Volkswagen exec gets seven years in prison over emissions scandal

Volkswagen official Oliver Schmidt has been sentenced to seven years in prison and handed down a $400,000 fine. In August, the former Volkswagen manager in Michigan pleaded guilty for his role in the automaker’s emission-cheating scheme. If you’ll recall, the company admitted back in 2015 that it installed software designed to cheat emissions tests in millions of its vehicles. In truth, those cars emitted up to 35 times the legal level of nitrogen oxide, a pollutant that could cause respiratory problems in people and could make vegetation more prone to disease.

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Astronomers just discovered a supermassive black hole from the dawn of the universe

There was a bang. A big one. It was the beginning of everything, but for several hundred million years, all was darkness. Then, lights started flickering to life, stars and gases and galaxies all coming online.

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