Former volleyball stars Carrie McCaw and Lesley Prather and 2 daughters killed in Missouri crash

(CNN)Two university communities are in mourning after two former star volleyball players and their daughters died in a crash in Missouri. St. Charles County is about 40 miles northwest of St. Louis. Prather, her daughter Rhyan, McCaw and her daughter Kacey were killed, the Louisville statement read. Prather and one of the girls were pronounced dead on the scene while McCaw and the other girl were pronounced dead at local hospitals, the crash report said. No arrests have been made and no charges have been filed, Missouri State Highway Patrol Cpl. Dallas Thompson told CNN in an email Sunday. Thompson said the crash is under investigation by the major crash reconstruction team. The finalized crash report will be sent to …

Your DNA is a valuable asset, so why give it to ancestry websites for free? | Laura Spinney

DNA testing companies are starting to profit from selling our data on to big pharma. Perhaps they should be paying us, says science writer Laura Spinney The announcement by 23andMe, a company that sells home DNA testing kits, that it has laying off workers amid a shrinking market that its CEO put down to the publics concerns about privacy. These two developments are linked, because the most intimate data we can provide about ourselves our genetic make-up is already being harvested for ends we arent aware of and cant always control. Some of them, such as better medicines, are desirable, but some of them should worry us. Launched in Silicon Valley in 2007, 23andMe offers genetic tests direct-to-consumer (DTC) that …

How Juul gets kids addicted to vaping: it’s even worse than you think | Nancy Jo Sales

Massachusetts is suing the e-cigarette company for its predatory ads to children. Hopefully other states will follow suit When you said: We do not intend to attract underage users. But as a kid might say: said at a news conference this week. The company also sought to recruit celebrities and social media influencers with large numbers of underage followers, such as Miley Cyrus and Instagram influencer Luka Sabbat. This isnt the first time a company selling nicotine products has been accused of targeting children. Joe Camel, the cartoon mascot for Camel cigarettes, was the subject of a similar lawsuit, Mangini v RJ Reynolds Tobacco Company, in 1997. Under public pressure, RJR settled out of court and retired its 10-year-old Joe …

Vexed by Missed Deliveries? Data-Savvy Tech Can Help

As I write these lines, I’m at home waiting for a delivery from Ikea, which said the package would arrive some time between 9 am and 5 pm today. It’s close to 2 pm and I’m still without news from the carrier, FedEx. The probability that my Swedish design furniture will arrive today is decreasing as the hours go by, inversely correlated with my anger levels. I stayed home, instead of heading to the office, for nothing. (The package arrived the next day, without notice from the company or the carrier.) The frustration caused by failed or delayed home deliveries is shared by many. Roughly 5 percent of online deliveries don’t reach their destination on the first attempt, according to …

Federal prosecutors weigh new charges that bring Lev Parnas investigation closer to Giuliani

New York (CNN)Federal prosecutors are weighing new charges against associates of Rudy Giuliani in connection with a company that paid him $500,000, according to people familiar with the investigation. In the case of Fraud Guarantee, investigators have focused on the marketing pitch, specifically examining whether the men duped investors about the value of the company and how they intended to use the proceeds, the people familiar with the investigation say. FBI agents and prosecutors interviewed investors who were pitched on the company, and through subpoenas have obtained text messages and other documents related to the effort. One person with knowledge of the company has said the men spent proceeds from investors on pricey personal expenses. The new charges, if they …

Cancer cases on the rise globally, but not equally, WHO report says

(CNN)In the next two decades, the world could see a 60% increase in the number of cancer cases, according to a new report from the World Health Organization. In low- and middle-income countries, the increase could be as high as 81%. One reason for the inequality is the difference in the proportion of people exposed to cancer risk factors, the report finds. For example, low-income countries tend to have higher rates of cancers related to infection, such cervical cancer from HPV, than high-income countries. Also, smoking rates are decreasing in high-income countries such as the United States, but not in low-income countries, according to research from the International Agency for Research on Cancer. Lung cancer, which is linked to tobacco …

You Can Rent A Medieval Castle In Spain With 15 Friends For Less Than $30 Per Night Each

Yes, there’s also a €59.5 ($64.53) but split it and you’ve got yourself a bed in an authentic 10th-century castle for under €28 or $30. But the host of the property, Marc, offers 25% off if you stay for a week and a 50% discount if you book it for a whole month. Image credits: Marc/Airbnb According to Metropolitan Barcelona, the natural beauty of Ripollès is enhanced by other Romanesque churches and castles spread all over the region. These architectural treasures were mostly constructed between the 10th and 12th centuries. This was just after the Count of Barcelona, Wilfred the Hairy, made huge efforts to increase the Catalan population in the area in the ninth century. Image credits: Marc/Airbnb Stone walls and ceilings …

This Lady Works At Walmart, Poses With Its Products For Stores Local FB Page And People Love Her Sense Of Humor

And. Is. She poses with various products for the store’s Facebook page and everyone’s loving how hilarious the pics look. Probably because of the contrast between her easygoing attitude and her serious expression. Or because it’s obvious that she’s genuinely having fun. The look in her eyes says it all! reply Unfollow 10 hours ago Priceless! ☺️ reply Charlene’s going viral on the net: Imgur, Reddit, and local radio station websites are having fun showing off her photos to the world. Walmart North East even started a petition to try and send Charlene to the Ellen Degeneres show to recognize her efforts. reply Unfollow 11 hours ago Charlene certainly knows how to work a pose with soft toys 😋 reply …

People Discover A Dog 100% Covered In Tar, Work Tirelessly To Save Her, Succeed

Fortunately, members of the organization took it upon themselves to help poor Aloe out. It took 8 volunteers 9 hours of nonstop work, 50 liters of oil, and 3 baths to completely clean the doggo. An animals rights organization from Argentina shared how they helped save the life of Aloe the dog The organization “Proyect 4 Patas” has over 313k followers on Instagram and nearly 2 million fans on Facebook. A lot of people support them because they stand against animal experimentation or using animals as clothing, for food, and entertainment. Image credits: Proyecto4Patas “Right now we are focusing on getting her healthy, she is really thin. Eventually, we will be looking for her forever family.” Image credits: Proyecto4Patas “When …

Lawyer Michael Avenatti found guilty of trying to extort Nike

Avenatti, who was all but unknown until he began representing Stormy Daniels, could face more than 40 years in prison Michael Avenatti, the combative lawyer who gained fame by representing porn star Stormy Daniels in lawsuits against Donald Trump, was convicted Friday of Daniels in lawsuits against the US president and making hundreds of television appearances. Avenattis sentencing was scheduled for 17 June. Jurors deliberated for two and a half days in deciding whether Avenatti tried to extort Nike by threatening to publicize allegations the sports apparel company made illegal payments to families of college basketball recruits. Nike has denied wrongdoing. The jury agreed with prosecutors who argued that Avenatti misused a clients information in an effort to extort tens …

The real star of Bong Joon-hos Oscar-winner Parasite? The house

Four carefully crafted sets give the appearance of a luxurious labyrinth of burnished wood and crystal-clear glass a perfect location for menace and suburban depravity Pretty much every actor in Parasite puts in a note-perfect performance, but as the film unfolds theres no doubting the star of the show. The house where the bulk of the action takes place a gloriously opulent modernist building, shot to ensure no gleaming surface or painstaking furniture arrangement goes unnoticed is truly a thing of wonder. Bong Joon-hos big-screen creations to date include genetically modified superpigs, but this pad might just top the lot. Within the film, this is the home of the well-to-do Park family and brainchild of a hotshot celebrity architect; in …

Patrons were evacuated from ‘Jagged Little Pill’ on Broadway after a likely pepper-spray incident, police say

(CNN)Theatergoers in New York were evacuated from a performance of the Broadway musical “Jagged Little Pill” after someone released a substance — likely pepper spray, police say — inside the auditorium.

‘Can you post a meme?’: Facebook changes ad rules after Bloomberg exploits loophole

Policy change involves what Facebook calls branded content, sponsored items posted by ordinary users who are typically paid by companies Facebook decided on Friday to allow a type of paid political message that had sidestepped many of the social networks rules governing political ads, in a reversal that highlights difficulties tech companies and regulators have in keeping up with the changing nature of paid political messages. Facebooks policy change comes days after the Democratic presidential candidate Mike Bloomberg exploited a loophole to run humorous messages promoting his campaign on the accounts of popular Instagram personalities followed by millions of younger people. The Bloomberg campaign had paid more than a dozen social media influencers to post Bloomberg memes using their Instagram …

Presenter attacks trolls over Flack death

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionPresenter Laura Whitmore pays tribute to friend Caroline Flack. Presenter Laura Whitmore has paid tribute to her “vivacious” and “loving” friend Caroline Flack, who was found dead in her London flat on Saturday. Fighting back tears on her BBC Radio 5 Live show, she said the former Love Island host “loved to love”. She also appealed to listeners to “be kind” to others and said she wanted to use her platform to “call people out”. “To paparazzi and tabloids looking for a cheap sell, to trolls hiding behind a keyboard – enough,” she said. A lawyer for Flack’s family said on Saturday that she had taken her own life. Skip Instagram post …

China Launches a Crush of Clinical Trials Aimed at Covid-19

In the quarantined Chinese city of Wuhan, health workers fighting the explosive outbreak of a new coronavirus have been improvising for weeks, trying to provide whatever care they can for Covid-19 patients whose symptoms range from a cough and fever to severe pneumonia, septic shock, and organ failure. In addition to treating these symptoms with oxygen therapy, ventilators, and antibiotics, doctors there have also resorted to experimentation. With no approved treatments for any of the illnesses caused by coronaviruses, health workers have been trying everything from steroids and antibodies to drugs normally intended for HIV and influenza. But because these treatments have been dispensed on a case-by-case basis, without any rigorous, centralized tracking of results, it’s hard to know if …