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Phil Spector, famed music producer and convicted murderer, dies at 81

Phil Spector, the famed music producer who was convicted of the 2003 murder of actor Lana Clarkson, died Saturday. He was 81. Spector, whose full name was Harvey Phillip Spector, died of natural causes at 6:35 p.m. at an unspecified hospital, the California Corrections Department said in a news release. A medical examiner will determine […]

Sport

Alex Wood joins Giants on 1-year, $3 million contract

SAN FRANCISCO — Left-hander Alex Wood agreed to a $3 million, one-year contract with the San Francisco Giants on Thursday. Wood, who turned 30 on Tuesday, can make an additional $3 million in performance bonuses for games in which he gets 10 or more outs: $125,000 each for 12 and 14, $250,000 apiece for 16, […]

Lifestyle

There is a higher risk of zoonoses in the Netherlands than we think’

Researchers of the Department of Psychology of Risk, Conflict and Safety of the University of Twente are sounding the alarm: They say the Dutch are insufficiently aware of the risk of new diseases developing that are transmissible from animals to humans, called zoonoses. The coronavirus is such a zoonosis. The behavioral scientists interviewed a large […]

Business

Trump takes final swipes at China’s big companies

Donald Trump has taken a final swipe at China and its biggest companies, imposing more sanctions and investment bans in his last days of office. Nine Chinese firms have been added to the Pentagon’s blacklist of alleged ties to the Chinese military, including phone maker Xiaomi. Mr Trump has ramped up action against a host […]

Technology

Nvidia answers AMD’s Smart Access Memory with its own boost to frame rates

Nvidia is officially launching its own resizable BAR support, which promises increased performance gains in some games if you’ve got the right CPU, motherboard, and graphics card. Resizable BAR has been part of the PCI Express specification for years, but AMD only recently made it an important feature to support with the introduction of Smart […]

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Powerball jackpot increases to $730 million, Mega Millions rises to $850 million

The jackpot prize for the Mega Millions lottery would be the third largest in the history of the United States at $850 million. The Powerball jackpot has grown to $730 million and the Mega Millions jackpot soared to an estimated $850 million after the last drawing for each respective lotteries was unsuccessful. No one matched […]

Sport

Report: DJ LeMahieu, Yankees finalizing 6-year, $90 million deal

NEW YORK — The New York Yankees and AL batting champion DJ LeMahieu worked Friday to put in place a six-year contract worth about $90 million, a person familiar with the deal told The Associated Press. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the agreement is subject to a successful physical. LeMahieu, who turns […]

Lifestyle

Best friends forever? How the adolescent brain reacts to good friends

During adolescence, some young people have stable best-friend relationships, while others change best friends frequently. Development psychologist Lisa Schreuders has studied the brains of young adolescents: “It seems that friendships in your early years can have consequences for your friendships later in life.” Her article on the research, written together with Berna Güroğlu and other […]

Business

Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra: Does stylus spell end of the Note?

Samsung’s new flagship Galaxy S smartphone works with its stylus for the first time. The S Pen is an optional add-on for the Galaxy S21 Ultra. But the move will fuel speculation the firm will phase out its separate Note handset range. Samsung told the BBC it had yet to make a decision about this. […]

Technology

Amazon pulls white supremacist novel The Turner Diaries alongside QAnon purge

Amazon store listings for the infamous white supremacist novel The Turner Diaries have been removed, replaced with a “page not found” message, indicating the item is no longer available for purchase. Amazon has seen pushback from critics in recent days for its decision to sell the novel, which The Los Angeles Times specifically called out […]