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Ford is preparing to introduce a fully-autonomous vehicle in 2021 that doesn't even have a steering wheel, but that does not mean it's stopped believing about the traditional man-machine interface.

Ford's brand-new GT supercar pushes things to the next level by moving most of the vehicle's controls-- consisting of the wipers and turn signals-- onto the front of the wheel, where they're run by a slew of buttons, toggles and knobs.

As with a great deal of efficiency vehicles, there are also paddles behind the wheel that you can use to change gears, b
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ut you still need to use a knob on the center console to choose Park, Reverse, Neutral and Drive.

That will not be the case if a patent Ford has actually made an application for becomes reality. Uncovered by Motor 1, the filing explains an automated transmission gear shift that utilizes steering wheel-mounted paddles to handle the PRND thing.

The left one changes between Park, Reverse and Neutral, while the primary paddle is everything about Drive. A number of operating cycles are described, including one that changes through Park and Reverse then stops at Neutral until you put it into Drive.

Still another paddle enables an infinite PRN loop, presuming your foot is on the brake. Strike the left paddle while you're moving and it shifts directly into Neutral -- simply the important things for a showboaty engine rev.

The whole point of this is to open up space on the center console, which Lincoln did by employing a pushbutton transmission control on the dashboard. Ford isn't really the very first to attempt to reimagine the performance of guiding wheel paddles. Chevy Corvettes with manual transmissions utilize them to engage a rev matching function for their seven-speed stick, while pulling on one in the Chevy Volt or Bolt electrical automobiles activates a regenerative braking system that uses their electric motors, rather of the brakes, to slow them down.

For an adrenaline rush, take a virtual ride on the 2017 Ford GT.
Think of the yard party as the dinner party's relaxed little sibling.

Uncertain if you'll have eight individuals or 18? No issue-- simply ask folks to bring something additional to throw on the grill. Hate cleaning house just to have people over? Now you do not need to! Of course, for all its easygoing beauty, a backyard barbecue still needs some forethought.

Here's an outside party prep countdown that will help you set up in advance, so you can feel more relaxed on party day.

One Month Prior to: Inspect your schedule. It's easy to let the summer slip by
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without getting to all the things you wished to do-- so if hosting more backyard gatherings is on your summer season list, make strategies before the grilling season gets rolling. Look over the next few months on your calendar, decide when you may want to host, and mark it down.

Clean and maintain the grill. Both charcoal and gas grills can use a seriously deep cleaning at the start of barbecuing season to keep them in prime condition. For gas grill safety, it's also crucial to check the fuel line for cracks and to make sure burner holes aren't blocked with grease.

Assess the outdoor furniture. Could you seat a couple of more buddies around the fire pit? Craving a more comfy outdoor lounge zone? Items ordered online can take weeks to ship (and regional offers can get bought fast), so if you're planning to add to or change your outside furniture, set a budget and begin shopping earlier rather than later.

If it's a crucial event-- like graduation or a milestone birthday -- be sure to offer visitors a heads-up about a month ahead of time so that they can mark it on the calendar.

Stock up on backyard celebration essentials. We reach for the exact same go-to items at nearly every yard celebration, so make things simpler on yourself and pull together a party set in advance. Store these products in the exact same location so that you easily know where to find the cooler and bug repellent on party day.

Make an inventory check of: Fuel for grill (gas tank or charcoal), Skewers, Sturdy aluminum foil, Recyclable outdoor dinnerware, Light-weight platters for carrying food, Cooler or ice bucket, Bug repellent towelettes, Sunscreen, String lights or lanterns, Wireless outside speakers, Umbrellas or shade sails.

Three Weeks Before: Decide what's on the menu and develop a shopping list.  Whether you're choosing traditional hamburgers and hotdogs or a vegan veggie-centric menu, your head will feel clearer if you get the strategy on paper (or on your phone) beforehand.

List the mains and sides, then develop a master shopping list-- perk points for dividing the list into areas for disposable and nonperishable items.

Decide on outside games and activities. Wish to roast marshmallows over your fire pit, rent a bouncy home for the kiddos or play boules on the lawn? Figure out exactly what (if any) activities you wish to have during your celebration, and select up or reserve required supplies.

Two Weeks Prior to: Organize friends' contributions. Team up with your guests to make sure each food category (primary, side, salad, dessert) is represented, and be prepared to provide specific concepts or instructions if asked. Folks are most likely to step up to assist if you make things as basic and clear as possible.

Shop for nonperishable products and do a little cooking area prep. Choose up wine, beer, condiments and pantry staples, and keep them out of the way until celebration day.

If you have any dishes on your celebration list that can be made ahead and frozen, do it now and you'll thank yourself later on. Even something as quick as making a batch of basic syrup to store in the refrigerator for homemade lemonade can alleviate your celebration preparation workload later on.

Week of Party: Get a final head count. Touch base with visitors who haven't RSVP 'd, and validate exactly what everyone is bringing if it's a potluck. Tidy up the visitor restroom.

One excellent feature of amusing in the backyard is that you don't have to tension about getting the inside looking guest-perfect, with one exception: the bathroom. Carve out time to tidy up the powder room, stock it with extra bathroom tissue and hand towels, and top off the soap.

Related: Get Your Bathroom Organized Quick with Bathroom Accessories Decide on the music. Select your playlist or streaming channel to strike the right state of mind (or choose to go music-free). If you have a new outdoor music system, be sure to check it out prior to the celebration so that you're clear on how everything works. Clean out the fridge.

You're going to need more space than you think for all those celebration dishes and cooling beverages, so make some room before you storm the market. Shop for perishable ingredients and make a couple of dishes in advance. Select perishable goods, including fresh fruits, veggies, cheeses and meats, as much as two days prior to the celebration, but wait till the day before (or morning of) to purchase fresh seafood.

Examine your menu and choose out a couple of dishes that can be prepared (or partly prepped) in advance.

Day of Party: Chill the drinks. Make certain the cold beverages make it into the fridge about four hours before celebration time to chill; move them to an ice-filled cooler (if utilizing) about 20 minutes prior to visitors.

Cue up the party playlist. Switching on the music will help get you in the state of mind while you finish prepping for the party-- and if early birds show up, it will feel joyful, even if whatever isn't ready.

Set up an outside cleanup station. You'll wish to have a trash can and a recycling bin offered in the celebration location, plus a dishpan for transporting reusable dishes and platters to the kitchen area for cleanup.Organize the grill staging location. Get out your serving platters, tongs, grill brush and other tools you want to have on hand while you cook.Set up a self-serve food table.

Help visitors assist themselves by setting out the needs: Dishes, Dinnerware, Napkins, Cups, A basket with bug repellent wipes and sun block, A container of ice with tongs, Serving spoons.

Find your best Buffet Table to Serve Your Food On. Complete preparing the food. The important things that makes barbecues less stressful than a capital-D Dinner Party is that your visitors really anticipate much of the cooking to take place after they get here-- so don't stress if you'd intended to have more done before the very first visitors show up.

Pour some icy cold drinks and chat while you grill. Kick back and savor your well-deserved relaxation time. Don't be afraid to hand over the barbecuing tongs to somebody else-- and if individuals ask if they can help carry filthy dishes to the cooking area, say yes!
Just released: Chilling details from NASA about how Cold War wipe out tests affected our planet.

Little known nuclear tests were carried out by the US and the Soviet Union in the 1950's and 60's. It's just now that scientists are understanding exactly what the real fallout was. The military workouts duplicated the exact same destructive impacts that solar storms can have on our world-- consisting of blackouts and communication failures.

Detonating dynamites at heights of in between 16 and 250 miles above our world's surface temporarily distorted the Earth's elect
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romagnetic field line. This absolutely affected satellites by harming on-board electronic devices and interfering with communications and navigation signals. Utility companies in Hawaii struggled and numerous satellites near test sites stopped working.

For years, additional radiation -which is exactly what triggered the satellites and electronic devices to stop working -lay caught inside Earth's magnetosphere, an area surrounding Earth that defends us from solar flares. The nuke tests were behind some very odd sights in our skies, too.

One such nuclear test activated an aurora just like the Northern Lights to appear over the Equator instead of the poles. The findings, published in Space Science Reviews, is a startling prediction of what a nuclear conflict might have in shop for humanity.

It's well recognized how the immediate and grisly after-effects could erase entire nations. But as we've become increasingly reliant on innovation - it's apparent that nuclear war could be a lot more terrible to civilization.

Aside from the radiation that would clean out large swathes of life on Earth, all power and satellite systems might be completely warped - sending us back to the Stone Age.

The findings come as stress between the United States, Russia, China and North Korea escalate. Many worry World War 3 might be lurching as Kim Jong-Un threatens with weekly tests of missile launches.

North Korea conducted 2 nuclear tests and 24 ballistic rocket tests in 2016 alone, defyingsix UN Security Council resolutions prohibiting any testing.

But researchers have actually said that there are bigger concerns. Solar flares shooting from the Sun have enough power to trigger the same sort of mayhem without any human input. For now, the findings are being used to comprehend how radiation coming from the other side of the magnetosphere is impacting our planet.

"The tests were a human-generated and severe example of some of the area weather impacts regularly triggered by the Sun," said Phil Erickson, assistant director of MIT's Haystack Observatory, Westford, Massachusetts, and co-author on the paper. "If we understand what happened in the somewhat controlled and extreme event that was caused by one of these man-made events, we can more easily understand the natural variation in the near-space environment."
Eli Portnoy worried something was wrong when he went to pump gas at the station near his Miami Beach neighborhood.

"I actually played with the terminal to make sure it was loose of all things,” Portnoy reported.

Since he did not see anything unusual, he went on to fill his tank.

Two days later, he got a call from his credit card company questioning some charges that were made. Charges he says he didn’t make.

Soon, Portnoy realized his credit card information was breeched and he was able to trace it back to his neighborhood gas station.

"So I started d
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oing homework and realized that there were other people that allegedly had their card stolen at the same location and I felt compelled. Someone needed to do something," he said.

"The question is what's the solution? And I don't know what it is other than using cash."

Skimmers continue to be found in gas pumps across Florida. 128 skimmers have been found statewide through mid-April 2017. That’s on track to pass last year’s total when 219 skimmers were found.

A law that went into effect in October 2016 was aimed at preventing these crimes. It required gas stations to have security measures including a sticky seal that would notify workers if someone had tampered with the pump.

“If the door opens, the seal breaks,” said Miami-Dade Economics Crime Detective Marcos Rodriguez explained. “Once you pull the seal off, it says void.”

Investigators from NBC 6 obtained the list of the stations where state inspectors have found skimmers this year but didn’t find security in place. Three locations we checked, there still weren’t seals on the pumps last week.

But what’s more alarming is that at more than half of the gas stations where the state has found skimmers, security tape was properly in place.

 “What they’ll do is, they’ll come, rip the seal out, put in the skimming device, and put the duplicate seal over the pump,” he explained.
He also says the department is seeing thieves being more creative with the skimmers they use. That includes a skimmer that looks almost exactly like where the card gets inserted.

Even someone who knows what to look for would have a hard time seeing it.
“You won’t even see the hanging wire,” he said.

He said thieves are even using Bluetooth technology to retrieve the credit card information without having to open up the machine.

“It gives them the ability to quickly come by and download whatever numbers the skimming device has inside,” he said.
Rodriguez recommends against using a pump with a seal that’s been tampered with or a pump that doesn’t have one. He also recommends using the pump closest to and in sight of a clerk. He also says to pay inside rather than at the pump.

In May, a Florida mother gave birth last a baby girl who weighed 13 pounds, 5 ounces. Thankfully, mother and daughter are doing all right.

Proud mama Christine Corbitt delivered her third child, Carleigh Brooke, at the Orange Park Medical Center on May 15, Fox 30 reported.

“When the baby was coming out, I was like, ‘is this baby ever going to end?’” Dr. Eric Edelenbos, who delivered Carleigh, told the news station.

Edelenbos said Carleigh is the largest baby he has delivered in his career.

Corbitt is no stranger to big babies, “I’ve had
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nine-and 10-pound babies and I figured maybe she’d be 10 pounds,” she said .  “I’d have another 10-pound baby, but she was a surprise.”

Baby Carleigh experienced gestational diabetes when she was first born, so she had to remain in a neonatal intensive care unit briefly until her blood sugar levels were normal.

As for Carleigh’s mother,  she says she does not intend to have any more children for the time being.

“I’m done. I’m done. No more babies for me,” Christine said.
During the Renaissance, it became vogue for many well-off families in Florence to acquired summer homes in the hills surrounding the city. When the summer season showed up, they would slip away to their country estates to escape the heat. This 16th century estate, about 5 miles south of Florence and priced at EUR 10.5 million (US $11,792,453) is one such home.

This grandiose property boasts an extraordinary mystery; the owner, an art historian, thinks that parts of the structure were designed by Michelangelo, the Florentine artist, sculptor, architect and poet of the Renaissance period.

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Listing agent John Jonk of Italy Sotheby's International Realty added, "The owner says that there are documents that suggest that Michelangelo was involved in its design, though there is no absolute proof.”

"Part of the reason that it is thought to be true is that Michelangelo’s father was the mayor of the village at the time,” Mr. Jonk said. “The style of the design and the date it was built also make it quite likely.”

Details available at MansionGlobal.com reveal the estate includes 25 acres of vineyards that produce grapes used in Chianti Classico.  Until recently, wine has actually been made on the estate and the spacious property has roomy cellars to keep a substantial wine collection and house storage.

In fact, the home played an important role in the original production of Chianti Classico. It was among the estates where the rules were established for how the wine must be produced.

Positioned on the highest piece of land on the estate, the main house has significant views.

Florence Cathedral and its famous dome can be admired through clipped hedging in the gardens. "It brings home how close the property is to Florence,” Mr. Jonk said.

The statistics:

The primary house has six to seven bed rooms, 3 reception spaces, cooking area, library and a private chapel.

There are four aparments housed in a separate building, a guest home and outbuildings. There are 16 bedrooms on the estate in total.

Formal Italianate gardens, vineyards and almost 20 acres of olive groves are also present on the grounds.

Style notes:

The home's trompe l'oeil frescos were created in the 17th and 18th centuries. They are included in every space on the ground floor other than the kitchen.


Though the wine is now produced off the estate, the estate has the centers and equipment to produce wine.

The home also includes an outdoor swimming pool.

Neighborhood Notes:

The home lies in Chianti, an area of central Tuscany well known for its stunning views, landscapes and vineyards that produce the grapes used in Chianti and Chianti Classico.
President Trump did not mince words when he called out North Korea's "brutal regime" Monday after the death of college student Otto Warmbier, who was released by the communist nation in a coma last week.
"Lot of bad things happened," Trump said during a White House meeting, “but at least we got him home to be with his parents."

"It's a brutal regime," Trump went on, "and we'll be able to handle it."
Warmbier was held by North Korea for more than 17 months before he was medically evacuated June 13. He died Monday at Universi
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ty of Cincinnati Medical Center.

In a statement, Warmbier’s family said "the awful torturous mistreatment our son received at the hands of the North Koreans" meant that "no other outcome was possible beyond the sad one we experienced today."

Trump's written statement said that "Otto's fate deepens my Administration's determination to prevent such tragedies from befalling innocent people at the hands of regimes that do not respect the rule of law or basic human decency."

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley, who has led the charge for tougher sanctions on North Korea over its nuclear missile program, said
"Countless innocent men and women have died at the hand of the North Korean criminals,

but the singular case of Otto Warmbier touches the American heart like no other.
"While Otto Warmbier's memory will always be a blessing to his loved ones," Haley added, "it will also serve as an indelible reminder to us of the barbaric nature of the North Korean dictatorship."

Warmbier had traveled to North Korea as part of a tour group when he was detained at Pyongyang's airport in January 2016. The company that organized the trip, Young Pioneer Tours, announced after Warmbier's death that it would no longer organize tours of North Korea for U.S. citizens.

"The assessment of risk for Americans visiting North Korea has become too high," said the company, which has also offered tours to Iran, Iraq and former Soviet republicans and boasted of booking "budget tours to destinations your mother would rather you stayed away from."

Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., said Warmbier was "murdered by the [North Korean dictator] Kim Jong-un[sic] regime."

"In the final year of his life, he lived the nightmare in which the North Korean people have been trapped for 70 years: forced labor, mass starvation, systematic cruelty, torture, and murder," McCain said, later adding, "The United States of America cannot and should not tolerate the murder of its citizens by hostile powers."

Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, said North Korea should be "universally condemned for its abhorrent behavior.” He added that Warmbier’s family "had to endure more than any family should have to bear."

Ohio’s other senator, Democrat Sherrod Brown, said the country's "despicable actions ... must be condemned."

“Our hearts are broken for Otto’s family and everyone who knew and loved him,” Brown added.

John Kasich, Ohio's Governor, described Warmbier as "a young man of exceptional spirit."

"This horrendous situation further underscores the evil, oppressive nature of the North Korean regime that has such disregard for human life," Kasich says.

Florida voters are somewhat supportive of President Donald Trump’s new Cuban policies, but neither of his big proposals gets 50 percent support in a new Florida Atlantic University poll. And the majority doesn’t think the shift will make life any better for the Cuban people.

The same FAU poll also discovered Trump’s performance rating has slipped in Florida.

His approval stands at 35 percent, with 44 percent disapproving of his performance as president, a net negative of 9 percentage points. In March, Trump had a net negative of 2 percentage points.

The Florida Atlan
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tic University Business and Economics Polling Initiative conducted the survey after Trump announced changes in U.S. policy toward Cuba on Friday. It plans to release the results Tuesday.

Before a supportive audience in Little Havana, Trump said he wanted to bring freedom and democracy to the Cuban people, and then signed a memo ordering agencies under his control to develop rules to scale back some, but not all, of former President Barack Obama’s policies.
When the new rules take effect, individual travel to Cuba will be scaled back and business dealings with Cuban government-owned entities will be restricted. 
Floridians are not convinced the new U.S. policy will make life better for Cubans. The poll found 36 percent believe the new policies would make life worse in Cuba, 21 percent said they would make life better, and 43 percent said they would make no difference.