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California firefighters make headway on blazes with help from cooler weather

Aided by cooler weather and reinforcements, firefighters in California made headway on Wednesday in containing the three giant blazes burning across the Bay Area. The fires, which were sparked last week by an unusual bout of lightning and stoked by an extended heatwave that desiccated fire-fueling vegetation, were calmed in part by a marine layer […]

Sport

Jamal Crawford hopes for the chance to play next season

Jamal Crawford — who badly wanted to keep playing — finally found a home this season in the replacement-filled Brooklyn Nets roster for the NBA restart in Orlando: He played six minutes, scored five points, and then was out with a hamstring injury. Crawford hopes to be back for a full season at age 40 […]

Lifestyle

Helminth infections common in Medieval Europe, grave study finds

Although helminth infections—including tapeworms and roundworms—are among the world’s top neglected diseases, they are no longer endemic in Europe. However, researchers reporting in PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases report that these infections were common in Medieval Europe, according to grave samples analyzed from across the continent. Helminths are parasitic worms and they infect an estimated 1.5 […]

Business

Shares, dollar climb as Fed lays out new inflation strategy

A gauge of world equity markets and the dollar rose on Thursday after the U.S. Federal Reserve said it would roll out an aggressive new strategy that aims to boost employment and allow inflation to run a bit faster for longer than in the past. Yields gained on longer-dated government bonds as Fed Chair Jerome […]

Technology

Yelp’s lonely fight to promote competition is suddenly getting a lot more popular

How aggressively should a tech platform be allowed to compete before it becomes anticompetitive? In a summer overflowing with big issues for tech giants, from hate speech to election interference, competition might rank above them all. It was questions about competition that led the CEOs of Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google to appear jointly before […]

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Iran grants UN nuclear watchdog access to two key sites

Iran has finally agreed to grant the UN nuclear watchdog access to two key sites that the US and Israeli intelligence agencies suspect once secretly hosted nuclear material or activities, ending a months-long standoff over the issue. Wednesday’s breakthrough in the dispute over the sites near Karaj and Isfahan was announced in a joint statement […]

Sport

Doc Rivers: ‘We keep loving this country, and this country does not love us back’

Before they came to Orlando, many NBA players and coaches did some soul-searching and asked the question, “should we do this right now? Is this a distraction that will mute the Black Lives Matter movement?” They have tried to keep the movement fresh and in the forefront while in the bubble — wearing Black Lives […]

Lifestyle

A tailor-made molecule that ties nerve connections

Researchers from the German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases (DZNE), UK and Japan have developed a neurologically acting protein and tested it in laboratory studies. In mice, the experimental compound ameliorated symptoms of certain neurological injuries and diseases, while on the microscopic level it was able to establish and repair connections between neurons. This proof-of-principle study […]

Business

U.S. inflation seen rising but still below target after speech by Fed’s Powell

Investors raised their bets on higher U.S. inflation after Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell introduced a new strategy to allow the rate to rise above the 2% target, but market players still saw inflation remaining stubbornly below that level. The Fed will seek to achieve inflation averaging 2% over time, offsetting below-2% periods with higher […]

Technology

Go read this report on how Microsoft’s TikTok investment turned into a ‘soap opera’

Over at the New York Times, Andrew Ross Sorkin and Mike Isaac spoke to “more than a dozen people” familiar with Microsoft’s plans to buy TikTok in order to tell the full “political soap opera:” What started as discussions about a small investment morphed into a big, messy, political soap opera. Pushed by President Trump, […]