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Senior doctors call for crackdown on home genetic testing kits

False results have told women they have mutations linked to breast and ovarian cancer

Senior doctors have called for a crackdown on consumer genetic tests, following an influx of patients who have been wrongly told they are carrying dangerous mutations linked to cancer or other devastating conditions.

Women have been incorrectly informed by companies that they have faulty BRCA genes, which convey a high risk of breast and ovarian cancers. One patient was scheduled for preventive breast-removal surgery after a consumer genetic test suggested she had a BRCA mutation. The surgery was called off at the last moment when an NHS laboratory revealed the result to be a false positive.

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1 in 4 Europeans hold anti-Semitic beliefs, new survey finds
A new survey shows about one in four Europeans holding anti-Semitic beliefs, with such attitudes on the rise in Eastern and Central European countries. The poll of 14 countries released Thursday by the New York-based Anti-Defamation League (ADL) found that such views have held mostly steady in Western Europe. “It is deeply concerning that approximately...
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Warren, Biden and Buttigieg spoke the most at fifth Democratic debate
Senator Elizabeth Warren, former Vice President Joe Biden and South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg each spoke for more than 11 minutes at the fifth Democratic debate, while Tom Steyer and Andrew Yang had the least amount of speaking time. CBSN's Tanya Rivero talks with Republican strategist Leslie Sanchez and Democratic strategist Lynda Tran about the candidates' speaking time.
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China says will strive to reach phase one trade deal with U.S.
China will strive to reach a "phase one" trade deal with the United States as both sides keep communication channels open, the spokesman at the Chinese commerce ministry told reporters on Thursday.
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Why Nets are playing it safe with Kyrie Irving
Though Nets coach Kenny Atkinson insisted Kyrie Irving’s shoulder impingement isn’t a long-term injury, he said the team isn’t treating the All-Star guard with kid gloves. He also admitted Irving couldn’t play right now even with the playoffs on the line, and said they’re taking the long-term view. “I don’t think it’s a long-term thing,...
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Toddler got caught in airport escalator fell to his death. Now his mom is charged
A mom was charged with misdemeanor child abuse two months after her 3-year-old son fell to his death at a North Carolina airport, CNN affiliate WSOC reported.
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A toddler was caught in an airport escalator and fell to his death. Now his mom is charged with child abuse
A mom was charged with misdemeanor child abuse two months after her 3-year-old son fell to his death at a North Carolina airport, CNN affiliate WSOC reported. Jaiden Cowart was leaning against the glass part of an escalator near the baggage claim area at Charlotte Douglas International Airport, his mom told the affiliate.
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Ex-CEO busted at JFK Airport in bribery case
The former CEO of Brazilian petrochemical company Braskem SA was arrested on U.S. corruption charges involving a slush fund used to bribe officials in Brazil, federal prosecutors said Wednesday. Jose Carlos Grubisich, who was taken into custody at Kennedy Airport, pleaded not guilty in federal court in Brooklyn to violating anti-bribery and other provisions of...
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Democratic debates: Drag Queen Pissi Myles quizzes Kamala Harris
The New York City drag Queen who attended an impeachment hearing on Capitol Hill last week traveled to Atlanta Wednesday for the Democratic debate and managed to eek out a question to one of the candidates during a media scrum. Pissi Myles — wearing a sequin dress, a huge blonde wig and jewels — joined...
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Booker Rises, Biden Stays Afloat and Nobody Wants to Dwell on Impeachment. 10 Takeaways From the November Debate
For two hours on Wednesday night, America’s regularly-scheduled politics programming switched location. Rather than focusing on chaotic impeachment inquiry hearings in Washington, all eyes were on the 10 Democratic candidates who qualified for the November Democratic debate in Atlanta to make their case in a setting that remains ever-important for keeping their campaigns alive. While…
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Four Syracuse University students suspended after racist incidents
Four Syracuse University students have been suspended for participating in a verbal assault directed at an African-American student last week, Chancellor Kent Syverud announced Wednesday.
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Singapore ‘Repatriates’ Hongkonger Who Held Political Meeting, Report Says
The gathering of about 10 people reportedly shared their views on the escalating protests
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Rangers’ Artemi Panarin has made his megadeal a non-issue
The Rangers beat the Capitals in 2012 with Marian Gaborik, they beat the Caps in 2013 and 2015 with Rick Nash and they have now beaten the Caps in 2019 with Artemi Panarin. What, you’re saying it’s not the same? It is a long way from those playoff springs of glory in which the Blueshirts...
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Home alarm systems: how can I improve my security?
Peter has to move from his very secure high-rise flat and wants to avoid being burgledI currently live in a high-rise flat, which is very secure, with CCTV, fob-controlled access and so on. Unfortunately, due to Grenfell, our block is being emptied for refurbishment. I don’t know what type of property I will be offered, but I will have to provide my own home security system. Cost is not a major issue, because I will get a disturbance grant for the enforced move. But, as a pensioner, I wouldn’t like to be saddled with a high monthly premium for monitoring. Any suggestions would be very welcome. PeterTechnology companies are selling a lot of new gadgets to increase home security, including smart locks, motion detectors, window sensors and digital cameras. Many are part of the trend towards “smart homes” with internet-connected doorbells, lighting, voice assistants and so on. Most of this stuff comes under the general tech-industry label of the internet of things (IoT). Continue reading...
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Rentalcars booked a pick-up location than no longer existed
I was told to go to the Alamo desk at St Pancras but it had moved out months beforeI booked a rental car through Rentalcars.com and selected pick-up at St Pancras station. Rates are higher here in central London, but I was happy to pay the extra because it’s near my home and I wanted to leave early for a family day trip. The rental voucher confirmed the pick up at St Pancras NCP car park. On the day, I spent half an hour looking for the Alamo office. Eventually, staff from another rental firm told me that it had closed down weeks previously and advised me to call the nearest Alamo office. Staff there confirmed its desk at St Pancras had closed over two months before I’d booked, and that I was not the only customer with this experience. My booking had been moved to its Marylebone office. Continue reading...
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PlayStation 5: the 11 games we want to see in 2020
From God of War 2 to Grand Theft Auto 6, here are the almost-confirmed titles and wish-list fantasies we’re holding out for with the console’s next releaseNow that Sony has revealed the technical specifications of its forthcoming console, including its powerful AMD Ryzen processor, SSD storage system for fast loading, 3D sound and 8K support, what everyone wants to know is – what will we be playing on the machine when it launches next year?Here are the rumours and expectations, some more fanciful than others, but each one a distinct and enticing possibility. Continue reading...
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Revealed: Bayer AG discussed plans to give not-for-profit funding for influence
Emails between two senior executives and a journalist show discussions aimed at giving Bayer a voice in press foundation initiatives Bayer AG discussed plans to give the German drugs giant influence within prestigious American not-for-profit dedicated to media freedoms that would protect and promote the company’s business interests in exchange for generous funding, records obtained by the Guardian show.Multiple email communications from 2018 and 2019 detail the entwinement of two senior executives at Bayer’s US operations with a Greek journalist and “communications strategist” named Thanos Dimadis who served briefly as executive director for the 101-year-old New York-based Foreign Press Association (FPA), and the related Foreign Press Foundation (FPF). Continue reading...
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Finally, the public wants action on the climate crisis. Now politics must catch up | Stephen Buranyi
A cosy consensus among politicians allowed lofty targets to be set, and then ignored. But now voters want actual solutionsThe most shocking political development of 2019 may be the end of the nearly three-decade old consensus that the public doesn’t care about the climate crisis. People were hopelessly and permanently apathetic, the argument went, or unable to see beyond the present. They were said to suffer what Ted Nordhaus and Michael Shellenberger memorably called “apocalypse fatigue”, a numbness brought on by years of scientific warnings about a dismal future. And this in turn meant they were uninterested in, if not outright hostile to, any kind of meaningful climate action.All of this appeared to be backed up by data. Years of polling and other measures of public engagement showed that even as awareness of the crisis grew, there was no interest in changing anything. Continue reading...
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Who is Fiona Hill and what can we expect from her impeachment testimony?
Hill, a top expert on Russia, expected to testify about her concerns of ‘shadow’ foreign policy run by Giuliani, Sondland and othersA day after bombshell testimony from the EU ambassador Gordon Sondland dealt a serious blow to Donald Trump’s fight against impeachment, the embattled president faces another day of potentially damaging testimony from the National Security Council official Fiona Hill. Related: Sondland's bombshell testimony blows holes in Trump's Ukraine defence Continue reading...
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Uganda bans thousands of charities in 'chilling' crackdown
Government critics fear purge of sector as more than 12,000 organisations lose registered charity statusMore than 12,000 charities have been told they can no longer operate in Uganda as critics raised fears that government regulatory measures effectively amounted to a purge.The government said a review that took place in August and September would root out poorly performing organisations and create “a reliable data bank on all NGOs” in the country. Continue reading...
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Last Christmas may be the worst film of the year – so why is it box-office gold?
Written by Emma Thompson, directed by Paul Feig of Bridesmaids, soundtracked by George Michael – and panned by critics. Why are audiences flocking to see it?Last Christmas, this year’s festive schlockfest, is bad. Oh, it’s bad. It looked OK on paper: a Christmas romcom written by Emma Thompson and directed by Paul Feig of Bridesmaids, a catchy George Michael soundtrack, a festive Covent Garden setting, Michelle Yeoh – what’s not to love? But it is bad. It is not only one of the worst films of the year, it’s possibly one of the worst films ... ever?But despite being objectively terrible, it is one of those interesting cinematic phenomenons where audience opinions differ greatly from those of critics. Its user score on Rotten Tomatoes is currently 81% (against a 48% critics’ score). In its first week of release, it has knocked Joker, the first film in a decade to hold the No 1 spot for six weeks, off the top spot at the UK box office. Predictably, given its twee London setting and cute British cast, Americans are cosying up to it, too; Last Christmas has grossed $22m at the US box office. Continue reading...
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Claim your free Apple AirPods with selected deals on Carphone Warehouse
TL;DR: You can claim a free set of Apple AirPods with a non-wireless charging case when you purchase selected iPhones on Carphone Warehouse. Apple Airpods are just about as cool as it gets, and the street cred that comes with these little earbuds is off the scale. Of course these little devices wouldn't be so popular if it was all about the look and not about how they actually work. AirPods combine intelligent design with breakthrough technology to produce crystal clear sound. They are also powered by the new Apple H1 headphone chip, and feature hands-free access to Siri using just your voice. Sure they are stylish but they're also pretty advanced. Read more...More about Apple, Iphone, Mashable Shopping, Shopping Uk, and Uk Deals
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Australia fires: emergency bushfire warnings in NSW, Victoria and SA amid severe heat – live
Extreme weather conditions trigger fires in several states and a thunderstorm asthma warning and dust storm in Victoria. Follow all the latest updates 6.55am GMT Perhaps...You have to wonder if we're going to look back on this summer as the one where everything irrevocably changed. https://t.co/Y9229nvDYK 6.50am GMT The cool change that’s hit Melbourne has brought relief, but also comparisons with Black Saturday in February 2009. Your correspondent is among those who remembers the wind suddenly swinging around and the temperature (which had reached 46C) dropping 15C in 15 minutes... The SW'ly cool change crossed #Melbourne at 2.50pm, bringing widespread dust and a temperature drop of 9 degrees in 15 minutes.The maximum temperature was 40.9 degrees - this equals the all-time record for November at the City station, previously set on 27 Nov 1894. pic.twitter.com/du6dvtLbo2 Continue reading...
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SoftBank sounds out Japan's top banks on $2.8 billion loan, sources say
SoftBank Group Corp is sounding out Japan's top three banks to borrow around 300 billion yen ($2.8 billion) to help fund its support of U.S. startup WeWork, three people familiar with the matter said on Thursday.
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Clippers Patrick Beverley: Playing with Kawhi Leonard, Paul George 'Fun as Hell'
Kawhi Leonard and Paul George played together for the first time as Los Angeles Clippers on Wednesday night, and nobody enjoyed it more than teammate Patrick Beverley ...
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‘I never got into F1 for money’ – Hamilton on living under a microscope
Lewis Hamilton's life is as complicated as everyone else's so how does he find that extra gear?
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British Airways: flight delays into Heathrow and Gatwick
Airline says it is rebooking customers on alternative flights after ‘technical issue’ on Thursday morningInternational flights operated by British Airways have been hit by a “technical issue”, with delays to journeys into Heathrow and Gatwick on Thursday morning.Flights from locations around the world, including New York, Los Angeles, Orlando and Beijing, were affected. Continue reading...
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Judge Blocks Scheduled Executions of Federal Death Row Inmates
The decision essentially stymies the Trump administration’s plan to resume the use of the death penalty.
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My Hometown: exploring Bruce Springsteen’s New Jersey roots
Asbury Park may be more closely associated with the star but a new exhibition in Freehold – the town where the Boss grew up – tells an earlier tale, along with 250 years of American historyDarkness on the Edge of Town … That Bruce Springsteen song always comes to mind when, on visits to my mother, I drive through Freehold, the town I grew up in, and hit the intersection of East Main Street and Jackson Terrace. This is actually the meeting point of two Freeholds: Freehold Township, once farmland and now McMansions and other unchecked suburban horrors; and Freehold Borough, the old colonial town, dating from the 1600s. Long before that, the area was steeped in the traditions of the displaced Leni Lenape people.The junction of Jackson and Main still feels like where farmland meets town, a stretch of dark country road, marked by a lonely gas station and a dilapidated barn before the asphalt corridor redefines itself with late-Victorian and early-20th-century buildings often draped in red, white and blue bunting. One Queen Anne-style house is so striking it was used as the family home in 1990s TV show Sabrina the Teenage Witch. Continue reading...
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Pete Buttigieg is the darling of the donor class. The debate was a reminder why | Moira Donegan
The South Bend mayor was in his typical form in the Democratic debate: heavy on rhetoric and light on specificsOn Wednesday afternoon, the Biden campaign made a mistake: they prematurely sent out an email meant for later in the evening, after the Democratic presidential debate. “I’m leaving the fifth Democratic debate now,” the email opened, referring to an event that had not yet begun. “I hope I made you proud.” The email alluded to potential attacks on Warren, with the pointed line, “We need more than plans.”Those attacks from Biden never materialized. In fact, his performance throughout the debate was clumsy, light on substance, and studded with unforced errors much like that of his campaign’s misspent email. In the most memorable and upsetting moment of the night, Biden responded to a question about the Me Too movement and male violence against women by saying, “We need to keep punching at it, and punching at it, and punching at it,” he said. The comment embraced the logic of violence as a means of dominance and control while pretending to condemn that same pattern. The audience laughed uncomfortably, and Biden did not seem to understand why. “I’m serious,” he said. Continue reading...
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Thursday briefing: Labour's housing promise to 'build for the many'
Manifesto will also promise 1m new green jobs … ‘Quid pro quo … the answer is yes’, impeachment inquiry hears … how online shopping shapes our worldGood morning and welcome to our general election coverage as Jeremy Corbyn prepares to launch Labour’s campaign manifesto with big promises on housing and green jobs. You can stay up to date during the day with our live politics coverage but for now let’s jump into this morning’s top stories. Continue reading...
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Iowa voters weigh in on the fifth Democratic debate
CNN's Gary Tuchman speaks with voters in Iowa to see where they stand on 2020 candidates following the fifth Democratic presidential debate.
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Sondland's spectacular example of throwing your colleagues under the bus
Red letter days rarely live up to expectations in Washington, but Wednesday did. Gordon Sondland, the central figure in the plot to pressure Ukraine, confirmed on live television that a quid pro quo scheme existed -- and that the US President directed it.
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Spectacular example of throwing your colleagues under the bus
This story was originally published in the November 21 edition of CNN's Meanwhile in America, the daily email about US politics for global readers. Sign up here to receive it every weekday morning.
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"I tried to reinsert myself," Klobuchar says about her time on the debate stage
Senator Amy Klobuchar took on South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg's lack of experience at Wednesday's Democratic debate, saying that she thinks he is qualified "but I think I am more qualified." Klobuchar spoke to Ed O'Keefe in the spin room in Atlanta.
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Democratic debates: Snoozefest has top 4 running in place as other 6 feebly jab
ATLANTA — Ten Democratic presidential candidates went through the motions Wednesday night in a fifth-round debate long on reheated anti-Trump takes, canned zingers and Biden blunders, but short on guidance for undecided voters. The four presumed top contenders — former Vice President Joe Biden, Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and South Bend,...
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11/20/19: Red and Blue
Sondland implicates Pres. Trump in 'Quid Pro Quo'; First Dem debate since public impeachment hearings
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5 takeaways from the 5th Democratic debate
The Democratic primary's top 10 polling candidates appeared in Atlanta and the debate matchup featured a night of mostly civil exchanges.
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Why 2019 has been a big year for the big screen whistleblower
From The Report to Charlie’s Angels, Hollywood has shown us a string of heroes calling out corruption this yearKarim Amer and Jehane Noujaim’s documentary The Great Hack, released directly to Netflix this past summer, opens at Burning Man. It’s there that we find Brittany Kaiser, one-time business director of Cambridge Analytica, the consulting firm outed for misusing data harvested from Facebook and potentially affecting the outcomes of the 2016 presidential election and the Brexit referendum. The film gets up close and personal with Kaiser as she flees to Thailand and returns to Europe to testify against her former employer, CEO Alexander Nix. Related: Dark Waters review – Mark Ruffalo v big business in enraging drama Continue reading...
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The Best Part of the Debate Was When MSNBC Asked Simple Questions About Regular-People Problems
Less about healing the country's spirit and more about daycare, please.
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GLOBAL MARKETS-Shares falter as China-U.S. row over Hong Kong wrecks trade deal hopes
Global stocks took a beating on Thursday as a fresh row between Washington and Beijing over U.S. legislation on Hong Kong threatened to undermine their trade talks and delay a "phase one" deal that investors had initially hoped to be signed by now.
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Why Pete Buttigieg has to feel good after latest debate
After two weeks of solid polls, some showing him leading in Iowa and New Hampshire, Pete Buttigieg entered Wednesday night’s debate with a target on his back. Throughout the campaign so far, every time a candidate has started gaining on Joe Biden, they’ve face a barrage of attacks meant to stop their momentum. The question...
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Watch the Democratic debate in less than 4 minutes
Watch the full video of the fifth Democratic debate hosted by MSNBC and the Washington Post, where ten candidates faced off in Atlanta, Ga.
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Lawmakers to quiz eavesdropping U.S. embassy official in Trump impeachment inquiry
Lawmakers will question an official from the U.S. embassy in Ukraine on Thursday as they seek to learn more about a phone call in which he says he overheard President Donald Trump ask about the status of an "investigation" into a political rival.
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Democratic 2020 candidates unite on impeachment but differ on policy in polite debate
Democratic White House contenders united in supporting the impeachment inquiry against Republican President Donald Trump at a debate on Wednesday that featured differences on policy details but few of the bitter attacks on one another that marked earlier encounters.
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The First Debate Without a Frontrunner
No candidate was especially scrutinized in Atlanta. That's because no one's leading.
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Why Cory Booker Said Joe Biden ‘Might Have Been High’ for Not Supporting Marijuana Legalization
The exchange highlighted how far opinion on marijuana legalization has shifted
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General election 2019: Corbyn to launch Labour's 'manifesto of hope' – live news
Party to promise huge social housing investment, 1m green jobs and overhaul of business regulation Sign up to the election briefing emailLabour to unveil £75bn social housing plan to ‘build for the many’Is Labour’s pledge to build 100,000 council houses achievable?Labour manifesto promises 1m green jobs to tackle climate crisis 6.02am GMT Good morning and welcome to all things politics for today. I’m Alison Rourke and I will be guiding you through the first hour or so of today’s coverage. So let’s get into it.The big set-piece event of the day is Jeremy Corbyn launching Labour’s manifesto in Birmingham this morning. Its centrepiece is the party’s big promise on social housing ... to the tune of £75bn in a promise to “build for the many”. Continue reading...
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