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Senate GOP plans vote on Trump's court pick before election
Senate Republicans are charging ahead with plans to confirm President Donald Trump’s pick to quickly fill the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s seat on the Supreme Court
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Teddi Mellencamp Arroyave says leaving RHOBH is 'like a breakup' after 'firing'
Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Teddi Mellencamp Arroyave says she will not be 'towing the line' that she agreed to leave and says that she was 'fired' from the show
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Thousands expected to honor Ginsburg at Supreme Court
Thousands of people are expected to pay their respects at the Supreme Court to the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the women’s rights champion, leader of the court’s liberal bloc and feminist icon who died last week
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‘Bidin’ his time': Joe Biden battles being chronically late
With their packed schedules, relish for meeting people and natural tendency toward verbosity, most presidential candidates rarely get anywhere, or do anything, on time
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Not so hush-hush search: Trump airs thinking on court seat
Barack Obama spent hours reading legal briefings as he mulled candidates for the Supreme Court
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Tot taken to hospital after nan feeds him hand sanitiser she thought was puree
Nikki Teixeira's 18-month-old son Logan went red and became drowsy after eating some of the Trolls World Tour hand sanitiser his grandma mistook for food due to the packaging
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I’ve Been Unemployed This Entire Pandemic. I’m Terrified About A Second Wave Would Mean
After six of the most rewarding months of my life, I came out of my journalism diploma in February feeling optimistic about 2020. I even had an interview with a local newsroom lined up.But when the government announced national lockdown restrictions back on 23 March, I remember myself on the phone to my boyfriend, crying. “How am I going to get a job now?” I never heard back from the newsroom, and all my other job applications were put on hold.Unlike so many others, I was lucky enough to be able to move home and not fall into debt, but the worry of my employment status and what it means for me long-term has been a constant weight on my mind for seven months now.At the beginning of lockdown, my news feed was filled with stories of people complaining about being on furlough, and my instinctive reaction to this was one of anger. How could people possibly complain about getting paid to do nothing? Inside, I knew not everyone was fortunate enough to have the comfortable – or even safe – home life I had. And I understood too that while they were at least employed, there would be thousands worried about their finances and whether they would have a job to go back to. But, to me, they were worrying about something that hadn’t happened yet – I was already unemployed, and suddenly my chances of finding employment were reduced significantly.Relying on my family and partner to get me through has been difficult, but the hardest part of being jobless is not having a purpose. It’s difficult to feel helpful when you’re the one that needs help.I’ve been ignored and rejected, and given false hopes by some companies. I've applied for local key-worker jobs, including supermarket and temporary retail roles, and was rejected by all of them.In the heat of summer my mood swings were intense. I would pick up a book, an activity I usually found solace in, but after five pages I would begin to feel restless, angry even. Not sure where these feelings were coming from, I would put the book down and feel an overwhelming sensation that everything in my life was pointless. That was my lowest point.I went through a period where I kept crying and feeling anxious. I constantly felt like I had to apply for jobs, any other activity was taking me away from the prospect of being employed. I had a nagging feeling that it was my fault I was out of work. I’ve been ignored and rejected, and given false hopes by some companies. I’ve applied for local key-worker jobs, including supermarket and temporary retail roles, and was rejected by all of them. I attempted to get local work at a Worcestershire food production farm, but I was told that because of the local outbreaks they were no longer hiring agency staff.These collective experiences increased my levels of despondency enormously. I have been unemployed before, but the difference during this time is the uncertainty, competitiveness of jobs, and feeling like I have very little control over my situation.I often feel embarrassed about my situation. I’m 26 now, and assumed at the beginning of the year that by now I would have bagged my first journalism job and be living in my own rented accommodation. Instead I’m back with my parents wondering if anyone is ever going to hire me. More than anything I worry about how much this will set my career back.When September rolled around I started to shift my perspective on finding work. Previously I was only applying for jobs in the traditional way of filling out endless applications. But now I’m seeking freelance opportunities and networking in the hope that I will have more success in finding work that way, something I never would have considered had it not been for my experiences during lockdown.While there is government support for those struggling with finances, there doesn’t seem to be any real help in getting the unemployed back into work.But still, the end of the government’s furlough scheme in November is a huge concern for me, and will be for others too. Unemployment numbers are undoubtedly going to grow, and there is no employment fast-lane for those of us already out of work – at least not one that I’m aware of. We are all bundled and labeled together as an ever-growing blurry mass of unemployed people.If I don’t find work soon, I will have an even tougher battle ahead of me. I will be fighting for opportunities alongside people who want to change jobs or have only just been handed their redundancy notice – people who don’t have seven months of unemployment to their name.   I blame the government’s handling of the situation. The thought of a second national lockdown terrifies me; I understand the importance of trying to contain the spread of the virus, but it would make a bad situation worse for unemployed people like me, and leave us feeling even less in control over our lives than before. And that’s not to say how I would struggle emotionally with another lockdown.While there is government support for those struggling with finances, there doesn’t seem to be any real help in getting the unemployed back into work. That’s left me feeling abandoned and unsupported. I wish that when I apply for work that I actually have a chance. So far my experiences of rejection and u-turns have communicated otherwise. Perhaps there should be a job-matching scheme in place for those that have been out of work for more than a certain period of time?More than anything I wanted to write this article so that those who have been unemployed since before lockdown don’t feel alone in their struggle, or like they’re invisible. This is something that I have felt. And it’s why I sincerely hope the government urgently helps the unemployed get back into work – particularly those of us who were caught out from the beginning.Emma Gibbs is a freelance journalist. Follow her on Twitter at @GibbsGibbs9Have a compelling personal story you want to tell? Find out what we’re looking for here, and pitch us on ukpersonal@huffpost.comMore from HuffPost UK Personal I Grew Up Believing The Earth Was Flat And Dinosaur Fossils Were Planted To Test Our Faith Just When I Thought It Was Over, Lockdown Saved My Marriage Coronavirus Stole My Favourite Pastime: Chatting With Strangers
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'Don't panic': Sky Sports pundit sends message to Bolton fans over season start
Wanderers have lost their first two matches in the fourth tier, as well as games in the Carabao Cup and EFL Trophy
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Why Manchester United did not rest Harry Maguire vs Luton
Harry Maguire has started 18 successive matches for Man United and was the only survivor from the Crystal Palace defeat at Luton.
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Seattle City Council overrides mayor's veto of policing cuts
Seattle will reduce the police department’s budget and reallocate some money to community programs after the City Council voted Tuesday evening to override Mayor Jenny Durkan’s veto of adjustments to this year’s budget
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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry decided to quit Royal Family after Queen’s ‘upsetting snub'
PRINCE HARRY and Meghan Markle concluded they couldn't continue as senior royals after perceiving one very personal sub according to a new book about the couple.
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UK weather forecast: Arctic freeze brings torrential rain as temperatures plunge TODAY
FREEZING weather will strike the UK as temperatures plummet with Storm Aiden set to batter the country this autumn.
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Brexit letter warns of 7,000-truck queues in Kent
Exporters to the EU face two-day delays to trade after transition period ends, a cabinet minister warns.
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Prince Charles could see BREAKDOWN of Royal Family as King as anti-royal sentiment grows
PRINCE CHARLES may see the break up of the Royal Family when he becomes King as anti-royal sentiment grows in the commonwealth countries, a royal expert has said.
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Solskjaer gives verdict on Dean Henderson's Man United debut
Manchester United booked their place in the fourth-round of the Carabao Cup with Dean Henderson making his first-team bow.
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More than 450 whales stranded in Tasmania in one of world's largest recorded stranding events
A second pod was sighted by helicopter on Wednesday morning, likely making it the worst whale stranding in Australia’s historyRescuers fighting to save a pod of 270 whales stranded in Tasmania’s west have discovered a further 200 whales about 10km away in the same harbour, which all appear to be dead. The stranding is likely one of the largest on record globally and the worst in Australia’s history.The sighting was made by helicopter over Macquarie Harbour on Wednesday morning and brings the total number of dead long-finned pilot whales in the stranding to about 290. Continue reading...
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Trump administration eyes scientist who downplays climate change for top NOAA job
<p>‘Seriously, who is he? What is his scientific expertise?’ asked one climate scientist </p>
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FDA expected to announce rigorous standards for potential coronavirus vaccines, which will likely prevent approval by election day
<p>President Donald Trump claimed shot would be ready by 3 November</p>
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Donald Trump NARROWLY avoids disastrous US government shutdown amid funding row
DONALD Trump has narrowly avoided a US government shutdown due to a row over government funding.
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DWTS fans slam judges for saving Carole Baskin 'for the TV ratings'
Tiger King star Carole Baskin has managed to survive the first elimination after the judges on Dancing With The Stars kept her in the competition
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Ex-soldier who raped and murdered nurse he believed was a witch is executed
William LeCroy, 50, had become obsessed with witchcraft after being discharged from the army and claimed he mistakenly believed victim Joann Tiesler, 30, was a childhood babysitter who had allegedly sexually abused him
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Most Americans will wait to take coronavirus vaccine, poll finds
<p>Six out of ten Americans say they do not immediately want dose</p>
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WW3: Fears of WAR after Chinese troops mocked for viral ‘crying’ video at India border
FEARS of open conflict between China and India intensified after a video emerged of Chinese troops crying on their way to the two countries disputed border.
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GOP Senate candidate defends controversial Ginsburg meme
Republican U.S. Senate candidate Lauren Witzke is defending a controversial meme included in a Facebook post by her campaign after the death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg
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Zomboat! A surprisingly clever and refreshingly upbeat zombie apocalypse
Wacky six-part genre romp is replete with British humour and some of the most relatable crisis behaviour to grace end times If you’re craving a zombie series that ditches the cynicism and has some good old-fashioned fun with the idea, then allow me to introduce you to Zomboat!, a short, six-episode British comedy with a silly title but a surprisingly clever premise.The series follows sisters Kat and Jo (Leah Brotherhead and Crazyhead’s Cara Theobold) after they wake up one Sunday to find Birmingham under attack by zombies. As a gamer nerd who knows her zombie lore, Kat already has a plan for this scenario – steal a canal boat and escape to Eel Pie Island in London, because zombies can’t swim. And, as Kat puts it, “The Walking Dead would have been over in one season if Rick Grimes had gone to the Everglades.” Continue reading...
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Donald Trump demands ‘crazy’ Nancy Pelosi impeach him again amid Supreme Court vote
DONALD TRUMP told House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to impeach him again following her insistence to stall a Supreme Court vote to decide who should replace the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
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Dad desperate to find stranger who found his cash-filled wallet and returned it
Dwayne Freeman, from Cremlin, Dublin, is relieved the wallet was returned to him and now wants to buy the mysterious woman chocolates and flowers to say thank you
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Cindy McCain rebukes Trump and publicly endorses Joe Biden for president
McCain was motivated in part by Trump’s recent comments on the military, where he called war heroes ‘losers’ and ‘suckers’Cindy McCain has endorsed Joe Biden for president, a stunning rebuke of Donald Trump by the widow of the Republican party’s 2008 nominee.Cindy McCain tweeted on Tuesday: “My husband John lived by a code: country first. We are Republicans, yes, but Americans foremost. There’s only one candidate in this race who stands up for our values as a nation, and that is Joe Biden.” Continue reading...
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Almost 500 pilot whales stranded on Australian island state
More pilot whales have been found stranded in Australia, raising the total to almost 500 in the largest mass stranding ever recorded in the island state of Tasmania
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Hundreds of students told to isolate after suspected Covid-19 outbreak in halls of residence
Hundreds of students have been told to isolate after a suspected Covid-19 outbreak in halls of residence at a Scottish university.
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An 87-hour bus trip made Australia feel like home for me – now I long to rediscover it | Caroline Riches
Despite its manifold woes, 2020 has one silver lining: the chance to understand our own country betterWhen I spent a year in Australia as a young Brit on a working holiday visa in 2000, I took a bus from Broome to Sydney. It took 87 hours.We hurtled over rugged red earth to Katherine, pelted down the Stuart Highway to Adelaide, dining with truckies, swooning over outback sunsets and enjoying eccentric tales in quirky roadhouses. From Adelaide we powered east across dry brown plains, honking road trains and knocking kangaroos along the way. Continue reading...
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South China Sea: Philippines SAVAGE Beijing territory claim as tensions soar
PHILIPPINES President Rodrigo Duterte made a historic challenge to China, "firmly" rejecting Beijing's claim to the South China Sea.
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Ed Sheeran 'expands property empire to £61m' after buying houses in lockdown
Ed Sheeran has reportedly added to the 27 properties which were already in his portfolio by snapping up some more houses during the lockdown period
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Enola Holmes: Cast, trailer, release date, and what time does it drop on Netflix?
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How the death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg could change America – podcast
Ruth Bader Ginsburg was a pioneer of women’s rights and a liberal icon of the US supreme court. Her death last week will change the political balance of the court and has rocked the US election campaign with just weeks to goThe death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg has rocked the US election with just weeks to go till polling day. The liberal icon on the supreme court was at the centre of the expansion of women’s and LGBT rights and voting rights for African Americans but her now vacant seat is likely to be filled by a far more conservative figure picked by Donald Trump. It has led to a wave of anguish among liberals who fear that changes, particularly on abortion rights, could be rolled back. Moira Donegan tells Anushka Asthana that amid the mourning for an extraordinary life, the politics of selecting judges for the supreme court has never been more politicised. Continue reading...
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Ellen DeGeneres reveals pet dog Kid broke his leg in an ‘awful’ accident: ‘He was screaming in pain’
The star lost her dog Wolf in July.
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Man United 'stance on Ousmane Dembele transfer' and more rumours
All the latest Manchester United transfer rumours and gossip including an update on the future of Ousmane Dembele.
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‘90 Day Fiancé’ star Larissa dos Santos Lima speaks out after ICE arrest
<p>The Brazil-born reality star said she's 'good to go' after the incident, but she may still face deportation</p>
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Brazil is not the environmental villain, Bolsonaro tells UN
<p> ‘We are victims of one of the most brutal disinformation campaigns about the Amazon and the Pantanal wetlands,’ Bolsonaro told fellow global leaders on Tuesday</p>
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Covid: Boris Johnson warns of tougher measures if new rules are flouted
People across the UK are facing new coronavirus restrictions amid a sharp rise in confirmed cases.
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Who are Donald Trump’s front-runners for Supreme Court vacancy?
Donald Trump has vowed to nominate a woman to replace late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
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WW3: Xi Jingping warns of 'clash of civilizations’ as Trump GRILLS China over coronavirus
CHINA has warned to avoid a "clash of civilisations" as the US blasted the nation in a tense UN meeting where Donald Trump grilled Beijing over their actions in the leadup to the pandemic.
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'An object of pity': Former Trump advisor says rest of the world looks down on US
<p>Fiona Hill claims the US' allies are 'shocked' by how the nation is 'eating ourselves alive with our divisions'</p>
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Attorney: Black man shot by LA deputies wasn't holding a gun
Attorneys for a Black man shot and killed by Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies says he wasn't holding a gun when they opened fire — contradicting an account from the department
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Elon Musk says cheaper, more powerful electric vehicle batteries are 3 years off
Tesla CEO acknowledged the design and manufacturing process of the new cells, which he says will be half as expensive, is not completeElon Musk described a new generation of electric vehicle batteries that will be more powerful, longer lasting, and half as expensive as the company’s current cells at Tesla’s “Battery Day” on Tuesday.“We do not have an affordable car. That’s something we will have in the future. But we’ve got to get the cost of batteries down,” Musk said. Continue reading...
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CHRISTOPHER STEVENS: Sad-face emoji, but the writing might be on the wall for reading
CHRISTOPHER STEVENS: Dr Lydia Wilson told us on Monday in The Secret History Of Writing on BBC4 that man's greatest invention is the alphabet.
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Air Force Two carrying Mike Pence is forced to return to New Hampshire after being hit by BIRDS
The incident occurred Tuesday evening after the plane, carrying Vice President Mike Pence, departed Manchester-Boston Regional Airport en route to Washington, D.C.
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