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‘Star Trek: Lower Decks’ explores a sillier side of the Trek frontier – CNN

(CNN)“Star Trek” continues to be the big gun in CBS All Access’ streaming arsenal, which has been steady if not particularly inventive. “Star Trek: Lower Decks” somewhat rectifies the second part of that with an irreverent, Adult Swim-type animated series that likely won’t beam up many new subscribers but should mildly amuse a quadrant of the more committed ones.

The stewards of “Star Trek” have long sought to navigate the line between nostalgia (it made its debut in the mid-1960s, after all) and exploring new frontiers. Yet after bringing back Captain Picard to augment its roster of live-action fare, “Lower Decks” has the potential to appeal to a few younger visitors, assuming they’re immersed enough in “Trek” lore to get the jokes.
While “Star Trek” has usually focused on the captains of the various starships, this new show from Mike McMahan (“Rick and Morty,” “Solar Opposites”) delves far below the bridge, highlighting unsung characters who describe themselves as the ship’s “cool scrappy underdogs.”
Not only does this bunch have relatively mundane jobs, but they serve aboard the USS Cerritos (understanding Southern California geography is helpful to appreciate the banality of that), whose mission is to make “second contact,” which is, well, not nearly as important as the first variety.
The key figures are Ensign Brad Boimler (voiced by Jack Quaid), who harbors dreams of a more important role in Starfleet hierarchy; and Ensign Beckett Mariner (Tawny Newsome), a free-spirited rule-breaker who doesn’t appear to possess much respect for the chain of command or authority in general, for reasons that eventually are made clear.
“Lower Decks” has some fun with various aspects of the “Trek” universe, like the bawdiness of Klingons and difficulty pronouncing their names. Yes, we do see the captain and first officer (voiced by Dawnn Lewis and Jerry O’Connell, respectively), but the thrust here is about the grunt side of a starship, not the glamor.
It’s an amusing premise, if not an especially edgy one. Nor does it go deep enough initially in playing off the notion of, say, those faceless, red-shirted crewmen who were so disposable in the original series, beaming down to planets and seldom making it back alive.
CBS recognized early that “Star Trek” is among its most formidable assets for the streaming age, relying on the passion of its fans to beam up subscribers. Small wonder there’s another live-action show in the works, plus an animated one for Nickelodeon.
Still, scanning that long list of “Star Trek”-related movies and shows over more than a half-century, “Lower Decks” falls squarely in the second-contact category.
“Star Trek: Lower Decks” premieres Aug. 6 on CBS All Access.

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US STOCKS-Wall St ends lower on COVID-19 worries, tech weighs – Yahoo Finance

(Updates with details after market close)

* Twitter falls as accounts of top voices hacked on its platform

* Bank of America slips as profit halves in Q2

* American Airlines says air travel demand slowing again

* Netflix tumbles in extended trade following report

* Indexes: Dow -0.5%, S&P 500 -0.3%, Nasdaq -0.7%

By Noel Randewich

July 16 (Reuters) – The S&P 500 dropped on Thursday, pulled lower by Microsoft Corp and Apple Inc, as elevated levels of unemployment claims heightened concerns about the economic toll from rising coronavirus cases.

U.S. retail sales increased more than expected in June, but a resurgence in new COVID-19 cases is undercutting the budding recovery, keeping 32 million Americans on unemployment benefits.

A jump in cases of the virus has forced California and other states to shut down again, sparking fears of more business damage and slowing the pace of a Wall Street rally. The S&P 500 is about 5% below its February record high.

“The economic data shows there is still a challenge going forward,” said Willie Delwiche, an investment strategist at Baird in Milwaukee. “Congress better get its act together and pass another fiscal stimulus.”

The S&P real estate and technology indexes each lost more than 1%, more than any others.

Apple declined 1.2% and Microsoft lost 2%, each weighing more than any other company on the S&P 500.

The S&P 500 has exceeded the Nasdaq by nearly 3 percentage points over the past week, its greatest five-day outperformance over the Nasdaq since late March, reflecting a shift away from, Microsoft and other major technology companies that have led Wall Street’s gains in recent months.

“This is an early indication of good signs that money is now flowing away from completely overbought Nasdaq into those names that will bode well when the economy starts finding more of a solid footing,” said Andrew Smith, chief investment strategist at Dallas, Texas-based Delos Capital Advisors.

Twitter Inc fell 1.1% after hackers accessed its internal systems to hijack some of the platform’s top voices, including U.S. presidential candidate Joe Biden, reality TV star Kim Kardashian West, former U.S. President Barack Obama and billionaire Elon Musk and used them to solicit digital currency.

In extended trade, Netflix tumbled 10% after the streaming video service’s quarterly report.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 0.5% to end at 26,734.71 points, while the S&P 500 lost 0.34% to 3,215.57.

The Nasdaq Composite dropped 0.73%, to 10,473.83.

Rounding up earnings reports of big banks, Bank of America Corp fell 2.7% after its second-quarter profit more than halved, while Morgan Stanley rose 2.5% after posting a record quarterly profit.

American Airlines tumbled 7.4% after it sent 25,000 notices of potential furloughs to frontline workers and warned that demand for air travel is slowing again.

Tesla Inc declined nearly 3% after its vehicle registrations nearly halved in the U.S. state of California during the second quarter, according to data from a marketing research firm.

Declining issues outnumbered advancing ones on the NYSE by a 1.26-to-1 ratio; on Nasdaq, a 1.48-to-1 ratio favored decliners.

The S&P 500 posted 30 new 52-week highs and no new lows; the Nasdaq Composite recorded 76 new highs and 14 new lows.

Volume on U.S. exchanges was 9.6 billion shares, compared with the 11.7 billion average for the full session over the last 20 trading days. (Additional reporting by Medha Singh and Devik Jain in Bengaluru Editing by Marguerita Choy)

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Aspirin may lower the risks of digestive tract cancers by 22 to 38 percent, a meta-analysis suggests – The Washington Post

Besides relieving headaches, fever, pain and swelling, aspirin also may help ward off various cancers of the digestive tract, lowering your risk by 22 to 38 percent, according to new research published in Annals of Oncology. Based on an analysis of 113 studies from 2011 through March 2019, the research found that people who took at least one or two aspirin a week were less likely than those who took no aspirin to develop colorectal cancer (27 percent reduced risk), esophageal cancer (33 percent), stomach cancer (36 percent), pancreatic cancer (22 percent) and cancer of the liver, gallbladder and bile duct, known as hepatobilliary cancer (38 percent). For all types, the longer people had taken aspirin, the better their odds of not developing the cancer. In some cases, dosage made a difference, with higher dosage creating lower risk, especially for colorectal cancer.

Don’t use the findings of this study to start popping aspirin, however. It can cause internal bleeding, especially in the stomach and also in the brain. You are advised to not take aspirin, at any dosage or frequency, unless it has been prescribed by your doctor who can evaluate your risk

— Linda Searing

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