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Timberwolves aim to slow down Rockets' James Harden

Timberwolves aim to slow down Rockets' James Harden

Sports
At first blush the Minnesota Timberwolves got what they wanted in Game 1 on Sunday, limiting the Houston Rockets to a substandard shooting performance from the perimeter after being overrun by a hail of 3-pointers while being dismantled in all four regular-season meetings. But what went wrong proved costly for Minnesota. Despite the sound strategy of running multiple bodies in the direction of Rockets All-Star guard James Harden, the Timberwolves' defense resembled a sieve as Harden produced 44 points and eight assists in a 104-101 victory. If the Timberwolves can again harass Houston into 10-for-37 shooting from behind the arc on Wednesday at Toyota Center in Game 2 of this Western Conference first-round playoff series, they will have met one of their primary objectives. However, preventi...
Wetherspoon shuts down social media accounts

Wetherspoon shuts down social media accounts

Business
Pub chain JD Wetherspoon says it is closing down all its social media accounts following the "trolling" of MPs and ethnic minorities.The Twitter, Instagram and Facebook accounts for all 900 pubs and head office are shutting down with immediate effect, the pub operator said.The move also takes account of recent concerns over the misuse of personal data and the addictive nature of social media.A spokesman for the chain told Sky News: "We've noticed a lot of MPs get trolled and some receive some nasty comments and the company doesn't like what's going on - we don't like the general climate of social media."The spokesman confirmed the decision was not related to any specific incident and no JD Wetherspoon account itself was involved in the trolling of any MPs or ethnic or religious minorities....
Climate change dials down Atlantic Ocean heating system

Climate change dials down Atlantic Ocean heating system

Science
A significant shift in the system of ocean currents that helps keep parts of Europe warm could send temperatures in the UK lower, scientists have found.They say the Atlantic Ocean circulation system is weaker now than it has been for more than 1,000 years - and has changed significantly in the past 150. The study, in the journal Nature, says it may be a response to increased melting ice and is likely to continue.Researchers say that could have an impact on Atlantic ecosystems.Scientists involved in the Atlas project - the largest study of deep Atlantic ecosystems ever undertaken - say the impact will not be of the order played out in the 2004 Hollywood blockbuster The Day After Tomorrow.But they say changes to the conveyor-belt-like system - also known as the Atlantic Meridional Overturnin...
Acting Cambridge Analytica CEO steps down amid Facebook scandal

Acting Cambridge Analytica CEO steps down amid Facebook scandal

World
April 11 (UPI) -- The acting CEO of Cambridge Analytica -- the data mining firm accused of improperly accessing data from millions of Facebook users -- stepped down Wednesday, the company announced.The company's board of directors said Alexander Tayler would leave the role to return to his former position as chief data officer. There, he is expected to "focus on the various technical investigations and inquiries," a news release from the company said.Cambridge Analytica didn't say why Tayler stepped down or who would take over as chief executive.Tayler stepped into the position after Cambridge Analytica suspended CEO Alexander Nix on March 20.The company said it was investigating comments Nix made in an undercover recording, which said Cambridge Analytica could secretly compromise politica...