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Tesla shareholders reject bid to strip Musk of chairman role

Tesla shareholders reject bid to strip Musk of chairman role

Technology
Tesla CEO Elon Musk has rebuffed a shareholder attempt to overhaul the electric car maker's board and strip him of his role as chairman, despite worries about the company's shaky finances and inability to meet its production goals for its first mass-market sedan. All three directors seeking to remain on Tesla's nine-member board were re-elected during the company's annual meeting held Tuesday in Mountain View, California. Directors Antonio Gracias, James Murdoch and Elon's brother, Kimbal Musk, won by "a wide margin," according to Tesla. CtW Investment Group, an activist firm that represents labor union pension funds, had spearheaded a rebellion seeking to oust the trio from the board on the grounds that they didn't know about the auto industry at a critical time in Tesla's existence. Th...
Simpsons actor 'willing to step aside' from Apu role

Simpsons actor 'willing to step aside' from Apu role

Entertainment
Hank Azaria says he is "willing to step aside" from his role voicing Simpsons character Apu Nahasapeemapetilon.It follows a documentary made by Indian-American comic Hari Kondabolu that argued the Indian character is based on racial stereotypes.Speaking on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, the actor said his "eyes have been opened" by the debate and that he never intended to cause offence.He also distanced himself from the show's controversial response.Shopkeeper Apu has been part of the long-running animation series since 1990, with Azaria adopting an Indian accent to voice him.The character is one of several voiced on The Simpsons by Azaria - he is also the voice of Chief Wiggum, Comic Book Guy and bartender Moe Szyslak.There has been a focus on the portrayal of Apu since Kondabolu's 2...
Australia captain Smith fined and banned for his role in ball-tampering

Australia captain Smith fined and banned for his role in ball-tampering

Sports
Australia captain Steve Smith has been banned for one match and fined his entire match fee by cricket's world governing body for his part in a ball-tampering incident in South Africa.Smith said the team's "leadership group" had a plan, carried out by Cameron Bancroft, to tamper with the ball to "get an advantage".Smith, 28, will now miss the fourth and final Test of the series.Bancroft, 25, was fined 75% of his match fee and got three demerit points.Smith admitted a charge of conduct "of a serious nature that is contrary to the spirit of the game", said a statement from the International Cricket Council (ICC)."As captain, Steve Smith must take full responsibility for the actions of his players and it is appropriate that he be suspended," said ICC chief executive David Richardson.Hours lat...
Drinking alcohol plays role in living past 90, researchers say

Drinking alcohol plays role in living past 90, researchers say

Health
Feb. 19 (UPI) -- Here's some information to ponder while hitting the gym instead of a bar: Beer and wine have better health benefits than exercise in terms of longevity.Those are the findings of University of California neurologist Claudia Kawas and other researchers conducting the 90+ Study, an effort that started in 2003 to explore impacts of daily habits on longevity.In the 1,700-person survey, people who drank about two glasses of beer or wine per day were 18 percent less likely to experience a premature death than those who abstain -- but participants who exercised 15 to 45 minutes a day cut the same risk by 11 percent.As part of the survey, researchers perform neurological, neuropsychological and cognitive tests on the participants every six months at the Clinic for Aging Research an...
Allison Janney 'felt liberated' in I, Tonya role

Allison Janney 'felt liberated' in I, Tonya role

Entertainment
It was "incredibly liberating" to play an unappealing character in I, Tonya, Allison Janney has said. She's tipped to win her first Oscar, as best supporting actress, for the role of LaVona Golden - mother of figure skater Tonya Harding in the film.Janney's character wears a fur coat, and often has a bird perched on her shoulder - she says three had to be auditioned to play the pet.She also had to sit through three hours of make-up each day she was on set. 'I'm going to see myself so old'Golden, now estranged from Harding, is depicted as a domineering mother who pushed her daughter to succeed - at all costs. The West Wing star Janney played her at different ages, including as an elderly woman giving an interview, staring at the audience directly. But instead of being upset at seeing hersel...