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Author EL Doctorow dies in New York aged 84

EL DoctorowEL Doctorow, the author of popular American historical novels including Ragtime, Billy Bathgate and World’s Fair, has died in New York at the age of 84.

The award-winning writer died of complications from lung cancer, his son Richard told the New York Times.

In a career spanning half a century, Doctorow published 12 novels, three volumes of short fiction and a stage play, as well as many political and social essays.


The United States: Where Climate Change Is Not Seen as a Top Threat

USA and Climate ChangeThe Pew Research Center is out with the findings of a new global survey which shows that—in contrast to nearly half the nations surveyed—those in the U.S do not see climate change as a top threat.

Forty-two percent of respondents in the U.S. said they were very concerned about global climate change. Ranking higher were perceived threats from ISIS (68 percent), Iran's nuclear program (62 percent), cyber-attacks (59 percent), global economic instability (51 percent), and tensions with Russia (43 percent).


In Fiery Speeches, Francis Excoriates Global Capitalism

Pope FrancisHis speeches can blend biblical fury with apocalyptic doom. Pope Francis does not just criticize the excesses of global capitalism. He compares them to the “dung of the devil.” He does not simply argue that systemic “greed for money” is a bad thing. He calls it a “subtle dictatorship” that “condemns and enslaves men and women.”

Having returned to his native Latin America, Francis has renewed his left-leaning critiques on the inequalities of capitalism, describing it as an underlying cause of global injustice, and a prime cause of climate change. Francis escalated that line last week when he made a historic apology for the crimes of the Roman Catholic Church during the period of Spanish colonialism — even as he called for a global movement against a “new colonialism” rooted in an inequitable economic order.


Psychologists Shielded CIA Torture

cia tortureThe Central Intelligence Agency’s health professionals repeatedly criticized the agency’s post-Sept. 11 interrogation program, but their protests were rebuffed by prominent outside psychologists who lent credibility to the program, according to a new report.

The 542-page report, which examines the involvement of the nation’s psychologists and their largest professional organization, the American Psychological Association, with the harsh interrogation programs of the Bush era, raises repeated questions about the collaboration between psychologists and officials at both the C.I.A. and the Pentagon.


Serena holds off battling Muguruza to win Wimbledon

Serena wins WimbletonSerena Williams claimed a sixth Wimbledon title and fourth successive grand slam crown by suppressing the spirited attacking instincts of 20th-seeded Spaniard Garbine Muguruza to win Saturday's final 6-4 6-4.

American Williams reinforced her stranglehold on the women's game by overcoming an early wobble and resisting a battling fightback to claim a 21st grand slam title that leaves her one behind German Steffi Graf's record haul of professional era majors.


Omar Sharif, of "Doctor Zhivago," "Lawrence of Arabia," dies

Omar SharifOmar Sharif, the Egyptian-born actor with the dark, soulful eyes who soared to international stardom in movie epics, "Lawrence of Arabia" and "Doctor Zhivago," died Friday. He was 83.

Sharif died of a heart attack in a Cairo hospital, his longtime agent, London-based Steve Kenis, and the head of Egypt's Theatrical Arts Guild, Ashraf Zaki, told The Associated Press. The actor had been suffering from Alzheimer's.


Honda adds another 4.5 million vehicles to Takata airbag recall

TokanobuWith over 20 million Hondas recalled already, the list seems endless. Honda recalled another 4.5 million vehicles today in a further investigation of the deadly defect that plagues airbag made by the Takata corporation.

The defect, associated with the chemical propellant that causes the airbags to inflate rapidly, can cause them to inflate with excessive force, sending metal and plastic shrapnel at a high velocity towards occupants.



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