John Lennon’s Ex-Wife Cynthia Dead At 75; Son Julian Posts Tribute Video Online

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Cynthia Lennon, the first wife of John Lennon, died in Spain on Wednesday. The author was 75 and had cancer.
“Cynthia Lennon passed away today at her home in Mallorca, Spain, following a short but brave battle with cancer,” a message on her son Julian’s website read. “Her son Julian Lennon was at her bedside throughout. The family are thankful for your prayers. Please respect their privacy at this difficult time.”

Immigration Reform 2015: Women Reportedly On Hunger Strike In Texas Immigration Detention Center

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About 25 women held in San Antonio’s Karnes County immigration detention center are on a hunger strike, according to an advocacy group and media reports. The women, some of whom have reportedly been in custody for almost a year, are seeking the release of themselves and their children.

April Fools Day 2015: The 15 Best Tech Pranks We Hope You Didn’t Fall For

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No one lies on the Internet, right? No, of course not, but on April Fools’ Day tech companies have made it a tradition to unleash some of their zaniest fake concepts. Some are just too farfetched to be true, while others are ideas we may wish were real, but they’re all hilarious. Here are our picks for the funniest tech-based April Fools’ Day pranks. 
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Whiskey’s Chemistry Brings All The Boys To The Still

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Whether it’s Scotch, rye or bourbon, whiskey is having quite the moment. Many people enjoy whiskey for its complexity, and that variety is due to its chemistry. Compound Interest has released an infographic detailing the rich chemistry behind your favorite spirit, breaking down how phenolic compounds, whiskey lactones, esters and aldehydes combine to create the perfect whiskey.
As Compound Interest explains, making whiskey is easy. Barley is soaked in water, and the drying process — such as using peat fires for Scotch — lends the first layer of flavor to the soon-to-be whiskey. Mashing — milled barley and water — breaks down the starch in barley to sugar. From there, it’s a matter of fermentation, distillation and aging. These steps all play an important role in developing the final flavor and chemistry of whiskey.

Phenolic compounds are responsible for the smoky and bitter flavors of whiskey. These compounds come from, not surprisingly, the fire used in the drying process. The smoke from the peat fire or the char from oak barrels are soaked up by the barley. Guaiacol is responsible for the smoky flavor in whiskey while eugenol is responsible for the spicy aroma, according to Compound Interest.
If you detect a hint of coconut in your brandy, you’re not crazy and you can thank whiskey lactones for that flavor. The compounds –  β-methyl-γ-octalactone — are found in the oak barrels used in the aging process. Aldehydes, also found in the barrels, can lend vanilla, spice, smoke and grassy notes to whiskey.

During fermentation, esters are formed and provide a variety of aromas, but these compounds add to the cloudiness of the whiskey and are later removed during filtration. There is even more chemistry behind whiskey, but the next time you’re drinking it neat, on the rocks or in an old-fashioned, you can raise your glass and salute phenolic compounds, whiskey lactones, esters and aldehydes for their hard work.

Compound Interest’s “Chemistry of Whiskey” infographic.
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SEC Settles With Houston Firm KBR Inc Over Policies That Silenced Potential Whistleblowers

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In the first case of its kind, the Securities and Exchange Commission has sanctioned a company for creating internal policies that prevent employees from going to regulators with legal concerns. Houston technology firm KBR Inc. will pay $130,000 to settle charges that it violated federal whistleblower protections enshrined in the Dodd-Frank Act.

Arsenal Transfer News: Petr Cech, Paulo Dybala In? Theo Walcott, Santi Cazorla Out?

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After the international break, Arsenal will resume their quest to secure a place in the Champions League for an 18th consecutive season when taking on Liverpool on Saturday. Yet they do so amid a cranking up of the speculation surrounding who Arsene Wenger will add to his squad in the transfer market this summer.

Terrence Howard’s Ex-Wife Accused Of Blackmail; ‘Empire’ Star Reportedly Wants To Cut Off Spousal Support

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Terrence Howard’s fictional wife on “Empire” isn’t the only one after his money. The actor’s ex-wife, Michelle Ghent, has a hefty agreement with Howard for spousal support and claims he is behind on payments.

‘Batman: Arkham Knight’ Exclusive PlayStation 4 Bundle Announced: Preorder Here

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“Batman: Arkham Knight” is scheduled to reach the Xbox One, PlayStation 4, PC, Mac and Linux on June 23, and on Tuesday, Sony revealed a special edition PlayStation 4 console that will feature custom artwork dedicated to the popular action-adventure series. You can preorder the device here.

April Fool’s Day 2015: The 4 Best Video Game Pranks Of The Year

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It’s April 1, and the gaming world wouldn’t let it pass without at least a few attempts at humor. While it’s not always easy to separate the pranks from reality, we’ve compiled a rundown of some of the best April Fool’s Day video game pranks of 2015 – and two of our favorites from 2014.
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Cotton yarn exports to decline 15% on slowdown in Chinese demand

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Fall in intake from China, with effort to push shipments elsewhere not enough; share prices of spinning companies slump due to margin pressure