Report: Apple in deal with Volkswagen for self-driving shuttle effort

Report: Apple in deal with Volkswagen for self-driving shuttle effort

The New York Times reported Wednesday that Apple has signed a deal with Volkswagen to supply vans that the iPhone maker would use to create a self-driving shuttle for employees.

The bottom line: While not in the fast lane, Apple’s self-driving car effort is apparently chugging along. Apple has gotten permits to test autonomous vehicles in California.

Report: Rank-and-File FBI Agents Eager to Blow Whistle on Comey, Holder, Lynch

Report: Rank-and-File FBI Agents Eager to Blow Whistle on Comey, Holder, Lynch

A new report claims that a significant number of rank-and-file FBI agents are chomping at the bit to expose Obama-era leaders, alleging corruption and even criminal violations of the law.

These agents are signaling that the only way they can safely and legally blow the whistle is if Congress subpoenas them individually to provide information about their former bosses.

“There are agents all over this country who love the bureau and are sickened by [James] Comey’s behavior and [Andrew] McCabe and [Eric] Holder and [Loretta] Lynch and the thugs like [John] Brennan–who despise the fact that the bureau was used as a tool of political intelligence by the Obama administration thugs,” Joe DiGenova, a former United States Attorney for the District of Columbia, told the Daily Caller.

“They are just waiting for a chance to come forward and testify.”

In a statement to the Daily Caller, an unnamed FBI agent claimed, “Every special agent I have spoken to in the Washington Field Office wants to see McCabe prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. They feel the same way about Comey.”

“All Congress needs to do is subpoena involved personnel and they will tell you what they know. These are honest people. Leadership cannot stop anyone from responding to a subpoena. Those subpoenaed also get legal counsel provided by the government to represent them,” the agent added.

Former FBI Assistant Director James Kallstrom made similar statements when asked last December about morale at the bureau.

“Well, I think there’s a lot of patriots that have had it up to here with what’s going on, and they’re going to step forward and tell people what the shenanigans have been,” Kallstrom told Fox News’ Stuart Varney. “How they shut down the Clinton Foundation investigation, how other things were done that are so anti-what the FBI and the United States and this country is about.”

Paul Sperry of RealClearInvestigations reported last Thursday that Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz has “found ‘reasonable grounds’ for believing there has been a violation of federal criminal law in the FBI/DOJ’s handling of the Clinton investigation/s,” adding that the top watchdog official has “referred his findings of potential criminal misconduct to Huber for possible criminal prosecution.”

Report: Ukraine paid Cohen to arrange Trump meeting

Report: Ukraine paid Cohen to arrange Trump meeting

Michael Cohen was paid at least $400,000 on behalf of Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko to arrange talks last year with President Trump, BBC reports.

The details: The meeting between Poroshenko and Trump took place in the middle of Trump’s first year as president. Cohen was tasked with ensuring it was more than a brief photo-op, and wasn’t legally registered as a representative of Ukraine, per the report. He and the the two Ukrainians reportedly responsible for opening the backchannel denied the report. Cohen was also paid millions by corporate America for White House insights.

Go deeper: Michael Cohen goes through the wringer for Trump.

Report: Le’Veon Bell to Skip Steelers OTAs After Getting Franchise Tagged Again

Report: Le’Veon Bell to Skip Steelers OTAs After Getting Franchise Tagged Again
PITTSBURGH, PA - JANUARY 14:  Le'Veon Bell #26 of the Pittsburgh Steelers looks on against the Jacksonville Jaguars during the first half of the AFC Divisional Playoff game at Heinz Field on January 14, 2018 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

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Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell won’t attend the team’s organized team activities, ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler reported Monday. 

The Steelers’ OTAs are set to begin Tuesday and run through Thursday before resuming next week. Bell’s absence won’t come as a surprise, with the three-time Pro Bowler looking to sign a long-term extension. Pittsburgh placed the franchise tag on him for the second year in a row in March.

Bell is set to earn a little over $14.5 million in 2018 unless he and the Steelers can agree to a new deal before July 16. He indicated during a live chat on Instagram in March he plans on sitting out the offseason without a multiyear extension.

Honestly, no, I’m not going to sit out,” Bell said, regarding a holdout that would include the 2018 regular season, per the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review‘s Joe Rutter. “I’m going to be in the facility Week 1. It’s going to be a rerun of last year. I’m not going to [training] camp. I’m not doing nothing else extra, OTAs, none of that.”

He had previously floated the idea of sitting out the 2018 season or retiring altogether if the Steelers placed the franchise tag on him.

Bell reported to the Steelers last September ahead of the 2017 season, missing out on the team’s preseason workouts and games.

Bell proceeded to run for 1,291 yards and nine touchdowns, though his 4.0 yards per carry were his lowest since his rookie year in 2013.

Report: Chelsea to sack Conte

Report: Chelsea to sack Conte

Chelsea will reportedly sack Antonio Conte in the next few days, despite winning the FA Cup.

According to BeIN Sports and Premium Sport, an announcement could be made within the next 24 hours.

The Italian took charge of Chelsea in the summer of 2016 and won the Premier League in his first season.

However, his second campaign saw the Blues fail to qualify for the Champions League, although he ended it with victory over Manchester United at Wembley.

It had also been overshadowed by reports of a breakdown between the Coach and Chelsea’s board.

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