. Its shipments slid 13% in the first quarter while its rivals’ soared 41%, the research outfit estimated.To contact Bloomberg News staff for this story: Gao Yuan in Beijing at ygao199@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Peter Elstrom at pelstrom@bloomberg.net, Edwin Chan, Colum MurphyFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.


Mars has a brand new crater, and it sure is pretty

Mars has a brand new crater, and it sure is pretty Mars, like any other rocky world, has its fair share of craters. These scars of ancient impacts give the dusty surface of the planet some serious personality, and sometimes it's easy to forget that new craters can happen right before our eyes. That's exactly what seems to have occurred, and a new image from NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter reveals a brand new impact site that might only be a few months old.The image, which was captured by the HiRISE camera built into the orbiter, shows a bold dark patch of material surrounding a circular crater on the Martian surface. Researchers believe it might have been created as recently as February 2019.The University of Arizona posted the photo, along with the following caption:> An impressionist painting? No, it's a new impact crater that has appeared on the surface of Mars, formed at most between September 2016 and February 2019. What makes this stand out is the darker material exposed beneath the reddish dust.The photo itself was captured in April and is only just now getting the attention it deserves. However, because the orbiter can't be looking at the entire planet at all times, it's unclear when exactly the crater formed, and researchers can only narrow it down to sometime between September 2016 and February 2019.This is yet another great reminder of the fantastic work NASA's Mars orbiter has been doing for years now. The spacecraft originally launched way back in 2005 and arrived at Mars in March of the following year. When it did, its primary mission was only scheduled to last for two years, but it has since put in over 13 years of faithful service for scientists. As long as it keeps producing images like this one, we hope it keeps going for a long time to come.


Trump kicks off new campaign with airing of old grievances

Trump kicks off new campaign with airing of old grievances President Trump stuck to his old themes and complaints in his campaign "kickoff" speech in Orlando on Tuesday night. He railed against "fake news," "socialism," investigations into his administration, the Democrats running to replace him, former President Barack Obama and the Clinton family in the speech, which lasted well over an hour.


Trump kicks off new campaign with airing of old grievances

Trump kicks off new campaign with airing of old grievances President Trump stuck to his old themes and complaints in his campaign "kickoff" speech in Orlando on Tuesday night. He railed against "fake news," "socialism," investigations into his administration, the Democrats running to replace him, former President Barack Obama and the Clinton family in the speech, which lasted well over an hour.


Trump to Florida Rally Crowd: Democrats ‘Want to Destroy You’

Trump to Florida Rally Crowd: Democrats ‘Want to Destroy You’ President Trump officially “kicked off” his 2020 re-election campaign in Orlando, Florida on Tuesday night by telling a crowd of riled up supporters that Democrats are hell-bent on “destroying” them. “The Democrats don’t care about Russia,” the president growled. “They only care about their own political power. They went after my family, my business, my finances, my employees, almost everyone that I have ever known or worked with, but they are really going after you!”Asserting that the Russia investigation was really about erasing the votes of his supporters, Trump claimed it was all an attempt to erase the “legacy of the greatest campaign and the greatest election probably in the history of our country.”“And they wanted to deny you the future that you demanded and the future that America deserves and that now America is getting,” he added.After soaking in some more cheers from the audience, the president said his “radical Democrat opponents are driven by hatred, prejudice and rage” before turning up the inflammatory rhetoric.“They want to destroy you and they want to destroy our country as we know it,” Trump snarled. “Not acceptable. It’s not going to happen!”His supporters, meanwhile, lapped it up, exploding in applause.Read more at The Daily Beast.Get our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.


Trump to Florida Rally Crowd: Democrats ‘Want to Destroy You’

Trump to Florida Rally Crowd: Democrats ‘Want to Destroy You’ President Trump officially “kicked off” his 2020 re-election campaign in Orlando, Florida on Tuesday night by telling a crowd of riled up supporters that Democrats are hell-bent on “destroying” them. “The Democrats don’t care about Russia,” the president growled. “They only care about their own political power. They went after my family, my business, my finances, my employees, almost everyone that I have ever known or worked with, but they are really going after you!”Asserting that the Russia investigation was really about erasing the votes of his supporters, Trump claimed it was all an attempt to erase the “legacy of the greatest campaign and the greatest election probably in the history of our country.”“And they wanted to deny you the future that you demanded and the future that America deserves and that now America is getting,” he added.After soaking in some more cheers from the audience, the president said his “radical Democrat opponents are driven by hatred, prejudice and rage” before turning up the inflammatory rhetoric.“They want to destroy you and they want to destroy our country as we know it,” Trump snarled. “Not acceptable. It’s not going to happen!”His supporters, meanwhile, lapped it up, exploding in applause.Read more at The Daily Beast.Get our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.


NASA’s asteroid probe snapped its closest photo yet of space rock Bennu

NASA’s asteroid probe snapped its closest photo yet of space rock Bennu NASA's OSIRIS-REx asteroid probe is giving scientists an even better look at the surface of the space rock known as Bennu now that it's moved even closer to the object. A new photo posted by the partnership between NASA and the University of Arizona gives us what might be our most detailed glimpse yet at the rock.The spacecraft has been hanging around Bennu for several months now, and will continue to do so for several more. Its new orbit, which its handlers call the Orbital B phase, brings it within a half mile of Bennu's surface, and this new photo shows us exactly what it sees as it orbits.The photo, which was posted to NASA's OSIRIS-REx web portal, comes with the following caption:> This image of asteroid Bennu was captured on Jun. 13, 2019, shortly after NASA's OSIRIS-REx spacecraft executed its second orbital insertion maneuver. From the spacecraft's vantage point in orbit, half of Bennu is sunlit and half is in shadow. Bennu's largest boulder can also be seen protruding from the southern hemisphere.The OSIRIS-REx team goes on to explain that, due to the incredibly short distance between the spacecraft and the asteroid, details "as small as 1.6 feet across" can be seen in the full-resolution image (available here).Getting a detailed look at Bennu's surface is about more than just capturing some fancy space eye candy. NASA has to know what every inch of the rock looks like in order to choose the best possible location for an eventual touchdown.Eventually, the probe will set down briefly on Bennu in order to snag a sample of its material for return to Earth. The asteroid is absolutely covered in debris, however, posing a serious challenge. In the months ahead, scientists will come up with a short list of possible landing locations and then narrow it down, and observations like this one will help them make their decision.


Xi firmly backs Pyongyang's effort to solve Korea Peninsula issues: Rodong Sinmun

Xi firmly backs Pyongyang's effort to solve Korea Peninsula issues: Rodong Sinmun Chinese President Xi Jinping said in an op-ed in North Korean state newspaper Rodong Sinmun on Wednesday that China supports North Korea's "correct direction" in politically resolving issues on the Korean Peninsula. The front-page op-ed is an honor rarely granted to foreign leaders and comes a day before Xi is set to visit Pyongyang on Thursday and Friday at the invitation of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, making him the first Chinese leader to visit in 14 years. The visit is a sorely needed show of support for Kim, whose campaign of diplomatic outreach and drive to rebuild the economy has suffered since the collapse of the Hanoi summit between North Korea's Kim and U.S. President Donald Trump in February.


Xi firmly backs Pyongyang's effort to solve Korea Peninsula issues: Rodong Sinmun

Xi firmly backs Pyongyang's effort to solve Korea Peninsula issues: Rodong Sinmun Chinese President Xi Jinping said in an op-ed in North Korean state newspaper Rodong Sinmun on Wednesday that China supports North Korea's "correct direction" in politically resolving issues on the Korean Peninsula. The front-page op-ed is an honor rarely granted to foreign leaders and comes a day before Xi is set to visit Pyongyang on Thursday and Friday at the invitation of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, making him the first Chinese leader to visit in 14 years. The visit is a sorely needed show of support for Kim, whose campaign of diplomatic outreach and drive to rebuild the economy has suffered since the collapse of the Hanoi summit between North Korea's Kim and U.S. President Donald Trump in February.


US, Iran voice resolve in brinkmanship, say war not sought

US, Iran voice resolve in brinkmanship, say war not sought The United States and Iran said Tuesday they were not seeking war with each other as tensions simmered between the two in the Persian Gulf and President Donald Trump vowed the U.S. would respond to any attack. "We have a lot of things going with Iran," Trump told reporters as he left the White House for a campaign event in Florida. Trump's comments came just hours after he announced the sudden departure of acting Pentagon chief Patrick Shanahan, jolting the Defense Department only a day after he signed off on sending an additional 1,000 troops to the Middle East to counter Iran.


US, Iran voice resolve in brinkmanship, say war not sought

US, Iran voice resolve in brinkmanship, say war not sought The United States and Iran said Tuesday they were not seeking war with each other as tensions simmered between the two in the Persian Gulf and President Donald Trump vowed the U.S. would respond to any attack. "We have a lot of things going with Iran," Trump told reporters as he left the White House for a campaign event in Florida. Trump's comments came just hours after he announced the sudden departure of acting Pentagon chief Patrick Shanahan, jolting the Defense Department only a day after he signed off on sending an additional 1,000 troops to the Middle East to counter Iran.


The House Hearing on Slavery Reparations Is Part of a Long History. Here's What to Know on the Idea's Tireless Early Advocates

The House Hearing on Slavery Reparations Is Part of a Long History. Here's What to Know on the Idea's Tireless Early Advocates The new round of hearings is scheduled to take place on Juneteenth


Watch as a Model 3 is transformed into the first Tesla pickup truck

Watch as a Model 3 is transformed into the first Tesla pickup truck For all of the hoopla surrounding Elon Musk's online antics and Tesla's ongoing struggles to ramp up Model 3 production, it's easy to overlook just how far the company has come in a relatively short period of time. In less than seven years time, Tesla managed to roll out the award-winning Model S, followed of course by the Model Y and the Model 3. It's worth noting that Tesla, during this seven-year period, has seen its deliveries and overall manufacturing figures skyrocket. As a prime example, Tesla during the first quarter of 2018 manufactured 34,494 vehicles. During the first quarter of 2019, just one year later, that figure jumped to 77,100 vehicles. All the while, Tesla has no plans of slowing down. Over the next few years, the company has plans to release a crossover version of the Model 3, a Tesla semi-truck, a next-gen Roadster, and last but not least, an electric pickup truck. Tesla's pickup truck plan is particularly intriguing given how popular pickup trucks are in the United States. Over the past few months, Musk has teased Tesla's somewhat mysterious pickup truck, noting that it will boast "incredible functionally from a load carrying standpoint" and that it will look more like a sci-fi truck than a traditional pickup truck. "That means that it’s not going to be for everyone," Musk said a few weeks ago, "like if somebody just wants to have a truck that looks like trucks have looked like for the last 20 to 40 years, it probably isn’t for them." With no definite timeline regarding a release date, or even an unveiling, an enterprising Model 3 owner and robotics enthusiast named Simone Giertz recently decided that she couldn't wait for Tesla to get around to releasing a pickup truck. So instead, she created one on her own out of a Model 3. The entire process was documented on YouTube and it's quite fascinating. "I don't know if this going to be the smartest or the most stupid thing I'm ever gonna do, but the bottom line is  I really want an electric pickup truck and more specifically I want a Tesla pickup," Giertz explains. Suffice it to say, the entire process was quite involved and not exactly straight forward. But after a lot of engineering and planning, the first Tesla pickup truck was borne into existence. It's not the most aesthetically pleasing design, but it's still quite an impressive achievement: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jKv_N0IDS2A She even went so far as to make a commercial for the fictional "Truckla" she designed: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R35gWBtLCYg


Watch as a Model 3 is transformed into the first Tesla pickup truck

Watch as a Model 3 is transformed into the first Tesla pickup truck For all of the hoopla surrounding Elon Musk's online antics and Tesla's ongoing struggles to ramp up Model 3 production, it's easy to overlook just how far the company has come in a relatively short period of time. In less than seven years time, Tesla managed to roll out the award-winning Model S, followed of course by the Model Y and the Model 3. It's worth noting that Tesla, during this seven-year period, has seen its deliveries and overall manufacturing figures skyrocket. As a prime example, Tesla during the first quarter of 2018 manufactured 34,494 vehicles. During the first quarter of 2019, just one year later, that figure jumped to 77,100 vehicles. All the while, Tesla has no plans of slowing down. Over the next few years, the company has plans to release a crossover version of the Model 3, a Tesla semi-truck, a next-gen Roadster, and last but not least, an electric pickup truck. Tesla's pickup truck plan is particularly intriguing given how popular pickup trucks are in the United States. Over the past few months, Musk has teased Tesla's somewhat mysterious pickup truck, noting that it will boast "incredible functionally from a load carrying standpoint" and that it will look more like a sci-fi truck than a traditional pickup truck. "That means that it’s not going to be for everyone," Musk said a few weeks ago, "like if somebody just wants to have a truck that looks like trucks have looked like for the last 20 to 40 years, it probably isn’t for them." With no definite timeline regarding a release date, or even an unveiling, an enterprising Model 3 owner and robotics enthusiast named Simone Giertz recently decided that she couldn't wait for Tesla to get around to releasing a pickup truck. So instead, she created one on her own out of a Model 3. The entire process was documented on YouTube and it's quite fascinating. "I don't know if this going to be the smartest or the most stupid thing I'm ever gonna do, but the bottom line is  I really want an electric pickup truck and more specifically I want a Tesla pickup," Giertz explains. Suffice it to say, the entire process was quite involved and not exactly straight forward. But after a lot of engineering and planning, the first Tesla pickup truck was borne into existence. It's not the most aesthetically pleasing design, but it's still quite an impressive achievement: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jKv_N0IDS2A She even went so far as to make a commercial for the fictional "Truckla" she designed: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R35gWBtLCYg


The Latest: 2 charged in huge cocaine bust at Philly port

The Latest: 2 charged in huge cocaine bust at Philly port Two members of a container ship's crew face federal drug charges after agents raided their vessel at a Philadelphia port and seized about 33,000 pounds (15,000 kilograms) of cocaine. Court documents filed Tuesday charge Ivan Durasevic and Fonofaavae Tiasage with conspiracy to possess cocaine aboard a ship subject to U.S. jurisdiction.


The Latest: 2 charged in huge cocaine bust at Philly port

The Latest: 2 charged in huge cocaine bust at Philly port Two members of a container ship's crew face federal drug charges after agents raided their vessel at a Philadelphia port and seized about 33,000 pounds (15,000 kilograms) of cocaine. Court documents filed Tuesday charge Ivan Durasevic and Fonofaavae Tiasage with conspiracy to possess cocaine aboard a ship subject to U.S. jurisdiction.


The Latest: 2 charged in huge cocaine bust at Philly port

The Latest: 2 charged in huge cocaine bust at Philly port Two members of a container ship's crew face federal drug charges after agents raided their vessel at a Philadelphia port and seized about 33,000 pounds (15,000 kilograms) of cocaine. Court documents filed Tuesday charge Ivan Durasevic and Fonofaavae Tiasage with conspiracy to possess cocaine aboard a ship subject to U.S. jurisdiction.


The 2020 BMW 8-Series Gran Coupe Is Handsome and Spacious

The 2020 BMW 8-Series Gran Coupe Is Handsome and Spacious The four-door version of BMW's top coupe will be the first 8-series available in the U.S. with an inline six-cylinder engine.


The 2020 BMW 8-Series Gran Coupe Is Handsome and Spacious

The 2020 BMW 8-Series Gran Coupe Is Handsome and Spacious The four-door version of BMW's top coupe will be the first 8-series available in the U.S. with an inline six-cylinder engine.


The 2020 BMW 8-Series Gran Coupe Is Handsome and Spacious

The 2020 BMW 8-Series Gran Coupe Is Handsome and Spacious The four-door version of BMW's top coupe will be the first 8-series available in the U.S. with an inline six-cylinder engine.


Attorney Michael Avenatti faces November trial in New York

Attorney Michael Avenatti faces November trial in New York California attorney Michael Avenatti learned Tuesday that he faces a November trial date on charges he tried to extort millions of dollars from Nike. The Nov. 12 trial date was set by U.S. District Judge Paul G. Gardephe at a pretrial hearing in Manhattan. Avenatti participated by telephone.


Attorney Michael Avenatti faces November trial in New York

Attorney Michael Avenatti faces November trial in New York California attorney Michael Avenatti learned Tuesday that he faces a November trial date on charges he tried to extort millions of dollars from Nike. The Nov. 12 trial date was set by U.S. District Judge Paul G. Gardephe at a pretrial hearing in Manhattan. Avenatti participated by telephone.


The Latest: Alex Jones sanctioned in Sandy Hook lawsuit

The Latest: Alex Jones sanctioned in Sandy Hook lawsuit A Connecticut judge has imposed sanctions on conspiracy theorist Alex Jones for an outburst on his web show against a lawyer for relatives of victims of the Sandy Hook School shooting. Judge Barbara Bellis on Tuesday ordered the Infowars host to pay some of the relatives' legal fees and prohibited him from filing motions to dismiss their defamation lawsuit against him. The families of several of the 20 children and six educators killed in the 2012 shooting are suing Jones, Infowars and others for promoting a theory that the massacre was a hoax.


McConnell Rejects Possibility of Slavery Reparations

McConnell Rejects Possibility of Slavery Reparations Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell said Tuesday that he is opposed to the idea of authorizing reparations for the descendants of slaves brought to the U.S. against their will.“I don’t think reparations for something that happened 150 years ago, for whom none of us currently living are responsible, is a good idea,” McConnell said, before going on to argue that the U.S. has taken other steps to atone for the "original sin of slavery."“We’ve tried to deal with our original sin of slavery by fighting a civil war, passing landmark civil-rights legislation,” he said. “We’ve elected an African American president. I think we are always a work in progress in this country, but no one alive currently was responsible for [slavery] and I don’t think we should be trying to figure out how to compensate for it.”McConnell's comments came ahead of a House Judiciary subcommittee hearing on Wednesday meant to discuss the possibility of appointing a commission to study the question and recommend what, if "any form of apology and compensation" should be offered to the descendants of slaves.Former representative John Conyers had introduced a bill calling for the establishment of such a commission every year for three decades, to no avail. But amid renewed discussion among Democrats of the question of reparations, Representative Sheila Jackson Lee introduced the bill again this year."It is tragic, but it is real that we've seen an uptick in racial incidences -- white supremacy, white nationalism," Jackson Lee said this week. "And so the question of slavery, frankly, has never been addressed, particularly from the institutional governmental perspective."Speaker Nancy Pelosi has signaled her support for a commission to study the possibility of reparations, calling it "one of the things that we can do not only just in terms of trying to make up for a horrible, sinful thing that happened in our country in terms of slavery, but for our country to live up to who we think we are."


McConnell Rejects Possibility of Slavery Reparations

McConnell Rejects Possibility of Slavery Reparations Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell said Tuesday that he is opposed to the idea of authorizing reparations for the descendants of slaves brought to the U.S. against their will.“I don’t think reparations for something that happened 150 years ago, for whom none of us currently living are responsible, is a good idea,” McConnell said, before going on to argue that the U.S. has taken other steps to atone for the "original sin of slavery."“We’ve tried to deal with our original sin of slavery by fighting a civil war, passing landmark civil-rights legislation,” he said. “We’ve elected an African American president. I think we are always a work in progress in this country, but no one alive currently was responsible for [slavery] and I don’t think we should be trying to figure out how to compensate for it.”McConnell's comments came ahead of a House Judiciary subcommittee hearing on Wednesday meant to discuss the possibility of appointing a commission to study the question and recommend what, if "any form of apology and compensation" should be offered to the descendants of slaves.Former representative John Conyers had introduced a bill calling for the establishment of such a commission every year for three decades, to no avail. But amid renewed discussion among Democrats of the question of reparations, Representative Sheila Jackson Lee introduced the bill again this year."It is tragic, but it is real that we've seen an uptick in racial incidences -- white supremacy, white nationalism," Jackson Lee said this week. "And so the question of slavery, frankly, has never been addressed, particularly from the institutional governmental perspective."Speaker Nancy Pelosi has signaled her support for a commission to study the possibility of reparations, calling it "one of the things that we can do not only just in terms of trying to make up for a horrible, sinful thing that happened in our country in terms of slavery, but for our country to live up to who we think we are."


Historic US drug bust nets 16 tonnes of cocaine

Historic US drug bust nets 16 tonnes of cocaine US authorities said Tuesday they had seized around 16 tonnes of cocaine with an estimated street value of over $1 billion in a historic drug bust aboard a ship at the port of Philadelphia. "This is one of the largest drug seizures in United States history," tweeted William McSwain, the US attorney for the Eastern District of Philadelphia. "Members of the ship's crew have been arrested and federally charged" following the drug bust at Philadelphia's Packer Marine Terminal, McSwain's office said on Twitter.