Airstrikes kill more than 30 civilians in Yemen, U.N. official says

Strikes killed more than 30 civilians in a mountainous northern Yemeni province Saturday, the U.N. humanitarian chief for the country said, calling the attack “shocking.” The Yemeni rebels, known as Houthis, accused the Saudi-led coalition of launching retaliatory airstrikes, after they shot down a warplane for coalition over the province of Jawf. Saudi Arabia’s state-run […]

Correcting the record on Matthew Stafford’s contract

When the issue came up last week regarding possible trade talks involving Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford, I checked contract numbers at spotrac.com and overthecap.com to determine: (1) Stafford’s cash payout in 2020; (2) Stafford’s cap number in 2020 if on the team; and (3) Stafford cap charge in 2020 if traded. Per a league source […]

AR Rahman’s Daughter Khatija Responds When Trolled for Wearing a Burqa

AR Rahman’s daughter Khatija Rahman lashed out at critics including writer Taslima Nasreen for taking her father’s name while referring to her choice of wearing a burqa. Taslima had said that she feels suffocated when she looks at Khatija wearing a burqa. Sharing a picture of Khatija in a burqa, Taslima wrote on Twitter, “I […]

Factbox: Carmakers look to resume China output after virus forced closures

Automakers including Daimler, Ford and Tesla are looking to resume production in China after being forced to shut factories following the outbreak of a new coronavirus. Below are details on carmakers’ plans (in alphabetical order): – BMW’s (BMWG.DE) China venture with Brilliance (1114.HK) said on Feb. 5 the Chinese firm planned to restart production on […]

Amazon patent imagines using a giant whip to yeet payloads into space

A newly published patent from Amazon has outlined a new method of launching objects into the air using a miles-long whip attached to a fleet of aerial craft. The patent, which was spotted by GeekWire, was filed back in March 2017 but only became public earlier this week. It muses that the method could offer […]

Man asphyxiated by his own coat in bizarre Colorado ski lift accident

A New Jersey man was asphyxiated this week after he became entangled in his coat on a Colorado ski lift, according to authorities and news reports. Eagle County Coroner Kara Bettis told the Vail Daily that Jason Varnish of Short Hills, New Jersey, accidentally fell through a gap created by a chair that was in […]

D.C attendance drops by more than 12 percent from Week One to Week Two

As the XFL tries to establish a footing in the vacant spring football landscape, one of the more successful franchises has seen a double-digit dip in attendance from one week to the next. Via the Washington Post (and as confirmed in the attached photo), the attendance at Saturday’s D.C. Defenders game dropped by more than […]

Kids Miss More School When Mothers Face Physical Violence

Children are prone to miss school more when their mothers experience high physical violence, according to a new study. Published in the Maternal and Child Health Journal, the research found that 23.3 per cent of women who experienced intimate partner violence (IPV) reported their child’s school attendance was disrupted due to IPV. “Our analysis allows […]

Vodafone assesses payment to India in dispute over dues

Vodafone Idea Ltd said on Saturday it was assessing how much it would pay the Indian government as part of dues owed and said it proposed making a payment in the next few days. India ordered mobile carriers on Friday to immediately pay billions of dollars in dues after the Supreme Court threatened the companies […]

Google might start paying news publishers for content

Google is chatting with publishers about potentially paying to include their content in a news product, according to The Wall Street Journal. Most of the talks are with publishers outside the US, the paper says, including in France and Europe more broadly. “We want to help people find quality journalism—it’s important to informed democracy and […]