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Volkswagen Will Use Gift Cards to Try and Assuage Angry Diesel Owners

Volkswagen has supposedly earmarked $4 billion to fix their diesel cars and public reputation in the US, which includes money the automaker will use to fund the "TDI Goodwill Program", said the source.  The Truth About Cars reports  the company is poised to pay customers using two prepaid cards: one holding $500 to be used at the customer's discretion, and another holding between $500 and $750 for use at Volkswagen dealerships.

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Idris Elba Returns As 'Luther' in One-Night Special

Actor Idris Elba's highly-anticipated return in " Luther " is being given a super-sized premiere in the US. The cast also includes Rose Leslie, Laura Haddock, Darren Boyd, John Heffernan, Patrick Malahide, Michael Smiley, and Dermot Crowley.

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Obama threatens South Africa with trade sanctions

Mr. Obama said on Thursday that South Africa had until January 4 to satisfy him that it was complying with the eligibility requirements to enjoy duty-free access for its agricultural products under Agoa. "I will continue to assess whether South Africa is making continual progress toward the elimination of barriers to United States trade and investment in accordance with AGOA eligibility requirements, as well as whether this suspension of benefits is effective in promoting compliance with those ...

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Kangaroo Farts Won't Save Us

In the 1970s and 1980s, research suggested kangaroos don't produce much of the gas due to low-methane-producing bacteria called "Archaea" living in their guts. The research is the work of Dr Munn, from the University of Wollongong , Professor Marcus Clauss from the University of Zurich, and PhD student and vet Catharina Vendl.

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Google Maps will now show you holiday hours for businesses

Google has updated Google Maps to show "holiday hours" for businesses, ensuring that when a user searches for a store, they will know when it's open during certain holidays. The new holiday specific feature will be available across mobile apps and desktop for Maps and Search both, so you'll be prepared for the upcoming festivities.

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Hyundai launches luxury vehicle brand

The launch comes weeks after Hyundai, the world's fifth-biggest carmaker along with its Kia Motors Corp affiliate,  reported  a seventh straight drop in quarterly profit. Hyundai hired Luc Donckerwolke, a former designer at Bentley and Lamborghini, to oversee design. The company said it will launch a  Genesis  midsize crossover and SUV as part of its six-model line-up.