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family of inmate who killed himself announcing lawsuit


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3 key mcdonald's execs leave company in management shake-up


mcmilestones: steve easterbrook's big momentssamantha bomkamp and alex parkermcdonald’s has changed more in the last 18 months than it has in decades, making efforts to simplify and clean up its food, introducing all-day breakfast, and announcing a new corporate headquarters. almost as soon as mcdonald's tapped steve easterbrook as its new ceo, in march 2015, the struggling... mcdonald’s has changed more in the last 18 months than it has in decades, making efforts to simplify and clean up its food, introducing all-day breakfast, and announcing a new corporate headquarters. almost as soon as mcdonald's tapped steve easterbrook as its new ceo, in march 2015, the struggling... (samantha bomkamp and alex parker)






mcdonald's to cut prices on drinks as fast-food industry slumps


mcmilestones: steve easterbrook's big momentssamantha bomkamp and alex parkermcdonald’s has changed more in the last 18 months than it has in decades, making efforts to simplify and clean up its food, introducing all-day breakfast, and announcing a new corporate headquarters. almost as soon as mcdonald's tapped steve easterbrook as its new ceo, in march 2015, the struggling... mcdonald’s has changed more in the last 18 months than it has in decades, making efforts to simplify and clean up its food, introducing all-day breakfast, and announcing a new corporate headquarters. almost as soon as mcdonald's tapped steve easterbrook as its new ceo, in march 2015, the struggling... (samantha bomkamp and alex parker)






google will cease sms support in hangouts


google is announcing several changes to its suite of messaging platforms. hopefully by the end of this post, you’ll have a better understanding of what google is actually trying to do. tl;dr available at the end of this post.if you remember, google had already announced that hangouts would transition to a collaboration/productivity-oriented platform. it announced two new features called hangouts meet and hangouts chat. hangouts meet would take advantage of hangouts video calls with multiple participants to hold meetings. hangouts chat is self-explanatory.hangouts' rebranding aside, google is announcing that sms integration with hangouts will no longer be supported starting on may 22. for those of you using project fi or google hangouts, this will remain unchanged for the foreseeable future






twitter remembers: trump warned obama against bypassing congress on syria


nearly two years before announcing his candidacy, trump did not mince words on his opposition to a u.s. military strike in syria       






east bay times wins pulitzer prize for ghost ship fire coverage – the mercury ne


the east bay times staff has won the pulitzer prize for breaking news for its coverage of december’s ghost ship fire.in announcing the award, the judges said the east bay times received the award “for relentless coverage of the ‘ghost ship’ fire, which killed 36 people at a warehouse party, and for reporting after the tragedy that exposed the city’s failure to take actions that might have prevented it.”it was the third national award for coverage of the deadly blaze. the american society of news editors, in announcing it had won its breaking news award, described the work as “digital storytelling at its best.” the asne honor cames a month after the ghost ship fire coverage won the 2016 scripps howard award for breaking news.“winning the most prestigious honor in journalism is humbling,” sa






members of congress: trump needs their approval for military action in syria


nearly two years before announcing his candidacy, trump did not mince words on his opposition to a u.s. military strike in syria.       






at&t drops price of unlimited data plan, adds mobile hotspot


less than two weeks after announcing an unlimited data plan of its own, at&t is making changes.






at&t revamps its unlimited data plan, adds mobile hotspot


less than two weeks after announcing an unlimited data plan of its own, at&t is making changes.






announcing techcrunch sessions, a new series of events focused on a single topic


big news, folks! today, techcrunch is announcing a new series of events: sessions. these events will dive deep on a single topic, bringing together experts in the field and those interested in the theme to discuss what matters.obviously, this is going to be huge!these events will be single-day affairs with limited seating. some will have intimate discussions with audience participation. others will have interactive demos of the latest robotic and augmented reality technology. yet at all the events we’re dropping the barrier between speaker and attendee, and allowing for plenty of interaction with networking time and a big reception at the end of the day.there are a few sessions planned for this year and they will be announced in the coming days and weeks.disrupt is not going anywhere and r






gophers basketball announcer jonckowski to step aside after season


there have been two voices behind the public address microphone in the 89-year history of williams arena.next season there will be a third.dick jonckowski will step aside from announcing men's basketball games after this season, the university of minnesota announced tuesday in a statement.“i am very proud to always represent the u of m,” jonckowski, a life-long sports fanatic who has announced more than 600 games at williams arena, said in the release.added ad mark coyle: “generations of gopher fans have come through the doors of the barn and heard dick’s voice. on behalf of minnesota fans and all those who he has entertained over the years, we are extremely appreciative of dick’s work and thank him for his years of service to gopher athletics.”the self-styled "polish eagle", 73, began ann






vandalized loop synagogue announces $3k reward for information on suspect


synagogue vandalismnuccio dinuzzo / chicago tribunelee zoldan, president of the chicago loop synagogue, hugs nabila hfoor, who with her husband, syed zaffer, brought cupcakes to a sunday event announcing a reward for information leading to the arrest of a suspect who placed swastikas at the entrance of the building.lee zoldan, president of the chicago loop synagogue, hugs nabila hfoor, who with her husband, syed zaffer, brought cupcakes to a sunday event announcing a reward for information leading to the arrest of a suspect who placed swastikas at the entrance of the building. (nuccio dinuzzo / chicago tribune)






geeks on a plane africa kicks off as 500 startups eyes tech for the continent an


jake brightcontributorjake bright is a writer and author in new york city. he is co-author of the next africa. more posts by this contributor: 500 startups’ frontier and emerging markets travel series ― geeks on a plane ― kicks off its first africa tour this week. the 12-day trip will make stops in nigeria (lagos), ghana (accra), and south africa (johannesburg and cape town).“we’ve done about 10 investments in sub-saharan africa,” he said noting most of the startups ― such as nigerian hr platform talentbase and south africa’s sweepsouth ― originated as applicants through 500’s seed program. “we’re not announcing a new fund at the current time, but are planning on doing more investment in africa. whether that’s 5, 10, or 20 startups a year, we’ll have to see.”“we’re not announcing a new fun






biostar announces mini-itx am4 motherboards for ryzen


so far, the manufacturers rushing to release am4 motherboards to support amd's new ryzen processors have focused on the micro-atx form factor. biostar decided to buck that trend and embrace the mini-itx form factor with its new racing x370gtn and racing b350gtn motherboards.as their names imply, the racing x370gtn and racing b350gtn support the x370 and b350 chipsets, respectively. we suspect they'll be followed by a racing a320gtn--the entry-level am4 chipset amd introduced alongside its ryzen 5 processors earlier this month--before too long. not that it will make much difference, because the boards announced today are identical despite featuring chipsets with ostensibly different capabilities.they're identical, that is, except for their prices. the racing x370gtn costs $129, and the raci






crunchbase raises $18m, debuts enterprise business intelligence, plans ‘marketpl


crunchbase — the database spun out from techcrunch that charts startups, other tech companies, the people who work for them, and those who fund them — has secured some new funding of its own — $18 million — and with it, a new plan.the company is announcing a new service called crunchbase enterprise for business intelligence. and in addition to this, it’s in the planning stages for another new product currently operating under the working title of “marketplace,” which will see crunchbase turn into a platform, where visitors can search and analyse not just crunchbase data, but information from third-party sources that will complement and enhance it.crunchbase enterprise lets users perform typical business intelligence and analytics queries, such as setting up and following investment trends,






announcing the tom's hardware best pc builds 2017 update


welcome to another exciting edition of the tom's hardware best pc builds. the toms' editorial staff and vaunted expert members of our community have teamed up to showcase the absolute best pc builds in each budget category.






after january announcement, quickblade releases the smart paddle


why it matters to you after announcing it in january, quickblade's highly-anticipated smart paddle is now available for purchasewith spring in full force, stand up paddleboarding season is right around the corner. and now, for the first time, paddle enthusiasts have the ability to track detailed metrics in real-time with an easy sweep of their blade via new technology courtesy of quickblade paddles. after initially announcing the device at the 2017 surf expo orlando, florida, the company just began taking orders on the sup industry’s first ever smart paddle.owners of quickblade’s innovative paddle have access to measurements of speed, distance per stroke, the number of strokes per side, and other performance data while in the water. it also offers paddler’s the ability to create a map of t






us charges russian spies over yahoo breach


image copyrightafpimage caption 500 million user accounts were affected by the data breach two russian spies are among four individuals indicted by the us department of justice (doj) over a huge theft of yahoo user accounts.the members of the fsb, the russian intelligence agency, conspired with criminal hackers, according to doj officials announcing the charges.previously, yahoo said "state-sponsored" hackers were behind the 2014 breach affecting 500 million accounts.one suspect was arrested on 14 march in canada.targets of the hacking allegedly orchestrated by the four included security personnel, diplomats and journalists.the indictment also alleged that 30 million yahoo accounts were commandeered without authorisation for use in a spam campaign."we will not allow individuals, groups, na






mcdonald's ceo easterbrook sees pay package nearly double to $15.4 million


mcdonald's ceo steve easterbrook's total compensation nearly doubled to $15.4 million last year, his second full year in the top job, according to a securities and exchange commission filing thursday.easterbrook received a base salary of about $1.3 million last year, up from just over $1 million in 2015. the value of his stock awards jumped to $5.1 million, up from $2.9 million the year before, and the value of his stock option awards rose to $3.9 million from $2.1 million the year before. his performance-based bonus shot up to $4.6 million, from $1.5 million in 2015. and the value of his perks rose to $523,665 from $341,301 a year earlier. the executive received perks including a car allowance, security, life insurance and financial planning, matching charitable contributions and use of t






derek jeter and jaymee messler will discuss the players’ tribune at tc disrupt n


in new york, derek jeter is more than a mere man, or even a pro athlete. he’s a legend.following an historic 20-year career with the new york yankees, the captain started the next chapter of his life with the launch of the players’ tribune.the players’ tribune is a media property co-founded in 2014 by jeter and jaymee messler that lets professional athletes connect with fans. it combines the high-quality publication of content while still giving athletes the same direct connection of social media.when tpt first launched, critics wondered whether or not the site — which could just as well be a pr move as it could be a legitimate news site — would be able to climb the crowded ranks of sports media. but the players’ tribune has done just that, claiming more than 100 million monthly content vi






microsoft acquires intentional software and brings old friend back into fold


microsoft announced today that it was acquiring bellevue-based intentional software for an undisclosed amount of money. with the purchase, charles simonyi, intentional founder, chairman, and cto, who helped develop some of microsoft’s famous office tools like excel and word returns to microsoft.simonyi left microsoft in 2002 to launch intentional. while it’s not crystal clear what intentional does, according to a microsoft blog post announcing the deal, it began looking at ways to simplify programming and later did some work “to develop productivity scenarios for the future workforce.” if that seems vague to you, you’re not alone, but apparently the company brings some expertise to microsoft on working in groups, an area microsoft has been pursuing lately with the launch of microsoft teams






us charges russian spies over yahoo breach


image copyrightafpimage caption the charges, announced by the us justice department, relate to a 2014 breach affecting 500 million yahoo user accounts two russian spies are among four individuals indicted by the us department of justice (doj) over a huge theft of yahoo user accounts.the members of the fsb, the russian intelligence agency, conspired with criminal hackers, according to doj officials announcing the charges.previously, yahoo said "state-sponsored" hackers were behind the 2014 breach affecting 500 million accounts.the suspects are also alleged to have targeted google accounts.hacking was directed at russian and us government officials, including security, diplomatic and military personnel, according to the doj. the indictment also alleged that 30 million yahoo accounts were com






samsung just proved it doesn’t need the world’s largest mobile conference anymor


mobile world congress is underway in barcelona. by most metrics it’s the largest conference in the world dedicated mostly to mobile technology and gadgets. and samsung just punted. mobile world congress needs samsung more than samsung needs mobile world congress.samsung just held its mwc press conference and what’s interesting is what wasn’t announced: the galaxy s8. instead, samsung chose to announce several passé tablets and a new vr headset, because in the end samsung doesn’t need a third party to facility interest.yet during the presser, samsung sent out an invite announcing the s8’s announcement, which will happen march 29 in new york city. said another way, samsung announced an announcement at another announcement.mwc, ces, e3 and every other industry-specific event like auto shows h






samsung just proved it doesn’t need the world’s largest mobile conference anymor


mobile world congress is underway in barcelona. by most metrics it’s the largest conference in the world dedicated mostly to mobile technology and gadgets. and samsung just punted. mobile world congress needs samsung more than samsung needs mobile world congress.samsung just held its mwc press conference and what’s interesting is what wasn’t announced: the galaxy s8. instead, samsung chose to announce several passé tablets and a new vr headset, because in the end samsung doesn’t need a third party to facility interest.yet during the presser, samsung sent out an invite announcing the s8’s announcement, which will happen march 29 in new york city. said another way, samsung announced an announcement at another announcement.mwc, ces, e3 and every other industry-specific event like auto shows h






derek jeter and jaymee messler will discuss the players tribune at tc disrupt ny


in new york, derek jeter is more than a mere man, or even a pro athlete. he’s a legend.following an historic 20-year career with the new york yankees, the captain started the next chapter of his life with the launch of the players tribune.the players tribune is a media property founded in 2014, by jeter and cofounder jaymee messler, that lets professional athletes connect with fans. it combines the high-quality publication of content while still giving athletes the same direct connection of social media.when tpt first launched, critics wondered whether or not the site — which could just as well be a pr move as it could a legitimate news site — would be able to climb the crowded ranks of sports media. but the players tribune has done just that, claiming more than 100 million monthly content






derek jeter and jaymee messler will discuss the players tribune at tc disrupt ny


in new york, derek jeter is more than a mere man, or even a pro athlete. he’s a legend.following an historic 20-year career with the new york yankees, the captain started the next chapter of his life with the launch of the players tribune.the players tribune is a media property founded in 2014, by jeter and cofounder jaymee messler, that lets professional athletes connect with fans. it combines the high-quality publication of content while still giving athletes the same direct connection of social media.when tpt first launched, critics wondered whether or not the site — which could just as well be a pr move as it could a legitimate news site — would be able to climb the crowded ranks of sports media. but the players tribune has done just that, claiming more than 100 million monthly content






kim jong un's brother was killed by banned chemical nerve agent, police say


the women suspected of fatally poisoning a scion of north korea's ruling family were trained to coat their hands with toxic chemicals then wipe them on his face, police said wednesday, announcing they were now seeking a north korean diplomat in connection with the attack.inspector-general of police...






orange coach-in-waiting decides to wait no more


mike hopkins seemed destined to become a head coach. the surprise is that it's not happening at syracuse.he was hired sunday at washington, which moved swiftly after firing lorenzo romar four days earlier. hopkins agreed to a six-year deal, with financial terms not announced.hopkins has been tabbed as the eventual replacement for jim boeheim at syracuse since 2007. two years ago, syracuse put the transition plan in writing, announcing hopkins would take over after the 2017-18 season. hopkins also served as interim head coach during a stretch last season when boeheim was suspended.hopkins is leaving behind all he's known in college basketball for an opportunity to rebuild washington. he spent most of the past quarter-century with the orange as a player and coach. he played at syracuse from






east bay times wins pulitzer prize for ghost ship fire coverage – the mercury ne


the east bay times staff has won the pulitzer prize for breaking news for its coverage of december’s ghost ship fire.in announcing the award, the judges said the east bay times received the award “for relentless coverage of the ‘ghost ship’ fire, which killed 36 people at a warehouse party, and for reporting after the tragedy that exposed the city’s failure to take actions that might have prevented it.”the pulitzer prize for breaking news reporting is awarded for “a distinguished example of local reporting of breaking news that, as quickly as possible, captures events accurately as they occur, and, as time passes, illuminates, provides context and expands upon the initial coverage.”“winning the most prestigious honor in journalism is humbling,” said neil chase, executive editor of the east






clarity money raises another $11 million to help users improve their financial h


founded by serial entrepreneur adam dell, clarity money makes a personal finance app that aims to help users lower their monthly bills and improve their financial health along the way. just three months after launch, the company is announcing another $11 million in funding from rre ventures and citi ventures.clarity money uses machine learning and ai to identify actions its users can take to reduce spending or lower their costs. after downloading the app and linking up checking and credit card accounts, the app provides suggestions for subscriptions they can cancel, bills they can potentially negotiate lower, and refinancing options that might be available to them.the key value prop comes from reducing the friction associated with taking action on one’s finances. that means not only educat






30 years later, murder charges filed in slaying of st. paul woman, 81


authorities were on michael a. withers’ tracks for decades, following his footsteps in the snow from a burglary scene to his home, or catching him on surveillance video sticking a gun in a subway shop employee’s face while an accomplice locked another in the freezer.yet, the serial burglar with a nearly predictable modus operandi and who had confessed to several burglaries kept them stumped for 30 years in the cold case of lillian kuller, an 81-year-old former ziegfeld follies dancer found dead in her st. paul home.they finally caught up with withers, 58, thursday thanks to dna testing, and charged him in ramsey county district court with one count each of second-degree murder with intent and second-degree murder without intent for killing kuller.“it’s been a long time coming,” kuller’s gr






thanks to reynolds wrap bet, anthony rizzo foiled again


talk about a liner to first base.anthony rizzo will grace boxes of reynolds wrap this summer as payoff for a bet the cubs first baseman made with the aluminum foil company before last season's start. the wager: if the cubs won the world series, reynolds would create rizzo wrap.the limited edition foil will be sold in select stores in the chicago area, though reynolds didn't reveal which ones on friday.rizzo wrap revealanthony rizzo holds a mock press conference announcing rizzo wrap in partnership with reynolds.anthony rizzo holds a mock press conference announcing rizzo wrap in partnership with reynolds.see more videosrizzo was expected to make announcement on twitter saturday morning -- april fool's day -- and may try to keep followers guessing whether the product is real or not. reynold






30 years later, murder charges filed in slaying of st. paul woman, 81


an already incarcerated man was charged thursday morning in the murder of 81-year-old lillian kuller, who was found dead in her ransacked st. paul home 30 years ago.michael a. withers, 58, a prisoner at the minnesota correctional facility in stillwater, was charged in ramsey county district court with one count each of second-degree murder with intent and second-degree murder without intent. withers was sentenced in 2014 to a little over five years in prison for an unrelated first-degree burglary case.“it’s been a long time coming,” kuller’s grandson, mark kuller, said at an afternoon news conference announcing the charges. “this is a sad day for me, but it’s so great, too.”the criminal complaint filed against withers shows that authorities had been on his trail for years, and authorities






rams' sean mcvay is personable and full of energy as he makes rounds at 'radio r


the chargers terminated their lease with the city of san diego for qualcomm stadium and chargers park on wednesday, the first day they were eligible to do so since announcing their move to los angeles last month.to complete the departure, the chargers paid the city an early-termination fee of... (nathan fenno)






poisoning of kim jong un's half brother caused death within 20 minutes: malaysia


the women suspected of fatally poisoning a scion of north korea's ruling family were trained to coat their hands with toxic chemicals then wipe them on his face, police said wednesday, announcing they were now seeking a north korean diplomat in connection with the attack.inspector-general of police...






ag jeff sessions cites ms-13 on li in announcing gang crackdown


washington — president donald trump, in an early tuesday tweet, blamed the spread of illegal immigration on his predecessor and linked it to extreme violence, referencing the ms-13 street gang that local authorities said may have been responsible for last week’s quadruple homicide in central islip.though trump did not directly mention the violence on long island, attorney general jeff sessions did so in announcing a federal crackdown on transnational organized crime.most popular nation stories“just a few days ago, law enforcement believes that members of ms-13 murdered four young men and dumped their bodies in a park on long island,” sessions said, adding that the department of justice “has zero tolerance for gang violence.” storydozens remember 4 murder victims at vigilphotosquadruple hom






critic's choice dining awards: a salute to the chefs who made 2016 so special


you guys had your fun. now it's our turn.for the past few weeks, you've voted to select the readers' choice dining awards, which we're announcing today. at the same time, we're announcing the critic's picks: 13 winners in nine categories for outstanding work in 2016.votes are in: see who won the readers' choice division of our dining awards. this year's honorees represent innovation and continuity, occasionally at the same time. we have a young couple with a fledgling restaurant, and a chef whose career can be measured in decades. we applaud one chef's triumphant return from self-imposed exile, and two chefs who left town as supporting players and came back as stars. we salute two chefs of restaurants that focused on open flames, and one restaurant owner who succeeded despite them.together






critic's choice dining awards: a salute to the chefs who made 2016 so special


you guys had your fun. now it's our turn.for the past few weeks, you've voted to select the readers' choice dining awards, which we're announcing today. at the same time, we're announcing the critic's picks: 13 winners in nine categories for outstanding work in 2016.votes are in: see who won the readers' choice division of our dining awards. this year's honorees represent innovation and continuity, occasionally at the same time. we have a young couple with a fledgling restaurant, and a chef whose career can be measured in decades. we applaud one chef's triumphant return from self-imposed exile, and two chefs who left town as supporting players and came back as stars. we salute two chefs of restaurants that focused on open flames, and one restaurant owner who succeeded despite them.together






family of teen who died after wisdom teeth procedure sues edina dentist


the “negligent and dangerous” actions of an edina oral surgeon during a routine wisdom teeth extraction led to the death of an eden prairie teen, the ’s family is alleging in a lawsuit filed this week in hennepin county district court.the medical malpractice and wrongful death suit against dr. paul tompach, who continues to see patients under state licensing board restrictions, alleges that several missteps caused the death of sydney galleger in june 2015. the lawsuit’s allegations about what tompach did wrong early in the procedure mirror much of what the state board of dentistry investigation determined before it put him under indefinite restrictions starting in march 2016.those missteps range from incorrectly administering general anesthesia to failing to provide proper monitoring durin