Musk says received 'verbal' OK for NY-DC hyperloop; provides no detail

Musk says received 'verbal' OK for NY-DC hyperloop; provides no detailEntrepreneur Elon Musk on Thursday said that he had received "verbal government approval" to build an underground transport hyperloop between New York and Washington, although he did not say who gave the approval or how any such project would proceed. Musk, the outspoken chief executive of electric car maker Tesla Inc and rocket company SpaceX, advocates developing magnetically levitated hyperloop trains that would travel in airless tunnels, which he says would be more efficient and faster than current high-speed trains. In two tweets on Thursday he said, "just received verbal government approval for the Boring Company to build an underground NY-Phil-Balt-DC hyperloop.



Revenge led driver to hit mourners at South Carolina cemetery: police

Revenge led driver to hit mourners at South Carolina cemetery: policeThe man who plowed his car into mourners at a South Carolina cemetery targeted the graveside service as an act of revenge toward the state agency where the woman being laid to rest had worked, police and local news media said on Thursday. James Kester, 64, injured 12 people when he intentionally drove his car into a crowd at Greenlawn Memorial Park in Columbia, the state capital, on Wednesday, police said. According to witnesses, Kester confirmed that the burial taking place was for a former employee of the state's mental health department before gunning his car through the service, The State newspaper reported.



Illinois man charged with Chinese scholar kidnapping to plead not guilty

Illinois man charged with Chinese scholar kidnapping to plead not guiltyAn Illinois man charged with kidnapping a female Chinese scholar who has been missing for more than a month will plead not guilty at a court hearing on Thursday, his attorney said. Brendt Christensen, 28, is accused of abducting Yingying Zhang, a 26-year-old visiting scholar to the University of Illinois from Southeast China, who disappeared on June 9. Zhang, who had been studying photosynthesis and crop productivity, was last seen when a security camera recorded her getting into a black car that authorities linked to Christensen, according to court records.



Chipotle Virginia customer tested positive for Norovirus: official

Chipotle Virginia customer tested positive for Norovirus: officialBy Lisa Baertlein BOSTON (Reuters) - Testing has confirmed Norovirus in a customer who ate at the Virginia Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc restaurant that was briefly closed earlier this week following multiple reports of diners falling ill, a county health department official said on Thursday. Chipotle has worked to win back customers and rebuild the reputation of the once-high flying chain, whose stock traded well above $700 before it was connected to E. coli, Salmonella and Norovirus outbreaks in 2015. Stool sample tests from the diner who ate at the Chipotle in Sterling, Virginia, late last week were positive for Norovirus, said Victor Avitto, environmental health supervisor for the Loudoun County Public Health Department, which has jurisdiction over the restaurant on Tripleseven Road in Sterling.



Britain tells Turkey it will lift ban on in-flight electronics: sources

Britain tells Turkey it will lift ban on in-flight electronics: sourcesBritain has told Turkish authorities it will lift the ban on electronics in aircraft cabins in flights from Turkey, Turkish diplomatic sources told Reuters on Thursday. The sources said that Alan Duncan, Britain's minister for Europe and Foreign Minister Boris Johnson both called Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu to tell him the ban was being lifted.





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