People are reporting riots on Twitter before they call the police

July 6, 2017

A burning vehicle in Hackney on Aug. 8, 2011, in London.Image: Getty Images If you always kind of thought that Twitter is faster than authorities in accurately identifying threats, you’re not that far from the truth. SEE ALSO: Twitter cuts ties with another social media surveillance company New research from Cardiff University, which analysed 1.6 million tweets from the London 2011 riots, has noticed that the micro-blogging platform can be…

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For George Washington a Sword Was Much More Than an Accessory

July 4, 2017

Authors Intro: In Riding with George, I use my background as a war correspondent, sports reporter, and amateur equestrian to focus on Washingtons exploits as a foxhunter, woodsman, warrior, and man of manners, explaining how Georges performances helped crystallize his contribution to our modern ideas of sportsmanship and chivalry, even as they also highlight the intimate ties between sports and war. It isnt difficult to understand George Washingtons interest in…

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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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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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Tourists, Locals Buy Nevada’s Legal Recreational Marijuana

July 2, 2017

Las Vegas (AP) — Cheers and long lines of tourists and locals alike greeted the first day of sales of recreational marijuana on Saturday as Nevada became the fifth state with stores selling pot to the public in a market that is expected to outpace all others in the U.S. thanks to the millions of visitors who flock to Las Vegas each year. Veteran consumers, first-timers, twenty-somethings and retirees were…

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Over 20,000 people came together to celebrate pride, despite hurdles thrown in their way

July 2, 2017

Image: Ng Yi Shu/Mashable More than 20,000 Singaporeans came to Pink Dot, the city’s annual LGBTQ festival this year, according to organisers. There were so many people who tried to join the event which sported a rainbow theme this year that the park where it was held had to be closed at 7 p.m. for capacity. That’s no small feat considering the number of roadblocks the nine-year-old festival has encountered…

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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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China’s Xi Jinping greets PLA’s Hong Kong troops in show of force

June 30, 2017

Hong Kong (CNN)In the largest display of military might since Hong Kong was handed to China 20 years ago, Chinese President Xi Jinping inspected the Hong Kong garrison of the People’s Liberation Army Friday. Xi, standing in an open-top military vehicle, drove past 3,000 troops lined up at the Shek Kong base in the northern New Territories, near the Chinese border. Surrounded on all sides by tree covered mountains and…

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Hong Kong activist Joshua Wong arrested ahead of Chinese leader’s visit

June 30, 2017

Hong Kong (CNN)Chinese President Xi Jinping will arrive in Hong Kong amid unprecedented security Thursday, his first official visit as leader, as the city marks 20 years of Chinese rule on Saturday. Protests broke out late Wednesday ahead of Xi’s highly choreographed visit, with activists storming Golden Bauhinia Square — the site of an official flag-raising ceremony later this week — and occupying it for several hours before police removed…

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Chinese President Xi Jinping arrives in Hong Kong as mass protests expected

June 29, 2017

Hong Kong (CNN)China’s President Xi Jinping underlined his commitment to “one country, two systems” as he arrived in Hong Kong to mark two decades of Chinese rule in the former British territory. It’s Xi’s first visit to the Chinese special administrative region, and one that is expected by dogged by protests and a huge annual pro-democracy rally to mark the day when Hong Kong was handed over to Chinese rule….

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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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The Grenfell survivor rebuilding his life, two weeks on – BBC News

June 28, 2017

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionOlu feared he and his family would be killed in the fire Two weeks ago, Olu was preparing to climb down from the 14th floor of Grenfell Tower on a makeshift rope of tied-together bed sheets, with his daughter on his back. Thankfully, he survived, after firefighters told him to run to safety – but what does his life hold now? “My…

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Kim Kardashian Faces Criticism For Car Seat Photo

June 27, 2017

On Saturday, Kardashian posted a photo of her 18-month-old son, Saint, sitting in a car seat. While many commenters pointed out how adorable Saint is, others also took the opportunity to voice concerns about the safety of his car seat setup specifically the fact that the toddler appeared to be front-facing. The comments section is filled with similar concerns, as well as responses from fans defending the celebrity. The American…

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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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Here are the funniest lines from a coal CEO’s attempted takedown of John Oliver’s coal industry takedown

June 23, 2017

John Oliver is facing the legal wrath of a lawsuit-happy coal baron after a brutal segment in which the host tore into the American coal industry. The document accuses Oliver of a “ruthless character assassination” of Robert Murray, CEO of the nation’s largest coal mining operation, Murray Energy. SEE ALSO: Coal company sues John Oliver for being John Oliver It didn’t exactly come as a surprise; in fact, Oliver more…

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Jon Hamm and Jenny Slate are everyone’s new favorite celebrity couple

June 23, 2017

Image: Tommaso Boddi/Getty Images for Audible, Inc. Alert the presses: We might finally have a new couple to ‘ship. Jon Hamm and Jenny Slate went to the movies together, were captured exiting the theatre by paparazzi, and with that, changed the course of celebrity relationships forever. Maybe. SEE ALSO: The struggle is real for Jon Hamm because he’s hot The two actors star in the 2017 film Aardvark, but because…

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College offers courses in becoming a bona fide social media influencer

June 22, 2017

Image: AFP/Getty Images Wanna become an Instagram star? Now, you can get a formal education for that. A university in China is offering courses that are meant to equip students with the skills they need for online fame. SEE ALSO: Instagram influencers are utter nonsense, and Fyre Fest proves it From make-up classes, catwalk practice to dance performances, the Yiwu Industrial and Commercial College (YWICC) near Shanghai says it knows…

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Forget the IPO, the ICO is the cool new way to get funded

June 20, 2017

Image: Bob Al-Greene, Mashable A few days ago, a startup called Bancor raised around $153 million in two hours and twenty-five minutes. The ICO, short for initial coin offering, followed several similar, equally successful funding events, and the numbers are rising. Prediction market Augur raised around $5.2 million over two months in 2015; this year, its competitor Gnosis raised $12 million in just 15 minutes. And we could only be…

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Wokeness won’t solve Katy Perry’s identity crisis

June 18, 2017

Katy Perry wants to fight the good fight. She'll have to learn how first.Image: Picturematt/REX/Shutterstock In Katy Perry’s haphazard and controversial rebranding as a woke pop star, she seems ready to admit she’s often out of her depth. These days only three words now comprise her Twitter bio: “i know nothing.” It’s a refreshing dose of humility from a celebrity who seems constantly torn between her good intentions and ego….

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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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Congressional baseball players: We must unite

June 15, 2017

(CNN)After the shooting at the Republican baseball practice in Alexandria, Virginia, we asked members of the Democratic and Republican baseball teams to weigh in on the attack. The opinions expressed in these commentaries are solely those of the authors. The vicious and horrific attack we saw Wednesday in Alexandria at the Republican team’s practice was nothing short of a direct assault on the institution we all serve and a deranged…

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The Revolutionary Street Art Project That Inspired Banksy And Empowered A City’s Youth

June 15, 2017

Little did the then 21-year-old youth worker know back in 1984 that his Aerosol Art Project at the Barton Hill Youth Center would go some way to shaping British and global street art over the coming years and decades. John Nation founded the project as a way to channel young people’s creativity in a positive and legal way. Here he is pictured painting at the center in the late 80s….

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