Author: Douglas E. Wiseman

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Former President Donald Trump’s hush money trial is well underway, with a jury of 12 individuals being seated on Thursday. This marks a significant step towards opening statements and the revelation of potentially explosive testimony in the weeks to come. The prosecution is gearing up to present their case early next week, highlighting the diverse mix of professionals on the jury panel. Among them are lawyers, as well as a retired wealth manager from Manhattan, adding an intriguing element to the high-profile trial. The unprecedented nature of a former American president being tried during the race for the White House…

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Apple’s recent decision to allow retro game emulators on the App Store has sparked controversy among users and developers alike. The most recent development in this ongoing saga is the removal of the iGBA Game Boy emulator, which was deemed to be too similar to another existing emulator. Riley Testut, the developer behind the popular GBA4iOS emulator, accused iGBA of being a knock-off of his own creation and criticized it for being packed with intrusive advertisements. In response to this controversy, Testut has released Delta, the successor to GBA4iOS, on the App Store for free. Delta boasts support for a…

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The Golden State Warriors are facing some decisions as they head into the upcoming NBA season, and coach Steve Kerr is making it clear where his priorities lie. In a recent interview, Kerr expressed his strong desire to have Klay Thompson back on the team, emphasizing Thompson’s importance to the team’s spacing and flow of offense. Thompson, who struggled in a game against the Sacramento Kings in the Play-In Tournament by going 0 of 10 from the field, is still seen as a valuable asset by both Kerr and his teammates. Stephen Curry has also voiced his desire to continue…

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A groundbreaking new study has found that exercise not only improves physical health but also reduces stress signals in the brain, decreasing the risk of cardiovascular disease. The study, which analyzed data from over 50,000 adults around age 60, found that individuals who exercised more had lower stress-related signals in the brain. Interestingly, individuals with depression saw even greater benefits from exercise, with over a twofold increase in benefits compared to those without depression. The study also suggests that the amount of exercise needed to reduce cardiovascular risk may vary depending on a person’s history of depression. Exercise is believed…

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Retail Sales Remain Strong Despite Rising Inflation Despite a 0.4% increase in the Consumer Price Index in March, consumers continued to shop at a faster pace than expected, with retail sales increasing by 0.7% for the month. This upward trend was also seen when excluding auto-related receipts, with retail sales jumping by 1.1%, exceeding estimates. The main contributors to the increase in retail sales were gas prices and online sales, with sales at service stations up by 2.1% and online sales up by 2.7%. However, some categories experienced declines in sales, including sporting goods, hobbies, musical instruments, books, clothing stores,…

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SpaceX Successfully Launches 23 Starlink Satellites into Orbit On Friday night, SpaceX achieved another milestone by successfully launching 23 Starlink satellites into orbit from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station. The launch took place at 9:40 p.m. and was carried out using a Falcon 9 rocket, which has become a familiar sight in the space industry. This mission was particularly significant as it marked the 20th flight for the first stage booster being used. This showcases the reusability and reliability of SpaceX’s technology, a key factor in reducing the cost of space travel and exploration. For those who missed the live…

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a warning about a concerning spike in measles cases across the United States, jeopardizing the status of elimination that was achieved in 2000. According to the CDC, nearly one-third of all measles cases since 2020 have occurred just this year, with a staggering 83% of those cases affecting individuals who were either unvaccinated or had an unknown vaccination status. In response to this alarming trend, health officials are strongly urging the public to get vaccinated against measles, especially if they are planning to travel abroad. Vaccination is key to preventing…

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A recent study conducted by researchers from the Queensland Centre for Mental Health Research has found a possible link between owning a cat and developing disorders related to schizophrenia. The study, which builds upon a 1995 study proposing a connection between cat ownership and mental health disorders, suggests that exposure to the parasite Toxoplasma gondii may be the cause. The analysis of 17 studies revealed a significant positive association between cat ownership and an increased risk of schizophrenia-related disorders. This is due to the fact that the parasite T. gondii can be transmitted through a bite or the faeces of…

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Former football player turned actor and TV personality, O.J. Simpson, has passed away at the age of 76 at his home in Las Vegas. The news of his death has brought back memories of the infamous 1995 trial for the murder of his ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend Ron Goldman. Despite being acquitted of the murders in criminal court, Simpson was found liable for the deaths in a 1997 civil suit and was ordered to pay $33.5 million in damages. The trial captivated the nation and Simpson’s life thereafter was marked by legal troubles and controversies. After the…

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Cannes Film Festival Announces Lineup for 77th Edition The prestigious Cannes Film Festival has revealed its lineup for the upcoming 77th edition, with renowned directors Francis Ford Coppola, David Cronenberg, and Yorgos Lanthimos set to compete for the coveted Palme d’Or. Other notable filmmakers with films in competition include Jacques Audiard, Paul Schrader, and Andrea Arnold. One of the most highly anticipated films at the festival is Coppola’s “Megalopolis,” marking his return to filmmaking after a decade-long hiatus. The plot of “Megalopolis” has been kept under wraps, with Coppola hinting at a futuristic storyline centered around building a utopian society…

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