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California fires: At least 42 die in state's deadliest wildfire

California fires: At least 42 die in state's deadliest wildfire

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Media playback is unsupported on your device Thirteen more bodies have been recovered in California, bringing the death toll in the US state's deadliest wildfire to 42, officials say.The remains were found in and around the largely incinerated town of Paradise, in the north of the state.At least 228 people are missing as the Camp Fire continues to rage. Nearly 7,200 structures have been destroyed, and another 15,500 are at risk.The fire has now surpassed the 1933 Griffith Park disaster that killed 31.Speaking at a news conference on Monday evening, Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea confirmed the number of dead, and the official number of missing.Many more people are said to be unaccounted for. In the south of the state, other wildfires are menac...
Volkswagen fires Audi CEO Rupert Stadler

Volkswagen fires Audi CEO Rupert Stadler

World
Oct. 3 (UPI) -- Volkswagen fired Audi CEO Rupert Stadler, who's been in jail in Germany since June in connection with a large-scale emissions cheating scandal that enveloped the parent company last year. Volkswagen AG announced Stadler's termination Tuesday, which includes his departure from Volkswagen and Audi's boards of management. "Mr. Stadler is leaving the companies with immediate effect and will no longer work for the Volkswagen Group," the company said in a statement. "Mr. Stadler is doing so because, due to his ongoing pretrial detention, he is unable to fulfil his duties as a member of the board of management and wishes to concentrate on his defense." Stadler was arrested June 18 in Munich on suspicion of fraud. He has denied any involvement in the scandal. Audi, Volkswagen's lu...
Fraud fires up JD Classics' race for new funds

Fraud fires up JD Classics' race for new funds

Business
One of the world's leading dealers in premium classic cars is racing to secure new funding within days after the discovery of "financial irregularities" left its lenders facing a multimillion pound write-off. Sky News has learnt that JD Classics, which is based in Essex and boasts of its links to the Goodwood Revival and Le Mans Classic, has been put up for sale in recent weeks.The emergency auction raises doubts over the future‎ of the owner of more than 110 valuable classic cars, including vehicles made by Aston Martin, Ferrari, Jaguar and Maserati.Advisers at Alvarez & Marsal (A&M)‎, who are said to have been brought in at the request of lenders including Lloyds Banking Group, JD's main provider of bank finance, have asked prospective buyers to table final bi...
Neanderthals could start their own fires, new research proves

Neanderthals could start their own fires, new research proves

Science
July 19 (UPI) -- Neanderthals weren't dependent on lightning strikes and natural wildfires for their flames, new research suggests. The early human relatives were able to start their own fires. When researchers found microscopic wear on flint hand-axes collected at Neanderthal archaeological sites, they recognized the signature of flint striking found around the hearths of early human settlements. "I recognized this type of wear from my earlier experimental work," archaeologist Andrew Sorensen, professor at Leiden University in the Netherlands, said in a news release. "These are the traces you get if you try to generate sparks by striking a piece of flint against a piece of pyrite." The hand-axes, however, were much older than the fire-making tools Sorensen had previously analyzed. In th...
SpaceX fires 'flying brain' into space

SpaceX fires 'flying brain' into space

Technology
SpaceX has sent the first robot with artificial intelligence - nicknamed the "flying brain" - to the International Space Station. Genetically identical mice for research purposes and super-strength coffee for the crew were also blasted off, packed into a Dragon capsule.AI robot Cimon, pronounced Simon, has been trained to help German astronaut Alexander Gerst with experiments and will remain indefinitely on the orbiting lab. Image: The artificial intelligence robot named CIMON will assist ISS crew with experiments The Dragon will also deliver 20 brown female mice, half of them genetically identical from one strain of family, and the other half from another, so they can later be compared with their twins on the ground.R...