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Volvo is betting big on electric cars.

The Swedish automaker said Wednesday it will introduce five electric or hybrid cars between 2019 and 2023. Two of the cars will be built under Volvo's Polestar brand, the automaker's performance brand that Volvo said will focus on electric vehicles in June. 

But Volvo isn't the only company trying to corner the electric vehicle market, which automakers expect will grow with the proliferation of charging stations and advancements with battery tech.

Companies — including Mercedes, BMW, Volkswagen, Audi, and more — are looking to capitalize on consumers' desire for space by releasing long-range, electric SUVs.

Here are 11 electric SUVs slated to arrive by 2020:

3. Audi plans to launch a production model of its e-tron Quattro concept in 2018.

3. Audi plans to launch a production model of its e-tron Quattro concept in 2018.
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Audi first revealed its all-electric e-tron Quattro concept at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September 2015. 

The SUV will have three electric motors and a range of about 300 miles on a single charge. 

In April, Audi opened up reservations to buyers in Norway. Customers in the country can pay about $2,500 to reserve the car, however, the final price of the vehicle has not been revealed.

You can read more about the upcoming SUV here

6. Ford will release a small, electric SUV by 2020.

6. Ford will release a small, electric SUV by 2020.
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Ford said the SUV will have an estimated range of 300 miles and will be sold in North America, Europe, and Asia. 

7. Bentley is considering adding a small electric SUV to its lineup.

7. Bentley is considering adding a small electric SUV to its lineup.
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Bentley is certainly releasing a small SUV, but is still toying with whether it will be all-electric. 

"If you are looking for such a car [small SUV] then we are looking to that in combination with the possibilities to go full electric," Rolf Frech, Bentley's board member for engineering, said at a recent press event. "It only makes sense if you get really new customers into the brand."

Last year, Bentley committed to releasing a hybrid Bentayga in 2017, according to the Drive. So it seems likely that Bentley will either release an all-electric or hybrid SUV in the near future.

8. Hyundai will launch an electric SUV in 2018 with a range of around 200 miles.

8. Hyundai will launch an electric SUV in 2018 with a range of around 200 miles.
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A Hyundai spokesperson told the Korea Herald that the electric SUV was in the works and due to arrive in 2018.

Above, you see Hyundai's all-electric Ioniq with a range of 110 miles — fairly limited for today's electric cars. The Ioniq will go on sale before the end of the year, but pricing has yet to be released.

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NYPD officer ‘assassinated’ while sitting in a police vehicle, officials say

A New York City police officer was killed on July 5 in the Bronx by a gunman who was then shot and killed by police as he ran from the scene. NYPD is calling the incident an "unprovoked attack." (Reuters)

A New York City police officer was shot and killed in an “unprovoked attack” as she was sitting in a police vehicle early Wednesday morning, authorities said.

Officer Miosotis Familia was sitting inside the vehicle with her partner at 12:30 a.m. in the Bronx when a gunman fired through a window and struck Familia in the head, police said. The city’s police commissioner called the shooting an assassination.

Familia, a 12-year NYPD veteran, was taken to a hospital in extremely critical condition, police said. Police Commissioner James P. O’Neill announced on Twitter several hours later that Familia had died. Familia’s partner was not injured in the attack.

“Based on what we know right now, this was an unprovoked attack against police officers who work to keep this great city safe,” O’Neill said at a news conference early Wednesday.

#NYPD PO Miosotis Familia has been assassinated in an unprovoked attack on cops assigned to keep NYers safe. Keep her family in your prayers pic.twitter.com/yhRB7H5bvi

— Commissioner O'Neill (@NYPDONeill) July 5, 2017

Familia was wrapping up her shift when the gunman fired, police said. “My partner’s shot! My partner’s shot! My partner’s shot! Hurry up central!” Familia’s partner was heard screaming into a police radio, according to the Associated Press.

Two other officers confronted the suspected gunman about a block away from the scene of the shooting, police said. The shooting suspect was shot and killed after he drew a silver revolver, police said. He was identified by authorities as 34-year-old Alexander Bonds.

[NYPD: Attacker dead after report of ‘several people shot’ at Bronx Hospital]

A bystander was shot during that encounter. Police said that person is in stable condition.

It remains unclear what prompted the attack, officials said. A police spokesman said Familia did not know Bonds. The AP reported that Bonds had been on parole for a robbery case in Syracuse.

Woke to the terrible news that Officer Miosotis Familia was shot & killed in the Bronx overnight. God bless her family & the NYPD.

— Chuck Schumer (@SenSchumer) July 5, 2017

The shooting was reminiscent of the 2014 deaths of two New York police officers who were shot at point-blank range while

“It’s clear that this was an assassination,” New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said at the time. “These officers were shot execution-style, a particularly despicable act which goes to the heart of our society and our democracy.”

Authorities said the gunman in the 2014 double-ambush had declared his intention on Instagram to kill officers as retribution for the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner, black men who were killed by police that year.

The Dec. 20, 2014, deaths of NYPD Officers Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos inflamed tensions between the city’s police force and de Blasio, who during his 2013 mayoral campaign had strongly criticized the department’s “stop-and-frisk” tactic. After the ambush, police union officials accused the Democratic mayor of feeding anti-police sentiment. The rift prompted hundreds of police officers turned their backs as de Blasio spoke at the funeral of one of the two slain officers.

[Two New York City police officers are shot and killed in a brazen ambush in Brooklyn]

In 2016, law enforcement fatalities spiked to their highest level in five years, with 135 officers killed in the line of duty, according to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, a nonprofit group that monitors line-of-duty deaths. The rising death toll rattled police officers nationwide.

New York City police said this silver revolver that was used to kill Officer Miosotis Familia. (New York Police Department) Ambushes dominated the news after a pair of July 2016 attacks in which eight officers were gunned down in what authorities described as targeted attacks fueled by anger over how police use force on minorities. An ambush in Dallas on July 7 — the deadliest single day for law enforcement since the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks — targeted officers patrolling a protest against deadly police shootings in Baton Rouge and Falcon Heights, Minn., over the preceding days. Five officers were killed and nine others wounded before police killed the attacker. Ten days later, another attacker sought out law enforcement officers in Baton Rouge, killing two police officers and a sheriff’s deputy before he was felled by a sniper. Officials said in a report released last week that the gunman had researched the officers involved in the deadly shooting of Alton Sterling, a black man killed outside a Baton Rouge store in an incident partially captured on video. In November, two Iowa police officers sitting in their squad cars were also killed in a pair of ambush attacks. A San Antonio officer writing a ticket was ambushed and killed not long after. [Ambushes and fatal shootings fuel increase in police death toll this year] These episodes helped fuel an uptick in police officer deaths last year, with 64 officers fatally shot, a 41 percent increase from the previous year, according to the Memorial Fund. Nearly one in three officers fatally shot was killed in what were deemed to be ambush attacks like those in Dallas and Baton Rouge. Overall, law enforcement line-of-duty deaths have declined since the 1970s, when twice as many police officers were fatally shot each year and twice as many officers were killed annually. Still, in recent years, police have said they feel demonized by protests against how law enforcement officers use deadly force. Demonstrations have erupted in cities such as New York, Baltimore, Cleveland, Cincinnati, Chicago and San Francisco after high-profile killings by officers. Before 2016, traffic-related incidents — rather than shootings — were the leading cause of police deaths for most of the last two decades. Last year, nearly half of all police officer deaths were gun-related, the largest share in any year since 1994. I offer my deepest condolences to Officer Familia's loved ones and fellow members of the NYPD. Today, we all mourn one of New York's Finest. — Andrew Cuomo (@NYGovCuomo) July 5, 2017 So far this year, at least 65 officers have been killed — a 25 percent increase over the same period last year, according to the Memorial Fund. Nearly half of them were killed by gunfire, but the overall increase in fatalities was largely fueled by what the fund called “other causes,” which can include boating accidents and illnesses. Familia, 48, joined the New York Police Department in July 2005. She was a mother of three, said Patrick J. Lynch, president of the Patrolman’s Benevolent Association. In a statement, Lynch said of Familia: [She] gave her life protecting a neighborhood that had been plagued by gang gun violence. Fully knowing the dangers that she faced, she suited up in uniform every day and stood tall against those who threaten and terrorize the good folks of the Bronx. As we mourn her death and support her family, friends and colleagues, we ask for your help. Violence against police officer cannot stand. When you see or hear someone making threats against NYC police officers you need to let us know, you need to be our eyes and ears. Peter Holley contributed to this story, which has been updated. READ MORE: Officers at New York precinct told not to shower at station after fears of Legionnaires’ disease A black off-duty cop tried to help stop a crime. Another officer shot him. Three Chicago police officers charged with conspiring to cover up Laquan McDonald shooting

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Tense Border Standoff Between India and China

NEW DELHI — 

A tense standoff between India and China over a Chinese road-building project in the eastern Himalayas is ratcheting up tensions between the two Asian neighbors and is being described by analysts as their most serious border confrontation in recent decades.

Both sides are calling on each other to back down. China wants India to withdraw its troops from the plateau, which lies at the heart of the current dispute, while New Delhi has expressed deep concern that the road construction would significantly change the status quo with serious security implications for India.

The Doklam plateau on which the dispute erupted lies at a junction between the northeastern Indian state of Sikkim, Bhutan and China. It is claimed by both Beijing and Bhutan – a close ally of India.

Although not part of India, the plateau is of huge strategic importance to New Delhi as control over it would give Chinese troops easy access to a narrow strip of Indian territory known as "Chicken’s Neck," which connects India’s far northeast to the rest of the country.

Reports of what exactly happened in the high, remote Himalayan mountains differ. China has accused Indian troops of obstructing a road building project in the area. An Indian foreign ministry statement has said that Indian personnel "approached the Chinese construction party and urged them to desist from changing the status quo."

Bhutan has also asked China to stop the road building project, saying it violates agreements between the two sides. Bhutan, historically close to New Delhi, does not have diplomatic ties with Beijing.

With the face-off showing no signs of easing, India and China have reinforced troops in the region.

Warning that "there is no scope for a compromise," the Chinese envoy to New Delhi, Luo Zhaohui, has put the onus on India to resolve the situation. He told the Press Trust of India on Tuesday that Indian troops must pullback unconditionally. "The situation is grave and made me deeply worried."

“Both sides have hardened their positions," says Jayadeva Ranade, a former China specialist on the Indian government's National Security Advisory Board.

"As far as China is concerned, they are actually indicating that they are going to dig in where they are. India is not going to back off from supporting Bhutan."

Rhetoric over the dispute has become sharper in recent days. Calling the road’s construction an act of sovereignty in its own territory, the Chinese foreign ministry has said that it is "utterly unjustifiable" for the Indian side to interfere on territory over which it has no claim.

India said in a statement last week that the Chinese road building action was in violation of a 2012 agreement.

Skirmishes along the disputed border between India and China are not uncommon, but have been in the past been resolved diplomatically.

However this time, instead of visible efforts to defuse the situation, analysts say the tone of the rhetoric from the two sides is heating up.

After a Chinese military spokesman last week asked India to remember its defeat in a brief war the two countries fought in 1962, Indian Defense Minister Arun Jaitley said that the India of 2017 was not the India of 1962.

"The war of words is not stopping. It has its own momentum, it builds up. This kind of exchange has an in-built escalationary potential," says Alka Acharya, a professor of Chinese studies at Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi.

The flare-up comes in the wake of steadily deteriorating ties between the two countries. Earlier this year, China raised strident objections to a visit by Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama to the northeastern state of Arunachal Pradesh. India has also irked China by refusing to join the ambitious Chinese Road and Belt project saying that it ignores its core concerns on sovereignty and territorial integrity.

The dispute has flared ahead of the G 20 summit in Germany later this week where both Chinese President Xi Jinping and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be present.

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Powerful Astros pound Newcomb early in 16-4 rout of Braves

The largest crowd to date at SunTrust Park turned out to see what the Braves could do with hotshot rookie Sean Newcomb on the mound and the lineup bolstered with the addition of Freeman.

And the Braves, after winning 11 of 15 games to improve to 40-41 before Tuesday, had a chance to get to .500 for the first time (past the opening weeks of a season) since they were 42-42 on July 7, 2015. This was going to be a big night.

But then the game happened. And the Astros did what they do, pounding Newcomb for five extra-base hits and seven runs in 3 1/3 innings and rolling to a 16-4 rout in the opener of a two-game intlerleague series before a sellout crowd of 41,456.

“They’re athletic (and) they just really hit, we knew that the last time we played them,” said manager Brian Snitker, whose Braves have been outscored 28-9 in three losses to the Astros. “You look at the boxscores, watch everything going on, that’s the reason they’re the best team in baseball right now.”

The Astros have won 19 of 22 road games to improve their majors-best road record to 30-9 and their overall mark to 57-27, best in the majors and the best start in franchise history. They are 30 games over .500 for the first time since they were 90-60 on Sept. 24, 2001.

Sixteen runs (all earned) matched the season high allowed by Braves pitchers in a 16-5 home loss to Mets on May 3, and the Astros’ 19 hits were one shy of the season-high 20 the Braves allowed twice, in that loss to Mets and in a 14-4 loss to Washington on April 19 also at SunTrust Park.

Freeman singled in the first inning in his first plate appearance since fracturing is left wrist May 17, but Braves fans didn’t have much else to get excited about until the Braves got three runs in the seventh inning after trailing 12-0.

It was an odd vibe because nearly everyone stayed for the entire game, sitting quietly and waiting for postgame fireworks. Josh Reddick started the fireworks, so to speak, with a towering ninth-inning grand slam off reliever Jason Motte.

Newcomb, who allowed a total of 18 hits and five runs (four earned) in 24 1/3 innings over his first four starts, gave up 10 hits and seven runs and recorded just 10 outs against the Astros.

“That’s a tough lineup, especially they’ve got good right-handed hitters,” Freeman said. “They came out swinging tonight. Those are things (Newcomb) is going to learn from. He had four good, quality starts going into this. As much as you want to be perfect every time out you are not going to.”

Snitker said, “It’s something he’ll learn from and take away and be all the better for it.”

It was the first time Newcomb went fewer than six innings in the majors. The big rookie was asked if it was intimidating facing the best offense in baseball.

“Going into it, you know they have a really good lineup and everything, but it’s not something you think about,” said Newcomb, whose ERA jumped from 1.48 to 3.58. “It’s still hitters, you’ve got to attack them. I just didn’t attack as well as I should have, maybe just missed a little bit on a handful of pitches and whatnot, but it just didn’t go my way.”

The Braves had won 16 of their past 25, but they only faced two teams with winning records during that stretch, the Nationals and Brewers, and neither is as deep and formidable as this Houston team.

Each of the past three times the Braves came home after winning a road series, they laid an egg in the first game back.

After winning two of three at Cincinnati, the Braves lost 11-4 to the Phillies in a June 5 homestand opener with Bartolo Colon pitching. After winning two of three at Washington June 12-14, Atlanta had a day off before losing 5-0 to the Marlins in a homestand opener with Newcomb pitching (six innings, three runs).

This time the Braves were coming off a three-game sweep at Oakland and a day off Monday.

The Astros are the last opponent any team can afford to give extra outs, since they began Tuesday leading the majors in batting average (.283), on-base percentage (.349), slugging percentage (.487), doubles (172) and home runs (133).

The extra out came in the third inning, after George Springer led off with a homer that pushed the lead to 2-0. Speedy Jose Altuve was up next and hit a ground ball that second baseman Brandon Phillips fielded well back on the dirt instead of charging, and by the time he fielded it the throw was too late to get Altuve.

So when Reddick followed with a ground-out it was only the first out, and Newcomb gave up a single and hit Marwin Gonzalez to load the bases. Ex-Brave Brian McCann lined out for the second out, but Yuli Gurriel followed with a three-run double that broke the game open, giving the Astros a 5-0 lead.

“Yeah, it’s tough,” Snitker said. “I mean, you can’t give them extra outs, that’s for sure. Against these guys, you get 27 outs and if they get one extra they can hurt you.”

Astros starter Brad Peacock (6-1) allowed just three runs and eight hits in 15 1/3 innings over his past three starts before Tuesday, when he gave up seven hits and three runs in six innings with two walks and seven strikeouts.

Newcomb had a 1.86 ERA in his past 12 starts before Tuesday including eight Triple-A starts, and he gave up half as many runs in 3 1/3 innings against the Astros as he allowed in 67 2/3 innings over those previous dozen starts.

Springer’s home run was his 25th, making him the first Astros player with more than 24 before the All-Star break since Lance Berkman had 29 in 2002. And Springer is Houston’s leadoff hitter. The Yankees’ Aaron Judge (29) was the only major leaguer with more than 24 homers before Tuesday.

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Glitch causes prices of Apple, Google, other stocks to appear off

By John McCrank

NEW YORK, July 3 (Reuters) - The prices of several big-name Nasdaq-listed stocks appeared on some websites to either spike or plummet well after the closing bell on Monday, seemingly due to a glitch related to the market data that runs the largely automated markets.

At around 6:30 p.m., the prices of Amazon Inc and Microsoft Corp stocks appeared to have lost more than half their value, while Apple Inc shares appeared to more than double. Google parent Alphabet Inc and eBay Inc shares were among others that all appeared to be priced at $123.47 on some financial news websites on Monday evening.

The actual prices of the stocks were not affected and no trades were completed at that price, a Nasdaq spokesman confirmed.

Nasdaq said in a statement it was investigating the improper use of test data distributed by third parties. Prices on Nasdaq's website were not affected.

Nasdaq and other U.S. stock exchanges closed early on Monday ahead of the U.S. Independence Day holiday on Tuesday.

Testing of stock exchange software is mandated by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and happens on a regular basis to help prevent electronic glitches, often using test symbols and historical data. (Reporting by John McCrank; Editing by Shri Navaratnam)

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