Ministers 'considering nationwide lockdown from Boxing Day'

Tier 4 warning: Boris to force harsh lockdown rules on MORE areas of UK from Boxing Day

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Boris Johnson held a meeting with ministers and leading medics tonight after the new strain of COVID-19 was detected in parts of the South West, Midlands and the North.

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Electric Ford F-150 drifts through the snow in new video

Fox News Autos test drive: 2021 Ford F-150 Powerboost hybrid

The 2021 Ford F-150 PowerBoost hybrid is the most powerful model in the lineup. Fox News Autos Editor takes it for a spin and uses it to grab some Zs.

Ford’s been dashing through the snow, but not in a sleigh.

The automaker has posted video of an electric F-150 prototype being tested at a winter development facility.

The crew cab truck wears the body of the last-generation F-150 and is equipped with a substantial bash plate for slamming through snowdrifts.

The electric F-150 will feature a unique version of the 2021 F-150’s style.
(Ford)

Whoever is behind the wheel clearly knows what they’re up to as they drift the full-size crew cab on and off of a twisty track plowed into the snow.

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Ford didn’t provide any new technical details to go along with the clip, but has previously confirmed that the electric F-150 will be the most-powerful model in the lineup when it goes on sale in 2022.

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For now, that honor belongs to the "electrified" 2021 Ford F-150 PowerBoost hybrid.

US suing Walmart for alleged role in fuelling opioid crisis, says WSJ

WASHINGTON (REUTERS) – The US Justice Department sued Walmart, accusing the retailer of fuelling the opioid crisis in the country and ignoring warning signs from its pharmacists, the Wall Street Journal reported on Tuesday (Dec 22).

The company was not immediately available for a comment.

Walmart’s stock was down 1.8 per cent on the news.

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Ford Recalls Select Explorer And Lincoln Aviator Vehicles

Ford Motor Co. (F) has issued two safety recalls in North America for possible burn risk and power loss.

The Dearborn, Michigan-based company has recalled 2021 Ford E-Series vehicles for 7.3-liter engine cover thermal management. The recall affects about 29,344 vehicles in the U.S. and 2,412 in Canada. The recalled vehicles were built at Ohio Assembly Plant between May 11, 2019 and November 13, 2020.

According to the company, the recalled vehicles may contain mispositioned insulation on the underside of the engine cover, which could result in overheating of the passenger compartment surface of the engine cover. Direct and continuous contact of the engine cover in the passenger compartment may cause burns to the skin of the driver or front passenger.

Ford said it is not aware of any accidents or injuries related to this condition.

Dealers will check the engine cover for gaps between the rubber seal and the insulation and will install engine cover insulation patches in the right and left inner lower corners of the engine cover, if required.

Ford also recalled 2020-21 Ford Explorer and Lincoln Aviator vehicles after the motor mount fasteners may become loose over time and disconnect from the engine, which could result in loss of power.

Ford is not aware of any accidents or injuries related to this condition. The recall affects around 1,405 vehicles in the U.S., 65 in Canada and two in Mexico.

Harvey Litwin Dies: APA Cofounder Was 89

Harvey Litwin, the former MCA publicity executive who co-founded Agency for the Performing Arts (APA), died of heart failure Dec. 15 in New York City. He was 89.

His death was announced by APA.

“I will truly miss my dear friend and mentor,” said Jim Gosnell, CEO of APA, in a statement. “Harvey was an extraordinarily generous and passionate man with a big heart. He was like an uncle to me, and remained so very true and helpful to our company long after he retired.  All of us at APA stand on the shoulders of our original founders, without whom we wouldn’t be here today.”

Litwin, who began his entertainment career as Publicity Director for MCA, played an integral role in the 1962 launch of APA in New York with fellow co-founders David Baumgarten, Roger Vorce and Robert Lasky. Among the agencies clients of the era were The Doors, Jefferson Airplane, Janis Joplin, Harry Belafonte, Johnny Cash and Steve Martin, to name a few.

In 1982, Litwin was named to APA’s Board of Directors. He also served on the Board of Directors for Swiss Chalet, Inc., San Juan, PR, and remained with APA as the agency’s CFO and Executive Vice President until his retirement in 2002.

Litwin is survived by his wife Gayle, stepdaughter Lauren, son-in-law Antonio, and granddaughter Amelia. Funeral services were held yesterday, and a memorial service will be scheduled next year to celebrate his life.

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Ministers 'considering nationwide lockdown from Boxing Day'

Ministers are said to be considering a full national lockdown from Boxing Day, according to reports.

A Gold Command meeting of public health chiefs and ministers held on Tuesday evening reportedly discussed plans to plunge Birmingham into a tier four lockdown before Christmas.

An announcement could be held as early as Wednesday, according to the Mirror and the Sun.

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