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Australian Open tennis: Three American women battle for semifinal spots

Australian Open tennis: Three American women battle for semifinal spots

Sports
Feb. 15 (UPI) -- Twenty-three time Grand Slam champion Serena Williams leads a trio of American female tennis players who each are one win away from clinching a spot in the semifinals at the 2021 Australian Open. Williams entered the tournament as one of the favorites to advance in Melbourne. No. 24 Jennifer Brady and No. 61 Jessica Pegula never advanced to the quarterfinals at the Grand Slam and were not expected to be contenders -- but they are. Advertisement "We have all really pushed each other over the past year," Pegula told reporters Monday. "Maybe we haven't said it to each other, but I think we all can feel it. "We are all pushing each other to get to that next level."[embedded content] Pegula battles Brady in a quarterfinal match Wednesday, which ensures that at least one Amer...

People do crazy things with money. Avoiding these blind spots can help prevent future regrets

Finance
AscentXmedia | iStock | Getty ImagesWhen it comes to managing money, most everybody has doubts as to whether they're doing it right.So you may breathe a sigh of relief to know that no one is crazy, according to Morgan Housel, author of the book "The Psychology of Money."That goes for both the person you know who saves every penny to the person who spends like there's no tomorrow."People do all kinds of crazy things with their money," Housel says."There are things that I do with my money and there are things you do with your money that completely make sense to us that might look crazy to someone else," he said.Even two equally smart people can disagree on how to manage their assets and what financial plan is best.The reason comes down to where each person grew up and when, how they were rai...
Western Hemisphere holds 3 spots for COVID-19 deaths; cases pass 18 million

Western Hemisphere holds 3 spots for COVID-19 deaths; cases pass 18 million

World
Aug. 2 (UPI) -- The coronavirus pandemic, which began in Asia last December and first spread to Europe, is now primarily ravaging Western Hemisphere nations with the United States, Brazil and Mexico in the top 3 for most deaths. Mexico moved past Britain for the third spot late Friday and now has 47,736, behind No. 1 U.S. with 158,375 and No. 2 Brazil with 94,130. In addition, Peru is in ninth place with 19,614, Colombia 12th with 10,650 and Chile 14th with 9,608. Advertisement The pandemic passed 18.2 million cases Sunday and was closing in on 700,000 fatalities with 690,436. India has the fifth-most deaths with 38,161 behind Britain's 46,201. More than half of the worldwide deaths are concentrated in the Western Hemisphere, 368,000, and nearly 11 million cases. Only 1 billion of the wor...
Many COVID-19 hot spots affect areas around state borders, experts say

Many COVID-19 hot spots affect areas around state borders, experts say

Health
July 8 (UPI) -- Many current COVID-19 hotspots across the country are in areas along state borders because different governments have taken different approaches to contain spread of the new coronavirus, the experts behind the U.S. COVID Atlas said Wednesday. This includes regions in Arkansas and Tennessee, as well as Louisiana and Mississippi, which are effectively separated by the Mississippi River, they said. Advertisement Parts of southern Arizona and California have also been similarly impacted, according to the researchers. "With a patchwork of policies across the country, it's not surprising to see hot spots along state borders," Marynia Kolak, a member of the team that developed the atlas, said during a conference call with reporters Wednesday that was hosted by the Robert Wood Joh...
Firm defends algorithm that ‘spots women’s orgasms’

Firm defends algorithm that ‘spots women’s orgasms’

Technology
A firm that claimed to have built an algorithm to identify women's orgasms has defended itself after ridicule on social media. Cyprus-based Relida Limited said its algorithm could "validate" female orgasms 86% of the time.Slides from a presentation it produced were posted on Twitter and were retweeted thousands of times.The company said it had wanted to help developers test sex tech products and that its work had been "twisted".The presentation was posted on Twitter by Stu Nugent, brand manager at the sex toy label Lelo, after he was sent the pitch.The slides, seen by the BBC, say that "there is no reliable way to be sure a woman has an orgasm". They list statistics about women who have faked climaxes.Relida said its idea was still in development and the...