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Connor scores in OT as Jets beat Blues 2-1 to even series

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With the Winnipeg Jets searching for the biggest goal of their season, players in the dressing room were loose heading into overtime Tuesday night.

“I mean, who doesn’t want to play in an overtime (playoff) game?” forward Kyle Connor said. “I think everybody had that kind of mentality and we went out there to win it, not to kind of hold back and sit back and try to defend them.”

It worked.

Connor scored at 6:02 of overtime and the Jets beat the St. Louis Blues 2-1 to tie their best-of-seven Western Conference series at two games apiece.

Mark Scheifele also scored and Connor Hellebuyck made 31 saves for the Jets, who arrived in St. Louis down 2-0. It is the only first-round playoff series in which the home team has failed to win a game.

Game 5 is Thursday night back in Winnipeg.

“Every game has been a battle,” Scheifele said. “St. Louis has made us work for every inch and we know that’s going to happen again in Game 5 going back home. We’ve got to be prepared. We’ve got to get our rest and be ready to battle.”

Vladimir Tarasenko scored and Jordan Binnington made 37 saves for the Blues.

“Obviously, tough for sure. But again, it’s a tight series,” St. Louis coach Craig Berube said. “Two good teams, it could have gone either way.”

Connor ended it when he banged home a feed from Scheifele for his third goal in two games. It was the first playoff overtime winner for the Jets since they returned to Winnipeg in 2011.

“It’s going to look like this for possibly the next three games,” coach Paul Maurice said. “It’s going to be really, really tight. The entire team is going to have to play well, but you’re going to need one guy to put you over the top.”

Tarasenko beat Hellebuyck with a wrist shot from the top of the left circle 35 seconds into the third period to give the Blues a 1-0 lead. The power-play goal, Tarasenko’s eighth career in the postseason, moved him into a tie with Brian Sutter and Al MacInnis for fourth in franchise history.

Scheifele tied it at the 7:33 mark, tipping in a feed from Connor. It was Scheifele’s second goal of the series.

“Our game got better as the game went on,” Scheifele said. “We knew they were going to push and they pushed all night. They played solid. They made us work for every inch. Binnington made a ton of saves and so did our goalie.”

After a slow start in Game 3, the Blues came out strong in the first period. They built an 8-0 advantage in shots on goal as it took the Jets almost 11 minutes to test Binnington, who came up with a couple of saves on a Winnipeg power play to keep the game scoreless.

Pat Maroon had a pair of chances to give the Blues the lead in the second period, hitting the post off a pass from Tyler Bozak and getting stopped by Hellebuyck on a partial break.

Binnington came up big on a point-blank chance from Scheifele early in the second, and Brandon Tanev hit the crossbar on a breakaway midway through the period.

“With them winning two here and us winning two there, it’s like a restart to the series,” Blues forward Robby Fabbri said. “That’s the mentality we’re going to have to have. Just stay on an even keel and get back to work.”

FACE IN THE CROWD

Hall of Famer Wayne Gretzky took in the game. Gretzky played in 18 regular-season games for the Blues in 1996.

NOTES: Fabbri saw his first postseason action for the Blues on a line with RW Alexander Steen and C Ivan Barbashev. … Jets D Dustin Byfuglien had his eight-game playoff point streak snapped. … Binnington, who got an assist on David Perron’s first-period goal in Game 3, became the sixth Blues goaltender to record an assist in a playoff game and the first since Chris Osgood on April 12, 2004, vs. San Jose. … Jets RW Patrik Laine has scored in seven of nine career games at Enterprise Center.

UP NEXT

The series shifts back to Winnipeg for Game 5 on Thursday night.

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Beyoncé drops surprise live album with release of Netflix documentary

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Beyoncé surprised her fans early Wednesday morning by dropping a previously unannounced live album just as her new documentary “Homecoming,” began streaming on Netflix.

Both the live album and the documentary capture the 37-year-old’s 2018 performance at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, which marked the first time a black woman headlined the event.

The documentary features rehearsal footage and clips from backstage before the historical 2018 event which became known as “Beychella.”

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The complimentary album includes 38 tracks from the 2018 performance and two bonus tracks: “I Been On” and “Before I Let Go,” which was originally performed by Frankie Beverly and Maze, a 1970s soul band.

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No stranger to surprise releases, Beyonce first executed the tactic for her 2013 album “Lemonade.” The release of the “Homecoming” album and documentary comes ahead of Coachella’s second weekend.

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Nuggets erase 19-point deficit in 114-105 win over Spurs

Jamal Murray just couldn’t get the bad taste out of his mouth, and even a bite of pretzel he poached from a kid after tumbling into the stands in the third quarter wasn’t exactly satisfying.

“It was really dry,” Murray said.

Maybe it was just what Murray needed, however, helping spark his fabulous fourth quarter that fueled the Denver Nuggets‘ 114-105 comeback over the San Antonio Spurs and knotting their playoff series 1-1.

Murray’s late heroics may very well have salvaged Denver’s season.

Teammates told him to keep shooting the ball when his shots kept rimming out. Finally, he found his touch, scoring 21 of his 24 points in the fourth quarter.

“Everybody told me to stick with it,” Murray said. “I don’t think I scored a field goal until the fourth. I just stuck with it. They all believed in me.”

The Nuggets were in danger of losing a second straight game at the Pepsi Center after posting the NBA’s best home record (34-7) during the regular season. They trailed 78-59 late in the third quarter before closing the game on a 55-27 run.

“Coach said we are a team that never gives up,” Nuggets center Nikola Jokic said. “That’s true. We never give up. We lost the first game. We were down 19. That’s all excuses. But we never gave up. There is something about this team. We have a heart. We’re never going to let you win so easy.”

It was looking very much like an easy win for San Antonio, which frittered away two 19-point leads.

“We gave up 38 points (actually, 39) in the fourth quarter. End of story,” fumed Spurs coach Gregg Popovich, who drew a technical foul during the Nuggets’ comeback.

Nuggets coach Michael Malone said he never considered benching Murray because he didn’t want to crush his confidence. He said he took him aside at halftime and told him to take a deep breath and trust his shots would start falling.

“Never once did I think about pulling him from the lineup,” Malone said.

Good thing, too, because Murray, the goat in Game 1 after missing an open jumper and turning the ball over in the closing seconds, might have salvaged the Nuggets’ season while going 8 for 9 in the fourth quarter.

The series shifts to San Antonio, where the Nuggets haven’t won since 2012, for Game 3 on Thursday night.

“We had to have this one,” Denver’s Paul Millsap said. “Going down 0-2 into San Antonio would’ve been a tough situation for us. To pull this one off the way we did, was unbelievable.”

Thanks to Murray, who not only waited until the end to get going in the game but was a late arrival in the postgame news conference.

“It was great to see him make shots,” Millsap said. “I think he’s got his confidence back. The key was to continue to take shots. If you miss them, so what? Shoot with confidence, and he did.”

Malone said he was bursting with pride over Murray’s phenomenal bounce-back.

“He was so frustrated at halftime, not making shots, shots that he’s made his whole career,” Malone recounted. “I just grabbed him. I said, ‘Listen, take a deep breath. You’re putting too much pressure on yourself. Every shot right now was like the end of the world. I believe in you. I love you. Just go out there and play.'”

“It was great to see him have some success. After Game 1. And after the first half. Really happy for Jamal and for him to step up and basically close the game out with his shot-making that he had down the stretch. The first of many for Jamal Murray, I have no doubt.”

STILL HAPPY

DeMar DeRozan said the Spurs still felt good leaving Denver despite blowing those big leads and a big opportunity to take a 2-0 lead.

“We got Game 1. We fought, tried to get Game 2 but we’ve got home court shifting our way,” he said. “Now it’s on us to go home and do what we need to do and understand if we take care of home like we’ve been doing all year, we can come back here with an opportunity. So, we feel great about where we’re at. We understood it wasn’t going to be a cakewalk.”

TIP-INS:

San Antonio: The Spurs fell to 21-7 against Denver in the playoffs. They had won seven of their last 12 games in Denver, including the regular season. … The Spurs got 31 points from DeRozan, 24 from LaMarcus Aldridge and 17 from Derrick White.

Denver: Millsap added 20 points for Denver and Jokic just missed his second triple-double of the series, scoring 21 points, pulling down 13 rebounds and dishing out eight assists. … The Nuggets ended a seven-game home losing streak to San Antonio in the playoffs.

UP NEXT

The series shifts to San Antonio for Game 3 Thursday night.

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Islanders finish off Penguins 3-1 for stunning playoff sweep

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Barry Trotz had questions when he took over the New York Islanders last summer. About the defense. About the goaltending. About where the scoring would come from if star John Tavares bailed in free agency.

One by one over the last 10 months, the Islanders have answered them all. The team that couldn’t stop anyone a year ago is now the team that stops nearly everyone — Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins included.

Four games. Four wins, each one more impressive than the next, culminating in a typically gritty 3-1 victory in Game 4 on Tuesday night that finished off a stunning sweep of the Penguins and sent the Islanders into the second round of the playoffs for just the second time in 26 years.

“It’s not like we came in and thought we were going to win it in four games,” said New York goaltender Robin Lehner, who stopped 135 of the 141 shots he faced in the series, including 32 of 33 in the clincher. “But we felt confident coming in playing against these guys. We really did.”

The Islanders trailed for less than five minutes across four games, responding every time Pittsburgh made a push. When Penguins forward Jake Guentzel scored 35 seconds into the first period to give Pittsburgh an early jolt, Eberle responded 1:34 later to tie the game. The Islanders never trailed again, taking the lead for good on Brock Nelson’s third of the playoffs late in the first period. Josh Bailey flipped in an empty-netter with 38 seconds to go in the third.

“It’s kind of been the staple,” said Eberle, who had four goals in four games. “They score and we’re able to respond in a timely fashion. Just a lot of commitment at the end of the game, some blocks, some huge sticks preventing and a big kill. That’s the Islander way to win.”

New York will face either Washington or Carolina in the second round. Trotz led the Capitals to the franchise’s first Stanley Cup last spring but downplayed the idea of a rematch. At least for now.

“That’s a special group that will always be a part of me,” Trotz said. “But if we end up playing them, they’re the opposition.”

Pittsburgh began the playoffs looking for the franchise’s third Stanley Cup in four years. The Penguins managed just six goals while getting swept in the opening round for the first time since 1972.

“It’s a tough loss for us, but we have to learn,” Pittsburgh forward Evgeni Malkin said. “Next year, we need to understand there are young guys, they’re hungry. Every team tries to win. We’re not champions anymore.”

The Islanders hired Trotz last summer just days after he lifted the Cup with the Caps. He immediately began a makeover that put a premium on preventing goals rather than scoring them. New York signed Lehner to a one-year deal in the early days of free agency.

The 27-year-old used it as a chance to jump-start his career, teaming with Thomas Greiss to serve as the backbone of a club that allowed the fewest goals in the league during the regular season. Lehner then backed it up with 12-plus periods of sound hockey that left Pittsburgh baffled.

Penguins forward Patric Hornqvist’s frustration briefly bubbled over in the second period. Tired of getting whacked at by Lehner, the fiery Swede started a shoving match that flirted with turning into a full-blown fight. While it briefly gave Pittsburgh a spark, it didn’t translate to the scoreboard. Not much did for the Penguins, whose 13th straight playoff appearance lasted all of seven days.

“It boils down to critical moments, making the right plays at the right time,” Pittsburgh coach Mike Sullivan said. “We didn’t play as well as we’re capable.”

New York’s system that forced the Penguins to go through layer upon layer of players certainly helped. The Islanders’ forecheck flustered Pittsburgh early in the series, and the Penguins never really got comfortable.

“They’re a team that’s built on defense first and they’ve certainly bought into that and that’s their identity,” Sullivan said of the Islanders. “I think our identity is different based on the personnel that we have. Having said that, it’s hard to win in the playoffs when you don’t defend and you don’t take care of the puck.”

That problem popped up once again in the decider. Shortly after Guenztel’s goal brought the 574th consecutive home sellout to its feet, Pittsburgh defenseman Kris Letang tried to pinch at the blue line to keep the puck in the New York zone. The puck hopped over his stick and went to Eberle, who finished off a 2-on-1 by ripping a shot by Murray’s glove.

Just like that, the Islanders had the momentum again. And just like in Games 1-3, they didn’t give it back.

A little bit of puck luck helped. Crosby hit the inside of the left post in the middle of the second period, and Islanders defenseman Scott Mayfield bailed out Lehner by making a save with his left leg on a point-blank shot by Phil Kessel early in the third.

And that was it. When Bailey’s flip went the length of the ice and into the empty net, the Islanders’ bench erupted and the Penguins trudged toward an offseason that could lead to significant changes.

NOTES: New York F Cal Clutterbuck and D Johnny Boychuck both left in the second period with injuries and did not return. … Crosby’s assist on Guentzel’s goal moved him past Hall of Famer Steve Yzerman and into 10th place on the NHL’s all-time playoff points list (186). … Pittsburgh went 0 for 3 on the power play and finished 1 for 11 in the series with the man advantage.

UP NEXT

The Islanders face the winner of the series between the defending Stanley Cup champion Capitals and the Carolina Hurricanes. Washington leads 2-1.

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Leonard scores 37, Lowry has 22 as Raptors rout Magic 111-82

Kept off the scoreboard in a Game 1 defeat, Toronto Raptors guard Kyle Lowry was “at his finest” in Game 2, at least in the eyes of coach Nick Nurse.

Fellow All-Star Kawhi Leonard wasn’t too bad, either.

Leonard scored 37 points, Lowry bounced back with 22 and the Raptors routed the Orlando Magic 111-82 on Tuesday night, evening their Eastern Conference first-round series at one win apiece.

Pascal Siakam had 19 points and 10 rebounds for the Raptors, who never trailed and led by as many as 34.

Game 3 is Friday night in Orlando.

Leonard said Lowry “led us in intensity,” helping the East’s No. 2 seed avoid a 2-0 hole.

“He did a great job of bouncing back,” Leonard said. “He’s a pro. That’s what pros do, they know it’s just one game and they come in the next game ready to play.”

Lowry, who missed all seven attempts in Game 1, shot 8 for 13 and led his team with seven assists.

“He was big time tonight,” Nurse said. “That’s him at his finest.”

Siakam said Lowry was visibly more tuned in Tuesday than he was Saturday.

“From the jump he had that fire in his eyes,” Siakam said. “That’s the Kyle we know.”

Despite playing in foul trouble for much of the night, Leonard finished with a career playoff-high 15 field goals. He made his first nine attempts from inside the arc before missing a layup.

Leonard shot 15 for 22 before leaving to a standing ovation with 4:46 remaining and Toronto ahead 104-73.

“Leonard was great,” Magic coach Steve Clifford said. “What are you going to do? He was great.”

Leonard’s career playoff high is 43, set with San Antonio against Memphis on April 22, 2017. He made 14 baskets in that game.

“Tonight he was just in a groove, getting downhill, getting to his spots,” Lowry said. “He’s a player who knows where he wants to be on the floor and when he gets to those spots, he’s pretty tough to guard.”

Aaron Gordon scored 20 points, Terrence Ross had 15 and Evan Fournier 10 for the Magic, who won the opener 104-101 on a tiebreaking 3 by D.J. Augustin with 4.2 seconds to go.

Nikola Vucevic, who shot 3 for 14 in Game 1, struggled again in Game 2, going 3 of 7 and scoring six points.

“They did a good job taking away a lot of my strengths,” Vucevic said. “I’ve just got to figure out a way to be more aggressive, be more efficient offensively.”

Augustin, who had 25 points Saturday, shot 1 for 6. Seven of his nine points came at the free throw line.

Orlando didn’t score for almost five minutes to start the game, missing its first six shots and four straight free throws. The drought ended when Gordon rebounded and scored on Vucevic’s miss from the line at 7:14 of the first, answering an 11-0 Toronto run.

Leonard scored 12 points in the opening quarter as the Raptors led 26-18 after one.

“Their defense set the tone for the game in the first quarter,” Clifford said.

Lowry scored 11 points in the second and Siakam added six, putting Toronto up 51-39 at halftime. Orlando shot 13 for 40 in the opening two quarters.

Leonard connected of seven of nine attempts in the third, scoring 17 points. The Raptors outscored the Magic 39-27 to take a 90-66 lead into the fourth.

“At halftime, I thought we had settled down,” Clifford said. “Then, at the beginning of the third quarter, they were good and, frankly, we were awful.”

TIP-INS

Magic: Orlando missed its first five free throw attempts before Ross made two of three at 2:11 of the first. The Magic shot 8 for 16 at the line in the first half and finished 13 for 24. … Ross had 15 of Orlando’s 17 bench points in the first half. … The Magic were outscored 52-36 in the paint. … Orlando has outrebounded Toronto in all six meetings this season.

Raptors: Lowry snapped his scoring slump by splitting a pair of free throws at 10:48 of the first, leading to thunderous applause. He was cheered again after hitting a 3 at 6:52. … Only four players scored in the first half. Leonard had 17, Lowry 15, Siakam 12 and Serge Ibaka 7. … Toronto has won nine straight playoff games in which it makes more 3-pointers than its opponent. Toronto shot 11 for 35 Tuesday, while Orlando was 9 for 34. … G Patrick McCaw (sprained right thumb) was not available despite practicing the previous two days. … Toronto is 8-8 all time in Game 2s.

TURNED OVER

Orlando had just 11 turnovers in Game 1 but gave the ball away 17 times in Game 2, including on both of its opening two possessions.

“If we’re going to make this a long series, and hopefully we will, we’re going to need to be stronger with the ball,” Gordon said. “Simple as that.”

HOME SWEET HOME

Orlando has won nine straight at home and is unbeaten on its own court since a Feb. 22 loss to Chicago.

“We feed off the crowd, we like their energy,” Gordon said.

UP NEXT

Game 3 is Friday night in Orlando.

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Denmark: Man suspected of placing grenade in Copenhagen

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A 19-year-old man has been jailed for 27 days on suspicion of placing a functioning hand grenade on a square a neighborhood in Copenhagen with a large population of immigrants.

The grenade didn’t explode. The man, who was not identified, also allegedly issued a death threat against anti-Muslim provocateur Rasmus Paludan, who had been planning a demonstration in the area.

The man appeared in court Wednesday before being remanded in custody.

Danish police have in recent days issued repeated one-day demonstration bans against Paludan after counter-demonstrators clashed with police. Police now have banned Paludan from staging any demonstrations in greater Copenhagen until next week.

Paludan has held dozens of anti-Muslim demonstrations across Denmark under heavy police protection in recent months.

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Blue Jackets advance after sweep of mighty Lightning

The Columbus Blue Jackets were clinging to a 4-3 lead and the Tampa Bay Lightning‘s high-scoring stars were swarming around Sergei Bobrovsky, as the clock ticked down in what would be a history-making playoff game.

The Blue Jackets’ goaltender stood tall, as he had the entire playoff series, turning away dangerous shots by Erik Cernak and Cedric Paquette in the last five minutes. The Lightning pulled their goalie late, and the Blue Jackets opened the scoring spigot on the way to a 7-3 win and shocking four-game sweep of the NHL’s best team.

“It’s so much fun to play in this kind of atmosphere,” said Bobrovsky after the Blue Jackets won in front of a raucous home crowd that had been waiting 18 years for the team to win a playoff series. “You feel the energy, you feel that atmosphere, you know? It’s great. It gives you more energy when you win.”

Not only did Columbus win a playoff series for the first time in five tries , it did so in dominating fashion. The Blue Jackets ousted a team that had put together one of the most prolific scoring lineups ever, a team whose 68 regular-season wins tied for the most in NHL history.

As the seconds ticked off what had turned into a rout because of empty-net goals, the Nationwide Arena crowd that had been standing for the entire third period roared even louder, and the players celebrated wildly, spilling from the bench onto the ice. Winger Cam Atkinson even got a cut on his chin during the joyous melee.

“What an experience in that series,” said center Matt Duchene, who was acquired at the trade deadline along with winger Ryan Dzingel from Ottawa for the playoff push. “I have never played in front of a crowd like that. Insane. It’s pretty special what we just did. We’re going to enjoy it, but we’ve got to carry this momentum forward now.”

Columbus, which didn’t secure an Eastern Division playoff spot until the 81st game, advances to play the winner of the Boston-Toronto series, which the Maple Leafs lead 2-1.

Twelve Blue Jackets scored in the series, but Bobrovsky, who had struggled in three previous playoff series with Columbus, was the star .

He will be an unrestricted free agent after the season and has, so far, refused to re-sign with the team. He also has come under criticism at times from coach John Tortorella through an erratic season, but the former Vezina Trophy winner never withered.

“He’s not crazy how I’ve talked about some of the situations he’s gone through, but it’s my job to hold people accountable,” Tortorella said. “I’m thrilled that he’s answering.”

Columbus neutralized Lightning stars Nikita Kucherov and Steven Stamkos with a smothering fore check that clogged scoring lanes and often turned into opportunities at the other end . When those two finally got on the scoresheet Tuesday, it was too late.

Nineteen-year-old Alexandre Texier, who was playing in the Finnish league last month, opened the scoring Tuesday with his first NHL goal , then added one of the empty-netters.

The Blue Jackets fell behind 3-0 in the first period of the opening game in Tampa, but rebounded to win that one 4-3. A 5-1 rout followed in Tampa, and then a 3-1 win in Columbus on Sunday night set up the sweep.

“I’m happy for them because they played as a team, and they had a tremendous amount of will,” Tortorella said. “That’s mental, That’s not a talent, that’s not physical skills, that’s mental toughness. And that’s what I’m thrilled about.”

The Lightning were the highest-scoring team in the league by 20 goals this year and finished with 30 more than the Blue Jackets, who as the eighth seed were given little chance of winning the opening round.

“In the end, we just couldn’t find our game,” Tampa Bay coach Jon Cooper said. “That was it. It had been with us all year, and for six days in April we couldn’t find it. And it’s unfortunate because it puts a bluntness on what was one hell of a regular season.”

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UN finds torture, ill-treatment in Afghan prisons

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A U.N. report says around a third of all conflict-related detainees in Afghanistan report being subjected to torture or ill-treatment.

U.N. officials interviewed a total of 618 detainees held in 77 facilities across the country between January 2017 and December 2018. The alleged torture included suffocation, electric shocks, pulling of genitals and suspension from ceilings.

The U.N. mission to Afghanistan and the U.N. Human Rights Office released the joint report on Wednesday.

The U.S.-backed Afghan government is holding thousands of detainees, many of them captured as part of the ongoing war with the Taliban.

The Taliban have made major gains in recent years and now effectively control half the country. Widespread corruption and distrust of the government has undermined efforts to combat the insurgency.

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The Genesis Mint concept is the ultimate SUV alternative

As many automakers abandon the small car segments for the sales safety of utility vehicles, the latest concept from Genesis is an all-in compact.

The Mint is a two-seat electric two door aimed at urban drivers. The automaker hasn’t detailed its technical specifications, but said it was designed to go around 200 miles per charge. For now, it’s mostly about the style.

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With a shape that falls somewhere between a hatchback and a sedan, the Mint features ultra-smooth surfaces, save for a tiny grille opening that looks like a mouth.

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It’s a signature feature, however, are a pair of scissor-style doors that open up to offer access to the trunk. In front of it is a leather-lined cabin with a bench seat, a rectangular steering wheel fitted with a display in the middle of it. and three small round control pods on either side.

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There are also three pedals, which doesn’t make a lot of sense for an electric car, but who knows what they have planned.

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As of now, there are no plans to put it into production, but there won’t be anything else like it if Genesis ever did.

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Spain allows NGOs to sail with aid supplies for migrants

Spanish aid groups say Spain has reluctantly allowed them to depart for the Greek islands where they want to deliver aid supplies to migrant camps. But the humanitarian aid groups face hefty fines if their boats venture into official search and rescue areas in the Central Mediterranean.

Spain had blocked the rescue boats from sailing, fearing they would anger Mediterranean countries like Italy if they roam around the ocean looking for and picking up migrants.

After four months of legal back and forth, the Aita Mari received the green light to sail to the Aegean Sea on Tuesday.

A separate boat, Proactiva’s Open Arms, will depart from Barcelona later this week with blankets and other supplies, the group’s founder Oscar Camps said Wednesday.

Camps said his group would still conduct rescues if they come across people in need.

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