Cocaine found in Fisher
Carrie Fisher’s autopsy report shows the actress had cocaine in her system when she fell ill on a plane last year, but investigators could not determine what impact the cocaine and other drugs found in her system had on her death. The report released on Monday states Fisher may have taken cocaine three days before the Dec. 23 flight on which she became ill. She died four days later. It also found traces of heroin and MDMA, which is also known as ecstasy, but they could not determine when Fisher had taken those drugs. The findings were based on toxicology screenings done on samples taken when the actress arrived at a Los Angeles hospital. Coroner’s officials have ruled Fisher died from sleep apnea and a combination of other factors.
Google teams up on jobs
Google is trying to turn its search engine into an employment engine. As of yesterday, job hunters can see help-wanted listings that Google’s search engine collects across the Internet, but without duplicating the jobs posted on different sites. Google has teamed up with a variety of help-wanted and employer-rating services, including LinkedIn, Monster, WayUp, DirectEmployers, CareerBuilder, Glassdoor and Facebook. Employer ratings from current and former workers will also be shown, as well as typical commute times to job locations.
Refugee now UNICEF envoy
UNICEF on Monday announced the appointment of its youngest goodwill ambassador — 19-year-old Syrian refugee and education activist Muzoon Almellehan. UNICEF Deputy executive director Justin Forsyth said that Muzoon is the first goodwill envoy with official refugee status. UNICEF said Muzoon received support from the agency while she was living in the Zaatari refugee camp in Jordan. Muzoon said when she fled Syria she only took her school books with her. “As a refugee, I saw what happens when children are forced into early marriage or manual labor,” she said. Working with UNICEF, she said, will help to “give these children a voice and to get them into school.”
Raids linked to hate speech
The Federal Criminal Police Office is taking action against 36 people suspected of posting hate speech online, most of them accused of far-right incitement. The office said police across the country early yesterday searched homes of suspects, questioned them and took unspecified “further measures.” There was no word of any arrests. The so-called “day of action against hate postings” followed a similar exercise last year.
Judge mulls pot sales bid
A Nevada judge was expected to decide yesterday whether the state can move forward with plans for medical marijuana dispensaries to begin selling pot for recreational use for the first time on July 1. Lawyers for the liquor industry and the Nevada Department of Taxation argued at a daylong hearing before Carson City District Judge James Wilson on Monday whether the state has the authority to issue marijuana distribution licenses necessary to launch the sales to anyone besides alcohol distributors. It has been legal for adults to possess up to an ounce (28g) of marijuana in Nevada and consume it in private residences since the beginning of this year, but currently only medical dispensaries can sell it and only to people with medical cards.
Since her personal telephone number was posted online, Hong Kong democracy advocate and Hong Kong Confederation of Trade Unions chairperson Carol Ng has received menacing calls from strangers and been bombarded with messages calling her a “cockroach.” She is not alone. A sophisticated and shady Web site called HK Leaks has ramped up its “doxxing” — where people’s personal details are published online — of Hong Kong democracy advocates, targeting those it says have broken Hong Kong’s National Security Law. Promoted by groups linked to the Chinese Chinese Communist Party and hosted on Russia-based servers, HK Leaks has become the most prominent “doxxing”
A Malaysian student whose cellphone was stolen while he was sleeping has tracked down the culprit: a monkey who took photo and video selfies with the device before abandoning it. Zackrydz Rodzi, 20, on Wednesday said that his mobile phone was missing from his bedroom when he woke up on Saturday. He found the phone’s casing under his bed, but there was no sign of robbery in his house in Johor state. JUNGLE When his father saw a monkey the next day, he searched in the jungle behind his house. Using his brother’s cellphone to call his own device, he found it covered
‘CONFESSED’: A court in Beijing said that former CCP member Ren Zhiqiang abused his power at a state firm and embezzled almost US$7.14 million of public funds A Chinese tycoon who called Chinese President Xi Jinping (習近平) a clown and criticized his handling of the COVID-19 pandemic was yesterday jailed for 18 years for corruption, bribery and embezzlement of public funds. Ren Zhiqiang (任志強) — once among the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) inner circle — disappeared from the public eye in March, shortly after penning an essay that lambasted Xi’s pandemic response. His outspokenness had earned the former chairman of state-owned property developer Huayuan Group the nickname “Big Cannon.” Yesterday’s verdict said that Ren embezzled almost 50 million yuan (US$7.4 million) of public funds and accepted bribes worth 1.25 million
Australia is notorious for its venomous spiders, snakes and sea creatures, but researchers have now identified “scorpion-like” toxins secreted by a tree that can cause excruciating pain for weeks. Split-second contact with the dendrocnide tree, a rainforest nettle known by its Aboriginal name gympie-gympie, delivers a sting far more potent than similar plants found in the US or Europe. A team of Australian scientists said that they now better understand why the gympie-gympie’s sting haunts those unlucky enough to brush up against its leaves. Victims report an initial sting that “feels like fire at first, then subsides over hours to a pain reminiscent