Shaun White Nixes Olympic Slopestyle
Shaun White Nixes Olympic Slopestyle
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Shaun White pulled out of the new Olympic Slopestyle event on Wednesday after jamming his wrist on a jump. The world's most famous snowboarder said he will instead concentrate on the halfpipe, where he'll have a chance to win his third straight title next week. In a statement, White said "With the practice runs I have taken, even after course modifications and watching fellow athletes get hurt, the potential risk of injury is a bit too much for me to gamble my other Olympics goals on. For me, I definitely feel the halfpipe carries a bit more weight, a bit more pressure."
More than half of RadioShack stores will stay open, thanks to the approval of a bankruptcy plan. The deal gives approval for Standard General, a hedge fund, to buy up 1,740 stores, which will then be co-branded with wireless company Sprint.A Delaware bankruptcy judge approved the plan on Tuesday in lieu of another cash bid that could have meant more money for the company's creditors, but would have also closed the stores. According to the Associated Press, the move saves about 7,500 jobs.
Hot mama alert. Hilary Duff stopped major traffic on Tuesday night, thanks to a very revealing red number. The 27-year-old singer and actress, who was on hand for the New York premiere of her new TV Land series, Younger , finished off her plunging look with strappy heels, a sparkly clutch and yes, that blue hair . Before the event, held at the Landmark Sunshine Cinema in Manhattan, Duff posted this cute selfie from her hotel: Younger , also starring Sutton Foster , Debi Mazar , and Nico Tortorella , airs Tuesdays at 10 p.m.
Timehop isn't afraid of calling Facebook out on their, let's say, "Timehop-inspired" new feature called "On This Day." Timehop is an app that allows users to look back on their embarrassing tweets, statuses and pictures from years past. For their required branded April Fools' Day prank, they announced the arrival of a new app called "Timebook," essentially calling Facebook out on stealing their idea by pretending to steal Facebook's idea. On the Timehop app, a bit.
President Barack Obama on Wednesday declared a “national emergency” to create a federal sanctions program aimed at penalizing oversees hackers — as well as companies that benefit from their stolen information and goods — in the wake of the hackings last year of Sony Pictures and a number of other US companies. Obama said in a statement, “Cyber threats pose one of the most serious economic and national security challenges to the United States, and my Administration is pursuing a comprehensive strategy to confront them." Under the president’s executive order, the Secretary of the Treasury — in consultation with the Attorney General and the Secretary of State — will have greater power to impose sanctions on individuals or entities that engage in a range of malicious cyber-enabled activities, from stealing intellectual property to “denial of service” attacks on websites.
Leading energy officials said a power outage that blacked out most of Turkey on Tuesday was not due to a cyber attack and will not threaten a deal to link up with European grids. The major outage hit Turkish cities and provinces, including the capital Ankara and Istanbul, where parts of the metro system shut down for several hours and shopping malls were plunged into darkness. A senior Turkish energy ministry official who took part in resolving the outage told Reuters, "we have not come across any evidence of this outage being caused by a cyber attack." He identified faults at two plants as the cause, at Izmir and Adana Cukurova in the Aegean and Mediterranean provinces respectively. The energy official, who declined to be named added, "this would mean a 5-10 percent cut in the capacity of the system...this reduction created a domino effect on the whole system and shut it down."
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