Another Europe trip for Melania Trump means forging new relationships

July 6, 2017

(CNN)First lady Melania Trump is back in Europe. “This trip, for me, has been very special, and I will never forget the women and children I met,” the first lady said at the end of the visit, speaking to American troops and their families in Sicily. “As one of the kids at the hospital that I visit said in a picture he drew for me: We are all the same.”…

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News Daily: North Korean missile and Grenfell ‘frustration’ – BBC News

July 5, 2017

Get news from the BBC in your inbox, each weekday morning Grenfell: Survivors express frustration Survivors of the Grenfell Tower fire have held a meeting with a coroner, expressing frustration at a lack of information from the authorities. During the three-hour discussion, Dr Fiona Wilcox, coroner for Westminster, described the scenes inside the building, where at least 80 people died last month, as “apocalyptic”. Meanwhile, the Grenfell response team says…

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Soccer Superstar Lionel Messi Weds Childhood Sweetheart In Private Argentina Ceremony

July 4, 2017

Congratulations to Lionel Messi and his longtime girlfriend Antonella Roccuzzo!! The pair wed on Saturday in a lavish, extremely private ceremony in Rosario, Argentina — their hometown, and the place where they had grown up together since first meeting as five-year-old children! Photos were banned during the ceremony, but we can confirm that quite a few celebs and soccer stars were there in attendance, including Messi’s soccer teammates from past…

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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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White House chief usher: equal parts ringmaster, palace guard, and consigliere

July 2, 2017

(CNN)Traditionally, the chief usher of the White House hasn’t been someone who comes and goes with each administration; it’s a position that endures. The White House chief usher as a fixture of the institution is as American as apple pie. First lady Melania Trump recently announced that Timothy Harleth, who worked at the Trump International Hotel in Washington, will be the next White House chief usher. He joins a select…

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Founder of failed Fyre Festival faces federal fraud charges

July 1, 2017

(CNN)The co-founder of the Fyre Festival was arrested and charged with one count of federal wire fraud on Friday, according to the Manhattan US Attorney’s Office. He was arrested Friday in New York and is scheduled to appear before a US Magistrate Judge on Saturday. It’s unclear whether McFarland has an attorney.

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Dem congressman: ‘Just plain wrong’ for Trump to hold fundraiser at own hotel

June 30, 2017

(CNN)As President Donald Trump holds his first re-election fundraiser Wednesday night at the hotel he owns in Washington, one Democratic congressman is slamming the President over the move, arguing it is “just plain wrong.” Connolly also said the event is the latest example of conflict-of-interest concerns surrounding the hotel, which was opened in the Old Post Office and leased from the federal General Services Administration in 2013. “From the beginning,…

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The German and British children who became post-war friends – BBC News

June 29, 2017

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionJune Whitcombe and Gretel Rieber met after the war as a special relationship developed between Reading and Dusseldorf In 1947 Germany and the UK were both still reeling after World War Two. But in Reading that did not stop the mayor, in the face of fierce criticism, inviting impoverished children from the city of Dusseldorf to her town. The twinning still thrives,…

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Spotify is hosting a six-city hip-hop tour starting with Gucci Mane

June 28, 2017

Spotify may be bleeding money as it tries to win back the love and respect of artists, but thats not stopping the music-streaming service from partying. SEE ALSO: You can now make Spotify playlists in your group chat Starting this summer, Spotify is hosting a six-city tour in partnership with Live Nation, the company announced Tuesday. The series is called RapCaviar Live, which is named after one of the most…

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Texas Mom Arrested over Childrens Hot Car Deaths

June 27, 2017

A Texas mother whose two children died after she left them inside a hot car has been arrested. Cynthia Marie Randolph, 24, was arrested over the deaths last month of her daughter, 2, and son, 16 months. The Parker County Sheriffs Office said Randolph left her kids in the car in order to teach her daughter a lesson. According to a press release, Randolphs children were playing in the car…

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Grand Jury’s ‘Myth’ Report On A California Jail Snitch Scandal Draws Criticism

June 24, 2017

At the center of the scandal are allegations that sheriffs deputies have for decades planted informants next to targeted inmates in the countys jails and have directed them to fish for incriminating evidence to help secure convictions. While its legal for law enforcement authorities to use informants to help bolster cases, in many Orange County trials, its alleged that the informants questioned inmates who were represented by lawyers, violating their…

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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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Grenfell Tower fire: Government staff sent in to Kensington and Chelsea Council – BBC News

June 18, 2017

Police fear the number of the dead could increase. The BBC understands the death toll could rise to about 70 people in total. As part of the new move by the government, a team of civil servants has been embedded into the council office. Other measures outlined by the prime minister following a meeting with residents on Saturday, included more staff covering phone lines and ground staff wearing high-visibility clothing…

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After the game, can the good feelings last?

June 16, 2017

(CNN)The congressional boys of summer ditched partisan hardball for seven innings of healing Thursday at their annual baseball classic just 36 hours after a horrifying gun rampage at a Republican batting practice. And while rattled lawmakers and staffers on Capitol Hill instinctively drew together after the shooting, sitting together at the game, that doesn’t mean their constituents and attack dogs in warring partisan media establishments will heed a moment of…

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Travis Kalanick takes leave of absence to work on Travis 2.0

June 15, 2017

Image: getty images/nicolas mccomber Uber CEO Travis Kalanick is taking a leave of absence from the company he built into one of the world’s biggest private businesses. It’s not clear how long Kalanick will be away from Uber or who will be serving as interim head of the company, but the move signals the biggest shift yet for the ride-hailing giant since the emergence of allegations of systemic workplace dysfunction…

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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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British PM Theresa May seeks lifeline after bruising election result

June 12, 2017

London (CNN)UK Prime Minister Theresa May, clinging on in Downing Street, will appeal for the support of her members of parliament (MPs) Monday, after losing the Conservatives a cherished government majority in last week’s election. With her government majority at zero, May has no control over Parliament a week away from the Queen’s Speech, when new laws are presented, and the scheduled start of Brexit talks. Election shock undercuts UK…

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I came up with some GoT season 7 theories while drinking 19 cups of coffee

June 11, 2017

Image: mashable composite; hbo/shutterstock These days, it seems like everybody has the same old theories about Game Of Thrones. Jon Snow is Azor Ahai Daenerys is Azor Ahai Jon Snow is half Targaryan Jaime is going to kill Cersei. Can you say boring? How have fan theories about our favorite show become so dull when there are still so many avenues left unexplored? As a huge GoT geek, I really…

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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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Gianforte apologizes to reporter and pledges contribution to press group

June 8, 2017

(CNN)Greg Gianforte, the Montana Congressman-elect who is accused of “body slamming” a Guardian reporter, sent a letter of apology and will plead no contest to the misdemeanor assault charge, according to documents. The events referred to an encounter on May 24, when Gianforte was charged with misdemeanor assault after Jacobs accused the politician of “body slamming” him at a campaign event. On Wednesday, he issued a letter to Jacobs. “My…

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London attack: Met defends dropping inquiry into attacker – BBC News

June 6, 2017

Image copyright Patrick Evans It’s still not clear when Khuram Butt got involved in radical Islamist politics, but there is ample evidence that he was involved in the al-Muhajiroun network – certainly in 2015 and potentially at least two years earlier still. The main evidence comes from his appearance in a Channel 4 documentary, The Jihadis Next Door, broadcast last year. The film was a close encounter with part of…

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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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