Hackers Cripple Airport Currency Exchanges, Seeking $6 Million Ransom

The numbers that usually glow with exchange rates on Travelex boards in airports worldwide have gone dark, after the London-based currency exchange company was forced to go offline after it discovered a ransomware attack on Dec. 31. The disruption has also affected banks like Barclays, Royal Bank of Scotland and HSBC, which have been unable…

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In the Cruise World, This Isn’t Winter. It’s Wave Season.

Most people in the Northern Hemisphere call the three-month period between January and March “winter.” But in the cruise world, it’s “wave season,” a time of year when sales sweep the cruise lines as they try to encourage early bookings on sailings throughout the year and beyond. “Wave season is the Black Friday or Cyber…

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She Was a Star of New York Real Estate, but Her Life Story Was a Lie

Wrapped in furs, dripping with diamonds and with her blond hair perfectly coifed, Faith Hope Consolo cut a glamorous figure in the flashy, late 20th-century world of New York City real estate. Ms. Consolo was born into the business, benefiting from her father’s legacy as a real estate executive. Emboldened professionally by her mother, a…

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They Were Victorian Dandies Who Made Art. Now They’re On the Outs.

Once in the late 1970s, somebody insulted David McDermott’s mother at a party, so he went to Tiffany & Company and had a note engraved: “Mr. David Walter McDermott is pleased to announce the elimination of _______ from his guest list.” The note, which was mailed out to the offender’s friends, now hangs on the…

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They Were Victorian Dandies Who Made Art. Now One Is Broke.

Once in the late 1970s, somebody insulted David McDermott’s mother at a party, so he went to Tiffany & Company and had a note engraved: “Mr. David Walter McDermott is pleased to announce the elimination of _______ from his guest list.” The note, which was mailed out to the offender’s friends, now hangs on the…

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Chance Perdomo Plays a Pansexual Warlock on ‘Sabrina’

Name: Chance Perdomo Age: 23 Hometown: Born in Los Angeles and raised in Southampton, England. Now lives: When he is not shooting (he is currently filming in Vancouver, British Columbia), he lives with his family in a “small and quaint” home in Southampton. Claim to fame: Mr. Perdomo is an actor who describes himself as…

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I Hate Football. I Let My Daughter Play It Anyway.

Sophia sprinted out of left field and slammed into the running back before he could make it across the 40-yard line. She threw her all into it. He went down. She went with him. It was a spectacular tackle for middle school football. I cheered. Then in the melee following the tackle, another player fell…

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Two Open Marriages in One Small Room

“I want to see the body,” said my 12-year-old son, Miles. He and I were sitting in our minivan outside of the hospital. I texted my wife again: “We’re waiting in the parking lot. Will you come down? Your burrito is getting cold.” “Dad!” We weren’t supposed to go inside. This was intended as a…

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New study finds 8% of Chinese men are problem drinkers

Alcohol consumption has become more prevalent in China in recent years but limited large-scale epidemiological evidence has made it difficult to know the true scale of the problem. A new large study of Chinese adults, published by the scientific journal Addiction, has found that eight percent of men in China are problem drinkers, and that…

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Antibiotics could be promising treatment for form of dementia

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Jan. 10, 2020) — Researchers at the University of Kentucky’s College of Medicine have found that a class of antibiotics called aminoglycosides could be a promising treatment for frontotemporal dementia. Results of their proof of concept study, which was a collaborative effort between UK’s Department of Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry and the University…

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