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Volkswagen goes full America with its truck concept

March 29, 2018

 Roberto Baldwin,Engadget

Volkswagen automaker really wants you to know that it's building cars for America. In fact, at the New York Auto Show it delivered a concept vehicle that might as well have had the Stars and Stripes painted on the side of it. Get your tailgate parties ready for the Atlas Tanoak truck.

Volkswagen's head of design Klaus Bischoff said that the truck is, "built for America by Americans" in reference to its plant in Tennessee where the Tanoak would be built if the automaker decides to put it into production. Based on the Atlas MQB platform, the pickup looks more like it's ready for adventure than hauling hay and tools. To that end, the automaker called it a lifestyle utility vehicle.

The exterior does look rugged though (it's even got a hitch) and the bed is ready for you to throw either your quad, mountain bike, or kayaks in it. Meanwhile, the interior caters to the fans of technology and luxury that enjoy the feeling of being pampered after a long day of experiencing the many splendors of the American outdoors.

Besides hoping to eventually have one of its vehicles seen at tailgate parties, Volkswagen also showed off its smaller crossover, the Atlas Cross Sport concept. It's 7.5 inches shorter than the production Atlas with room for five passengers and looks ready to take on the small-SUV market.

While the truck is still an idea, the Atlas Cross Sport should go into production at the end of 2019. Meanwhile, pickup fans should hassle the automaker to make sure that Tanoak makes it into showrooms in the future. Because America.

Click here to catch up on the latest news from the 2018 New York Auto Show.

  • This article originally appeared on Engadget.
 

Closing your bedroom door at night could save your life in a fire

October 20, 2017

 CATHERINE THORBECKE and SANDRA TEMKO,
Fire safety experts are urging people to close their bedroom doors before they go to sleep, saying the simple task can potentially save lives in the event of a fire.

“When you can’t get out, the most important thing you can do, close that door between you and the fire," Stephen Kerber, the director of the UL's Firefighter Safety Research Institute (UL FSRI), told ABC News, adding that the simple act "could save your life.”

Alexis King told ABC News th...


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Missing 115-year-old tortoise returned to New Mexico owner

July 30, 2017

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A 115-year-old desert tortoise that disappeared from its garden at a New Mexico senior living community was returned.

The Albuquerque Journal reports (http://bit.ly/2w9xGQb ) the tortoise, Diablo, was returned Friday to Manzano del Sol Village. He had ventured to the backyard of a nearby home after a family bought the shell-wearing wanderer from kids at a local park.

Millie Tjeltweed, who owns Diablo, says she doesn't know the circumstances of the tortoise's disappear...


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Man who needed air in tires, bought lottery ticket wins $1M

July 1, 2017

A New York man who stopped at a convenience store to put air in his tires and ended up buying a lottery ticket has won a $1 million jackpot.

State lottery officials on Friday introduced 19-year-old Anthony Iavarone as the winner of the jackpot on a $1 million Cashword scratch-off ticket.

Iavarone, of Clifton Park, says he recently stopped at a Stewart's Shops store in the Saratoga County town of Ballston to put air in his tires. While there, he decided to buy a lottery ticket.

Iavarone says he c...


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Who's happy, who's not: Norway tops list, US falls

March 22, 2017
SETH BORENSTEIN and DAVID KEYTON

If you want to pursue happiness, grab a winter coat.

A new report shows Norway is the happiest country on Earth, Americans are getting sadder, and it takes more than just money to be happy.

What makes Norway and other northern European countries top the happiness list has a lot to do with a sense of community and broad social welfare support, according to experts and cheerful Norwegians, including one whose job it is to make people laugh.

"The answ...


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Deer crashes college cross-country race, knocks over runner

November 18, 2016

CENTER VALLEY, Pa. (AP) — A deer sprinting across a field knocked over a cross-country runner at an NCAA regional race, but the runner got up and finished the race.

Saturday's episode during the NCAA Division III Mideast Regional Cross Country Championships at DeSales University in Center Valley was captured on video.

Gwynedd Mercy University senior Justin DeLuzio was competing in the 8K race when someone yelled, "Watch out for the deer!" A deer struck him in the stomach, and he fell to the g...


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Indonesia to probe Google over alleged unpaid tax bill

September 17, 2016

Indonesia said Thursday it would launch investigations into Google after the technology giant allegedly refused to cooperate with the country's tax department, an official said.

Google has denied the allegations, declaring it had paid all taxes in Indonesia since opening its Jakarta offices in 2011.

The government has repeatedly asserted the California-based company had outstanding tax issues to resolve.

Muhammad Haniv, a senior official with Jakarta's tax office, said Google had refused a reque...


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Russian pranksters call heads of WADA, U.S. anti-doping agency

July 23, 2016

Russian media published on Friday calls by two comedians to the heads of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) and the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) pretending to be Ukrainian Sports Minister Ihor Zhdanov.

Pranksters Vladimir Kuznetsov and Alexei Stolyarov separately called WADA President Craig Reedie and USADA chief executive Travis Tygart, according to recordings published online by Sputnik, a Russian state-owned news agency.

Sputnik said the two callers "managed to trick" the two anti-doping...


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UK soccer fans tweet US politician who shares manager's name

June 4, 2016

A Philadelphia politician and the manager of an English soccer team might seem impossible to confuse, except that they're both named Darrell Clarke.

Fans of the Bristol Rovers have been bombarding the president of Philadelphia's city council on Twitter for months, expressing frustration at losses and offering support for a job well done.

The Bristol Post reports the English Clarke shuns social media, but fans of the team in the third tier of English soccer needed a way to vent on Twitter. So th...


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