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German Carmakers Face Potential New Scandal Over Antitrust Issues

The commission said that it and the German Cartel Office “have received information on this matter, which is currently being assessed by the commission.” The statement gave no details. “It is premature at this stage to speculate further,” the commission said. Spokesmen for Volkswagen, Daimler and BMW declined to comment on Saturday. Volkswagen and Daimler have admitted some of the allegations to the authorities, according to Der Spiegel. BMW, Daimler’s Mercedes-Benz unit and Volkswagen’s Audi and Porsche divisions dominate the global market for luxury cars, a crucial pillar of the…

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Jim Vance, longtime D.C. news anchor, dies at 75

Jim Vance on August 6, 2009 in New York City. Michael Loccisano / Getty Images Veteran Washington, D.C., news anchor Jim Vance has died at 75, according to NBC Washington station WRC-TV. “Jim Vance was not only the soul of NBC4 but of the entire Washington area. His smooth voice, brilliant mind and unforgettable laugh leaves each of us with a tremendous void,” station president and general manager Jackie Bradford said in a statement Saturday. In May, Vance announced he would be undergoing cancer treatment but hinted he would still be…

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Kermit and friends find a new home in NYC exhibit celebrating Jim Henson

In a 1979 interview with “60 Minutes,” Jim Henson, along with his iconic Kermit the Frog puppet, said, “Kermit is more outgoing than I am, certainly. I’m more laid back.” To which Kermit replied, “I can say things that he can’t.” But before “The Muppet Show” and “Sesame Street” changed American culture, Henson was just a young puppeteer and experimental filmmaker.   Now, the full story of the late Muppet master’s nearly 40-year career is being told at a new exhibit in the Museum of the Moving Image in New…

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Scenes from an Italian restaurant — behind bars

In a 13th century fortress, on the hilltop of a Tuscan town preparations were underway for a rather unlikely dinner. Armed guards kept watch above as the aperitivo was laid out in the courtyard and as Rosario Campagna served prosecco. He’s also serving a 26-year sentence for murder, reports CBS News’ Seth Doane. What it’s like for Campagna to see all the people around him? “Freedom,” Campagna said. “It’s as if — do you see a prison here? Do you see a prison around us? No.”  The Fortezza Medicea —…

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Can the President Be Indicted? A Long-Hidden Legal Memo Says Yes

Other prosecutors working for Mr. Starr developed a draft indictment of Mr. Clinton, which The Times has also requested be made public. The National Archives has not processed that file to determine whether it is exempt from disclosure under grand-jury secrecy rules. Document Can presidents be indicted while they remain in office? Conventional wisdom says no, but a newfound Office of Independent Counsel legal memo says yes. OPEN Document In 1974, the Watergate special counsel, Leon Jaworski, had also received a memo from his staff saying he could indict the…

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Pittsburgh Gets a Tech Makeover

Much has been made of the “food boom” in Pittsburgh, and the city has long had a thriving arts scene. But perhaps the secret, underlying driver for both the economy and the cool factor — the reason Pittsburgh now gets mentioned alongside Brooklyn and Portland, Ore., as an urban hot spot for millennials — isn’t chefs or artists but geeks. In a 2014 article in The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Mayor Bill Peduto compared Carnegie Mellon, along with the University of Pittsburgh, to the iron ore factories that made this city an…

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From Political Star to ‘a Sacrificial Object’ in China

The party’s terse public announcement said only that Mr. Sun, 53, had been removed as party secretary of Chongqing. It gave no explanation and, ominously, said nothing about his future. His name has not appeared in official Chinese media since his dismissal. His replacement was Chen Miner, formerly the secretary of nearby Guizhou Province and a protégé of Mr. Xi since working under him in Zhejiang Province, in eastern China, over a decade ago. Mr. Sun “was just the wrong guy in the wrong place,” said Joseph Fewsmith, a professor…

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