Mexico contradicts Trump on paying for border wall, clouding visit

Mexico contradicts Trump on paying for border wall, clouding visitBy Christine Murray, Ana Isabel Martinez and Dave Graham MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Donald Trump told Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto on Wednesday he would build a border wall to keep illegal migrants out if he wins the U.S. presidency, but Pena Nieto held fast to his position that Mexico would not pay for it. Contradicting Trump's assertion that the pair did not discuss who would pay for his proposed wall, Pena Nieto said after the departure of the Republican presidential candidate that he told him during their private meeting in Mexico City that his government would not pick up the bill. "At the beginning of the conversation with Donald Trump I made it clear that Mexico will not pay for the wall," Pena Nieto said in a tweet after not mentioning the issue during their joint news conference.


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Ex-Air China worker charged by U.S. for smuggling for Chinese military

Ex-Air China worker charged by U.S. for smuggling for Chinese militaryAn ex-Air China Ltd employee was indicted on Wednesday for smuggling packages onto flights from New York to China on behalf of Chinese military personnel stationed at the country's U.N. mission, U.S. prosecutors said. Ying Lin, 46, was also accused in an indictment filed in federal court in Brooklyn of obstructing justice by helping a Chinese national the Federal Bureau of Investigation was investigating to flee the country last year.


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Owning a Tesla Model 3 will be a little more expensive than we thought

Owning a Tesla Model 3 will be a little more expensive than we thought

One of the big perks of Tesla ownership is access to the Supercharger network, a worldwide network of super-fast electric charging stations for Tesla owners. Use of the chargers is free for most Model S and Model X owners, but it won't be for Model 3 owners. We knew that already, but details of how Tesla will charge for use of Superchargers may have just leaked.

Electrek found code on Tesla's website that talks about "Supercharger Credits," an option to use a credit card to buy Supercharger access by the kWh. If this plan works out, owning a Model 3 will be a little less simple and magical than we thought.

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The Supercharger network is an important part of making Teslas feasible. Sure, you might (and should) charge up at home most of the time, but being able to complete the occasional 500-mile trip without stopping overnight to charge is crucial for most Tesla owners. Tesla is already scrambling to build up its Supercharger infrastructure, but with hundreds of thousands of Model 3s set to be spewed out of Tesla's huge factories, the Supercharger network will be under strain like never before. It's a smart move from Tesla to prepare for the surge in demand, and come up with policies to limit Supercharger overcrowding.

But at the same time, not having the hassle and cost of filling up is one of the big selling points of EVs. Sure, selling the Model 3 for cheap means Tesla can't just give away Supercharger access any more, but why not do what it did with old Model S 40/60 vehicles, and charge $2,500 after delivery for access to Superchargers?

Adding cost and complexity (show me a person who wants to use an app while refueling their car) destroys a little of the magic of Tesla and electric vehicles. It's a sensible move from a company that's growing up quickly, for sure. But it's also the exact kind of move you'd expect from Chevy or BMW, guardians of the old-school way of doing things. Tesla has found success by ripping up the rulebook in the past -- why not try it some more?


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Mexico will not pay for a border wall, Pena Nieto told Trump

Mexico will not pay for a border wall, Pena Nieto told TrumpMexico will not pay for any border wall built by the United States, President Enrique Pena Nieto told visiting US Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump on Wednesday. "At the start of the conversation with Donald Trump I made it clear that Mexico will not pay for the wall," Pena Nieto wrote on Twitter after meeting with Trump, in reference to a wall on the countries' shared border that the real estate magnate has vowed to build if elected US president.


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Obama highlights climate progress at home before journey overseas

Obama highlights climate progress at home before journey overseasBy Roberta Rampton LAKE TAHOE, Nev. (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama said on Wednesday that preserving natural places would help the world adapt to warming temperatures as he began a 10-day trip to stress the urgency of curbing climate change and attend a G20 meeting in China. "The challenges of conservation and combating climate change are connected, they're linked," Obama said during a stop in Lake Tahoe, the deep alpine lake in the Sierra Nevada mountains on the Nevada-California border. Obama, who is racing to cement his legacy on climate change before his presidency ends on Jan. 20, will venture to the Midway Atoll on Thursday, deep inside the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument, where he expanded protections last week.


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