The head of the bureau that gathers China's economic data is under
investigation by the anti-graft agency in a possible expansion of an
anticorruption campaign that has shaken state companies and securities
Wang Bao'an, chairman of the National Bureau of Statistics and a former deputy finance minister, is suspected of "severe disciplinary violations," the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection said in a statement Tuesday. It gave no details.
Paris police fired tear gas and taxi drivers lit bonfires on a major
highway Tuesday amid nationwide strikes and protests over working
conditions and competition from non-traditional services such as Uber.
Prime Minister Manuel Valls met with taxi drivers in an apparent attempt to defuse tensions. He condemned the drivers' violence but promised to strengthen a police crackdown on the competing taxi services the drivers are protesting. He is also forming a panel of taxi company representatives and government ministers to discuss reforms in the sector.
Marvin Minsky, a pioneer in the field of artificial intelligence at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology who saw parallels in the functioning of the human brain and computers, died Sunday at age 88.
The university said Minsky died Sunday at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston. The cause of death was a cerebral hemorrhage.
Minsky viewed the brain as a machine whose functioning can be studied and replicated in a computer, and he considered how machines might be endowed with common sense.
Character actor Abe Vigoda, whose leathery, sad-eyed face made him ideal
for playing the over-the-hill detective Phil Fish in the 1970s TV
series "Barney Miller" and the doomed Mafia soldier in "The Godfather,"
died Tuesday at age 94.
Vigoda's daughter, Carol Vigoda Fuchs, told The Associated Press that Vigoda died Tuesday morning in his sleep at Fuchs' home in Woodland Park, New Jersey. The cause of death was old age. "This man was never sick," Fuchs said.