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A controversial music festival returned to Tampa with tighter security and increased safety measures. 30 people charged with felonies, according to Tampa police About 20,000 attended each day of event 2 people died of overdoses at last year’s festival Two overdose deaths occurred last year at the Sunset Music Festival, and dozens of others were taken to the hospital for various reasons including the heat. Festival organizers said they would take measures to make sure the 2017 event was safer. While there was no shortage of fun, there was also no shortage of arrests and citations. Forty-six people were arrested, with 30 charged with felonies. Tampa police said it was mostly for possession of ecstasy. A number of people were taken to the hospital during this weekend’s event, but no fatalities have been reported. Organizers offered a safe ride home to anyone 21 and over. There were about 20,000 people in attendance each day.

May 29 (UPI) — Zac Efron‘s grandparents were among those to catch the Baywatch reboot over the weekend. The 29-year-old actor dedicated a sweet post to his relatives Saturday on Instagram after they saw the new film at a theater in Bend, Ore. “This just makes everything even more awesome. Love you grandma and grandpa. I love you guys! Can’t wait to talk to u after the movie,” he captioned a photo of his grandparents standing next to a Baywatch poster. Efron’s grandparents had visited the same theater in August 2015 to see his film We Are Your Friends. “Shout out to Grandma and grandpa. First ones in line, opening night. Love you,” the actor wrote on Facebook at the time. This just makes everything even more awesome. Love you grandma and grandpa. I love you guys! Can’t wait to talk u after the movie 😊😀😘 A post shared by Zac Efron (@zacefron) on May …

Image copyright AFP Image caption The WannaCry worm encrypted computer files and demanded a ransom to unlock them New analysis suggests Chinese-speaking criminals may have been behind the WannaCry ransomware that affected thousands of organisations worldwide. Researchers from Flashpoint looked at the language used in the ransom notice. They said the use of proper grammar and punctuation in only the Chinese versions indicated the writer was “native or at least fluent” in Chinese. The translated versions of the ransom notice appeared to be mostly “machine translated”. The WannaCry ransom note could be displayed in 28 different languages, but only the Chinese and English versions appeared to have been written by humans. The English text also used some unusual phrases such as: “But you have not so enough time”. The WannaCry cyber-attack infected more than 200,000 computers in 150 countries, affecting government, healthcare and private company systems. The UK’s National Crime Agency, the FBI and Europol …

The atomic structure of an irradiated material is closer to a liquid than a glass, according to a team of researchers in the US. Glasses have been used by researchers to study and predict possible effects of radiation damage, but the engineers behind the new research say that studying liquid states may be more appropriate. They add that the findings from their molecular-dynamic stimulations could help to identify novel radiation-resistant materials. Exposure to neutron radiation can cause significant structural damage to materials. Understanding the effects of this damage is important for applications such as the construction of nuclear facilities, and the storage of nuclear waste. “When exposed to radiation, materials undergo some disordering of their atomic structure,” explains Mathieu Bauchy, a civil engineer at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). “In turn, this disordering can affect properties such as density, stiffness, strength and toughness. Therefore, it is essential to understand the effect of irradiation …

NEW YORK –  A retired New York City firefighter who spent months at the World Trade Center site digging through debris after the 9/11 attack and then fought for health care for first responders even when wracked with late-stage cancer has died. The Fire Department of New York said Raymond Pfeifer died Sunday morning after an eight-year fight with the disease. He was 59. Pfeifer was among those who lobbied fiercely for the renewal of the Zadroga Act, which provides health benefits to first responders who fell ill after the Sept. 11 attacks in 2001. Another fervent supporter of the renewal was comedian Jon Stewart. Stewart was among those lauding Pfeifer in January 2016, when he was presented with a key to the city by Mayor Bill de Blasio.

May 29 (UPI) — An Australian fisherman said he was injured when an 8-foot, 44-pound great white shark jumped into his boat off the New South Wales coast. Terry Selwood, 73, said the shark unexpectedly leapt into his 15-foot boat. “I caught a blur of something coming over the boat … and the pectoral fin of the shark hit me on the forearm and knocked me down on the ground to my hands and knees,” Selwood said. “He was 2.7 meters long and about 200 kilos,” he added. “For some unknown reason he just launched himself out of the water and he must have come up 4 feet out of the water to clear my outboard motor and drop straight in the boat.” Selwood was able to reach his radio and call Marine Rescue NSW, which came to his aid and then returned to retrieve his boat and the shark. He was taken to the …

Injury rates among elite young female athletes may be higher than what’s been reported, new data suggest. “Most studies define injury as time loss from participation, whereas many athletes with overuse injuries continue to participate despite pain and reduced performance. When time-loss definitions are used, about 90 percent of overuse injuries appear to be missed,” the researchers said online April 23 in the journal BMJ Open Sport and Exercise Medicine. Angelo Richardson of Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences in The Netherlands and colleagues studied 60 young women who competed at the national or international level in soccer, basketball or gymnastics. The average age of the study participants was 17. Every two weeks during the 2014-2015 season, the athletes filled out questionnaires that asked about health problems, including not just new injuries but also overuse injuries, which occur over time as a result of repeated stresses on tissues, bones and joints. Overall, at any given time …

In trading on Friday, shares of HSBC Holdings plc’s 6.20% Non-Cumulative Dollar Preference Shares, Series A (Symbol: HSBC.PRA) were yielding above the 6% mark based on its quarterly dividend (annualized to $1.55), with shares changing hands as low as $25.83 on the day. This compares to an average yield of 5.64% in the “Financial” preferred stock category, according to Preferred Stock Channel . As of last close, HSBC.PRA was trading at a 5.20% premium to its liquidation preference amount, versus the average premium of 6.26% in the “Financial” category. Investors should keep in mind that the shares are not cumulative , meaning that in the event of a missed payment, the company does not have to pay the balance of missed dividends to preferred shareholders before resuming a common dividend. Below is a dividend history chart for HSBC.PRA, showing historical dividend payments on HSBC Holdings plc’s 6.20% Non-Cumulative Dollar Preference Shares, Series A: In Friday …

MIAMI –  Police say a man fired an AK-47 rifle while driving down a Florida highway, damaging at least two passing vehicles. Miami-Dade Police Detective Daniel Ferrin told The Miami Herald that the man began shooting from inside his Toyota Corolla around 1 a.m. Monday as he was driving south on the Palmetto Expressway. At least two vehicles were struck by bullets. Ferrin said the man hit a median, drove into oncoming traffic and crashed into a wall before exchanging gunfire with law enforcement officers who were approaching him. The man eventually surrendered. No injuries were reported. It wasn’t clear how many officers were involved in the shooting. Ferrin said “many shots were fired.” Authorities didn’t know if the suspect had been involved in a dispute or if he fired randomly.

May 29 (UPI) — Newly elected French President Emmanuel Macron told Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday his state news outlets spread “fake news” and “propaganda” during the French presidential election earlier this month. After their meeting in Versailles, France, Macron said he has “some disagreements” with his Russian counterpart but they discussed them openly in a “frank exchange of views.” Putin said the two leaders assess many issues similarly and their relations could be “qualitatively” improved. But Macron was outspoken in his disdain for the Russian media, including state-run outlets RT, Sputnik and Tass. Macron said the Russian media organizations are “organs of influence and propaganda” and “behaved like structures of the government.” On May 7, Macron defeated right-wing rival Marine Le Pen, a Putin admirer. One day before the election Macron’s campaign staff alleged that their computers were hacked and a mix of fake and authentic documents attached to the candidate were posted …

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