Baseball Hall Of Famer Tony Gwynn Dies
Baseball Hall Of Famer Tony Gwynn Dies
US Private Sector Adds Slightly Fewer Jobs Than Expected in August
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The San Diego Padres have confirmed on Twitter that Major League Baseball Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn has died. The former outfielder died Monday at age 54 at Pomerado Hospital in Poway, California, according to a release from the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. Gwynn had cancer, the release said. Gwynn was elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 2007, amassing a total of 3,141 hits in 20 seasons with the San Diego Padres from 1982-2001.
The U.S. private sector fewer-than-expected jobs in August, a report on Wednesday showed, adding to uncertainty over whether the Federal Reserve will raise interest rates later this month. Private payroll processor ADP reported that the private sector created 190,000 jobs in August, below the 201,000 that were expected. July’s reading was also revised down, from 185,000 to 177,000. The ADP figures come ahead of the U.S. Labor Department's more comprehensive non-farm payrolls report on Friday, which includes both public and private-sector employment.
The director of true life drama Concussion, starring Will Smith as a doctor who uncovered a dangerous brain condition which can affect American football players, has denied claims the film toned down its attacks on the US National Football League for legal reasons. Citing hacked emails, the New York Times reported on Tuesday that executives at studio Sony engaged in discussion with Smith’s representatives and director Peter Landesman with the aim of reducing direct attacks on the powerful sports conglomerate. But in a statement to the Associated Press, Landesman denied suggestions the film had been deliberately retooled as a “whistleblower” story, rather than a “hard-hitting” assault on the NFL’s attitudes towards brain injury, caused by repetitive head trauma.
According to officials, eight people, including two children, were killed in an early-morning apartment fire in Paris Wednesday. Police were investigating if the blaze was set deliberately. The Paris Fire Brigade said that five other people were lightly wounded in the "violent" blaze, which ripped through the 18th arrondissement apartment building before dawn. Eric Lejoindre, mayor of the 18th, told NBC News that two of the dead were children — a boy and a girl — and that the victims appear to have been related. He added, "At least two people jumped from their windows and were found dead in the street."
The high-altitude thriller "Everest", which opened the Venice Film Festival on Wednesday, should warn a lot of people off mountain climbing. Gale-force winds, snowstorms, avalanches and deep crevasses loom out of the screen with threatening reality in this 3D docudrama depicting a real disaster that killed five people on the world's highest mountain in May, 1996. Icelandic director Baltasar Kormakur's epic stars Jake Gyllenhaal, Keira Knightley, Josh Brolin and Jason Clarke. Michael Kelly plays Jon Krakauer, who was on one of the ill-fated expeditions and wrote the book "Into Thin Air" about it.
Even before its release, early reactions to Mad Max: Fury Road painted the film as an action masterpiece that ranked among director George Miller’s best works. Now the film – featuring Tom Hardy in the title role and a scene-stealing turn by Charlize Theron – can add one more accomplishment to its phenomenal theatrical run. The International Federation of Film Critics (FIPRESCI) has selected Miller’s Mad Max: Fury Road as the best film of 2015, awarding it the organization’s annual Grand Prix. In an open poll, its 493 members nominated films released for the award and then selected from four finalists.
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