GE, AerCap Join Air Leasing Businesses in $30 Billion Deal

General Electric is combining its aircraft leasing business with Ireland’s AerCap Holdings in a deal valued at more than $30 billion, a big step in what has become a six year odyssey to reshape the one-time sprawling, global conglomerate. By pushing GE Capital Aviation Services, or GCAS, into a separate business, GE is essentially closing […]


Consumer Prices up 0.4% Last Month but Core Prices Moderate

U.S. consumer prices increased 0.4% in February, the biggest gain in six months, led by a sharp jump in gasoline prices. But core inflation, excluding food and energy, posted a much smaller 0.1% gain, easing fears about a possible sustained acceleration in inflation. The Labor Department said Wednesday that the February advance in its consumer […]


FireEye CEO: Reckless Microsoft Hack Unusual for China

Cyber sleuths have already blamed China for a hack that exposed tens of thousands of servers running Microsoft’s Exchange email program to potential hacks. The CEO of a prominent cybersecurity firm says it now seems clear China also unleashed an indiscriminate, automated second wave of hacking that opened the way for ransomware and other cyberattacks. […]


BMW Remained Profitable in 2020 With Strong Second Half

German luxury automaker BMW says net profit fell 23% last year to 3.86 billion euros ($4.62 billion) as the pandemic shuttered factories in the first part of the year. The maker of the X5 sport utility and 3-Series sedan said a strong second half meant it started 2021 with “a favorable tailwind.” Operating profits for […]


Husband builds church organ for musician wife and hides it in walls of the house

A four-bedroom house with an organ hidden amongst the walls has now it has sold at auction – and the story behind it is beautiful The ordinary-looking property in Bristol raised eyebrows when it was put up for sale for £500,000 with the description advising that it “would be sensible to say that the new […]


Biased AI can be bad for your health—here’s how to promote algorithmic fairness

Artificial intelligence holds great promise for improving human health by helping doctors make accurate diagnoses and treatment decisions. It can also lead to discrimination that can harm minorities, women and economically disadvantaged people. The question is, when health care algorithms discriminate, what recourse do people have? A prominent example of this kind of discrimination is […]


Fire at French Cloud Computing Firm Disrupts Websites

NUMEROUS companies and websites in France suffered outages and disruptions to services after a fire swept through a cloud computing provider’s facility. Disruption continued Thursday after OVH said the fire erupted early Wednesday in a room at one of its data centers in Strasbourg in eastern France. No one was injured in the blaze, which […]


Dogs that ‘talk’ and have human-like features leave onlookers gobsmacked

Two adorable dogs have an “unusual” feature that has given them quite a reputation. Fluffy four-legged friends Ronnie and Reggie, owned by Kerry Docwra, have scarily human-like features that often leave people open-mouthed The seven-year-old sibling pooches, originally from Wales, are a mix of a Staffordshire bull terrier and a shih-tzu crossed with a pug. […]


FIFA vice president: International games could be off until 2021

International soccer might not be played until 2021 due to coronavirus pandemic travel restrictions and the need to give club competitions the chance to resume, a FIFA vice president said Monday. Victor Montagliani, a Canadian who is president of the governing body for North and Central America and the Caribbean, has been heading a FIFA […]


Reducing the risk to children’s health in flood-prone areas of India

Monsoon rainfall has become more unpredictable in India. Floods and droughts have become more common and pose multiple risks to human health and wellbeing, with children under five being particularly vulnerable. New research finds that more assistance needs to be provided to communities in flood-prone areas to protect children under five from undernutrition. Little is […]