Month: January 2020

Greg Bird signs with the Rangers

The Texas Rangers have signed first baseman Greg Bird to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training. Bird, 27, debuted with a lot of hype in 2015, mashing 11 home runs in 46 games as a 22-year-old. He has missed a ton of time in recent years due to injuries, however, and […]

Any Amount of Alcohol During Pregnancy Can Affect Baby, Says Study

A new review has revealed that consuming alcohol at any point during pregnancy can lead to poorer brain function in newborns. The study, ‘Evidence of detrimental effects of prenatal alcohol exposure on offspring birth weight and neurodevelopment from a systematic review of quasi experimental studies’ was published in the International Journal of Epidemiology. Researchers at […]

Factbox: Airlines suspend China flights because of coronavirus outbreak

Here is the latest on their plans (in alphabetical order): AIR CANADA (AC.TO) Air Canada said on Jan. 28 it was cancelling select flights to China. AIR FRANCE (AIRF.PA) Air France said on Jan. 30 it had suspended all scheduled flights to and from mainland China until Feb. 9. AIR INDIA Air India said it […]

Disney+ has surpassed 28 million subscribers since launch

Disney+ amassed 28.6 million Disney+ subscribers in the first three months since it launched, far exceeding the 20 million estimate that analysts suggested Disney would make by the end of 2020. The company’s earnings report stated there were 26.5 million subscribers by the end of December, but CEO Bob Iger announced on the call that […]

After Soleimani killing, U.S. braced for Iranian drone and missile strikes

When the military carried out President Donald Trump’s order to kill Iran’s top general, some hardened veterans of the decadeslong U.S.-Iran shadow war were troubled. “Gobsmacked,” was the single-word reaction of a former CIA officer who spent a career working against the targeted general, Qassem Soleimani, an Iranian spy master who helped kill hundreds of […]

Report: Wizards could be buyer before trade deadline, maybe for Tristan Thompson

As the sun was setting on the Ernie Grunfeld era, the Wizards made one last desperation move last season. Washington traded Kelly Oubre for Trevor Ariza, who was an impending unrestricted free agent and 10 years older than Oubre. Oubre has built on his promise, and Phoenix leveraged his restricted rights to re-sign him. The […]

Night-shift Workers at Risk Of Heart Disease, Diabetes

Researchers, including one of an Indian-origin, have found that shift workers are at a significantly increased risk for sleep disorders and metabolic syndrome, which increases a person’s risk for heart disease, stroke and type 2 diabetes. Night-shift workers are especially prone to developing sleep disorders and metabolic syndrome. The risks increase even more for those […]

Boeing will not cancel CEO incentive award tied to 737 MAX return

Boeing Co (BA.N) told U.S. lawmakers it will not cancel an incentive award for its new chief executive tied to the return of its grounded 737 MAX despite criticism from Congress, according to a letter made public on Tuesday. David Calhoun, who took over as Boeing chief executive last month, is receiving a $1.4 million […]

Twitter will ban ‘deceptive’ faked media that could cause ‘serious harm’

Twitter will ban faked pictures, video, and other media that are “deceptively shared” and pose a serious safety risk. The company just announced a new policy on synthetic and manipulated media — a category that encompasses sophisticated deepfake videos, but also low-tech deceptively edited content. In addition to banning egregious offenders, Twitter will label some […]

Memo shows CBP ordered agents to question Iranian Americans at the border

The Customs and Border Protection office responsible for much of the northern U.S. border ordered its agents to detain and question Iranian Americans about their faith and military service after the U.S. killed an Iranian general, according to a memo. CBP officials had previously denied issuing any such directive. The CBP memo, confirmed to be […]