Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Amazing Sports


MLB notebook: Nationals slug 8 homers against Brewers

The Washington Nationals capped off a productive week on offense by slugging a franchise-record-tying eight home runs in a 16-8 rout of the visiting Milwaukee Brewers on Sunday afternoon. Brian Dozier (three hits, four RBIs) and Juan Soto smacked a pair of homers, and Matt Adams (three hits) and Anthony Rendon mashed three-run shots. Victor…



Paradise Lost? Edinburgh on edge as Brexit divides festival audiences


Box office: ‘Good Boys’ leads crowded weekend with $21 million

LOS ANGELES, (Variety.com) – The Bean Bag Boys, the self-appointed nickname for the trio of best friends in Universal’s “Good Boys,” are conquering much more than sixth grade. They are also leading the domestic box office, exceeding expectations and collecting $21 million on opening weekend. “Good Boys,” which screened at 3,204 North American theaters, is…


‘You can still sense the love’: Baby boomers revel at Woodstock 50 years on

BETHEL, N.Y. (Reuters) – Baby boomers dressed in tie-dye, rolling wheelchairs and chasing a memory of peace and love flocked to Bethel, New York, for the weekend to mark the 50th anniversary of Woodstock, the music festival that defined 1960s counterculture. Thousands of flower-crowned visitors made the journey to the Bethel Woods Center for the…


‘Easy Rider’ actor Peter Fonda dead at age 79

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Oscar nominated actor Peter Fonda, who played a cool and introspective motorcyclist in the 1969 film “Easy Rider” that captured the spirit of the era’s counterculture movement, died on Friday at age 79, his family said in a statement. Fonda, the son of Hollywood leading man Henry Fonda and the brother…



U.S. records 21 new measles cases as of last week

(Reuters) – The United States recorded 21 new measles cases last week, raising the total number of cases for the year to 1,203 across 30 states in the worst outbreak of the virus since 1992, federal health officials said on Monday. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said there had been a 1.8%…


UK’s Johnson slams ‘mumbo-jumbo’ about vaccines after measles rates rise

TRURO, England (Reuters) – Britons should get vaccinated against measles and ignore online “mumbo-jumbo” about dangers of the jabs, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Monday after a resurgence of the disease. Britain has lost its “measles-free” status three years after the virus was eliminated and there were more than 230 new cases of measles…


Ebola spreads to remote, militia-run Congo territory

GOMA, Congo (Reuters) – Authorities in the Democratic Republic of Congo have confirmed a new case of Ebola in the remote, militia-controlled territory of Walikale, hundreds of kilometers away from where previous cases near the border with Uganda and Rwanda occurred, the Health Ministry said overnight. Pinga, the village where the case was reported, lies…

New Technology


U.S. grants Huawei another 90 days to buy from American suppliers

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said on Monday the U.S. government will extend a reprieve given to Huawei Technologies that permits the Chinese firm to buy supplies from U.S. companies so that it can service existing customers, even as nearly 50 of its units were being added to a U.S. economic blacklist.…


Microsoft, Nvidia team up for more realistic visuals on Minecraft game

(Reuters) – Microsoft Corp (MSFT.O) said on Monday it will use chipmaker Nvidia Corp’s (NVDA.O) real-time ray tracing technology to provide the software company’s Minecraft video game players more realistic graphics on personal computers. Real-time ray tracing, or the ability for the chip to simulate how light rays will bounce around in a visual scene,…


Exclusive: Fearing data privacy issues, Google cuts some Android phone data for wireless carriers

NEW YORK/SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Alphabet Inc’s Google has shut down a service it provided to wireless carriers globally that showed them weak spots in their network coverage, people familiar with the matter told Reuters, because of Google’s concerns that sharing data from users of its Android phone system might attract the scrutiny of users…


U.S. President Trump does not want to do business with China’s Huawei

MORRISTOWN, New Jersey (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump on Sunday said he did not want the United States to do business with China’s Huawei even as the administration weighs whether to extend a grace period for the company. Reuters and other media outlets reported on Friday that the U.S. Commerce Department is expected to…


Apple CEO warns Trump about China tariffs, Samsung competition

(Reuters) – President Donald Trump said on Sunday that he had spoken with Apple Inc’s  Chief Executive Tim Cook about the impact of U.S. tariffs on Chinese imports as well as competition from South Korean company Samsung Electronics Co Ltd. Trump said Cook “made a good case” that tariffs could hurt Apple, given that Samsung’s…



China state agency successfully launches rocket for commercial use: CCTV

BEIJING (Reuters) – A Chinese government space agency successfully launched on Saturday its first rocket meant for commercial use, state television CCTV reported, as firms in the country compete to join a commercial satellite boom. Smart Dragon-1 rocket, which weighs 23 tonnes and was developed by a unit of China Aerospace Science and Technology Corp…


NASA chief announces Alabama facility as moon spacecraft headquarters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine on Friday said Marshall Space Flight Center in Alabama will anchor the U.S. space agency’s program to build a spacecraft to put astronauts back on the moon by 2024, a boon for the state and a disappointment for Texas. Bridenstine, accompanied by U.S. lawmakers from Alabama, made the…