American electric car company Tesla has taken endless criticism for relying on funding from the federal government, according to Bloomberg.
But now, Tesla has repaid the government, as Elon Musk's company wrote a $451.8 million check to close its $465 million loan, for which Sarah Palin called the company losers.
"Following this payment, Tesla will be the only car company to have fully repaid the government," the company wrote on its website.
And not only is it paid, it was paid nine years early. The loan repayment comes after a series of good news for Tesla, including its first-ever profit and sales predictions much higher than they initially guessed. Shares have risen from $25.52 to $87.24 this year.
Pro golfer Tiger Woods was spotted with his girlfriend, Olympian Lindsey Vonn, on his yacht, the Latin Times reported.
And his children with ex-wife Elin Nordegren tagged along, too. Vonn's contact with the children is seen as a sort of stamp of approval from Nordegren, especially after spending time together on multiple occasions.
Vonn has also been seen taking Woods's children to school in Palm Beach without Nordegren or Woods present, I4U reports.
She has to have given her approval -- the divorce settlement between Elin and Tiger stipulates that he is not allowed to have the children around any new girlfriends or dates without her explicit approval.
That includes female members of Tiger's staff but exempts married women not linked to Tiger's love life.
Recent reports have shown that the couple has moved in together at Woods' home in Jupiter Beach, Fla. and have talked about a prenuptial agreement and getting married. They officially announced their relationship in March.
Trevor Bolder, who once played bass for David Bowie on several studio albums and as a member of his backing band, Spiders from Mars, has died from pancreatic cancer at the age of 62, Rolling Stone reported Wednesday.
Born Kingston Upon Hull in Yorkshire, England, Bolder joined the Spiders From Mars in 1971 and played bass on four Bowie albums, "Hunky Dory," "The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars," "Aladdin Sane" and "Pin Ups."
"Trevor was a wonderful musician and a major inspiration for whichever band he was working with," Bowie said in a statement on his website. "But he was foremostly a tremendous guy, a great man."
Bolder joined Uriah Heep in 1976 and played with them until his health prevented him a few months ago.
"Trevor was an all time great, one of the outstanding musicians of his generation, and one of the finest and most influential bass players that Britain ever produced," Uriah Heep said in a statement.
"His long time membership of Uriah Heep brought the band’s music, and Trevor’s virtuosity and enthusiasm, to hundreds of thousands of fans across the world"
Spandau Ballet guitarist Gary Kemp honored Bolder in a tweet:
RIP another Spider from Mars, a kind and decent man, Trevor Bolder. Love and peace to his family. twitter.com/garyjkemp/stat…— Gary Kemp (@garyjkemp) May 21, 2013
See Bolder do his thing in the videos below:
Researchers at Arizona State University’s Biodesign Institute have published a study that lends some merit to the colloquial first aid advice to "rub some dirt in it."
Associate professor Shelley Haydel and graduate research associate Caitlin Otto looked into the practice and found a family of antibacterial clays capable of killing pathogens ranging from E. coli to methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, otherwise known as hard-to-kill MRSA.
Clays have been used since antiquity for wounds, in poultices and in baths. Clays were ingested to treat diarrhea, dysentery, tapeworm and hookworm. In the 19th century, clays were applied to surgical wounds to reduce inflammation and putrefaction, and to aid healing and pain management.
Researchers tested a variety of different clays and found that five metal ions -- iron, copper, cobalt, nickel and zinc -- had antibacterial properties when present in sufficient quantities with an acceptable pH. The study, published in the journal PLoS ONE, also identifies the specific ions which are effective against E. coli and MRSA.
Haydel is optimistic about the potential for medicinal clays in the fight against antibiotic-resistent pathogens. Currently, MRSA is highly contagious and often plagues hospitals.
The authors also suggest more widespread use for the clay, particularly as bandages. The clays adhere to the skin to seal out external contaminants, and their absorptive properties help remove devitalized tissue and foreign materials from a wound, while the antiseptic metal ions prevent infection.
Haydel notes that many minerals found in clays are toxic. "Since clays can contain toxic metals, such as arsenic, cadmium, lead, and mercury, safety precautions must be in place to minimize exposure to toxic ions. Efforts must be taken to standardize the composition and antibacterial efficacy of clays if they are to be used therapeutically and prophylactically."
The pop and R&B superstar's fifth album "Janet" sold over 7 million copies and boasted six Billboard Hot 100 singles, and just marked its 20th anniversary May 18.
The singer has raked in $260 million in album sales thanks to the success of "Control," "Janet" and "Rhythm Nation 1814," and she earned a further $81 million from music and book publishing fees.
Jackson, 47, has made over $500 million on her sold-out world tours and related tour sponsorships, and over $300 million from her big-screen roles in "The Nutty Professor II: The Klumps," "Poetic Justice" and "For Colored Girls."
In an interview with Billboard last week, Jackson revealed she's working on a new album. "I am working on a new project now. We are creating the concept and initial thoughts on the music," she said.
The youngest child of the Jackson family and sister to fellow performer Michael Jackson, Janet began her career in the early 1970s and became a pop culture icon. She announced in February that she married Qatari retail billionaire Wissam Al Mana in a private ceremony in 2012.
A photo of Bill Murray imitating a crying baby has gone viral.
The picture, which features Murray posing next to the child he is imitating, was posted on the Tumblr "Reasons My Son is Crying" on Thursday under the caption "He met Bill Murray."
"Resons My son is Crying" is a Tumblr dedicated to document "all the many many completely logical reasons that children cry."
The site was created by 32-year-old Greg Pembroke, a father of two boys under 4, because "every parent experiences meltdowns and I was trying to have a little fun with it.”
Former Major League Baseball player and Twitter oddity Jose Canseco appears to have live-tweeted the arrival of police at his Las Vegas home to question him as a potential subject in a rape.
Clark County, Nevada District Attorneys confirmed that Canseco was being considered either a person of interest or a suspect, but no charges had been filed as of Wednesday afternoon.
Police source reached by phone called Jose Canseco a 'person of interest.' @lvmpd press release called him a 'suspect.' No charges filed.— Jackie Valley (@JackieValley) May 22, 2013
Canseco appears to have revealed the identity of his accuser in a stream of tweets, including a picture of the woman and her phone number. He also said he would be willing to take a polygraph test on national television.
All the tweets have been deleted, but screenshots are included here, with the personal details of the accuser removed.
Heinrich Rohrer, the Swiss physicist who won a Nobel Prize for the invention of a microscope that could see individual atoms, died Thursday at the age of 79.
The Swiss newspaper Tages-Anzeiger broke the news, claiming that Rohrer died at his home in Wollerau, Switzerland, The Boston Globe reported. The cause of death has not yet been disclosed.
Rohrer was working alongside Gerd Binnig when they conceived the scanning tunneling microscope that earned them a Nobel Prize in 1986. The device, which opened the door to nanotechnology, was created at an IBM laboratory in 1981.
A California high-school baseball player completed a feat that would be impressive even by professional standards.
MIchael Strem led his St. Francis High teammates to a 2 - 0 victory in the second round of the California Interscholastic Federation Central Coast Section Division I playoffs last Wednesday.
To do it, Strem threw a perfect game, tossing 66 pitches over seven innings to defeat Monta Vista.
Strem struck out eight of the 21 batters he faced, throwing 48 strikes and 18 balls, and none of the others reached base safely.
St. Francis, of Mountain View, Calif., went on to defeat Valley Christian 3 - 0 in the quarterfinals on Saturday and was set to face Palo Alto on Wednesday evening.
Photos, mannequins and display cases that were going to be used during a Marilyn Monroe exhibit in Prague were reported stolen on Monday.
Web Pro News reports the items had been put together by several Italian museum curators as a tribute to Monroe in the 50th anniversary of her death.
Among the articles lost were shoes, clothing and diaries that belonged to the actress.
Exhibition officials have not yet decided if they'll carry on with the show. The display was supposed to travel to Tokyo after Prague.