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Check out photos from inside the 2024 Belmont Stakes
Economy

Check out photos from inside the 2024 Belmont Stakes

Summer at the spa - a ritual that has lasted nearly 200 years - began early in Saratoga Springs, New York, with the third leg of the Triple Crown, the Belmont Stakes, held Saturday for the first time at Saratoga Race Course, a relic revered where elites and others mingle, but horses dominate. Broadway, the city's central thoroughfare, was abuzz with activity. Lines for picnic tables along the trail formed before dawn. A new color, Belmont Green, blends with the track's signature red and white coating. Owners, trainers, runners and loyalists all hailed the break with tradition for the 156th edition of the race.
Israel saves 4 hostages during assault;  Gaza officials say dozens of people are killed
World

Israel saves 4 hostages during assault; Gaza officials say dozens of people are killed

Four hostages kidnapped from the Nova music festival and held by militants in Gaza over the past eight months were rescued by Israeli forces on Saturday.After the Hamas-led terrorist attack on October 7, Israel released only a small number of hostages through military force. Saturday's rescue efforts occurred in Nuseirat, central Gaza, where health officials said dozens of Palestinians had been killed. Here's what we know about the four hostages brought back to Israel. Noa Argamani Noa Argamani, 26, was taken hostage in the October 7 attack along with her boyfriend, Avinatan Or. Viral footage showed Ms Argamani being taken to Gaza on the back of a motorbike while she screamed in despair. Ms Argamani and her boyfriend were kidnapped during the Nova music festival in southern Israel, where...
The NHL’s move to Salt Lake City is the latest downsizing of the sport
Sports

The NHL’s move to Salt Lake City is the latest downsizing of the sport

Sometimes, smaller is better. For decades, major sports leagues have sought to place teams in the country's largest markets, in hopes of selling more tickets and sponsorships, as well as satisfying broadcasters who want to reach as many viewers as possible. But in recent years, leagues have embraced the allure of smaller markets. Teams moved to cities like Oklahoma City, Las Vegas, and Winnipeg, Manitoba, seeking financial incentives, newer arenas and stadiums, and more devoted fans. In early April, the National Hockey League approved the $1.2 billion sale of the Arizona Coyotes to tech billionaire Ryan Smith and his wife Ashley. The team, which will be renamed, will begin play next season at the Delta Center in Salt Lake City, home of another Smiths team, the Utah Jazz of the National ...
British TV doctor Michael Mosley has been found dead in Greece
World

British TV doctor Michael Mosley has been found dead in Greece

Mrs Mosley added: “We take comfort in the fact that he almost made it. He made an incredible climb, took the wrong path and collapsed where he could not easily be seen by the vast search team." Over the years, many British viewers have relied on Dr Mosley, a long-time science and health researcher, for his debunked advice on diet, exercise and sleep. Trained as a doctor before venturing into television, Dr Mosley hosted the popular BBC health podcast 'Just One Thing' and appeared on the show 'Trust Me, I'm A Doctor'. He produced a number of health and science programs for the broadcaster and often volunteered for experimentation in the documentaries he presented. He ate parasites and experimented with magic mushrooms, but he was best known for popularizing the 5:2 diet, a form of inter...
Hunter Biden’s addiction shocked his family.  Has your family had similar problems?
Health

Hunter Biden’s addiction shocked his family. Has your family had similar problems?

Hunter Biden, the president's son, is on trial in federal court for falsely claiming in a gun application that he had not used illicit drugs. Testimonies from his ex-wife and his ex-girlfriends describe his drug-fueled character; look for his dealer on the streets; his large cash withdrawals from the bank. Hallie Biden, his brother Beau's widow who was dating him in the fall of 2018 when the gun purchase occurred, spoke of his erratic behavior, possession of rocks of crack and cocaine "the size of ping-pong balls, or bigger, maybe” and how she frantically urged him to go to rehab. She, like Mr. Biden, is in recovery. I write about addiction for the New York Times and have spoken to countless families who have shared harrowing experiences. I'm working on an article about how the Biden...
Tesla shareholders will vote on Elon Musk’s big payday.  What happens then?
Economy

Tesla shareholders will vote on Elon Musk’s big payday. What happens then?

Tesla could use shareholder approval to support Musk's case in court. If it wins the vote on Musk's compensation, the company is likely to turn to Chancellor Kathaleen McCormick, the Delaware Court of Chancery judge who rejected the compensation plan, and argue that shareholders, armed with information she says not having had it when they approved the package, they ratified the proposal again. This, according to the company, makes the issue controversial. If McCormick were to declare the plan acceptable, it is likely that the plaintiffs who initially sued will appeal to the Delaware Supreme Court. Among their potential arguments: The new vote does not resolve an issue that had already been decided by a judge, and shareholder votes may have been influenced by implicit threats to Tesla's ...
California proposes 30 AI regulatory laws amid federal gridlock
Technology

California proposes 30 AI regulatory laws amid federal gridlock

California lawmakers last month advanced about 30 new AI measures aimed at protecting consumers and jobs, one of the largest efforts yet to regulate the new technology. The bills aim to impose the toughest nationwide restrictions on artificial intelligence, which some technologists warn could kill entire categories of jobs, throw elections into chaos with misinformation and pose national security risks. California's proposals, many of which have won broad support, include rules to prevent AI tools from discriminating in housing and health services. They also aim to protect intellectual property and jobs. The California legislature, which is expected to vote on the proposed laws by Aug. 31, has already helped shape U.S. tech consumer protections. In 2020 the state passed a privacy law t...
Middle East crisis: Blinken arrives in Middle East as US pushes for ceasefire vote at UN
World

Middle East crisis: Blinken arrives in Middle East as US pushes for ceasefire vote at UN

Still battling Israel's external enemies on multiple fronts, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu awoke Monday to a new political battlefield at home.The departure this weekend of Benny Gantz and his centrist National Unity party from Israel's wartime emergency government is unlikely to immediately break Netanyahu's power. The prime minister's ruling coalition still holds a narrow majority of 64 seats in the 120-seat parliament. But Gantz's move means Netanyahu is now totally dependent on his far-right and ultra-Orthodox coalition partners as he pursues the war in Gaza despite growing international disapproval, leaving him increasingly isolated and exposed at home and abroad. . Gantz and Gadi Eisenkot, another powerful National Unity member, also left Netanyahu's small war cabinet. They ar...
Rocky Wirtz, president of the Chicago Blackhawks, has died at the age of 70
World

Rocky Wirtz, president of the Chicago Blackhawks, has died at the age of 70

Rocky Wirtz, who after taking over from his father as principal owner of the Chicago Blackhawks, won three Stanley Cup championships in the 2010s — a stellar run that lost its luster several years later after a sexual assault investigation by one of the teams of the minor league. players by a coach – died Tuesday in Evanston, Illinois. He was 70 years old. His death, in hospital, was confirmed by John Steinmiller, team spokesman. Under Mr. Wirtz's father, William, the Blackhawks, one of the National Hockey League's six original franchises, had become a downtrodden, money-losing franchise. The team hadn't won the Stanley Cup since 1961. Attendance at the United Center was among the worst in the league. And home games weren't televised. “I would say, 'Dad, we're losing generations of fa...
California Proposes 30 AI Regulation Laws Amid Federal Standstill
Technology

California Proposes 30 AI Regulation Laws Amid Federal Standstill

Lawmakers in California last month advanced about 30 new measures on artificial intelligence aimed at protecting consumers and jobs, one of the biggest efforts yet to regulate the new technology.The bills seek the toughest restrictions in the nation on A.I., which some technologists warn could kill entire categories of jobs, throw elections into chaos with disinformation, and pose national security risks. The California proposals, many of which have gained broad support, include rules to prevent A.I. tools from discriminating in housing and health care services. They also aim to protect intellectual property and jobs.California’s legislature, which is expected to vote on the proposed laws by Aug. 31, has already helped shape U.S. tech consumer protections. The state passed a privacy law in...