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Ford Recalls Nearly 435,000 Vehicles

Ford Recalls Nearly 435,000 Vehicles


Ford Recalls Nearly 435,000 Vehicles

Posted: 07 Apr 2014 11:12 AM PDT

(DETROIT) — Ford is recalling nearly 435,000 cars and SUVs to fix rusting frame parts or faulty seats.

The biggest of the two recalls covers nearly 386,000 Ford Escapes from the 2001 through 2004 model years. Ford says the subframes can rust, allowing a control arm to separate and hamper steering control. Ford is aware of one crash but no injuries linked to the problem.

The SUVs were originally sold or registered in 20 states and Washington, D.C., where salt is used to clear snow and ice from roads. Six Canadian provinces also are included.

Dealers will install a reinforcement brace to fix the problem.

The Escapes covered by the recall were built from Oct. 22, 1999 through Dec. 19, 2003 at the Kansas City Assembly plant, and from May 1, 2003 through Jan. 23, 2004 at the Ohio Assembly plant, Ford said in a statement issued Monday.

They were originally sold or registered in Connecticut, Iowa, Minnesota, Ohio, Wisconsin, Delaware, Maine, Missouri, Pennsylvania, Maryland, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Illinois, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Vermont, Indiana, Michigan, New York, West Virginia and Washington, D.C. Also covered are Escapes sold or registered in Ontario, Quebec, Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, and Newfoundland & Labrador.

The second recall covers 49,000 Ford Fusion, Lincoln MKZ, Ford Escape and C-MAX vehicles from 2013 and 2014. Dealers will replace seat back frames that weren’t welded properly. No crashes or injuries have been reported from the problem, Ford said.

TV Presenter Peaches Geldof Dies At 25

Posted: 07 Apr 2014 11:03 AM PDT

TV presenter, journalist and socialite Peaches Geldof died at age 25 Monday, the BBC Reports. Geldof was the daughter of musician Bob Geldof and Paula Yates.

Police were called to an address near Wrotham, Kent after they received a report concerning the welfare of a woman there, according to the BBC. The woman — Geldof — was declared dead by the ambulance service.

“At this stage, the death is being treated as unexplained and sudden,” the Kent Police said in a statement the BBC reports.

BBC Newsnight presenter Laura Kuenssberg tweeted the following shortly after the news broke:

Geldof gained fame through journalism and television gigs as well as modeling. She had her first stint in media at age 15 with a column in Elle magazine. She has also contributed to The Telegraph and The Guardian.

Geldof has two sons and was married to musician Thomas Cohen. “My beloved wife Peaches was adored by myself and her two sons. I shall bring them up with their mother in their hearts everyday. We shall love her forever,” Cohen said in a statement.

[BBC]

Scottish Town Raises $8K For Statue Of Stray Cat

Posted: 07 Apr 2014 10:57 AM PDT

A small Scottish town has taken its love for a 14-year-old local stray cat to a bizarre extreme. The people of St Andrews, Fife, raised more than $8,000 USD to immortalize stray cat Hamish McHamish (yes, really) in the form of a bronze statue.

But don’t worry, this isn’t a memorial. Hamish is completely alive to revel in his metallic glory:

Hamish has been wandering the town for years and has gained a cult following. He has a Facebook, modest Twitter following, and he is even the subject of fan fiction. So obviously he was driven around town in a convertible to go to his statue unveiling:

Like most cats, Hamish could have been more grateful:

10 Amazing Places to Visit Before They Vanish

Posted: 07 Apr 2014 10:56 AM PDT

The world is filled with jaw-dropping sights, but rapid climate change is threatening some of the most spectacular natural wonders. Here are just a few of the world's most majestic places that could disappear in as little as a few decades.

No-Ah: Malaysia and Indonesia Ban Bible Flick

Posted: 07 Apr 2014 10:45 AM PDT

Malaysia and Indonesia have joined other Muslim nations in banning Noah, Darren Aronofsky’s biblical epic, because depictions of a prophet violate Islamic law, state censors said Monday.

“The film Noah is not allowed to be screened in this country to protect the sensitivity and harmony in Malaysia’s multiracial and multireligious community,” said Malaysian Film Censorship chairman Abdul Halim Abdul Hamid said in a statement Monday, according to the Associated Press. Malay Muslims make up around 60% of Malaysia’s population.

Indonesian film censors also forbid the film, saying it contradicted both the Koran and the Bible.

Much of the Islamic world, including the Qatar, the UAE, and Bahrain, has already prohibited the movie on religious grounds. Noah is one of 25 prophets mentioned in the Koran.

[AP]

 

Justin Bieber Gets a Brand New Bugatti From Birdman

Posted: 07 Apr 2014 10:41 AM PDT

Justin Bieber has been gifted a Bugatti sports car that’s worth around $2 million.

On Sunday night, Bieber posted a photo of his new Bugatti to Instagram, with the caption “Uncle Stunna luv. My first Bugatti ♛ #generosity.”

“Uncle Stunna” is the rapper Birdman, who is the co-founder of Cash Money Records. Bieber is currently collaborating with Birdman’s other signed artists, including singer Austin Mahone, the Daily Mail reports. Bieber is already the owner of a handful of sports cars including a Fisker Karma, a Ferrari 458 Italia and a Ferrari F430.

The new gift comes after Bieber was arrested in January for driving under the influence and drag racing.

[Daily Mail]

Procrastination Is In Your Genes

Posted: 07 Apr 2014 10:36 AM PDT

Everybody has put off today what can be done tomorrow. And that might be because procrastination is in your genes, a new study published in the journal Psychological Science suggests.

But when it comes to delaying, not everyone is created equal. Some are significantly more likely to procrastinate than others, so researchers at the University of Colorado Boulder looked into whether this bad habit might have its roots in genetics by surveying 181 identical twin pairs and 166 fraternal twin pairs. The twins’ were surveyed on their ability to set and maintain goals, propensity to procrastinate, and impulsivity.

Prior research has indicated that procrastination and impulsivity are genetically linked. Being impulsive has an evolutionary advantage, the researchers point out, because it would have helped our ancestors with everyday survival. Procrastination, on the other hand, may be more of a modern phenomenon, since we now focus on long-term goals, from which we can easily get distracted.

Based on the behavioral similarities in twins, the researchers concluded that procrastination can indeed be genetic, and that it seems to have some genetic overlap with impulsivity. The researchers also suggest that procrastination is an evolutionary byproduct of making the rash decisions that go along with being impulsive.

“Learning more about the underpinnings of procrastination may help develop interventions to prevent it, and help us overcome our ingrained tendencies to get distracted and lose track of work,” study author Daniel Gustavson said in a statement.

Now the only thing chronic procrastinators might care about is, will there ever be a cure?

Airline Passenger Attempts Suicide During Flight

Posted: 07 Apr 2014 10:35 AM PDT

A passenger on an Emirates flight from Dubai to India attempted to commit suicide in the aircraft’s lavatory, the airline and police said Monday, according to the Associated Press.

Crew members found the passenger bleeding heavily shortly before the descent into Hyderabad, India. They administered treatment on board the aircraft before giving the passenger to a medical team on the ground.

The 30-year-old man, who works as a draftsman in Dubai, had wounds on his neck, ankles and wrists. He was in stable condition at an area hospital Monday. It's still unclear what he used to injure himself or why he attempted suicide.

Emirates said the plane returned to Dubai without passengers for maintenance.

[AP]

Holmes Attorneys Ask Judge to Move His Trial

Posted: 07 Apr 2014 10:23 AM PDT

(DENVER) — Attorneys for the man charged with killing 12 people and injuring 70 in a Colorado movie theater have asked a judge to move the trial to another location, citing the emotional and economic burdens the massacre has placed on local residents.

In motions made public Monday, defense attorneys also cited “incessant and unrelenting” news coverage.

James Holmes pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity to multiple charges of murder and attempted murder in the July 2012 shootings in the Denver suburb of Aurora. Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty.

His trial is scheduled to begin in October in Centennial, a southeast Denver suburb about 10 miles from the crime scene.

The case has been slowed by complicated legal questions involving the death penalty, the insanity plea and multiple victims.

Xbox Owners Can Finally ‘GoPro’ and Upload Game Clips to YouTube

Posted: 07 Apr 2014 10:06 AM PDT

Let’s be clear: GoPro is not a verb…unless I’m using it in a title, in which case it is, just this once, I promise. It’s also a brand of rugged high-def cameras that get people to say stuff like “extreme” and “sports” a lot. And as of tomorrow, it’ll be an official app that lives on your Xbox 360 (Microsoft says the Xbox One version’s coming sometime this summer).

According to Xbox Wire, the GoPro app is meant to stream some of that “extreme” content to your Xbox 360, browsing “a variety of categories including sports, athletes and adventure, and watch individual videos or view back-to-back videos within a category.” You’ll need Microsoft’s $60 a year Xbox Live Gold subscription to access it, and you’ll also have the option to buy GoPro cameras and accessories — handled by Microsoft’s online store — directly through the app. Microsoft reminds us this is the first time it’s bundled physical purchases with an Xbox app, so think of it as the company’s canary in its Xbox-meets-Amazon mine.

But the news you’re probably reading this for, is that Microsoft’s finally adding YouTube support to its Game DVR and Upload functions on the Xbox One (and yes, no surprise, Xbox Live is required). According to Microsoft:

Now, use Game DVR to capture epic gaming moments, edit them in Upload Studio, and, with the simple click of a button inside the YouTube app (look for My Uploads), share them instantly to your YouTube channel. The updated YouTube experience also allows you to watch YouTube videos in Snap Mode, add individual YouTube videos to your Pins, earn Media Achievements, and add your YouTube channels to OneGuide for instant access to YouTube videos right next to your favorite TV listings or App Channels.

How much this matters probably depends on how much you’re already streaming game sessions to Twitch, which launched (late — the PS4′s had it since launch in November) on Xbox One in early March. Twitch has somewhere in the vicinity of 45 million viewers a month, compared with YouTube’s monthly one billion. But then Twitch is a broadcast service, while YouTube’s a clip-sharing one, so there’s plenty of reason to use both.

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