BMW X4 M40i caught production-ready

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BMW X4 M40i

It seems like BMW is pretty committed to this whole X4 thing. Aside from the current xDrive28i and xDrive35i, we’ve captured a round of spy photos showing what our spy shooters tell us is a more dynamic M40i model.

The higher-performance hunchback follows in the footsteps of BMW’s other sub-M cars like the M235i. In fact, much like the high-po 2 Series, the M40i is expected to make use of a 3.0-liter, turbocharged six-cylinder, developing 365 to 375 horsepower.

Aside from that, the rest of the X4 M40i fits the brief of other near-M models, with a more aggressive body kit, larger wheels, firmer suspension and brawnier brakes. Expect some mild tweaks inside, too, including sportier seats and an M-specific steering wheel.

Judging by the uncamouflaged nature of this tester caught testing on Germany’s Nürburgring, production will kick off before the end of the year, perhaps in December. That means a LA Auto Show debut is likely, provided BMW opts to sell the hotter X4 in the US market. Take a look above for our full gallery of spy photos.

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Honda discontinuing Euro Accord, no replacement in sight

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Honda Accord

Honda has built two Accords for many years. There’s the one we’re familiar with here in the United States, and then there’s the Accord sold in markets like Europe and Australia, known here in the US as the Acura TSX. But just like Acura did with the TSX, the Euro-market Accord has been discontinued.

The news comes from The Motor Report in Australia, which is reporting that the Accord Euro will be discontinued in 2015. Sold Down Under alongside the US-market model, the discontinuation of the Aussie car indicates an end to Honda’s midsize sedan efforts in Europe, where there is no obvious replacement for the four-door and wagon models.

According to TMR, Honda Australia Director Stephen Collins indicated that focus will be placed instead on the US market “wide-body” model, as it’s known. That said, this decision doesn’t sound like it’s sitting too well in Oz.

To be honest, we’re a bit disappointed in the global decision for it to be discontinued,” Collins told TMR. “If we had our way, we would definitely be continuing down that track.”

Collins, meanwhile, ruled out rebadging the Acura TLX, saying it’s “definitely not” a replacement for the Accord Euro.

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City Council Votes For Bills To Protect Jailed Immigrants From Feds

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Bills passed by the City Council Wednesday aim to keep detained immigrants from being deported by the federal government.

The City Council voted in favor of the legislation 41-6 Wednesday.

As WCBS 880’s Rich Lamb reported, the measures, supported by Mayor Bill de Blasio, would prohibit correction officials and police from handing over detainees to immigration officials.

But Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito noted there are exceptions.

City Council Bill Seeks To Protect Jailed Immigrants From Feds

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Rich Lamb reports

“The law will only allow the city to honor the detainer if the subject has been convicted of a violent or serious felony in the last five years or if the person is a possible match on the federal terrorist watchlist,” she said.

The bill would also shutter the federal immigration office on Rikers Island.

Mark-Viverito said New York is setting the standard for treatment of the immigrant population.

The speaker said earlier this month that immigrant families looking for better lives are “needlessly torn apart” because of gaps in the law.

An immigration detainer informs local law enforcement agencies that Homeland Security intends to assume custody of a person, and requests information to help make that possible.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement is the investigative arm of the Department of Homeland Security and says the process helps it identify and remove criminals.

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Police: Soldier, Gunman Dead In Ottawa Shootings

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — A Canadian soldier standing guard at a war memorial in the country’s capital was shot to death Wednesday before gunfire erupted inside Parliament, authorities said.

One gunman was also killed.

And as CBS 2’s Dana Tyler reported, police Wednesday evening could not confirm whether any more shooters remained on the loose — though there were reports that officers were searching for at least two others.

Lawmakers and civilians rushed through the halls of the Canadian parliament amid the sound of the gunfire. People fled Parliament by scrambling down scaffolding erected for renovations, while others took cover inside as police with rifles and body armor took up positions outside and blocked the normally bustling streets around the building.

“We’re standing around talking and one of the construction people said to us, ‘Well, probably a good idea to stand behind one of the monuments;’ that if there’s someone inside shooting out, then we got a bit (of a) better chance,” said Canada MP John McKay (Liberal, Scarborough-Guildwood.)

Witnesses said at least one gunman, a man dressed all in black with a scarf over his face, was chased into Parliament after another shooting at a nearby war memorial. There, a soldier standing guard over a tomb commemorating World War I was killed.

The CBC late Wednesday afternoon identified the soldier as Cpl. Nathan Cirillo, 24.

When the gunman entered Parliament, dozens of shots rang out, witnesses said.

The gunman who was killed was identified as Canadian-born Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, 32.

PHOTOS: Canadian Parliament Shooting

Ottawa police spokesman Chuck Benoit said two or three gunmen were believed to be involved in the attack. Gilles Michaud, assistant commissioner of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, called it a “dynamic, unfolding situation.”

Ottawa Hospital said it received two patients, both listed in stable condition, in addition to the soldier.

WCBS 880 spoke with Canada MP Marc Garneau (Liberal, Westmount-Ville-Marie), who was also in the building when the shots were fired.

“This is not a place where you expect somebody to storm the place and start firing at everybody so it was quite traumatic for some people,” he said.

Interview With Canadian MP Marc Garneau In Ottawa

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Here at home, New Yorkers can expect to see a more visible show of force from the NYPD.

The NYPD said it is paying “special attention” to certain locations within NYC that may be associated with the Canadian government– including the Canadian Consulate across from 30 Rock and Radio City Music Hall. That attention includes heavily armed and armored “Hercules” teams. The NYPD said they’re taking the steps as a “precautionary measure.”

The FBI said in a statement there was “no specific reporting indicating a threat to the United States” related to the incident. “We stand ready to assist our Canadian partners as they deal with the ongoing situation in their capital,” the agency said.

Rows of news vans and the NYPD “Hercules team” with helmets, vests, automatic rifles and a German Shepard could be seen outside the consulate Wednesday, WCBS 880’s Alex Silverman reported.

NYPD Steps Up Security At Locations With Ties To Canadian Government

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Alex Silverman reports

The attack in Canada came two days after a recent convert to Islam killed one Canadian soldier and injured another in a hit-and-run before being shot to death by police. The killer had been on the radar of federal investigators, who feared he had jihadist ambitions and seized his passport when he tried to travel to Turkey.

The White House stopped short of calling the attacks the work of terrorists, but Press Secretary John Earnest confirmed that President Barack Obama is monitoring developments closely.

Obama and Prime Minister Stephen Harper spoke Wednesday afternoon.

“The United States has been in touch with Canadian counterparts over the last several months to talk about this issue of countering violent extremism, and trying to deter foreign fighters who could be radicalized by ISIL,” Earnest said.

“We don’t yet have all the information about what motivated the shooting. We don’t yet have all the information about whether this was part of a broader network or plan, or if this was an individual or series of individuals who decided to take these actions,” added President Obama.

Meanwhile, Canada had raised its domestic terror threat level from low to medium Tuesday because of “an increase in general chatter from radical Islamist organizations,” said Jean-Christophe de Le Rue, a spokesman for the public safety minister.

Cabinet Minister Tony Clement tweeted that at least 30 shots were heard inside Parliament, where Conservative and Liberal MPs were holding their weekly caucus meetings.

“I’m safe locked in an office awaiting security,” tweeted MP Kyle Seeback (Conservative, Brampton West.)

The top spokesman for Prime Minister Stephen Harper said Harper was safe and had left Parliament Hill.

Officials also canceled two events in Toronto honoring Pakistani teenager and Nobel laureate Malala Yousafzai, including one in which she was supposed to receive honorary Canadian citizenship. The teenager was shot in the head by a Taliban gunman in 2012 for calling for schooling for girls.

Royal Canadian Mounted Police warned people in downtown Ottawa to stay away from windows and rooftops.

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Starbucks Is Gifting Us Its First New Holiday Drink In Five Years!!

Our prayers have been answered!

If the novelty of the Pumpkin Spiced Latte has already warn off on you for the year, then you’re in luck.

That’s because Starbucks just announced that they’re releasing a new latte for this holiday season!

That’s right!

The Chestnut Praline Latte is sure to be your newest drink of choice, or at least, it will be when it hits stores everywhere November 12th.

[ Related: Find Out How You Can Win Free Starbucks Drinks For 30 Years! ]

It may not seem like it, but this new beverage is actually a big deal because the coffee chain hasn’t released a new holiday-inspired drink since 2009!

We hear that people who were lucky enough to try the chestnut praline last year when Starbucks tested it really liked it, so we’re excited to try it out.

But we still have to wait three weeks until it’s out, so it’s just gonna be PSLs until then.

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Nike x Pedro Lourenço Collection featuring Karlie Kloss

Followed the Air Force 1 “City” collection, Nike has teamed up with Brazilian designer Pedro Lourenço to present a new women’s training collection inspired by the emerging desire for luxury in sport performance gear. Designed to transition from workouts to everyday wear, the range represents a play on proportions and layering and includes three looks and two footwear options designed to be worn together. Throughout the collection, Lourenço employed materials that perform, yet also are soft and feminine.

For example, the collection features a neoprene jacket that is crafted with ‘60s-era couture tailoring techniques while incorporating present-day technologies. Lourenço also uses Nike technologies as a functional aesthetic detailing. Gradient flocking in black and nude colors identifies areas of enhanced breathability. The addition of a skirt panel to the training tight flatters the form, while reflective details throughout the collection help keep athletes visible at night.

The Nike x Pedro Lourenço collection will be available at NikeLab and NikeLab DSM locations, as well as online, beginning November 13.

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Nike x Pedro Lourenço Collection featuring Karlie Kloss

Followed the Air Force 1 “City” collection, Nike has teamed up with Brazilian designer Pedro Lourenço to present a new women’s training collection inspired by the emerging desire for luxury in sport performance gear. Designed to transition from workouts to everyday wear, the range represents a play on proportions and layering and includes three looks and two footwear options designed to be worn together. Throughout the collection, Lourenço employed materials that perform, yet also are soft and feminine.

For example, the collection features a neoprene jacket that is crafted with ‘60s-era couture tailoring techniques while incorporating present-day technologies. Lourenço also uses Nike technologies as a functional aesthetic detailing. Gradient flocking in black and nude colors identifies areas of enhanced breathability. The addition of a skirt panel to the training tight flatters the form, while reflective details throughout the collection help keep athletes visible at night.

The Nike x Pedro Lourenço collection will be available at NikeLab and NikeLab DSM locations, as well as online, beginning November 13.

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