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De Blasio nominee won’t give specifics on Taxi and Limousine Commission concerns
Meet the new boss — same as the old boss? Mayor de Blasio’s pick to head the city’s Taxi and Limousine Commission — a former deputy of recently-departed chair Meera Joshi — vowed on Thursday to be a “transformative” force at the agency, but offered little in terms of detail. Testifying before the city council...
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Amazon Prime Day error put high-end camera gear on sale for peanuts
Sometimes during major online sales, too-good-to-be-true deals accidentally make it to storefronts. Often the retailer cancels those orders after realizing the mistake, but sometimes lucky bargain hunters actually receive the goods they found for way...
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Killer released from prison, dubbed too old to be dangerous, kills again
A man who spent decades in prison for fatally stabbing his wife was released after being deemed too old to pose a threat — only to be convicted this week of a nearly identical crime. It took jurors in Maine less than an hour to find Albert Flick, 77, guilty in the 2018 murder of...
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Donald Trump, Heat Wave, ‘Sesame Street’: Your Thursday Evening Briefing
Here’s what you need to know at the end of the day.
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Matt Taven on Lethal rivalry, Ring of Honor’s challenge, heel advice
Matt Taven has held the Ring of Honor world championship for more than 100 days since winning it in a ladder match during April’s G1 Supercard at Madison Square Garden. The New England native puts the belt on the line against former champion Jay Lethal at Manhattan Mayhem, streaming live on HonorClub starting at 8...
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Trump the Criminal Co-Conspirator
Mueller spells this out.
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'From Birth of a Nation' to 'Send Her Back': Division and demagoguery in American politics
CNN presidential historian Douglas Brinkley discusses with Jake Tapper.
The Unexplained Noise 2 Percent of People Can Hear
Some describe it as sounding like an engine idling just outside the house. Others report hearing a low-frequency rumble. But almost everyone who can hear it—2 percent of the population, by some estimates—agrees on one thing: “the hum,” as it has come to be called, is a persistent, maddening noise for which the scientific world has no known explanation. Since it was first reported in Bristol, England, in 1970, this elusive phenomenon has plagued thousands of people across the globe, slowly eroding their sanity. One of them is Steve Kohlhase, an industrial-facilities mechanical engineer living in Brookfield, Connecticut. In Garret Harkawik’s short documentary Doom Vibrations, Kohlhase describes the noise: “Your ears are ringing real bad. If it’s a bad day, it feels like your brain is being squeezed. It’s nauseating.” Kohlhase says his dog, too, seems to suffer from the noise; once Kohlhase started hearing it, the canine became lethargic, and has never recovered. In the film, Kohlhase lays out the extensive evidence he has collected on the unexplained noise pollution. The quest for answers has consumed him; he estimates that he has spent $30,000 on legal fees and equipment related to his independent investigation. The single through line in all reported cases Kohlhase has studied, he says, is that the locations are along high-pressure gas pipelines, or at least in close proximity to them. The phenomenon has spawned many conspiracy theories. Sufferers, known as “hummers,” have pointed fingers at sources such as electrical power lines, wireless communication devices, and low-frequency electromagnetic radiation. For decades, doctors dismissed patients’ complaints as tinnitus, an auditory problem that affects 15 percent of people. But the latest research suggests that the noise is not a hallucination and that many hummers do not suffer from impaired hearing. Dr. David Baguley, an audiologist at Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge, estimates that about a third of cases can be attributed to environmental causes, such as industrial machinery at a nearby factory. But the majority of cases remain unexplained. Baguley himself believes that many of his patients suffer from extreme sensitivity to signals outside the normal range of human hearing. “I think most people view the hum as a fringe belief,” Harkawik told me, “because it’s so subjective—people say they hear something that most people can’t hear. But when you look at the vast number of people who say they hear it, it’s obvious that there’s something going on.” So, does the filmmaker subscribe to Kohlhase’s gas-pipeline theory? “Some parts are definitely believable; others less so,” Harkawik said. He admits that some of Kohlhase’s wilder extrapolations veer into conspiracy-theory territory. “I don’t think we will ever know for sure, though, since it would require an extraordinary amount of coordination and work to prove it.” But Harkawik was drawn to Kohlhase’s story regardless of the relative plausibility of his claims. “When I make something about a person with unusual beliefs, I no longer go into it thinking, What will it be like if they realize they’re wrong?” he said. “I spend more time on how they arrived at their beliefs and what of myself I see in them.” In this case, the filmmaker identified with Kohlhase’s obsessive devotion to his project, despite the fact that it had very little broad appeal. “The response to his research was underwhelming to him, but the people he has positively impacted keep him going,” Harkawik said. “I often feel the same way about documentary film—I spend years on a project, inevitably feel underwhelmed by the response, but ultimately keep working because one or two people email me to say it meant something to them. I think most creative people would identify with Steve’s story.”
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U.S. Navy destroys Iranian drone in "defensive action"
Tensions with Iran are escalating further after the U.S. Navy shot down an Iranian drone in the Persian Gulf. This comes after Iran said its National Guard seized a foreign tanker and its crew. Ian Lee is in London with the latest.
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On the Road With the Tour de France
The most glorious and heartbreaking of cycling races, a pell-mell journey of three weeks to Paris.
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‘Top Gun: Maverick’ trailer puts Tom Cruise back in the danger zone
Do you feel the need … the need for a “Top Gun” sequel trailer? Paramount Pictures premiered the first trailer Thursday for “Top Gun: Maverick,” the long-awaited follow-up to the beloved, quintessentially Tom Cruise flick — and fans are stoked. Cruise, who showed up unannounced at Comic-Con today in San Diego, treated fans at the...
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Cops lift shelter-in-place order after NJ chemical plant fire
New Jersey cops ordered East Rutherford residents to shut down their air conditioners and shelter-in-place Thursday amid air contamination fears sparked by a fire at a nearby chemical plant. The blaze broke out at the Diamond Chemical Co. off of Route 17, according to the East Rutherford Fire Department, leading Lyndhurst police to blast out...
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It's not just Trump: NRCC labels Democrats 'socialist' and 'deranged'
The man House Republicans picked to lead them back to the majority made clear Thursday that the party wants to make the 2020 elections a "choice between socialism and freedom."
DoNotPay's latest service will auto-cancel your free trials before the billing period starts
DoNotPay (previously) is a collection of consumer-advocacy tools automated the process of fighting traffic tickets, help homeless people claim benefits, sue Equifax for leaking all your financial data, navigating the airlines' deliberately confusing process for getting refunds on plane tickets whose prices drop after you buy them, and filing small-claims suits against crooked corporations. The service was created by Joshua Browder, a British hacker who moved to the USA to pursue a Stanford computer science degree and who funds operations with a mix of venture capital and cash donations. His latest feature is the "Free Trial Card" -- a virtual credit card that you use to anonymously sign up for services' free trials, using any name and email. When the trial period ends, any attempts to charge the card fail, freeing you from going through the onerous process of cancelling (newspaper paywalls are among the worst for this: the Wall Street Journal lets you create a trial account in seconds with your browser at any time of night or day, but requires you to wait three business days and call a toll number during business hours to cancel the trial, and when you do, you're met with a high-pressure sales-pitch from the person who processes the cancellation). If you want to continue to use the service after the free trial, fear not: the app automatically emails you when your free trial is about to expire so you can put down a real card to pay for ongoing access. Read the rest
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Yemen Has Been a Saudi Prince’s War. Now It’s His Quagmire.
The withdrawal of Saudi Arabia’s key ally in Yemen leaves Prince Mohammed with few good options. Now he is asking for increased American help.
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Storied Russian Miniatures Dwindling in Face of Icon Revival
Russian miniatures — boxes painted with elaborate fairy tales — once replaced the holy icons banned by the Soviets, but now history is reversing itself.
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Mayor Pete pays for his security, but de Blasio sticks NYC taxpayers with bill
Mayor Bill de Blasio continues to stick city taxpayers with his security bill while traveling out of state on his quixotic presidential bid, while small-city mayor and rising Democratic star Pete Buttigieg’s campaign pays for his protection. De Blasio’s security detail is provided by a dedicated unit of the New York City Police Department that...
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Man shouting "You die!" sets fire to anime studio, killing 33
Officials said the suspect entered the studio and doused it with accelerant; many staff couldn't escape the smoke and flames
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The Squad is blowing it and other commentary
Campus watch: Accused Students Deserve a Fair Hearing Decisions by the federal Sixth and Seventh Circuit Court of Appeal have sided with accused students and stressed the notion that all students are entitled to a “fair” hearing in campus sexual-assault cases, reports KC Johnson at City Journal. That includes giving the accused the right to...
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Southwest Airlines cancels Boeing 737 Max flights until at least November
Photo by Ralph Freso/Getty Images Southwest Airlines has canceled thousands more Boeing 737 Max flights, this time until at least November, after the Federal Aviation Administration recently discovered a new flaw in the plane’s flight software. The company’s announcement follows news that United and American Airlines are also delaying the reintroduction of the 737 Max until November. The three US airlines have spent the last few weeks repeatedly announcing new cancellations as Boeing and the FAA work to re-certify the 737 Max, after it was involved in two fatal crashes within the span of five months that claimed 346 lives. Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenberg said in a tweet Thursday that the plane’s grounding, which was ordered by regulators around the world in March, is “presenting significant challenges for our customers, company and supply chain.” Boeing also announced Thursday that it will take a $4.9 billion hit in the second quarter alone from the grounding of the flight, and that it doesn’t expect the plane to return to flight until the fourth quarter of the year. The company has set up a $100 million fund for the families and communities of the victims. US airlines have spent the summer cancelling thousands of flights The deadly crashes were largely caused by software that was supposed to prevent the newer 737 Max planes from stalling in certain situations. That software, known as Maneuvering Characteristics Augmentation System, or MCAS, made calculations based on readings from a single external sensor on the plane, and also had no way to know if that sensor was damaged. This was the case in both of the crashes. What made matters worse was that pilots didn’t know what was happening, because Boeing hadn’t properly disclosed the software to airlines — partly to save money, but also to bring the 737 Max to market more quickly. Southwest’s delay and Boeing’s financial disclosure come after families of the victims testified in front of the House aviation subcommittee this week. Paul Njoroge, who lost his wife, mother-in-law, and his three children, said at the hearing that the FAA “recklessly” let Boeing police its own safety policies. “The FAA should have known that the failure to have triple redundancy in critical safety systems could cause crashes and death,” he said. The House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure has launched an investigation into the FAA’s certification process, and US transportation secretary Elaine Chao convened a committee to do the same. Chao had also previously asked the Department of Transportation’s inspector general to examine the FAA’s certification process.
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Judge gives reputed Bonanno boss stiff sentence for racketeering
Sometimes it really sucks being the captain — especially in the mafia.  Joseph “Joe Valet” Sabella, a Bonanno capo who pleaded guilty to racketeering conspiracy has been sentenced to more than seven years in federal prison after a judge said he bears more responsibility than his underlings.  “You were involved more extensively as a captain,...
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John Cleese: I’m ‘too naughty’ for knighthood
"People like me don't get knighted."
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Sen. Lindsey Graham on Trump and racist remarks, 2015 v 2019
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World experienced hottest June on record in 2019, says US agency
The US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says the average temperature was 61.6F (16.4C).
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Prosecutors weighed DOJ policy blocking indictment of a sitting president in closing Trump hush-money probe
Prosecutors told a judge Monday that they had "effectively concluded" a probe of efforts to silence two women in the final months of the 2016 campaign       
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Neutrogena Recalls Light Therapy Masks, Citing Risk of Eye Injury
Should you blast your skin with light therapy masks? If you do, use eye protection.
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Google’s Stadia Controller won’t work with Bluetooth headsets at launch
Photo by Vjeran Pavic / The Verge Google’s Stadia controller won’t be able to wirelessly stream game audio to your Bluetooth headphones or gaming headsets when it launches in November, according to Stadia Product Director Andrey Doronichev. In a Reddit AMA earlier today, Doronichev suggests people plug in a set of wired headphones into the controller’s 3.5mm jack if they want to listen to game audio in privacy. There will be a work-around for Stadia users come launch time — that is, so long as you have a Pixel-series phone or plan to play Stadia games on the Chrome browser. Pointed out by 9to5Google, Doronichev says that you’ll be able to use your Bluetooth headphones to play Stadia by pairing them to your PC or Pixel phone, which will be one of the only mobile device line that will support Stadia at launch. (Doronichev didn’t specify what Pixel phones would work on Stadia, so perhaps it will come to both the Pixel 3 line and earlier Pixel devices.) This solution will work because it circumvents the controller, which requires a Wi-Fi connection to sync up with whatever screen you’re accessing Stadia on. At launch, this will impact Stadia Founder’s Edition buyers who were hoping to stream audio to Bluetooth headphones while gaming on the TV throught the bundled Chromecast Ultra. For everyone else, it seems like the workaround will be the solution if you want to wireless audio. It’s disappointing, I get it. I wanted this feature so badly in the Nintendo Switch that I bought a $60 Bluetooth audio adapter. But, this feature is slated to arrive for the controller at some point. As detailed in the controller’s product page, the Stadia gamepad will ship with its Bluetooth support switched off. Some fine print further down the page says that it may be enabled in the future. So, Google may switch it on once things smooth out a bit following the initial launch period. Until then, you’ll have to bust out your old wired headphones.
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Let’s all boggle at the furry erotic dream that is the first trailer for Tom Hooper’s Cats
Photo: Warner Bros. The first trailer for Cats — the first film adaption of the long-running, record-breaking Broadway musical — has arrived, and it’s an intensely surreal experience. As promised in a behind-the-scenes video released yesterday, the film consists of live human actors singing and dancing on oversized sets, meant to make them appear about the comparative size of actual housecats. And rather than using Broadway’s elaborate fur costumes, director Tom Hooper (Les Misérables, The King’s Speech) chose to use motion capture and CGI to give the performers sleek, fuzzy pelts. It’s visually startling, especially when you recognize the actors under these very expensive, high-tech versions of Instagram filters. Much like Hooper’s Les Misérables, his Cats is full of stars that film fans might not immediately associate with big spectacle musicals, including Dame Judy Dench, Idris Elba, Ian McKellen, Ray Winstone, and Rebel Wilson. They’re playing opposite legitimate music stars like Taylor Swift, Jason Derulo, and Jennifer Hudson, plus James Corden, who may not qualify as a music star per se, but certainly does a lot of singing on Carpool Karaoke and The Late Late Show with James Corden. And they’re also wearing CGI reskins that come complete with big pointy ears, whiskers, and tails, which make them all look a bit like their faces have been punched up and pasted onto someone’s erotic anthro art. As with any dance-heavy Broadway musical, there’s an emphasis here on acts of athleticism and physical control, and again, the combination of lean, seemingly naked bodies and the evocation of cute house pets is pretty startling. This one’s going to be divisive until people get used to the film’s distinctive look. Cats will be in theaters on December 20th, 2019.
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An Indian research university has assembled 73 million journal articles (without permission) and is offering the archive for unfettered scientific text-mining
The JNU Data Depot is a joint project between rogue archivist Carl Malamud (previously), bioinformatician Andrew Lynn, and a research team from New Delhi's Jawaharlal Nehru University: together, they have assembled 73 million journal articles from 1847 to the present day and put them into an airgapped respository that they're offering to noncommercial third parties who want to perform textual analysis on them to "pull out insights without actually reading the text." This text-mining process is already well-developed and has produced startling scientific insights, including "databases of genes and chemicals, map[s of] associations between proteins and diseases, and [automatically] generate[d] useful scientific hypotheses." But the hard limit of this kind of text mining is the paywalls that academic and scholarly publishers put around their archives, which both limit who can access the collections and what kinds of queries they can run against them. By putting 73 million articles in a repository without having to bargain with the highly concentrated and notoriously rent-seeking scholarly publishing industry, the JNU Data Depot team are able to dispense with the arbitrary restrictions put on data-mining. They believe that they are on the right side of Indian copyright law as well, as they are a scholarly institution that is making a single digital copy for local use, and not circulating the articles on the internet; they believe that these precautions might shield them from a lawsuit. They're relying on precedent set in a 2016 Delhi High Court Ruling that turned on the legality of a copy shop that sold photocopied selections from expensive textbooks, where the court held that section 52 of the 1957 Copyright Act allows reproduction of copyrighted works for education and research. Read the rest
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While Washington Talks Antitrust, Europe Takes Action
The European Commission fined chipmaker Qualcomm €242 million for luring Chinese phone makers with low prices, forcing a British rival out of the market.
House Homeland Security panel head says Trump words endanger lawmakers
The Democratic chairman of the House of Representatives' Homeland Security Committee on Thursday called for an emergency meeting of the board overseeing the U.S. Capitol Police to address what he said are growing threats to lawmakers' safety related to President Donald Trump's actions.
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Some FaceApp privacy concerns may be overblown
Wired editor-in-chief Nick Thompson tells CBSN there's little evidence to back up photo fears around Russian-owned app
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Toys'R'Us Isn't Dead, It's Just Becoming an 'Experience'
Tru Kids Brand, the organization that bought the rights to the Toys“R”Us name as part of the chain’s massive fire sale last year, announced today that it was bringing the toy stores back to the United States in time for the holiday season. But not as the giant warehouse stores you remember with toys stacked to the…Read more...
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Angry Aaron Boone gets tossed: ‘Tighten this s–t up’
Aaron Boone will be well rested for the nightcap of Thursday’s doubleheader. But the Yankees manager got his money’s worth after he was ejected from the first game of the twin bill against the Rays. After a number of Yankees were upset by home plate umpire Brennan Miller’s strike zone, Boone finally took the charge...
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UPDATE 3-Microsoft beats estimates, powered by growing cloud profits
Microsoft Corp on Thursday beat analysts' estimates for fourth-quarter revenue and profit, powered by continued sales increases from its cloud business and a boost from businesses upgrading Windows.
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Netball World Cup 2019: Jo Harten stars as England beat South Africa
England's Jo Harten inspires the Roses to victory over South Africa to set up a World Cup semi-final against New Zealand.
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William Saliba decides to join Arsenal instead of rivals Tottenham Hotspur
Saint-Etienne defender set to be first major summer signingSpurs made late effort to hijack €30m (£27m) transferThe young St-Étienne centre-back William Saliba has decided to join Arsenal despite a late attempt by Tottenham to sign the France Under-20 international.Arsenal agreed a five-year deal with the 18-year-old last week and he looked all set to sign for the Gunners, but late interest from their North London rivals delayed the announcement. Continue reading...
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Illinois gas station worker fired after telling Latino customers 'ICE will come'
The gas station's parent company said, "We don't treat customers that way." Police are investigating.
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Luann de Lesseps launches ‘Feelin’ Jovani’ IV Drip
The Countess told us 20 percent of the proceeds will go to charity.
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Digital Trends Live: Netflix loses subscribers, Uber’s in-car shopping, and more
On this episode of DT Live, we take a look at the biggest trending stories in tech, including Netflix’s subscriber loss, Uber’s in-car shopping service, Microsoft’s HoloLens language translation, and more.
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Acting Head Of Customs and Border Protection Says New Asylum Rule In 'Pilot' Phase
"Although the new federal regulation allows us to apply that all 2,000 miles along the southwest border, we're not going to do that." Mark Morgan told NPR.
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The 200th firefighter just died from a World Trade Center-related illness
New York City officials says that 200 firefighters have now lost their lives from illnesses stemming from their time working at the World Trade Center after the terror attacks on September 11, 2001. - RSS Channel
UPDATE 3-Boeing takes $4.9 bln charge for prolonged grounding of 737 MAX planes
Boeing Co said on Thursday it would take an after-tax charge of $4.9 billion in the second quarter on estimated disruptions from the prolonged grounding of its lucrative 737 MAX passenger planes after two deadly crashes.
Adorable New Species of Flying Squirrel Discovered in China
A newly described species of flying squirrel is teaching researchers more about these enigmatic, tree-hopping rodents, but its threatened status means scientists will have to act fast.Read more...
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U.S. says Navy ship 'destroyed' Iranian drone in Gulf
The United States said on Thursday that a U.S. Navy ship had "destroyed" an Iranian drone in the Strait of Hormuz after the aircraft threatened the vessel, but Iran said it had no information about losing a drone.
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May throws down gauntlet to successor over paternity leave
PM says she hopes better paternity leave and time off to care for premature infants will be one of her lasting legaciesFor the whole family’s sake, fathers need more paternity leaveTheresa May is throwing down the gauntlet to her successor, pushing for fathers to have more time with their newborns. Writing in the Guardian she says she hopes that better paternity leave and time off work to care for premature infants will be one of her lasting legacies as prime minister.She says the status quo is holding back women and reinforcing the gender pay gap. Continue reading...
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For the whole family’s sake, fathers need more paternity leave | Theresa May
A consultation I am launching is the first step towards equalising the roles of men and women at home and in workMay throws down gauntlet to successor over paternity leaveIn the 44 years since statutory maternity leave was introduced to the UK, the experience of parenting has changed almost beyond recognition. Fathers and same-sex partners want to be more involved and share parenting more equally – not just in the later stages of childhood, but right from the first second that their child is born.I firmly believe that mums and dads should be given the opportunity to do this and that’s why, back when I was shadow minister for women and equalities, I first set out to develop the shared parental leave policy we have today. Continue reading...
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Everything we know about Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order
After a ten-year hiatus, Marvel Ultimate Alliance is back with Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order on Switch. The co-op-focused action RPG tasks you and your buddies with stopping Thanos from securing the Infinity Stones.
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