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Kevin Hart, J.Lo and more share tributes for Kobe and Gianna Bryant as public memorial takes place

Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna were remembered at a public memorial service Monday at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. The date, 2/24/20, was selected because of the special meaning attached: Two was the number budding basketball competitor Gianna wore, 24 for Bryant's famous number and 20 was the number of years Bryant was together with his wife, Vanessa. On the day of the late Lakers legend's memorial, nearly one month after the ... Full story

After a Four Seasons breakfast, Harvey Weinstein heads to dank New York jail

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Harvey Weinstein’s day began with expensive coffee and Acqua Panna mineral water at a breakfast meeting with his lawyers in a Four Seasons hotel near Manhattan’s criminal courts. Film producer Harvey Weinstein arrives at New York Criminal Courtroom during his ongoing sexual assault trial in the Manhattan borough of New York City, New York, U.S., February 24, 2020. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz. It is due to end at New York’s ... Full story

MSPs set to back plans for free sanitary products

MSPs are set to back plans to tackle period poverty by making sanitary products available to all free of charge. The legislation, put forward by Labour MSP Monica Lennon, is likely to pass its first vote in Holyrood later. It comes after the Scottish government last week changed its position and pledged to support the bill. At present tampons, sanitary pads and some resuable products are only funded in schools, colleges and universities. ... Full story

This Startup Is Building Infrastructure For The First Factory In Space

Artist's impression of Archinaut One. NASA/Made In Space. In the quest to build bigger things in space, one Colorado-based company is readying for an epic construction demonstration mission. Blue Canyon Technologies will provide the spacecraft vehicle infrastructure supporting a “factory” that will 3D-print solar arrays in space. The mission is called Archinaut One and its lead developer is Made In Space (which has a working 3D-printer on the ... Full story

Woman wins £400k in DWP race discrimination row

Image caption Anne Giwa-Amu, who is Nigerian and Welsh, won her claim against the government department. The Department for Work and Pensions has been ordered to pay out nearly £400,000 after a Cardiff woman won her claim for race and age discrimination. Anne Giwa-Amu told the BBC the department was "promoting a culture of racism". The judge in her tribunal case said she had been a victim of deliberate and intended harassment by DWP staff. The ... Full story

Poorest women's life expectancy declines

Life expectancy among women living in the poorest communities in England has declined since 2011, says a report warning of growing health inequalities. Overall, life expectancy growth has stalled over the past decade - for the first time in 100 years. Health Secretary Matt Hancock said there was "still much more to do". The largest decreases were seen in the most deprived areas of north-east England, while the biggest increases were in the ... Full story

Environment Agency chief: Avoid building new homes on flood plains

Image caption Floodwater swamps Severn Stoke in Worcestershire at the weekend. The head of the Environment Agency is to warn against building new homes on flood plains, amid flooding in parts of the UK following heavy rain. In a speech later, Sir James Bevan will say new housing should only be allowed if they are resilient to flooding. It comes as Storms Ciara and Dennis caused widespread flooding. River levels are set to reach their ... Full story

Investors eye bleach, food and tissues as virus fears intensify

(Reuters) - While Wall Street’s broader indexes fell sharply on Monday on concerns about coronavirus, investors turned to some consumer companies as they bet on stock-piling of products such as disinfectants and shelf-stable foods. FILE PHOTO: A Wall Street sign is seen outside of the New York Stock Exchange September 19, 2008. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson/File Photo. With virus cases rising in Italy and several Middle Eastern countries dealing with ... Full story

Elon Musk Capitalizes On Tesla Stock’s Hot Streak With $2.3 Billion Share Offering

Elon Musk at the opening ceremony of Tesla's Shanghai plant. Xinhua News Agency/Getty Images. ( Updates Feb. 13 story to note value of completed sale. ). Tesla sold new shares worth about $2.3 billion amid a remarkable surge in its stock price as investors appear to have decided that operations for Elon Musk ’s electric-car company have finally turned a corner. Musk dismissed such a move a few weeks ago, but big capital investment plans may ... Full story

Brazil: Murder rate spikes in Ceará state as police strike

Image caption Ceará's military police began their strike on 19 February. The authorities in Brazil say 147 people have been murdered in the north-eastern state of Ceará in the first five days of a military police strike. The homicide rate is five times higher than usual, despite the deployment of the army to patrol the streets. The violence has led to the cancellation of carnival festivities in several cities at what is the height of the summer ... Full story

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