Elon Musk says Tesla was weeks from death

New York (CNN Business)Tesla CEO Elon Musk said his electric car company came "within single-digit weeks" of death this year as it struggled to meet production targets for its Model 3 sedan.

Musk made the comments about Tesla's cash crunch on "Axios on HBO" on Sunday.
Tesla (TSLA) finally managed to hit its production targets in June, and turned a profit in October for the first time since 2016.
    Before those milestones, the company was facing a $ 1 billion debt obligation without much revenue to help pay it down.
    Musk said the production issues left Tesla "bleeding money like crazy." He added that the luxury electric car maker might have collapsed had the issues not been resolved quickly.
    At the time, Tesla denied that it was in financial trouble and promised that it would be profitable by the end of the year.
      The CEO essentially moved into Tesla's Fremont, California, plant to smooth over production while the company struggled to meet orders.
      "I just did it because if I didn't do it, then [there was a] good chance Tesla would die," Musk said.

      Farmer crushed to death after his dog pushed forklift lever

      A farmer died after his dog knocked over a lever in his forklift truck, causing it to move forward and push him against a gate, causing fatal injuries, an inquest heard on Friday.

      Derek Mead was constructing a rock garden at his residence in Hewish, near Weston-super Mare, in Somerset, England, on June 4, 2017, the BBC reported.

      The 70-year-old farmer left his furry friend, a Jack Russell terrier, inside the machine as it was running but left it in neutral as he went to open the gate leading to his land, the Evening Standard reported. The dog was believed to have knocked the lever, sending the forklift forward.


      Simon Chilcott, with the Health and Safety Executive, told the inquest it appeared the dog was trying to see where Mead was going and may have been jumping.

      “He has jumped up or put his paws up and knocked the shuttle lever, which would have put the vehicle in a forward motion,” Chilcott said.

      Peter Harrowing, the assistant coroner, called it a “tragic accident.”

      “The most likely explanation is that the dog… inadvertently moved the shuttle lever, causing the forward motion… which sadly trapped Mr. Mead against the solid gate, causing injuries which he did not survive,” he concluded.


      The farmer died from spinal fractures and traumatic asphyxia. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

      His son, Alistair Mead, found his father after the incident.

      “We stopped and I could see Dad’s legs at the front of the machine,” he told the inquest. The son said he discovered the dog inside the machine.

      “He was doing what he loved and had been doing since he was a young boy,” Mead’s family said in a statement following his death.

      Border agent acquitted of involuntary manslaughter in death of Mexican teenager

      A U.S. Border Patrol agent was acquitted of involuntary manslaughter Wednesday in the 2012 shooting death of a Mexican teenager, sparking anger and protest from a small group of activists outside the Tucson, Ariz., courtroom.

      Lonnie Swartz was accused of firing multiple shots through the border fence in Nogales, Ariz., with 10 hitting Jose Antonio Elena Rodriguez, who was on the Mexican side of the fence, the Arizona Republic reported.

      He was struck in the back and head.

      The border agent said he fired at the teen because he was being pelted with rocks and feared for his life.

      “My client is very relieved. He has had to live with the burden of this case hanging over his head for years. He is glad that it is finally over,” Swartz’s attorney, Sean Chapman, said in an email to The Associated Press.

      The boundary in Nogales, Mexico where a poster of Jose Antonio Elena Rodriguez hangs.

      The boundary in Nogales, Mexico where a poster of Jose Antonio Elena Rodriguez hangs.

      Though a federal jury found him not guilty of involuntary manslaughter, they could not reach a verdict on a voluntary manslaughter charge. The verdict comes months after a jury found Swartz not guilty of second-degree murder.

      “We fully respect the jury’s decision, and we thank every member of the jury for the time and attention given to this trial,” Elizabeth Strange, first assistant U.S. attorney for the District of Arizona, said in a statement. “This was a difficult case, and I commend the trial team and law enforcement officers who assisted in the prosecution.”

      Prosecutors contended Swartz became angered when he fired 16 rounds at Elena Rodriguez, adding that he had become frustrated with people on the Mexican side of the fence throwing rocks at agents.

      They acknowledge that Rodriguez had been throwing rocks at the time of the shooting while two smugglers made their way back to Mexico.

      Swartz still faces a civil rights lawsuit from the American Civil Liberties Union on behalf of the slain teen’s mother.

      The Associated Press contributed to this report.

      Family feels ‘cheated’ after 20-year-old’s sepsis death

      A family whose young daughter died from sepsis following a routine operation say they feel “cheated” by her death.

      Chloe Rideout, 20, went to the hospital with a burst appendix before being sent home after an operation.

      The next day her parents Dave and Sharon, both 51, called an ambulance to rush her to a different hospital where despite every effort from staff she died.

      An investigation has now been launched into the circumstances leading up to her death.


      “We feel sad and empty. Cheated. I was so much looking forward to one day when I had the chance to walk her down the aisle,” Dave, an estate agent, said. ”Both Shaz and I were constantly talking about what we were going to do with our grandchildren when they came along. We are absolutely devastated by our loss and the fact that it was avoidable.”

      Rideout, who worked for the Bay Hotel in Coverack, Cornwall, had been full of plans and had just got her visa to travel to Australia.

      She initially attended Derriford Hospital in Plymouth, Devon, for her operation on Oct. 7, and was discharged six days later.

      The following day she fell ill at home and was rushed to the Royal Cornwall Hospital Trelisk in Truro and passed away on Oct. 20.

      The family is now being supported by Melissa Mead from Penryn, Cornwall, who has tirelessly campaigned to increase awareness of sepsis since her son William died just before his first birthday in 2014, when his symptoms were mistaken by doctors for a common cold.

      Mead, now an ambassador for the Sepsis Trust, said Rideout should never have been discharged from hospital as she was already showing signs of the infection.

      “She died in Treliske hospital in Cornwall but she was discharged from Derriford and the sepsis should have been picked up before she was discharged,” Mead said. “There was a significant delay because of the discharge. She went in with what turned out to be a burst appendix but she wasn’t operated on for 50 hours. After the operation, she was showing signs of sepsis but she was discharged.”

      “When the medics got to her they immediately knew what was going on and rushed her to Treliske and they did everything they could, but it was too late by that point,” she said.


      Mead said that despite the concerns over her discharge at Derriford, she said the family wanted to stress that staff at the Royal Cornwall Hospital did “a really good job.”

      “They did everything they could. The family can’t thank the staff there enough for their compassion, kindness and their hard work in trying to save Chloe,” Mead said. “There was nothing that was too much for them. The family really want to express their thanks heartfelt thanks for that.”

      “For me personally, it’s just devastating – where is the buck going to stop?” Mead said.  “At what point are people going to start listening and people start thinking ‘sepsis’?”

      Unable to face Christmas Day this year without her, Dave said he will instead be walking 30 miles from the intensive care unit at the Royal Cornwall Hospital back to the family home at Coverack, to raise money and awareness for the UK Sepsis Trust.

      They said they want to support the charity in the hope of preventing other families from going through the same pain.

      “We didn’t know what sepsis was. The Sepsis Trust visits schools, doctors, and hospitals to educate and raise awareness of this problem, so hopefully, another young person doesn’t lose their life and another family doesn’t have to live the nightmare we are going through,” he said. “Chloe was only 20. She was lovely and only ever thought of others. Please give generously so no other innocent person dies.”

      “I can’t imagine a Christmas without Chloe so if I can raise awareness that will be a help,” he said.

      An online fundraising page has already raised £11,214 – almost four times his initial £3,000 target – to help the charity continue its work in spreading awareness of the symptoms of sepsis.

      For adults, these include, severe breathless, extreme shivering or muscle pain, slurred speech or confusion, and mottled or discolored skin.

      For children, symptoms include breathing very fast, convulsions, mottled or bluish skin, extreme lethargy and feeling abnormally cold to touch.

      Derriford Hospital has been approached for comment.

      GRAPHIC VIDEO: Base jumper falls 300 feet to his death after parachute fails to open

      A thrill-seeker died on Monday after his parachute failed to open in time and he crashed to the ground.

      The base jumper’s friend landed safely moments after his pal – identified locally as a 50-year-old German – died instantly after hitting rocks at the back of the sandy beach.

      Distressing footage taken by an onlooker showed the horrific sequence of events leading up to Monday’s tragedy in the Portuguese fishing town of Nazare, famous as a surfing destination where world records have been broken.

      A man thought to be the third base jumper filmed standing by the pair that leapt off the edge of the cliff, could be heard yelling: ‘No, no’ as he witnessed what had happened before shouting out to the survivor in English, ‘Are you okay?’


      A woman, also speaking in English, could be overheard saying, ‘Oh my God’.

      The dead man’s chute only opened after he hit the ground.

      The incident happened just after midday today at Praia do Norte in Nazare – North Beach in English.

      Leading Portuguese daily Correio da Manha said the victim was a 50-year-old German. Officials confirmed he was a foreigner.

      Police and firefighters were among the emergency services who raced to the scene, but they could do nothing to save him.

      He was pronounced dead just before 1 p.m.

      The tragedy happened near the same spot where a 29-year-old Swedish man died when his parachute failed to open in July 2013.

      He had traveled to Portugal with some Norwegian friends to pursue his passion for base jumping, which involves participants jumping from fixed objects such as bridges and using parachutes to break their fall.

      The victim in Monday’s incident has not been named.

      Maritime Police chief Paulo Agostinho said the German base jumper fell around 310 feet and confirmed the man he jumped with was a Portuguese friend.

      The height of the cliff meant the victim would have hit the ground at just under 100 mph.

      Psychologists are now assisting friends of the victim who witnessed the tragedy.

      An autopsy was due to take place at regional capital Leiria.

      The cliffs at Nazare are a popular spot for base jumping and enthusiasts usually upload videos of their feats onto social media.

      Click here to read the full article from The Sun. 

      Bill Maher trashed by comic book fans for criticizing those mourning Stan Lee’s death

      Bill Maher has upset a slew of comic book fans by trashing the legacy of late Marvel giant Stan Lee less than a week after his death.

      The “Real Time With Bill Maher” host took to his blog to pen a cutting rebuke of those mourning the death of Lee, the co-founder of Marvel Comics responsible for creating characters such as Spider-Man, The X-Men, The Avengers and countless more.

      “The guy who created Spider-Man and the Hulk has died, and America is in mourning. Deep, deep mourning for a man who inspired millions to, I don’t know, watch a movie, I guess,” he wrote. “Someone on Reddit posted, “I’m so incredibly grateful I lived in a world that included Stan Lee.” Personally, I’m grateful I lived in a world that included oxygen and trees, but to each his own.”

      Maher went on to chide comic book fans noting that, when he was young, it was understood that they were just for children and that people were supposed to grow up and move on to “big-boy books without the pictures.”

      “But then twenty years or so ago, something happened – adults decided they didn’t have to give up kid stuff. And so they pretended comic books were actually sophisticated literature. And because America has over 4,500 colleges – which means we need more professors than we have smart people – some dumb people got to be professors by writing theses with titles like Otherness and Heterodoxy in the Silver Surfer,” Maher wrote. “And now when adults are forced to do grown-up things like buy auto insurance, they call it ‘adulting,’ and act like it’s some giant struggle.”

      The 62-year-old comedian concluded his blog post with a bit of a stretch, noting that the proliferation of comic book fans in America, in his view, led to the outcome of the 2016 presidential election.

      “I don’t think it’s a huge stretch to suggest that Donald Trump could only get elected in a country that thinks comic books are important,” Maher said.

      Fans were quick to speak out against Maher’s comments, including those that work in comic book writing.

      “Bill Maher dismissed an entire storytelling medium? Wow. He’s so highbrow. His brow is so high, there’s probably less room for a mind,” wrote Tom Taylor, bestselling writer of “Injustice: Gods Among Us” and “X-Men: Red.”

      “Newsflash: Bill Maher is still a dip—-,” wrote “Southern Bastards” and “Spider-Gwen” creator Jason Latour.

      “I never speak on topics I know little or nothing about. Why? I never want to be the fool. In other words, I don’t wanna make a Bill Maher out of myself,” wrote Greg Capullo, an illustrator who has worked on “Batman,” “Spawn,” “X-Force” and more.

      Despite his rhetoric, it’s worth noting that Maher was featured in one of the comic book-based movies that he’s trashing. The host previously had a cameo in “Iron Man 3” where he pretended to comment on the political ramifications of the Iron Patriot armor.

      David Arquette suffers bloody neck wound in ‘death match’ wrestling event

      David Arquette might want to consider sticking with acting full-time.

      The 47-year-old star of the “Scream” movies, an amateur wrestler, competed in a hardcore, death match-style bout Friday night in Los Angeles, leaving the ring covered in his own blood from an apparent neck wound.

      It happened during a promotional match for Game Changer Wrestling at Joey Janela’s LA Confidential. Arquette was facing off against wrestler Nick FN Gage.

      Graphic video quickly spread across Twitter. The footage showed Arquette and Gage’s violent encounter, which included various weapons and stunts. Arquette could be seen in one clip dropping Gage onto folding chairs, while in another Gage attempted to scalp Arquette with a pizza cutter.


      After getting hit over the head with a light tube, Arquette is seen immediately grabbing his neck. He was able to continue the match and quickly pin Gage to win. He then walked away from the ring covered in blood.

      Arquette later tweeted that he had been “stitched up” and that, as it turns out, “Death Matches aren’t my thing.”

      Arquette has competed in wrestling before, most memorably while promoting his 2000 film “Ready to Rumble.” Now 18 years after the film, Arquette told ESPN he has decided to pursue a professional wrestling career.

      “This time it’s far more intense, far more grueling,” Arquette told the sports network. “I’m 47 now. The body doesn’t react the same way as when you were younger.”

      Inmate claims God, dead mom, gave him ‘go ahead’ to beat sex-offender cellmate to death: report

      An inmate who allegedly beat to death his cellmate, an accused child molester, earlier this month in a Texas jail said “God and his mother” told him to do it because the man was “Bin Laden,” authorities said.

      David Faustino Flores, 42, was charged earlier this month with the murder of 76-year-old kiddie-train operator Clinton Don Simpson. Flores allegedly bashed Simpson’s head with dozens of blows against the cell floor and with his fists, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported.

      “My mom said, ‘That’s Bin Laden, so you ought to go get him.’ So I went to wale on him … And God said, ‘Go ahead,’” he said. Flores’ mother is dead, according to the paper.

      “My mom said, ‘That’s Bin Laden, so you ought to go get him.’ So I went to wale on him … And God said, ‘Go ahead.’”

      — David Faustino Flores, charged with murder

      Flores had said he hears voices inside his head and requested his own cell because he suffered from schizophrenia, the paper reported.

      “At that time I was already paranoid everyone wants to kill me,” he said. “I thought this whole place was ISIS.”

      Flores, jailed for an assault in October, had been kept in solitary confinement, but was later placed on suicide watch after trying to kill himself, the Star-Telegram reported. It was then that he was moved into the cell with Simpson.

      Flores struck Simpson’s head at least 73 times, according to a police affidavit that details the brutal attack on the 76-year-old, who was confined to a wheelchair at the time.

      “I just kept hitting him,” Flores said. He claimed he didn’t know what Simpson had been accused of.

      Flores was also apparently unaware Simpson had died until asking about him in an interview with reporters, the paper said. When he learned Simpson had died, Flores grew solemn and stared at a space on the ground.

      “I didn’t mean to do it,” he said. “I shouldn’t have done it.”

      Simpson, of the small Dallas suburb of Keller, was facing charges of aggravated sexual assault of a child, continuous sexual abuse of a child under 14, and indecency by fondling.

      Fox News’ Louis Casiano contributed to this report.

      CIA determines Khashoggi’s death was ordered by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman: report

      The death of Jamal Khashoggi, the writer and activist who was killed in the Saudi Consulate in Turkey last month, came at the directive of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS), the CIA has determined according to a report out Friday.

      The agency’s conclusion came as a result of “an understanding of how Saudi Arabia works,” rather than a “smoking gun,” a U.S. official with knowledge of the situation told The Wall Street Journal.

      Khashoggi’s death “would not and could not have happened” if MBS was not connected, an official told the outlet.

      The revelation comes a day after Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir insisted that the crown prince did not play a role in the Washington Post columnist’s death.


      “Absolutely, his royal highness the crown prince has nothing to do with this issue,” he told reporters.

      MBS has also “denied any knowledge” of the circumstances that led to Khashoggi’s disappearance, President Trump said.

      “Just spoke with the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia who totally denied any knowledge of what took place in their Turkish Consulate,” the president tweeted on Oct. 16.

      News of the CIA’s findings comes one day after the Treasury Department announced they were sanctioning 17 Saudi government officials over Khashoggi’s death.

      “These individuals who targeted and brutally killed a journalist who resided and worked in the United States must face consequences for their actions,” Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said in a statement. “The United States continues to diligently work to ascertain all of the facts and will hold accountable each of those we find responsible in order to achieve justice for Khashoggi’s fiancée, children, and the family he leaves behind.”


      21 people are in custody, the Saudis said. And the country’s top prosecutor revealed that he would seek the death penalty for five of them.

      Saudi Arabia previously claimed that Khashoggi was killed in a fight.

      “Discussions between citizen Jamal Khashoggi and those who met him while he was in the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul led to a brawl and a physical altercation, which led to his death,” Saudi Arabia’s attorney general said in a statement, according to The Wall Street Journal.

      Fox News’ Adam Shaw, Alex Pappas and Matt Richardson contributed to this report.

      Camp Fire death toll rises to 63 while missing list grows to 631 names

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      (CNN)The death toll from the Camp Fire in Northern California has grown to 63 people and a list of people unaccounted for has 631 names on it, Butte County Sheriff and Coroner Kory Honea said Thursday evening.

      Seven sets of remains were discovered Thursday, he said.
      At least two other people have been killed in another major wildfire in Southern California, putting the state’s death toll at 65 since the two blazes began last week.
        On Friday hundreds of rescue personnel — deputies, National Guard troops and coroners — dressed in white overalls sifted through smoldering rubble and checked mangled cars, searching for human remains in California’s deadliest and most destructive wildfire
        Honea said the number of names on the missing list soared after investigators added information from callers who rang the dispatch center on the day the fire erupted and reported people who were missing in the chaos.
        Some of the names on the Butte County list appear more than once and it’s not clear if any are duplicates. Officials have said it’s hard to determine the number of missing, because some people may have evacuated and can’t be reached with cell phone service unreliable due to the fire.
        “There are a lot of people displaced and we’re finding a lot of people don’t know we are looking for them,” Honea said.
        The fire turned the hard-hit town of Paradise into ash and debris and also devastated the nearby communities of Magalia and Concow. Honea said three sets of remains were found Thursday in Paradise, three in Magalia and one in Concow.
        Honea has invited relatives of the missing to visit the sheriff’s office in Oroville so authorities can collect DNA samples from them. The DNA will be used to help identify fire victims, Honea said.
        “This is a daunting task. We feel really bad for the people who don’t know what happened to their loved ones and our hearts go out to them,” Butte County Sheriff’s Investigations Sgt. Steve Collins said. “We want to give them some answers.”

        Troops, cadaver dogs and coroners involved

        The somber search for the missing in Butte County is painstaking.
        It involves 461 people and 22 cadaver dogs in Paradise, Magalia and Concow, authorities said.
        Dozens of National Guard troops have joined the search effort, Collins said. Once they find the remains, with the help of forensic experts, the coroners are sent to recover them.

        To enable searchers access to the destroyed structures, crews help move collapsed buildings and roofs out of the way.
        The white overalls protect the rescue workers from ash and debris and help avoid contamination, Collins said.
        “They are going to be searching vehicles that have been burned. They’ll be searching residences that have been burned. Checking around the residences … our mission is to find the victims from this fire, recover them and get them identified and notify the families to give them some answers.”
        Roger Kelton, 67, wipes his tears while searching through the remains of his mother-in-law's home.

        The search area is wide and spread out.
        “It’s not just the area; it’s the number of homes, the number of trailers, the multistory buildings. All of that changes the complexity of this operation,” Collins said.
        Experts are conducting targeted searches by first sending deputies to areas in which people have been reported missing. The number changes daily with more calls coming in.
        “We’re trying to follow up with those people who are calling in to find out if they’ve made any contact with their loved ones,” Collins said. “We’re asking people to call us if they do come in contact with their loved one so that we don’t spend time looking for somebody that’s already found.”

        Housing shortage

        Families who lost their homes in the fires are going to have a very hard time finding a place to live, Butte County Housing Authority Executive Director Ed Mayer said.
        “We just had 10% of our county’s housing stock erased in one day; it’s hard to convey the significance of that,” he said.
        A Walmart in Chico has a parking lot full of vehicles, including motor homes, in which people are living, often running the heat in their cars and trucks all night. Other people are staying in tents.
        “It’s been a week and people have been great, but I don’t know how long it’s going to last,” Mayer said. “Short-term, we are fine, but long-term we are not.”
        One of the selling points of Paradise was its affordable housing, but that’s been erased, Mayer said.
        “And there is nothing to replace it” for low-income families, he said.

        Suspected outbreak of norovirus reported

        More than 9,600 firefighters, including many from out of state, are battling wildfires across California.
        The Camp Fire, which has destroyed about 9,700 homes and scorched 141,000 acres in Northern California, is one of several in the state. By Thursday, it was 40% contained.
        Adding to the misery for evacuees, officials reported a suspected outbreak of norovirus at a shelter in Chico. Evacuees showed some symptoms, but officials are waiting for test results for confirmation. The stomach bug causes vomiting, nausea and diarrhea.

        Other fires in the state

        In Southern California, the Woolsey Fire — which, like the Camp Fire, began November 8 — has killed at least two people in Malibu. Authorities are trying to determine whether a third person found in a burned home in Agoura Hills died as a result of that fire, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said.

          The Woolsey Fire has burned more than 98,000 acres and destroyed more than 500 structures. It is 62% contained. More favorable weather conditions for firefighters are in the forecast.
          More than 230,000 acres burned in California in the past week. That’s larger than the cities of Chicago and Boston combined. And in 30 days, firefighters have battled more than 500 blazes, said Cal Fire, the state’s forestry and fire protection agency.