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Charges against a ring of nine people for thefts of millions of dollars worth of paintings, sports memorabilia, and other valuables have been announced by federal authorities. The thefts took place over more than two decades at 20 museums, institutions, and stores across several states. The stolen goods included an Andy Warhol silkscreen, a Jackson Pollock painting, and nine World Series rings belonging to the late Yankees catcher Yogi Berra.
Scientists in the United Kingdom claim that they have achieved a remarkable scientific feat — creating synthetic human embryos by using stem cells without any eggs or sperm. Professor Magdalena Żernicka-Goetz, of the University of Cambridge and the California Institute of Technology, announced the news on Wednesday at a conference in Boston, but the potential method is still a long way from being used clinically. It also raises serious ethical and legal questions.
Texas Christian University’s course catalog shows the school will offer a course called “The Queer Art of Drag” this coming fall. The course will be taught by Dr. Nino Testa, who also goes by his drag name “Maria von Clapp.” A syllabus for the course indicates that students will use worksheets and vision boards to develop their own drag personas, culminating in a live lip-sync performance.
After a five-month investigation, law enforcement in Canada, Australia, and New Zealand have busted a massive drug syndicate accused of smuggling six tons of methamphetamine from Canada to Australia and New Zealand. The traffickers were intercepted smuggling the drugs through shipments of maple syrup and canola oil.
UFC superstar Conor McGregor has been accused of sexually assaulting a woman in the bathroom at Kaseya Center, home to the Miami Heat. According to a report from TMZ, the incident allegedly took place at Game 4 of the 2023 NBA Finals between the Heat and Denver Nuggets. McGregor’s representatives have denied the allegations. According to demand letters from attorney Ariel Mitchell, the victim was separated from her friend by Heat and NBA security, where she was forced into a bathroom inside the arena. McGregor then emerged from a stall and forcibly kissed the woman while security guards allegedly guarded the doors.
After 41 years at the helm of “Wheel of Fortune,” Pat Sajak has announced that this will be his final season. As Sajak told NBC’s Al Roker, he always put the show first.
Sajak took over for Chuck Woolery in 1983 and now holds the Guinness world record for the longest-serving host of a single game show. Ryan Seacrest, Whoopi Goldberg, and letter spinner Vanna White have all been mentioned as replacements.
The Justice Department’s Antitrust Division has informed the PGA Tour that it will review the organization’s proposed merger with LIV Golf. The announcement of the deal last week immediately triggered antitrust concerns and sent shockwaves through the golf world.