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Minneapolis chief resigns after shooting of Australian woman

Minneapolis chief resigns after shooting of Australian woman

World
Minneapolis police Chief Janee Harteau says she is "willing to step aside to let a fresh set of leadership eyes" be in charge of the department, which has been criticized in the wake of last weekend's fatal police shooting of an unarmed Australian woman who had called 911. Harteau's resignation Friday came at the request of Mayor Betsy Hodges, who said she lost confidence in the chief's "ability to lead us further." She said she asked Harteau to step down after assessing where the department needs to go. "For us to continue to transform policing — and community trust in policing — we need new leadership at MPD," Hodges said. Harteau, who worked her way up from the bottom of the department to become the city's first female, first openly gay and first Native American police chief, said Frid
Jodie Whittaker: Doctor Who's 13th Time Lord to be a woman

Jodie Whittaker: Doctor Who's 13th Time Lord to be a woman

Entertainment
Media playback is unsupported on your deviceJodie Whittaker has been announced as Doctor Who's 13th Time Lord - the first woman to be given the role. The new Doctor's identity was revealed in a trailer broadcast at the end of the Wimbledon men's singles final. The Broadchurch star succeeds Peter Capaldi, who took over the role in 2013 and leaves in the forthcoming Christmas special. Whittaker, 35, said it was "overwhelming, as a feminist" to become the next Doctor. She will make her debut on the sci-fi show when the Doctor regenerates in the Christmas special.All the Doctors so far, from Hartnell to WhittakerTime Lord's new gender splits Doctor Who fansThe Huddersfield-born star, who was a late favourite to become the Doctor, will find a familiar face for her on set - Doctor Who's new show...
First woman to win 'maths Nobel Prize' dies

First woman to win 'maths Nobel Prize' dies

Technology
Maryam Mirzakhani, the first woman to receive the Fields Medal, often described as the Nobel Prize for mathematics, has died aged 40.Professor Mirzakhani, who was also the first Iranian national to win the award, passed away after a four-year battle with breast cancer.She received the Fields Medal in 2014 for her "outstanding contributions to the dynamics and geometry of Riemann surfaces and their moduli spaces".At the time she was praised for the "stunning advances" she had made in some of the most complicated areas of the mathematics.[embedded content]Professor Mirzakhani was also congratulated by the president of Iran, Hassan Rouhani, who said the nation "can feel proud that the first woman who has ever won the Fields Medal is their fellow citizen."Born in 1977 in Tehran, Professor Mirz...
Maryam Mirzakhani, first woman to win maths' Fields Medal, dies

Maryam Mirzakhani, first woman to win maths' Fields Medal, dies

Science
Maryam Mirzakhani, the first woman to receive the prestigious Fields Medal for mathematics, has died in the US.The 40-year-old Iranian, a professor at Stanford University, had breast cancer which had spread to her bones.Nicknamed the "Nobel Prize for Mathematics", the Fields Medal is only awarded every four years to between two and four mathematicians under 40.It was given to Prof Mirzakhani in 2014 for her work on complex geometry and dynamical systems.Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said Prof Mirzakhani's death caused "great sorrow," state media reported.Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said her death was a cause for grief for all Iranians."A light was turned off today. It breaks my heart... gone far too soon," US-Iranian scientist Firouz Naderi posted on Instagram.He added in a su...
Jet engine blast kills woman on Caribbean beach

Jet engine blast kills woman on Caribbean beach

World
A 57-year-old New Zealand woman died Wednesday after being knocked over by the blast of air released from a jet engine at a beach in St. Maarten, a Caribbean island known for its main airport's extremely close proximity to the beach. Police said in a statement that Emergency Central Dispatch in St. Maarten, a Dutch constituent country, received the first of several phone calls reporting the incident at 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, and that the victim died shortly after arriving at a hospital. YouTube videos of tourists at the beach, clinging to a fence that runs along the intersection of an area between the shore and a runway at Princess Juliana International Airport, have racked up millions of views in some cases, and helped to award the beach a singular kind of fame. “This comes as a shock