Sony Removes CD Projekt’s Cyberpunk 2077 From PlayStation Store

Michael Jackson’s Neverland Ranch Sold to Billionaire

Los Angeles (AP) — Michael Jackson’s Neverland Ranch in California has found a new owner in billionaire businessman Ron Burkle.

Burkle views the 2,700-acre property in Los Olivos, near Santa Barbara, as a land banking opportunity, his spokesman said Thursday in an email.

The Wall Street Journal reports the property was sold for $22 million to Burkle, an associate of the late pop star and co-founder of the investment firm Yucaipa Companies.

The asking price of the property was $100 million in 2016 then dropped to $67 million a year later.

In addition to a 12,500 square-foot main residence and a 3,700 square-foot pool house, the property boasts a separate building with a 50-seat movie theater and a dance studio.

Other features on the ranch are a “Disney-style” train station, a fire house and barn.

Burkle’s spokesman said the billionaire had been eyeing Zaca Lake — which adjoins the property — for a new Soho House, a members-only club with locations in Los Angeles, Miami, New York and Toronto. Burkle ultimately decided the location was too remote and expensive for a club.

Burkle is the controlling shareholder of Soho House.

After Burkle saw the property from the air, he put in an offer to purchase.

Michael Jackson’s Neverland Ranch Sold to Billionaire

Los Angeles (AP) — Michael Jackson’s Neverland Ranch in California has found a new owner in billionaire businessman Ron Burkle.

Burkle views the 2,700-acre property in Los Olivos, near Santa Barbara, as a land banking opportunity, his spokesman said Thursday in an email.

The Wall Street Journal reports the property was sold for $22 million to Burkle, an associate of the late pop star and co-founder of the investment firm Yucaipa Companies.

The asking price of the property was $100 million in 2016 then dropped to $67 million a year later.

In addition to a 12,500 square-foot main residence and a 3,700 square-foot pool house, the property boasts a separate building with a 50-seat movie theater and a dance studio.

Other features on the ranch are a “Disney-style” train station, a fire house and barn.

Burkle’s spokesman said the billionaire had been eyeing Zaca Lake — which adjoins the property — for a new Soho House, a members-only club with locations in Los Angeles, Miami, New York and Toronto. Burkle ultimately decided the location was too remote and expensive for a club.

Burkle is the controlling shareholder of Soho House.

After Burkle saw the property from the air, he put in an offer to purchase.

European Economics Preview: UK Retail Sales Data Due

Retail sales data from the UK and business confidence from Germany are due on Friday, headlining a light day for the European economic news.

At 2.00 am ET, the Office for National Statistics releases UK retail sales data for November. Economists forecast sales to fall 4.2 percent on month, reversing a 1.2 percent rise in October.

In the meantime, Germany’s producer price figures are due. Prices are expected to decrease 0.6 percent annually in November, following a 0.7 percent fall in October.

At 3.55 am ET, Iceland’s central bank announces its interest rate decision.

At 4.00 am ET, Germany’s ifo business confidence survey results are due. The business confidence index is seen at 90.0 in December versus 90.7 in November.

In the meantime, industrial production and producer prices are due from Poland. Economists forecast output to grow 3 percent annually and producer prices to decline 0.2 percent in November.

Also, the European Central Bank releases euro area current account data for October, at 4.00 am.

At 5.30 am ET, Russia’s central bank announces its interest rate decision. The bank is expected to hold its key rate at 4.25 percent.

At 6.00 am ET, the Confederation of British Industry is set to issue Industrial Trends survey data. The order book balance is seen at -34 versus -40 in November.

CDC to Require Negative Covid Test From Air Travelers From U.K.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention now requires air passengers arriving from the U.K. to get a negative polymerase chain reaction or antigen test no more than 72 hours before leaving, according to a statement.

  • The order will be signed by President Donald Trump on Christmas day and becomes effective on Dec. 28.
  • Passengers from the U.K. will have to provide written documentation of their laboratory test result to the airline.
  • Airlines must confirm the negative test result for all passengers boarding and must deny entry to those who don’t take a test.

Aurora police arrest Jacqueline De Paz in Mariscos El Rey homicide – The Denver Post

The Aurora Police Department made an arrest on Christmas Eve in the murder of an 18-year-old male that took place at Mariscos El Rey restaurant on Dec. 22 in Aurora.

Jacqueline De Paz, 28, was arrested on a charge of second-degree murder during a traffic stop Thursday afternoon on East Colfax Avenue and North Boston Street.

Police took De Paz into custody without an any issues. She is being held on $1 million bail.

Sony Removes CD Projekt’s Cyberpunk 2077 From PlayStation Store

Sony Interactive Entertainment or SIE, part of Japanese consumer electronics maker Sony Corp., is removing popular gaining title Cyberpunk 2077, developed by CD Projekt Red, from PlayStation Store until further notice.

The company said it strives to ensure a high level of customer satisfaction, and will begin to offer a full refund for all gamers who have purchased Cyberpunk 2077 via PlayStation Store.

Sony’s decision follows complaints from several Cyberpunk 2077 players about the game’s inconsistent and buggy performance, particularly on the PS4 console.

The company said, “Once we have confirmed that you purchased Cyberpunk 2077 via PlayStation Store, we will begin processing your refund. Please note that completion of the refund may vary based on your payment method and financial institution.”

Cyberpunk 2077 developer CD Projekt Red said earlier that people unsatisfied with their purchase on the PS4 or Xbox One should request a refund.

Meanwhile, CD Projekt noted that all copies of the game previously purchased digitally on PlayStation Store remain available for use by their respective buyers. Gamers can still buy physical versions of the game in retail and mail order stores. All copies, whether digital or physical, will continue to receive support and updates from the Company.