Art

Andy Black arrives on “Westwood Road” to unveil what the future holds

Andy Black arrives on “Westwood Road” to unveil what the future holds

[Photo by: Josh Shultz]. Expect a whole lot of Andy Biersack in 2019: The Black Veil Brides frontman will have The Ghost Of Ohio , the second album under his nom de plume Andy Black , released April 12. Following several teasers , the first single “Westwood Road” was released today and finds Biersack and producer/mentor John Feldmann maintaining their m.o. of putting rock history in a contemporary context. The song has a dance club swagger that ... Full story

Education

Researchers create 'malicious' writing AI

Researchers create 'malicious' writing AI

A team of researchers who have built an artificially-intelligent writer say they are withholding the technology as it might be used for "malicious" purposes. OpenAI, based in San Francisco, is a research institute backed by Silicon Valley luminaries including Elon Musk and Peter Thiel. It shared some new research on using machine learning to create a system capable of producing natural language , but in doing so the team expressed concern the ... Full story

Economics

Shock drop in U.S. retail sales draws skepticism over data

Shock drop in U.S. retail sales draws skepticism over data

So much for a merry Christmas. That is, if you trust the numbers. Commerce Department figures released Thursday show U.S. retail sales fell 1.2 percent in December from the previous month, the most since 2009, rather than the slight increase economists had forecast. Even more confusing: There was a pullback in a measure based largely on internet sales, which had been expected to be the retailing industry's saving grace this holiday season. Some ... Full story

Entertainment

Last real life Great Escape prisoner dies aged 99  News

Last real life Great Escape prisoner dies aged 99 News

Image caption Dick Churchill was described as "tenacious, resilient and incredibly brave". The last surviving member of the real-life Great Escape team has died. Former squadron leader Dick Churchill was one of 76 airmen whose escape from the Stalag Luft III camp in Nazi Germany in 1944 was immortalised in the Hollywood film starring Steve McQueen. Mr Churchill, who lived in Crediton, Devon, died on Wednesday, aged 99. Chief of the Air Staff ... Full story

Health

Trump in good health despite weight in obese range

Trump in good health despite weight in obese range

Image caption Mr Trump is 6ft3in (1.9m) tall and weighs 243lb (110kg). US President Donald Trump has put on weight since his last medical check-up, but remains in "very good health", his official doctor Sean Conley says. Mr Trump was receiving a higher dose of medicine to lower his cholesterol levels, his memo said. Mr Trump weighed 243lb (110kg) in last week's examination, which is up from 239lb in early 2018. Other doctors noted that his Body ... Full story

Law

Prince Philip will not be prosecuted over crash  News

Prince Philip will not be prosecuted over crash News

The Duke of Edinburgh will not face prosecution over the road crash he was involved in near the Sandringham estate in Norfolk, the CPS have said. This breaking news story is being updated and more details will be published shortly. Please refresh the page for the fullest version. You can receive Breaking News on a smartphone or tablet via the BBC News App. You can also follow @BBCBreaking on Twitter to get the latest alerts. Why you can trust ... Full story

Living

7 New Online Mattress Companies That Want To Sweeten Your Dreams

7 New Online Mattress Companies That Want To Sweeten Your Dreams

The key to a good night’s sleep? It’s all in the mattress. Sure, you can take strategic steps like consuming less alcohol or limiting your technology use before bed. But at the end of the day, the science and technology put into a mattress plays a huge role when it comes to successfully getting some good shut-eye. Luckily, there are a number of new online mattress brands on the market, all creating innovative models without nightmare-inducing ... Full story

Politics

A better role for Biden

A better role for Biden

Former vice president Joe Biden delivers the eulogy at the John Dingell funeral at the Church of the Divine Child on Tuesday in Dearborn, Mich. (Carlos Osorio/AP). Depending on which confidant of former vice president Joe Biden you speak with or which report based on unidentified Biden allies you read, you might be convinced that he’s all but signed the lease for the Biden 2020 presidential campaign headquarters; you might also hear that Biden, ... Full story

Sport

Brothers held over 'attack' on Empire actor - BBC News

Brothers held over 'attack' on Empire actor - BBC News

Chicago police have arrested two brothers in connection with the alleged attack on Empire actor Jussie Smollett. The US TV star needed hospital treatment last month after a suspected racist and homophobic attack . Police said on Friday they were questioning two Nigerian brothers for a second day. The men had worked as Empire extras, sometimes going to the gym with the actor, their lawyer said. Jussie Smollett said he'd been "forever changed" by ... Full story

Technology

Pinpoint grabs $13.5M Series A to bring data discipline to engineering

Pinpoint grabs $13.5M Series A to bring data discipline to engineering

Sales and marketing are steeped in data to explain just how well they are doing, but engineering, the department charged with creating the products these departments sell has lacked the tools to measure engineering effectiveness. Pinpoint wants to change that by making engineering a more data-driven endeavor. Today it announced a $13.5 million Series A round. The round was led by Bessemer Venture Partners with participation from seed investors ... Full story