DOT reminds car owners to get airbags fixed, not drive 2006 Ford Ranger and Mazda B-Series pickups

The U.S. Department of Transportation is again urging owners of vehicles with defective Takata air bags to seek repairs immediately.

The agency singled out Ford Rangers and Mazda B-Series trucks from 2006, which are under a “do not drive” warning. The agency said Monday that it is “deeply concerned” that they are not being returned for repairs quickly enough.

Chemicals used to inflate the air bags can deteriorate in some conditions, causing them to explode with too much force and blow apart a metal canister that can lead to hurling shrapnel.

At least 22 deaths and more than 180 injuries have been linked to the defect. Some 50 million Takata air bag inflators have been recalled in the United States and millions more globally. Lawsuits are pending against the company.

According to the manufacturers, only 49.2 percent of the 33,320 impacted Ford Rangers, and 55 percent of the 2,205 Mazda B-Series trucks, have been fixed.

Both automakers will have the vehicles towed to a dealership at no cost.

The focus is on 21 cities and Puerto Rico where, according to the agency, many of the vehicles are located.

“I cannot stress strongly enough the urgency of this recall – these airbags are dangerous,” said Heidi King, deputy administrator at the Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. “Every vehicle must be accounted for now.”

The agency is urging consumers to visit NHTSA.gov and use a Vehicle Identification Number, or VIN, to find out if their vehicle is included in the recalls.

Waymo autonomous vehicle involved in Arizona crash was in manual mode at time of incident

A Waymo-operated autonomous minivan involved in an accident in Chandler, Ariz., last week was being driven in manual mode when it was hit by an out of control vehicle.

The Chrysler Pacifica equipped with Waymo’s self-driving technology was struck by a Honda Civic heading in the opposite direction that had swerved to avoid a third car that had run a red light.

Video from the Waymo shows the Honda crossing the median and heading straight for the van, which it hit in the driver’s side fender.

Police initially reported that the minivan was in autonomous mode at the time of the collision, but later confirmed that it was being driven manually by the Waymo employee on board.

Police said the car that ran the red light was given a ticket for the moving violation.

The Honda and the Waymo vehicle had significant damage, and Tyler said the Waymo driver had injuries that required hospitalization.

Tyler did not elaborate on the Waymo driver’s injuries but Waymo said in a statement that it was “concerned about the well-being and safety of our test driver and wish her a full recovery.”

The company also said its mission is to make roads safer. It released a video of the moments before the collision.

Neither driver’s identity was released.

Waymo is Google’s self-driving car spinoff.

The safety of self-driving technology has come under recent scrutiny. A pedestrian in the Phoenix suburb of Tempe died in March after she was struck by a self-driving Uber vehicle. It was the first death involving a fully autonomous vehicle.

The Associated Press contributed to this report

Churchill Downs is serving a lavish Kentucky Derby feast for premium guests

Contrary to popular belief, the Kentucky Derby is much more than mint juleps, outrageous hats and betting on thoroughbred racehorses (though it certainly is those things, too). True fans of the “most exciting two minutes in sports” know that one of the best parts of the event is the delicious fare.

Ahead of the 144th Derby on May 5, Churchill Downs’ executive chef David Danielson divulged to Fox News the modern twists he’s made on the traditional Southern menu, which will be served to some 22,000 merrymakers in the premium dining area.

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“The Derby is an all-day party and no celebration is complete without the right food and drink.”

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“Here in Louisville, our passion for food goes hand-in-hand with our love of bourbon, and we are thrilled to give the world an intimate look at our authentic cuisine, with dishes like cornbread with bourbon honey butter, chef-carved roasted turkey breast with bourbon peach glaze, and bourbon caramel crème brûlée,” Danielson said of the feast.

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Over 22,000 people will dine on the official fare of the event.

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Though the “Run for the Roses” is an all-day party, the catering is serious business. Chefs will prepare up to 14,000 locally made bourbon balls, 7,600 pounds of potatoes, 5,640 pounds of turkey, and 4,075 pounds of braised pork through the day-long event, a Derby representative told Fox News.

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Chefs will cook up 14,000 locally made bourbon balls, 7,600 pounds of potatoes, 5,640 pounds of turkey, and 4,075 pounds of braised pork through the daylong event.

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If that’s not tempting enough to spur one to book a plane to Louisville, additional menu highlights include peach and tomato caprese salad, buttermilk and chive smashed potatoes, mushroom braised pork medallions and apple cranberry crisp. 

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The menu aims to cater to “Southern tastes and specialties for which Derby-goers travel near and far.”

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“We carefully curate the Derby menu each year to raise the bar on offering an incomparable culinary experience, catering to the Southern tastes and specialties for which Derby-goers travel near and far,” Danielson said of the offerings, which he has curated since 2013.

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The celebration wouldn’t be complete with bourbon.

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This year, local ingredients from longtime vendors like Dohn and Dohn Gardens will be specially honored.

“The Derby is an all-day party and no celebration is complete without the right food and drink,” Danielson added.

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Whether you’re lucky enough to view the Derby in the Bluegrass State or from the comfort of your own home, be sure to salute the first leg of the American Triple Crown with a deserving bite to eat. 

Janine Puhak is an editor for Fox News Lifestyle. Follow her on Twitter at @JaninePuhak

Waymo releases dash cam video of autonomous vehicle involved in crash

Video was released Friday showing a car jumping a median and colliding with a Google-owned Waymo self-driving minivan in Arizona.

Police in Arizona are now investigating the crash, which occurred fewer than two months after a self-driving Uber struck and killed a pedestrian in another part of the state. Waymo uploaded the 5-second video to YouTube.

Chandler Police say the accident happened around noon Friday, when a driver heading eastbound in a Honda sedan swerved to avoid a vehicle and drove into the westbound lanes of Chandler Blvd., where it struck the Waymo minivan. The Waymo was reportedly travelling at a slow speed and in autonomous mode with an occupant in the driver’s seat.

According to the police, injuries were minor and both the Waymo and the Honda were towed from the scene.

In March, a woman, Elain Herzberg, was fatally hit by an Uber vehicle that was in autonomous mode in Tempe.

Uber settled with Herzberg’s family for an undisclosed amount, but was suspended from testing its self-driving cars in Arizona as a probe into the accident continues.

Charlie Lapastora is a multimedia reporter based in Phoenix, Ariz.

The origins of tequila: A shortage of rum and some thirsty conquistadors

As the old saying goes, “One tequila, two tequila, three tequila, floor.” But before they hit “floor,” most tequila fans would likely be curious to know where their favorite spirit actually comes from.

To answer that question, Fox News consulted Guillaume Cuvelier, tequila expert and co-owner of Astral Tequila, and he took us all the way back to the 16th century.

“The Scotch were distilling Scotch, the French were distilling cognac, the Russian and the Scandinavian folks were distilling vodka, the Spanish were distilling grapes to make brandy, and the Mexican people started to distill the agave plant to make mezcal,” said Cuvelier.

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Cuvelier steered tequila’s history to the Spanish conquistadors who, he explained, “ran out of brandy, which is a problem when you have an army of thirsty soldiers, so they wanted to drink something, and discovered mezcal.” 

So, are tequila and mezcal the same thing? Not quite.

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Tequila production is now confined to certain locations in Mexico — and only from distillers who use Blue Weber Agave plants. Anything else is a mezcal.

“All tequilas are mezcal, but not all mezcals are tequila,” said Cuvelier. More specifically, it works like this: Mezcals can be made anywhere in Mexico from multiple agave plants, but tequila can only be made from the Blue Weber Agave plant. Therefore, all tequila is technically mezcal, but only mezcals that are made to certain specifications — and with a specific agave plant — can call itself tequila. 

Tequila production is also confined to certain locations in Mexico, including the Mexican state of Jalisco and particular municipalities in the states of Tamaulipas, Nayarit, Michoacán, and Guanajuato, according to Cuvelier. 

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There’s one other qualifier for a great tequila, according to the Astral co-owner: “One of the things critical in the making of tequila is a the roasting of the agave.”

To see more about the process, along with Guillaume Cuvelier’s full interview, watch the video above. (And beware of that pesky floor, while you’re at it.)

Vanessa Trump’s family earned millions thanks to pasta sauce, report says

The story of Vanessa Trump and Donald Trump Jr.’s divorce just took a saucy turn.

Following news that Don Jr. filed a “defendant’s demand for statement” of Vanessa’s net worth last week, Page Six is reporting that Vanessa’s family recently came into millions of dollars thanks to her late father’s investment in a pasta sauce company.

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According to sources for Page Six, Vanessa’s father, lawyer Charles Haydon, had invested “as much as $1 million” in Rao’s Specialty Foods, which was founded in 1992 by restaurateur Frank Pellegrino Sr. — the owner of Rao’s restaurant in NYC — and mutual friend Ron Straci.

Haydon’s investment reportedly gave him a 30-percent stake in the company, but the venture was sold for $415 million in 2017 and served up a “juicy payout” to Vanessa’s family, according to Page Six. A firm called Sovos Brands reported at the time that it had acquired Rao’s Specialty Foods, which continued to offer sauces, pastas, olive oils and dressings, among other condiments and prepared foods.

Later in 2017, Vanessa’s mother, Bonnie Hayden, reportedly purchased a Fifth Avenue penthouse for $6.4 million after receiving what one Page Six source described as a “life-changing” windfall.

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A lawyer for Vanessa Trump has not returned requests for comment from Page Six.

Vanessa originally filed for divorce from Donald Trump Jr. in an uncontested proceeding in March of 2018, after 12 years of marriage. They have five children together.

Men arrested at Starbucks settle with city for $1, plus promise of $200K entrepreneurship program for students

Two black men arrested for sitting at a Philadelphia Starbucks without ordering anything settled with the city Wednesday for a symbolic $1 each and a promise from officials to set up a $200,000 program for young entrepreneurs.

The men’s lawyer and Mayor Jim Kenney outlined the agreement to The Associated Press.

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“I am pleased to have resolved the potential claims against the city in this productive manner,” Kenney said. “This was an incident that evoked a lot of pain in our city and put us under a national spotlight for unwanted reasons.”

The arrest of Rashon Nelson and Donte Robinson on April 12 touched off a furor around the U.S. over racial profiling. They were led away in handcuffs after the manager called police, saying the men refused to buy anything or leave. After spending hours in jail, they were released and no charges were filed.

The men said they were waiting at the coffee shop in the city’s well-to-do Rittenhouse Square neighborhood for a business meeting with a third man about a potential real estate opportunity.

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The mayor said Nelson and Robinson approached the city about working together to “make something positive come of this.” The entrepreneur program will be for Philadelphia public high school students.

“We thought long and hard about it and we feel like this is the best way to see that change that we want to see,” Robinson said. “It’s not a right-now thing that’s good for right now, but I feel like we will see the true change over time.”

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During the uproar, Starbucks CEO Kevin Johnson came to Philadelphia to apologize to the men. He also announced that more than 8,000 Starbucks stores in the U.S. would close on the afternoon of May 29 so nearly 175,000 employees can get training in unconscious bias.

School creates ‘Modesty Poncho’ to give out to ‘inappropriately’ dressed girls at prom

A Catholic high school in Michigan has created “Modesty Ponchos” to hand out to female students considered inappropriately dressed for prom.

The ponchos are displayed on mannequins at Divinity Child High School in Dearborn, along with a note: “If your dress does not meet our formal dance dress requirements — no problem! We’ve got you covered — literally. This is our Modesty Poncho, which you’ll be given at the door. :)”

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The Modesty Ponchos come in different patterns and are all designed to be worn over the shoulders and dress of female students — like a poncho.

“We are trying focus on the inner beauty and not draw attention to something that doesn’t need attention drawn to it,” theology teacher Mary Pat O’Malley said to FOX 2. “It was really intended as a deterrent and a lighthearted one at that.”

O’Malley came up with the idea for the Modesty Poncho as an addition to the school’s already detailed formal dress code agreement, which students and parents have to sign as part of the dress guidelines.

O’Malley and the high school principal told FOX 2 that no parents have complained about the proposed cover-up, but students are saying the poncho is a form of body shaming.

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A student who wished to remain anonymous out of concerns of retaliation by the school, told FOX 2 that she is concerned about the clothing item.

“I do believe the school has gone too far with this,” she said. “As we walk into prom, we are to shake hands with all the teachers and if you walk through and a teacher deems your dress is inappropriate you will be given a poncho at the door.”

“Who knows what will happen to those who try and speak out against it?” she added. Her classmate was allegedly disciplined for criticizing the new poncho on social media. The administration neither confirmed nor denied the claim to FOX 2.

At least one parent agrees with the students’ upset over the Modesty Poncho.

“It’s a method of shaming, a method of building and degrading to females,” the parent, who also asked to be anonymous, said.

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The school’s prom is scheduled for May 12.

Alexandra Deabler is a Lifestyle writer and editor for Fox News.