Sport The Day in Sports: Thursday, October 10, 2019
Fans laugh at PETA's call for Mississippi State's Bully to retire
PETA called for Mississippi State's mascot to retire after the live bulldog was hit by an Auburn player, but fans didn't take the request seriously.Bully, whose real name is Jak, was not harmed on the play.
Why 15? As the middle child between more expensive, big-screen 17-inch models and smaller, less powerful 13-inch models, 15 inches strikes the Goldilocks balance between price, performance and size for many people -- at least in the US. Some other regions find 14 inches more to their liking, which is why we have so many similar options to choose from in both sizes.
Many of these are on the pricey side; if you're looking for a broader set of options, check out our picks for and . And picking just a handful out of a sea of hundreds pretty much ensures you'll miss some important options, especially if you're looking for something more tailored to specific needs, so you should also head over to see our , and , as well as the , and for the Windows set. Plus, if you just want pure power or battery life, our rankings of and are for you.
Hong Kong Banned Masks at Protests. Masked Crowds Protested the Ban.
Hong Kong’s embattled leader invoked emergency powers on Friday to ban face masks. Scattered clusters of protesters were seen defying the mask prohibition — punishable by fines and jail time. (Pictured) A protester hurls an exploded tear gas shell back at police officers on Aug. 31.
Because configurations, designs and availability tend to change so frequently, we've limited our choices to laptops we've reviewed in the past year -- the individual stories above cover a longer span of time. So, for instance, the , which blew us away with its battery life and light weight in March 2018, isn't here because we haven't run the battery tests on current configurations, which, of course, directly affect it.
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Best 15-inch for work and play
Razer Blade 15 AdvancedSarah Tew/CNET
Razer's featureless-slab aesthetic slips seamlessly fits into almost any environment, and if you opt for one of the higher-end configurations it's (unsurprisingly) a great laptop for both creative work and gaming. If you're willing to go with black and an emptied wallet, you can get an Adobe RGB calibrated 4K OLED display and a GeForce RTX 2070 for $3,300.
Hong Kong suspends trains, again rallies after 'dark day'
HONG KONG (AP) — All subway and train services were suspended, lines formed at the cash machines of shuttered banks, and shops were closed as Hong Kong dusted itself off and then started marching again Saturday after another night of rampaging violence decried as "a very dark day" by the territory's embattled leader.In a televised address broadcast as marchers in masks again took to the streets in defiance of her newly instituted ban on face coverings at rallies, a solemn Carrie Lam described Hong Kong as "semi-paralyzed" and in the grips of "unprecedented violence.
Best 15-inch Chromebok
Lenovo Yoga Chromebook C630Sarah Tew/CNET
The Lenovo Yoga Chromebook C630 further expands the boundaries of what you can expect from a Chromebook in 2019. The standout feature is a terrific convertible, 15.6-inch, 4K display -- but it also has a complement of solid components and a sturdy, tasteful aluminum chassis. And like most Chromebooks, it costs hundreds less than a similarly configured Windows counterpart.
Best dual screen
Asus ZenBook Pro DuoSarah Tew/CNET
Given that there are only really two dual-screen options available at the moment -- the other is the fast-- choosing one seems kind of moot. But the ZenBook Pro Duo has a lot going for it in general, including a color-accurate OLED screen plus a smaller IPS panel below it. The secondary display may only be about half an extra screen, but it's still really useful when you want to fit more video or photos on the main 15-inch monitor or work in a small space. The ZenBook Pro Duo's primary OLED touchscreen display provides excellent color accuracy for Adobe RGB and P3, plus it's got a high-powered i9-9980HK 8-core processor, making it a portable powerhouse. It's relatively heavy for its class at 5.5 pounds, though and the high-end model we loved costs $3,000 -- don't expect blazing speed (though it should be respectable) from the less expensive Core i7, RTX 2060 configuration. Plus, the battery life isn't very good and the keyboard can be uncomfortable without the wrist rest.
An Eerie Quiet and Dread as Hong Kong Face-Mask Ban Takes Effect
HONG KONG — With its subways paralyzed and its shopping malls shuttered, Hong Kong was anxious and eerily quiet on Saturday. The city was taking a breather from a night of unrest that erupted after Hong Kong’s chief executive, Carrie Lam, invoked emergency powers to quell antigovernment protests that have grown increasingly violent. The unexpected tranquillity masked a palpable sense of anger and dread that has swept the city since Mrs. Lam announced on Friday that she would draw on a colonial-era law to ban face masks during street rallies.
Best balance of speed and battery life
Apple MacBook ProSarah Tew/CNET
I'm not a fan of the keyboard or Touch Bar, but the combination of the MacBook Pro's hardware and MacOS extracts the maximum performance from the components while delivering class-leading battery life in a way Windows systems never seem to do, and the screen remains terrific. You pay for it, though -- base price for the 15-inch model is $2,399 and that's with a meager 256GB SSD.
Best 15-inch gaming performer
Acer Predator Triton 500Sarah Tew/CNET
The Acer Predator Triton 500 is a gaming powerhouse in a thin and light package, at least in the pricey full-on configuration including an Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q. The keyboard isn't terrific and it can run hot and loud, and like any gaming laptop the battery life is pretty short. But if you need maximum graphics and CPU performance in a reasonably portable laptop, this is a good option.
Best 15-inch budget gaming
Dell G5 15 5590Sarah Tew/CNET
Dell's G series comprises some of the best mainstream gaming laptops you can find thanks to its strong performance, a variety of component options and a more travel- and user-friendly design than most. Plus, its battery life is a lot better than the typical gaming laptop, and a solidly performance base configuration starts at less than $1,000.
Hong Kong pro-democracy activist appeals against sentence as further protests loom
Hong Kong pro-democracy activist appeals against sentence as further protests loom(Pictured) A protester hurls an exploded tear gas shell back at police officers on Aug. 31.
Bonus 14-inch: Lightest and best battery life
Lenovo Yoga C930Angela Lang/CNET
Dropping down to 14 inches does confer some benefits, notably lighter weight, and since the components tend to be less powerful than in the 15-inch models, battery life is typically much better. And for a two-in-one, the slightly smaller size makes it less awkward when using it as a tablet. The Yoga C930 has a great design in addition to its weight and battery-life advantages; small touches like the bundled active pen has a storage and charging slot in the body and physical webcam shutter make it stand out from the crowd.
Trump Said to Favor Leaving a Few Hundred Troops in Eastern Syria .
President Trump is leaning in favor of a new Pentagon plan to keep a small contingent of American troops in eastern Syria, perhaps numbering about 200, to combat the Islamic State and block the advance of Syrian government and Russian forces into the region’s coveted oil fields, a senior administration official said on Sunday. If Mr. Trump approves the proposal to leave a couple of hundred Special Operations forces in eastern Syria, it would mark the second time in 10 months that he has reversed his order to pull out nearly all American troops from the country. Last December, Mr.
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