Answers for the five biggest NFL questions left in the offseason

May 23, 2018 “What do you do in the offseason?” is the question most guaranteed to get a sportswriter’s head wagging. There is no offseason. Just because games stop doesn’t mean news stops. Even after the playoffs, Super Bowl, combine and draft are all put to bed, there is still a slew of questions to…

Michael Ondaatje among finalists for ‘Best of the Booker’ prize

LONDON—Canadian author Michael Ondaatje is among five contenders for the title of greatest-ever winner of the prestigious Man Booker Prize for fiction. The Golden Man Booker Prize is a special award being given to mark the prize’s 50th anniversary. A panel of judges selected one book from each decade since the Booker Prize was founded…

Square Is Raising $750 Million to Fight Back Against PayPal

Last week, PayPal (NASDAQ:PYPL) agreed to buy Square‘s (NYSE:SQ) chief European rival, iZettle, for $ 2.2 billion. By Monday, Square was ready to announce a new debt offering to raise $ 750 million in cash. The senior convertible notes will bear interest at just 0.50% per year and mature in five years. Square could use…

Early Xiaomi workers to make millions from company’s IPO

By Shelly BanjoBloombergGao Yuan Sat., May 26, 2018 HONG KONG—Eight years ago, before China’s Xiaomi Corp. had sold a single smartphone, 56 of the earliest employees pulled together $ 11 million to invest in the startup. Rank-and-file workers dipped into savings and borrowed from parents. One receptionist tapped her dowry. Today, they’re the Lucky 56.…

Police arrest MS-13 gang member who killed man, burned his body

An MS-13 gang member accused of killing a Texas man and torching his body was arrested in South Carolina Tuesday. Franklin Platero-Rodriguez, 21, was arrested after being on the run from Walker County police and ICE for nearly four years, the Houston Chronicle reported. Platero-Rodriguez, “a documented and confirmed MS-13 gang member,” fatally shot a…

B.C. flood recovery efforts begin as evacuation orders lift in Grand Forks

GRAND FORKS, B.C.—Emergency personnel in Grand Forks, B.C., say the recovery process has begun in the community of 4,000, which was hardest hit by this year’s flooding. Evacuation orders have been lifted for all but 12 properties in the community. Chris Marsh, director of the Regional District of Kootenay Boundary’s emergency operations centre, says those…