In what may be a late-breaking contender for the least shocking news of 2020, this year's most-played holiday song so far is, per ASCAP, Mariah Carey's "All I Want for Christmas Is You," the single that finally went to No. 1 on the pop charts last year after 25 years in wait. Carey recorded a […]
In a break from tradition to mark a tumultuous year, the British Fashion Council's (BFC) annual awards on Thursday honoured 20 individuals and brands, including Chanel and Burberry, who "led change in the industry".
A 10-foot-tall metallic monolith appeared mysteriously atop a Central California mountain this week, then vanished just as suddenly early on Thursday in what seemed to be a copycat of one that appeared and then vanished in a Utah desert. "I can't say it's aliens, but it was here and now it's gone," said Terrie Banish, deputy city manager of Atascadero, California, a city of about 30,000 off U.S. Highway 101 near the central coast city of San Luis Obispo. It hearkened to Stanley Kubrick's 1968 film, "2001: A Space Odyssey", based on a novel by Arthur C. Clarke, in which alien monoliths mysteriously appear.
A set of "neuro-rights" should be added to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights adopted by the United Nations, said Rafael Yuste, a neuroscience professor at New York's Columbia University and organizer of the Morningside Group of scientists and ethicists proposing such standards. Five rights would guard the brain against abuse from new technologies - rights to identity, free will and mental privacy along with the right of equal access to brain augmentation advances and protection from algorithmic bias, the group says.
Joe Biden said Thursday that he will ask Americans to commit to 100 days of wearing masks as one of his first acts as president, stopping just short of the nationwide mandate he's pushed before to stop the spread of the coronavirus. The move marks a notable shift from President Donald Trump, whose own skepticism of mask-wearing has contributed to a politicization of the issue. The president-elect has frequently emphasized mask-wearing as a “patriotic duty" and during the campaign floated the idea of instituting a nationwide mask mandate, which he later acknowledged would be beyond the ability of the president to enforce.
Next year, you won't need to get off your couch to catch Warner Bros.' biggest 2021 box office titles. Warner Bros. studio on Thursday announced it would make all of its 2021 films available in theaters and on the HBO Max streaming service starting on the same day, an unprecedented shift in movie-viewing in response to the health crisis that has upended the movie industry and shuttered movie theaters around the world. Big titles, which are expected to include "Godzilla vs. Kong" and "Mortal Kombat," a new version of "Dune" and a "Matrix" sequel will be available on HBO Max for one month starting on the same day they debut in cinemas. Studios have been pushing to make their movies available in living rooms sooner than the typical timeline of roughly 90 days after they debut in cinemas, an idea theater owners have been fighting. Warner Bros. executives said the strategy would be in place for one year, beginning this Christmas with the duel release of "Wonder Woman 1984" simultaneously in U.S. theaters and on HBO Max. The new strategy from Warner Bros. unnerved investors in theater chains. Shares of AMC Entertainment, the world's largest theater operator, fell nearly 16%. Rival movie theater operator Cinemark's shares dropped almost 22%.
The PM: “We are taking the lead with an ambitious new target”
If chart momentum keeps apace for Columbia Records in these final days of 2020, the label could lay claim to the No. 1 song in the U.S. for 11 of the last 17 weeks. Among its stable of smashes: Harry Styles’ “Adore You” and “Watermelon Sugar”; Arizona Zervas’ “Roxanne”; BTS’ “Dynamite” (with Big Hit Entertainment); […]
A K9 officer with the Edmond Police Department in Oklahoma was all business as he sat for his departmental portrait, footage shared by police on December 2 shows.Video posted by the police department shows the Dutch shepherd, named Robbie, sitting perfectly still and looking alert for the photographer, then erupting in playfulness once the session concludes.“Whether it’s protecting the Edmond streets, or sitting for his professional headshot, K9 Robbie is all work and no play … until it’s time to play!” the department wrote in a caption. Credit: Edmond Police Department via Storyful
The Pentagon's top general said Thursday that the US military has to fully embrace robotics and artificial intelligence if it is to maintain superiority to China.
Election officials are investigating the actions of a Florida lawyer who they say tried to register to vote in a high-stakes runoff in Georgia that will decide control of the U.S. Senate. Moving to Georgia just to vote — with no intention of staying in the state afterward — can amount to a felony, Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger said in a statement Thursday announcing the investigation. The lawyer went online and attempted to register to vote using the address of his brother in Hiram, Georgia, said Deidre Holden, the elections supervisor in Paulding County, Georgia.
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Ferrari's Charles Leclerc says he would bet on George Russell winning Sunday's Sakhir Grand Prix when the Briton makes his Mercedes debut as Lewis Hamilton's replacement in the penultimate race of the season. Russell, 22, has yet to score a point in 36 races with struggling Williams but he could go from zero to hero in Bahrain after seven-times world champion Hamilton tested positive for COVID-19. Mercedes have won 13 of the 15 races this season -- Hamilton 11 and Valtteri Bottas two -- and been on pole position in all but one.
‘I’m keeping up, for an old guy’
It’s been a 2.5-year-long slog filled with an avalanche of price cuts, but piano-tinkling singer Michael Feinstein has at long last sold what's known as the Glendower Estate, a historic mansion in the celeb-heavy Los Feliz area of Los Angeles. The slightly more than $7.33 million sale price is a staggering 72% reduction from the […]
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