UN says use of leaded petrol is officially over, a landmark that will prevent more than 1.2 million premature deaths per year

FILE PHOTO: A worker holds a nozzle to pump petrol into a vehicle at a fuel station in Mumbai, India, May 21, 2018. REUTERS/Francis Mascarenhas/File Photo REUTERS/Francis Mascarenhas/File Photo The United Nations Environment Programme says the era of leaded petrol is officially over. The milestone will prevent over 1.2 million premature deaths a year. Leaded petrol causes heart disease, strokes, cancer, and stunts brain development, UNEP says. See more stories on Insider’s business page. The era of leaded petrol is officially over in a milestone victory for human and planetary health, the United Nations Environment Programme said on Monday. UNEP estimates that banning the use of leaded petrol will prevent… Read More

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Watch one of the stars of ‘Ted Lasso’ describe meeting Apple CEO Tim Cook without realizing who he was: ‘Who was that lovely man?’

The cast of “Ted Lasso” surrounds Apple CEO Tim Cook at the show’s season two premiere. Kevin Winter/Getty Images On a recent “Jimmy Kimmel” appearance, “Ted Lasso” actor Cristo Fernández described meeting Tim Cook. Fernández said he met the Apple CEO at the show’s red carpet premiere and had no idea who he was. “No no no, don’t applaud,” he said, laughing. “I was so embarrassed. I wanted to die.” See more stories on Insider’s business page. Tim Cook may oversee one of the most valuable companies in the world, but sometimes, even his own employees don’t recognize him. Such was the case for Cristo Fernández, the actor who plays… Read More

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Hurricane Ida traps Louisianans, shatters the power grid

By REBECCA SANTANA, KEVIN McGILL and JANET McCONNAUGHEY NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Rescuers set out in hundreds of boats and helicopters to reach people trapped by floodwaters and utility crews mobilized Monday after a furious Hurricane Ida swamped the Louisiana coast and made a shambles of the electrical grid in the sticky, late-summer heat. One of the most powerful hurricanes ever to hit the U.S. mainland weakened into a tropical storm overnight as it pushed inland over Mississippi with torrential rain and shrieking winds, its danger far from over. Ida was blamed for at least one death — someone hit by a falling tree outside Baton Rouge. But with many… Read More

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Georgia prosecutor confirms plan to seek death penalty in Atlanta spa shootings

By Rich McKay    ATLANTA (Reuters) -Georgia prosecutors affirmed on Monday their intention to seek the death penalty in Atlanta’s Fulton County for the suspect accused of murdering four people at two Asian-run day spas there, characterizing the shootings as hate crimes.    The accused, Robert Aaron Long, had been scheduled to be arraigned on Monday on the four Fulton County murder counts and other charges, but that was postponed until late September.    Long, 22, is accused of killing a total of eight people, nearly all of them of Asian descent, in a series of attacks on three spas in or near Atlanta on a single day in March. He has already… Read More

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What’s the best student laptop? We asked students

The Dell XPS 13 is one of the best laptops for high school and college students. | Photo by Amelia Holowaty Krales / The Verge Shopping for a laptop can be stressful — doubly stressful if you or your children will be learning online for the first time. Kids of different ages have a range of different laptop use cases and different needs. And as the choices for best laptop and best Chromebook evolve, so do students’ needs. So I spoke to some experts on the subject: students themselves. My recommendations here are meant to accommodate a variety of preferences and price ranges. But they’re a jumping-off point rather than… Read More

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Apple buys classical music streaming service Primephonic

Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge Apple Music is pushing more extensively into classical music. Today, Apple announced that it has acquired Primephonic, a service that specializes in streaming the classical genre, and will incorporate the app’s functionality and playlists into Apple Music. The result will be “a significantly improved classical music experience,” Apple said in a press release. There will also be a standalone Apple Music classical app coming sometime in 2022. Effective immediately, Primephonic is no longer accepting new customers, and the service as it exists today will shut down on September 7th. Apple says Primephonic’s playlists and “exclusive audio content” will be first to be integrated… Read More

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Uncle John’s Pancake House expands to San Jose

Uncle John’s Pancake House in Campbell — a retro/modern version of the 1957 restaurant that launched the Holder family’s South Bay empire — has expanded to San Jose. They’re now serving Swedish Pancakes with lingonberry butter, overflowing Uncle John’s Skillets and the diner classic Country Fried Steak on The Alameda at Race Street. That location was briefly home to Scramblz and for years before that, Pasta Pomodoro. Inside, there are bright red booths and black-and-white checkerboard floors. Outside, red umbrellas shade alfresco diner during breakfast and lunch. The restaurant space retains the convenient second entrance at the back, which leads to expanded parking. Related Articles 49ers fans: 10 awesome Levi’s… Read More

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McDonald’s is recommending franchisees close dining rooms in areas with high levels of COVID-19

Yves Herman/Reuters McDonald’s is telling franchisees to close dining rooms in counties with high levels of COVID-19 spread. The chain was on track to reopen nearly all dining rooms by Labor Day. Though dining rooms are mostly open, drive-thrus still make up the bulk of orders. See more stories on Insider’s business page. McDonald’s is warning franchisees about possibly closing dining rooms as the Delta variant spreads, Hilary Russ reported for Reuters. McDonald’s recommended owners close dining rooms when COVID cases surpass 250 per 100,000 on a three week average, according to internal documents viewed by Reuters. “We have a much deeper sense of what actions make a difference for… Read More

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Photos: Sharks star Evander Kane selling San Jose home for $3.2M

San Jose Sharks’ star Evander Kane is selling his home in the Willow Glen neighborhood in San Jose for $3,199,950, reports Realtor.com. Kane is currently facing allegations made by his estranged ex-wife, Anna Kane, that he gambled on league games, including Sharks games. The league is investigating the claims, and Kane faces banishment from the NHL if they are true. The couple, who co-owned the home, is going through divorce proceedings. Anna Kane also alleged that Kane abandoned her and their infant daughter and the house is in foreclosure. Kane declared bankruptcy in January, according to reports. San Jose Sharks’ star Evander Kane is selling his home in the Willow… Read More

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