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Why Tesla Just Dropped Its Car Prices by $2,000

Why Tesla Just Dropped Its Car Prices by $  2,000You can thank the disappearing tax credit.



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Side of the moon you can't see 'is not dark, it's just far'

Side of the moon you can't see 'is not dark, it's just far'WASHINGTON (AP) — Despite the name of Pink Floyd's best-selling album, the side of the moon you can't see isn't always dark. But it is far.



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It’s not just Apple: Baidu CEO warns employees that ‘winter is coming’

It’s not just Apple: Baidu CEO warns employees that ‘winter is coming’As China continues to suffer an economic slowdown as trade-related tensions with the US drag on, the CEO of what is essentially the Google of China has sent out a letter to his employees with an ominous warning drawn from pop culture: Winter is coming.

Baidu CEO Robin Li wrote in his letter that the Beijing-based search engine company earned 100 billion yuan (the US equivalent of $ 14.6 billion) in revenue last year. But analysts, according to The South China Morning Post, had forecast 101.45 billion yuan, with the revenue miss coming as the second-largest economy in the world continues to be saddled with its slowest growth in decades, blamed in large measure on the US trade war, which has spurred hiring freezes and job cuts in China.

Apple CEO Tim Cook released a letter of his own to investors Wednesday that landed like a bombshell, thanks to its revision downward of the company's revenue forecast for the typically busy holiday quarter. Analysts spent the subsequent news cycle pondering whether this was an Apple-specific problem or emblematic of a larger issue — with the letter from Baidu's chief executive arguably answering that question.

Following up on his warning, Li wrote that the inevitability of economic slowdowns is "as cold and real as winter to every company," and then shifted toward a more optimistic note: "Only when the year grows cold do we see the qualities of the pine and the cypress … It's high time that Baidu stepped forward as a platform company."

In his letter, Li in addition to prodding employees to step up their game also praised the potential of artificial intelligence, saying its benefits include helping bring down costs among Baidu's customers. And that the "historical transformation of AI is penetrating various industries, unleashing enormous growth potential and room for upgrade."

According to a CNBC report today, the trade war between the US and China is the reason growth estimates for China for 2019 have been cut from 6.5 percent to 6.3 percent already. And companies ranging from Apple to Ford have publicly expressed concern about the country's economy over the near term.

Baidu was founded by Li in 2000 and, like Google, makes most of its money from advertising.



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Not Just Tesla: GM Is Reportedly About to Lose Its EV Tax Credit, Too

Not Just Tesla: GM Is Reportedly About to Lose Its EV Tax Credit, TooGM has reportedly sold its 200,000th EV, which means the credit is due to disappear.



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NASA’s asteroid probe just entered orbit around Bennu in a record-breaking maneuver

NASA’s asteroid probe just entered orbit around Bennu in a record-breaking maneuverNASA's OSIRIS-REx asteroid probe arrived at its target, a large space rock known as Bennu, in early December. The spacecraft's mission will take several years to complete, but it hit a major milestone to close out 2018 by entering orbit around Bennu. It might not sound like much, but it's actually a major accomplishment for NASA, and it's set a couple of new records in the process.

As AP reports, the probe's successful maneuver to enter orbit around Bennu makes it the first spacecraft to orbit a celestial object so small. At only around 1,600 feet in diameter, it's the smallest object ever to be successfully orbited, and OSIRIS-REx's close orbital distance of just over a mile is also record-breaking.

The OSIRIS-REx mission was originally launched way back in late 2016. It took a couple of years for the probe to even make it to its asteroid target, but now that it's there it can begin studying Bennu in much greater detail than has ever been possible before.

We got our first clear look at the rock's surface last month. The images delivered by the probe reveal a messy collection of debris strewn all over the asteroid's exterior. Ultimately, the mission's biggest challenge will be to collect some of that material and then return it to Earth, but the touch-and-go sample collection process won't begin until 2020.

Once the probe snatches some rock from Bennu's exterior it will begin the long trip back to Earth, eventually arriving sometime in 2023 if all goes according to plan.

The in-orbit surveys of the asteroid and eventual delivery of asteroid material will help researchers understand what makes up some of the larger asteroids in our Solar System. Determining how they formed and other details about their origins could help astronomers tell a more detailed story about the origins of our system and Earth itself, and perhaps help us prepare and forecast asteroid impacts in the future.



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Terror returns to Manchester, just yards from where 22 where killed at Ariana Grande concert

Terror returns to Manchester, just yards from where 22 where killed at Ariana Grande concertIn the hours before midnight when the nation would be welcoming in the New Year, terror returned to Manchester. Just before 9pm and yards from the Manchester Arena, where 22 people, many of them children had been murdered in a suicide attack, all hell was about to break loose. Between platforms A and B at Manchester Victoria Metrolink tram station, a man dressed head-to-toe in black mounted a frenzied and sustained attack on a couple in their 50s waiting patiently for a tram. He screamed ‘Allahu Akbar’ – meaning ‘God is great’ – while stabbing at them with two knives, one in each hand. “I just heard this most blood-curdling scream and looked down the platform,” said Sam Clack, 38, a BBC producer on a New Year’s Eve night out, “What it looked like was a guy in his 60s with a woman of similar age and another guy all dressed in black. “It looked like they were having a fight but she was screaming in this blood-curdling way.” The screams alerted British Transport Police officers on patrol at Victoria train station, which stands in the same complex as the tram stop and the nearby Manchester Arena. Four officers, unarmed but for standard issue Taser stun gun and a special incapacitating gel, raced to the scene. The suspect, said to be of Somali origin, was carrying two kitchen knives, each about 12-inches long. Two commuters – a man and woman in their 50s – were taken to hospital with knife injuries and a British Transport Police (BTP) officer was stabbed in the shoulder.  Credit: Sam Clack/Press Association Mr Clack thought the attacker was coming for him next. “I just had a feeling in the pit of my stomach,” said Mr Clack. “Here’s a man who’s very agitated, angry, skittish. It appears he had already attacked someone. He had police coming towards him and he’s coming towards me. “I looked down and saw he had a kitchen knife with a black handle with a good 12-inch blade. It was just fear, pure fear.” Mr Clack thought about jumping on to the tram tracks and running for his life. Other passengers already had. But before he needed to flee, the police at breakneck speed had pounced. Video footage shows four British transport Police officers pinning the knifeman to the ground, including one female officer. They had tried to taser him and in the melee one officer – a sergeant in his 30s – was stabbed in the shoulder. The suspect was then dragged away to a police van, shouting ‘alahu akbar’ while the victims sat on a bench on the station platform being treated for their wounds, tended to by female police officers. A discharged taser, shoe and paramedic equipment on Metrolink platform B at Victoria Station  Credit: Joel Goodman/LNP A Muslim woman, wearing a hijab, put her arm around the injured female victim. Nazir Afzal, a former prosecutor, tweeted: “The woman with hijab helping victims is far more reflective of Muslims than the idiot with a knife.” Andy Burnham, Manchester’s mayor, said last night the “vile attack” could have been “much more serious if not for the outstanding bravery from British Transport Police who were instantly on the scene”. He suggested its location had been deliberately picked to cause maximum impact because of its proximity to the Manchester Arena, scene of the barbarous suicide bomb attack in May last year. “This attack has brought back some very painful memories for everyone involved,” Mr Burnham told the Telegraph, “Particularly given how close it was to the Manchester Arena, which appears to have been deliberate. But the city is strong, united and resilient and the way the incident was dealt with by the emergency services and others was exemplary.” Yesterday, police raided a newly built semi-detached house in a street in Cheetham Hill, a mile north of the city centre. Police said it was the last known address of the 25-year-old suspect. A house in Cheetham Hill, Manchester, was raided as part of the investigation into the suspected terror attack at Manchester Victoria Station Credit: Pat Hurst/Press Association Neighbours said police arrived at the address in the morning. Tactical Aid Unit vans were stationed outside, with a policeman stood guarding the door. Nousha Babaakachel said a Somali family live at the address, a mother and father of five in their forties who came to live in the street around 12 years ago from the Netherlands. Mrs Babaakachel, 40, said two of the four sons are at university, one works at Manchester Airport and the youngest is back in Somalia. They also have a daughter.  Well-placed sources said the suspect was believed to have been suffering from serious mental health issues and who had acted alone. By last night, Manchester was coming to realise it had had a narrow escape. The city has the bravery of police officers to thank for that.



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Did the U.S. Military Just Admit Victory in Afghanistan Is Impossible?

Did the U.S. Military Just Admit Victory in Afghanistan Is Impossible?"These are two sides that are fighting against one another, and neither one of them will achieve a military victory at this stage."



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Government shutdown forces couple to relocate wedding with just 7 days notice

Government shutdown forces couple to relocate wedding with just 7 days noticeA couple set to be married at the end of the month was forced to scramble and



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Just in time for Christmas, a shutdown over a wall Mexico was supposed to pay for: Readers sound off

Just in time for Christmas, a shutdown over a wall Mexico was supposed to pay for: Readers sound offGoing into a second day, shutdown is affecting about 800,000 government employees through furloughs, smaller paychecks



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Seeking asylum, migrants report being turned back at — or possibly just past — U.S. border

Seeking asylum, migrants report being turned back at — or possibly just past — U.S. borderPresident Trump’s order cracking down on asylum seekers at the southern border has been stayed by a federal judge, but a small group of determined migrants who made it through the border fence discovered that at least some Border Patrol agents appear to be enforcing it anyway. On the afternoon of Dec. 1, about 10 women and children, a small part of one of the caravans that traveled hundreds of miles through Mexico from Honduras, crossed the border fence near its western end on the beach near San Diego.



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