--Let me see if I have this straight. Brian Dozier is acquired at the trade deadline and homers in each of his first two games. He’s a streaky hitter and August has always been his best month. I don’t understand that. Then you start him again, he drives in two runs with a double and you win, 3-2.

August 07, 2018 15:00 UTC

If you’ve tried the cacio e pepe pizza at Pizzana in Brentwood, you understand the hype. Pizzaiolo Daniele Uditi is making some of the most innovative Neapolitan-style pizzas in Los Angeles. The restaurant will be located on Robertson Boulevard in the former Ed’s Coffee Shop. The West Hollywood Pizzana will serve antipasti and salads as well as the pizza Uditi is known for. 460 N. Robertson Blvd., West Hollywood, pizzana.com.

August 07, 2018 15:00 UTC

In April, Tehran had banned trading in the rial at anything other than the official rate, set at IR42,000 to the U.S. dollar. Purchases of some essential goods including medicines and food will continue to be covered by the official rate of IR42,000. Among the more notable was the arrest of Ahmad Araqchi, who until recently was the CBI vice governor in charge of foreign exchange. The latest change of approach by the government on foreign exchange has not come as a great surprise to observers in Iran. The government had already set up a secondary foreign exchange market in July, on which small exporters were allowed to trade, and market observers had been anticipating further easing of the restrictions.

August 07, 2018 15:00 UTC

It took five years, but television journalist Cynthia McFadden is finally listening to her real-estate agent: She is listing her Manhattan townhouse for $5.995 million, with plans to move into an apartment building with a doorman. “You don’t know how much you miss a doorman until you don’t have one!” laughed Ms. McFadden, 62, an NBC News correspondent. Her real-estate agent, Corcoran’s Sharon Baum, had told Ms. McFadden that she is too busy, and travels too often, to live in a single-family residence.

August 07, 2018 14:48 UTC

Jared Kushner personally ordered the deletion of New York Observer articles that were critical of his friends and real estate colleagues during his time as the paper’s publisher, BuzzFeed News reported Monday. The deleted articles included negative coverage of real estate firm Vantage Properties, now known as Candlebrook Properties, and the company’s president Neil Rubler. Kushner also called for the deletion of a 2012 article about his friend NBA Commissioner Adam Silver buying a $6.75 million apartment in New York, reported BuzzFeed News. Austin Smith was the software consultant who reportedly fielded and executed Kushner’s deletion requests. Elizabeth Spiers, the former editor-in-chief of the Observer, told BuzzFeed News that she was not aware at the time that Kushner had circumvented editorial leadership to remove articles from the site.

August 07, 2018 14:37 UTC

A mysterious fast radio burst (FRB) that hit Earth late last month has been detected. The part that's puzzling scientists is not the radio burst itself, but the fact that its frequency is nearly 200 megahertz lower than any other radio burst ever detected. "Additional FRBs have been found since FRB 180725A and some have flux at frequencies as low as 400 MHz," Boyle wrote. While Astronomer's Telegram lets astronomers submit genuine claims, FRB 180725A has not yet been independently verified, leaving the possibility that it could be explained. USA Today reports that in 1998 a radio signal found in space was later found to have originated from a microwave.

August 07, 2018 14:31 UTC

To subscribe to the newsletter, please sign up here MUST READS A Top London Startup’s CEO Flags the Biggest Brexit Threat: Britain’s plan to leave the European Union in March could bring about a talent shortage, according to Kristo Kaarmann, CEO of TransferWise, a London-based startup that offers money transfers. BOE’s Asset-Purchase Facility Reinvests $12.7 Billion: The Bank […]

August 07, 2018 14:27 UTC

Donald Trump Jr. walks off Air Force One in Great Falls, Mont., last month. (Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images)On Monday, Donald Trump Jr. offered his first defense of the Trump Tower meeting in months. Most have focused on the fact that Trump Jr. claimed his line cut out when he was asked about the Trump team's contradictions. The statement that was released on Saturday was released by Donald Trump Jr., I’m sure in consultation with his lawyers. TRUMP JR.: Hello?

August 07, 2018 14:26 UTC

Dionne Warwick, 77, is a five-time Grammy winner whose 60 hits include “Walk on By,” “Déjà Vu” and “That’s What Friends Are For.” PBS will broadcast the documentary “Dionne Warwick: Then Came You (My Music),” starting Aug. 4. She spoke with Marc Myers. When I was little, my mother wasn’t surprised by my singing voice. Everyone on her side of the family sang. Mom said I came out singing when I was born.

August 07, 2018 14:26 UTC

Mark Meerschaert learned from a posting in a family Facebook group a few years ago that a close male relative tested positive for an inherited mutation in the BRCA2 gene. The gene mutation is widely associated with female breast and ovarian cancer, but increases risk for other cancers, too. The relative suggested that family members consider getting tested. Dr. Meerschaert, a 62-year-old statistics and probability professor at Michigan State University, ignored the advice at first. He had already been diagnosed with prostate...

August 07, 2018 14:22 UTC

But viewed seven years later, it remains a fascinating artifact and perhaps the first big superhero movie to fall victim to “just” being a superhero movie. He’s not anywhere near as comfortable with the fantastical Green Lantern sequences, even if the prologue works like gangbusters. And while the set-up feels appropriately large, the eventual “Green Lantern as Green Lantern” pay-offs (mostly earthbound skirmishes) feel quite small in comparison. And by including the film, you won’t have to retell the Green Lantern mythology for Green Lantern Corps. Maybe if it had more explicitly embraced its horror elements, or at least offered us a big “Green Lantern Corps.

August 07, 2018 14:05 UTC

“Snap is finally realizing the positive impact of their move to programmatic,” Forrester analyst Melissa Parrish said. “But the decrease in [daily average users] is concerning even though it's not a huge loss by the numbers. Any company that primarily monetizes through advertising needs as large an audience as possible to continue to grow revenue in the long term, so any decrease in [daily average users] is something that concerns me.”

August 07, 2018 14:01 UTC

A Florida restaurant decided to cancel its DirecTV NFL package over the controversy about players kneeling during the national anthem to protest social injustices. “Our National Anthem is one of the methods we as American citizens have always used to show our appreciation to all military service members, past or present, alive or dead. Perhaps, it will make a difference if it hits their wallets.”West said he didn’t believe the players intended to disrespect veterans with their protest. “We are proud to support our troops, we don't kneel, and thank you for your service,” West said as he read one of his posters. Since then, protests against social injustices during the national anthem have been a hotly contested issue, even prompting responses from the White House.

August 07, 2018 14:01 UTC

Israelis from the Druze minority join a rally to protest the Jewish nation-state law in Rabin Square in Tel Aviv last week. The law, which the petition described as “racist, colonialist and illegitimate,” was passed by Israel’s parliament last month. It emphasizes the Jewish nature of the state, promotes specifically Jewish settlement and elevates the status of Hebrew over Arabic. [Contentious nation-state law declaring Israel the Jewish homeland approved]Thousands of demonstrators protest the Jewish nation-state law on Aug. 4 in Tel Aviv. Israel’s declaration of independence in 1948 established it as a Jewish state but also ­stipulated equal rights for its minorities.

August 07, 2018 13:55 UTC

Employer health costs are nearing $15,000 per worker as corporate America looks to "disruptors" like Amazon for help, a new survey of the nation’s largest employers indicates. The National Business Group on Health said Tuesday per employee costs are projected to increase 5% to $14,800 in 2019 compared to this year’s estimated $14,099 per-employee. Employers generally cover about 70% of the total employer-paid premium which means employees’ share will be 30%, or nearly $4,500 next year, NBGH’s 2019 large employer health care strategy and plan design survey indicates. The continuing rise in health costs at more than two times the rate of general inflation is playing like a broken record and frustrating employers so much they are increasingly looking outside the traditional healthcare industry for help. “Health care cost increases continue to outpace workers’ earnings and increases in inflation, making this trend unaffordable and unsustainable over the long term.”

August 07, 2018 13:52 UTC