London Police Drop Their Prince Andrew Sex Abuse Probe – London’s Metropolitan police have dropped their part of an investigation into bombshell sex abuse claims against Prince Andrew, according to reports. [nyp]
‘It Feels Unreal’: Elation And Trepidation As Sydney Businesses Reopen After NSW Lockdown – A sense of nervousness and caution was mixed with relief as many retailers across the city flung open their doors for the first time in over 100 days. [guardian]
Blue Origin Postpones William Shatner’s Space Flight By A Day – Jeff Bezos’ spaceflight company Blue Origin said Sunday it will postpone the flight that is slated to fly William Shatner to space due to forecasted high winds at its launch site. [verge]
Covid-19 Infections Decrease As SA Reports 648 New Cases And 25 Deaths – South Africa reported 648 new Covid-19 cases and 25 deaths, the National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) said in a statement released on Sunday. [iol]
Navy Nuclear Engineer Charged With Trying To Pass Secrets – A Navy nuclear engineer with access to military secrets has been charged with trying to pass information about the design of American nuclear-powered submarines to someone he thought was a representative of a foreign government but who turned out to be an undercover FBI agent, the Justice Department said Sunday. [ap]
Watch Madonna ‘Disturb The Peace,’ Share Her ‘Matrix’ Regret In Wild Jimmy Fallon Interview – If there’s anything Madonna is going to do, it’s give a memorable performance, or in this case, interview. [usat]
Astonishing Photos Show Heroin Users Forced Into Harsh ‘Rehab’ By Taliban – Photographs document how Taliban fighters in Kabul rounded up 150 homeless drug users who were stripped and had their heads shaved before being locked in prison-like conditions for the next three months. [vice]
‘No Time To Die’ Has A Muted Opening For James Bond – “No Time to Die,” the latest entry in the James Bond franchise, notched an estimated $56 million at the North American box office this weekend, according to its studio, MGM. [cnn]
50 CEOs Were Asked About Where South Africa Is Heading – Chief executives are increasingly optimistic about the outlook for their own business, and despite the delta variant of Covid-19 slowing down the ‘return to normal’, their confidence in both the global and local economy has returned to levels not seen since the start of the pandemic. [btech]
Elon Musk Wants Tesla To Build Cars On Another Planet Before He’s Dead – Will this ever actually happen? Who’s to say. But the Tesla CEO – who also runs the rocket company SpaceX – entertained the idea during the automaker’s annual shareholder meeting on Thursday. [busins]
Britney Spears’ Family Has A Long, Dark History Of Locking Women Up – The local museum that houses a virtual shrine to the town’s most famous resident, mega popstar Britney Spears, used to be a funeral home. It’s one of the few places still open among the abandoned and ruined buildings in the tiny town center. [nyp]
Apple Is Appealing The Epic Games Ruling It Originally Called A ‘Resounding Victory’ – With potentially billions of dollars and some control over the App Store at stake, Apple has filed for an appeal of the ruling in its major trial against Epic. [verge]
Bottas Wins In Turkey, Title Advantage To Verstappen – Valtteri Bottas ended his year-long drought with a dominant victory in Turkey on Sunday while unhappy Mercedes team mate Lewis Hamilton finished fifth and lost the Formula One championship lead to Red Bull’s Max Verstappen. [reuters]
Tyson Fury Knocks Out Deontay Wilder To Win An Epic World Heavyweight Title Fight In Las Vegas – Tyson Fury recovers from two knockdowns in the fourth round to complete a stunning knockout victory over Deontay Wilder as the British star retained his WBC heavyweight title and preserved his unbeaten record in Las Vegas. [sky]
‘It Was John Who Wanted A Divorce’: McCartney Sets The Record Straight On Beatles Split – Rock history has painted Paul McCartney as the man who broke up the band. Now he reveals that it was Lennon who was first to look for a way out [guardian]
Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson on His Historic Rap Debut – Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is featured on Tech N9ne’s new single “Face Off,” alongside Joey Cool and King Iso. [variety]
15 Celebrities Who Gave Us Something To Talk About On Twitter This Week – “To clear things up…we pooped ONCE together!” [buzz]
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