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Mercedes Benz luxury truck launches in concept art

If pickup trucks have not been your thing because they just weren't luxurious enough, you may be in luck.

Mercedes Benz has released concept art for its Mercedes-Benz Concept X-Class. More plainly, it's a luxury pickup truck.

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The Mercedes-Benz Vans division said in a news release Tuesday that the truck will be produced in cooperation with the Renault-Nissan Alliance, and the stylings of the vehicle do look similar to Nissan trucks already on the market.

Road and Track Magazine reported that the midsize concept X-Class is going to begin production in late 2017.

Two versions can be seen in the concept art. One, branded as the Concept X-CLASS powerful adventurer has a sportier, more rugged appearance. The other, branded as the Concept X-CLASS stylish explorer is closer to traditional, more elegant stylings of Mercedes vehicles.

"Our future X-Class will be a pickup that knows no compromise. Ladder-type frame, high-torque six-cylinder engine, and permanent all-wheel drive are compulsory for us," Head of Mercedes-Benz Vans Volker Mornhinweg said in the release. "As an added value we bring safety, comfort, agility, and expressive design – in other words, everything that distinguishes vehicles bearing the Mercedes star. We will thus appeal to new customers who have not considered owning a pickup before."

Mercedes lists the key markets for the truck as Europe, Latin America, South Africa and Australia.

Whether or not the luxury pickup truck will be available for U.S. consumers, for now, is a no.

"The Mercedes-Benz pickup shown on October 25, 2016 is a concept," Mercedes-Benz USA said. "While a pickup is under consideration for the U.S. market at some point, no timeline is available for a decision to be made."

Prince Albert II visits newly bought childhood home of mother Grace Kelly

Prince Albert II of Monaco on Tuesday inspected the childhood home of his mother, Oscar-winning actress Grace Kelly, days after confirming to People magazine that he bought the home in Philadelphia's East Falls neighborhood.

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"We're still trying to figure out what we're going to do with it," he told People on Friday. "We're looking at having it contain some museum exhibit space and maybe use part of it for offices for some of our foundation work."

A palace spokeswoman told that Albert's visit Tuesday was considered private. He did not speak with reporters.

The home at 3901 Henry Ave. was built in 1935 by Kelly's father, John B. Kelly. Signage outside the home designates it as a historic landmark. John B. Kelly was a three-time Olympic gold medalist and a well-known businessman active in Philadelphia politics.

Albert visited the home a few times as a child and shared memories with People of time spent rolling around on the living room carpet and watching traffic pass the home.

"The house is filled with little moments like that. Moments of being a family," he told the magazine. "I'm very happy to have saved this old family home from a near certain death or development."

According to The Associated Press, the six-bedroom, 2.5-story Colonial home last came under scrutiny in 2014, when its former owner was charged with animal cruelty. More than a dozen cats were seized from the home and the remains of several others were found.

The home left Kelly family hands in 1974, when it was sold and flipped in a few days to its most recent owner, according to People.

The house sold on Sept. 23 for $754,000, according to

Kelly made her name in Hollywood with films such as "Dial M for Murder," "Rear Window," "High Society" and "To Catch a Thief." Reports indicate that Prince Rainier III proposed to her in her childhood home. The couple married in 1956.

7 things to know now: Windows 10; Gingrich vs. Kelly; missing dancer found

Here's a roundup of news trending across the nation and world today.

What to know now:

1. Search for suspected killer: The search has widened for an Oklahoma man who is suspected of killing his aunt and uncle then wounding two police officers in a shootout. Michael Vance, who was charged in July with child sex abuse, is believed to have killed his aunt and uncle about three hours before the shootout with police. Officials say he was likely wounded in the shootout. Police also say Vance has a communicable disease that he may be trying to spread.

2. Microsoft event: Microsoft will hold a Windows 10 event Wednesday morning in New York City. Company executives are expected to talk about new features for their products, possibly including information about the HoloLens, a headset that will bring holograms to life. The event starts at 10 a.m. 

3. World Series Game 2: The Cubs and the Indians meet again Wednesday night in Game 2 of the World Series. Cleveland beat Chicago 6-0 in Game 1 Tuesday night. Jake Arrieta is set to start for the Cubs Wednesday, facing the Indian’s Trevor Bauer. The game is starting early (7:08 p.m. ET) due to a forecast of rain later in the evening.

4. Missing dancer found: Shirlene Quigley, a dancer for some of the music industry’s biggest stars, has been found safe. The 32-year-old was reported missing on Sunday. Several stars for whom she had danced asked fans to help find Quigley. She is said to be at an undisclosed medical facility.

5. Giants boot Brown: The New York Giants released kicker Josh Brown on Tuesday, about a week after the organization saw publicly released document in which Brown admitted to beating his wife. Brown had served a one-game suspension as a result of an arrest in May on domestic violence charges. Those charges were dropped. A story from, showed Brown admitted he physically, emotionally and verbally abused Molly Brown at least 20 times during their marriage. The couple are now divorced.

And one more

Things got a little tense in an interview between former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich and Fox News host Megyn Kelly Tuesday after Kelly asked Gingrich about the women accusing GOP nominee Donald Trump of sexual misconduct. "You are fascinated with sex and you don't care about public policy,” Gingrich charged after Kelly asked if Trump should be considered a sexual predator following the release of a tape in which he says that because he is a star he can grope a woman if he wants to. "You cannot defend that statement," Gingrich said. "I'm sick and tired of people like you using language that's inflammatory that's not true." Kelly answered, "You know what Mr. Speaker, I'm not fascinated by sex but I am fascinated by the protection of women and understanding what we're getting in the Oval Office.”

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Four killed on theme park river rapids ride

Four people were killed when a ride at Australia’s largest theme park, Dreamworld, malfunctioned Tuesday.

According to the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, two of the four adult victims were thrown from their raft on the Thunder River Rapids ride, while two others were trapped inside the raft.

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The theme park, a major attraction in the Gold Coast tourist region of the east coast state of Queensland, announced on social media and its website that it is closed until further notice.

Witnesses told the ABC that she saw people “running out, crying.”

“I was speaking to one of the guys and he said it was the raft or the boat thing in front of him, the whole thing flipped and everyone was screaming.”

Video uploaded to YouTube shows the ride involves a six-person raft that follows a water course. The park’s website describes the ride, which has operated since 1986, as a family ride with “moderate thrill.”

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Many large theme parks and smaller, local amusement parks across the country feature similar rides. 

Read more at ABC News Online.

7 things to know now: 4 killed at amusement park; Obamacare going up; keeping babies safe

Here's a roundup of news trending across the nation and world today.

What to know now:

1. Four killed at park: A day at an Australian amusement park turned deadly when four people were killed on a ride that malfunctioned. Two men and two women died on the Thunder River Rapids ride. Authorities are trying to determine why two people were pitched from one of its rafts and two others either trapped under the water or actually in the ride. The accident took place at Dreamworld, a park in Queensland.  

2. Man jumps hold kids: A man holding his two children jumped from a New Jersey interstate overpass Monday. The man was found dead near where he jumped, but the children survived the incident that happened near the Wanaque River in the northern part of the state.  

3. Fogle’s ex sues: The former wife of Jared Fogle, who starred in commercials for the Subway sandwich chain, is suing the company saying executives knew her husband was a pedophile but failed to alert authorities. Katie McLaughlin divorced Fogle after he pleaded guilty to possession of child pornography and having sex with minors. "A responsible corporation would take immediate action when hearing of this behavior, even if it was only allegations," the lawsuit reads.  

4. Obamacare going up: The price of premiums for the Affordable Care Act are set to rise nearly 25 percent next year, according to a government report. Premiums for the plan known as Obamacare are increasing at the same time large insurers have announced they are leaving the program because of massive losses from customers who are sicker than anticipated. 

5. Keeping infants safe: The American Academy of Pediatrics says you can protect children from sudden infant death syndrome by keeping them close during the night. The AAP is recommending that parents keep their sleeping babies in the same room with them at night, preferably for a full year, but at least until the baby is 6 months old. They warn, however, that infants should never sleep in the same bed as adults or other children. About 3,500 babies die of SIDS each year in the United States. 

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A Texas family is looking for help to find their daughter, a college student, who disappeared two weeks ago. Zuzu Verk, 22, was last seen out with friends and her boyfriend on Oct. 12. Verk’s father says her boyfriend has refused to help authorities in the search.  

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Man captures video of enormous spider carrying away mouse in home

Jason Womal said he was getting ready to go to work when his neighbor asked him, "You want to see something cool?"

The Coppabella, Australia, man enthusiastically said yes and ended up recording video of an enormous huntsman spider carrying away an even bigger mouse in the house next door.

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The Guardian reported that Womal posted the creepy, astonishing video on Facebook Saturday. It has over 12 million views.

Graham Millage, the manager of the Australian Museum’s archaeology collection, told The Guardian the video was a first for him.

"This is the first time I’ve seen one catch a mouse, but I have seen huntsmen catch geckos," Millage said. "I’ve seen a redback spider catch a snake in its web, I’ve seen a golden orb spiders catch birds."

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Helen Smith, an arachnid expert at the museum, showed some skepticism about the video.

"I would be very surprised if a huntsman would attack a mouse and even if it did, that the venom would be sufficient to kill it fast enough for the spider to still have hold of it," she told the Guardian. "I am a also suspicious because the mouse’s tail looks quite stiff -- as though it has been dead some time."

Although some of us would pack our bags and move far away, Womal said he's made friends with the spider.

"OK guys so just letting you all know that the spider is fine," Womal said in an update. "We have named him Hermie, we have adopted him and he is now running his own extermination business out of our town Coppabella. Oh and he is now paying rent. Lol."

If you can bear it, watch the video below:

 So I am just about to leave for work about 0030 and me neighbour says "You want to see something cool" and I say "Hell yeah". So we proceed to his place and he shows me this. Huntsman trying to eat a mouse.Posted by Jason Womal on Saturday, October 22, 2016

Charles Barkley talks about 'The Race Card'

Charles Barkley has plenty to say about race relations, and next year he’ll have a forum to do so.

Not that he needs it.                                                                                               

Barkley, the affable NBA Hall of Famer and TV sports analyst will host a new show, “The Race Card” set to air next year on TNT, according to a story from The Associated Press.

The show will feature Barkley taking on the topic of race relations in the United States, and, from the sound of it, it will be typical straight-forward Barkely.

"I just want to do a positive dialogue because I'm sick of arguing over race all the time," Barkley to The AP. "Like, I'm very aware that racism does exist, it always has and probably always will, but the media does a really poor job. There's more good than bad, but the bad pops off the newspaper and on television. And like I said, the truth is somewhere in the middle."

In the AP interview, Barkley said he respects what some athletes today are doing in the name of race relations, but he’s not sure they are doing enough.

"It goes back to the (Colin) Kaepernick thing," he said. "I said, you do what you want to do, you're a grown man. But I challenge all these guys, what are you actually doing in the black community to help our people?"

Kaepernick, quarterback of the San Francisco 49ers, has been protesting the state of race relations in the United States by refusing to stand during the playing of the National Anthem prior to NFL games.

Barkley says he hopes the show will shine a light on some of the problems the country faces.

"What I'm trying to do with the show is, all the racial BS is somewhere in the middle. It's not black and white ... like everything is not all what it seems," Barkley said. "I'm just trying to open up a positive dialogue. That's all I'm trying to do."

For the full story, see The Associated Press.  

Rare two-headed shark has even rarer offspring

A sawtail catshark in the Mediterranean is making headlines in the science world. 

Scientists from Spain say they've discovered the first case of a two-headed shark developing in an egg-laying shark species, National Geographic reported.

The creature was featured in an article in the Journal of Fish Biology.

The shark species lives only in one region: the western Mediterranean, and is considered "near threatened."

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Scientists were collecting embryos of nearly 800 sharks to study their cardiovascular systems. Only one embryo showed two heads.

The embryo has two heads, two mouths, two sets of eyes, two brains, two sets of gills, two stomachs and two livers, but only one, shared, intestine.

The condition, called dicephaly, is rare in the animal kingdom, but can be found in species from snakes to dolphins and even people.

Normally dicephaly has been found in sharks that bear live young or lay eggs that hatch inside the mother.

"There's a reason you don't see a lot of sharks with two heads swimming around: They stand out like a sore thumb, so they get eaten," George Burgess, director the Florida program for shark research at the Florida Museum of Natural History.

7 things to know now: Hayden dies; Kaine's not afraid of WikiLeaks; the new Lando Calrissian

Here's a roundup of news trending across the nation and world today.

What to know now:

1. Hayden dies: Tom Hayden, a leading figure in the 1960s anti-war movement, died Sunday after a long illness. Hayden who was one of the defendants in the “Chicago 7” trial, was a co-founder of the anti-war organization Students for a Democratic Society, and an author of the Port Huron Statement, a political manifesto from the SDS. He was married to actress Jane Fonda for nearly two decades before they divorced. Hayden was 76. 

2. Truck, bus accident: Authorities are trying to find out why a tour bus rammed into the back of a semi-truck in California, killing 13 and injuring 31 others early Sunday. The bus was returning to Los Angeles from a trip to a casino. The crash happened outside of Palm Springs, Calif., near the spot a maintenance crew had slowed traffic on Interstate 10.  

3. Kaine and WikiLeaks: Hillary Clinton’s running mate, Tim Kaine, says he is not concerned over a threat from WikiLeaks that he is in for a “surprise” by the release of hacked emails. Kaine says he is not in the business of sending emails that could prove embarrassing to him, but that he is a “regular human being.” "I would say it would not be my norm. I do have a temper so, I mean, I imagine I've got an email or two out there that people might find unusual," Kaine said. On the campaign trail, Kaine has questioned whether the emails being released by WikiLeaks are authentic.  

4. Guard bonuses: The Pentagon is telling California National Guard soldiers who received enlistment bonuses 10 years ago that they are going to have to repay the money. Audits revealed that bonuses, some of more than $15,000, were overpayments offered by the California Guard under pressure to hit enlistment goals. The payments were made to keep soldiers in the Guard during the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. According to the Los Angeles Times, if the soldiers refuse to return the bonuses, they could face interest charges, wage garnishments or tax liens.  

5. Princess Grace’s home: Prince Albert of Monaco has purchased the Philadelphia home his mother, Princess Grace, grew up in. The 2.5-story brick home was where Prince Albert’s father, Prince Rainier, proposed to his mother. According to a real estate agent, the home sold for $754,000. Prince Albert says he is not sure what his family will do with the home yet.  

And one more

The producers of the next installment in the “Star Wars” franchise have announced that Donald Glover will play a young Lando Calrissian in a film slated for release in 2018. Glover, who starred in NBC's comedy "Community,” will take on the role made famous by Billy Dee Williams in “The Empire Strikes Back,” and “Return of the Jedi.” The name of the movie that features a young Hans Solo, has not yet been released. 

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Homeland Security investigating after massive cyber attacks take down sites across the internet

Federal officials are monitoring reports of at least two cyber attacks that took down pages and services across the internet on Friday. One of the attacks is ongoing as of 2 p.m. EDT.

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White House spokesman Josh Earnest said the Department of Homeland Security, which monitors cyber threats against the United States, is monitoring the situation.

"At this point, I don't have any information to share about who might be responsible for this malicious activity," Earnest said.

>> Related: Twitter, Spotify among major websites down Friday morning

The outages appear to have stemmed from dedicated denial of service (DDOS) attacks levied against Dyn Inc., one of the world's foremost providers of internet services. The company runs domain name servers, known commonly as DNS, which provide infrastructure for internet services.

"They (DNS) work as a phone book or map to the internet, making sure that when someone writes an address into their computer or phone, it can be directed to the right place and show the right information," The Independent reported.

>> Related: Russian hackers release information about 25 more Olympic athletes

Dyn confirmed that it started monitoring and fighting an attack on its infrastructure around 7 a.m. The company announced that services has been restored by 9:20 a.m.

However, a second attack was reported just before 12 p.m., again targeting Dyn's infrastructure.

"Our engineers continue to investigate and mitigate several attacks aimed against the Dyn Managed DNS infrastructure," the company said in an update posted just before 2 p.m.

>> Related: FBI investigating Democratic National Committee hack

It was not immediately clear whether the attacks were related.

Dyn is based in New Hampshire; However, it provides services for multiple U.S.-based sites, and the attack on its servers caused issues loading the American sites in parts of Europe, Japan and other places, according to outage maps from Down Detector.

>> Related: WikiLeaks emails: FBI investigates, Podesta claims he was targeted by Russian hackers

A DDOS attack occurs when a website gets an influx of requests meant to overload the site and make it inaccessible.

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