2 arrests in attack on famed San Francisco private eye

Police say two men have been arrested in connection with an attempted robbery that left famed San Francisco private investigator Jack Palladino on life support
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Children as young as five being told to wear masks in school
One headteacher says measure is to allow pupils to ‘play and socialise’ with others in bubble
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The Boys season 3: Star Jack Quaid shares behind-the-scenes pictures as filming is officially underway
The Boys is back in town.
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Answer to fossil record puzzle may lie with teenage T rexes, study finds
Absence of smaller dinosaurs may be result of adolescent megatheropods crowding them outTeenage T rexes and other carnivorous dinosaurs the size of lions or bears may have crowded out smaller species, explaining why there are so few of them preserved in the fossil record, research suggests.Despite dominating the land for more than 150 million years, dinosaurs were not particularly diverse, and most known species were giants weighing 1,000kg or more – including massive, meat-eating megatheropods such as Tyrannosaurus rex. Continue reading...
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Coach tied to Larry Nassar charged with sexual assault and trafficking
The coach had previously said he had “zero knowledge” of Mr Nassar’s crimes
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Alex Reid reveals he’s an anti-masker as he shares thoughts on Covid
He believes he had coronavirus last year.
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Large jump in number of places where Covid cases are rising in England
Earlier today a police chief said the public has been showing signs of "lockdown fatigue", with the number of fines for breaching restrictions rising in January and February
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Twin sisters say man they accused of rape launched legal proceedings to silence them
‘The Me Too movement encourages lots of people to come forward - we then risk further abuse through the courts by abusers pursuing civil litigation’ sister says
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Mr Potato Head gets new gender-neutral name and makeover after nearly 70 years
In a bid to break away from "gender norms" toy company Hasbro have announced that Mr Potato head is getting a new name for the first time in 70 years
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Conservative gathering to feature Trump's false fraud claims
Some of the nation’s leading conservatives are gathering at a conference in Florida that will endorse former President Donald Trump’s continued dominance in Republican politics and promote his false claim that he lost the election only because of widespread voter fraud
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Eddie Hearn rubbishes Tyson Fury comments and says Anthony Joshua fight is happening
The promoter insists an official announcement is imminent.
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Police shut road after woman climbs onto roof of Christie hospital
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Vagrancy Act Should Be Repealed, Government Says Of 19th Century Law
Legislation introduced in the 19th century to target destitute soldiers sleeping on the streets should be “consigned to history”, housing secretary Robert Jenrick has said.The secretary of state on Thursday said the Vagrancy Act, introduced in 1824 during the Napoleonic Wars, should be repealed amid concern the law is being used by police officers to “criminalise” homeless people during the Covid-19 pandemic.Earlier this month, HuffPost UK reported how forces in England and Wales made 361 charges that led to court hearings between April and September last year using two sections of the Act that relate to begging and rough sleeping.In January, HuffPost UK also revealed how campaigners feared homeless people were being treated harshly under legislation allowing officers to “move people on” and ask why they are away from home to prevent breaches of Covid-19 laws.In 2018, the UK government announced it would review the law – rather than abolish it – but has yet to make any changes.In a debate on rough sleeping in the Commons, Jenriick said: “We have reviewed the Vagrancy Act and will be saying more in the weeks ahead.“It is my opinion that the Vagrancy Act should be repealed. It is an antiquated piece of legislation whose time has been and gone.“We should consider carefully whether better, more modern legislation could be introduced to preserve some aspects of it, but the Act itself, I think, should be consigned to history.”His comments were welcomed by campaigners and MPs.Jon Sparkes, chief executive of the homelessness charity Crisis, said: “This archaic piece of law does nothing to tackle the root causes of rough sleeping and instead drives people further away from support.“This ‘out of sight, out of mind’ approach to homelessness benefits no one and denies people dignity and respect.“We have worked closely with MPs, police and people with lived experience of rough sleeping to right this historic wrong, and look forward to working with the UK government on the legislation to repeal the act.”Sam Grant, head of policy and campaigns at civlil rights group Liberty, said it agreed with Jenrick – but any reform should be “coupled with a change in approach, namely stopping the reliance on criminalisation to solve complex social issues”.He said: “In recent years we’ve seen a rash of Public Spaces Protection Orders introduced by local councils to criminalise rough sleeping.“If you’re sleeping rough or begging, that is a result of poverty and that’s a problem for society to solve not punish.“Unfortunately, long term solutions to the systemic causes of homelessness are often overlooked for short-term ‘fixes’ which allow councils to try to push the problem elsewhere through fines and criminalisation.Liberal Democrat MP Layla Moran, who last year introduced a bill to repeal the law, said sleeping rough should not be a crime in 2021.She added: “Scrapping this archaic law represents the first step in a journey to taking a more compassionate and holistic approach to homelessness.“I’ve already introduced a cross-party bill that would repeal it in a heartbeat. It’s time for Jenrick to follow through on his word, pick it up and scrap the Act.”Related...Police Using 'Archaic' Vagrancy Act To 'Criminalise' Homelessness During PandemicTheresa May Unveils £100 Million Plan To End Rough Sleeping By 2027Thousands Of People Sleeping Rough During Pandemic Despite 'Everyone In' Scheme
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The Guardian view on the SNP feud: the personal is political | Editorial
The battle between Alex Salmond’s zeal and Nicola Sturgeon’s caution risks pushing the women at the centre of the saga to the marginsWhen Alex Salmond finally gives evidence to a Scottish parliament committee in Edinburgh on Friday, one thing should become diamond clear. The argument between Mr Salmond and Nicola Sturgeon is not, as many nationalists have claimed, some second order distraction from real politics, got up by the evil Tories, the wicked English or the Westminster press. Instead, the row about Ms Sturgeon’s role in the sexual misconduct charges that were either thrown out or dropped against Mr Salmond last year is now a full-on power struggle. It pits the two dominant figures in modern Scottish nationalist politics against one another. It is a battle that one, and perhaps both of them, will lose.Larger issues hang on the outcome. These stretch beyond individual careers, through the credibility of the Holyrood parliament and the workings of the Scottish National party government, and into the prospects of Scottish independence and the future of the United Kingdom. Arching across them all, often barely heard amid the sound and fury of the clash of Scottish political titans, the feud will decide whether modern Scotland takes the trauma of sexual harassment as seriously as it claims to do – and as it absolutely should. The women at the centre of the dispute were brave. They have been trolled in Scotland’s virulent social media for doing so. They must not be betrayed. Continue reading...
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The Guardian view on the crimes of Assad’s regime: slow, uncertain justice | Editorial
The conviction of an intelligence official in Germany marks the end of impunity – but will more senior figures be held accountable?Ten years on from the uprising against his brutal regime, Bashar al-Assad still reigns supreme, with his cronies around him, committing the same crimes. Hundreds of thousands have died. The cash extorted from the families of detainees is likely to be cushioning the impact of sanctions for the elite, a report recently suggested. The contrast between the enormity of the atrocities, and the absence of a route towards accountability for those at the top, could hardly be more glaring or painful.Yet the demands of Syrians for justice are as deep and passionate as ever. This week, they bore their first fruit 1,800 miles from Damascus, as a court in Koblenz, Germany, found a former Syrian intelligence official guilty of aiding and abetting crimes against humanity. As small as this step may seem, it was a vital one: the first conviction for the regime’s crimes. Continue reading...
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Tributes to dad, 33, who died in tragic lift accident at Royal Oldham Hospital
Sandy Noble, 33, was working on the lift inside the hospital before the horrific incident
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Manchester United vs Real Sociedad LIVE: Team news, line-ups and more ahead of Europa League fixture tonight
Follow all the latest updates from the Europa League second leg
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Ukraine records 50% spike in coronavirus cases
Ukraine has recorded a 50% increase in the number of daily new COVID-19 infections, a day after authorities launched the country’s vaccination campaign
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Lady Gaga not targetted in theft of French bulldogs, police say
Lady Gaga was not specifically targetted in the theft of her French bulldogs which were likely stolen as part of a wave of dog robberies, police say.
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Shameless star Jody Latham denies doing 96mph on motorway
the 38-year-old is also charged with failing to provide information about the driver of a car involved in an offence
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Energy executive: Texas power plants turned off in crisis
The head of a major Texas energy corporation says forced blackouts that left 4 million customers without electricity also unplugged plants that could have generated more power as the state’s grid was at the breaking point
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Mum finds mystery creature in her back garden and sparks huge debate
Hundreds of suggestions have flooded in - including 'the lesser-seen unstriped brown tiger'
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Are the times really-a-changing for the deeply damaged Financial Conduct Authority?
After the LCF and Woodford scandals, today’s hires are welcome but there is much more to do
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Children are keen to get back to school, apparently. Sorry, what?
In my day, you were supposed to hate school. That was the point of it
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Tiny London flat with bed in kitchen on sale for £115k - same as Leeds three-bed
Both properties have been listed on Zoopla in the last 30 days highlighting the huge divide between huge London prices and elsewhere in the country
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Halle Berry drinks wine naked in bed as she prepares to star in Netflix thriller The Mothership
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France could pass law banning 'confusing' gender neutral words
The MPs argue that the gender inclusive nouns make learning proper French more difficult and could even endanger the entire language.
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Police chief says militia groups ‘want to blow up’ Capitol building at Biden State of the Union
US Capitol Police Chief Yogananda Pittman argued to maintain increased law enforcement presence at the Capitol ahead of Joe Biden’s first address to Congress, following warnings from militia groups that she says want to “blow up the Capitol and kill as many members as possible” in connection with the president’s upcoming State of the Union.
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Guardiola only half-joking with money comment - Liverpool and co can't compete
When the post-pandemic financial realities kick in, Man City will be best placed to cope with them .. and if Pep Guardiola stays, that is frightening for the rest of the Premier League
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TV host criticises Trump Jr and Lauren Boebert, accusing them of acting like IRA and Osama Bin Laden
‘It communicates that they’re open to at least the possibility of violent overthrow of the government,’ claims Chris Hayes
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Twin, 7, who had sore throat given weeks to live as family's life 'torn apart'
Little Claudia Carrick, from Bootle, Merseyside, was diagnosed with an incurable brain tumour just days after complaining to her mum of a sore throat and falling ill at school
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Kate Garraway rocks colourful outfit as she heads out in London amid husband Derek’s coma battle
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The domestic workers trapped in homes with wealthy employers flouting lockdown rules
As most of Britain obeys the coronavirus restrictions, some families are continuing to host weddings and dinner parties behind the doors of their expensive houses. As May Bulman reports, the undocumented migrants working for them are suffering as a result
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Mr Potato Head is no longer a mister (but still a potato)
Manufacturers Hasbro opt for gender-neutral namePlastic toy gets modern makeover after 70 yearsMr Potato Head is no longer a mister. Related: Maya Angelou Barbie doll launched in US Continue reading...
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Driverless electric bus hits the road in Spanish city of Málaga
Self-driving vehicle can interact with traffic lights and is the first project of its kind in EuropeA new driverless electric bus has begun operating in the southern Spanish city of Málaga, in the first such project in Europe.The bus, which began running on Saturday, is equipped with sensors and cameras and links Málaga’s port to the city centre on an eight kilometre (five mile) loop it does six times a day. Continue reading...
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Arteta told to forget Odegaard "project" and re-design Arsenal attack
Arsenal signed the Real Madrid midfielder on loan for the rest of the season last month and has instantly became a regular starter under Mikel Arteta
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Keir Starmer unites his Labour critics with 'no tax rises' stance
Analysis: party figures fear Labour will be forced to U-turn if chancellor raises business taxes in budgetWhen Keir Starmer chose to make taxation one of the dividing lines with the Tories at prime minister’s questions on Wednesday, he was returning to a familiar recent theme.Keen to underline their pro-business credentials, he and the shadow chancellor, Anneliese Dodds, have both been making the point for weeks that this is not the time to raise taxes, including on companies. Continue reading...
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Two prisons suspend taking in prisoners as they tackle Covid outbreaks
"Covid has had a huge impact in prisons as with the wider community, some prisons dependant on the design have real challenges regarding social distancing."
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Evatt explains reasons behind Bolton defender Mascoll's departure
The 23-year-old has joined Waterford on loan until the end of the season
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9 best women’s trench coats for Parisian style this spring
This staple piece isn’t just fashionable, it’s quite literally entrenched in history. Here’s our pick for 2021
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Guardiola and Man City send messages of support to Alisson
Tributes have been paid following the tragic death of Alisson's father Jose Becker at the age of 57.
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Power station giant Drax declares London can be global capital for green finance as it scraps plans for gas generator
Will Gardiner says City is environmentally conscious and has the best financial brains
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Jill Biden gives Kelly Clarkson personal advice on getting over painful divorce
Dr Jill Biden appeared as a guest on Kelly's self-titled talk show where the pair had a deep heart-to-heart chat about relationships and healing from broken unions
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France's Six Nations postponement leaves a mess destined to dilute grand finale | Robert Kitson
The rescheduling of France’s game against Scotland damages the competition’s momentum and is a logistical headacheAnother day, another massive headache for rugby union’s beleaguered administrators. If you think the late postponement of Sunday’s France v Scotland game in the Six Nations is no big deal, welcome to the notorious labyrinth of club v country fixture scheduling. Imagine the Brexit withdrawal document with more strings attached and the widespread ramifications might become slightly clearer. Related: France's Six Nations match with Scotland postponed after Covid-19 outbreak Continue reading...
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A mister no more: Mr. Potato Head goes gender neutral
Mr. Potato Head is no longer a mister
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DJ Tiiney: Ofcom investigates ex-Capital Xtra DJ over pay-for-play claims
A former Capital Xtra DJ is under investigation after allegedly asking for payments of £200 to play songs on his weekly radio show.
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