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Lesley Gore: 'It's My Party' singer dies of cancer aged 68

Leslie Gore diesSinger-songwriter and actress Lesley Gore, who topped the charts in the Sixties with It's My Party, has died of cancer. She was 68.

Gore passed away at the New York-Presbyterian Hospital in Manhattan, Lois Sasson, her partner of 33 years, has confirmed.
Paying tribute to her partner, Sasson called Gore a "wonderful human being".

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Louis Jourdan, star of ‘Gigi’ and ‘Octopussy’ after fighting Nazis in WWII, dies at 93

Louis Jourdan diesFrench actor Louis Jourdan, who played a suave bon vivant in the Oscar-winning film "Gigi" and had a long reign as Hollywood's top choice to play elegant international gentlemen and villains, died on Saturday at 93, his biographer told Reuters.

Jourdan starred in "Gigi," one of the most successful movies of the 1950s, as the dashing Gaston, who realizes he is falling for the title character, played by Leslie Caron, as she evolves from tomboy to courtesan-in-training.

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Hackers Steal Up To $1 Billion From Banks

100 banks hackedA hacking ring has stolen up to $1 billion from banks around the world in what would be one of the biggest banking breaches known, a cybersecurity firm says in a report scheduled to be delivered Monday.

The hackers have been active since at least the end of 2013 and infiltrated more than 100 banks in 30 countries, according to Russian security company Kaspersky Lab.

After gaining access to banks' computers through phishing schemes and other methods, they lurk for months to learn the banks' systems, taking screen shots and even video of employees using their computers, the company says.

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Former NHL defenseman Steve Montador found dead in his home

Steve Montador found deadFormer NHL player Steven Montador was found dead inside his Mississauga home early Sunday morning, according to Peel Regional Police.

Police said a female friend woke up at 2 a.m. to find Montador deceased. She contacted police and he was pronounced dead just after 2:30 a.m. at his residence.  "Foul play is not suspected, pending the outcome of an autopsy," said Const. Fiona Thivierge, a Peel police spokesperson.

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Manslaughter charge prompts church to examine relationship with alcohol

Bishop Heather CookWith a history of sherries at church coffee hour and wine during Holy Communion, Episcopalians have long endured — and shared — jokes about their drinking. (For example: “wherever two or three are gathered, there’s a fifth.”) Yet the relationship is complicated.

The denomination stood out a century ago for saying alcoholism wasn’t an evil. And Episcopal clergy played a significant role in the creation of Alcoholics Anonymous.

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Samsung Smart TVs suspected of recording conversations

Samsung tv spies Privacy concerns surround Samsung after its Smart TV privacy policy notes personal information spoken in front of the TV can be transmitted to a third party.

In words that are set to arouse Orwellian fears, the policy warns anyone speaking in front of the TV with its voice activation may have their conversations transmitted to a third party.

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Climate change damaging biodiverse Costa Rica forest

costa rica cloimate changeThe cloud forests of Monteverde are known around the world for their biodiversity. But locals and scientists are warning the delicate ecosystem is increasingly without the clouds.

Increasing temperatures have caused the clouds in the mountain forests around Monteverde to rise, and scientists believe the warming climate is leading to the redistribution of species in the highlands, renowned for the striking biodiversity that draws in hundreds of thousands of tourists each year.

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