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Polestar teases next-gen electric car again ahead of Geneva launch

Polestar teases next-gen electric car again ahead of Geneva launchJust two weeks before the official online reveal on February 27, Volvo’s Polestar gave us another glimpse of the Polestar 2 just a couple of weeks after the first announcement. While the latest official teaser of the Polestar 2 isn’t nearly as informational as the first announcement made a few weeks ago, we have still been graced by another image of a discernible part of the exterior body: the top, left-hand side of the rear end. The white Polestar logo blends into the white body to avoid distracting onlookers from the snappy and chic design.



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Pentagon to review certification of Elon Musk's SpaceX launch vehicles

Pentagon to review certification of Elon Musk's SpaceX launch vehicles“Our objective is to determine whether the U.S. Air Force complied with the Launch Services New Entrant Certification Guide when certifying the launch system design for the Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle-class SpaceX Falcon 9 and Falcon Heavy launch vehicles,” U.S. Department Of Defense Deputy Inspector General Michael Roark said in the memo. The review will begin this month, the memo stated.



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The Latest: Kurds launch final push to defeat IS in Syria

The Latest: Kurds launch final push to defeat IS in SyriaBEIRUT (AP) — The Latest on the Syria conflict (all times local):



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Louisiana police launch manhunt for gunman who killed five people

Louisiana police launch manhunt for gunman who killed five peopleAuthorities in Louisiana said they are searching for an "armed and dangerous" 21-year-old accused of killing his parents and three others in two separate but related shootings Saturday. Authorities say Dakota Theriot first shot and killed three people – the woman believed to be his girlfriend, her brother and father – in Livingston Parish before taking her father's truck, driving to neighboring Ascension Parish where he shot and killed his parents. "We are totally focused on finding him. We're following every lead that we come up with," said Livingston Parish Sheriff Jason Ard during an evening news conference streamed online. Theriot was being sought on first-degree murder and other charges. He was believed to be driving a stolen 2004 Dodge Ram pickup, gray and silver in color. Authorities have identified the victims in Livingston Parish as Billy Ernest, 43; Tanner Ernest, 17; and Summer Ernest, 20. Ard said Summer Ernest and Dakota Theriot were in a relationship and that Theriot had been living with her family for a few weeks. An undated photograph of Dakota Theriot released by Livingston Parish Sheriff's Office Credit:  Livingston Parish Sheriff's Office But he said after talking with Summer's mother, there was no indication of any red flags ahead of Saturday's multiple shootings. Authorities earlier identified the other two victims as Theriot's parents – Keith, 50, and Elizabeth Theriot, 50, of Gonzales. They were shot in their trailer on Saturday morning. "The father was gravely injured at the time we found him and has since passed away," said Ascension Parish Sheriff Bobby Webre. But before he died, Webre said authorities were able to get a "dying declaration from him, and only enough information to let us know that it was his son that committed this act." Webre said there were indications that Theriot was traveling east and maybe was in another state by now. "We're going to work every lead. We're going to follow every tip," he said during the evening news conference. Ard said Dakota Theriot is believed to be armed with at least one handgun. "We do not have a motive. It is still undetermined," Ard said. Authorities in Louisiana say a shooting has left five people dead in two parishes Credit: HILARY SCHEINUK/ The Advocate via AP Crystal DeYoung, Billy Ernest's sister, told The Associated Press that she believes Theriot had just started dating her niece, Summer Ernest. "My family met him last weekend at a birthday party and didn't get good vibes from him," DeYoung said. She said she wasn't sure how her niece and Theriot met, but that she believed the relationship was relatively new. "My mom is a good judge of character and she just thought he was not good," DeYoung said of Theriot. DeYoung said she skipped the birthday party and didn't meet Theriot herself. DeYoung said Summer and Tanner Ernest were two of Billy's three children. He was also raising his wife's children. DeYoung said Theriot doesn't have a vehicle and she's not sure how he ended up at the Ernest home on Saturday, but after the killings, he took off in her brother's truck. There were also two young children in the home at the time. DeYoung said a 7-year-old took the baby out of the house and went to a neighbor's. DeYoung said her brother, niece and nephew were good people. "They all had very good hearts. They trusted people too much," she said, as she began crying. "They all loved unconditionally." Charlenne Bordelon lives near the house where the Ernests were killed. She told The Advocate newspaper that two young children from the house ran to her home. They were uninjured and asked for help after the shooting. Bordelon said Theriot was the older daughter's boyfriend and that he'd recently moved in with the family but she did not know him. A Facebook page appearing to belong to Dakota Theriot was filled with defensive and sometimes angry posts. He shared someone else's post in June that said "wish i could clear my mind jus for one day" (sic) with a sad face emoji. In May, he reposted something saying, "If you have a problem with me, tell me. Not everyone else." He also shared someone else's post that said, "I don't care what people say about me I know who I am and I don't have to prove anything to anyone." Webre said Dakota had lived with his parents briefly but was asked to leave the residence and not return. "I would not approach this vehicle. We feel no doubt that Dakota is going to be armed and dangerous, and we need to bring him to justice really quick," Webre said. Webre said Dakota Theriot had some run-ins with law enforcement in other parishes that he described as misdemeanor-type incidents that did not include violence: "Certainly nothing of the magnitude that we've seen today." Webre said there was no reason to think Theriot was now targeting someone else but warned that because he's armed and dangerous: "Anybody he comes into contact with could be a target."



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Democrats Launch Probe of Security Clearances for Kushner, Other Trump Aides

Democrats Launch Probe of Security Clearances for Kushner, Other Trump AidesControversy erupted over the White House’s security vetting procedures last year after revelations former Staff Secretary Rob Porter was permitted to keep his security clearance for months even though the FBI said it had provided the White House a report including allegations of domestic violence from his two ex-wives. Kushner and more than 30 other Trump aides lost access to top secret intelligence in February 2018 because they had been working with “interim” clearances and their background investigations had never been completed even though some had been at the White House more than a year.



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Tesla CEO Musk breaks ground at Shanghai Gigafactory to launch China push

Tesla CEO Musk breaks ground at Shanghai Gigafactory to launch China pushSHANGHAI/BEIJING (Reuters) – Tesla Inc broke ground on Monday for its Shanghai Gigafactory where it plans to begin making its Model 3 electric vehicles (EV) by year-end, a first step in localising production in the world’s largest auto market. At a ceremony at the site of the plant on the outskirts of Shanghai, Chief Executive Elon Musk joined the city’s mayor and other local government officials to formally begin construction of a factory that Tesla has said will cost around $ 2 billion. “We think with the resources here we can build the Shanghai Gigafactory in record time and we’re looking forward to hopefully having some initial production of the Model 3 towards the end of this year and achieving volume production next year,” Musk said at the event.



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Turkey to launch operation against U.S.-backed Kurds in Syria 'in a few days'

Turkey to launch operation against U.S.-backed Kurds in Syria 'in a few days'Ankara and Washington have long been at odds over Syria, where the United States has backed the YPG Kurdish militia in the fight against Islamic State insurgents. Turkey says the YPG is a terrorist organization and an extension of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), which has waged an insurgency against the state in southeastern Turkey for 34 years. Turkey has already intervened to sweep YPG fighters from territory west of the Euphrates in military campaigns over the past two years, but up until now, it had not gone east of the river – partly to avoid direct confrontation with U.S. forces.



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Turkey says to launch new operation against Syria Kurd militia within days

Turkey says to launch new operation against Syria Kurd militia within daysTurkey will launch a new operation in Syria within days against a US-backed Kurdish militia that Ankara considers a terrorist group, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Wednesday. “We will start an operation to free the east of the Euphrates from the separatist terrorist organisation in the next few days,” Erdogan said during a speech in Ankara, referring to territory held by the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG).



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VW says final generation of combustion engines will launch in 2026

VW says final generation of combustion engines will launch in 2026After their production span, Volkswagen will be all-electric



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Protest greets Apple's Champs Elysees launch

Protest greets Apple's Champs Elysees launchThe launch of an Apple store on the Champs Elysees in Paris was greeted Sunday by a protest against the US multinational’s controversial fiscal practices. The group had staged a sit-in at Apple’s flagship Paris store in December 2017, and in February a French court declined to approve a ban on such actions following a request by the US computer giant. “We have come to celebrate in our own way the inauguration of Apple’s Champs Elysees store, to remind people that Apple is one of the biggest tax evaders in the world,” Attac spokeswoman Aurelie Trouve told AFP at the protest, which featured a brass band.



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