‘I can say that there was no surprise by my request,’ Netanyahu tells reporters after White House meeting.
Venezuela pulled CNN’s Spanish-language television channel off the air on Wednesday, accusing it of spreading “propaganda” about an alleged visa racket at the country’s embassy in Iraq. The state National Telecommunications Commission ordered “the immediate suspension of broadcasts by the news channel CNN in Spanish” in Venezuela, a government statement said. President Nicolas Maduro had earlier said he wanted the US-based news channel “out” of the country, where state media dominate.
On a highway in Munich, Germany, a Tesla owner recently sacrificed his car to rescue another driver having a stroke. According to Muenchner Merkur, the Tesla driver saw a VW Passat swerving erratically, hitting the guardrail several times. On closer inspection, he noticed that the driver appeared to be unconcious. So, the Tesla driver maouvered his car in front and slowed down gradually, forcing a gentle collision and bringing both cars to a halt.
The fire driver was able to extract the driver successfully, and German media reports that he was likely suffering a stroke. According to newspaper reports, the combined damages for both vehicles were minor — bumper damage to the Tesla and the Passat — but totalled around $10,000.
Tesla CEO Elon Musk has since said that Tesla is covering all repair costs in recognition of the heroism:
In appreciation, Tesla is providing all repair costs free of charge and expedited. https://t.co/D68HNJcCoQ
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) February 15, 2017
It's a rare, unvarnished act of heroism from the Tesla driver to put his own safety (and car!) on the line to try and save a stranger. It's also a good answer to the occasional question about why Tesla drivers are still able to override the car's safety mechanisms when necessary. If the car was programmed to always use its sensors to avoid collisions, the Tesla driver wouldn't have been able to pull off the stunt.
SEATTLE (AP) — The Latest on the case of a detained Seattle area man who was brought to the U.S. illegally as a child but protected from deportation by former President Barack Obama's administration. (all times local):
DELPHI, Ind. (AP) — In a story Feb. 14 about the search for two missing girls, The Associated Press, relying on information from police, incorrectly reported that Liberty German was 13 years old. She was 14.
U.S. President Donald Trump’s choice of Representative Mick Mulvaney to become White House budget director on Wednesday appeared to pick up enough Republican votes to vault him into the job. Republican Senator Thad Cochran, who chairs the Senate Appropriations Committee, informed his staff that he intends to support Mulvaney’s confirmation, according to an aide. Earlier in the day an aide said Cochran had not yet decided whether to vote for Mulvaney.