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Connie Culp, 1st US partial face transplant recipient, dies

Connie Culp, 1st US partial face transplant recipient, dies

Technology
The recipient of the first partial face transplant in the U.S. has died almost a dozen years after the groundbreaking operationBy RON TODT Associated PressAugust 1, 2020, 6:01 PM3 min readShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this article Connie Culp, the recipient of the first partial face transplant in the U.S., has died at 57, almost a dozen years after the groundbreaking operation. The Cleveland Clinic, where her surgery had been performed in 2008, said Saturday that Culp died Wednesday at the Ohio clinic of complications from an infection unrelated to her transplant. Dr. Frank Papay, who is the chair of Cleveland Clinic’s dermatology and plastic surgery institute and was part of Culp's surgical team, called her “an incredibly brave, vibrant woman and an inspiration to many." “Her st
Astronauts face final leg of SpaceX test flight: coming home

Astronauts face final leg of SpaceX test flight: coming home

Technology
A pair of NASA astronauts face the final and most important part of their SpaceX test flight: returning to Earth with a rare splashdownBy MARCIA DUNN AP Aerospace WriterAugust 1, 2020, 8:30 PM3 min readShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this articleCAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- A pair of NASA astronauts face the final and most important part of their SpaceX test flight: returning to Earth with a rare splashdown. Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken took part in a farewell ceremony Saturday at the International Space Station, several hours ahead of their planned departure on a SpaceX Dragon capsule. Despite approaching Hurricane Isaias, NASA said the weather looks favorable for a Sunday afternoon splashdown in the Gulf of Mexico near Pensacola, Florida, the new prime site. It will be the fir...
Apple, Amazon, Facebook, Google face claims of ‘harmful’ power

Apple, Amazon, Facebook, Google face claims of ‘harmful’ power

Business
The heads of some of the world's biggest tech companies have appeared before Washington lawmakers to defend their firms against claims they abuse their power to quash competitors.Amazon boss Jeff Bezos said the world "needs large" firms, while the heads of Facebook, Apple and Google argued their companies had spurred innovation.The appearance comes as lawmakers consider tougher regulation and competition probes are underway.Some critics want the firms broken up.Follow live updates of the congressional hearingCongressman David Cicilline, a Democrat leading the congressional committee holding the hearing, said a year-long investigation by lawmakers had revealed patterns of abuse by the online platforms."The dominant platforms have ...
Chilean man due to arrive in France to face murder charge

Chilean man due to arrive in France to face murder charge

World
A plane carrying a Chilean man accused of murdering a Japanese student in France nearly four years ago has landed at a Paris airport Friday morning as part of his extradition processByThe Associated PressJuly 24, 2020, 10:14 AM2 min readShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this articlePARIS -- A plane carrying a Chilean man accused of murdering a Japanese student in France nearly four years ago landed at a Paris airport Friday morning as part of his extradition process. Nicolas Zepeda, 29, had been under house arrest at his mother’s apartment in the resort of Viña del Mar, 120 kilometers (75 miles) northwest of Santiago. He is charged in France with premeditated murder in the alleged 2016 slaying of Narumi Kurosaki, 21. The body of the young Japanese woman, who was living on the Besanco
UK must ‘face possibility’ of no deal on future relationship with EU

UK must ‘face possibility’ of no deal on future relationship with EU

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The UK must "face the possibility" that it will not agree a deal on its future relationship with the EU by the end of the year. Chief negotiator David Frost said that with less than six months to go until the end of the Brexit transition period, the UK must "continue preparing for all possible scenarios" for once that deadline passes. His EU counterpart, Michel Barnier, said an agreement "at this point" is "unlikely". ...