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Germany’s Love Parade organisers on trial over stampede deaths

Image copyright AFP Image caption The victims – 13 women and eight men – were aged 18 to 38 Ten people have gone on trial in Germany on charges related to a stampede during a popular music festival that left 21 dead in 2010. The victims were crushed to death or suffocated when panic broke out in a congested tunnel at the Love Festival in the western city of Duisburg. More than 600 others were injured. Four staff of event company Lopavent and six city officials have been charged with negligent manslaughter and bodily harm. They deny the charges. Prosecutors argue that there were severe mistakes in planning and authorising the event, and that safety measures were insufficient. The defence teams say that many factors contributed to the tragedy. If convicted, the accused face up to...

5 Shocking Jenni Rivera Secrets Revealed After Her Death

On the fifth anniversary of her death Friday (Dec. 8), we recall some shocking truths about her life. Jenni Rivera was born to a pair of Mexican parents in Long Beach, California, where she would grow up to absorb all the lessons that came with being raised a Latina in the United States. She was a hardworking and outspoken little girl that ultimately shaped into one of Mexico’s greatest musical exports. At the time of her death, Rivera, 43, was the single most successful woman on the Billboard Latin charts, a fact made evident following her shocking death in a plane crash in Mexico on December 9, 2012.  She was a wife, sister, mother and successful business woman on the verge of a major crossover. In the months and years that followed her untimely demise, the world learned through fa...

Noah Kahan Performs ‘Hurt Somebody’ for Billboard Industry Nights Series: Watch

Billboard’s inaugural Industry Nights event launched on Nov. 16 at the illustrious Ludlow House in Manhattan’s Lower East Side. The monthly series featured showcase performances by rising talents such as Cape Francis, Vermont native Noah Kahan and New York singer-songwriter Tor Miller. Today (Dec. 8), the second of three video performances from the event is being released with Noah Kahan’s latest single “Hurt Somebody.” The Republic Records signee has caught attention for the infectious pop-folk tune, and the live, stripped-down setting does justice to the song’s revelatory themes. Check out Kahan’s performance of “Hurt Somebody” below.

Brexit Breakthrough Risks Leaving Brits in Europe ‘Landlocked’

The 1.5 million Brits living in Europe face being “landlocked” after Brexit because Friday’s deal doesn’t clarify whether they can move freely between European Union countries after the U.K.’s departure from the bloc. The U.K. and the EU struck a deal to unlock divorce negotiations overnight after months of stalemate. The agreements include a 45 billion-euro ($53 billion) divorce bill, protecting citizens’ rights at home and in the EU, plus promises on the sensitive issue of the Irish border. But while the deal protects the rights of expat Brits in their host EU member state “it would appear there won’t be new freedom of movement,” according to Liz Barratt, an immigration lawyer at Bindmans in London. “A U.K. citizen living in France isn’t going to have the right to move to Italy under Eur...

Suspect in Shooting at Nick & Drew Lachey’s Cincinnati Bar Surrenders

The man wanted for a shooting outside the Cincinnati sports bar owned by 98 Degrees members and brothers Nick and Drew Lachey turned himself in to police on Thursday night (Dec. 7). According to the Cincinnati Enquirer, Lavoris Hightower, 36, has been indicted on charges including attempted murder and felonious assault in the shooting that left Lachey’s Bar manager Elle Richardson, 27, with severe injuries after she was shot in the face in the incident. The shooting took place early Thanksgiving morning when Richardson left the bar with several co-workers and a friend around 3:20 a.m. when she was almost hit by a van driven by Hightower as she was walking to her car, according to prosecutors. After Richardson approached the van and got into an argument with Hightower, prosecutors sai...

Economy added robust 228,000 jobs in Nov.

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Seattle Sounders & Toronto FC Curate Pre-Game Playlist Ahead of MLS Cup: Listen

From the outset, the 2017 MLS Cup looks exactly like the 2016 MLS Cup: As they did last year, the Seattle Sounders will visit Toronto FC at their home BMO Field, this Saturday (Dec. 9). The rematch will kick off at 4:30 p.m. ET, and from there, Toronto has the opportunity to give the 2017 MLS Cup a different ending than in 2016 (where they lost to Seattle in penalty kicks).  One thing that never looks the same from year to year, though, is the world’s musical landscape, which means the locker rooms prior to the MLS Cup will have a totally different feel than in 2016. MLS and Billboard have teamed up to provide you with some of the essential songs that will be played by each club prior to the biggest game of the season. For Toronto FC, forward Raheem Edwards is in charge of the pre-ga...

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Beyond Aluminum: 2019 GM pickups may tackle the carbon-fiber frontier

© Bengt Halvorson Beyond Aluminum: 2019 GM Pickups May Tackle the Carbon-Fiber Frontier Starting in the 2015 model year, Ford turned to aluminum rather than steel for portions of its F-150 pickups, including the beds. And General Motors was merciless in ads that made fun of the change. But now the time has come for everyone at the ranch to raise their eyebrows a bit: GM is reportedly planning to use plastic for its pickup beds. In all fairness, it’s not the kind of plastic that the word brings to mind. The beds would be made of carbon-fiber-reinforced plastic (CFRP), commonly just called carbon fiber. And the promise is that this would make the beds far stronger than steel or aluminum while weighing less. Cost is the major barrier that explains why we haven’t seen carbon...

Ford will build electric cars in Mexico, shifting its plan

© Jeff Kowalsky/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images A Ford Fusion equipped with driverless controls at a Michigan test center. Ford says it will build driverless vehicles at a Michigan plant previously designated for electric car production. Almost a year ago, after heavy criticism from President-elect Donald J. Trump, Ford Motor Company canceled plans to build a $1.6 billion car plant in Mexico and announced that it would instead equip a Michigan factory to make electric and hybrid models. Now the automaker is changing its plans again, saying it intends to assemble new battery-powered cars in Mexico, not Michigan. But the Michigan location will get an even larger investment than previously planned and will focus on making a range of self-driving cars. The switch comes a...