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05-25-2015 General
'A Beautiful Mind’ mathematician, wife, killed in auto accident

John Forbes Nash Jr., a mathematical genius whose struggle with schizophrenia was chronicled in the 2001 movie “A Beautiful Mind,” has died along with his wife in a car crash on the New Jersey Turnpike. He was 86.

Nash and Alicia Nash, 82, of Princeton Township, were killed in a taxi crash Saturday, state police said. A colleague who had received an award with Nash in Norway earlier in the week said they had just flown home and the couple had taken a cab home from the airport.

Russell Crowe, who portrayed Nash in “A Beautiful Mind,” tweeted that he was “stunned.”

“An amazing partnership,” he wrote. “Beautiful minds, beautiful hearts.”

Known as brilliant and eccentric, Nash was associated with Princeton University for many years, most recently serving as a senior research mathematician. He won the Nobel Prize in economics in 1994 for his work in game theory, which offered insight into the dynamics of human rivalry. It is considered one of the most influential ideas of the 20th century.

Just a few days ago, Nash had received a prize from the Norwegian Academy of Sciences and Letters in Oslo with New York University mathematician Louis Nirenberg, who said he’d chatted with the couple for an hour at the airport in Newark before they’d gotten a cab. Nirenberg said Nash was a truly great mathematician and “a kind of genius.”

“We were all so happy together,” Nirenberg said. “It seemed like a dream.”

John David Stier, Nash’s son with his first wife, said he learned of the death Sunday morning. “It’s very upsetting,” he said.

In an autobiography written for The Nobel Foundation Web site, Nash said delusions caused him to resign as a faculty member at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He also spent several months in New Jersey hospitals on an involuntary basis.

However, Nash’s schizophrenia diminished through the 1970s and 1980s as he “gradually began to intellectually reject some of the delusionally influenced lines of thinking,” he wrote.

The 2001 film “A Beautiful Mind” won four Oscars, including best picture and best director, and generated interest in John Nash’s life story. The movie was based on an unauthorized biography by Sylvia Nasar, who wrote that Nash’s contemporaries found him “immensely strange” and “slightly cold, a bit superior, somewhat secretive.”

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Source: The Globe And Mail

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05-25-2015 Sports
Roger Federer has scare with fan on the court at French Open

PARIS — Roger Federer got a scare on the tennis court Sunday afternoon – and not from his opponent.

After a routine 6-3, 6-3, 6-4 win over Alejandro Falla, Federer, the No. 2 seed, was walking off Court Philippe Chatrier at the French Open when a young fan ran on court for a selfie with the 2009 champion.

Federer, unsure of who the kid was, began to oblige before realizing that he shouldn't be on court. The Swiss player put his arm out to block the young kid, about 10 to 12, before security guards rushed to take him away.

"I'm not happy about it. It happened yesterday in the practice, too," Federer told reporters in his post-match press conference. "And today on center court, where you would think this is a place where nobody can come on, (one) just wanders on and nothing happens."

It was an alarming breach of security for this tournament, which has had scares in the past. Two years ago during the men's final between Rafael Nadal and David Ferrer a flare-bearing fan made it two steps onto court on Nadal's side before being tackled.

But security was nowhere in sight for five to seven seconds on Sunday, allowing the fan to put his hand (non-aggressively) on Federer's shoulder.

"It's embarrassing, of course, for Roland Garros, when something like that happens," tournament director Gilbert Ysern said in a press conference. "It simply shows that we collectively as an organization made a mistake and we will have to correct that, of course, and make sure it doesn't happen again."

Federer said that Ysern had apologized to him in person, but the 17-time Grand Slam champion expressed his desire for better security for the tournament as a whole.

"Normally I only speak on behalf of myself, but in this situation I think I can speak on behalf of all the players," Federer said, continuing: "That's where you do your job, that's where you want to feel safe. And so clearly I'm not happy about it. But nothing happened, so I'm relieved. But clearly it wasn't a nice situation to be in."

In 2009, Federer had another brush with a court-rusher here, as well, a fan running onto Chatrier during the final against Robin Soderling. The fan ran up to Federer and pulled out a flag that he touched the eventual champion with.

"I'm sure they will take the necessary steps now, but this doesn't only mean for this tournament for this year; it means for all the tournaments we play all the years coming up," Federer continued. "We need to make sure that it's safe out there and people don't just wander on the court like a free pass, you know. That's how it's supposed to be."

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Source: USA Today

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05-25-2015 General
2016 Volvo XC90 first-drive – Scandinavia on wheels

Nordic noir has invaded our television and our bookshelves, and now Volvo wants to do the same for luxury SUVs with the all-new 2016 XC90. As many companies, automotive and otherwise have discovered, throwing money at a problem isn’t necessarily the best way to fix it.

Nonetheless, it helps to have deep pockets when you’re tasked with completely reinventing your line-up, and Volvo has spent over $11bn since it was sold to Geely in 2010 and began to rebuild its range from the ground up. Now, we’re getting a taste of what that money bought, and like moody Scandinavian detectives, it turns out to be complicated.

The first example of that ambitious undertaking is the XC90, though there’ll be an additional six new cars over the next four years, not to mention seven new nameplates for derivatives. A seven-seat luxury SUV might seem like an odd place to start, but it follows in the tire tracks of a very popular predecessor.

Volvo sold hundreds of thousands of its previous XC90, launched in 2002, and at one point it was the best-selling European vehicle in its class. The new model will be built in Sweden, but with a lot of North American influence. “It’s very important that it suits the American market in a big way,” XC90 senior product manager Lars Lagström explained.

he answer, for the US at least, is two versions of “Scandinavian sanctuary”, the XC90 T6 and XC90 T8 Twin Engine (Europeans will get diesel versions that aren’t planned for North American release). Built on the brand new Scalable Product Architecture (SPA) platform, which will also form the basis of a number of models in future, including a new S80 luxury sedan, it’s - in T8 form at least - the world’s first full seven-seater plug-in hybrid, not to mention the most controversial implementation of Volvo’s Drive-E powertrain strategy.

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Source: Slash Gear

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05-25-2015 Society
Gays wake up to changed Ireland, let ‘new normal’ sink in

DUBLIN — The gay couples of Ireland woke up Sunday in what felt like a nation reborn — some with dreams of wedding plans dancing in their heads.

Many weren’t rising too early, however, after celebrating the history-making outcome of Ireland’s referendum enshrining gay marriage in the constitution. The festivities began when the final result — 62 percent approval — was announced Saturday night, and ran until sunrise in some corners of Dublin, with tens of thousands of revelers of all sexual identities pouring onto the streets.

The unexpectedly strong willingness of Irish voters to change their conservative 1937 constitution is expected to lead to a wave of gay weddings in Ireland in the fall. The Justice Department confirmed Sunday it plans to publish a marriage bill this week, and with the support of all political parties, it should be passed by parliament and signed into law by June.

For Ireland’s most prominent gay couple, Sen. Katherine Zappone and Ann Louise Gilligan, this victory is emotionally overwhelming. Since 2003 they have fought for legal recognition of their Canadian marriage. They took their case all the way to the Supreme Court, but suffered only setbacks and delays. Now, their day has come.

“For so long, I’ve been having to dig in my heels and say ... Well, we ARE married. I’m a married woman!” said Zappone, a Seattle native who resettled with her Irish spouse in Dublin three decades ago. “Now that it has happened, at a personal level, it’s just going to take a long time to let that acceptance sink in.”

Zappone and Gilligan thrilled a crowd of thousands packed into the results center at Dublin Castle with a playful promise to renew their vows. Zappone dramatically broke off from a live TV interview, stared directly into the camera and asked Gilligan to marry her all over again. Gilligan declared to the rainbow flag-waving revelers: “I said yes to Katherine 12 years ago at our marriage in Canada. And now we are bringing the ‘yes’ back home to Ireland, our country of Ireland! Yes, yes, yes!”

In a more sober mood Sunday, the couple reflected on their long road to social acceptance, the unprecedented joy of the “yes” victory — and the legal work that remains to be done before they can get officially hitched in Ireland later this year.

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Source: Washington Post

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05-25-2015 Politics
U.S. Defense Secretary Blames Iraqi Forces for ISIS Victory in Ramadi

WASHINGTON — Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter said Sunday that Iraqi forces had demonstrated “no will to fight” against the Islamic State, blaming them for a retreat that led to the terrorist group’s victory in capturing the Iraqi city of Ramadi.

While that critical assessment of Iraqi security forces has been voiced in Congress and by policy research institutes, Mr. Carter’s remarks on CNN’s “State of the Union” were some of the administration’s strongest language to date about Iraq’s repeated inability to hold and take back territory from the Islamic State, also known as ISIS or ISIL.

“They were not outnumbered. In fact, they vastly outnumbered the opposing force and yet they failed to fight and withdrew from the site,” he said. “That says to me and, I think, to most of us, that we have an issue with the will of the Iraqis to fight ISIL and defend themselves.”

Mr. Carter said American and allied airstrikes have been “effective,” and reiterated the Obama administration’s opposition to sending American ground troops to work alongside Iraqis on the front lines to offer more accurate guidance for bombing.

Some members of Congress, including Senator John McCain, Republican of Arizona, have called on President Obama to authorize American troops to accompany Iraqi forces on the battlefield to call in specific locations for bombing.

The administration is focused on continuing to bolster the Iraqi forces, who will ultimately win or lose the fight, Mr. Carter said.

“If there comes a time when we have to change the kinds of support we give, we will make that recommendation,” Mr. Carter said. “But what happened in Ramadi was a failure of the Iraqi forces to fight, and so our efforts now are devoted to providing their ground forces with the equipment, the training and encouraging their will to fight so that our campaign enabling them can be successful — both in defeating ISIL and keeping ISIL defeated in a sustained way.”

Source: New York Times

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05-25-2015 Science&Technology
Massive fast-aging star discovered by Hubble named ‘Nasty 1?

Recently, Hubble Telescope discovered a massive, fast-aging star with strange behavior, and has been named ‘Nasty 1.’ The star was discovered years ago which was identified as Wolf-Rayet star, a massive-evolving star, larger than the Sun.

Astronauts have named the star as NaSt1 with the nickname ‘Nasty 1.’ Astronauts believe that the star looses hydrogen layers rapidly, resulting in the exposure of super-bright and blinding bright helium-based core. However, after a decade, the Nasty 1 does not resemble the Wolf-Rayet star. Lead researcher from the University of California, Berkerley John Mauerhan stated that they were excited to see the disk-like structure because it might be the evidence for a Wolf-Rayet star forming a binary interaction.

There are very few examples in the galaxy of this process in action because this phase is short-lived,” said Mauerhan.

The team came up with several scenarios for the age and formation of the star. However, the best theory indicates that the star is evolving rapidly due to the loss of hydrogen layers, causing it to swell. The observation is noticed in some stars, but it’s a rare occurrence in usual ones. Researchers believe that there might be only a few stars like Nasty 1, and is believed to be a few thousand years old, located about 3,000 light years away.

The long-term study involved extensive research as the star is covered in gas and dust due to its evolving state. The star also had a limited view through the hubble telescope. Mauerhan mentioned that the star is set to take on a certain evolutionary path though it will not the team to a boring study. The future is likely to be more exciting as there might be many possibilities based on whether it blows up or mass transfer occurs, and it life after the mass transfer ends.

Source: The Next Digit

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05-25-2015 Business
Android M To Introduce Two-Year Update Guarantee For Nexus Devices Read more at http://hothardware.c

One of the benefits of owning a Google Nexus device is assurance that it will receive new Android builds as they come out, but for how long? According to a seemingly reliable rumor making the rounds on the web, you won't have to guess with Android M (Android 6.0), which Google is expected to unveil at Google I/O later this week.

Android Police's Ryan Whitwam says that Android M will come with an update guarantee for Nexus devices. As told by "solid" sources that rate at 9 (presumably out of 10) on the site's confidence scale, Google will roll out major system updates for two years from the OS's release date starting with Android M. In addition, Nexus devices will receive security patches for three years from the OS's releases date or at least 18 months from the date of purchase in the Google Play Store, whichever is longer.

The new rules will apply retroactively as well, so some older Nexus devices will not see an upgraded to Android M. They include the Nexus 4, Nexus 10, and 2012 Nexus 7, all of which will continue to receive security updates.

What does this mean for non-Nexus devices? Not much, unfortunately. Device makers will continue to decide for themselves which phones and tablets will receive major OS upgrades and security updates and for how long. On top of that, it takes time for device makers to add their own customizations and qualify them, and then the process repeats itself as wireless careless carriers do the same.

Source: Hot Hardware

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05-25-2015 Entertainment
Game of Thrones rape? Care more about real assaults

Watching the rape of Sansa Stark by her new groom, Ramsay Bolton, on Game of Thrones, I have to say that I wasn’t remotely offended. For me, it registered as a dramatic manifestation of Ramsay’s controlling malevolence and Sansa’s suffering, which I presume was what was intended.

Certainly, with GOT (the TV series, rather than the books), it seems rather late to start complaining about “gratuitous” scenes. Personally, I’ve stuck with the show for the imaginative plotlines and strong characterisation – and very much despite the irksome “medieval” costumes (groan), stupid dragons (eye roll) and risible levels of female nudity that reduce it to soft porn for schoolboys (overgrown and otherwise) presumably too emotionally stunted to lust properly over, say, Lara Croft. In this way, far from being the porny antichrist, GOT is merely the tragic modern-day equivalent of what used to be furtive peeks at the bras section of the likes of Kay’s catalogue. Bless.

As for violence, there have been innumerable appalling assaults – sexual (including rape) and every other kind – on both male and female characters. Theon, the character forced to witness Sansa’s rape, previously had his penis chopped off. In fact, the amputation of male genitals is a recurring theme in GOT. In Theon’s case, the mutilator was (again) Ramsay, a character drawn so textbook-evil that rape is an entirely credible action for him.

In this context, of the sort of show that GOT is known to be, it seems genuinely odd that, for all the horror of the crime, Sansa’s rape has generated such censure, including from US senators. A cynic might ponder: well, wouldn’t it be great if society took real rape as seriously as some people want a fantasy TV drama to take it?

In some ways, this is fallacious and unfair. If you drew a Venn diagram, people who are worried about rape in the “real world” would doubtless overlap significantly with people who are concerned about the portrayal of fictional rape; nor are they wrong to be. In everything from Straw Dogs to The Accused to Game of Thrones, how sexual assault is handled in drama (that it’s never trivialised, sexualised nor normalised) remains crucially important. However, does this justify what appears to be the inappropriate levels of opprobrium aimed at the GOT rape scene?

All of this seems particularly noteworthy in a week when a young woman from Hampshire was awarded £20,000 compensation for being arrested and branded a liar by police for reporting that she was raped. There was also the brilliant and harrowing BBC documentary series The Detectives, which tracked the Serious Sexual Offences unit of Greater Manchester, showing their struggles to secure justice for victims.

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Source: The Guardian

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05-23-2015 Science&Technology
Who's That? Facebook Messenger Adds 'Caller ID'

Do you have so many friends on Facebook that sometimes you forget who they are? Me neither, but some people are super popular and need a reminder about whether they're talking to Matt from work, Matt from college, or Matt from the bar last weekend. For those folks, Facebook is adding "caller ID" for Facebook Messenger. Now, when someone contacts you on the chat app, Facebook will display a larger photo and identifying information.

In a screen shot posted by Facebook's David Marcus, Messenger displayed info like hometowns ("Also from Myrtle Beach, SC"), occupation, and current location. As TechCrunch noted, the move hints at Facebook's effort to connect you with people beyond your existing circle of friends. "The younger generation seems less dedicated to LinkedIn, which feels like it's lagging behind when it comes to mobile and messaging. Facebook might be happy to fill in," the blog said.

This is not to be confused with Facebook's standalone "Hello" caller ID app, which connects with Facebook to tell you who's calling on the phone—even if you don't have their number saved in your phone.

When someone calls your phone, the Hello app will show you their name and photo along with other information like their work title, birthday, and whether you have any mutual friends—to help you decide whether to pick up or press ignore.

For now, however, Hello is only available on Android. Everyone else can busy themselves with Messenger, which Facebook pulled out of the main Facebook app last year. Anyone who wants to chat on their phones now has to have Messenger installed. It's still available on the desktop and via the standalone Messenger site, though.

Source: Pc Mag

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05-23-2015 Environment
Yet another Antarctic ice mass is becoming destabilized, scientists report

The troubling news continues this week for the Antarctic peninsula region, which juts out from the icy continent.

Last week, scientists documented threats to the Larsen C and the remainder of the Larsen B ice shelf (most of which collapsed in 2002). The remnant of Larsen B, NASA researchers said, may not last past 2020. And as for Larsen C, the Scotland-sized ice shelf could also be at potentially “imminent risk” due to a rift across its mass that is growing in size (though it appears more stable than the remainder of Larsen B).

And the staccato of May melt news isn’t over, it seems. Thursday in Science, researchers from the University of Bristol in Britain, along with researchers from Germany, France and the Netherlands, reported on the retreat of a suite of glaciers farther south from Larsen B and C along the Bellingshausen Sea, in a region known as the Southern Antarctic Peninsula. (For a helpful map of the region, see here.)

Using satellite based and gravity measurements, the research team found that “a major portion of the region has, since 2009, destabilized” and accounts for “a major fraction of Antarctica’s contribution to rising sea level.”

The likely cause of the change, they say, is warmer waters reaching the base of mostly submerged ice shelves that hold back larger glaciers — melting them from below.

This has been a common theme in Antarctica recently — a similar mechanism has been postulated for melting of ice shelves in nearby West Antarctica (which contains vastly more ice, and more potential sea level rise, than does the Antarctic peninsula).

“This is one of now three really quite substantial signals that we’ve seen from different parts of West Antarctica and the Antarctic peninsula that is all going in the same way,” said Jonathan Bamber of the University of Bristol, one of the paper’s authors. The other two are the losses of ice in the Larsen ice shelf region — where glaciers have sped up their seaward lurches following past ice shelf collapses — and in West Antarctica.

What’s particularly notable about the new study is the apparent rapid onset of the change. The researchers say the region is now losing on the order of 56 gigatons of ice per year — a gigaton is a billion metric tons — and that there appears to have been “a remarkable rate of acceleration in dynamic mass loss since about 2009 that must have been near-simultaneous across multiple basins and glaciers.”

Indeed, the paper suggests these southern Antarctic peninsula glaciers may have only begun their retreat. The glaciers may now be unstable, says the paper, because some of their ice shelves currently rest on bedrock that is not only below sea level, but slopes further downhill as one moves inland.

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Source: Washington Post

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05-23-2015 Society
'Got him': Suspect in DC quadruple murder nabbed with four associates

The massive manhunt for a suspect in the horrific murders of a Washington businessman's family and their housekeeper ended late Thursday when police grabbed suspect Daron Dylon Wint and four associates in the nation's capital.

“Just got him,” D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier said shortly before 11:30 p.m.

The arrest capped a day that began with the revelation Wint had been identified in last week's murders of Savvas Savopoulos, 46; his wife Amy, 47; the couple's 10-year-old son Philip, and housekeeper Veralicia Figueroa, 57, by DNA left on pizza crust during what may have been an extended home invasion. Police traced Wint, a 34-year-old ex-con from Maryland, to Brooklyn, N.Y., and then back to Washington in the afternoon.

Federal marshals had been tracking Wint Thursday night from College Park as he traveled in a white Chevrolet Cruze occupied by two unidentified women, police said. The car was following a white box truck, reportedly driven by Wint's brother and with another man inside. Both vehicles were stopped by marshals near 10th Street and Rhode Island Avenue NE, the official said. Police found at least $10,000 in cash in the box truck, and all of the occupants were taken into custody, according to police.

Wint is accused of storming a Washington mansion near Vice President Biden's residence and owned by Savopoulos, the CEO of an iron works company. There, he allegedly held the family while ordering them to summon a courier with $40,000, then killed all four, dousing them with gasoline before setting the home on fire.

The four were found dead in the Savolpoulos family's burning home in a wealthy Northwest Washington neighborhood on the afternoon of May 14.

No other suspects have been identified, but police have not ruled out the possibility that other people were involved in the murders.

Wint is expected to make his initial appearance in D.C. Superior Court Friday afternoon, according to the Washington Post.

Following Wint's capture, the Savopoulos family released a statement, saying, "We are thankful to law enforcement who have worked so diligently to bring about an arrest in this case."

"While it does not abate our pain, we hope that it begins to restore a sense of calm and security to our neighborhood and to our city. We are blessed to live in a community comprised of close circles of friends who have supported us and grieve with us," the statement said. "Our family, and Vera's family, have suffered unimaginable loss, and we ask for the time and space to grieve privately."

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05-23-2015 Politics
UPDATE 1-Irish vote on gay marriage in landmark referendum

DUBLIN, May 22 (Reuters) - The Irish voted on Friday on whether to allow gay marriage, just two decades after decriminalising homosexuality, with a strong early turnout likely to favour the 'Yes' side.

With the once mighty Catholic Church's influence ravaged by child abuse scandals, opinion polls indicated the proposal would pass by as much as two-to-one, making Ireland the first country to adopt same-sex marriage via a popular vote.

On a survey of polling stations at 1200 GMT, Irish national broadcaster RTE said turnout could potentially be one of the highest for a referendum in years.

"It's quite amazing. I'd say at this stage the turnout would be about 50 percent more than the last referendum," James Barry, returning officer for Dublin, told Newstalk radio, referring to the 39 percent who voted in an unsuccessful bid to abolish the upper house of parliament in 2013.

The result may depend on whether younger voters, tens of thousands of whom registered as the campaign gathered momentum, turn out to cast their ballots.

The result, which will be declared on Saturday, may also reveal an urban/rural split. When voters legalised divorce by a razor thin majority in 1995, only five of the 30 constituencies outside Dublin backed the proposal.

International interest made the hashtag #VoteYes the top trending issue on Twitter and thousands of Irish expatriates made the trip home from Britain and as far afield as New York and Sydney to vote, groups encouraging the 'Yes' vote, using the hashtag #hometovote, said.

"I've been genuinely overwhelmed by the scale and the scope of the hometovote movement," said Joey Kavanagh of the Get The Boat 2 Vote group, as he and about 50 others made the eight-hour journey by train and ferry from London to Dublin.

"It's a very festive, celebratory atmosphere. At the moment we're hanging up posters in the lounge and stringing up balloons. People are just very eager to get back."

Gay marriage is backed by all political parties, championed by big employers and endorsed by celebrities, all hoping it will mark a transformation in a country that was long regarded as one of the most socially conservative in Western Europe.

The Catholic Church, whose doctrine teaches that homosexuality is a sin, has mainly limited its 'No' campaigning to sermons to its remaining flock, a marked contrast with active public opposition to similar moves in France and elsewhere.

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05-22-2015 Entertainment
Review: David Letterman Says Goodbye, With Self-Mockery and a Little Mush

“You know what I’m going to devote the rest of my life to?” David Letterman said on his last night as the host of the “Late Show” on CBS. “Social media.”

Mr. Letterman ended his 33-year career in late-night on Wednesday as he had started it — with the irreverence, self-mockery and mischief that made him such an iconoclastic talk-show host.

His farewell was much better than the usual mawkish television send-off: He mixed favorite segments like his Top 10 list with clips of classic skits and a few restrained fillips of sincerity and humility. His final show was not at all like the Pharaonic and mushy last bow Johnny Carson took when he left “The Tonight Show” in 1992. As could be expected, it was a bracing antidote to the weepy extravaganza that ushered his rival Jay Leno into retirement last year.

Mr. Letterman’s retirement has gotten an extraordinary amount of focus — a frenzied outpouring of fan devotion, celebrity tributes and nonstop media attention — perhaps because he was so important to the last generation of viewers who grew up watching shows on a television set, and not on a smartphone.

Mr. Letterman’s crack about younger performers who use Twitter and Facebook was a shout-out to the talk-show host’s core audience, the late-night viewers who decades ago defined themselves as the insurgents who preferred Mr. Letterman to Mr. Leno.

All Mr. Letterman had to say was the date, June 17, 1996, and the studio audience began laughing appreciatively. He then showed a clip of one of his more famous pranks when he posed as a server at a drive-through Taco Bell and tormented customers with terrible service.

The clips of his absurdist gags, riffs on conventional television comedy, were fun, but they were also a reminder of how inventive and seditious Mr. Letterman was in his heyday, and how much his successors in today’s late-night constellation owe him. One acolyte, Jimmy Kimmel, the host of his own late-night talk show on ABC, was so worshipful he ran a rerun on Wednesday so as to not pull focus from Mr. Letterman.

On his show, Mr. Letterman demanded a lighter touch. In the Top 10 list, “Things I’ve Always Wanted to Say to Dave,” Julia Louis-Dreyfus, a “Seinfeld” alumna, said, “Thanks for letting me take part in another hugely disappointing series finale.”

Mr. Letterman joined CBS in 1993, a year after HBO introduced “The Larry Sanders Show,” a behind-the-scenes parody of “The Tonight Show” that starred Garry Shandling as an insecure, self-absorbed talk-show host.

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05-21-2015 General
Queensland Police to crack down on drivers using phones

Queensland drivers face a crackdown on using mobile phones while driving, with such offences to be added to the double demerits list from September.

If drivers are caught twice in 12 months using their phone while driving, it will cost them nine of their 12 licence points.

Learners and red P-plate drivers are banned from using hands-free phones as well.

Police will also increase sting operations, including the use of covert cars and motorbikes, to enforce the new penalties.

Phone use behind the wheel is regarded as the biggest cause of road accidents in Queensland.

“We make no apologies for being tough on people who are using mobile phones in their cars,” Road Safety Minister Mark Bailey said.


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05-19-2015 General
05-19-2015 Society
Nearly 200 people face charges after Texas shootout leaves nine bikers dead

Police in Waco, Tex., said 192 people were being arrested on Monday in connection with a biker gang shootout that left nine dead and 18 injured a day earlier.

Those under arrest will face charges of engaging in organized crime, police said in a statement following a deadly gun battle at a sports bar on Sunday when a simmering feud among rival biker gangs boiled over.

The Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission is closing Twin Peaks Sports Bar and Grill, located at a shopping mall in the central Texas city, for at least seven days “due to the ongoing danger it presents to our community,” police said.

The commission is conducting a parallel investigation and may take further action, according to the police statement.

Separately, Waco Police Sergeant Patrick Swanton on Monday said police officials have been threatened since the shooting.

Source: The Globe And Mail

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No. Newspaper / Country No. Newspaper / Country No. Newspaper / Country No. Newspaper / Country
1 The New York Times / United States 2 The Guardian / United Kingdom 3 The Daily Mail / United Kingdom 4 The Wall Street Journal / United States
5 The Washington Post / United States 6 The People's Daily / China 7 The Daily Telegraph / United Kingdom 8 USA Today / United States
9 Los Angeles Times / United States 10 El Mundo / Spain 11 La Repubblica / Italy 12 The Times of India / India
13 Bild / Germany 14 Corriere della Sera / Italy 15 The Examiner / United States 16 The Independent / United Kingdom
17 El País / Spain 18 The Financial Times / United Kingdom 19 The Sydney Morning Herald / Australia 20 Daily News / United States
21 Chicago Tribune / United States 22 Le Monde / France 23 Marca / Spain 24 Hürriyet / Turkey
25 Die Welt / Germany 26 Asahi Shimbun / Japan 27 The Sun / United Kingdom 28 New York Post / United States
29 The Age / Australia 30 Gazeta Wyborcza / Poland 31 The Philadelphia Inquirer / United States 32 The Washington Times / United States
33 Die Zeit / Germany 34 Yomiuri Shimbun / Japan 35 The New Zealand Herald / New Zealand 36 The Onion / United States
37 Milliyet Gazetesi / Turkey 38 Il Sole 24 Ore / Italy 39 The Chicago Sun-Times / United States 40 Al-Ahram / Egypt
41 Le Figaro / France 42 Süddeutsche Zeitung / Germany 43 The Hindu / India 44 Houston Chronicle / United States
45 The Seattle Times / United States 46 Libération / France 47 The Globe and Mail / Canada 48 De Standaard / Belgium
49 The Irish Times / Ireland 50 The Toronto Star / Canada 51 Le Nouvel Observateur / France 52 Mercury News / United States
53 The Australian / Australia 54 The Denver Post / United States 55 The Christian Science Monitor / United States 56 The Dong-a Ilbo / Korea
57 The Atlanta Journal-Constitution / United States 58 Aftonbladet / Sweden 59 Kommersant / Russia 60 Bangkok Post / Thailand
61 Star Tribune / United States 62 The Hollywood Reporter / United States 63 Daily Mirror / United Kingdom 64 Dawn / Pakistan
65 El Universal / Mexico 66 The Miami Herald / United States 67 Mladá fronta Dnes / Czech Republic 68 DNA - Daily News & Analysis / India
69 Pittsburgh Post-Gazette / United States 70 Sports Nippon / Japan 71 L'Equipe / France 72 Die Presse / Austria
73 Detroit Free Press / United States 74 Neue Zürcher Zeitung / Switzerland 75 Clarín / Argentina 76 Chosun Ilbo / Japan
77 The Sacramento Bee / United States 78 China Daily / China 79 Nihon Keizai Shimbun / Japan 80 AS / Spain
81 The Baltimore Sun / United States 82 Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung / Germany 83 La Gazzetta dello Sport / Italy 84 Mainichi Shimbun / Japan
85 Boston Herald / United States 86 The Dallas Morning News / United States 87 The Times / United Kingdom 88 Newsday / United States
89 Orlando Sentinel / United States 90 St. Louis Post-Dispatch / United States 91 Taipei Times / Taiwan 92 The Hindustan Times / India
93 The Economic Times / India 94 Kompas / Indonesia 95 The Observer / United Kingdom 96 Jornal de Notícias / Portugal
97 South Florida Sun-Sentinel / United States 98 ABC / Spain 99 Le Soir / Belgium 100 The Kansas City Star / United States

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