March 7, 2019

Newspaper headlines: ‘Playing politics’ with knife crime

Britain's soaring knife crime and May's Brexit stalemate continue to dominate the front pages.
March 7, 2019

The actor who plays the Night King in ‘Game of Thrones’ just gave a revealing interview

This is the kind of thing that may get Game of Thrones fans more excited than most of the other interviews that cast members have given, in which they've shared their feelings about the final season and talked about how emotional it's been (without sharing really anything in the way of detail, of course). The actor who plays the Night King in the series has just given a rare interview, and it's definitely got us on a whole new level of excited. For example, take this answer he gives, when asked what his all-time favorite Night King scene has been: "That's still coming." Entertainment Weekly caught up with Slovak actor and stuntman Vladimir Furdik, who's played the menacing undead monarch since Season 6. Vladimir has actually in the past played one of the White Walkers -- in fact, in Season 5 he portrayed the White Walker who fought Jon Snow in the Hardhome episode. The first time Jon Snow killed one of the creatures? That was Vladimir. Showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss asked Vladimir to take on the role of the Night King himself after that, from that point all the way to the end of the series. One of the acting challenges he confesses that's a little difficult is not blinking -- the showrunners want the king portrayed as cold and ruthless, and blinking would of course seem to add a little bit of a human element to him. This is the answer Vladimir gave when asked what the Night King has in store for fans during the upcoming eighth and final season of GoT, which premieres on April 14:
People will see he has a target he wants to kill, and you will find out who that is. There’s also that moment [in “Hardhome”] when Jon Snow was on the boat and the Night King looked at him and raised his arms -- there’s a similar and even stronger moment between Jon and the Night King this time.
In another answer, Vladimir also reveals a little of the Night King's mysterious backstory. Somebody "made him" this way, and nobody knows who or what he was before this point, whether a soldier or nobleman of some kind. "He never wanted to be the Night King. I think he wants revenge," Vladimir tells EW. "Everybody in this story has two sides -- a bad side and a good side. The Night King only has one side, a bad side."
March 7, 2019

Last Chevrolet Cruze in Ohio built amid GM restructuring

General Motors Co said the last Chevrolet Cruze rolled off the assembly line Wednesday afternoon at its Lordstown, Ohio, assembly plant, the first of five plants in North America to end production this year and ending U.S. production of the Cruze.
March 7, 2019

Last Chevrolet Cruze in Ohio built amid GM restructuring

General Motors Co said the last Chevrolet Cruze rolled off the assembly line Wednesday afternoon at its Lordstown, Ohio, assembly plant, the first of five plants in North America to end production this year and ending U.S. production of the Cruze.
March 7, 2019

China’s lunar rover is awake again after an extended nap

China's space program is making big waves as of late, and its soft landing on the far side of the Moon earlier this year — a feat nobody else has accomplished — is the biggest feather in its cap yet. The country has already declared the mission a success, but it's not done yet, and the rover that was aboard the lander when it touched down on the surface is once again exploring the lunar landscape after an extended nap. Days on the Moon last a whole lot longer than they do on Earth, but so do the nights. When night fell on the Chang'e 4 lander and rover, the China National Space Administration made the decision to put the hardware to sleep until the light returned. On March 3rd, the current lunar day began again, and China has since announced that its rover is awake and ready to explore. CNSA noted that the rover was working "normally" and appeared no worse for wear after sitting dormant in the frigid vacuum of space during the lunar night. The rover has been doing what rovers usually do, including studying rocks on the surface, cataloging interesting features it discovers, and driving slowly along the alien surface. According to China, the rover has moved a total of about 127 meters thus far, or just over 400 feet. Along with the brief announcement that the rover is up and running again, CNSA released a couple of interesting images snapped by its new lunar hardware. One is a landscape shot showing the terrain that the rover is currently facing, with jagged rocks poking up above a layer of Moon dust. The other is a closeup of the larger rock you see in the first image. The rock is apparently the rover's current target, and it's just over a meter away from it right now. China's Chang'e 4 mission will be followed up by the Chang'e 5, which will be the grand finale of the Chang'e program. Chang'e 5 will including a lunar lander that collects samples and returns them to Earth, which will be a first for the country and its space program.
March 7, 2019

Exclusive: SEC scrutinizes fairness of stock exchange pricing

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission is investigating whether the multi-tiered pricing system used by stock exchanges favors large brokers at the expense of small ones, according to a person familiar with the matter.
March 7, 2019

Exclusive: SEC scrutinizes fairness of stock exchange pricing

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission is investigating whether the multi-tiered pricing system used by stock exchanges favors large brokers at the expense of small ones, according to a person familiar with the matter.
March 7, 2019

Your Guide To Tomorrow X Together, The K-pop Rookies All Over Your Timeline

Who are Tomorrow X Together? Your guide to K-pop rookies TXT, the group that's currently all over your timeline.
March 7, 2019

Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe: Iranian-Briton to get diplomatic protection

The case of the jailed dual national will now become a formal legal dispute between Britain and Iran.
March 7, 2019

Brexit: May urges EU to agree backstop changes

The prime minister will implore the EU to help her get her Brexit deal through the Commons, days before MPs vote.