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Bill Cosby denied parole – CBS News

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Actor Bill Cosby won’t be paroled this year after refusing to participate in sex offender programs during his nearly three years in state prison in Pennsylvania.

The 83-year-old Cosby has long said he would resist the treatment programs and refuse to acknowledge wrongdoing even if it means serving the full 10-year sentence. This is the first year he was eligible for parole under the three- to 10-year sentence handed down after his 2018 conviction.

Cosby spokesperson Andrew Wyatt called the decision “appalling” and said Cosby “vehemently proclaims his innocence.”

Cosby meanwhile hopes the state Supreme Court, which heard his appeal in December, will reverse his conviction in the first celebrity trial of the #MeToo era. Cosby’s lawyers say the trial was flawed because five other accusers were allowed to testify to support the sexual assault complaint filed by a former Temple University basketball team manager. They also say the judge should not have let the jury hear Cosby’s damaging testimony from accuser Andrea Constand’s related civil suit.

Cosby is serving his sentence at SCI-Phoenix in Montgomery County. The case stems from a 2004 encounter with Constand at his estate near Philadelphia. The two had met at Temple, where Cosby long served on the board of trustees and was a frequent celebrity visitor to campus. The Associated Press does not typically identify sexual assault victims without their permission, which Constand has granted. In the wake of the May 11 decision, which began circulating Thursday, she posted a tweet that said simply, “DENIED.”

Cosby broke racial barriers in Hollywood in the 1960s and had a top-ranked sitcom, “The Cosby Show,” on television from 1984 to 1992.

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AMD Ryzen Zen 4 CPUs – release date, price, specs, and benchmarks

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2022 is shaping up to be an exciting year in the battle between AMD and Intel for the title of best gaming CPU, with both companies releasing new processors towards the end of the year. While Zen 3 chips continue to perform well in gaming PCs and for AMD, everyone is waiting to see how the company’s next generation Ryzen ‘Zen 4’ CPUs will compete with Intel’s Alder Lake and Raptor Lake processors.

When Zen 4 releases in Q3 2022, we will finally see support for PCIe Gen5 and DDR5 gaming RAM on AMD’s Ryzen CPUs. This will bring the company’s processor offerings in line with Intel, which has supported both technologies since Alder Lake’s release in 2021.

However, a combination of 3D V-Cache and a 5nm manufacturing process could see team red’s chips outclass those from team blue by a significant margin, making Ryzen Zen 4 CPUs the ideal partner to the best graphics cards such as the Nvidia RTX 4000 GPU lineup.

Here’s everything we know about AMD’s Ryzen Zen 4 CPUs:

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AMD Ryzen Zen 4 release date

Current rumours suggest that we should see AMD Ryzen Zen 4 CPUs on the market around Q3 2022. While some may view this release date as a tad late given recent pressure from more competitive Intel products, it seems that AMD will use Zen 4 to challenge team blue’s Raptor Lake chips while its Zen 3+ Ryzen processors will hold the line against Alder Lake.

A 3D render of an AMD Ryzen processor

AMD Ryzen Zen 4 price

AMD hasn’t shared any information about the price of its Ryzen Zen 4 CPUs, nor have leaks or rumours been forthcoming on the subject.

It’s likely that the company won’t stray too far from the MSRP of its Zen 3 processors, but extraneous factors such as the chip shortage and increases in the cost of fab production could result in a price hike.

A promotional image from AMD, in which a 3D render illustrates smart access memory between a Ryzen processor and Radeon GPU

AMD Ryzen Zen 4 specs

The 5nm manufacturing process that AMD is using to produce its Ryzen Zen 4 CPUs should make them more efficient compared to Zen 3’s 7nm. These chips will also have support for the DDR5 memory specification and PCIe Gen 5, making them great choices for the best gaming RAM and best SSDs for gaming.

While little else is known about the processors, it appears that AMD won’t be following Intel’s heterogeneous design and will instead continue arming its Ryzen products will homogenous cores. However, there are rumours that we could see the company adopting this approach with Zen 5.

AMD Ryzen Zen 4 benchmarks

Reported AMD Ryzen Zen 4 CPU benchmarks suggest they could offer IPC gains of 25%, with an overall performance boost of 40% over Zen 3. That’s probably not too far from the truth, when AMD’s first generation Ryzen CPUs saw a 52% IPC gain over the previous Excavator processors, but we’re currently a long way from accurate benchmarks.

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Mark Meadows Agrees to Cooperate With Jan. 6 Attack Inquiry – The New York Times

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Rajasthan health minister directs officials to increase Covid testing, speed up vaccination- The New Indian Express

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JAIPUR: Rajasthan Health Minister Parsadi Lal Meena on Wednesday asked officials to increase COVID-19 testing and speed up the vaccination drive in the state as the tally of active cases of the disease crossed the 200-mark.

He held a meeting with senior officials and reviewed the department’s preparedness in view of the apprehension of a possible third wave of the disease.

Meena asked the officials to increase testing, ensure 100 per cent coverage of the first dose of the vaccine by December-end and speed up the drive to administer the second dose to the beneficiaries.

The minister also asked them to disburse the compensation for the deaths due to the disease as soon as possible.

It was informed in the meeting that 84 per cent of beneficiaries have received the first dose of the vaccine and 54 per cent have got the second dose.

Meena directed the officials to conduct door-to-door vaccination and motivate the general public to take the second dose.

Twenty-one COVID-19 cases were reported in the state on Wednesday, with the maximum of 10 cases being from Jaipur.

Two cases each were reported from Alwar, Jodhpur and Nagaur, and one each from Ajmer, Bhilwara, Bikaner, Sikar and Udaipur.

With this, the number of active cases has increased to 203. So far, a total of 9,54,806 people have tested Covid positive in the state. The death toll stands at 8,955 and the count of recoveries is at 9,45,648.

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