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Simon Cowell ‘raked in £37m from TV appearances and record label in one year’
Cash money.
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Frank Lampard rates Callum Hudson-Odoi performance amid Chelsea exit talk
He has been linked with a move away.
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Tamara Ecclestone gives birth to second daughter with Jay Rutland
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‘I’m not a fan’: Donald Trump launches blistering attack on Meghan Markle and says he wishes Prince Harry ‘a lot of luck’
<p>President says he is ‘not a fan’ of Ms Markle who is supporting Joe Biden for White House</p>
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Laura Whitmore's bizarre online shopping blunder leaves fans in hysterics
After spotting a gorgeous piece to add to her abode, Love Island babe Laura Whimore was faced with a rather bizarre reality on Wednesday when her online order came through the door
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Portland denies permit for right-wing rally, cites COVID-19
Portland, Oregon, has denied a permit for a Saturday rally planned by the right-wing group Proud Boys
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For NBA players, Taylor grand jury decision 'not enough'
A grand jury decision in Kentucky to bring no charges against Louisville police for Breonna Taylor’s killing and only brought three counts of wanton endangerment against fired Officer Brett Hankison for shooting into Taylor’s neighbors’ homes, was not unexpected by many NBA players and coaches
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‘It’s a positive thing’: Trump supports Kentucky National Guard response to Breonna Taylor protests
Donald Trump has praised Kentucky’s attorney general as a “star” after he announced criminal charges against one Louisville police officer involved with the killing of Breonna Taylor.
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Molly-Mae Hague's 'huge Photoshop fail' as trolls claim she edited ‘double chin’
Bombshell Molly-Mae looked sensational in the sizzling snap which showcased her cascading blonde ponytail and her enviable figure - but some eagle-eyed keyboard warriors had other opinions
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James Gunn ‘over the moon excited’ to be working on Suicide Squad spin-off series Peacemaker with John Cena
John will play the titular character in the series.
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Coronavirus live news: Indonesia sees record case rise; India deaths pass 90,000
Israel announces plans for stricter lockdown; Paris to unveil tighter restrictions; Follow the latest updatesGlobal report: Trump calls 200,000 US coronavirus deaths ‘a shame’Follow new restrictions or risk a second lockdown, Johnson warns UKWeekly number of new cases at highest level, says WHOSee all our coronavirus coverage 11.40pm BST Hello and welcome to today’s live coverage of the coronavirus pandemic with me, Helen Sullivan. I’ll be bringing you the latest pandemic news from around the world for the next few hours. If I’ve missed major updates or interesting news from your country, let me know on Twitter @helenrsulllivan or vial email: helen.sullivan@theguardian.com. Continue reading...
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'We want to get rid of the ballots': Trump won't commit to peaceful transfer of power as he instead pushes voter fraud message
Donald Trump would not commit to peacefully transferring power to Joe Biden if he loses the election in November, instead saying election officials must “get rid” of any illegal ballots.
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Jack Fincham's mental health battle led him to 'not wanting to leave the house'
New dad Jack’s struggles with severe anxiety and depression began long before he hit reality telly, but were exacerbated when he found instant fame after Love Island
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Atletico Madrid agree deal to sign Luis Suarez from Barcelona in bargain move
Former Liverpool striker Suarez is on the verge of completing a £6m switch to Barcelona's La Liga rivals, ending weeks of speculation over his future
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Sheriff: Crowds, alcohol, drugs fueling Vegas Strip violence
Authorities are investigating the latest shooting outside a Las Vegas Strip resort while police say a spike in violent crime in and around the city’s marquee tourist area has led to at least 1,100 arrests since Aug. 1
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James Herriot's children reveal truth behind All Creatures Great And Small as series lifts spirits
Not long ago, Rosie Page , 73, was approached by an American visitor asking to shake her hand in Thirsk, the quaint Yorkshire town where her father James Herriot wrote his uproarious books.
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Bake Off gets 181 Ofcom complaints after Matt Lucas' Boris Johnson impression
Matt Lucas' impression of Boris Johnson on last night's episode of The Great British Bake Off was hit by many complaints, Ofcom has revealed
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Three brothers aged 14, five, and four find GUNS in canal during magnet fishing trips
Three brothers from Leeds, who love magnet fishing have hauled a weapon each. Reece, 14, Riley, five, and Leo four, have all found weapons at the bottom of the canal
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TikTok asks judge to block Trump's ban as deadline looms
TikTok asked a judge to block the Trump Administration’s attempt to ban its app, suggesting the Chinese-owned app’s deal with Oracle and Walmart remains unsettled
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Three Labour MPs QUIT Keir Starmer's team after voting against bill attacked by Jeremy Corbyn
Nadia Whittome (pictured), Beth Winter and Olivia Blake voted against the Overseas Operations bill's second reading in the House of Commons despite being ordered to abstain.
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Murder suspect held after Met police called to reports of man on fire
Postmortem records head injury as preliminary cause of death for London crime victimA 32-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murder after police were called to reports that a man was on fire.Metropolitan police officers attending the scene in Mitcham in south-west London found the body of 23-year-old Loeike Guei. Continue reading...
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The Queen is to get a bailout from the taxpayer after her land and property investments plummeted
The Treasury said that it will top up the Sovereign Grant to help maintain the Queen's income, which is severely threatened by the pandemic in the UK.
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Cricket's race shame: Sportsmail investigation reveals county cricket's shocking diversity problem
SPORTSMAIL INVESTIGATION BY MATT HUGHES AND RICHARD GIBSON: Among many alarming pieces of data, we found there were only 33 BAME players at 18 clubs.
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Rishi Sunak: Cancelling November budget shows economic uncertainty, writes ALEX BRUMMER 
ALEX BRUMMER: Rishi Sunak's surprise autumn package shows the UK Chancellor is having to make decisions on the hoof irrespective of their financial consequences.
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Virus shutdown took a toll on routine health care for kids
Federal officials say a sharp decline in routine medical care for low-income children during the coronavirus shutdown will cause long-term harm if not reversed
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The mother of all insults! Actresses play mothers to co-stars just a few years younger
Libby Purves asks why older women are often overlooked when roles as mothers are cast, with much younger 'mothers' causing impossible and unrealistic age gaps on screen.
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Trudeau pledges tax on 'extreme wealth inequality' to fund Covid spending plan
PM says government will invest billions in housing, health and jobs, but dismissals from rival parties prompt election speculationJustin Trudeau’s government has announced ambitious plans to spend billions on childcare, housing and healthcare – partly financed by taxing “extreme wealth inequality” – as Canada braces for an economically devastating second wave of coronavirus. Related: 'It's like night and day': Trudeau's and Trump's Covid-19 responses fuel wildly different outcomes Continue reading...
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Louise Redknapp has faith tours ‘will come again’ as she gears up for socially-distanced show
Louise's next album is also already in the works.
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Whitmer offers 'carbon-neutral' climate plan for Michigan
Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is calling for Michigan to become “carbon neutral” by 2050 in the fight against climate change
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Boy, 10, saves six-year-old sister from choking on Lego brick by performing Heimlich manoeuvre
But ten-year-old Harrison Walmsley tried not to panic when he saw his sister Eva, six, choking on a Lego brick. Instead he recalled a first-aid technique he learned at school before lockdown.
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Trump confirms he plans to take election results to the Supreme Court
<p>‘The scam will be before the United States Supreme Court,’ president said of 2020 election results and mail-in voting</p>
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Emma Stone ‘has married’ fiance Dave McCary after nine months of engagement
The couple got engaged last December.
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House spotted with Christmas decorations up three months before December 25
After the awful year we've all had, there's no surprise that some people are looking forward for Christmas but one excited household in Dublin have got their tinsel and tree out already
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Anthony Bottom: Man convicted in killing of two police officers in 1971 is granted parole
<p>‘He has completely changed, transformed his life and helped an entire generation transform their lives,’ says former inmate Jose Saldana</p>
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Grizzly bear kills hunter in the first fatal mauling at America’s biggest park
<p>Wrangell is America’s largest national park at more than 20,625 square miles</p>
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Colston Hall renamed Bristol Beacon to shake off association with slave trader
Bands like Massive Attack refused to play at the venue due to its association with 17th century slave trader Edward Colston.
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'My heart breaks': Attorney general holds back tears over Breonna Taylor death but says law doesn't respond to grief
<p>“I understand that as a Black man, how painful this is", he said at a press conference.</p>
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Man hospitalised after a “disturbance” at a block of flats in Salford
Police are still at Ellesmere Street tonight.
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Sluggish practices are the latest concern for Gase, Jets
An 0-2 start with dismal performances in both games has the New York Jets in an early season hole
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Diagnoses of several common health conditions HALVED during pandemic, study shows
The number of heart disease patients diagnosed also fell 44 per cent, as health services saw a 43 per cent plunge in patients with circulatory issues and 16 per cent drop in malignant cancers.
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Grayson Perry’s Big American Road Trip review – smart dispatches from a nation in crisis
Filmed in 2019, the artist’s US travelogue risks feeling outdated. However its theme of racial unrest is more relevant than ever – as is Perry’s emphasis on listeningThe election of Donald Trump in 2016 only poured rocket fuel on the UK’s seemingly unquenchable fascination with how American society functions – or doesn’t. Grayson Perry’s Big American Road Trip (Channel 4) marks the latest attempt by a travelling Brit to unravel and understand some of the nation’s starkest problems and divisions. “We’re interested in a hopeful story about the American dream,” he says to one of the men he meets here, a brief but telling summary of how he first approached the trip. But Perry filmed the series in the summer of 2019, to air before this year’s looming election. He may not have reckoned with the whiplash speed of an apocalyptic news cycle: much of what has happened since already makes this feel like a relic of a different era.On a motorbike built especially for the series, Perry rides across the country in the trademark brightly coloured leathers that mark him out as an eccentric and an outsider. This is a useful tactic for explorers in his position. It reveals him as an observer from the off, a merely curious presence with no skin in the game. He does not bother with the faux-naivety of someone like Louis Theroux, say, preferring a more directly cerebral approach. In this first episode of three, he rides around the south, focusing mainly on Atlanta, with a brief detour to Washington DC. Continue reading...
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Fear of contacting GPs during Covid outbreak 'fuelling missed diagnoses'
Study of GP records in Salford shows diagnoses up to 50% lower than expected in springCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageConcerns around contacting GPs during the coronavirus outbreak could be fuelling a rise in missed or delayed diagnoses, researchers have said.A growing body of research has suggested that patients have avoided seeking medical attention because of the pandemic. Figures have revealed a large increase in the numbers of people dying at home, while visits to A&E have been markedly reduced. Continue reading...
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SUSANNA REID: I tried saying 'yes' to everything - and it's left me exhausted! 
Susanna Reid shares her week of saying 'yes' to everything, and what followed. She admits that instead of 'yes' she needs to learn to say 'enough' and says she wants to make more time for family.
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JOHN NAISH: Is this the real reason deaths in the UK are so high?
JOHN NAISH: With 5,685 fatalities, Sweden's Covid-19 death rate is ten times higher than in neighbouring Norway and Finland. It is the fifth-highest per capita in Europe.
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Are you a middle-class hypocrite? Recycle religiously but can't resist a sneaky flight to the sun?
In his new film, A Life On Our Planet, out next week, Sir David Attenborough reveals how he is a hypocrite by eating chicken and fish. He advises not eating meat and having fewer children.
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One police officer stabbed and three others attacked in Oldham
Violence broke out after officers attended following reports of a fight in the town.
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TOWIE hit with 176 Ofcom complaints as fans accuse Olivia Attwood of ‘bullying’
Concerned TOWIE viewers have claimed that trio Olivia Attwood, Nicole Bass, 28, and Clelia Theodorou, all had a part to play in ‘bullying’ Chloe Brockett who is ten-years younger after a vicious row broke out
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'Rishi Sunak has finally listened by offering additional support to workers'
The Chancellor must set out a package of measures that is lasting, fair and effective and should look to Germany and France, which have pledged to support workers until at least the end of next year
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