Bill Paxton’s Surgeon and Hospital Deny Responsibility for His Death

The surgeon and hospital Bill Paxton’s family are suing for wrongful death are denying responsibility, claiming that the actor knew his surgery would be risky. The Big Love star’s family and estate have accused surgeon Ali Khoynezhad and the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center of providing the actor with “negligent diagnosis, management, and treatment,” which they say led to the complications that resulted in the actor’s death last Feb. 25. He was 61. But in an answer to the wrongful death complaint filed Thursday and obtained by The Blast, Dr. Khoynezhad and Cedars-Sinai Medical Center argued, “At all times … were aware of certain dangers and risks involved in the examination, diagnosis,… Read More

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Solarte’s grand slam in 11th gives Blue Jays win over Indians

CLEVELAND — Yangervis Solarte hit his first career grand slam with two outs in the 11th inning Thursday to send the Toronto Blue Jays to a 13-11 win over the Cleveland Indians in the first game of a traditional doubleheader set up because of April rainouts. The teams were forced to play two after back-to-back postponements on April 14-15. Then they waited through a 1-hour, 53-minute rain delay before the doubleheader opener. In the 11th, pinch-hitter Luke Maile walked with two outs against Tyler Olson (0-1) before Josh Donaldson doubled for his third hit in his first game since April 10. After Teoscar Hernandez walked, Solarte, who had been involved… Read More

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Indian man builds drone to rescue stuck puppy

After discovering a distressed puppy stuck in a drain in Lucknow, India, resident Milind Raj built a drone to rescue it, NDTV reported. Raj, who builds robots for a living, attached a drone to an artificial intelligence-controlled robotic arm to lift the puppy from the drain. It took him about six hours to build the device in his lab. By using an AI arm with a heartbeat sensor, Raj monitored the puppy’s heart rate to ensure it wouldn’t suffocate. “It was not possible for a human to rescue the puppy without endangering their own life, so I decided to put technology to the task,” Raj said. According to Raj, the… Read More

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Farmington farmer gets city ag protection, but lawyer wonders if it’ll stick

FARMINGTON — After a public hearing packed with angry residents coming to the defense of a local farmer at risk of losing his 22-acre farm, the Farmington City Council voted this week to grant his property agricultural protections. “We appreciate the support that we’ve had, and it’s been surprising to me,” sixth-generation farmer Alan Bangerter said at the public hearing, where his supporters overflowed out of the council chambers into the hallway. “Sometimes you get lost out in the field working 20 hours a day and you don’t know that anybody even knows that you’re there,” he said. “So we appreciate all my neighbors and friends.” But the attorney for… Read More

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At least 2 people injured in shooting at California apartment complex

At least two people were shot at an apartment complex in the North California city of Mill Valley. Law enforcement officers could be seen with their guns drawn as they escorted fleeing residents. Police say the situation is contained and that there is no longer a threat in the area. Law-enforcement officials are searching for a suspect after two people were shot at an apartment complex in the Northern California city of Mill Valley on Thursday afternoon. “The situation is contained and there is no threat to the residents of Corte Madera,” police said, according to KABC-TV. “The scene is an apartment complex with two victims that have been taken… Read More

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Goldman Sachs has hired a senior chemicals banker from Barclays (GS)

Goldman Sachs has hired a senior chemicals investment banker from Barclays. Ken Grahame will join the Goldman as a managing director. He spent roughly a decade at Barclays. Goldman Sachs has hired a senior chemicals banker away from Barclays, according to people familiar with the matter. Ken Grahame, a managing director who focused on chemicals companies at Barclays, is joining Goldman in a similar role, the people said. Grahame started his Wall Street career at Lehman Brothers and joined Barclays amid the financial crisis in 2008, according FINRA records and his LinkedIn profile. Goldman Sachs declined to comment. Barclays did not immediately respond to requests for comment. SEE ALSO: Guggenheim… Read More

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Utah golfer Blake Tomlinson makes Pac-12 All-Freshmen team

Utah golfer Blake Tomlinson followed up qualifying for an NCAA Regional with being named to the Pac-12 All-Freshman Team, the league announced Thursday. Tomlinson, one of five members of the all-freshman team, is the first Utah golfer to qualify for an NCAA Regional since 2007. He will play at the NCAA Stockton Regional on May 14-16 at The Reserve at Spanos Park. “I am really proud of Blake,” Utah head golf coach Garrett Clegg said in a press release. “This is an honor for him to be recognized as one of the top-five freshmen in the conference. He has had a fantastic year and has been our most consistent performer,… Read More

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YouTube has 1.8 billion logged-in viewers each month

YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki says that 1.8 billion registered users are watching videos on the platform each month, not counting anyone who’s watching without an account. Wojcicki announced the milestone at YouTube’s Brandcast presentation to advertisers, alongside some of the year’s most noteworthy successes — like Beyoncé’s record-setting 41 million livestream views at Coachella and the “Despacito” music video passing 5 billion views last month. The company previously announced that it had 1.5 billion logged-in monthly users in mid-2017. Wojcicki used the Brandcast event to obliquely address some of the problems YouTube has faced, including questions over inappropriate kids’ videos and conspiracy theories on the platform. “This is the… Continue… Read More

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Dipoto: ‘Very real possibility’ Ichiro plays for Mariners in Japan next year

Ichiro Suzuki may have stepped away from the Mariners’ active roster for the rest of the 2018 season, but don’t rule out the chance of him appearing in a game once more in a Seattle uniform. Watch: Top 10 plays of Ichiro’s MLB career Judging by Mariners general manager Jerry Dipoto’s comments on 710 ESPN Seattle’s Danny, Dave and Moore on Thursday (listen here), both Ichiro and the Mariners are leaving the door open for one more run. “I think it’s a very real possibility,” Dipoto answered when asked if Ichiro might play for the M’s when they open the 2019 season with two games in his native Japan. “While… Read More

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