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15 Brutal Fails That Left a Mark

These aren’t your run-of-the-mill cringes and everyday shenanigans. These are botched backflips and full speed upside-down bicycle faceplants that make you go “oooooh.” So put on your helmet and get ready for some classic fails. For more people doing stupid stuff, here are some utter morons who ought to have their own Darwin awards. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Alright this one is more of a "glorious" recovery 9 10 11 12 13

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Man tells blood inquiry of hepatitis ‘hell’

But the long-term damage to his liver meant his health was still likely to deteriorate. ‘Lack of evidence’ He said that he believed the blood he had received had come from America, although letters from health officials said no hospital records existed. Financial support was also refused, he said, due to the lack of evidence of this treatment. The Skipton Fund, which was set up in the wake of the contaminated blood scandal, is supposed to provide non-discretionary, ex-gratia payments to those infected with hepatitis by NHS blood. Mr X…

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Instagram Is Testing A Suggestions For You Direct Messages Feature

Carl Court/Getty Images News/Getty Images Instagram’s “Suggestions For You” DM Feature Tests Out A New Way To Find Accounts By Lara Walsh 8 hours ago Instagram is trying its hand at helping you find more accounts you’ll love with a potential new update. Over the past couple days, several users have noted that the social media platform is sliding into their Direct Messages with ideas of profiles they think they’d want to follow — and chances are that you’ve already got the feature or you’ll be seeing it sooner rather…

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Kim Darroch, UK ambassador to US, resigns after Trump cables leak

London (CNN)Britain’s ambassador to the United States, Kim Darroch, has resigned after a series of leaked diplomatic cables revealed he had told 10 Downing Street that the Trump administration was “inept” and “clumsy.” Foreign Office minister Alan Duncan told the BBC on Wednesday that Johnson had thrown the former ambassador “under the bus” by refusing to back him. In a letter to Simon McDonald, the permanent under secretary at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Darroch said he wanted to “put an end to speculation” about his position and the remainder…

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Why Google is missing out on the tech rally

New York (CNN Business)Google got rid of its “don’t be evil” motto last year. For the sake of investors, it may want to try out a new slogan: “Don’t be boring.” Why has Alphabet underperformed? Is Alphabet “old” tech or “new” tech? Revenue growth has slowed. Concerns about more tech regulation in Washington could also hurt its YouTube unit. Many of Alphabet’s non-core businesses continue to lose money, leading to worries that the company is a one-trick pony named Search. Its non-core businesses include its so-called Other Bets companies, which…

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A Surprising Percent Of Women Feel Their Student Loans Weren’t Worth It

Alexey Kuzma / Stocksy Are Student Loans Worth The Cost? Here’s How Many Women Said No By Shelby Black 10 hours ago College is all about making memories, but graduation can bring a few reality checks that prove to be difficult. The student debt crisis is one of the biggest issues facing young adults in the United States today, and it can seriously impact students’ futures after graduating. So, are student loans worth the cost? According to these women, maybe not. According to a 2018 quarterly report from Federal Reserve…

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Army rejects call for mental health checks

Both men were serving with the 2nd Battalion The Rifles and had previously been in active service in Afghanistan. They were based at Abercorn Barracks in Ballykinler, County Down, when they died. Image copyright PA Media Emma Norton, solicitor for the two soldiers’ families and head of legal casework for Liberty, said there was still “a very serious problem” within the forces. “The families are really devastated, not only at the way in which the MoD conducted itself during this inquest towards them; they are also very saddened by the…

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This Crazy Tech Can Turn Anybody in a Photo Into a Moving Animation

Photo Wake-Up is a research project by Chung-Yi Weng, Brian Curless, and Ira Kemelmacher-Shlizerman of the University of Washington. Per their paper’s abstract: We present a method and application for animating a human subject from a single photo. E.g., the character can walk out, run, sit, or jump in 3D. The key contributions of this paper are: 1) an application of viewing and animating humans in single photos in 3D, 2) a novel 2D warping method to deform a posable template body model to fit the person’s complex silhouette to…

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PC sent hundreds of sexual messages to victims

Birmingham Crown Court heard Singh, of Burns Road, Wednesbury, sent naked pictures of himself to two women, including one of him beside his locker at Smethwick police station. He was dismissed from West Midlands Police a week before his court appearance. He had previously been commended for bravery. Latest news from the West Midlands Sentencing Singh, Judge Roderick Henderson said: “You have a fine record as a police officer over 14 years and you have thrown it away. “The effect of behaviour like yours is to make people, women in…

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Many sudden cardiac deaths linked to prior silent heart attacks, study says

(CNN)Many people who die of sudden cardiac arrest may have had a heart attack earlier in life without ever realizing it, according to a new study. A separate study, published in the American Heart Journal in 2010, found that some 34% of people who had sudden cardiac death showed signs of a previous heart attack that went undetected. Those deaths were evaluated in Minneapolis from 2001 to 2004. The new study involved analyzing data on 5,869 people in Northern Finland who had sudden cardiac deaths between 1998 and 2017. The…

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