Latest Sophie Rhys-Jones News

Mac the big snapping turtle dies at Florida's Sunken Gardens

Oct. 20, 2021 06:47 AM EDT

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Mac, an alligator snapping turtle that lived at a botanical garden in Florida for more than 50 years, has died. The turtle died unexpectedly on Monday, according to Dave Biggs, supervisor of Sunken Gardens in St. Petersburg. ...

Facebook plans to hire 10,000 in Europe to build 'metaverse'

Oct. 18, 2021 13:24 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Facebook said it plans to hire 10,000 workers in the European Union over the next five years to work on a new computing platform that promises to connect people virtually but could raise concerns about privacy and the social platform gaining more control over people's online...

Workers near Zion homeless amid housing crunch, tourism bump

Oct. 17, 2021 08:04 AM EDT

VIRGIN , Utah (AP) — A hot wind whipped across the red sand just outside of Zion National Park where a woman and her dogs live in a 1970s camper because she can’t find housing in Springdale, where she works. After four years of working at Springdale’s Bit and Spur...

EU says anti-Semitism has no place in bloc after Jansa tweet

Oct. 15, 2021 09:28 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union reiterated Friday that anti-Semitism “has no place" in the 27-nation bloc after Slovenian Prime minister Janez Jansa posted a message on social media that was criticized by some European lawmakers as anti-Semitic. Jansa, whose...

Mercury even WNBA Finals with 91-86 overtime win over Sky

Oct. 14, 2021 01:27 AM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Diana Taurasi spent most of the night being hounded by Chicago's Allie Quigley, an exhausting exercise in an already-tough game, particularly for a 39-year-old. As Game 2 of the WNBA Finals wound toward a tight finish, the Phoenix Mercury looked to the...

One last 'Keeper of the Lost Cities' scheduled for 2023

Oct. 13, 2021 08:35 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Author Shannon Messenger can now see the end for her telepathic heroine Sophie and the million-selling middle-grade series “Keeper of the Lost Cities.” Aladdin Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing, announced Wednesday...

Sky open WNBA Finals with 91-77 win over Mercury

Oct. 10, 2021 18:32 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — The Chicago Sky had the talent to make deep runs into the WNBA playoffs the past few years, yet lacked the missing piece to reach the WNBA Finals Candace Parker's decision to return home to Chicago filled the hole in the Sky, giving them the calming...

How one Facebook worker unfriended the giant social network

Oct. 10, 2021 06:04 AM EDT

Less than two years after Facebook hired Frances Haugen to help correct dangerous distortions spilling across its platform, she had seen enough. The idealism she and countless others had invested in promises by the world’s biggest social network to fix itself had been...

Sky-Mercury set for 2014 WNBA Finals rematch

Oct. 09, 2021 12:47 PM EDT

Diana Taurasi has the Phoenix Mercury back in the WNBA Finals for the first time since 2014. Up next is a familiar foe — Candace Parker and the Chicago Sky. These two teams met seven years ago for the championship — the last appearance for either...

Mercury's Nurse out for rest of playoffs with torn ACL

Oct. 08, 2021 18:25 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Phoenix Mercury starting wing Kia Nurse will miss the remainder of the playoffs after tearing her ACL in Game 4 of the WNBA semifinals. The Mercury announced an MRI revealed the tear Friday, a few hours before the Mercury faced Las Vegas with a spot in...