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Wal-Mart claims Tracy Morgan wasn't wearing seatbelt during crash

Posted Sep 30th 2014 11:30AM

Actor Tracy Morgan Wasn't Wearing Seatbelt In June Crash, Wal-Mart Says
According to retail giant Wal-Mart, actor and comedian Tracy Morgan and others involved in his limousine crash were not wearing seat belts when their vehicle was struck by a Wal-Mart truck back in June. Wal-Mart Stores Inc. made its contention in a court filing responding to a lawsuit by Morgan and three other plaintiffs over the shocking crash on the New Jersey Turnpike.

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There's a car powered by salt water? Meet the Quant e-Sportlimousine

Posted Sep 29th 2014 6:00PM



If a salt water-powered car was released to the public, would you drive it? The Quant e-Sportlimousine that you see here is just the kind of fascinating concept car we hope to see hit the road someday soon. The product of an energy company called nanoFLOWCELL AG based in Liechtenstein – with help at various points along the way from Koenigsegg and Bosch – the Quant promises a very advanced battery pack to power the electric drivetrain inside of this unmissable bodywork.

Predicted performance from the e-Sportslimousine concept is impressive in turn, with the company calling out sprint of just 2.8 seconds from 0-100 km/h, with a top speed approaching 380 km/h. All that, and the range is said to be about 400 to 600 kms between charges. The company makes note that all of these figures have been simulated in a laboratory, so we wouldn't recommend selling off your Model S just yet. NanoFLOWCELL does say that the vehicle "is neither a show car, nor a concept car" and has been "designed from the ground up to meet all homologation requirements."

Click here to learn more in the video below.

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Top 10 strangest things left behind in taxi cabs

Posted Sep 25th 2014 8:00PM

We've all been guilty of leaving or losing something while hopping in and out of a taxi during a night out on the town. Forgetting your phone, wallet or purse in a cab is a sure fire way to ruin your day or night, but what would you do if you left your baby behind? Or cremation ashes? According to a new survey in by Ingogo of Australia, these are just some of the Top 10 strangest things people been known to leave behind.

The study also found that of the forgotten items, 54 per cent were returned to their rightful owners, (hopefully including the baby!) Ingogo's research also found that the worst culprits for leaving things behind in taxis are people between 25-34 years old, and 28 per cent of men have left things behind compared to just 18 per cent of women.

Click here to view the weirdest items lost and found inside of a cab and watch the video below.

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Racer Kevin Ward Jr. had enough marijuana in his system to "impair his judgment" at time of death

Posted Sep 24th 2014 4:30PM



After recently learning NASCAR driver Tony Stewart will not face criminal charges for the death of racer Kevin Ward, Jr., it seems new toxicology evidence now claims Ward was "under the influence of marijuana," during the race.

According to the LA Times, District Attorney Michael Tantillo said toxicology evidence "indicated that at the time of operation [Ward] was under the influence of marijuana." Tantillo added that the marijuana levels "were enough to impair judgment."

Based on witnesses and video recorded from the stands, Ward exited his car during the race, throwing his hands up in frustration, and charged towards Stewart's race car as he came back around the track under the caution flag. Stewart's car came into contact with Ward, who was sucked under Stewart's car before being thrown about 50-feet back toward the wall. Ward was pronounced dead on arrival at a nearby hospital.

Tony Stewart also issued a statement Wednesday stating the investigation and grand jury proceedings as "long and emotionally difficult, it allowed for all the facts of the accident to be identified and known... While much of the attention has been on me, it's important to remember a young man lost his life," Stewart said. "Kevin Ward Jr.'s family and friends will always be in my thoughts and prayers."

Tony Stewart Involved In Fatal Collision With Other Driver

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NASCAR star Tony Stewart cleared in death of Kevin Ward Jr., who had marijuana "levels high enough to impair his judgment"

Posted Sep 24th 2014 2:50PM



Three-time NASCAR Sprint Cup champion Tony Stewart has been cleared by grand jury in the race track death of fellow racer Kevin Ward Jr. that occurred last month. According to reports by TMZ Sports, we've now learned that a grand jury just decided not to charge Stewart in the death.

According to TMZ, the grand jury viewed "enhanced video" of the August 9 incident, which saw Ward get out of his car in the middle of a sprint car race to angrily confront Stewart following a crash. As he approached the car, he was struck and thrown towards the track wall. He was attended to by medical personnel, but was pronounced dead on arrival at a hospital near the Ontario County, NY track.

The shocking and graphic video of Ward (shown below) jumping out of his car before being struck and killed by Stewart's race car had many questioning if in fact Stewart had intentionally veered his car into him. Being known for his hot temper on and off the track certainly didn't help Stewart either, but apparently the grand jury feels it was nothing more than a freak accident. Investigators said they had "enhanced video" of the incident, but indicated the footage did not persuade the grand jury that Stewart did anything illegal.

Several videos of the incident have been uploaded online. We have embedded video below in an effort to shed light on what happened. Please be advised that the footage is graphic in nature, so be sure you want to see a racer losing his life before choosing to watch.

UPDATE 1: Michael Tantillo, the Ontario County, NY district attorney, has confirmed that Stewart will not be indicted on charges relating to Kevin Ward, Jr.'s, death.

UPDATE 2: According to The Los Angeles Times, a toxicology screening confirmed that Kevin Ward Jr., had marijuana in his system at the time of his death. "The levels were enough to impair his judgment," District Attorney Michael Tantillo said. It's not clear what role this had in the grand jury's decision.


Tony Stewart Involved In Fatal Collision With Other Driver

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10 things to know before buying any car

Posted Sep 23rd 2014 11:30AM



Shopping for a new or used car shouldn't be a long and frustrating process many consumer often complain about. If you arm yourself with the right knowledge, tools and tips, you'll find it's fairly simple to quickly get through the car buying and avoid the pesky negotiation process without any major headaches or feeling you've been overcharged.

Our list of Top 10 things to know before buying any car looks at the most crucial steps that can get in the way. Click here to read through the quick check-list featuring some of the most important things to do before you walk into a car dealership.

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Top 10 most stolen crossovers and SUVs

Posted Sep 19th 2014 3:00PM



Each year, automobile thefts costs Canadians close to $1 billion, including $542 million alone for insurers to fix or replace stolen vehicles. While versatile crossovers and SUVs continue to be in high demand with consumers, it seems they're just as equally popular among car thieves too.

According to the National Insurance Crime Bureau report, compact crossovers are the most frequently stolen victims of thefts while the full-size/pickup class of SUVs were the least. How often your make and model of car is stolen can quickly become one of the biggest deciding factors used to set your insurance premium. Meaning, It's a good idea to find out if the vehicle you currently drive or one you've considered buying appears on our list of the Top 10 stolen crossovers and SUVs.

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Owner reunited with classic 1967 Jaguar E-type stolen 46 years ago

Posted Sep 18th 2014 7:00PM



A classic 1967 Jaguar E-Type roadster that was reported stolen in New York over 46 years ago has finally been recovered by United States Custom Border Protection officers in Los Angeles. Authorities delivered the good news to its rightful owner, 82-year-old Ivan Schneider who says, "It's a miracle. I never thought I'd see the car again. Who would believe a car would show up 45 years later like this?"

According to reports, Schneider originally bought his Jaguar "dream car" back when he was just 35-years-old. Unfortunately, he didn't get to enjoy it for long, as the then newly successful trial lawyer living in Manhattan reported his beloved 1967 Jaguar E-Type missing the night of May 13, 1968.

With each passing decade, Schneider's hopes and dreams of ever being reunited with his car faded further away... Until now. Sadly, the beige-coloured convertible (which was in near-mint condition the night it was taken), is now rusted and worn down, with a brown mismatched door, damaged roof and covered in scratches accumulated over the years. But Schneider vows he's willing to "spend as much as it takes" to restore it and enjoy it once the Jaguar is officially shipped back to him.

The stolen 1967 Jaguar convertible was discovered at the Long Beach seaport complex near Los Angeles by U.S. Customs and Border Protection. It was seized as part of a Netherlands-bound car shipment container along with several other recovered vehicles including two Mercedes, a 1969 Chevrolet Corvette and a brand new Chevrolet Camaro.

While this event took 46 years to happen, we couldn't be happier for Schneider and his recently reacquired collector car. Click here to watch the full video report below.

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Hawaii road rage minivan mom gets arrested after cops see viral video

Posted Sep 17th 2014 5:00PM



If you're looking for good parenting tips, you won't find any here, as this road raging mom goes on a NSFW rampage following an incident on the streets of Hawaii.

Check out this angry soccer mom's hot temper in action, as she not only confronts and antagonizes a driver for apparently "cutting her off," but goes on to scream obscenities and taunt him by chanting "Go fat boy, go fat boy!" (which will no doubt spawn many great viral video remixes still to come).

Thanks to the video footage which quickly spread online, it seems to have caught the attention of local authorities in Hawaii, who've allegedly identified and since arrested the potty-mouthed minivan mom according to Huffpost Crime.

Click here to watch the entire clip for yourself and remember, road rage just ain't worth it folks.

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