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May 24, 2015

Princeton mathematician John Nash and his wife are killed in a car accident.

  They were passengers in a taxi that lost control on the New Jersey Turnpike. The couple, portrayed in the 2001 film A Beautiful Mind about John Nash’s struggle with schizophrenia, reportedly were on their way home from the airport following a trip to Norway, where Nash accepted the Abel Prize for mathematics.
May 25, 2015

Poland votes in a new president.

  Bronislaw Komorowski conceded defeat to Andrzej Duda, leader of the country’s right-wing party, who won as much as 53% of the vote, according to exit polls. The role of president is largely ceremonial, but Duda’s win is a sign that the center right party Civic Platform, in power since 2007, may be unseated in parliamentary elections this fall.
May 24, 2015

Spain’s governing party is punished.

  Local and regional elections signaled widespread frustration with prime minster Mariano Rajoy’s People’s Party, which has been unable to keep high unemployment and corruption scandals at bay. The results are the worst in more than 20 years for the party, and an indicator for November’s national elections.  
May 25, 2015

A Time Warner Cable deal.

  The second-largest US cable company, worth $48 billion, is locked in takeover talks with two suitors and may reach a deal this week to sell itself to France’s Altice or Charter Communications. Comcast backed off from an offer last month.
May 24, 2015

General Motors may face criminal charges over faulty ignition switches.

  The switches have been linked to more than 100 deaths. According to a report in the Wall Street Journal, federal prosecutors are likely to seek more than $1 billion in penalties for alleged misstatements the automaker made about the switches, and are still considering whether or not to charge individual employees.
May 22, 2015

ISIL takes control of the last Syria-Iraq border crossing.

  Syrian government forces withdrew from the crossing at al-Tanf, allowing Islamic State militants to form a more direct link between their forces in the two countries. ISIL now controls half of Syria’s territory, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.
May 23, 2015
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Apple Watch demand is still looking flat after a massive first day.

May 24, 2015

Greece won’t make an IMF loan payment due on June 5.

  The money “is not there to be given,” Greece’s interior minister said in an interview on Greek television. But it’s unclear whether this was just political posturing amid continued negotiations for international bailout funds. The country’s finance minister has told the BBC that progress is being made.
May 22, 2015

France will make big supermarkets donate unsold food to charity.

  The country’s parliament passed the measure unanimously as part of an effort to reduce food waste. Instead of destroying unsold food, large grocery retailers will have to sign contracts with charities by July of next year or face penalties.    
May 22, 2015

Science can now tell you which Instagram filter to use.

  If you want more likes, views, and comments, use warmer filters, higher contrasts, and higher exposures—and avoid “aging” your photos on purpose. Those are the recommendations from researchers who analyzed 7.6 million photos uploaded to Flickr via Instagram.

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