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Extinction Rebellion protesters stop rush-hour traffic in London

Lewisham campaigners block three roads into city centre to highlight air pollution crisis Environmental protesters stopped traffic on three main roads into central London from the south-east in protest over the air pollution crisis in the area. The protesters, organised by a local chapter of the group, blocked traffic on the A20 near Lewisham station, A205 South Circular in Catford and the A2 in Deptford during the morning rush-hour. XR said the action was intended as the first in a series of disruptions in the area as part of a…

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Trump Didn’t Seem To Get This Big Point From Mueller’s Public Statement

Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images News/Getty Images Donald Trump’s Response To Robert Mueller’s Statement Misses A Big Point By Shelby Black 19 hours ago On Wednesday, May 29, Special Counsel Robert Mueller finally addressed his dramatic investigation into whether the Trump campaign colluded with Russian operatives during the 2016 presidential election. It was a moment a lot of people have been waiting for, but Donald Trump’s response to Robert Mueller’s statement misses one big takeaway from the press conference. Either way, the president sounds pleased. During Mueller’s press conference, the special counsel…

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The teenager who was forgotten for 17 years

Precisely what happened may never be known, but a jury has found the pair guilty of murdering Margaret within three weeks of that final sighting on 17 December 1999. Her body has never been found. During the seven-week trial, the prosecution painted a bleak picture of Margaret’s life before she disappeared. Early challenges An only child, she was brought up in the town of Port Glasgow, Inverclyde, and faced challenges from an early age. At Slaemuir Primary School, Margaret struggled with reading and writing, and she continued to require additional…

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India Considers Ban On Cryptocurrency That Would See Users Face A 10-Year Jail Sentence

India’s government is considering introducing an outright ban on cryptocurrency that would see 10-year jail sentences doled out to anyone caught trading, mining or holding the stuff.  The “Banning of Cryptocurrency and Regulation of Official Digital Currency Bill 2019” has been some time in the making – India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi set up a panel to investigate how best to regulate cryptocurrency back in November 2017. Driving the investigation are government concerns that cryptocurrency is being adopted for criminal activities like money laundering. The outright ban has received the support of several…

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Employees turn their back on Agriculture secretary over being relocated to Kansas City

(CNN)Employees from the Economic Research Service and the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, two Department of Agriculture research agencies, stood and turned their backs to Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue in silent protest at an all-hands meeting Thursday. “Following a rigorous site selection process, the Kansas City Region provides a win win — maximizing our mission function by putting taxpayer savings into programmatic outputs and providing affordability, easy commutes, and extraordinary living for our employees,” Perdue said. “The Kansas City Region has proven itself to be hub for all things…

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Everyone Is Celebrating This Major Landmark In LGBTQ+ Rights Legislation

Burak Kara/Getty Images News/Getty Images These Tweets About The Equality Act Passing The House Are So Happy, I Can’t By Chelsea Stewart 3 days ago Have you heard? The U.S. House of Representatives passed an important bill on Friday, May 17. The bill provides clear, nationwide protections for LGBTQ+ people in daily life, putting them one step closer in securing equal rights in all states. For obvious reasons, people cannot stop talking about it. These tweets about the Equality Act passing the House are so happy about this moment. The…

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Mira Sorvino says she was date raped and calls for ‘justice’ for survivors

Oscar winner at forefront of #MeToo movement says she felt ashamed and that incident was somehow her fault The Oscar-winning actor Mira Sorvino has said she is a survivor of date rape, saying she was talking about it publicly to lend her voice to a push for stronger sexual assault laws in New York. Sorvino, who was one of the first women to accuse the film producer Harvey Weinstein of sexual harassment, spoke during a news conference with New Yorks governor, Andrew Cuomo, in support of the push to drop…

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Two tankers struck in apparent attack in Gulf of Oman

(CNN)Two tankers were apparently attacked in the Gulf of Oman on Thursday, less than a month after four other ships were struck in the region. Jonathan Cohen, acting US ambassador to the United Nations, said he echoed Pompeo’s comments in a private meeting of the UN Security Council, describing the attack as “another example of Iran’s destabilizing activities in the region.” The security council declined to make any formal reaction Thursday. Kuwait’s UN Ambassador, Mansour al-Otaibi, said his country was pleased the topic was discussed. He said no country produced…

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Why You Always Wear a Hard Hat on a Construction Site

If you value your brain/head/life, wear a hard hat on any active work site. It protects your noggin from: fixed objects and equipment, falls, and it also stands out. Hard hats also protect you from falling objects, which as this video eloquently demonstrates, can be disastrous if you’re not protected. Just look at the difference a mere 10 ft makes on the force of impact from just a 1 pound object. Read more: https://twistedsifter.com/videos/always-wear-a-hard-hat-on-a-construction-site/

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Video shows Texas officers fatally shooting man inside truck

FORT WORTH, Texas – Fort Worth police on Thursday released body camera footage of officers fatally shooting a man who ignored repeated police orders to drop his handgun. JaQuavion Slaton, 20, died Sunday of multiple gunshot wounds to the head and chest, Dr. Nizam Peerwani, Tarrant County medical examiner, said in a statement. One head wound was self-inflicted and the others were from police bullets, and an investigation continues into whether the self-inflicted gunshot wound was deliberate or accidental, Peerwani said. Slaton was the fourth suspect Fort Worth police had…

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Nancy Pelosi on Trump’s personal attack from Normandy: ‘I felt really sorry for him’

(CNN)House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Thursday that it was “beyond inappropriate” for President Donald Trump to lash out at her and call her a “nasty, vindictive, horrible person” while being interviewed in Normandy. “When he then came on TV later in front of those same tombstones and started saying all this stuff, it was so beyond inappropriate. I felt really sorry for him.” This is a breaking story and will be updated. Read more: https://www.cnn.com/2019/06/13/politics/pelosi-trump-sorry-for-him/index.html

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