Author Joan Didion has died.
She's best known for her essays, memoirs, novels and screenplays as well as her grief over the death of her husband and daughter.
The cause of death was Parkinson's disease, according to her publisher on Thursday.
Didion first emerged as a writer of substance in the late 1960s as an early practitioner of what was called "new journalism," which allowed writers to take a narrative, more-personalized perspective.
Joan Didion was 87 years old.
Security researchers say they've confirmed that a third Polish opposition figure had his phone hacked with sophisticated spyware from the Israeli company, NSO Group.
The senator was hacked nearly three dozen times, using NSO's Pegasus spyware when he was running the opposition's campaign against the right-wing populist government in 2019 parliamentary elections.
The opposition figure says he believes the hacking revelations call into question whether that election was fair.
A Polish government spokesman would neither confirm nor deny ordering the hacks or say whether it's an NSO client.
The company spokesperson said Pegasus is only supposed to be used against terrorists and criminals.
NSO says it's terminated contracts with governments that have used those terms.
Two British studies provide some early hints that the omicron variant of the coronavirus may be milder than the delta version.
Scientists stress that even if the findings of these early studies hold up, any reductions in severity need to be weighed against the fact that omicron spreads much faster than delta and is more able to evade vaccines.
Sheer numbers of infections could still overwhelm hospitals.
Via remote, I'm Marissa Melton, VOA News.