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Friday July 9th, 2021 night edition

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London (CNN Business) The European Commission has fined Volkswagen Group and BMW $1 billion for colluding with Daimler to hold back the development of technology that could have reduced harmful emissions from their vehicles.

In a statement on Thursday, the Commission said the three German carmakers , along with Volkswagen subsidiaries Audi and Porsche, breached EU antitrust rules by agreeing to avoid competing on technical development in the area of nitrogen oxide cleaning.

The charges relate to conduct that took place between 2009 and 2014, when the carmakers held "regular technical meetings" to discuss the development of technology that eliminates harmful nitrogen-oxide emissions from diesel passenger cars, according to the Commission.

"The five car manufacturers Daimler, BMW, Volkswagen, Audi and Porsche possessed the technology to reduce harmful emissions beyond what was legally required under EU emission standards.

"In today's world, polluting less is an important characteristic of any car.

And this cartel aimed at restricting competition on this key competition parameter," she added.

The BMW Group headquarters in Munich, Germany. »

Nancy Pelosi's office calls Trump a 'twice-impeached Florida retiree'

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's office in a statement called Trump a "twice-impeached Florida retiree.".

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Thursday mocked former President Donald Trump, referring to him as a "twice-impeached Florida retiree.".

"Twice-impeached Florida retiree — and de facto leader of the Republican Party — Donald Trump," Pelosi's office said in a statement. »

mRNA vaccine technology moves to flu: Moderna says trial has begun

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Moderna has given out the first doses of an mRNA-based influenza vaccine to participants in an early-phase clinical trial, the company announced Wednesday.

Moderna ultimately plans to test the vaccine on about 180 people in the Phase I/II randomized, stratified, observer-blind trial.

"Our vision is to develop an mRNA combination vaccine so that people can get one shot each fall for high efficacy protection against the most problematic respiratory viruses.". »

‘Heat dome’ probably killed 1bn marine animals on Canada coast, experts say

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But experts fear it also had a devastating impact on marine life.

Christopher Harley, a marine biologist at the University of British Columbia, has calculated that more than a billion marine animals may have been killed by the unusual heat.

But there were so many empty mussel shells lying everywhere that you just couldn’t avoid stepping on dead animals while walking around,” he said. »

Team that wasn’t subject to Salary Cap better than teams that were

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Tampa Bay, FL – The Tampa Bay Lightning won the Stanley Cup last night, proving once and for all that, in a salary cap league, a team that blatantly exceeds the salary cap will usually be better than teams that don’t.

“If the league lets them ice a team 30 million dollars over the cap next year, I really think they could be a dynasty.”.

In related news a few brief minutes of research have revealed that this article was indeed written by a salty Leafs fan. »