British Attitudes Survey: More Britons ‘back higher taxes’ – BBC News

June 29, 2017

Roger Harding, head of public attitudes at the National Centre for Social Research, which carries out the survey, said: “People’s tolerance for austerity is drying up, even if that means higher taxes. “This leftwards tilt on tax and spend is matched by a long-running conservatism on national security and law and order. In all, people want a more active state that’s firm but fairer.” Here are the key findings of the survey: Taxes and benefits – Pensions …

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Stormont power-sharing talks going down to the wire – BBC News

June 28, 2017

Sticking points as Stormont deadline looms Tory-DUP deal: What you need to know How will the 1bn be spent? How will deal affect Stormont talks? On Tuesday, Secretary of State James Brokenshire said there had been “intensive engagement” but warned that time for a deal was running short, stressing that the deadline was set down in law. The parties have until 16:00 BST on Thursday to restore the executive or Northern Ireland faces the prospect of a return of direct rule from …

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Adam Driver Brings A Family To Tears With Life-Changing Surprise

June 28, 2017

Just a warning: Tears may start flowing when you see Star Wars actor Adam Driverdeliver a surprise, life-changing scholarship to the daughter of a disabled veteran. Driver teamed up with Budweiser and the Folds of Honor Foundation to make it happen. The actor, a former Marine, told HuffPost he jumped at the chance to get involved when he heard how the two organizations were helping military families. Over email, Driver told HuffPost more about the experience, what it was like surprising the …

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United States’ Image Takes A Beating Under Trump, Survey Shows

June 28, 2017

Five months into Trumps presidency, the survey spanning 37 nations showed U.S. favorability ratings in the rest of the world slumping to 49 percent from 64 percent at the end of Barack Obamas eight years in the White House. Trump took office in January pledging to put America First. Since then he has pressed ahead with plans to build a wall along the U.S. border with Mexico, announced he will pull out of the Paris climate accord, and accused countries including Canada, Germany and China of …

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White House Warns Syria Against Launching Another Chemical Weapons Attack

June 28, 2017

The White House said in a statement released late on Monday the preparations by Syria were similar to those undertaken before an April 4 chemical attack that killed dozens of civilians and prompted U.S. President Donald Trump to order a cruise missile strike on a Syrian air base. If … Mr. Assad conducts another mass murder attack using chemical weapons, he and his military will pay a heavy price, he said. In an interview with AFP earlier this year, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad …

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‘Turn The Cameras On, Sean’: Spicer Is Taunted At Press Briefing

June 27, 2017

The ugly confrontation was the latest conflict between journalists and the White House press secretary after broadcasters were forbidden from filming most of the months press briefings. Spicer and deputy press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders have increasingly chosen off-camera gaggles, answering questions from reporters in privatesettings. Acosta angrily replied: Maybe we should turn the cameras on. Why dont we turn the cameras on? Why not turn the cameras on, Sean? Theyre in the room, the …

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Kim Kardashian Faces Criticism For Car Seat Photo

June 27, 2017

On Saturday, Kardashian posted a photo of her 18-month-old son, Saint, sitting in a car seat. While many commenters pointed out how adorable Saint is, others also took the opportunity to voice concerns about the safety of his car seat setup specifically the fact that the toddler appeared to be front-facing. The comments section is filled with similar concerns, as well as responses from fans defending the celebrity. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that children remain …

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Canadian officer is first woman to lead Changing of the Guard

June 27, 2017

(CNN)A Canadian soldier, Megan Couto, has become the first woman to lead the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace. “I know certainly for myself, it’s a great pleasure to be considered an equal of my peers, and any one of my peers would be absolutely delighted to be the captain of the guard here,” Couto said. “So I feel equally honored to be given the opportunity regardless of my gender.” The ceremony takes place at 11:00 a.m. sharp on any …

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How Harry Potter enchanted the world – BBC News

June 27, 2017

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionWhat JK Rowling said about first Harry Potter book in 1997 Can you believe it’s 20 years since the publication of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone? Joanne Rowling, as she was known then, dreamed up the story of the bespectacled boy wizard on a train trip between London and Manchester. She finished the manuscript in 1995, writing much of it in cafes in Edinburgh while her baby from her first marriage slept in a …

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Ian Paterson: Why have private patients not been compensated? – BBC News

June 27, 2017

“What he did – it will never go away. When you go private, you think you’ve got the best.” Ian Paterson: Surgeon was ‘psychopathic like Shipman’ Breast surgeon ‘played God’ with women’s bodies Ian Paterson: ‘He took a pound of flesh for money’ Linda Millband, national lead lawyer for clinical negligence at legal firm Thompsons, is acting for more than 500 of Paterson’s former private patients. She said private …

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El Hadji Diouf of Senegal on why he is not ‘a bad guy’ – BBC News

June 26, 2017

‘Bad loser’ But now in his retirement he is telling his story. “I am a lion, I am a bad loser and it’s not wrong to be a bad loser,” says Diouf of his often combative mood during his playing days. “I have got character and I want people to respect me.” Diouf, who has now permanently moved back to the Senegalese capital Dakar, says he was often misunderstood during his playing days in England. “I am an easy target. It’s easy to talk about …

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Jimmy Kimmel Pleads With Senator To Put Trumpcare to Kind ‘Kimmel Test’

June 26, 2017

Kimmel, whose baby son Billy required surgery shortly after birth to repair a congenital heart problem, tweeted to Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-La.) Sunday: No family should be denied medical care, emergency or otherwise, because they cant afford it. Cassidy himself first coined what he called theJimmy Kimmel test in early May during a CNN interview when asked about caps on insurance coverage in Trumpcare. Cassidy said in his latest interview Sunday on CBS that he hasnt yet decided how he will vote …

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Hong Kong handover: The protest symbols China’s scared of

June 26, 2017

Hong Kong (CNN)When Hong Kong was handed over to China in 1997 after more than 150 years of British rule, the Bauhinia flower was chosen as the symbol of the new Chinese special administrative region. How Hong Kong has changed What China’s scared of China’s Xi Jinping to make first visit Carrie Lam: Not appropriate to challenge China Secret negotiations sealed city’s fate The protesters were led by Joshua Wong, the former “Umbrella Movement” leader …

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Whaling’s ‘uncomfortable’ scientific legacy – BBC News

June 25, 2017

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionRichard Sabin: “We actively use this data for marine conservation purposes now” It’s a curious thing to see a group of early whale foetuses up close – to see beings so small that have the potential to become so big. But what really strikes you, especially in those initial developmental stages, is how familiar the forms look. How like an early human foetus, they appear. “This is something you see time …

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Archbishop tells PM to ‘draw the poison from Brexit’ – BBC News

June 25, 2017

But he said that would be a “disaster”, as British negotiators would not have “confidence in their backing from the UK”. Brexit: All you need to know Free trade deals for ‘poorest countries’ May unveils Brexit offer for EU citizens He claimed a commission, with parties from the whole political spectrum, could “hold the ring for the differences [in opinion] to be fought out”. He said it should be under the authority of the Commons, and chaired …

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10 miscarriages in 10 years: One couple’s heartbreak – BBC News

June 25, 2017

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media caption“I want to look at a child and see my husband looking back up at me” Jen Bickel and her husband Andrew are no strangers to heartache, having suffered 10 miscarriages in as many years. The 39-year-old, from Cardiff, has endured several rounds of punishing IVF, two ectopic pregnancies resulting in surgery, and she is still no closer to finding out the cause of the problem. Here, in her own words, she talks about the …

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UK’s first heart pump targets 2018 clinical trial – BBC News

June 24, 2017

“It is the first British pump to be built for this purpose: to treat blood which is flowing through the pump extremely gently and not to do any damage to the blood. “There are other pumps that have been built that do cause some damage to the blood and, as a result, patients have adverse events that diminish the impact of the implantation and the treatment. Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionCalon Cardio boss Stuart McConchie said its was the most …

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‘I kept my daughter’s body at home for three weeks’ – BBC News

June 24, 2017

Gilli’s other children – including Niamh’s twin, Zach – were at school or college. But through the blur of upset and sorrow, Gilli knew one thing clearly: she wanted to donate Niamh’s eyes, the only part of the little girl unaffected by disease. Organ donation is very important to Gilli’s family – as a baby, one of Niamh’s brothers had a heart transplant after contracting a serious chest infection. She needed to act fast. By 5pm she was in …

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Hill figures: The stories behind the scars on England’s skin – BBC News

June 24, 2017

Image copyright National Trust Image caption Is it a horse or a dragon? It is said that when King Arthur awakes the hill figure will rise up and dance The Uffington Horse, in the Berkshire Downs, is considered the oldest hill figure of them all. Carved in the Iron Age, there has been an unbroken chain of people caring for this prehistoric monument for the past 3,000 years. Image copyright August Schwerdfeger Image caption The Osmington White Horse was carved in honour of King George …

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Dad Of Missing 5-Year-Old California Boy Arrested In His Murder

June 24, 2017

Los Angeles County Sheriffs Department homicide investigators seized Aramazd Andressian, 35, Friday afternoon and hes being held in jail in lieu of $10 million bail. Hell be returned from Las Vegas to Los Angeles afterextradition proceedings, according to a sheriffs department statement. Andressians estranged wife called police April 22 when he failed to return their son after a trip to Disneyland. The boy, Aramazd Andressian Jr., was last spotted on a Disneyland surveillance video late April …

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Grown Man Serves As ‘Flower Girl’ At Wedding And Absolutely Crushes It

June 23, 2017

Patrick Casey with his cousin, Andria, when they were children. I was lobbying to be their flower man even before they were engaged, Casey said. A little later, after their engagement, they honored me by bestowing me with the duty I so craved, he said. Erin Moore Photo When the wedding day came, Casey took his role very seriously: Erin Moore Photo I used the same flower basket that she used when we were in that wedding together as children! Casey told HuffPost. Erin Moore …

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Ellen Caught A Guest Stealing And Promptly Roasted Her

June 23, 2017

To celebrate her shows 14th season,Ellen DeGeneres decided to give audience members some items from The Ellen DeGeneres Showgift shop. The instructions were clear and courteous: Please pick 1 item to commemorate your visit.Only 1 per person please. The host called out Nancy for grabbing too many goods. Let that be a lesson to you. You think nobodys watching you, and you just need to be a good person … You go sit in that Ellen chair right now. CORRECTION:This article has been …

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One week. 52 senators. Can Mitch McConnell get it done?

June 23, 2017

Washington (CNN)The math isn’t there yet for Mitch McConnell. The swift rejection may be a negotiating ploy, but the public nature of it is a reminder for McConnell of the deep reservations running through his own conference on a proposal that conservatives do not believe goes far enough to repeal Obamacare — and the monumental challenge that lies ahead as he looks for 50 “yes” votes. Protesters dragged away from senator’s office …

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Saving the twins: Health scares and rehab for once-conjoined boys

June 23, 2017

Valhalla, New York (CNN)Nicole McDonald eases her silver minivan across Bear Mountain Bridge and hooks a right onto the steep two-lane highway. Nicole makes this trip every day from her home in upstate New York to see her twin sons, Jadon and Anias. The 21-month-old boys are at Blythedale Children’s Hospital 40 miles to the south, where they’ve been undergoing rehabilitation since mid-December. The twins, born joined at the head, captured the world’s attention after a …

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What an autopsy may (or may not) have revealed about Otto Warmbier’s death

June 23, 2017

(CNN)What happened to Otto Warmbier while he was in North Korean custody is a mystery. And it’s likely to remain that way. Following his death on Monday, Warmbier’s parents Cindy and Fred asked the coroner not to perform an autopsy on their son. “No conclusions about the cause and manner of Mr. Warmbier’s death have been drawn at this time, as there are additional medical records and imaging to review and people to interview,” the statement said. …

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Analyst Warns GOP: House Majority Is In Danger In 2018

June 22, 2017

David Wasserman, who analyzes U.S. House races for the nonpartisan Cook Political Report, wrote Wednesday that the Republican majority could be at risk in next years midterm election. That includes Tuesday nights special elections in Georgia, where Republican Karen Handel defeated Democrat Jon Ossoffby 4 percentage points, and South Carolina, where Republican Ralph Norman defeated Democrat Archie Parnellby 3 percentage points. Over those five special elections, Democrats beat their …

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