News Daily: North Korean missile and Grenfell ‘frustration’ – BBC News

July 5, 2017

Get news from the BBC in your inbox, each weekday morning Grenfell: Survivors express frustration Survivors of the Grenfell Tower fire have held a meeting with a coroner, expressing frustration at a lack of information from the authorities. During the three-hour discussion, Dr Fiona Wilcox, coroner for Westminster, described the scenes inside the building, where at least 80 people died last month, as “apocalyptic”. Meanwhile, the Grenfell response team says…

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263 Overturned Murder ConvictionsJust 16 New Suspects Charged

July 4, 2017

Ninety-two year-old Emma Crapser spent the last night of her life playing Bingo at St. Josephs Roman Catholic Church, about a half a mile from her Poughkeepsie, N.Y. apartment. Upon her return home, she was murdered, apparently in the course of an intended robbery. According to court documents, she had asphyxiated after being bound and gagged with five pieces of material [stuffed] down her throat–including a chisel-like instrument, cloth, and…

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Beast Fiction: Christopher Bollens The Destroyers

July 4, 2017

Ive never known the specifics of Charlies familys wealth. Like pools or country houses or fathers with healthy, poorly hidden porn collections, money was just a condition that some kids had and others didnt. Thats not to say I didnt realize early on that the Konstantinou fortune trumped my ownthat I was a votive candle set beside a bonfire. Their residence was a labyrinthine, low-ceilinged duplex on the forty-eighth floor…

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For George Washington a Sword Was Much More Than an Accessory

July 4, 2017

Authors Intro: In Riding with George, I use my background as a war correspondent, sports reporter, and amateur equestrian to focus on Washingtons exploits as a foxhunter, woodsman, warrior, and man of manners, explaining how Georges performances helped crystallize his contribution to our modern ideas of sportsmanship and chivalry, even as they also highlight the intimate ties between sports and war. It isnt difficult to understand George Washingtons interest in…

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How the internet turned harmless prank videos into a terrible embarrassment

July 1, 2017

Image: MASHABLE COMPOSITE: SAMUEL CORUM/ANADOLU AGENCY/GETTY IMAGES/YOUTUBE “It’s just a prank!” What started as a playful trend has turned into an embarrassment for the internet. It’s not “just” a prank anymore. Prank videos were once the darling of YouTube. But somewhere between the classic gags of surprising someone with an airhorn under their chair and the recent death of 22-year-old Pedro Ruiz, who was shot in the chest during a…

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Reality Check: How long will Theresa May’s majority last? – BBC News

June 30, 2017

Image copyright NT Between 1966 and 1970 Labour’s net loss was 15 seats. That was a particularly tough Parliament for the Labour Party because 20 sitting MPs died, as those elected two decades earlier in the 1945 landslide fell to ill health and old age. In the 1960s, many Labour MPs had endured harder lives than their Conservative counterparts because they often came from manual professions such as mining or…

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Why The FBI Usually Doesn’t Label Attacks By Non-Muslims Terrorism

June 22, 2017

Just hours after the that last weeks politically motivated attack on members of Congress at a baseball practice was not an act of terrorism, federal investigators informed the public on Wednesday that the stabbing of a police officer at an airport in Flint, Michigan, . Police said Amor Ftouhi, 50, attacked Lt. Jeff Neville of Bishop International Airports Department of Public Safety on Wednesday morning. Ftouhi, a Quebec resident who…

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Grenfell Tower fire: Government staff sent in to Kensington and Chelsea Council – BBC News

June 19, 2017

Police fear the number of the dead could increase. The BBC understands the death toll could rise to about 70 people in total. As part of the new move by the government, a team of civil servants has been embedded into the council office. Other measures outlined by the prime minister following a meeting with residents on Saturday, included more staff covering phone lines and ground staff wearing high-visibility clothing…

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Here’s a draft of the Senate’s healthcare bill they’ve been trying to hide

June 17, 2017

Image: Getty Images For weeks, Republicans in the Senate have done everything they can to try and hide their proposed healthcare bill from the public because transparency is sooooo 2016. Thankfully, we’ve obtained a very special draft of the proposed legislation, courtesy of an anonymous owl that flew by and dropped it on my desk. The owl asked that he not be named in our report for security reasons. SEE…

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PM ‘must listen’ to other parties over Brexit says Cameron – BBC News

June 14, 2017

Speaking in Paris after meeting French President Emmanuel Macron, Mrs May said there was a “unity of purpose” to get on with the process, reiterating that she wanted to maintain a “close relationship” with the EU. What are the Brexit options? Gove says Brexit ‘consensus’ needed Reality Check: Has the election changed EU views of Brexit? She is currently trying to negotiate the terms of a deal with the Democratic…

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‘She’s A Human Being’: Reality Winner’s Parents Assert Her Innocence

June 9, 2017

AUGUSTA, Ga. A collection of framed Beatles record covers adorn the living room wall of the house where 25-year-old government contractor Reality Winner lived until late last week. One room is empty, save for a rug where she practices yoga, a book titled The Art of Peace and prayer beads. In her bedroom, a blanket with a giant picture of the Pokemon Pikachu is laid neatly on her bed. It…

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Profile: Green Party co-leaders Caroline Lucas and Jonathan Bartley – BBC News

May 28, 2017

Ms Lucas was re-elected to the Brighton Pavilion seat she took from Labour in 2010, with an increased majority of nearly 8,000. He is reported to have volunteered for John Major in 1995 when the then prime minister faced a challenge to his leadership from John Redwood. He founded the think tank Ekklesia in 2002 – only standing down as a director earlier this year – and became a commentator…

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New Republican Bill Makes Suing Cops For Civil Rights Violations Really Tough

May 27, 2017

Under the Back the Blue Act, introduced on May 16 by Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) in the Senate and Rep. Ted Poe (R-Texas) in the House, suing cops in federal court for violating the constitutional rights of civilians will be limited. So,even if the individual can prove their rights were violated by an officer, police departments would be able to claim an individuals injuries were a result of that persons…

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There’s more to the story of Biden’s Clinton ‘diss’

May 22, 2017

Image: Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images Headlines everywhere popped up Friday morning proclaiming that former Vice President Joe Biden had called out Hillary Clinton at a conference Thursday night. Image: Washington Post Twitter certainly noticed. This was pointless. No one comes out of this looking better than if Biden had simply kept his mouth shut. https://t.co/nwThXIIb5H Jamil Smith (@JamilSmith) May 19, 2017 But if you look a bit closer at what…

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Reactions to the death of a Fox News titan vary wildly

May 19, 2017

Roger Ailes speaks at the Hollywood Reporter celebration of "The 35 Most Powerful People in Media," in 2012.Image: Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images The past two decades saw Roger Ailes rise from obscurity into perhaps the most influential and allegedly abusive person at the intersection of American politics and media. That rise earned him rabidly loyal fans, begrudging respect from others, and an army of detractors, which is easy to see in…

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Why the radical history of Mother’s Day matters today

May 14, 2017

The Women's March is honoring the roots of Mother's Day with this new campaign.Image: Women’s March If you thought Mother’s Day started out as a ploy by greeting card companies to pocket your hard-earned money, you’re in for a big surprise. Though the annual American holiday became a commercial affair years after its founding, it actually began in 1905 as a way to honor the legacy of activist Ann Reeves…

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