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Hubble Telescope spots ‘ghostly face’ in space

It’s creepy and it’s cooky. And maybe even a little mysterious and spooky.

The Hubble Telescope has spotted two galaxies colliding into one another, creating “a ghostly face” in space.

The powerful space telescope, operated by NASA, the European Space Agency and Space Telescope Science Institute, took the remarkable image of the Arp-Madore 2026-424 (AM 2026-424) system, 704 million light-years from Earth, on June 19.

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This new image from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope captures two galaxies of equal size in a collision that appears to resemble a ghostly face. This observation was made on 19 June 2019 in visible light by the telescope’s Advanced Camera for Surveys. Residing 704 million light-years from Earth, this system is cataloged as Arp-Madore 2026-424 (AM 2026-424) in the Arp-Madore “Catalogue of Southern Peculiar Galaxies and Associations”.

MILKY WAY GALAXY IS A COSMIC THIEF

“The crash has pulled and stretched the galaxies’ discs of gas, dust, and stars outward, forming the ring of intense star formation that shapes the “nose” and “face” features of the system,” the ESA wrote in a statement on its website.

The agency continued: “Ring galaxies are rare, and only a few hundred of them reside in our larger cosmic neighborhood. The galaxies have to collide at just the right orientation so that they interact to create the ring, and before long they will have merged completely, hiding their messy past.”

The ESA added that the side-by-side juxtaposition of the two central bulges of the stars is unusual. Given that they’re approximately the same size, it’s like that the galaxies were also the same size prior to the crash.

“This is different from the more common collisions in which small galaxies are gobbled up by their larger neighbors,” the ESA said.

It’s believed that the ring will last for approximately 100 million years, to be followed by the galaxies merging with one another in 1 to 2 billion years, the Daily Mail reported.

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California wildfire fury seen in harrowing video as firefighters drive into Kincade Fire’s flames

This is a drive straight into hell.

A harrowing video emerged Tuesday showing what firefighters are dealing with as they battle the largest wildfire currently burning in California, one that’s menacing the state’s wine country and threatening to explode with the return of powerful winds.

The Kincade Fire, which began late Wednesday near Geyserville, Calif., had grown to 74,324 acres by Monday evening and was only 15 percent contained, according to Cal Fire. The blaze has so far destroyed 123 structures, 57 of which are residential homes. About 90,000 structures remain threatened by the fire, according to Cal Fire Division Chief Jonathan Cox.

“We’re playing both offense and defense right now on two different sides of the fire, and we’re going to have to flip-flop that tomorrow when that wind event comes through,” Cox said at a Monday night news conference.

STRENGTHENING WINDS INCREASE SIZE OF MENACING KINCADE FIRE

Video from San Francisco firefighters posted to Twitter early Tuesday showed the conditions firefighters are facing as they respond to the flames. The video, taken at 3 a.m. Monday, shows crew heading straight into the fire down a dark, narrow road.

As the fire crew makes its way along the road against a burning hillside, they drive through clouds of smoke that make the yellow center lines hard to see as embers frequently strike their windshield.

“We appreciate their complete dedication to the task of protecting lives and property,” San Francisco Firefighters Local 798 tweeted.

The fire crew eventually makes its way down the remote road as flames dance on either side of them.

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Embers fly across a roadway as the Kincade Fire burns through the Jimtown community of Sonoma County, Calif., Oct. 24, 2019. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)

Cal Fire said that additional evacuation warnings were in effect on the eastern side of Sonoma County and the west side of Lake County due to the blaze, ahead of another wind event expected to begin on Tuesday morning.

MANY HOUSEKEEPERS, GARDENERS WENT TO WORK DESPITE GETTY FIRE EVACUATION ORDER: REPORT

Winds are forecast reach 20 to 30 mph before peaking Tuesday night with gusts up to 50 mph, and Pacific Gas & Electric Corp. said its latest blackout will start early Tuesday and affect 605,000 customers – about 1.5 million people – in 29 Northern California counties.

The announcement came even before the last blackout had ended, which shut power to more than 2.5 million people. It wasn’t clear if power, that for many went out Saturday, would be restored before the next round of outages.

“No rain in the forecast and we expect those winds to be extreme and fire danger to remain in place until at least the end of the week,” Fox News Senior Meteorologist Janice Dean said on “Fox & Friends.” “We have a weather pattern that is not budging. We’ve very strong winds across the Great Basin that are going to funnel through those valleys and canyons and unfortunately bring more Santa Ana wind conditions not only today but through the rest of the workweek.”

In Southern California, fire crews battling the Getty Fire in the upscale communities in the hills above Los Angeles took advantage of a break in the winds on Monday. The fire roared up a steep hillside near the J. Paul Getty Museum in the Brentwood section. It destroyed at least eight homes and damaged at least six, forcing LeBron James and thousands of others to flee.

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A helicopter drops water as a wildfire called the Getty fire burns on Kenter Canyon in Los Angeles, Monday, Oct. 28, 2019. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)

Much of the blaze was reduced to smoldering ruins and hot spots but hot, dry Santa Ana winds that could blow them to life and spread embers were predicted beginning Tuesday night. Red flag warnings of extreme fire danger were issued for much of Southern California into Thursday, with gusts up to 75 mph possible in some areas.

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A helicopter drops water as a wildfire called the Getty Fire burns on Kenter Canyon in Los Angeles, Monday, Oct. 28, 2019. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)

In California’s wine country, firefighters worked Monday to reinforce fire lines in western Sonoma County while rushing to shore up the eastern side that could be the new focus as winds switched direction.

Bulldozers carved firebreaks, hand crews attacked hot spots with hoses and shovels, and aircraft painted hillsides with fire retardant.

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Firefighters from San Matteo work to extinguish flames from the Kincade Fire in Sonoma County, Calif., on Sunday, Oct. 27, 2019. (AP Photo/Ethan Swope)

Nearly 200,000 people have been ordered in California to evacuate because of wildfires, most of them because of the Kincade Fire in Sonoma County. Evacuation orders were downgraded to warnings for some 30,000 people in the west but new warnings were issued to people in the east, with Calistoga in Napa County and Middletown in Lake County — a community badly damaged by a 2015 wildfire.

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But in the town of Windsor, some residents have stayed behind. Dan Spain told KTVU on Monday he and his brother stuck around because their elderly mother did not want to go.

“Me and my brother stayed there and sprayed water,” he told KTVU. “And I know they say that’s it’s a senseless thing to do, but that’s where me and my brother grew up.”

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A firefighter from San Matteo pulls a hose line as crews work to suppress the Kincade Fire in Sonoma County, Calif., on Sunday, Oct. 27, 2019. (AP Photo/Ethan Swope)

While no deaths have been attributed to the blaze, officials have said two firefighters were injured Sunday while battling the fire. Cox said Sunday one firefighter sustained serious burn injuries and was airlifted to UC Davis Medical Center. The other firefighter who was burned had minor injuries.

Fox News’ Danielle Wallace and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Killing of al-Baghdadi ‘is a vindication’ of President Trump’s Syria strategy: Steve Hilton

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The successful U.S. military operation to kill ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi “is a vindication” of President Trump’s strategy in the region and his controversial decision to withdraw U.S. troops from Syria, Fox Nation host Steve Hilton said on the latest episode of “Deep Dive” on Monday.

“President Trump has always said that he wanted to go into Syria to get rid of ISIS and then get out and that’s what he’s doing,” said Washington Post columnist Henry Olsen.

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“That’s absolutely true,” agreed Fox News contributor and investigative reporter Sara Carter.  “The president said we’re not going to be in there forever. He had told the Pentagon over and over again, ‘Give me a plan. Tell me how we’re going to go into Syria and how we’re going to pull out. What does it mean to win? How do we balance out this in the Middle East?’ And they couldn’t bring him a plan.”

“But then they brought him a plan to get Baghdadi,” she continued.  “And he said, ‘Great, let’s do this.’ And he gave the full force to those Delta Force commandos and to those generals and said, ‘when we have them in our line of sight — when we have actionable intelligence, let’s get him and let’s take him out.’ And that’s exactly what they did. And that’s far better than what we’ve seen with past presidents.”

The parents of slain aid worker and ISIS prisoner Kayla Mueller echoed that sentiment on Sunday.  Marsha Mueller, Kayla’s mother, told the Arizona Republic that she believes if “Obama had been as decisive as Trump” her daughter may still be alive.

However, President Trump’s critics did not express the same praise for the commander-in-chief.

Former Vice President Joe Biden released a statement commending, “our special forces, our intelligence community, and all our brave military professionals,” but he criticized Trump’s Middle East strategy, by writing, “the chaos of the past few weeks in northern Syria has jeopardized years of hard work and sacrifice by American and Kurdish troops to evict ISIS from its strongholds in Syria.”

Olsen said Trump’s critics want him to endorse the status quo.

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“The status quo is that America should be the mediator in conflicts between allies and between enemies and allies in these sort of kaleidoscope of interests that ends up involving us in something where we can’t win,” he said. “The president has always said, ‘I’m not interested in that. That’s not in our interests. It bogs us [down] in things that we can’t do.’ And so I look at what the president is doing as being completely consistent with what he said he was going to do.”

“What we’re seeing here seems to be a really good example of what the establishment has completely derided,” concluded Hilton, “which is the America first strategy applied to foreign and security policy.”

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A Photo Of The Food On Air Force One Is Freaking Everyone Out

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But there was one element of the meal that left folks on Twitter scratching their heads. Namely, what was on the plate in the upper left corner of the tray?

Yes, it could be the next big internet mystery,” wrote CNN’s senior diplomatic correspondent Michelle Kosinski, who shared an image of the food online. “Is it chicken n gravy, or scone n frosting? Is it black and pink, or yellow and white? A trick, or treat? America demands answers.”

And answers, people on Twitter attempted to provide:

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Funding ‘Medicare-for-all’ with taxes on the rich ‘impossible,’ study says

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A bipartisan budget watchdog released a report Monday detailing options for how the federal government could pay for “Medicare-for-All,” the health care plan popular with 2020 Democratic presidential contenders — and its findings show there would be no way to fund the expanded health program by simply raising taxes on the rich.

The report, published by the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget, examines a variety of potential ways to raise the estimated $30 trillion over 10 years necessary to fund “Medicare-for-All,” including a 32 percent payroll tax, a 25 percent income surtax and a 42 percent value-added tax. These methods could all raise $30 trillion, the report says, but there is no way for the federal government to bring in that much money simply by taxing rich people.

“There is not enough annual income available among higher earners to finance the full cost of ‘Medicare-for-All,'” it says. “On a static basis, even increasing the top two income tax rates (applying to individuals making over $204,000 per year and couples making over $408,000 per year) to 100 percent would not raise $30 trillion over a decade.”

An accompanying chart lists the tax-the-rich funding option as “IMPOSSIBLE.”

HOUSE REPUBLICANS RELEASE PLAN IN BID TO FULFILL TRUMP PROMISE AS ‘PARTY OF HEALTH CARE’

The role of middle-class taxes in funding “Medicare-for-All” has become a point of contention in the Democratic primary, especially at the most recent debate in Ohio. Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren tiptoed around questions from the moderators about whether or not middle-class taxes would increase under her “Medicare-for-All” health care plan. Warren chose to focus on net costs instead.

“I will not sign a bill into law that does not cut costs for middle-class families,” she said.

South Bend, Ind. Mayor Pete Buttigieg, who endorses a public option plan rather than Warren’s single-payer “Medicare-for-All,” accused her of being evasive.

“Your signature, senator, is to have a plan for everything— except for this,” he said. “No plan has been laid out to explain how a multitrillion-dollar hole in this Medicare-for-All plan that Senator Warren is putting forward is supposed to get filled in.”

Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., who is fond of reminding Democratic contenders endorsing “Medicare-for-All” that he “wrote the damn bill,” was more open than Warren about his plans to finance the $30 trillion health care plan.

ELIZABETH WARREN’S CAMPAIGN IS AT A  ‘MAKE-OR-BREAK’ MOMENT, SAYS CHARLES PAYNE

“It is appropriate to acknowledge that taxes will go up,” he said, “for virtually everybody, the tax increase they pay will be substantially less than what they were paying for premiums and out-of-pocket expenses.”

A 32 percent payroll tax increase would bring the rate to 47 percent on most wage income, according to the CRFB report. A 25 percent income surtax would force the lowest federal income tax rates to 35 percent and compel the top earners to pay 62 percent of their income.

The options for financing “Medicare-for-All” without increasing taxes are similarly immoderate. The CRFB says the federal government would need to cut “non-health federal spending by 80 percent” in order to pay for “Medicare-for-All” without increasing taxes. This would require cutting Social Security benefits from approximately $18,000 to about $3,600 each year and cutting troop numbers from 1.3 million to 270,000.

If a Warren or a Sanders administration decided to finance “Medicare-for-All” simply on debt, consequences could be dire, according to the report.

BUTTIGIEG, KLOBUCHAR SLAM WARREN FOR NOT SAYING HOW SHE’LL FINANCE ‘MEDICARE-FOR-ALL’

“Deficit-financing ‘Medicare-for-All’ would be far more damaging to the economy,” the report says. “Assuming that such a massive increase in the debt would not roil financial markets or lead to high inflation, we estimate that a 108 percent of GDP increase in the federal debt would shrink the size of the economy by roughly 5 percent in 2030 – the equivalent of a $4,500 reduction in per-person income – and far more in the following years.”

The CFRB report also points out lawmakers could combine several of the above-listed options to reduce the impact any one option might have. As an example for one way a bill could get to $30 trillion in revenue over 10 years, the report suggests, “a 16 percent employer-side payroll tax with a public premium averaging $8,000 per household ($3,000 per person), $5 trillion of taxes on high earners and corporations, and $1 trillion of spending cuts.”

The report also acknowledges the best way to finance “Medicare-for-All” might be to make the plan less ambitious than progressive leaders like Sanders and Warren have proposed.

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“While the financing options above are quite large in magnitude, they could be reduced significantly by reducing the cost of ‘Medicare-for-All’ itself,” the report says. “These cost reductions could be achieved in part by reforming or reducing provider payments, improving care coordination, and identifying policies to reduce excessive utilization of care.”

Fox News’ Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report.

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Trump’s top Ukraine expert Vindman to testify in impeachment inquiry: Latest updates

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House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff says President Donald Trump’s administration is “building a powerful case” for impeachment as a former White House national security adviser defied a subpoena on Monday. (Oct. 28) AP, AP

Trump goes on attack before Vindman testimony

President Donald Trump on Tuesday again attacked the impeachment inquiry involving his dealings with Ukraine and the allegation he withheld military aid in exchange for an investigation of a political rival, Joe Biden.

“Why are people that I never even heard of testifying about the call,” Trump wrote in a tweet. “Just READ THE CALL TRANSCRIPT AND THE IMPEACHMENT HOAX IS OVER! Ukrain said NO PRESSURE.”

The president’s missive came after the prepared testimony of his top Ukraine expert Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman made news Monday evening. Vindman, who is set to testify before members of Congress Tuesday morning, states in his prepared remarks that he was “concerned” about Trump’s July 25 phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.

Trump also called the impeachment inquiry, launched Sept. 24 by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, a “total scam.”

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WASHINGTON – A day after announcing they will vote this week to formalize impeachment inquiry procedures, House Democrats will hear from Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, an Army officer and the Trump administration’s top Ukraine expert who in prepared testimony said he was “concerned” by President Donald Trump’s July 25 phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. 

“I did not think it was proper to demand that a foreign government investigate a U.S. citizen, and I was worried about the implications for the U.S. government’s support of Ukraine,” Vindman wrote. A copy of his planned testimony for Tuesday was obtained Monday evening by USA TODAY.

Vindman will be the first White House official to testify who listened in on the call in which Trump urged an investigation of his political rival, former Vice President Joe Biden. 

“I realized that if Ukraine pursued an investigation into the Bidens and Burisma, it would likely be interpreted as a partisan play which would undoubtedly result in Ukraine losing the bipartisan support it has thus far maintained,” Vindman wrote in his testimony. “This would all undermine U.S. national security. Following the call, I again reported my concerns to NSC’s lead counsel.” 

Vindman: Trump’s top Ukraine expert to tell impeachment investigators he reported troubling conduct

Vindman was one of the administration officials chosen for a U.S. delegation, led by Energy Secretary Rick Perry, to attend Zelensky’s inauguration ceremony in May. Kurt Volker, Trump’s previous special envoy to Ukraine and Gordon Sondland, the U.S. ambassador to the European Union, also attended and have both testified in the inquiry. Perry recently resigned his position.

In his testimony, Vindman offered an overview of his role within the Trump administration, as well as details of the two specific events that he found “inappropriate” and led to him reporting the situation to the National Security Council’s top lawyer. The first was a meeting with Oleksandr Danylyuk, Ukraine’s secretary of the National Security and Defense Council. The second was Trump’s phone call with Zelensky. 

According to testimony, the meeting with Danylyuk was held in July and attended by a number of officials, including Volker, Perry, Sondland and then-National Security Advisor John Bolton. It was going well until the Ukrainians asked about a potential meeting between Trump and Zelensky, Vindman wrote. Sondland then “started to speak about Ukraine delivering specific investigations in order to secure the meeting with the President.”

Bolton cut the meeting short. Vindman wrote that after the meeting, there was a debriefing where he confronted Sondland, saying “his statements were inappropriate, that the request to investigate Biden and his son had nothing to do with national security, and that such investigations were not something the NSC was going to get involved in or push.” 

Vindman said Ukraine launching such investigations would push partisan politics into helping Ukraine fend off Russia, which would “undermine U.S. national security.” 

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., sent a letter to members Monday outlining the resolution sought to combat a key line of Republican attack: that the impeachment inquiry was illegitimate because there was no House vote on it. 

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Test drive: The 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 is the most powerful Ford ever

The 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 is a forgettable car.

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That is to say, it takes about 10 seconds of driving it on a racetrack to nearly forget you’re in a Mustang.

Not a drag strip, mind you, but a twisty road course. In this case, the one outside of the Las Vegas Motor Speedway’s NASCAR oval, where Ford debuted the all-new GT500. The way it accelerates, turns and stops is uncannily effortless for a model that has traditionally been a burly bruiser.

That’s what previous GT500s were, going back to the 1967 original. Driving one, even the latest 2013-2014 edition, made you feel like Wile E. Coyote with an Acme rocket strapped to the roof. With a 760 hp supercharged 5.2-liter V8 nicknamed the Predator under the hood, the new GT500 has more power than any that’s come before it, but harnesses with technology that seems alien to the Mustang.

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The Predator is based on the Voodo engine used by the Shelby GT350. It features a stronger block, trades the Voodo’s flat-plane crank for a cross-plane crank and has a 2.65-liter supercharger strapped to the top of it. (Ford)

At its starting price of $73,995, the GT500 is equipped with foot-wide Michelin Pilot Cup Sport 4S tires, computer-controlled MagneRide shock absorbers that can adjust their stiffness 1,000 times per second and a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission that changes gears in eight-hundredths of one. Some will no doubt bemoan the lack of a stick-shift, but Ford doesn’t have one potent enough to handle the engine’s 625 lb-ft of torque and also wanted the GT500’s performance to be as accessible as possible, so the robots won.

Left to its own devices, the GT500 is capable of accelerating to 60 mph in 3.3 seconds and covering a quarter-mile in 10.7 seconds on its best day, according to Ford. Both figures are .1 seconds quicker than its rival, the bigger, heavier 797 hp Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye can manage. It retains the Mustang’s line-lock feature that holds the car in place as you do a burnout to warm up the tires and a launch control system that makes it easy to get going and send the engine screaming to its 7,500 rpm redline between shifts.

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Hit the brakes and the GT500’s 16.5-inch front and 14.5-inch rear discs stop it as if you’ve dropped an anchor equal to its 4,200 or so pounds, which is a couple of hundred more than any other Mustang.

This sort of straight-line performance is great and all that, but the twist is how the GT500 handles the turns. The car has more vents in it than a building in spy movie, but they’re not just for cooling its monster motor and brakes. They also channel air through the body to reduce lift at speed. A $1,500 handling pack adds a set of aerodynamic whiskers to the front corners of the car and a Gurney flap on top of the rear spoiler to turn more of the air passing by them into downforce, while an $18,500 Carbon Fiber Track Pack cranks up the effect.

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It completely swaps the rear spoiler for a giant wing designed after the one on the Ford Mustang GT4 racing car that helps the GT500 generate 550 pounds of downforce at its electronically restricted 180 mph top speed. Stickier summer-only Pilot Cup Sport 2 tires on lightweight carbon fiber wheels, deep Recaro front buckets and a rear seat delete that turns the GT500 into a two-passenger coupe are also included.

With this arsenal in place, the GT500 goes around curves as if it’s swinging at the end of a string. The grip and poise are uncanny. The faster you drive, the smaller and more nimble it feels. You find yourself attacking long sweepers and esses without a second thought, the way you would in something that started its life as a high-end sports car, not a $28,000 pony. When it does reach the limit, it leaves plenty of room for error as you reel it back in.

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Much of the credit goes to an advanced traction and stability management system that allows you to floor the accelerator with much abandon and figures out how much power you really need in any situation. I didn’t try shutting it off, because I’m exactly the kind of mediocre, middle-age lowest common denominator driver the engineers were looking to keep safe when they programmed it, but the ones I spoke with said it’s faster if you don’t, anyway.

While many owners will no doubt tow their GT500s to the track with an F-Series truck Ford is happy to sell them on the side, I don’t think they’d mind driving it there much at all. The steamroller tires add some noise, but the firm ride is perfectly acceptable on the road.

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That said, be sure to plan for a few extra stops for gas. The GT500’s fuel economy is a pretty dismal 12 mpg city and 18 mpg highway, while the Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye manages 13 mpg and 22 mpg, the latter thanks in part to a higher top gear ratio.

But there’s a different kind of fluid on the options list that will make your gas bill look cheap. Along with the regular $1,000 decals, Ford is offering a limited number of GT500 with hand-painted racing stripes for $10,000. They don’t make the car any faster, but they may be worth their weight in gold if you send it across the auction block someday.

I’m sure you’ll always remember it fondly if you do.

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2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500

Base price: $73,995

Type: 4- or 2- passenger, 2-door rear-wheel-drive coupe

Engine: 5.2-liter supercharged V8

Power: 760 hp, 625 lb-ft torque

Transmission: 7-speed automatic

MPG: 12 city/18 hwy

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‘Star Wars’ trilogy from ‘Game of Thrones’ writers no longer happening

“Game of Thrones” screenwriters David Benioff and D.B. Weiss have reportedly walked away from a blockbuster deal with Disney’s Lucasfilm to launch a “Star Wars” film trilogy.

Benioff and Weiss, who made the wildly popular HBO franchise based on the novels by George R. R. Martin, told Deadline.com that they are too busy with their Netflix series to work on the legendary sci-fi series.

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“We love Star Wars,” the statement read.

“When George Lucas built it, he built us too. Getting to talk about Star Wars with him and the current Star Wars team was the thrill of a lifetime, and we will always be indebted to the saga that changed everything.”

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The duo were expected to usher in a new era of Star Wars with a 2022 release date following this December’s “The Rise of Skywalker.” But they reportedly signed a “nine figure deal” with Netflix in August.

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“There are only so many hours in the day, and we felt we could not do justice to both Star Wars and our Netflix projects,” the pair told Deadline. “So we are regretfully stepping away.”

This article originally appeared in Page Six.

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‘Star Wars’ trilogy from ‘Game of Thrones’ writers no longer happening

“Game of Thrones” screenwriters David Benioff and D.B. Weiss have reportedly walked away from a blockbuster deal with Disney’s Lucasfilm to launch a “Star Wars” film trilogy.

Benioff and Weiss, who made the wildly popular HBO franchise based on the novels by George R. R. Martin, told Deadline.com that they are too busy with their Netflix series to work on the legendary sci-fi series.

‘GAME OF THRONES’ STARS EMILIA CLARKE, JASON MOMOA AND KIT HARINGTON REUNITE

“We love Star Wars,” the statement read.

“When George Lucas built it, he built us too. Getting to talk about Star Wars with him and the current Star Wars team was the thrill of a lifetime, and we will always be indebted to the saga that changed everything.”

CAMILA CABELLO MET ‘GAME OF THRONES’ STAR EMILIA CLARKE — AND TOTALLY FANGIRLED

The duo were expected to usher in a new era of Star Wars with a 2022 release date following this December’s “The Rise of Skywalker.” But they reportedly signed a “nine figure deal” with Netflix in August.

CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP

“There are only so many hours in the day, and we felt we could not do justice to both Star Wars and our Netflix projects,” the pair told Deadline. “So we are regretfully stepping away.”

This article originally appeared in Page Six.

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Kanye West Brags About $68 Million Tax Refund In ‘Airpool Karaoke’

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Kanye West’s accountant must be heaven-sent.

In Monday’s airplane version of James Corden’s “Carpool Karaoke” called “Airpool Karaoke” (above), West told “The Late Late Show” host that God is using the rapper’s wealth to flex. Apparently the almighty steered the “Jesus Is King” singer toward a hefty IRS refund as part of that plan.

“He’s using me to show off,” West said. “Last year I made $115 million and still ended up $35 million in debt. This year I looked up and I just got $68 million returned to me on my tax returns.”

West and Corden flew on a jet with more than 100 members of the rapper’s chorus. They sang material from the new album “Jesus Is King,” plus the older tune “Jesus Walks.”

But the flight really took off when West riffed on his life. Speaking of his five years of marriage to Kim Kardashian, he said, smiling: “Marriage years are different than human. … Every marriage year is like 100 years. It’s like 500 years of marriage.”

Corden scoffed at West’s notion that he made marriage cool again, saying “everybody” thought it was cool for him to marry Kardashian.

“Not Kris Humphries,” West shot back.

If God could fire off a rimshot, that would have been the perfect moment.

Fly with West and Corden above.

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