Two-thirds of employees now back in the office, Transport Secretary Grant Shapps says

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Missouri Governor who opposes mask mandates tests positive for COVID-19
<p>In a video on Twitter, Gov. Parson said he got a rapid test on Wednesday</p>
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Queen to rely on millions from taxpayer as profits nose-dive due to pandemic
The Treasury will pump millions of taxpayer pounds earmarked for public services to prop up the Crown Estate's income after property and land investments dipped during pandemic
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Holly Willoughby's fans 'see faces in her knees' as she shows off 'endless legs'
Holly Willoughby shared a stunning photo of herself in a mini-dress which led to her fans musing over what they could see in her knees, from 'faces' to a 'love heart'
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Two police officers shot as Black Lives Matter protest turns violent in Louisville
TWO police officers have been shot in Louisville after a Black Lives Matter protest turned violent.
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Rookie Mathisen hits 2 HRs, D-backs beat Rangers 7-3
Rookie Wyatt Mathisen hit his first two career homers, fellow rookie Daulton Varsho knocked in the go-ahead run with a triple and the Arizona Diamondbacks rallied for a 7-3 victory over the Texas Rangers
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‘It’s all kind of numbing’: Celebrities decry decision in Breonna Taylor case
<p>For months, actors, sports stars, musicians and other celebrities have been using their platforms to call for justice in the police shooting death of Breonna Taylor</p>
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Harper's 2 HRs help Phils top Nats 12-3, push champs to edge
Bryce Harper homered twice against his former team as the designated hitter and helped the Philadelphia Phillies beat the Washington Nationals 12-3 to push the 2019 World Series champions to the brink of elimination from the playoff race
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Chief Scientific Officer Sir Patrick Vallance has £600,000 of shares in vaccine maker GSK
Sir Patrick has already sold more than £5 million in shares he received during his tenure as president of GlaxoSmithKline from 2012 to 2018.
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Jose Mourinho recalls worst moment of his career - and infamous Liverpool goal
Mourinho has guided the likes of Chelsea, Manchester United and Real Madrid to major honours - but one Champions League semi-final defeat still rankles with the Tottenham boss
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JK Rowling shakes off transgender row as controversial new book shoots straight to top of the charts
JK Rowling's latest book Troubled Blood, which features a male killer who dresses up in women's clothes, has reignited claims that the Harry Potter author is 'transphobic'.
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Durham withdraws student's offer after 'abhorrent' competition
Durham University was shaken by claims new students were planning a competition for 'posh lads' to have sex with the poorest girl on campus.
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British researchers to test Covid-19 vaccine on volunteers deliberately infected with virus
<p>So-called ‘challenge trials’ will reportedly involve 2,000 participants at a qurantine facility in London</p>
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Australian bank agrees to $919M fine for money laundering
Australia’s second-largest bank has agreed to pay a $919 million fine for breaching anti-money laundering and counterterrorism financing laws
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Victoria records another dip in COVID-19 cases with just 12 infections and two deaths 
Metropolitan Melbourne's crucial 14-day rolling average has dropped from 29.4 on Wednesday to just 26.7. Victoria recorded 12 infections and two deaths on Thursday.
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Britons enjoy one final late night out before Boris Johnson's 10pm closing time comes into force 
Revellers from Leeds, London and Middlesborough were seen stepping out in full force as they took advantage of their last night of freedom before new measures come in.
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Sir Trevor McDonald, 81, separates from his wife of 34 years
Sir Trevor McDonald, 81, who rose to prominence as the presenter of ITN's News at Ten, has separated from his wife Jo and moved out of the family home, according to reports.
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Westpac handed record fine worth £722m – for breaching money-laundering laws 23 million times
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New 'traffic-light' lockdown system that will send automatic alerts to phones is set to be used
Local infection rates will be used to split parts of England into one of three categories that will determine the restrictions in place in the region under the plan.
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Coronavirus UK: Entrepreneurs warn future of nation is under threat
In a passionate intervention to Boris Johnson's six-month Covid clampdown, Julian Metcalfe, who founded Pret A Manger and Itsu, said the prosperity of the nation is now at stake.
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Trump says he's 'not a fan' of Meghan's, wishes Harry luck
President Donald Trump took a swipe at the Duchess of Sussex on Wednesday after the former Meghan Markle and Prince Harry participated in a Time 100 video urging Americans to vote
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Original 9 trailblazers stood for tennis equality in 1970
Billie Jean King and eight other women of the “Original 9” are celebrating the 50th anniversary of signing $1 contracts and breaking away from the U.S. tennis establishment to form the Virginia Slims circuit in 1970
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Westpac is ordered to pay $1.3billion for breaching anti-money laundering rules
Australia's second biggest bank has told the share market it had reached an agreement with AUSTRAC, the federal government agency charged with tackling organised crime.
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Coronavirus: SAGE experts tell students they should stay at university over Christmas
Larger outbreaks of coronavirus are expected at the end of the academic term as students move around the UK to travel home during their two-week break.
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Donald Trump STORMS OUT of White House press conference to take ‘emergency phone call’
DONALD TRUMP walked out of a White House press conference to take an "emergency phone call" whilst being questioned about the decision not to charge three police officers over the shooting of Breonna Taylor in March.
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McDonald's takes advantage of 10pm curfew loophole to offer 24/7 takeaways
McDonald's UK and Ireland CEO Paul Pomroy has confirmed 800 restaurants will continue to offer delivery and drive-thru orders through the night despite 10pm curfew
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Mariah Carey says Derek Jeter affair was 'catalyst' to ending troubled marriage
Mariah Carey has admitted that her problematic marriage to Tommy Mottola was brought to quicker conclusion due to her affair with Derek Jeter
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The childhood diary of her friend revealed the Queen we've never known, writes RICHARD KAY
RICHARD KAY: For eight decades she has been as intriguing as she has reassuring, from the schoolgirl Princess broadcasting out of Windsor in wartime Britain to steadfast monarch.
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US appeals court in Denver eyes American Samoa citizenship
A U.S. appeals court in Denver is weighing whether residents of American Samoa should automatically be granted citizenship
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Climate change and Covid economy 'must be tackled together'
Ideas such as giving young people work on nature projects are being looked at by a government body.
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Missing South Korean official 'was shot by North after jumping off boat and trying to defect'
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Coronavirus UK: Theatres must reopen to save industry, say stars
The Commons culture select committee urged ministers to use the pause created by the latest Covid-19 restrictions to take steps to enable venues to plan a return of audiences to full capacity.
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'I'm ashamed': George Clooney, Kentucky native, speaks out after Breonna Taylor decision
<p>‘The justice system I was raised to believe in holds people responsible for their actions,’ the actor said</p>
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Woman charged with hate crime after footage showed her attacking black jogger in New York City
<p>‘Crimes like this, which are fueled by hate, are in a special category for a reason’</p>
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Pubs and restaurants warn curfew clampdown will 'kill off 1 million jobs'
Hospitality businesses fear mounting job losses and closures as the 10pm curfew law kicks in from today in the government's bid to halt the UK's coronavirus second wave
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Mike Tyson among felons allowed to cast ballots in this election: ‘I’m proud to finally vote’
<p>The boxer plans to vote for the first time after his criminal record previously barred him from doing so</p>
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Prue Leith advises young women not to leave it too long to have children 
SEBASTIAN SHAKESPEARE: Prue Leith, 80, had a son, Danny Kruger (now a UK Tory MP), with her first husband, the late author Rayne Kruger.
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China vs US: UN warns ‘Cold War’ could hit amid coronavirus pandemic as tensions soar
CHINA and the Unites States could be responsible for the beginning of new Cold War amid the coronavirus pandemic, the United Nations' secretary-general warned on Tuesday.
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Georgia ‘sextortionist’ gets 40 years in prison for exploiting 150 teen victims
<p>Benjamin Jenkins threatened girls aged between 13 and 16 for graphic material</p>
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Stamkos seen: Lightning captain returns for Game 3 of final
Tampa Bay Lightning captain Steven Stamkos is making his 2020 playoff debut in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final 211 days since he last played in an NHL game
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Flu jabs limited due to high demand
A leading chain, facing unprecedented demand, suspends its appointment booking system.
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Games Inbox: Microsoft buying Sega, Xbox All Access success, and Xbox Series S stock problems
The Thursday Inbox is worried that Microsoft will start an acquisition war with Sony, as one reader is proud to play Ring Fit Adventure.
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Virginia: Warner, Gade meet in first debate of Senate race
U.S. Sen. Mark Warner of Virginia and his Republican opponent Daniel Gade have sparred over the dangers of the conoravirus, when to fill a vacancy on the Supreme Court other topics Wednesday in the first debate of their Senate race
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International communities should work together in the fight against life-threatening cyberattacks
<p>Cybercriminals are now encrypting healthcare systems for ransom payments. Virtual threats can kill, but who will hold the perpetrators to account? Writes Karoliina Ainge</p>
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Who got the last word – Trump or Ruth Bader Ginsburg? I’ll let you decide
<p>The president found out about the justice’s death after speaking at a campaign rally in Minnesota which John T Bennett and his reporters were covering for The Independent</p>
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One in five people in UK unlikely to get coronavirus vaccine, study finds
<p>Experts are worried by high levels of anti-vaccine scepticism ‘at a time when there’s significant lack of confidence in the government’, writes Adam Forrest</p>
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Clevinger suddenly pulled after 1 inning, Pads fall to Halos
The Padres might have suffered a blow to the front of their playoff rotation when right-hander Mike Clevinger was pulled after only one inning in his start against the Los Angeles Angels, who jumped on San Diego’s bullpen for a 5-2 victory to sweep a two-game series
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Q&A: What were the results of Breonna Taylor investigation?
Six months after Breonna Taylor was fatally shot by police in her Kentucky apartment, a grand jury delivered a long-awaited answer about whether the officers would be punished
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