The Billions at Stake in Britains Biggest-Ever Divorce

July 4, 2017

An extraordinary insight into the life of a couple widely regarded as among Britains most vulgar billionaires–Petra Ecclestone and James Stunt–was on public display this week, as the opening salvos in their mammoth 5.5bn ($7.1bn) divorce battle were fired in Londons family court. It has been widely reported that the divorce could result in Britains biggest ever settlement. Petra, the cherished eldest child of Bernie Ecclestone, the billionaire founder of…

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We Were Kicked Off Chicagos Dyke March for Not Being the Right Kind of Jew

July 4, 2017

On June 24, some 1,500 people joined the Chicago Dyke March, in what seemed like a utopia of acceptance and respect for people of all orientations, races, nationalities and backgrounds or it almost was. According to the Windy City Times, it seemed as if the entire gender, racial and sexual spectrum was represented, walking hand-in-hand and demonstrating a powerful unity as they chanted "We are Dyke March" in English and…

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Grenfell Tower fire: No prosecutions for subletting of flats, government promises – BBC News

July 4, 2017

All of the material checked so far in the wake of the tragedy on 14 June has failed the tests. However, the Department for Communities and Local Government said it was testing the buildings it was most worried about first. Where have cladding fire tests failed? What we know so far Who were the victims? Earlier this week, police warned it would not know the final death toll until at…

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A VidCon veteran reveals this year’s big takeaways

June 29, 2017

Image: brendan gahan People go to VidCon to take selfies with YouTube stars. For the last eight years, Ive gone to learn about the changing landscape and the future of video. What Woodstock was to music, VidCon is to digital video. Ive attended from the beginning, so Ive gotten to see the event mature from 1,400 people attending taking over the Hyatt Regency in LA into an influencer marketing epicenter…

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Facebook is releasing a new app for YouTube-like creators

June 25, 2017

Image: facebook Facebook wants more video, so it’s releasing a new app just for creators, the company announced at the annual online video conference VidCon Friday. SEE ALSO: Facebook is embracing YouTube-like stars as it pushes for more video It’s in part an update to Facebook Mentions, an app currently available to verified accounts on the social network, which includes celebrities, online influencers, and journalists. Mentions is where Facebook first…

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How I transitioned into the freelance economy

June 22, 2017

Image:  Vasylyna Halun/shutterstock Five years ago, I was one year into a salary writing job at a luxury fashion brand when it hit me: I was being grossly overpaid. You read right. I was overpaid. As a writer. In fashion. You can imagine my boss face whenat our monthly review I marched into his office, diligently listed out my responsibilitiesand informed him that I was being overpaid. Through the most…

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Call to boost children’s writing for pleasure – BBC News

June 21, 2017

The survey found almost a quarter (23%) of those who said they enjoyed writing were above their expected level, compared with 3% of those who said they did not like the activity. While the proportion of young people who do enjoy writing has risen – from 45% in 2015 to 51% in 2016 – the NLT study suggests about half (49%) do not enjoy writing outside of the classroom. Focus…

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Being handsome is one of life’s struggles for Jon Hamm

June 21, 2017

Image: Farrell/BFA/REX/Shutterstock All of us average-looking people can only speculate what it’s like to be a super good-looking person. We’re guessing it includes being let into secret VIP rooms, or eating fancy gold chocolate, or not having to pay extra for guac. But being very good-looking comes with its problems, too. Just ask actor and professional hot person Jon Hamm. In an interview with The Guardian, the actor responded to…

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Judge declares mistrial in Bill Cosby sexual assault case

June 19, 2017

Bill Cosby walking through the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pennsylvania.Image: Mark Makela/Getty Images Bill Cosby remains free on bail after a Pennsylvania jury on Saturday convinced the judge that they were hopelessly deadlocked, but the district attorney took the unusual step of immediately announcing that a new trial date would be set. The jury of seven men and five women spent a week shuffling between deliberations and the courtroom,…

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Theresa May: 10 reasons why the PM blew her majority – BBC News

June 14, 2017

Image copyright Getty Images This was Theresa May’s election – the Conservatives were some way off in the distance, if they were visible at all, at the start of the campaign. But was she the right kind of candidate to be placed front and centre like this? Katie Perrior, Mrs May’s former director of communications thinks not. Writing in the Times, she said: “If you run a presidential-style campaign with…

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Trump taunt over Comey tape draws disbelief

June 13, 2017

Washington (CNN)Of all the piercing questions hanging over the West Wing, one of the most pressing is whether President Donald Trump has a taping system that captured his conversations with James Comey. Collins: Trump should give yes or no on tapes “It’s all hot air,” one person inside the White House said, speaking on condition of anonymity to describe internal water-cooler conversations. “Unless he had a recorder in his pocket,…

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Jo Cox: The Sun and Daily Mirror in joint editorial – BBC News

June 13, 2017

‘Hugely important’ Her family have organised The Great Get Together to mark the first anniversary of her murder, with people asked to throw street parties, organise bake-offs and arrange football matches. Iona Lawrence, director of the Jo Cox Foundation, said more than 110,000 separate events were being planned “in every corner of the UK”.

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Hundreds Of Young Russians Arrested En Masse At Nationwide Protests

June 13, 2017

In a crackdown meant to quell a movement of youthful activism, many of the arrests appeared to target students and young people, watchdog groups reported. Navalny, an outspoken critic of President Vladimir Putin who has crusaded against corruption, was arrested before he could join the protests and sentenced in a midnight hearing to 30 days in jail, his second such sentence this year. Before this weeks event, he used a…

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Trump, critics gird for long war after Comey’s moment

June 9, 2017

Washington (CNN)The initial shock and awe phase of the great, unresolved Russia election mystery ended with James Comey’s spellbinding testimony. The former FBI chief weaved a devastating picture of a President who is not to be trusted and is straining against the constraints of propriety and the Constitution that define his office. “America is stunned. The cloud hanging over this administration has just gotten a whole lot darker,” Senate Minority…

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‘Stranger Things’ Season 2 will explain what’s wrong with Mike

June 8, 2017

Now that filming has wrapped on the second season of Stranger Things, fans are already dying to know what comes next for the Netflix series. Given how secretive the production was, though, getting your hands on any solid information was a difficult thing to do until now. The cast of Stranger Things joined creators Matt and Ross Duffer, along with director and executive producer Shawn Levy, on the red carpet…

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People are getting drunk for the Comey hearing because America cant be enjoyed sober anymore

June 8, 2017

Image: Oli Scarff/Getty Images Nothing says “good morning” in Trump’s America better than gathering at a bar with a bunch of strangers before 10 a.m. to drink Russian vodka and watch a Senate hearing … apparently. On this upcoming, beautiful Thursday, people all over America will wake up, get dressed in their end-of-week finest, and attend one of the many bar parties being thrown across the country for the sole…

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Eric Trump shows that cluelessness runs in the family

June 8, 2017

(CNN)The nation is in a crisis that may soon exceed Watergate, at least in the estimation of James Clapper, former director of national intelligence. Having interfered with America’s election, Russia is disrupting governments around the world. China is racing to fill the gap created as world leaders conclude they cannot expect leadership from the United States. Top intelligence and law enforcement officials are testifying about a White House that crosses…

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The Secret Sorority at Penn States Deadly Hazing Party

June 5, 2017

Following 19-year-old Tim Piazzas death in February after a night of hazing at Penn State Universitys Beta Theta Pi house, a grand jury criminally charged 18 young men in connection with their pledges death. Administrators permanently banned the fraternity, and scrambled to announce safeguards intended to protect future students. Recruitment and rush at Penn State was postponed for a semester, hard liquor and kegs banned, and the school will more…

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Ravaged By Climate Change, The Great Barrier Reef May Never Be The Same

June 2, 2017

Conceding that climate change will inevitably cause the decline of the reefs overall health in the coming decades, reef experts have started talking about a possible Plan B a strategy that wont save the reef as a whole, but may at least ensure that it doesnt disappear completely. But now, with back-to-back mass bleaching events in 2016 and 2017causing large swathes of the Great Barrier Reefs corals to die,some members…

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White House Dodges Questions About Kushner Meetings With Russians

May 31, 2017

White House press secretary Sean Spicer dodged questions Tuesday afternoon about President Donald Trumps son-in-law, Jared Kushner, and what Trump did or didnt know about Kushners meetings last year with Russian officials. Mr. Kushners attorney has said that Mr. Kushner has volunteered to share what he knows with Congress about the meetings, Spicer told reporters during the daily press briefing. The Washington Post and other major outlets reported last week…

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