Actor Alan Alda reveals Parkinson’s diagnosis

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Award-winning actor Alan Alda disclosed on Tuesday that he has Parkinson’s disease, saying he did not want the revelation that he had the nervous system disorder to be told from “a sad point of view.” The 82-year-old star of TV series “M*A*S*H” told “CBS This Morning” that he had learned of the diagnosis more than three years ago, but that so far the progressive disease has not stopped him from acting or pursuing other career opportunities.

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Bulldogs produce monumental upset against Broncos

Given Brisbane’s recent form, and the lowly position of their opponents on the ladder, many expected them to notch a dominant win, one that would have brought up coach Wayne Bennett’s 400th. Despite trailing by just four points at the main break, the Broncos were never really in this. While they made uncharacteristic mistakes, many were the result of outstanding defensive pressure from the hosts. In a dominant second half, the underdogs didn’t even let Brisbane carry the football onto

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68 years after the Korean War, hundreds of US families are still searching for closure

Growing up, she knew the word “Korea” before she even understood what it meant. “I’d heard that word since before I could talk,” she told CNN. “It was just part of our life.” Her father, Karle Seydel, was 24 when he left his wife, daughter and months-old son in Seattle, Washington to join the eventually hundreds of thousands of United States troops sent to the Korean Peninsula to fight in a bloody conflict which, almost 70 years later, has still

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Japan still has great influence on global financial markets

IT IS the summer of 1979 and Harry “Rabbit” Angstrom, the everyman-hero of John Updike’s series of novels, is running a car showroom in Brewer, Pennsylvania. There is a pervasive mood of decline. Local textile mills have closed. Gas prices are soaring. No one wants the traded-in, Detroit-made cars clogging the lot. Yet Rabbit is serene. His is a Toyota franchise. So his cars have the best mileage and lowest servicing costs. When you buy one, he tells his customers,

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Starbucks, Alibaba announce China delivery venture

BEIJING (AP) – Starbucks and Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group announced a coffee delivery venture on Thursday, joining the growing competition in China’s booming delivery industry. Starbucks Coffee Co. and Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. said the venture starts next month in Beijing and Shanghai. It will expand to 30 cities by the end of the year. Starbucks joins a booming Chinese delivery industry for goods ranging from clothes to groceries to cooked food. Its venture with Alibaba mimics Luckin Coffee,

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A brave performance leaves emotional blood-stains

Directed by Lee Lewis (Griffin Theatre Company), this was the local premiere of a play that asks hard questions of those playing Anna (Brenna​ Harding) and Renee​ (Hannah Waterman), and that offers rewarding roles for Penny Cook (as Vivienne, Anna’s psychiatrist) and Shiv Palekar (Oliver, her temporary boyfriend). The three female characters are all manipulative without being malicious, while Palekar’s​ warm-hearted, ever-more bewildered Oliver learns what it’s like to stand on the St Andreas Fault when the earth starts to

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Greeting Cards for These Trying Times

It’s hard to shop for a greeting card when it feels like the world is ending. You’ll be looking for a card that says, “Life is fine, minus this nagging sense of incipient doom,” but all you see at the store are cheery platitudes. When this happens, go down to the basement of your local pharmacy, where—on a rusty metal rack, under a flickering fluorescent bulb—you’ll find these more realistic greeting cards for sale: Get Well-ish Soon-ish Wishing you an

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Troops clear streets of Zimbabwe’s capital, election result ‘very soon’

HARARE (Reuters) – Troops ordered shops to close and told people to leave the center of Zimbabwe’s capital on Thursday, one day after three people were killed by soldiers sent in to break up demonstrators claiming this week’s presidential election was rigged. The crackdown by the army has punctured the euphoria that followed its removal of long-time strongman Robert Mugabe eight months ago, and fueled suspicions that the generals who launched the coup remain Zimbabwe’s de facto rulers. In Harare,

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Starbucks, Alibaba announce China delivery venture

Starbucks and Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group announced a coffee delivery venture on Thursday, joining the growing competition in China‘s booming delivery industry. Starbucks Coffee Co. and Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. said the venture starts next month in Beijing and Shanghai. It will expand to 30 cities by the end of the year. Starbucks joins a booming Chinese delivery industry for goods ranging from clothes to groceries to cooked food. Its venture with Alibaba mimics Luckin Coffee, a Chinese upstart

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Bank of England hikes interest rates for first time since 2009

Officials pointed to falling joblessness, gradually improving rates of pay growth and businesses’ complaints of a skills shortage as evidence the economy is operating at close to its full capacity – a sign interest rates need to edge up to rein in price rises. The Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) believes the rate rise will help bring inflation back to its 2pc target, from 2.4pc currently. Rising pay pressures combined with poor productivity growth indicate inflation could stay above target if

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