China's worst heatwave in 60 years is forcing factories to close

CNN World News - Tue, 08/16/2022 - 23:44
China's Sichuan province has ordered all factories to shut down for six days to ease a power shortage in the region as a scorching heat wave sweeps across the country.
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U.K. Inflation Jumps to 10.1 percent, Pushed Higher by Food

N.Y. Times - Tue, 08/16/2022 - 23:38
The surge in prices is expected to peak in the autumn, when household energy bills are set to sharply increase.
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Lisa Murkowski and Kelly Tshibaka Advance in Alaska’s Senate Contest

N.Y. Times - Tue, 08/16/2022 - 23:34
Two other candidates, still to be determined, will also move on to the general election in November under a new ranked-choice system.
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Sarah Palin Is Ahead in Special Election to Fill House Seat in Alaska

N.Y. Times - Tue, 08/16/2022 - 23:31
Mary Peltola, a Democrat, and Nick Begich III, a Republican from Alaska’s most prominent Democratic political dynasty, advanced along with the former governor.
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Article on ‘fat’ Arab women sparks uproar over body-shaming

Seattle Times - Tue, 08/16/2022 - 23:12

An article in The Economist about the prevalence of obesity among Arab women has triggered torrid criticism on social media, as well as a defamation lawsuit from an Iraqi actress whose photo was used to illustrate how Arab women are more prone to putting on weight.
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NASA wants a hundredfold upgrade for space computers

The Register - Tue, 08/16/2022 - 23:05
Does it hope to run Doom on the Moon or something?

NASA has awarded a $50 million contract to Microchip Technology, the microcontroller giant, to develop next-generation processors that will enable space computers to be 100 times faster than they currently are.…

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Republican Nick Begich advances to November general election in Alaska’s at-large Congressional District.

Seattle Times - Tue, 08/16/2022 - 22:42

Republican Nick Begich advances to November general election in Alaska's at-large Congressional District.
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Republican Sarah Palin advances to November general election in Alaska’s at-large Congressional District.

Seattle Times - Tue, 08/16/2022 - 22:42

Republican Sarah Palin advances to November general election in Alaska's at-large Congressional District.
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Democrat Mary Peltola advances to November general election in Alaska’s at-large Congressional District.

Seattle Times - Tue, 08/16/2022 - 22:42

Democrat Mary Peltola advances to November general election in Alaska's at-large Congressional District.
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Russian military uses Chinese drones and bots in combat, over manufacturers' protests

The Register - Tue, 08/16/2022 - 22:30
Testimonials from Russian generals not welcomed by DJI or Unitree Robotics

Russia's military has praised civilian grade Chinese-made drones and robots for having performed well on the battlefield, leading their manufacturers to point out the equipment is not intended or sold for military purposes.…

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Yoán Moncada comes through again in the 8th as the Chicago White Sox rally to beat the Houston Astros 4-3

San Jose Mercury - Tue, 08/16/2022 - 22:18

Yoán Moncada stepped out of the box after time was called in the eighth inning against the Houston Astros.

Tuesday’s game at Guaranteed Rate Field was tied and the go-ahead run was in scoring position.

The Chicago White Sox third baseman had been in a similar situation before. One night earlier, to be exact.

“I went there just trying to make contact with the ball, trying to have a good pitch to swing at and to have contact,” Moncada said through an interpreter.

For the second consecutive game, Moncada came through with a single to center. Pinch runner Adam Engel scored from third to give the Sox the lead in a 4-3 victory in front of 23,476.

“To be able to come through in those situations is special,” Moncada said. “Those are the situations where the game is on the line, and being able to produce there definitely makes you feel good.”

The Sox pulled off an impressive comeback win against the reigning American League champions for the second straight night to extend their winning streak to five. They remain tied for second in the AL Central with the Minnesota Twins, but both teams moved within one game of the first-place Cleveland Guardians.

The Sox won 4-2 on Monday as Moncada broke a 2-all tie with a two-out, two-run single to center in the eighth on the first pitch of his at-bat against Rafael Montero.

Tuesday, he took a ball against Héctor Neris and, after the brief pause, hit the second pitch into center to bring home Engel.

“That brings out the best in him,” Sox manager Tony La Russa said. “He’s great in that situation.”

Tuesday’s game began with the buzz of two AL Cy Young Award candidates starting in the Sox’s Dylan Cease and the Astros’ Justin Verlander.

Cease allowed three runs on six hits with four strikeouts and three walks in five innings.

“It wasn’t my sharpest outing, but it was close enough to keep us in it and then everyone else picked me up,” Cease said.

It’s the first time he allowed at least two earned runs in a start since May 24, when he gave up seven against the Boston Red Sox. Tuesday’s start ended a record stretch of 14 in a row in which he allowed one earned run or none.

“He wasn’t sharp, but if he doesn’t compete like he did, the comeback is not possible against Verlander,” La Russa said. “It’s a different kind of pat on the back. Five innings, he gutted it out.”

The Sox trailed 3-1 in the seventh when Gavin Sheets pinch-hit for Lenyn Sosa with runners on first and second and one out.

Sheets smacked a double to right. Josh Harrison and Seby Zavala scored to tie the game.

Sheets said he was thinking “get (Verlander) in the zone.”

“The main thing, first and second I want to get the ball in the air,” Sheets said. “I didn’t want to hit something on the ground and get a double play. I figured that was his main goal right there to get me on the ground. He went to the breaking ball and my main thought was get something in the air and get something in the strike zone.

“I was able to do that and I was just hoping Seby was going to score.”

Verlander allowed three runs on eight hits with four strikeouts and a walk in seven innings.

The Sox got to the Astros bullpen again, and Liam Hendriks pitched a perfect ninth for his fourth save in five games and his 27th of the season.

Sheets said the last couple of victories show the Sox have “a lot of fight.”

“We are a good team, that’s the biggest thing,” he said. “Everybody in here believes and knows it. We can feel the crowd support. We can feel the energy and it’s exciting.”

The Sox are a season-high five games over .500 and playing some of their best baseball at a crucial time.

“Every win is important,” Sheets said. “But it’s the time of the season where it’s the push, the sprint. The season is a marathon, but at this point it’s a sprint to the finals, to the playoffs. We are going to do everything we can.

“This is a huge series against a great team. We are going to focus one day at a time.”


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Newark: One dead in Hwy. 84 vehicle collision

San Jose Mercury - Tue, 08/16/2022 - 22:17

NEWARK — A person died Tuesday after a multi-vehicle collision on Highway 84 led to lane closures, authorities said.

At 9:09 p.m., California Highway Patrol officers responded to reports of a possible collision in eastbound Hwy. 84 lanes east of the Newark Boulevard on-ramp, CHP Officer Damian Cistaro said.

When officers arrived, they found at least two vehicles damaged by a collision and a person suffering from major injury, Cistaro said.

The person was later pronounced dead at the scene despite life-saving efforts by Alameda County Fire Department firefighters. Their identity was not available Tuesday night, pending identification from the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office coroner’s bureau.

The CHP issued a Sig-alert closing the roadway’s Nos. 2 and 3, or middle and right-hand lanes, for an unspecified amount of time. Drivers were asked to avoid the area to allow investigators and coroner’s staff access.

Anyone with information may call the CHP’s Hayward office at 510-498-1500.

Contact George Kelly at 408-859-5180.

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Prehistoric fish may spawn in Georgia: 1st time in 50 years

Seattle Times - Tue, 08/16/2022 - 22:06

Scientists and students embarking on a census of Georgia lake sturgeon have found three females with mature eggs — an indication that the prehistoric fish may be reproducing in Georgia for the first time in a half-century.
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Liz Cheney invokes Lincoln and Grant in impassioned concession speech

Seattle Times - Tue, 08/16/2022 - 21:51

Overlooking a field in Teton County, Wyoming, with mountains as her backdrop, Liz Cheney suggested that her job now, and that of patriotic Americans, was to stand up for the Constitution.
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Liz Cheney’s Concession Speech Invokes Lincoln and Grant

N.Y. Times - Tue, 08/16/2022 - 21:46
Ms. Cheney said she had called her opponent to concede her loss in a free and fair election, and suggested that her job now, and that of patriotic Americans, was to stand up for the Constitution.
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Junis returns to form, Crawford walks off D-backs for SF Giants’ fifth straight win

San Jose Mercury - Tue, 08/16/2022 - 21:39

SAN FRANCISCO — In an unambiguously positive development for the Giants postseason hopes, Jakob Junis returned to form Tuesday night against the Diamondbacks.

In a not-so-good development, the Giants were unable to crack their Kryptonite this season that has taken the form of Arizona right-hander Merrill Kelly.

The best development waited until the end, though.

After being blanked for eight innings and two outs into the ninth, Brandon Crawford sent a walk-off home run over the center field wall to beat the D-backs, 2-1, and extend their winning streak to five games.

The Giants were down to their final strike against Arizona closer Ian Kennedy, but Thairo Estrada extended the game by tripling off the arcade in right field — nearly reprising his role as Sunday’s walk-off hero — to set up Crawford’s walk-off shot.

Crawford hit the Giants’ third walk-off home run this season, after Estrada launched the second to end Sunday’s game.

With San Diego’s loss in Miami, the Giants picked up a game in the wild card race but remain 4.5 games out of playoff position with 46 to play.

In his best start since returning from a strained hamstring, Junis limited Arizona to one run over seven innings, but the Giants managed only four hits off Kelly before getting to the D-backs bullpen in the ninth.

Junis pumped his fist as Seth Beer swung through a 1-2 changeup for the final out of the seventh inning.

The pitch was the 101st and final Junis threw in his longest outing in a San Francisco uniform, the 16th swing-and-miss he generated and finished off his seventh strikeout victim.

After struggling for his first four starts since coming off the injured list to rediscover the slider that led to his first-half success, Junis had full control of all three pitches in his arsenal Tuesday night.

Junis hadn’t completed five innings since being activated just before the All-Star break while posting a 7.16 ERA. In seven innings on Tuesday, he resembled the pitcher who posted a 2.63 ERA prior to the injury — possibly even better.

The 16 bats Junis missed were six more than he had in any previous start, and his seven strikeouts were one shy of matching a season-high. The 101 pitches he used to complete seven innings both also marked season-highs, good signals that Junis is at or near full health.

Junis used his signature slider to record 11 of those 16 swings and misses and to finish off six of his seven strikeouts but left one hanging, and that’s the pitch Walker sent over the left-field wall.

The D-backs’ lone damage off Junis — Walker’s fourth inning solo shot — was nearly enough with Kelly on the bump.

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In four starts against San Francisco this season, Kelly has allowed four runs over 28⅓ innings, a 1.27 ERA. After blanking the Giants for eight innings in their last meeting, Kelly didn’t allow a run over seven shutout innings on Tuesday.

The Giants’ best chances at cracking Kelly — their only innings with multiple base runners — came in his first and final frames. Joc Pederson was left stranded on second after lining a double the other way to lead off the bottom of the first, while Evan Longoria made it 90 feet further — to third — after lacing a double to lead off the seventh but was also left on base after a sac bunt and two fly outs.

Joey Bart, at least, found some success against Kelly with a fifth-inning single that extended his hitting streak to a career-best eight games. However, with Longoria on third and two outs in the seventh, Bart flew out to end the threat.

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EXPLAINER: Winners, losers in water cuts for Western states

Seattle Times - Tue, 08/16/2022 - 21:29

People in Arizona and Nevada won’t face bans on watering their lawns or washing their cars despite water shortages on the Colorado River.
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Elon Musk ‘buying Manchester United’ football club

The Register - Tue, 08/16/2022 - 21:28
Results are rubbish on Earth, but Mars United could be undisputed champions

Rocketry, energy, automotive, AI, tequila, tunnelling and (maybe) social media engineering entrepreneur Elon Musk has proclaimed his intention to buy Manchester United — the organization often cited as the world's most supported football club.…

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Rudy Giuliani set to testify in Georgia 2020 election probe

Seattle Times - Tue, 08/16/2022 - 21:18

Rudy Giuliani is scheduled to appear in an Atlanta courthouse to testify before a special grand jury in an investigation into possible illegal attempts to influence the 2020 election in Georgia.
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Cuba bids for foreign investment to tackle goods shortages

BBC World News - Tue, 08/16/2022 - 21:04
Growing shortages of basic goods have led the government to end Fidel Castro's 63-year-old legacy.
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