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Harry and Meghan Markle send Cambridge kids Christmas presents as relations with Wills improve

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have sent their nieces and nephews, Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis, Christmas presents in the post as they won’t get to see them on the big day. The couple will spend December 25 with their son Archie in LA, the family’s first in their new home, and in […]

Sport

With rare lottery pick, Spurs get nice player (Devin Vassell) but probably don’t change their trajectory

The Spurs have either made the playoffs or drafted a multi-time All-Star in all 43 of their prior seasons. After missing the 2020 postseason, San Antonio has the pressure on with No. 11 pick Devin Vassell. The Spurs’ highest-drafted player since Tim Duncan, Vassell even ranked No. 4 on my board. But that’s in a […]

Lifestyle

Research suggests new mechanism to balance emotional behavior

Research led by Si-Qiong June Liu, MD, Ph.D., Professor of Cell Biology and Anatomy at LSU Health New Orleans School of Medicine, discovered a surprising reciprocal interaction between chemicals in the brain resulting in accelerated loss of molecules that regulate brain cell communication. The research team’s findings are published online in Nature Communications, available here. […]

Business

Apple puts supplier Wistron on notice after Indian factory violence

Apple Inc has placed supplier Wistron Corp on probation, saying on Saturday it would not award the Taiwanese contract manufacturer new business until it addressed the way workers were treated at its southern India plant. Early findings of an Apple audit in the wake of violence at the Wistron plant in India’s Karnataka state showed […]

Technology

Google to shut down Android Things, a smart home OS that never took off

Google plans to shut down Android Things, a stripped-down version of Android designed for smart home devices. The OS never really got off the ground, so this isn’t all that much of a loss, but it is yet another entry in Google’s expansive graveyard of shut-down projects. The smart home project got its start in […]

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Psycho Tesco worker who slaughtered wife and daughter in jealous rage jailed for life

A “psycho” Tesco worker who slaughtered his wife and young daughter in a jealous rage has been jailed for life. Marcin Zdun will serve a minimum of 34 years for the “evil” murders of his wife and teenage daughter in Salisbury, Wiltshire. Zdun, 40, murdered Aneta Zdun and daughter Nikoleta on June 1 because he […]

Sport

Wizards’ center Thomas Bryant fined $45,000 for contact with referee

Thomas Bryant was pissed off, Blake Griffin had just thrown him to the ground. Bryant bounced up looking to fight and a referee Jonathan Sterling jumped in between them — and then Bryant shoved Sterling multiple times, trying to push him out of the way to get to Griffin (who, like the veteran he is, […]

Lifestyle

Sleeve gastrectomy yields larger long-term weight loss than RYGB

Laparoscopic Roux-en-Y gastric bypass (LRYGB) results in greater weight loss than laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy (LSG) seven years after surgery, according to a study published online Dec. 9 in JAMA Surgery. Sofia Grönroos, M.D., from Turku University Hospital in Finland, and colleagues compared weight loss at seven years in 240 patients (69.6 percent women) with morbid […]

Business

Blackstone in talks to merge Alight with blank-check acquisition firm

Private equity firm Blackstone Group Inc is in talks to merge U.S. benefits services provider Alight Solutions LLC with a blank-check acquisition firm backed by veteran investor Bill Foley, according to people familiar with the matter. The merger with Foley Trasimene Acquisition Corp would result in Alight becoming a publicly-listed company at a valuation of […]

Technology

Twitter is now testing its Clubhouse-like voice chat rooms

Twitter has begun testing its Spaces feature, the voice-based chat rooms it first announced last month. In the thread announcing the test, the company said a very small group of users would be given the ability to create Spaces, but that in theory anyone could join them — though who would be allowed into any […]