US teen birth rate drops to all-time low

June 30, 2017

(CNN)In the United States, teen-aged moms are increasingly rare. In 2016, the teen birth rate dropped 9% compared to the previous year, a new government report published Friday found. This record low for teens having babies continues a long-term trend. In 2016, the number of US births totaled 3,941,109, a decline of 1% compared to 2015. The fertility rate of 62 births per 1,000 women is a record low for…

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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 policies…

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Reality Check: How many people are affected by May’s offer? – BBC News

June 24, 2017

The number of citizens of the other 27 EU countries living in the UK in 2015 was estimated by the Office of National Statistics (ONS) to be around 3.2 million. Polish citizens topped the list with 916,000 – more than any other nationality. In 2001, there were only 38,000 Polish nationals living in the UK. Read more from Reality Check Follow us on Twitter More From this publisher : HERE…

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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…

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Queen’s speech: All pomp and pageantry in British Parliament

June 21, 2017

London (CNN)Britain will take extra security precautions to protect Queen Elizabeth II ahead of her speech Wednesday — a member of Parliament will be held hostage at Buckingham Palace and guards with lanterns will check the cellars at the Palace of Westminster for explosives. Before the Queen leaves for the Houses of Parliament, a member of parliament is taken hostage and is locked away in Buckingham Palace. This tradition developed…

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Ossoff’s liberalism just wasn’t right for Georgia district

June 21, 2017

(CNN)The Georgia special election was the Democrats’ best chance so far this year to flip a House seat and score a victory for the anti-Trump resistance. Jon Ossoff’s defeat is a major blow to well-funded liberal momentum and activism, to which GOP voters in the South responded, “Frankly my dear, I don’t give a damn.” More than $50 million was spent in the special election to replace Republican Tom Price,…

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A First-Grader’s Picasso-Like Painting Is Now Hanging At The Met

June 20, 2017

For the past 10 years, The Met has hosted a group exhibition entitled P.S. Art, featuring artwork from a variety of media highlighting the innovation and skill emerging from public art education programs in and around New York City. On opening night, the young artists were given lanyards to distinguish them from the hundreds of visitors clamoring to get a glimpse of the work. Visitors were encouraged to approach any…

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Patagonia’s CEO Is Ready To Lead The Corporate Resistance To Trump

June 18, 2017

NEW YORK On a cloudy May morning, Rose Marcario, the chief executive of outdoor retailer Patagonia, stared out a second-story window of a Manhattan restaurant, watching construction workers jackhammer the street below. The workers made her think of her grandfather, an Italian immigrant who, after making it through Ellis Island in the 1920s, got his first job digging the streets of this city. He earned 10 cents a day and…

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Catastrophe Looms If NGOs Are Forced To Halt Rescue Missions In Mediterranean, Report Warns

June 18, 2017

Aid workers from nine floundering vessels in distress off the Libyan coast on Thursday, in another intense day for the Italian Coast Guard and humanitarian organizations operating search-and-rescue missions in the Mediterranean Sea. The crews of Proactiva Open Arms, a Spanish aid organization involved in Thursdays operations, two rubber dinghies and a wooden boat each crammed with more than 130 men, women and children. A 2-month-old baby with asthma was…

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London fire: Queen reflects on ‘sombre national mood’ – BBC News

June 17, 2017

Image copyright PA Image caption The Queen met local people affected by the Grenfell Tower fire during a visit to a temporary shelter Prime Minister Theresa May has pledged to “get to the bottom” of the west London tower block fire amid mounting criticism of her response to the disaster. The prime minister was jeered when she visited the Kensington site on Friday Mrs May was criticised for not speaking…

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What the Qatar crisis means for Hamas

June 13, 2017

(CNN)When Palestinian militant group Hamas announced its new charter to the world, it wasn’t from Ramallah or Gaza City, but from the Sheraton hotel’s gilded Salwa Ballroom in Doha. “Qatar is quite important for Hamas,” said H.A. Hellyer, a senior non-resident fellow at the Atlantic Council. “Qatar provides strong financial aid to the occupied Palestinian territories and is a safe haven for a number of Hamas leaders.” Qatar crisis threatens…

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Election results 2017: May to finalise cabinet amid DUP talks – BBC News

June 10, 2017

A number of high-profile government figures have already confirmed they are keeping their jobs in the wake of an election that saw the Tories lose 13 seats. Live updates and rolling coverage Who are the DUP? Can a Conservative and DUP pact work? Q&A: What is a hung parliament? How do minority governments work? Philip Hammond will stay as chancellor, Boris Johnson will remain as foreign secretary and Amber Rudd…

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Second Lady Pence Pushes Bee Conservation, An Effort One Critic Labels ‘Hypocritical’

June 8, 2017

Pence and Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdueunveiled the new hive home to a growing population of some 20,000 bees at an event Tuesday and urged Americans to do their own part to help reverse an ongoing worldwide decline in the bee population, according to a White House release. Friends of the Earth, called the White House request extremely hypocritical in light of the administrations proposed cuts to funding for environmental protection….

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Gunmen Launch Deadly Attack On Iranian Parliament, Mausoleum

June 7, 2017

Lawmaker Elias Hazrati said three assailants, one with a pistol and two with AK-47 assault rifles, raided parliament, according to the state television website. In a separate incident, an armed man opened fire at the Mausoleum of Ayatollah Khomeini and wounded a number of people, the semi-official Fars news agency reported. The identity and the motivation of the assailant was still unclear, Tasnim said.

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Las Vegas Cop Charged In Chokehold Death Of Black Man

June 6, 2017

Officer Kenneth Lopera was charged on the same day the Clark County Coroners Office ruled the May 14 death of Tashii Farmer, 40, near the Las Vegas Strip was a homicide due to police restraint. The two charges of involuntary manslaughter and oppression under color of office brought against Lopera, which could each carry a maximum sentence of four years in prison if he is convicted, follow a number of…

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Drug shrinks ovarian tumours in early trial – BBC News

June 3, 2017

However, ovarian cancer is a difficult disease to treat, and the prognosis in the advanced stages is very poor. Marianne Heath, 68, one of the patients who received the drug, said: “I had no other treatment choices, so I felt this was my only option. “I just want to keep going so I can keep the tumours at a level where I can enjoy my life. It isn’t a cure,…

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9 Times Donald Trump Twisted Facts In His Speech Quitting Paris Accord

June 2, 2017

President Donald Trump announced plans to withdraw from the Paris climate accord on Thursday with a White House speech that made the historic agreement sound like a trade deal, which it isnt. But that was just one of the thorns in his Rose Garden statement. The nonbinding pact to reduce planet-warming emissions, approved by every country but Syria and Nicaragua, commits its signatories to slashing greenhouse gas outputs and coming…

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Election blind dates: Peter Stringfellow and Mary Beard – BBC News

June 2, 2017

Mary Beard Describe yourself: I’m Mary Beard and I am a professor of classics at the University of Cambridge. My day-job is working on Roman history and ancient Roman history. A few years ago now, I started doing Roman documentaries on both BBC Two and BBC One. It’s got my face out there – for better or worse. Political beliefs: I would summarise my politics very simply as the maverick…

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Trump Grants Ethics Waivers To 17 Top White House Staffers

June 2, 2017

President Donald Trumphas granted ethics waivers to at least 17 of his top White House aides, including chief strategist Steve Bannon, Chief of Staff Reince Priebus and senior counselor Kellyanne Conway, in addition to four former lobbyists. The late Wednesday but granted on various dates, undermine Trumps campaign pledge to drain the swamp in Washington. They also reveal a president who is granting ethics waivers at an unusually rapid pace….

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Kushner Following Trump’s Orders On Secret Russian Link, Former CIA Official Suggests

May 30, 2017

Reports that top White House adviserJared Kushner attempted to establish a secret communication link with Russiahas an ex-CIA official wondering if he was acting on his or following orders and if so, whose orders. Mudd was referring to last weeks Washington Post report that Kushner met in December with the Russian ambassador to the U.S. to discuss establishing a secret communication channel to the Kremlinthat could not be monitored by…

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Tom Hardy’s Fundraiser For Manchester Victims Has Already Surpassed Its Goal

What happened last night at the [Ariana Grande] concert in Manchester was a tragedy; families and children attacked and murdered; in a place where they should be safe and enjoying a concert, the actor wrote on his Just Giving page. It is an inconceivable atrocity. There is no bringing back those who have been lost, pointlessly, in such a cowardly and brutal fashion. I am truly saddened by what I…

May 26, 2017
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ABC’s ‘Dirty Dancing’ Remake Became Cringey Real Fast

The new version wasnt totally reprehensible Sarah Hyland, Debra Messing and Nicole Scherzinger are all charming, and J. Quinton Johnson of Broadways Hamilton is a talented but underutilized new face. Still, the original Dirty Dancing with its memorable lines and delightful rom-com trappings remains the girl ABC told its iteration not to worry about. Try as the network might, the Dirty Dancing remake failed to capture the poignancy and heart…

May 26, 2017
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I Invited A Guy From Tinder Over, He Didnt Look Like His Pics

I know youre going to say Im an idiot. Rule number one of dating over the internet (or an app, in this case) is that you meet in a public place, at least for the first time. Youre supposed to make sure the other person isnt a serial killer before you give them your address. But that seems so . I wasnt looking for a boyfriend, I was looking for…

May 25, 2017
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You Are Not Perfect, But You Are All Of These Things

Brooke Cagle I have something to tell you. You are smarter than you know. Things dont fall into your mind or into your lap. You have to reread, rethink, and ask quite a few questions on the way. Youre the person who asks questions. The person who asks questions is fearless in the pursuit of what they want. Youre a good girlfriend. Possibly better than what he deserves. He has…

May 25, 2017
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Government review to order zero-hours contracts overhaul – BBC News

In its submission to the Taylor review, the CBI also said that all employees should have their terms and conditions set out in a written statement. The new “right to request” fixed hours could be used by some of the 900,000 people on zero-hours contracts, a number that has risen from 143,000 in 2008. The contracts have been attacked for allowing some firms to keep people in insecure work, depress…

May 24, 2017
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Can Donald Trump solve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict?

(CNN)Jerusalem: US President Donald Trump arrives in Israel Monday in search of what he has called “the ultimate deal”. But like so many US presidents who have believed it their duty to bring peace to the region, Trump will face a series of challenges, which have grown increasingly insurmountable. Seven years on since Abbas and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu last held talks, the same issues remain — disagreements over…

May 22, 2017
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