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Don’t believe the label ‘flushable’: disposable wipes clog sewers around the world

Grownups are now using the same wipes once reserved for babies, leading to millions of dollars of sewer problems. A New York City bill takes aim at the lack of transparency and mislabeling some say is to blame Disposable wipes essentially baby wipes designed for adults have become the scourge of residential and municipal sewer systems around the world. Nonwoven cloths have been getting stuck in pipes and sewer machinery, creating massive, expensive clogs in Washington DC, Toronto, London and lawsuits from cities and with the backing of Mayor Bill…

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Sanders uses Bible to defend Trump’s separation of children from families at border

Press secretary rejects criticism of Jeff Sessions citing Romans 13 to justify policy and says it is very biblical to enforce the law Sarah Sanders, the White House press secretary, invoked the Bible to defend the Trump administrations immigration policy of separating mothers from their children. She was speaking at Thursdays White House briefing, in response to a question about comments made by the attorney general Jeff Sessions, where he cited a passage in the Bible to justify the policy. I would cite you to the Apostle Paul and his…

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Donald Trump shrugs off Kim’s human rights record: ‘He’s a tough guy’

As Fox News host presses Trump over North Korean regime, president is dismissive: A lot of people have done bad things Donald Trump has dismissed concerns about the widely condemned human rights record of the North Korean dictator, Kim Jong-un, praising him as a tough guy, a smart guy and a great negotiator. In an denuclearization summit with the North Korean leader, Trump declined to condemn the record of his interlocutor. International bodies have accused Kim of crimes against humanity including assassinations of political rivals, public executions and holding captive…

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Internet on edge as daredevil raccoon scales Minnesota skyscraper

Climbing raccoon prompts live stream, photos and hashtag #MPRraccoon as world watches Raccoons are not typically known for their bravery, but one is scaling the UBS tower in Minnesota with death-defying nerve. The raccoon was originally spotted on the roof of a nearby office block and was safely removed by maintenance workers. But rather than find safety elsewhere, it jumped over to the UBS tower, one of the largest skyscrapers in the city, where it has been scaling the building all day, and, at the time of writing, was over…

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Calm down, carnivores: fake meat with real flavour is good for all of us | Aine Carlin

Plant-based burgers now so tasty they deserve to be sold alongside the real thing are not just for vegetarians and vegans, says the food writer Aine Carlin Fake meat. Its a divisive topic, and one that frequently reduce their meat intake given the colossal environmental crisis we find ourselves in. But regardless of which camp you belong to, its going to take a collective effort to undo even some of the strain livestock production puts on the planet. So its a head-scratcher that people are up in arms after pea…

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US on brink of trade war with EU, Canada and Mexico as tit-for-tat tariffs begin

Jean-Claude Juncker pledges retaliation as EU companies face 25% tariffs on steel and 10% on aluminiumTrump imposes tariffs business live The United States and its traditional allies are on the brink of a full-scale trade war after European and Canadian leaders reacted swiftly and angrily to Donald Trumps decision to impose tariffs on steel and aluminium producers. The president of the European commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, promised immediate retaliation after the US commerce secretary, Wilbur Ross, said EU companies would face a 25% duty on steel and a 10% duty on…

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Rudy Giuliani admits ‘Spygate’ is Trump PR tactic against Robert Mueller

Presidents lawyer gives meandering Sunday show interviews, saying claims of campaign informant are for public opinion Former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani said on Sunday that his repeated imputations of a supposed scandal at the heart of the Robert Mueller investigation which Donald Trump calls Spygate amounted to a tactic to sway public opinion and limit the risk of the president being impeached. Of course we have to do it to defend the president, Trumps lawyer told CNN State of the Union host Dana Bash, who accused him of…

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Prince Charles to walk Meghan Markle down the aisle

Prince Harrys father to stand in for Thomas Markle Sr, who cannot attend wedding Prince Charles will accompany Meghan Markle down the aisle at St Georges Chapel when she marries Prince Harry, Kensington Palace has said. A statement said Markle had asked the Prince of Wales to accompany her on Saturday. The Prince of Wales is pleased to be able to welcome Ms Markle to the royal family in this way, it said. Charles is standing in for Thomas Markle Sr, who told his daughter this week he would be…

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Santa Fe shooting: Texas governor confirms 10 people dead and 10 wounded

Governor Greg Abbott confirms the number of fatalities in a shooting at a high school about an hour south-east of Houston Ten people have been killed and 10 wounded in a shooting at a Texas high school that ended with a 17-year-old suspected shooter, a student at the school, surrendering to the authorities. In the latest school massacre to hit the US, police rushed to Santa Fe high school, about an hour from Houston, on Friday morning before 8am local time. Students ran into a nearby field and woods, and…

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The Guardian view on Gaza shootings: stop killing unarmed civilians | Editorial

Editorial: Channelling a reckless Donald Trump, Israeli ministers appear to have adopted a dangerous mindset: to destroy the national aspirations of the Palestinians by military force It is inexcusable for soldiers of a military, especially those under democratic civilian control, to shoot and kill protesters, almost all of whom were unarmed, and who pose no credible threat. Yet at the boundary between Gaza and Israel today Israeli soldiers blockading Gaza, Israel imprisoned 2 million people behind barbed wire and military towers. Israel treated the violence as a jailer might a…

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‘They don’t belong’: police called on Native American teens on college tour

A mother on the tour told authorities the young men were creepy and really stand out, causing them to miss the rest of the event A mother on a Colorado college tour called the police on two Native American students in the group because they looked like they dont belong, in the latest episode to ignite outrage over racial profiling and needless calls to law enforcement in the US. Two teenage brothers had traveled from New Mexico for the tour at Colorado State University (CSU) on Monday when a parent…

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Sandy Hook parents sue Infowars host Alex Jones for defamation

Jones has been at the front of a group of conspiracy theorists who contend that the shooting was a staged false flag event intended to push gun control Two of the families who lost children in the small but loud group of conspiracy theorists who believe that the shooting was a staged false flag event, intended to push US public opinion toward increased gun control. Undoubtedly, theres a cover-up, theres actors, theyre manipulating, theyve been caught lying, and they were pre-planning before it, Jones said in a March 2014 broadcast.…

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Jeremy Corbyn calls Syria airstrikes legally questionable

PM should have sought parliamentary approval before taking military action, says Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has described airstrikes on Syria as legally questionable and accused Theresa May of trailing after Donald Trump in an attack that could escalate the conflict. The Labour leader was responding to the news that the Theresa May: Syria strikes ‘right and legal’ option video Labour has opposed a military strike on Syria since the chemical weapons attack on Douma. On Thursday, Corbyn urged May to remember the lessons of intelligence failures in the buildup to…

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Donald Trump praises Syria strikes and declares: ‘Mission accomplished’

US president thanks London and Paris for their wisdom and power while Russia loses UN vote to condemn airstrikes Donald Trump hailed the strikes carried out against Syria by the US, UK and France as perfectly executed on Saturday, adding: Could not have had a better result. Mission Accomplished! The US president thanked London and Paris for their wisdom and the power of their fine Military in joining Washington in launching more than 100 missiles on Friday night against what they say were Syrian chemical weapons facilities. Trump added: So…

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