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Sir Michael Fallon resignation: PM considers replacement

Media playback is unsupported on your device Theresa May is expected to name a new defence secretary after the resignation of Sir Michael Fallon on Wednesday. He stood down saying his conduct had “fallen short” of standards, in the wake of allegations of inappropriate sexual behaviour. BBC political editor Laura Kuenssberg said a “radical reshuffle” was not expected, but instead a “sideways move or single shuffle up”. Scottish Tory leader Ruth Davidson said the “tone of politics had changed”. In a speech after winning the Spectator’s Parliamentarian of the Year…

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Seeing hope: FDA panel considers gene therapy for blindness

A girl saw her mother’s face for the first time. A boy tore through the aisles of Target, marveling at toys he never knew existed. A teen walked onto a stage and watched the stunned expressions of celebrity judges as he wowed “America’s Got Talent.” Caroline, Cole, Christian. All had mere glimmers of vision and were destined to lose even that because of an inherited eye disease with no treatment or cure. Until now. On Thursday, U.S. Food and Drug Administration advisers will consider whether to recommend approval of a…

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Southampton manager Mauricio Pellegrino considers handing Virgil van Dijk first start in eight months against Manchester United

Southampton manager Mauricio Pellegrino is considering thrusting Virgil van Dijk into his starting line-up in an attempt to shackle free-scoring Manchester United. Holland defender Van Dijk has not started a game for eight months after suffering a serious foot injury in January and then handing in a transfer request during the summer. The 26-year-old made his first-team return as a substitute in the 1-0 victory at Crystal Palace last weekend and could now be called upon on Saturday to help nullify a United side which has hit 16 goals in…

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Sir Bruce Forsyth: BBC considers permanent tribute

The BBC is considering a permanent memorial to Sir Bruce Forsyth, who died on Friday at the age of 89. Amid the tributes to the entertainer, some fans have called for a statue of the entertainer to be erected outside a BBC building. A spokesperson for the BBC said it would look into the idea of a memorial to mark his 75-year career. “We are more than happy to look at what would be the most fitting tribute to a BBC showbiz legend.” Councillors in Edmonton, north London – where…

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Corrie Mckeague: Mother considers landfill injunction

The mother of missing airman Corrie Mckeague says she is considering taking out an injunction to stop police filling in the landfill site where she believes her son’s body is. Corrie Mckeague, 23, was last seen since in Bury St Edmunds in September. Police called off the landfill search near Cambridge on Friday. His mother Nicola Urquhart said she was “beyond devastated”. A petition calling for Suffolk Police to continue the search has more than 9,000 signatures. The RAF serviceman from Dunfermline, Fife, has not been seen since a night…

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Nvidia Considers Multi-Chip GPUs for Future Designs

Historically, GPUs have been designed as monolithic dies with all of their functionality under one ‘roof.’ This hasn’t always been the case — the earliest GPUs sometimes used separate chips for specific functionality. Both AMD and Nvidia have, at various times, used different cores to provide support for additional monitors or to bridge connections between PCI Express and AGP. As far as the core components of the GPU itself, however, those have been single-die affairs for a long time. That’s why it’s a tad surprising to see Nvidia is now…

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Beauty and the Beast: Russia considers ban over 'gay moment'

Russian officials are coming under pressure to check if Disney’s new film Beauty and the Beast breaches the country’s law against “gay propaganda”. Culture Minister Vladimir Medinsky said action would be taken after the checks while an MP described the film as “shameless propaganda of sin”. The live-action remake of Beauty and the Beast features Disney’s first ever gay character and love scene. A Russian law prohibits the spreading of “gay propaganda” among minors. The 2013 legislation, which has angered human rights activists and the international gay community, describes homosexuality…

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