Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Amazing Sports


Athletics: Minsk to host Europe v U.S. clash next year

(Reuters) – Europe will take on the United States in a Ryder Cup-style track and field clash in Minsk next year, European Athletics announced on Tuesday. The event, scheduled for Sept. 9-10, will serve as a warm-up for athletes to prepare for the World Championships starting in Doha on Sept. 28. “We are proud to…



Broadway’s ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ puts new spin on racial injustice


Beauty meets despair in racial injustice movie ‘Beale Street’

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Some films about race in America are angry, many are passionate, or terrifying or heartbreaking, and a few are funny. “If Beale Street Could Talk,” opening in U.S. theaters in major cities on Friday is marked by a quiet beauty and dignity, despite the despair that runs through it. Based on…


‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ now most-streamed 20th century song

(Reuters) – They said it would never sell, with its six-minute playing time, operatic passages and lyrics about Galileo and Scaramouche, but the Queen song “Bohemian Rhapsody” on Monday became the most streamed song from the 20th century. Boosted by the new movie “Bohemian Rhapsody,” the 1975 single and music video surpassed 1.6 billion streams…


Meghan Markle presents wedding dress designer with fashion award

LONDON (Reuters) – Meghan Markle presented the designer of her wedding dress with a prize at the Fashion Awards in London on Monday, joining fashionistas at the ceremony where supermodel Cindy Crawford’s daughter Kaia Gerber was also named Model of the Year. At a star-studded event attended by fashionistas, singers and actors, Markle arrived on…



Olympus unit pleads guilty to resolve U.S. duodenoscope probe

(Reuters) – An Olympus Corp subsidiary pleaded guilty on Monday and agreed to pay $85 million to resolve charges that it failed to file reports with U.S. regulators regarding infections connected to its duodenoscopes while continuing to sell the medical devices used to view the gastrointestinal tract. Olympus Medical Systems Corp and Hisao Yabe, a…


U.S. top court, Kavanaugh spurn Planned Parenthood defunding case

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday rejected appeals by Louisiana and Kansas seeking to end their public funding to women’s healthcare and abortion provider Planned Parenthood through the Medicaid program, with President Donald Trump’s appointee Brett Kavanaugh among the justices who rebuffed the states. The justices left intact lower court rulings that…


U.S. veterans’ hospitals often better than nearby alternatives

(Reuters Health) – – U.S. Veterans Administration (VA) hospitals may provide better quality care than other hospitals in many American communities, a U.S. study suggests. Researchers looked at 121 regional health care markets with at least one VA hospital and one non-VA facility. Altogether they assessed 135 VA hospitals and 2,988 non-VA hospitals using Hospital…

New Technology


Super Micro says review found no malicious chips in motherboards

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Computer hardware maker Super Micro Computer Inc told customers on Tuesday that an outside investigations firm had found no evidence of any malicious hardware in its current or older-model motherboards. In a letter to customers, the San Jose, California, company said it was not surprised by the result of the review…


Huawei CFO back in Canada court as bail hearing set to wrap

VANCOUVER (Reuters) – A top executive at Chinese telecoms giant Huawei Technologies [HWT.UL] is set to return to a Vancouver courtroom on Tuesday, as the judge weighs final issues in determining whether she should be freed on bail while awaiting extradition proceedings. Huawei Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou was arrested by Canadian authorities on Dec.…


Russia fines Google for not complying with search results law: TASS

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia fined Google 500,000 roubles ($7,530) on Tuesday for failing to comply with a legal requirement to remove certain entries from its search results, Russia’s communications watchdog was quoted as saying by TASS news agency. Russia said last month that it had opened a civil case against Google as it had not…


Daimler to buy $23 billion of battery cells for electric car drive

FRANKFURT (Reuters) – Daimler (DAIGn.DE) will buy battery cells worth more than 20 billion euros ($23 billion) by 2030 as it readies mass production of hybrid and electric vehicles, the maker of Mercedes-Benz cars said on Tuesday. The company is one of a number of German automakers massively expanding in electric vehicles as European regulators…


Uber’s dominant size may rob smaller Lyft of its IPO oxygen

(Reuters) – Uber Technologies Inc [UBER.UL] and smaller rival Lyft are driving side-by-side on the road to a stock market debut, and that may not bode well for Lyft as investors decide where to place their bets in the ride-hailing sector. Uber and Lyft both submitted confidential IPO filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange…



NASA probe finds signs of water on nearby asteroid Bennu

ORLANDO, Fla. (Reuters) – NASA’s OSIRIS-REx spacecraft has discovered ingredients for water on a relatively nearby skyscraper-sized asteroid, a rocky acorn-shaped object that may hold clues to the origins of life on Earth, scientists said on Monday. OSIRIS-REx, which flew last week within a scant 12 miles (19 km) of the asteroid Bennu some 1.4…


NASA’s intrepid Voyager 2 probe crosses into interstellar space

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Voyager 2, a NASA probe launched in 1977 and designed for just a five-year mission, has become only the second human-made object to enter interstellar space as it continues its marathon trek billions of miles (km) from Earth, scientists said on Monday. Data from instruments aboard the spacecraft showed it crossed the…