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Jeremy Corbyn risks climate change activist fury after easing target

<h2>Jeremy Corbyn risks climate change activist fury after watering down a target to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2030 as he unveils his general election manifesto</h2>
<ul><li><strong>Labour conference voted in September to hit net zero carbon emissions by 2030</strong></li><li><strong>But manifesto commits to making 'substantial majority' of reductions by 2030</strong></li></ul>
<p>Jeremy Corbyn today risked activist fury after watering down a commitment to tackling climate change in the Labour Party's 2019 general election manifesto.</p>
<p>The party's annual conference in September backed plans to commit Labour to working 'towards a path to net zero carbon emissions by 2030'. </p>
<p>But Mr Corbyn's new blueprint for the country only commits to 'achieve the substantial majority of our emissions reductions by 2030'. </p>
<p>The less exacting target is unlikely to go down well with climate change campaigners but will be welcomed by some union chiefs. </p>
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<p>Jeremy Corbyn, pictured launching his general election manifesto in Birmingham today, has committed Labour to achieving the 'substantial majority' of carbon emissions reductions by 2030</p>
<p>The latter had urged the Labour leadership to water down the pledge amid fears that the original one would have forced major job losses, particularly in the energy industry. </p>
<p>The manifesto, unveiled by Mr Corbyn at an event in Birmingham this morning, states: 'Labour will kick-start a Green Industrial Revolution that will create one million jobs in the UK to transform our industry, energy, transport, agriculture and our buildings, while restoring nature.</p>
<p>'Our Green New Deal aims to achieve the substantial majority of our emissions reductions by 2030 in a way that is evidence-based, just and that delivers an economy that serves the interests of the many, not the few.'</p>
<p>Despite changing the target, the party's manifesto does have a strong focus on the environment as Mr Corbyn tries to see off an electoral threat from the Green Party. </p>
<p>The manifesto also contains ambitions to put the UK on track for a 'net zero' energy system within the 2030s and for British food production to reach net zero carbon by 2040 – which is in line with the farming sector's plans.</p>
<p>Labour's overall pledge on carbon emissions is more ambitious than the Liberal Democrats' commitment for a new legally binding target to reduce net greenhouse gas emissions to zero by 2045, or the Tories' existing 2050 target which became law in the summer.</p>
<p>Labour says it's plans will be funded through a 'green transformation fund' worth £250 billion. </p>
<p>That cash will be used to produce the shift to a green economy, funding renewable energy sources and low-carbon energy. </p>
<p>The money would also be spent on making transport more sustainable and to repair damage done to wildlife and the environment.   </p>
<p>The manifesto also contains a proposal to impose a windfall tax on oil companies to help to cover the costs of climate damage. </p>
<p>Labour is also proposing an immediate and permanent ban on fracking. </p>
<p>Meanwhile, it confirms previous pledges to upgrade almost all of the UK's 27 million homes to the highest energy-efficiency standards and to build thousands of new offshore and onshore wind turbines.   </p>
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Jeremy Corbyn risks climate change activist fury after easing target

<h2>Jeremy Corbyn risks climate change activist fury after watering down a target to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2030 as he unveils his general election manifesto</h2>
<ul><li><strong>Labour conference voted in September to hit net zero carbon emissions by 2030</strong></li><li><strong>But manifesto commits to making 'substantial majority' of reductions by 2030</strong></li></ul>
<p>Jeremy Corbyn today risked activist fury after watering down a commitment to tackling climate change in the Labour Party's 2019 general election manifesto.</p>
<p>The party's annual conference in September backed plans to commit Labour to working 'towards a path to net zero carbon emissions by 2030'. </p>
<p>But Mr Corbyn's new blueprint for the country only commits to 'achieve the substantial majority of our emissions reductions by 2030'. </p>
<p>The less exacting target is unlikely to go down well with climate change campaigners but will be welcomed by some union chiefs. </p>
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<p>Jeremy Corbyn, pictured launching his general election manifesto in Birmingham today, has committed Labour to achieving the 'substantial majority' of carbon emissions reductions by 2030</p>
<p>The latter had urged the Labour leadership to water down the pledge amid fears that the original one would have forced major job losses, particularly in the energy industry. </p>
<p>The manifesto, unveiled by Mr Corbyn at an event in Birmingham this morning, states: 'Labour will kick-start a Green Industrial Revolution that will create one million jobs in the UK to transform our industry, energy, transport, agriculture and our buildings, while restoring nature.</p>
<p>'Our Green New Deal aims to achieve the substantial majority of our emissions reductions by 2030 in a way that is evidence-based, just and that delivers an economy that serves the interests of the many, not the few.'</p>
<p>Despite changing the target, the party's manifesto does have a strong focus on the environment as Mr Corbyn tries to see off an electoral threat from the Green Party. </p>
<p>The manifesto also contains ambitions to put the UK on track for a 'net zero' energy system within the 2030s and for British food production to reach net zero carbon by 2040 – which is in line with the farming sector's plans.</p>
<p>Labour's overall pledge on carbon emissions is more ambitious than the Liberal Democrats' commitment for a new legally binding target to reduce net greenhouse gas emissions to zero by 2045, or the Tories' existing 2050 target which became law in the summer.</p>
<p>Labour says it's plans will be funded through a 'green transformation fund' worth £250 billion. </p>
<p>That cash will be used to produce the shift to a green economy, funding renewable energy sources and low-carbon energy. </p>
<p>The money would also be spent on making transport more sustainable and to repair damage done to wildlife and the environment.   </p>
<p>The manifesto also contains a proposal to impose a windfall tax on oil companies to help to cover the costs of climate damage. </p>
<p>Labour is also proposing an immediate and permanent ban on fracking. </p>
<p>Meanwhile, it confirms previous pledges to upgrade almost all of the UK's 27 million homes to the highest energy-efficiency standards and to build thousands of new offshore and onshore wind turbines.   </p>
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Jeremy Corbyn risks climate change activist fury after easing target

<h2>Jeremy Corbyn risks climate change activist fury after watering down a target to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2030 as he unveils his general election manifesto</h2>
<ul><li><strong>Labour conference voted in September to hit net zero carbon emissions by 2030</strong></li><li><strong>But manifesto commits to making 'substantial majority' of reductions by 2030</strong></li></ul>
<p>Jeremy Corbyn today risked activist fury after watering down a commitment to tackling climate change in the Labour Party's 2019 general election manifesto.</p>
<p>The party's annual conference in September backed plans to commit Labour to working 'towards a path to net zero carbon emissions by 2030'. </p>
<p>But Mr Corbyn's new blueprint for the country only commits to 'achieve the substantial majority of our emissions reductions by 2030'. </p>
<p>The less exacting target is unlikely to go down well with climate change campaigners but will be welcomed by some union chiefs. </p>
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<p>Jeremy Corbyn, pictured launching his general election manifesto in Birmingham today, has committed Labour to achieving the 'substantial majority' of carbon emissions reductions by 2030</p>
<p>The latter had urged the Labour leadership to water down the pledge amid fears that the original one would have forced major job losses, particularly in the energy industry. </p>
<p>The manifesto, unveiled by Mr Corbyn at an event in Birmingham this morning, states: 'Labour will kick-start a Green Industrial Revolution that will create one million jobs in the UK to transform our industry, energy, transport, agriculture and our buildings, while restoring nature.</p>
<p>'Our Green New Deal aims to achieve the substantial majority of our emissions reductions by 2030 in a way that is evidence-based, just and that delivers an economy that serves the interests of the many, not the few.'</p>
<p>Despite changing the target, the party's manifesto does have a strong focus on the environment as Mr Corbyn tries to see off an electoral threat from the Green Party. </p>
<p>The manifesto also contains ambitions to put the UK on track for a 'net zero' energy system within the 2030s and for British food production to reach net zero carbon by 2040 – which is in line with the farming sector's plans.</p>
<p>Labour's overall pledge on carbon emissions is more ambitious than the Liberal Democrats' commitment for a new legally binding target to reduce net greenhouse gas emissions to zero by 2045, or the Tories' existing 2050 target which became law in the summer.</p>
<p>Labour says it's plans will be funded through a 'green transformation fund' worth £250 billion. </p>
<p>That cash will be used to produce the shift to a green economy, funding renewable energy sources and low-carbon energy. </p>
<p>The money would also be spent on making transport more sustainable and to repair damage done to wildlife and the environment.   </p>
<p>The manifesto also contains a proposal to impose a windfall tax on oil companies to help to cover the costs of climate damage. </p>
<p>Labour is also proposing an immediate and permanent ban on fracking. </p>
<p>Meanwhile, it confirms previous pledges to upgrade almost all of the UK's 27 million homes to the highest energy-efficiency standards and to build thousands of new offshore and onshore wind turbines.   </p>
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Women stormed into a former friend's flat to hurl LAMBRINI bottles

Three jealous women stormed into a former friend’s flat to hurl LAMBRINI bottles at her in brutal attack that ended with them smashing a MIRROR on her head because she was drinking with one of their ex-boyfriends

  • Gang was Stevie Parr, 19, Shannon Richardson, 19, and Brittanie Lundbech, 24 
  • Ambushed defenceless woman in bedroom before battering her with a mirror 
  • Parr was sent to a young offenders’ institution for eight months by a court
  • Lundbech was given a six months jail suspended for two years after ABH
  • Richardson got a six month jail term suspended for two years on same charge

Three jealous women stormed into their former friend’s flat and smashed a mirror over her head before stamping on her and launching wine bottles at her.

A court heard the enraged trio concocted a plan to attack their victim because she was drinking with a man who had been in a relationship with one of them.

Stevie Parr, 19, Shannon Richardson, 19, and Brittanie Lundbech, 24, ambushed the defenceless woman in her bedroom before battering her with a mirror and hurling a lamp at her.


Stevie Parr, 19, (left) was sent to a young offenders’ institution while Shannon Richardson, 19, (right) got a six month jail term suspended for two years 

Parr, Lundbech and Richardson attacked the terrified woman for five minutes, leaving her lying on the floor with ‘blood pouring from her head into her eyes’.

Prosecutor Rose Burns said the gang arrived at the woman’s flat in Fareham, Hants, after learning she was drinking with Parr’s former boyfriend and also Lundbech’s current partner.

Ms Burns told Portsmouth Crown Court, Hants: ‘One of the men in the flat told the victim to lock the door.

‘She got scared and waited five minutes before opening the door when Shannon came strutting up the stairs.

‘(The woman) knew something bad was going to happen. Shannon walked into her room and put her bag down before shouting ‘Brit come up here’.

‘Brittanie then came in and punched the woman in the face and she fell to the floor.

‘Her head was on the bed and her knees on the floor. There was blood pouring from her head into her eyes.

‘Lambrini bottles and a lamp were thrown, she was stamped on the back of her head and a mirror was smashed over her head… She was in so much pain.’

Pictures shown to the court revealed the extent of the victim’s injuries, including a bloodied head, a severely swollen eye and nose and a large scar on her scalp.

Brittanie Lundbech was given a six months jail suspended for two years after admitting assault occasioning actual bodily harm (ABH)

After the attack, Richardson, who used to be best friends with the victim, sent a text message to a friend saying: ‘We f***** her up.’

In a statement read to the court, the victim said she tried to ‘overdose’ after the assault ‘because I was so down’.

She added: ‘The incident has completely changed my life. I’ve had to move away from the area and change my name on social media so they can’t abuse me.’

Sentencing the defendants, all from Fareham, Judge William Ashworth said: ‘The three of you got drunk and planned to go over and beat her up. It was a concerted attack.’

Parr, who admitted unlawful wounding, was sent to a young offenders’ institution for eight months after she admitted smashing the mirror over the victim.

Lundbech was given a six months jail suspended for two years after admitting assault occasioning actual bodily harm (ABH). She must complete 120 hours of unpaid work and pay the victim compensation of £400.

Richardson also received a six month jail term suspended for two years after admitting ABH. She was told to complete 100 hours of unpaid work and to pay the victim £400 compensation, as well as undertake 25 rehab days. 

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A Train chaos: Video shows ‘peacekeepers’ scramble to break up subway brawl

A group of brave “peacekeepers” scrambled to break up a wild fight aboard an A train this week, disturbing footage shows.

The recording captured the chaos inside the northbound train between High Street in Brooklyn and Fulton Street in Manhattan Thursday around 7:30 p.m., showing the alleged victim cornered as his combatant appears to bop him twice.

A woman shrieks, “Stop!” and “Please, please don’t do that!” as the melee begins to break up. A man who tried to intervene is left with a bloodied face, the video shows.

“Unreal how many peacekeepers were on this train. Ppl begging for the violence to stop – stepping in the way,” wrote the Twitter user who posted the video. “As they moved down the subway ppl were screaming, hiding pleading.”

Meanwhile, someone pulled the emergency brake on the train, leaving them “trapped for 5 min,” she added.

It’s unclear what happened to the victim, but the woman said he received help from someone else and “didn’t want to involve the cops.”

The NYPD said it didn’t have a report on the incident.

The MTA didn’t immediately return a message.

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Trapped shoppers spend night in Sheffield's Meadowhall shopping centre

Trapped shoppers are forced to spend the night in Sheffield’s Meadowhall shopping centre as torrential rain causes flood chaos with more families evacuated from their homes overnight and 116 warnings still in place

  • Customers sleep on benches while restaurant workers use aprons as pillows at Meadowhall in Sheffield
  • Firefighters use boats to rescue shoppers stranded at Parkgate mall in Rotherham amid severe flooding 
  • Major incident in Sheffield as Environment Agency issues 121 flood alerts and 117 warnings for England
  • 35 homes evacuated in Mansfield after mudslide and residents of areas of Doncaster also leave homes

Dozens of trapped shoppers and staff were forced to spend the night in a shopping centre after torrential rain caused flooding chaos on the roads outside – and others were evacuated from their homes following a mudslide.

Customers slept on benches while restaurant workers used their aprons as pillows at Meadowhall shopping centre in Sheffield, while firefighters used boats to rescue others stranded at the Parkgate mall in nearby Rotherham.

A major incident was declared in Sheffield as the Environment Agency issued 121 flood alerts and 117 more serious flood warnings for England, with the risk not expected to pass for many areas for several days to come.

Staff at Meadowhall handed out free drinks and tried to arrange taxis to help customers – including families with babies – while others bought pyjamas from a Primark which opened late and a Starbucks gave out free cookies.

Some 35 homes were evacuated in Mansfield after a mudslide, while regions across England were hit by traffic chaos amid road closures – with more of the same in this morning’s rush hour after a further deluge overnight.

Rail operator Northern has issued ‘do not travel’ advice for passengers using five lines – Sheffield to Gainsborough, Sheffield to Lincoln, Sheffield to Goole, Hebden Bridge to Rochdale, and Sheffield to Leeds via Moorthorpe. 

Sheffield has had 82mm (3.2in) of rain since Wednesday evening, above its November average of 79mm (3.1in).

Doncaster Council warned some people to leave their homes because the River Don is breaching its banks near St Oswald Church at Kirk Sandall, tweeting: ‘Residents in these areas are advised to evacuate immediately.’

James Timpson, the chief executive of Timpson, the shoe repairs and key cutting high street firm, has said its shops in Worksop in Nottinghamshire, are under water following the heavy rain and will be closed until next week. 

People were forced to spend the night at Meadowhall shopping centre in Sheffield following severe flooding overnight

Jo Aldred tweeted a thank you to Nandos at Meadowhall, saying the restaurant ‘fed my 15-year-old who made the journey for the light switch on and was stuck in Meadowhall last night without any money for a meal – I cannot thank you enough’

People are picture in sleeping bags overnight after the severe flooding surrounded Meadowhall shopping centre in Sheffield

A car sits in floodwater near Meadowhall shopping centre in Sheffield today after some people had to spend the night inside

A lorry drives through floodwater near Meadowhall shopping centre in Sheffield today after the flooding chaos last night

Police activity near Meadowhall shopping centre in Sheffield today following the major incident declared in the city

A car sits in floodwater near Meadowhall shopping centre in Sheffield today where people were forced to stay overnight

A police officer mans a roadblock near Meadowhall in Sheffield today after some people were forced to stay overnight

A sign shows cancelled trains at a station close to the Meadowhall shopping centre in Sheffield early this morning

Although the Met Office has predicted the flooding rains will clear and move south-east by lunchtime, hundreds of people were kept inside Meadowhall overnight due to flooded roads and gridlocked traffic outside.

Jodie Whelan, 23, who works at the Disney store at Meadowhall, said staff were handing out free drinks and trying to arrange taxis. She got in for her shift by bus but said that getting back home was ‘an absolute no-go’.

She told the BBC: ‘The atmosphere is very weird but communal. Some people got a bit rowdy and it was upsetting seeing some older people and people with babies or children, but thankfully we are all warm and safe.’

Luke Turner, who works at a restaurant at the centre, said he could not drive home so went to bed in the stockroom where he could use ‘aprons’ as a pillow. He told the BBC: ‘I’ve got options, I could have got a taxi home.

‘But that still leaves me having to get a taxi back to work tomorrow. I had an offer from my higher management that if I could get a hotel room for the night… but unfortunately all the hotel rooms around me are full.’

Meadowhall, which also flooded in 2007, had to cancel its Christmas Live event at the last minute yesterday evening, but only after many of the thousands of people expected to attend had arrived. 

Meadowhall shopping centre in Sheffield was put on lockdown overnight after all the roads surrounding it were submerged

The now-overflowing River Don overnight, which is next to the Meadowhall shopping centre in Sheffield, South Yorkshire

The Meadowhall shopping centre in Sheffield is pictured overnight next to the River Don which is close to bursting its banks


Hundreds of people were kept inside Meadowhall Shopping centre near Sheffield due to gridlocked traffic outside (pictured, flooding outside the shopping centre on Thursday evening)

The Meadowhall centre cancelled its Christmas Live event last night which was expected to be attended by thousands

Nottinghamshire Police said officers were called to Bank End Close alongside the fire service following the mudslide

In Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, residents were evacuated from 35 homes following a mudslide caused by heavy rain last night

While many of those inside managed to leave despite a partially flooded car park, some were forced to spend the night in the shopping centre, according to police.

With many surrounding routes flooded and trams stopping short of the complex due to ‘heavy rain putting the Tinsley tram bridge at risk’, gridlock led to police advising shoppers and concert goers to stay in the building.

South Yorkshire Police told of ‘significant issues’ in Doncaster, with Bentley, Toll Bar and Scawthorpe the worst affected areas. The River Don was badly hit, having flooded the Rotherham railway station and other areas.

As this morning, the Environment Agency had three severe ‘danger to life’ warnings in place relating to the river at Kirk Bramwith, South Bramwith and the Willow Bridge caravan site, all in Doncaster.

Northern Rail said it expected ‘severe disruption’ to its network, with services unable to run between Sheffield and Gainsborough Central or Lincoln Central.

Services have also been suspended between Sheffield and Leeds via Moorthorpe following the deluge. Police were also called to Parkgate in Rotherham last night after shoppers were trapped inside due to flood waters. 

A studio owned by artist Liz Churton is destroyed by flood water yesterday as water levels rise in Whiston near Sheffield

 A snow plough on the A939 road from Cockbridge to Tomintoul in Scotland clears ice yesterday to prevent travel chaos

Emergency services rushed to Mansfield just before 5pm yesterday following reports of concerns for the safety of residents

Traffic on the A939 Cockbridge to Tomintoul road on Thursday amid snowfall in parts of the Scottish Highlands

A BMW driver gets stuck trying to drive through deep flood water as it rises in the village of Whiston near Sheffield yesterday

South Yorkshire Police tweeted that they were working to move ‘a number of people’ who were stranded in the complex to ‘a place of safety’, with boats called into action to help those inside escape.

The highest rainfall in the country yesterday was recorded at Swineshaw in the Peak District, which had 112mm (4.4in) in the 24 hours to 2am.

‘There were a lot of other places that had 80mm or more, especially in Yorkshire,’ the Met Office said. ‘The rains should clear by lunchtime, with a fine weekend ahead, but the flood warnings will stay in place for quite a while.’

Nottinghamshire Police said officers were called to Bank End Close in Mansfield alongside the fire service and Mansfield District Council just before 5pm yesterday following concerns for the safety of people living there.

Some of the most dramatic scenes were in Sheffield and Rotherham where a number of roads were left impassable to traffic, with cars stranded in floodwater and gridlock resulting on many routes.

Houses were evacuated after becoming inundated in Whiston, near Rotherham. And in Sheffield, the council closed Millhouses Park, where a 14-year-old boy was swept to his death in the River Sheaf in the floods of 2007. 

A man wades through a flooded street in Sheffield yesterday, carrying shopping bags and what looks like a car jump lead

A car drives through a flooded road near the village of Bubnell in Derbyshire yesterday morning following days of heavy rain

Residents try to get back to their severely flooded homes as raging flood water rises in Whiston near Sheffield yesterday

Homes are severely flooded as raging flood water rises in the village of Whiston near Sheffield yesterday

Heavy rain has hit parts of England overnight, causing widespread flooding including in Whiston near Sheffield yesterday

Homes are severely flooded as raging flood water rises in the village of Whiston near Sheffield yesterday

The stone cottage in Whiston near Sheffield is flooded as water leaks in through the window joints yesterday

This car made slow progress along a flooded road in Dore, Derbyshire, yesterday after the area was hit by torrential rain

This Mercedes V-class powered through a flood on the A621 near Baslow, Derbyshire, yesterday afternoon 

Further north, concerns were growing in the Calder Valley as river levels began to rise on Thursday. Precautionary flood barriers were put in place in Mytholmroyd, which was badly hit in the 2015 Boxing Day floods.

Chris Wilding, flood duty manager at the Environment Agency, said: ‘Heavy rain could lead to surface water and river flooding across parts of northern England today and into tomorrow, particularly in parts of Yorkshire, Greater Manchester, Derbyshire and Lincolnshire.

‘Persistent showers may also bring localised river and surface water flooding to parts of southern England. Our incident rooms are open and we are working closely with local authorities and partners to reduce the risk of flooding.

‘Our field teams are ready to deploy temporary flood barriers to help protect people and property if needed. We advise people to stay away from swollen rivers and not to drive through flood water as just 30cm of flowing water is enough to move your car.’

PhD student Liz Churton, 58, has lost sentimental paintings, art equipment, books and furniture after her basement studio flooded in the space of an hour this morning from 9am.

Her property in the village of Whiston now looks like a ‘floating boathouse’ after water came rushing through the doors of her basement.

Ms Churton, who has lived in the house for around 15 years, said: ‘I was in the house making a cup of tea and got a phone call from the Environment Agency saying there is a flood alert.

‘I had an hour to move as much as I possibly could upstairs. I thought I would have more time but by 10am I was wading through and it was up to my knees.

‘The water came rushing through the basement doors which lead up to the garden. The flood boards kept it at bay for a time but gave in.

‘The whole of my basement is flooded and I have a studio down there. It’s a couple of metres deep and the house looks like a boathouse. I’m currently looking out of my window at a very wide river moving very fast, it treacherous out there.

‘The garden is one big lake at the moment. I’m not sure what has happened in the rest of the village because it’s cut off. I do feel very shocked and frightened. You do your best to save the things you don’t want to lose like paperwork, art equipment, my Apple laptop and iPad.

‘It gets to a point where you just need to let go of your belongings no matter the sentimental value and look after yourself.’

Ms Churton had put up flood boards to protect her property as a precaution following the flash floods locally in 2007.

‘It’s not been as bad as this since 2007 – that was when the Uley Reservoir was about to burst its banks,’ she added. ‘Since then, the brook has been reclassified as a river.’

Key speeches from John McDonnell and Sajid Javid took place in Liverpool and Manchester, dodging the epicentre of the relentless downpours on the other side of the Pennines.

But a number of MPs took to social media to log their sodden campaigning efforts, remembering the election itself will take place in dark and wet December for the first time in almost a century.

Labour’s Andrew Gwynne said on Twitter: ‘Why does it always rain on me? The weather is against us in Audenshaw this morning, but the response is (thankfully) not!’

Another Labour candidate, Lilian Greenwood in Nottingham South, posted a picture of an ark with the comment: ‘Looks like we might be needing one of these for today’s campaigning! #Rain.’

Certain parts of north and north-west England could see nearly a month’s worth of rain. Meanwhile authorities in parts of northern Scotland had to bring out the snowploughs after they were hit by a sizeable snowfall.

Further south, homes and businesses could be flooded as prolonged rain pummelled areas around Hull, Middlesbrough, Lincoln and Scarborough. 

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The term 'Anglo-Saxon' should be DROPPED from speech, says scholar

Irish academic calls for the term ‘Anglo-Saxon’ to be DROPPED from modern speech because it has ‘links with white supremacists’

  • Academic says ‘Anglo-Saxon’ is used by white supremacists and calls for a ban
  • Mary Rambaran-Olm said people in early England did not use term themselves
  • She says that previous objections to the term Dark Ages sets a precedent

Dr Mary Rambaran-Olm said the term ‘Anglo-Saxon’ is used by white supremacists and should be banned

The term Anglo-Saxon is ‘bound up with white supremacy’ and should be replaced with ‘early English’, academics have argued.

Anglo-Saxon traditionally refers to groups from Germany, Denmark and the Netherlands who settled in Britain at the end of Roman rule.

However, early medieval England specialist Mary Rambaran-Olm, an independent scholar and author, claimed the term is used by white supremacists to refer to white British people and should be banned. 

The academic – raised in Canada and now based in Ireland – says previous objections to the term Dark Ages sets a precedent.

She told The Times: ‘Generally, white supremacists use the term to make some sort of connection to their heritage (which is inaccurate) or to make associations with ‘whiteness’ but they also habitually misuse it to try and connect themselves to a warrior past.’

A re-enactment by an Anglo-Saxon living history society is pictured above in a stock image. Miss Rambaran-Olm said people in early England – or ‘Englelond’ – did not call themselves Anglo-Saxons [File photo]

Miss Rambaran-Olm said people in early England – or ‘Englelond’ – did not call themselves Anglo-Saxons but tended to refer to themselves as ‘Englisc’ or ‘Anglecynn’.

The academic said the term became more popular in the 18th and 19th century and was used to link white people to their ‘supposed origins’.

Hitler wrote of the ‘Anglo-Saxon determination’ to hold India, while imperialist Cecil Rhodes also regularly used the term. 

John Overholt, curator of early books and manuscripts at Harvard’s Houghton Library, backed a ban on the term.

Re-enactment performers are pictured above next to Clifford’s Tower in York. The term Anglo-Saxon is ‘bound up with white supremacy’ and should be ditched, academics have argued. It should instead be replaced with ‘early English’, they said [File photo]

‘The term Anglo-Saxon is inextricably bound up with pseudohistorical accounts of white supremacy, and gives aid and comfort to contemporary white supremacists,’ he wrote on Twitter. ‘Scholars of medieval history must abandon it.’

Earlier this year the International Society of Anglo Saxonists took a poll of its 600 members, and 60 per cent of the group agreed to remove the reference to ‘Anglo-Saxon’ from its name.

But Tom Holland, author of books including Athelstan: The Making of England, said the term was ‘inextricably bound up with the claim by Alfred … to rule as a shared Anglian-Saxon identity’. 

‘Scholars must be free to use it,’ he said. 

In a tweet, he wrote of the idea to ditch the term Anglo-Saxon: ‘Mad as a bag of ferrets, as they say in Deira [a former kingdom].’

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UK’s oldest Jewish newspaper launches crushing attack on Jeremy Corbyn branding him a ‘racist’ – The Sun

BRITAIN’S oldest Jewish newspaper launched a devastating attack on Jeremy Corbyn – declaring him a “racist” must never be PM.

In an unprecedented attack, the Jewish Chronicle ran a front-page piece pleading with non-Jews not to vote Labour.


The shattering editorial accused Mr Corbyn of spending his entire career allying himself with anti-Semites and insulting Jews.

They accused the party leader and his allies of blocking efforts to tackle racism and claimed nine out of ten Jews think he is racist.

Talking directly to non-Jews in Britain, it states: “If this man is chosen as our next Prime Minister, the message will be stark: that our dismay that he could ever be elevated to a prominent role in British politics, and our fears of where that will lead, are irrelevant.

“We will have to conclude that those fears and dismay count for nothing. But we think you do care.

“We believe that the overwhelming majority of British people abhor racism. We ask only that, when you cast your vote, You act on that.”

It is the first time the 178-year-old newspaper has ever run such a direct appeal on its front page.

It came as another senior Rabbi took the sensational step of urging his congregation to vote tactically to block Mr Corbyn getting his hands on the keys to No10.

Rabbi Yuval Keren, from Southgate Progressive Synagogue in North London, warned Mr Corbyn would be “detrimental to Jewish life as we know it” and urged his community to take action.

John McDonnell said he was “saddened” at the front page attack but insisted Labour have done everything they can to boot anti-Semites out the party.


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2 Arizona Siblings Died While Strapped Into Car Seats, as Mom Pleads Guilty to Murder

An Arizona woman pleaded guilty this week to second-degree murder and child abuse in connection with the deaths of her two children who were found dead in a car while strapped into their car seats.

Brittany Velasquez, 22, accepted a plea agreement with prosecutors a month before her scheduled mid-December trial.

Velasquez is set to be sentenced Feb. 10.

“She agreed to a stipulated term of 20 years flat followed by lifetime probation,”  Pinal Deputy County Attorney Shawn Jensvold tells PEOPLE. “She won’t be eligible for early release.”

Velasquez’s son, 2, and her 10-month-old daughter were found dead March 26, 2018, in a car outside their Superior, Arizona, home. The coroner’s office ruled the children died from exposure.

Velasquez had been investigated by the Arizona Department of Child Safety twice for alleged neglect, and local police visited the house multiple times over the years, sometimes after calls from a concerned relative, ACB15 reported.

On Jan. 1, 2018, a relative of Velasquez’s called police alleging she had stolen a fur coat, according to a police records obtained by USA Today. While speaking to police, the relative alleged that Velasquez kept disappearing for days at a time and leaving her kids with family.

In a statement to PEOPLE, the DCS confirmed that they received two reports of alleged neglect but found no evidence of abuse. The first call came in October 2016, when the department received a report alleging that Velasquez would leave her son home with her mother for long periods of time.

“The child was seen on multiple occasions during the investigation. The DCS investigator concluded there were no indications the child was being abused or neglected and there were no legal grounds to remove the child,” the statement says.

The case was eventually closed after local authorities visited the children’s grandmother’s home and found no evidence a child had been harmed.

Velasquez's kids died from exposure

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On Jan. 5, a second neglect report was called into DCS alleging Velasquez had left her two children with her mother again. Through their investigation, DCS learned that while Velasquez worked, her mother took care of the children at her home.

DCS searched Velasquez’s apartment, enrolled her in a home visitation program, signed the children up for daycare at no extra cost and determined that there were no signs of abuse or neglect, according to the statement.

Family members previously told local media Velasquez was mentally unstable.

In an interview with FOX10, Velasquez’s brother, Vincent, alleged his sister had been suffering from mental illness since she was young. Calling her “deranged,” Vincent told the station she allegedly refused to get help.

“We tried,” Vincent told FOX10. “We begged CPS to take the kids. We begged the cops. Nothing would happen. Only thing we can do. We can’t kidnap the kids. My grandparents let them stay in the house. Other than that, that’s all we can do, know they are in a home, being fed.”

In their statement, DCS said: “While there were concerns raised regarding Ms. Velasquez’s previous mental health, no evidence was presented by anyone that indicated mental health issues were impeding Ms. Velasquez’s ability to parent.”

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N. Korea calls Abe an ‘idiot’ over criticism of weapons test

North Korea on Thursday called Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe an “idiot” after he criticized a recent weapons test by the North.

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In a statement attributed to a foreign ministry official, Song Il Ho, North Korea described Abe as an “idiot and villain” who was overreacting to what the North described as a test-firing of rocket artillery last week “as if a nuclear bomb was dropped on the land of Japan.”

The statement ridiculed Abe’s expressed willingness to meet North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, saying he would be “well-advised not to dream forever of crossing the threshold of Pyongyang,” North Korea’s capital, after insulting the North’s “just measures” for self-defense.

North Korea has said it conducted its third test-firing of a new “super-large” multiple rocket launcher system last week, although the Japanese Defense Ministry assessed them as ballistic weapons.

During a regional summit in Thailand earlier this week, Abe reportedly condemned the North’s latest test and described it as a clear violation of U.N. Security Council resolutions. He also said he’s eager to meet Kim “without conditions.”

“Abe is also a rarely ignorant man who dreams of making Japan a military power, failing to distinguish between multiple rocket launchers and missiles, and he is an under-wit as he is only able to say such crude words as ‘provocation,’ ‘outrage,’ ‘violation,’ ‘abduction,’ and ‘pressure,'” said the statement, carried by the North’s official Korean Central News Agency.

“It is too natural that Abe is treated as a poor dog and dwarf that fails to enter the international political arena with the Korean Peninsula as a center,” it said.

The Japanese government had no immediate reaction to the North Korean statement.

North Korea has often unleashed crude insults against foreign leaders and politicians to criticize what it sees as slanderous remarks toward its leadership or hostile policies against its government. The insults have included racist and sexist diatribes, including against former U.S. President Barack Obama and former South Korean President Park Geun-hye, the country’s first female leader.

During tensions created by a provocative run in missile tests in 2017, Kim called President Donald Trump a “mentally deranged U.S. dotard” after he said that the United States would “totally destroy North Korea” if forced to defend itself or its allies.

In May, the North labeled Democratic U.S. presidential hopeful Joe Biden a “fool of low IQ” and “imbecile bereft of elementary quality as a human being” after he called Kim a tyrant during a speech.

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Britain braces for a month's of rain in just one hour

Take cover! Britain braces for a MONTH’S rain in just one HOUR today as forecasters warn of ‘danger to life’ and flooding at start of two-day deluge

  • Low pressure dominates across the north of England, causing wet and cloudy weather and possible flooding 
  • A yellow weather warning is in place for the East Midlands, North East England, parts of North West England
  • More than three inches of rain is forecast to fall in a ‘few locations’ over high ground, the Met Office said 

Britons are warned to prepare for an entire month’s worth of rain in just an hour today – as forecasters say there will be a ‘danger to life’ during a two-day deluge, with Manchester and parts of the North East worst affected.

The Met Office has issued an amber ‘danger to life’ flood alert, warning that up to four inches of rain may fall in just eight hours as commuters are urged to wrap up with chilly temperatures expected across the UK. 

Low pressure dominates across Northern areas of England causing wet and cloudy weather leading to a risk of flooding in Manchester. 

Homes and businesses could be flooded as prolonged rain pummels areas around Hull, Middlesbrough, Lincoln and Scarborough. 

The Met Office has issued an amber ‘danger to life’ flood alert, warning that up to four inches of rain may fall in just eight hours as commuters are urged to wrap up with chilly temperatures expected across the UK. Northamptonshire police issued a warning after a huge puddle formed on a major motorway causing havoc for drivers on the A45


A yellow weather warning is in place for the East Midlands, North East England, parts of North West England and Yorkshire between 6am on Thursday and 6am on Friday. The wet weather will be accompanied by ‘strengthening’ north-easterly winds, with many areas within the yellow zone seeing between up to 1.5 inches of rain, the Met Office said

A yellow weather warning is in place for the East Midlands, North East England, parts of North West England and Yorkshire between 6am on Thursday and 6am on Friday.

The wet weather will be accompanied by ‘strengthening’ north-easterly winds, with many areas within the yellow zone seeing between up to 1.5 inches of rain, the Met Office said.

It comes as Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn is due take his election campaign to the North West on Thursday – where some of the worst weather is forecast.

Greater Manchester, Nottinghamshire, York and Middlesbrough are among the areas covered by the yellow warning, which warns of disruption due to possible flooding.

More than three inches of rain is forecast to fall in a ‘few locations’ over high ground, the Met Office said.

Parts of North Wales, including Conwy and Wrexham, are subject to a separate yellow weather warning, with ‘heavy and persistent’ rain forecast between 9am and midnight on Thursday.

Up to 2.7 inches is predicted for north-facing hills within the warning area in Wales, while up to 1.2 inches is forecast elsewhere, the Met Office said.

Met Office meteorologist Aidan McGivern said: ‘There is a risk some places will see significant amounts of rain, particularly the higher ground of North Wales, the Pennines, the North York Moors and the Peak District.’

A ‘bright and clear’ day is forecast for London and South East England on Thursday, with showers becoming more frequent around dusk and temperatures reaching 11C, the Met Office said.

In the east of England, rain is due to push north on Thursday morning and will be followed by ‘sunny spells’. Temperatures are forecast to reach 9C.

The South West will experience showers throughout much of the day, particularly along the English Channel coastlines, the Met office said.

Meanwhile, rain is forecast for the West Midlands on Thursday, but it will push north throughout the afternoon and will be followed by drier weather in the evening.

The Met Office said the East Midlands will get off to  a ‘wet start’ on Thursday, with heavy rain potentially leading to some localised flooding.

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Writer slimed on ‘Shi—ty Media Men’ list won’t get names of accusers: judge

A writer who appeared on the “Sh—ty Media Men” list was blocked by a Brooklyn federal judge from finding out who levied the allegations against him on Wednesday.

Magistrate Judge Sanket Bulsara denied New Orleans-based writer Stephen Elliott’s request to get list-creator Moira Donegan, who he suing for defamation, to cough up the names of 30 unidentified “Jane Does” who contributed to the online document.

Elliott filed a $1.5 million suit against Donegan last year. The list, which claims sexual misconduct by men, was posted online briefly on Oct. 11, 2017.

Lawyers for Elliot have been unsuccessful in getting Google to disclose the identities of the list creators.

Elliott’s legal team then turned to Donegan for the names, who contended she no longer has access to that information.

Bulsara shot down the most recent attempt, saying Wednesday, “it’s not exactly clear” what Elliott was trying to accomplish by shaking down Donegan for the names.

At the hearing, Donegan’s lawyer said Elliot is “looking for the right person to sue.”

Andrew Miltenberg, an attorney for Elliott, said the attorneys will keep pushing forward to obtain the list “through the normal course of discovery.”

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AMBER Alert For Fla. Girl, 5, Who Vanished From Her Bedroom in Middle of Night

Taylor Rose Williams

Florida police are searching for a five-year-old girl who was last seen at her home Tuesday evening.

Taylor Rose Williams, who was wearing purple and pink short-sleeved pajamas, was not in her Jacksonville bedroom early Wednesday morning and the back door of the home on Ivy Street was unlocked, WJXT reports.

Police issued an AMBER Alert Wednesday morning.

“It’s very urgent that we find her as quickly as possible,” Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office Chief T.K. Waters said, reports WJXT. “We’ll work until we can’t work anymore.”

Waters said Taylor is considered to be in danger because of her age. Waters said investigators haven’t determined yet whether Taylor left the Brentwood area home on her own or if she was taken by somebody.

“We’re pulling out all the stops,” Waters said.

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Police said there were no signs of foul play at the girl’s home, according to WJXT.

Waters said helicopters, police and fire department drones, mounted officers and all-terrain vehicles are helping in the search.

Williams is described as 3 feet tall, weighing 50 lbs. with brown eyes and black hair.

If you have information about the whereabouts of this child, please contact the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office at 904-630-0500 or 911.

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Jeremy Corbyn's lukewarm farewell letter to his deputy Tom Watson

‘Thousands of others will be sorry to see you go… I hope the horseradishes I gave you thrive’: Jeremy Corbyn gives his deputy Tom Watson a lukewarm farewell

  • Watson announced he is stepping down as MP and deputy Labour leader tonight
  • Corbyn wrote him a farewell letter that fell short of saying he would miss him 
  • Other Labour MPs said he will be sorely missed and wished him well for future  

Jeremy Corbyn has bid a lukewarm farewell to his deputy Tom Watson after he revealed he is stepping down this evening.

The Labour leader thanked his No2 for ‘his contribution to the party over the last 30 years and said ‘many thousands of members and trade unionists will be very sorry to see you go’. 

But Mr Corbyn fell short of saying he will miss his deputy of four years, choosing instead to say: ‘I hope the horseradish plants I gave you thrive’. 

Seen by many as the last-remaining Corbyn-skeptic in his shadow cabinet, the pair have had a tense relationship since he was first elected leader in 2015. 

Mr Watson played a fundamental part in trying to remove Mr Corbyn as leader in 2016. 

Jeremy Corbyn has bid a lukewarm farewell to his deputy Tom Watson after he revealed he is stepping down this evening. The pair are pictured together in September 2015 

In his farewell letter, the party leader wrote: ‘I respect your conclusion that it is in the best interests of you and your family to stand down.’

In his farewell letter, the party leader wrote: ‘I respect your conclusion that it is in the best interests of you and your family to stand down.  

‘I am proud and glad to have worked with you over these four years and I know this is not the end of our work together.’

He added that he ‘has always enjoyed convivial chats about many things… including cycling, exercise and horticulture’. 

He signing off by wishing his best to his children and not his plans for the future. 

The Labour Party leader and his former deputy are pictured together at the Labour Party Conference in Liverpool last year 

Other Labour MPs gave warmer responses, with MP for Walthamstow Stella Creasy tweeting: ‘All my time in the labour movement @tom_watson has been a real titan – know whatever he chooses to do next that he will continue to be a force for good and that his fight for social justice never ends. 

‘Neither will ours as we continue to fight for our country’s future #Labour family’.

Grant Robertson said: ‘From your sometime doppleganger afar Tom, my very best wishes. 

‘I know you will always be a staunch campaigner for the values of our movement.’ 

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Tortured dog cries ‘tears of blood’ after brutal beatings by dog meat traders on way to Chinese slaughterhouse – The Sun

A TORTURED dog appeared to cry "tears of blood" after allegedly being brutally beaten by meat traders on the way to a Chinese slaughterhouse.

The wounded pooch was among six dogs supposedly being driven to an illegal abattoir, all crammed inside a filthy cage that was bound with a rusty chain.



The injured animals, including some who could have once been beloved pets, were intercepted by activists and police, in the Chinese province in Sichuan.

At first the lorry driver allegedly claimed the pets were his own and that he was moving house, the MailOnline reported.

The dogs have since been confiscated by police and taken to an animal sanctuary.

Du Yufeng, the founder of an animal protection centre, told the Mail: "They had been beaten by dog traders and had injuries all over their bodies."

GIVEN-UP ALL HOPE

She shared shocking footage of several dogs inside a cage, where one animal continuously howled for freedom and another appeared to have given-up all hope.

The down-beaten dog also appeared to have several dried blood droplets on its face and was despondent to people nearby.

Police were alerted to the suspect vehicle by animal lovers who discovered information in online chat groups, Ms Du said.



A second clip showed a man, dressed in a brown coat, being questioned by police.

He allegedly said they were his pets, but when quizzed further did not answer where he was headed to or how he obtained the animals, Ms Du claimed.

The animals are now being held at Ms Du's shelter, Bo Ai Animal Protection Centre, which is located in the city of Guangyuan.

'CHILDREN' SAVED

She thanked police and activists for their help rescuing the animals, who she referred to as her "children".

Ms Du said: "Thank you to all the volunteers who attended the rescue campaign and guarded the 'children' that were about to be sent to the slaughterhouse."

It is estimated that around 10 million dogs are killed for meat in China ever year.

The practice is also conducted in other Asian countries including Vietnam and South Korea.

DOG MEAT FESTIVAL

Ms Du claimed that a large number of stray dogs and stolen pets were hidden in different parts of Sichuan earlier this year.

She believed they were being gathered for the Yulin Dog Meat Festival in June.

The controversial event sees thousands of dogs killed in cruel circumstances, skinned and then cooked with blowtorches.

 

Ms Du asked the public to report any information about the dog-meat trade and to pressure the government into addressing the practice.

She said: "Winter is coming and this is the peak season of the dark industry and when 'children' get stolen."


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Jeffrey Epstein 'might have been murdered' says his brother Mark

Jeffrey Epstein ‘might have been murdered’ says his brother Mark, who reveals there were unexplained cuts on the pedophile’s body and says the DOJ refuses to turn over medical file

  • Mark Epstein said that his brother may have been murdered but he still cannot determine if this is the case because he has not received his medical file 
  • Epstein’s autopsy showed that he had contusions on his left and right wrists, an abrasion on his arm and another marking on one of his shoulders

The brother of Jeffrey Epstein told Fox News that he believes the pedophile may have been murdered, but has no way on finding out.

Mark Epstein said that his brother had unexplained cuts on his body that could not be explained by a jail cell hanging, and that his attempts to obtain a medical file have been thwarted at every turn.

‘They’re playing games,’ Mark told Fox News.

‘I’ve done the appropriate requests with Justice twice, and have heard nothing. I was told someone is looking into it.’

He said that he first reached out to the New York City Medical Examiner’s office on August 16, and was told he needed to contact the Department of Justice.

It has been three months, and Mark has yet to receive the file on his brother. 

‘I have no standing to sue. People should know the truth about what can happen in a federal facility,’ said Mark.

‘My brother might have been murdered. This is not about me.’

Heir apparent: Mark Epstein said that his brother may have been murdered but he still cannot determine if this is the case because he has not received his medical file

Epstein had contusions on his left and right wrists, an abrasion on his arm and another marking on one of his shoulders according to the autopsy report.

That is believed to be the result of deep muscle hemorrhaging according to the autopsy report.

‘Those are unexplained,’ said Mark.

‘Was he handcuffed and struggled? Was someone holding his wrists? The marks on his wrist are unexplained.’

Dr. Michael Biden, who was hired by Mark to oversee the autopsy, said that there could be an explanation for these injuries, but there is no way to know without the file.

‘Did the injuries happen a week before or at the time of the incident? We have to look at the microscopic slides to see when the injuries occurred,’ said Dr Baden. 

‘The brother requested this information three months ago and he still has not gotten it.’

Epstein had been hospitalized in late July after making a previous attempt on his life according to the Bureau of Prisons, though some have claimed it was a fight with his cellmate that landed he pedophile in the hospital. 

Baden described how the 66-year-old financier had two fractures on the left and right sides of his larynx, around the Adam’s apple

Previous: A diagram from Jeffrey Epstein’s autopsy report shows the approximate location of a fracture on his hyoid bone

Injuries: A microscopic view of two fractures (circled) on the left and right of Epstein’s thyroid

Dr Baden previously appeared on Fox News to discuss some of Epstein’s other injuries, specifically the two neck fractures – one on the right side of his larynx and another on the left side of his hyoid bone.

‘Those three fractures are extremely unusual in suicidal hangings and could occur much more commonly in homicidal strangulation,’ said Dr Baden.

They are common however in homicides he said  at the time.

In response to these claims, some experts were quick to point out that the hyoid bone does in fact breaking in suicidal hangings.

New York City Chief Medical Examiner Dr. Barbara Sampson also fired back in the wke of Dr baden’as interview, saying she stands ‘firmly’ behind her findings.

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Soros-backed candidate loses DA bid, upstate incumbents cruise to victory

ALBANY — Big bucks from liberal billionaire investor George Soros wasn’t enough to tip the scales in favor of an upstate Democratic candidate for district attorney.

Soros spent upwards of $800,000, according to The New York Times, on political ads boosting the campaign of Shani Curry Mitchell in her quest to unseat the incumbent Monroe County District Attorney, Republican Sandra Doorley.

Mitchell ran as a progressive candidate and had worked under Doorley, gaining endorsements from the Working Families Party and former state Assembly Majority Leader, now Democratic Congressman Joe Morelle (NY-25).

But Doorley sailed to a third-term victory gaining nearly 56 percent of the vote compared to Mitchell’s just over 44 percent, according to unofficial results from the Monroe County Board of Elections site.

It’s not the only race Soros’ New York Justice and Public Safety Political Action Committee got involved in, as the PAC backed Democrat Dave Clegg’s campaign for Ulster County District Attorney, according to The Daily Freeman.

That race as of Wednesday morning had yet to be called, although unofficial Ulster County Board of Election results show Clegg with a slight lead.

Other races around New York proved victories for incumbents, with Democratic Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz and Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone successful in their reelection bids.

Former gubernatorial candidate and Republican incumbent Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro, in office since 2012, also fended off a challenge, as did Republican Onondaga County Executive Ryan McMahon, securing his second term.

There was an upset in the race for Monroe County Executive however, as GOP incumbent Cheryl Dinolfo lost to Democrat Adam Bello—the first time a Democrat will hold the post in nearly three decades.

The only state Senate race this cycle was that in district 57, for the seat vacated by GOP Sen. Cathy Young who resigned last February for a post at Cornell.

The Republican candidate George Borrello bested his 22-year-old opponent Democrat Austin Morgan for the post.

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Mother of Helen McCourt begs to keep daughter's killer in jail

Mother of murdered Helen McCourt begs Parole Board to keep her 22-year-old daughter’s killer behind bars until he reveals where he hid the body

  • 22-year-old Helen McCourt vanished on her way home from work in 1988
  • Pub landlord Iam Simms convicted of murder on overwhelming DNA evidence
  • Helen’s mother Marie has campaigned relentlessly to keep Simms behind bars 
  • She wants him to remain in jail until he helps lead police to her daughter’s body 
  • A Parole Board hearing will now consider whether Simms should be released

Helen McCourt, who was murdered by pub landlord Ian Simms 25 years ago

The mother of murdered Helen McCourt has begged the Parole Board to keep her killer behind bars while he refuses to reveal where he hid her body.

Marie McCourt is to give evidence at a hearing tomorrow which will consider whether Ian Simms should be released.

She has pleaded with the murderer to tell her the whereabouts of her daughter’s body ever since the insurance clerk vanished on her way home from work in 1988.

But the pub landlord, who was convicted by a jury on overwhelming DNA evidence of the 22-year-old’s abduction and murder, is still in jail and has always maintained his innocence.

Mrs McCourt has campaigned relentlessly to keep Simms behind bars until he helps lead police to her daughter’s body, as well as calling for laws to deny killers parole if they refuse to reveal such information.

The legislation, known as Helen’s Law, came close to being ratified in Parliament before it was dissolved ahead of the General Election, which Mrs McCourt said has put her back to ‘square one’ and risks Simms being released.

Her mother Helen McCourt is pictured at home in front of a collage of a picture of her daughter

Ian Simms arriving at St Helens Magistrates Court in Merseyside IN 1988

In a statement on Wednesday Mrs McCourt, from St Helens in Merseyside, said: ‘Every parole hearing relating to this man is distressing – but this one is particularly so.

‘Simms has never come this close to being released – while Helen’s Law is so close to being added to the statute books.

WHAT IS HELEN’S LAW? 

Marie McCourt wants Britain to adopt ‘Helen’s Law’ – legislation which would prevent the release of killers who have hidden the locations of their victims’ bodies.

She writes on change.org: If parole is granted, my hopes of finding my daughter may never be realised. No other family should live this ordeal.

I, hereby, petition the Prime Minister Theresa May and Home Secretary Amber Rudd to acknowledge the pain and distress caused to the families of missing murder victims by:

Denying parole to murderers for as long as they refuse to disclose the whereabouts of their victim’s remains 

Passing a full life tariff (denying parole or release) until the murderer discloses the location (and enables the recovery) of their victim’s remains 

Automatically applying the following rarely-used common law offences in murder trials without a body*; preventing the burial of a corpse and conspiracy to prevent the burial of a corpse, disposing of a corpse, obstructing a coroner (*as in the case of R v Hunter, 1974 (from Archbold, Criminal Pleading Evidence and Practice 2015) 

‘This man not only took my daughter’s life but has perpetuated the agony by refusing to say where he hid her body.

‘Reading my victim statement aloud is a reminder that the pain is as raw now as it was more than 31 years ago when my daughter was murdered – but I have to do this for Helen.

‘Until Simms faces up to what he has done and admits his guilt, he will never get the help he needs.

‘I pray that the parole judges listen to my plight, make the right decision and keep Simms locked up until he reveals where we can find Helen, bring her home and lay her to rest.’

Last week she renewed her plea for the law to be passed ‘as soon as possible’ in the wake of convictions for the murderers of two missing mothers.

Ben Lacomba was found guilty of killing his ex-lover Sarah Wellgreen and is yet to be sentenced.

The mother-of-five’s body has never been found.

Sailor Andrew Griggs was also found guilty of killing his pregnant wife Debbie and has been jailed for a minimum of 20 years.

The mother-of-three was expecting their fourth child when she vanished 20 years ago.

The Prisoners (Disclosure Of Information About Victims) Bill was brought to Parliament last month.

MPs voted in favour of the law in 2016, but it did not receive Government backing until earlier this year.

Parole Board guidance already says offenders who withhold information may still pose a risk to the public and could face longer in prison.

Courts can also hand down tougher sentences for murderers who deliberately conceal the location of a body.

But the Bill would make it a legal requirement for the Parole Board to take into account a killer’s failure to disclose the location of their victim’s remains when considering them for release.

It was one of the first pieces of legislation introduced in the new parliamentary session and would also apply to paedophiles who take indecent images of children but refuse to disclose their identity.

But it only comes into force if it is passed by Parliament and receives Royal Assent.

It only made its early stages of being considered by MPs before it was decided the country would go to the polls on December 12, meaning any Bills not yet passed are scrapped or have to start afresh if the next government still wants to bring them into force.

Mrs McCourt said she ‘couldn’t even put words to it’ if the general election meant all her efforts were knocked back again, having already endured such delays when Theresa May announced an election in 2017 and because of Brexit.

A Parole Board spokesman said: ‘The Parole Board will consider a range of evidence before making its decision.

‘This will be done with great care and with public safety the number one priority.’

 

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Colorado woman arrested in 1996 murder of newborn ‘Baby Faith’

A Colorado woman has been arrested in connection with the 1996 death of a newborn girl known as “Baby Faith,” authorities said.

Jennifer Katalinich, 42, of Erie, was arrested Tuesday on first- and second-degree murder charges more than 23 years after the unidentified newborn’s body was discovered at Horsetooth Reservoir in northern Colorado on Aug. 24, 1996, the Larimer County Sheriff’s Office announced Tuesday.

The girl was wrapped in a brown towel and the bag was weighed down with rocks in shallow waters at the reservoir, with her umbilical cord still attached, the Fort Collins Coloradoan reports.

A coroner later determined the newborn – nicknamed by the press “Baby Faith” – died of asphyxiation, and a homicide investigation was launched.

“Investigators pursued all leads in the coming months, but eventually all leads were exhausted, and the case was declared cold,” sheriff officials said in a statement Monday.

The case was suspended in June 1998, but was reopened on the 10th anniversary of the girl’s death in August 2006 in hopes that advances in DNA technology or tips from the public might produce new leads. But investigators received no new information, according to the sheriff’s department.

DNA evidence in the case was then resubmitted to the Colorado Bureau of Investigation in November 2016, ultimately leading authorities to Katalinich, who was 18 years old in 1996 and was living in a dorm at Colorado State University, according to the Fort Collins Coloradoan.

Investigators have declined to say whether Katalinich – also known as Jennifer Tjornehoj – was related to the newborn, who was buried at a cemetery in Fort Collins.

“Baby Faith, God loves you,” the girl’s gravestone reads.

A message seeking comment from Katalinch’s attorney was not immediately returned Wednesday. She was released from custody Tuesday after posting $25,000 bond and is scheduled to return to court in January.

“This case serves as a great reminder that LCSO is determined to solve all cases despite the amount of time that passes after the commission of the crime,” Sheriff Justin Smith said. “It often takes just one citizen to come forward with information to spark new life into a cold case.”

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BBC defends Jo Brand over 'f***ing Queen' outburst

BBC defends Jo Brand over ‘f***ing Queen’ outburst on Have I Got News For You just minutes after 9pm watershed saying it was ‘intended to be funny’

  • Star was labelled ‘offensive’ for four-letter comment on BBC One show
  • Brand, 62, asked: ‘Why does the Queen like wearing bright colours?’
  • She said it ‘helps her stand out in a crowd’ and ‘she’s the f****** Queen’
  • It sparked complaints with some viewers calling for her to be banned

The BBC today defended Jo Brand after she used an expletive to describe the Queen during the latest episode of Have I Got News For You.

The star, who was hosting Friday night’s show, had been labelled ‘offensive’ for her four-letter comment, which aired only minutes after the 9pm watershed.

Ms Brand, 62, was discussing the new book by Royal dresser Angela Kelly, and asked: ‘Why does the Queen like wearing bright colours?’


The Queen in bright colours at Ascot in June 2017 (left) and in Merseyside in June 2018 (left) 

The Left-wing comedian answered her own question, saying: ‘Apparently because it helps her stand out in a crowd. That and the fact that she’s the f****** Queen.’

The remark sparked dozens of complaints on social media, with some viewers calling for Ms Brand to be banned – but the BBC refused to discipline her.

A spokesman said: ‘Jo Brand’s joke was aimed at the fact that the Queen’s former dresser claims in a book that the Queen wears bright colours to ‘stand out in a crowd’, but she should be instantly recognisable anyway as she’s the Queen.

‘Although we appreciate that strong language is not to everyone’s tastes, we would like to assure you that this language was not directed at the Queen herself. 

Jo Brand used an expletive to describe the Queen on last Friday’s Have I Got News For You

The remark sparked dozens of complaints on social media, with some viewers calling for Ms Brand to be banned – including this tweet from history professor and Ukip founder Alan Sked

The BBC refused to discipline Ms Brand as it delivered its response to the complaint today

‘Have I Got News For You is a satirical entertainment show which offers a humorous take on recent News stories.

Jo Brand controversies on BBC programmes

This is only the latest in a series of controversies involving Jo Brand’s appearances on BBC programmes.

In June, she joked on Radio 4 about acid being thrown at politicians, prompting accusations that she was ‘inciting violence’. 

Her comments on the panel show Heresy came after a number of Right-wing politicians, including Nigel Farage, had been splattered with milkshakes thrown by protesters. She said: ‘Why bother with a milkshake when you could get some battery acid?’

Police looked into the alleged incitement to violence, but dropped the investigation. Ms Brand later apologised for the remark, saying: ‘Looking back, it probably was somewhat a crass and ill-judged joke that might upset people. I’m sorry.’

The BBC eventually upheld some of the complaints, deciding the joke ‘went beyond what was appropriate’. However they said it did not amount to incitement as it was ‘not intended to be taken at face value’.

In another example of poor taste humour, she once joked: ‘I’ve got a soft spot for Nick Clegg. Face down on Hackney marshes.’

‘Regular viewers expect the panellists and presenters to make comments about stories that are in the news and understand that these contributions are intended to be funny.’

The corporation delivered the ruling having ‘received complaints from viewers who were unhappy with strong language regarding the Queen’.

History professor and Ukip founder Alan Sked had tweeted: ‘Jo Brand insults our head of state by referring to her as ‘the f***ing Queen’.

‘Is this what our BBC license [sic] fee pays for? The BBC has already had to warn Brand. Now time to ban her? 

‘There’s free speech and there’s abusing your position as a TV celebrity to mouth obscenities.’

One viewer tweeted to Ofcom, telling the broadcasting watchdog: ‘I would like to complain that on a BBC program [sic] Jo Brand referred to our head of state as ‘the f***ing Queen’. I found this to be deeply offensive.’

Another member of the public sent a message to BBC director-general Tony Hall saying: ‘See how many people are disgusted by Jo Brand.’

Other viewers wrote: ‘The BBC has already had to warn Brand. Now time to ban her,’ and ‘Please get that awful woman off the programme, BBC.’ 

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Carjacker ADMITS trying to rob Sead Kolasinac and Mesut Ozil

Moped mugger admits knife-point robbery on Arsenal stars Sead Kolasinac and Mesut Ozil – that led to mile-long chase through London before players fought them off

  • Arsenal’s £350,000-a-week star Mesut Ozil star was targeted in north London
  • Scooter-riding thugs armed with knives tried to box in his G-Wagon in July 
  • Gunners defender Sead Kolasinac leapt from the car to take on the attackers 
  • Ozil and Kolasinac then fled as two motorbikes chased them for over a mile 
  • They abandoned the car and found safety in a restaurant on Golders Green Road 

A knife-wielding ‘ninja’ carjacker has today admitted trying to steal watches from Arsenal stars Sead Kolasinac and Mesut Ozil by chasing them for a mile on his moped with a robber friend.

Jordan Northover, 26, has pleaded guilty at Harrow Crown Court to attempting to rob the Premier League stars with Kolasinac running down the pavement trying to fight them.

Ashley Smith, 30, has already admitted his role in the attempted raid to steal the expensive items from the Arsenal footballers in Platts Lane, in Hampstead, north-west London, on July 25. They will be sentenced at a later date.

The footballers were chased for a mile by knife-wielding motorbike riders in an attempted daylight car-jacking in north London in July.

CCTV of the incident showed Arsenal’s £350,000-a-week Germany midfielder Ozil driving in his black Mercedes G class jeep. His Serbian teammate, nicknamed ‘The Tank’, jumped tried to punch the robbers, who wore helmets and wielded weapons.

The best friends then drove for a mile while being chased before taking refuge in a Turkish restaurant after abandoning Ozil’s £165,000 4×4 in the middle of the road.

Sead Kolasinac can be seen taking on one of the attackers who wears a helmet and was armed with a knife as he tried to rob him and Mesut Ozil

Mesut Ozil (dyed blonde hair) was pictured talking to officers outside Turkish restaurant Likya on Golders Green Road in north London after the attack this summer

Mesut Ozil (far right), his wife Amine Gulse (far left) with Sead Kolasinac and his bride Bella Kolasinac on their wedding day in June in Baden, Germany

Extraordinary footage of the attempted robbery revealed how Kolasinac was swinging punches at the attackers and fending them away from the car despite being threatened with a knife.

His fearless defence of his teammate is unsurprising because the pair have been friends since their teenage years, when Kolasinac looked up to the five-years-older Ozil when they were both at German side Schalke 04. 

They became exceptionally close and last month they were pictured together at Kolasinac’s marriage to Bella, alongside Ozil’s wife Amine Gulse in Baden, Germany.

Indeed, both Bella and Amine wore wedding dresses by the same designer at their recent ceremonies. 

The Ozils’ wedding in Instanbul took place in the same week and Turkey’s President Reccep Tayyip Erdogan was Ozil’s best man.

After the attack, Ozil’s rare luxury car, with distinctive gold trim, was left in the middle of the Golders Green Road with the driver’s door open as detectives investigated.

After police arrived they blocked off the road as other units looked for the motorcycle raiders. 

The brazen attack took place near to the busy Golders Green Road  and tube station in north London.

Ozil and Kolasinac had only returned to London the day before after a successful pre-season tour in America when they were robbed.

Fellow Gunners star Sead Kolasinac was seen warding off the attackers with his bare hands after leaping from the luxurious Mercedes

Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan speaks as best man to Ozil at his wedding to Amine Gulse by the Bosphorus in Istanbul last month 

Last month Mr Ozil, who was not in court today, described what happened.

He said he and his wife had driven to Kolasinac’s house in north London when two men approached menacingly.

He told The Athletic:  ‘We noticed that they had a weapon and something was going wrong. They obviously saw the big car and because Sead had just handed me something, they must have noticed he was wearing an expensive watch.’ 

‘They told him directly, “Give us your watch!”. Sead’s reaction was really, really brave because he attacked one of the attackers. The second one was in front of my car on his moped so I couldn’t drive.’

Ozil admitted he was scared for his wife’s safety and that of his team mate. 

He said his car was blocked by a moped so he tried to edge it out of the way by driving forward and backwards. He then shouted at Kolasinac to jump into the car.

The World Cup winner said the attackers gave chase and he was forced to try and block them with his car. 

Eventually they sought refuge in a Turkish restaurant and awaited the arrival of the police. 

However, the incident had scared his wife who was fearful for their safety. 

The police arrested the suspected attackers within a couple of hours of the incident. Northover and Smith will be sentenced at a later date. 

HOW ROBBERS HAVE TARGETED VIPs IN LAWLESS LONDON

Ozil and Kolasinac are the latest high profile figures to be targeted by armed bikers in London. 

In 2016, then West Ham forward Andy Carroll was chased by two motorcyclists, one pointing a gun at him, as he drove his Jeep Wrangler to the training ground.

They were after Carroll’s £22,000 watch but the terrified striker was able to make it to the West Ham car park as he spoke to police on the phone.

Last month Strictly star Pasha Kovalev was robbed by moped thieves while standing outside a theatre. The robbers reportedly rode on to the pavement and snatched his phone.

Pasha, 39, was unhurt but upset he lost the mobile, which had pics of his pregnant girlfriend, Countdown host Rachel Riley, 33. 

Comedian Michael McIntyre was robbed by two hammer-wielding men on a moped outside his children’s school in Golders Green last year.

The men smashed his car windows with a hammer and snatched his watch before fleeing. 

Former Chancellor George Osborne was targeted by a moped gang that robbed 103 phones in an 18-day reign of terror.

Politician-turned Evening Standard editor Mr Osborne said the raiders made a grab at his mobile as he left BBC headquarters in Portland Place, in May 2017. 

Armed with a hammer and tyre-iron, the trio singled out pedestrians texting or making calls before mounting the pavement and snatching the handsets in central London.

A photographer managed to get detailed pictures of them during one of their raids outside the BBC headquarters.

Made in Chelsea’s Spencer Matthews was forced to hide in the vault of a London jewellery store during a smash-and-grab gang raid in May.

The thieves on mopeds smashed their way into The Hour House just minutes after the reality star went into buy a watch.

The only watch not taken in the raid was the one he had gone in to buy, he revealed on Instagram. 

Simon Jordan, who used to own Crystal Palace saw his £127,000 watch taken at gunpoint as he sat in his Masarati in March 2016.

Formula One tycoon Bernie Ecclestone, now 88, was seriously injured after he was mugged of jewellery worth £200,000 in November 2010.

He needed hospital treatment after he was punched and kicked to the ground by the robbers, who had waited outside his Knightsbridge home in west London.

Moped muggers tried to steal the watch off the wrist of TV comedian Keith Lemon. The Celebrity Juice host, real name Leigh Francis, at first didn’t realise he was the victim of an attempted mugging.

The thieves made off without the watch, which was just a gold Casio costing around £40.

I’m A Celebrity winner Christopher Biggins had his phone snatched by a hooded cyclist as he waited for a taxi after leaving a posh restaurant in Covent Garden in April.

Susanna Reid revealed last year how she was mugged on the streets of London but chased after her attacker in a ‘dangerous’ bid to reclaim her possessions. She told her GMB co-host Piers Morgan the incident was ‘a long time ago’.

Model Carly Zucker, who is married to ex-England footballer Joe Cole, was carjacked by eight thugs on motorbikes outside their home in the Chelsea area of London in 2010. She was hauled from her Audi A4 before the thugs sped off in the vehicle.

 

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Harrowing scene with blood-splattered baby seat and bottle after family massacre

Grieving relatives found a baby's blood-stained bottle of milk and car seat at the gruesome scene where members of a Mormon family were massacred in Mexico.

Distraught members of the LeBaron Mormon community wept and hugged as they peered inside a burned-out SUV that was carrying a mum and four children who were murdered.

They also gathered miles away where two other vehicles were riddled with bullets in a slaughter blamed on ruthless drug cartel gunmen armed with assault rifles.

More than 200 shots were reportedly fired during the execution of three mothers and six children, who were travelling in three vehicles that may have been mistaken for a rival cartel.

Relatives of the victims – dual US-Mexico citizens – have been sharing grim photos of the crime scenes to bolster their calls for a tough response from the Mexican and American presidents.

A family member recorded footage of a smouldering vehicle with the charred remains of a mother and four children inside.

Rhonita Miller, 30, and the kids – Howard Miller, 12, Krystal Miller, 10, and twins Titus and Tiana Miller, both eight months – were killed when the SUV was sprayed with bullets and destroyed by fire.

Mum Dawna Langford, 43, and two of her children – Trevor Langford, 11, and Rogan Langford, two – died in a second vehicle. Seven of her children survived, five of whom were wounded.

Christina Johnson, 29, was shot dead at point-blank range when she got out of a third vehicle with her arms in the air to suggest she was surrendering and unarmed on the remote dirt road in the northern state of Sonora.

Her seven-month-old daughter, Faith, miraculously survived unharmed and has been reunited with her father, Tyler Johnson.

Mexican officials said the cartel may have mistaken the family for members of a rival gang, but relative Lafe Langford rejected that theory.

He told Reuters: "They were targeted and they were killed on purpose."

The Mormon community and drug traffickers have had conflict in the past.

Relatives said Mrs Johnson saved her daughter's life by placing the baby's car seat on the floor before she was attacked.

Bullets "just missed" her tiny body, according to family.

Photos posted by family show Mr Johnson with a huge smile as he cuddles Faith on a sofa at home.

The girl was initially feared dead, but was found alive in the car hours after the attack.

The massacre happened at three different scenes near the Mormon community of La Mora, about 70 miles south of the US border, on Monday afternoon.

Mum Christina Johnson has been hailed a hero for saving her seven-month-old daughter Faith, who miraculously survived the massacre unharmed as bullets "just missed" her tiny body.

Faith's grandmother, Connie LeBaron, wrote on Facebook: "My son Tyler reunited with his baby Faith just now.

"God is so good for sparing her life.

"She is a living angel and has brought hope to our family."

The victims were members of the LeBaron family, a breakaway Mormon community whose ancestors settled in northern Mexico after leaving Utah.

The early Mormon settlers in Mexico fled the threat of arrest in the United States for practicing polygamy.

Family said the Langford children who survived were Kylie, 14, who was shot in the foot; Devin, 13, who was not injured and walked for hours to raise the alarm; McKenzie, nine, whose arm was grazed by a bullet; Cody, eight, who was shot in the face and the leg; Jake, six, who escaped without injury; Xander, four, who was shot in the back; and eight-month-old Brixon, who was shot in the chest.

Devin hid his brothers and sisters with tree branches as he walked 14 miles home to get help.

The five wounded children were airlifted to a hospital in Tuscon, Arizona, and a critically injured boy was transferred to a hospital in Phoenix.

Family members said Mrs Miller was driving to Phoenix, Arizona, with her children to pick up her husband from the airport as he returned home from working in North Dakota.

Her car blew a tyre and she returned to the community to get another vehicle and left again just before Mrs Johnson and Mrs Langford left with their children.

Mrs Johnson and Mrs Langford were heading to the neighbouring state of Chihuahua for a wedding due to take place on Friday.

LeBaron family members have demanded a tough response from Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador and US President Donald Trump.

In a series of tweets, Trump threatened to "wage war" against drug cartels.

A oossible suspect has been arrested in Mexico as authorities hunt the gunmen, according to officials.

Mexico's Ministerial Agency for Criminal Investigations said the man was holding two bound and gagged hostages in the border town of Agua Priests, Sonora.

The man was armed with assault rifles and a huge cache of ammunition, the agency said.

Mexican officials were investigating the reason for the attack, but said it may have been a case of mistaken identity.

The LeBaron community is well-known in the region and has had run-ins with drug cartels in the past.

Members of the family were murdered years ago.

Alex LeBaron, a relative, told Reuters that the gunmen surely knew who they were targeting.

He added: "We've been here for more than 50 years. There's no-one who doesn't know them.

"Whoever did this was aware. That's the most terrifying."

Mrs Miller and her children were found in a burnt Chevrolet Tahoe near the village of San Miguelito, according to state prosecutors.

Mrs Langford and her children were found in a a white Chevrolet Suburban just over 10 miles away.

Mrs Johnson's body was discovered about 50ft from her Suburban near the Sonora-Chihuahua border, with her baby daughter alive inside.

A GoFundMe page set up to support the victims' relatives had raised more than £65,000 as of Wednesday morning.

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The US Army trick that will help you fall asleep anywhere in 120 seconds – The Sun

YOU'VE tried counting sheep and even picturing your happy place in your mind.

But no matter what, your brain just won't switch off and let you drift peacefully into the land of nod.

Worst of all, the next day you can't concentrate and keep making mistakes.

It was something the US Army realised was affecting fighter pilots in the Second World War.

Their stress and fatigue was building up so much due to sleeplessness that they were making terrible, avoidable decisions.

Even when they clocked off, they couldn't relax and get to sleep.

So, the US Navy Pre-Flight School came up with a scientific method to fall asleep day or night, in any conditions, in under two minutes.

The technique, revealed in a book titled  'Relax and Win: Championship Performance', was said to work for 96 per cent of pilots after just six weeks of practice – even after drinking coffee, with machine gunfire being played in the background.

In training, the pilots were taught to fall asleep upright in a chair, their feet flat on the floor and their hands limp against their laps.

So, if you fancy trying it out in bed – where you can stretch all you want – means you've already got a head start. Here's how it works…

Relax your face

Once you're in position the key is to focus on the face – think of it as the epicentre of your emotions.

Start by closing your eyes and breathe slowly and deeply.

Then relax all 43 muscles in your face – don't squint or frown – let everything go loose.

Breathe out and feel your cheeks, mouth, tongue and jaw relax.

Try and focus on relaxing your eyes by letting them fall deep into their sockets – when these go limp it sends a signal to the rest of your body that it's time to unwind.

Drop your shoulders

Next step is to drop your shoulder as low as they'll go, as if they're floating down your body.

You should feel the back of your neck loosen too.

Then, it's time to relax your arms, starting with your dominant side.

If you're right-handed, focus on relaxing your right bicep – if it won't, tense it first then let it go loose.

Then move to the forearm, thinking about letting that relax, before doing the same with your hand and fingers.

Repeat the same process on the other side.

Loosen your legs

Your upper body should be nice and limp – like it's sinking into you – so it's time to turn to the lower half.

Starting with your right thigh, tell the muscle to sink like a dead weight, followed by the calf muscles.

Follow the same technique with your ankle and foot and you should feel your leg relax.

Work through the process on the left leg – going through the thigh, to the calf and down to the foot.

Every muscle in your body, from your face to your toes, should now be relaxed.

Clear your mind

The last step is to completely clear your mind for 10 seconds.

Don't think about what went wrong that day, or what time you need to get up.

These types of thoughts involve movement and just thinking about them is enough to make your muscles involuntarily contract.

Instead, keep your mind still by focusing on a static image in your head.

One trick is to imagine you are lying on a couch in a pitch black room and hold that image for 10 seconds.

If that doesn't work, you can try saying the words "don't think" repeatedly for the duration.

This should clear out any thoughts that stop your brain from wandering.

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New poll shows Trump supporters won’t be swayed — by anything

Sixty-two percent of people who approve of the job President Trump is doing say that there would be nothing the commander in chief could do to shake their support, according to a Monmouth University poll out Tuesday.

On the other hand, 70 percent of those who don’t approve of his job performance say there is nothing he could do that would win them over.

Overall, 43 percent of the 401 respondents approve of Trump’s job, as opposed to 51 percent who disapprove. That is up from a September survey, where 41 percent approved while 53 percent disapproved.

Also, 51 percent responded “no” when asked if Trump “should be impeached and compelled to leave the Presidency,” versus 44 percent who responded “yes.”

Because of the small sample size, the poll had a margin of error of plus or minus 3.3 percent.

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Popeyes customer, 28, stabbed to death after cutting in line for chicken sandwich’ named by cops as they hunt for killer – The Sun

A POPEYES customer who was stabbed to death for cutting in line has been named by cops hunting for his killer.

Kevin Tyrell Davis, 28, was knifed after a 15-second argument outside the fast food chain in Oxon Hill, Maryland, police say.



The horrific attack happened on Monday, a day after Popeyes' popular chicken sandwich returned after being sold out for over a month.

Police Chief Hank Stawinski described the brutal act as "a pointless crime" at a press conference today.

He explained that Davis arrived at the restaurant shortly after 7pm where customers were waiting to be served.

How does a confrontation lead to a homicide in 15 seconds?

Over the next 15 minutes Davis "methodically began cutting in front of other customers."

When he reached the front of the line another individual confronted him about "his conduct" outside the food joint.

Chief Stawinski added: "I want to make this clear, 15 seconds later a stabbing occurs."

Detectives are looking for a black male with facial hair, they do not have a name at this point but did release stills from surveillance footage.

He added that his team are trying to figure out "how does a confrontation lead to a homicide in 15 seconds?"


Tensions have boiled over at multiple restaurants as the US chain restocked its hugely popular chicken sandwich after it sold out for two months.

The $3.99 meal, which comes in classic and spicy, debuted for the first time in August and proved such a hit it led to long lines and fist fights.

The sandwich – which comes in classic and spicy formats – sold out at its 2,400 US outlets in just two weeks.

This is not a drill… We're fully stocked.

The fast-food joint announced the crispy chicken was back on the menu on Sunday tweeting: "This is not a drill… We're fully stocked."

However tensions boiled over as customers traded blows to get their hands on the fried chicken snack.

Other incidents have allegedly happened in Tallahassee in Florida, Harlem in New York and Edgewood in Maryland.

CHICKEN WARS

Popeyes' fried chicken sandwich launched in August and became an instant hit with consumers.

In August one viral video showed a furious customer leaping through the window of a drive-thru Popeyes outlet to brawl with the employees inside.

The rapper Quavo teased his 13.8 million Instagram followers with a video showing him with a bag of the sandwiches, which he offered to sell for $1,000 each.

The popularity of the sandwiches led to shortages at Popeyes and they sold out for two months.

In September it was revealed a man was suing the food chain after he spent "countless time driving" in search of their chicken sandwich without success in Tennessee.




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20 unique and fun gifts for wine lovers

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There are those that drink wine, and then there are those that guzzle it. As a friend of the latter, skip the two-buck chuck this holiday season and get your wine-loving pal something they can use every (wine) night.

Practical, but cute gifts like a set of iridescent wine glasses or a 4-in-1 chiller, aerator, pourer and stopper are always appreciated. On the other hand, you could make them laugh with gifts like a wine glass holder necklace, bottle straw or a shower wine glass holder—each is useful, but definitely unique. 

SHOP: Vinglacé Wine Chiller, $89.95 

If you’re looking to splurge a bit (but like, still want to keep it under $100), we recommend the Vinglacé wine chiller ($89.95), which keeps a whole bottle of wine cool for hours. All you have to do is pop off the adjustable top and place your bottle of wine inside, then pour it up. But, if keeping wine chilled is of the utmost importance to your oenophile, you could also go all out with a chic pastel mini fridge ($99) for them to store their stock. 

Shop more unique gifts for wine lovers below and while you’re at it, check out these foolproof hangover-helping tips, because with a friend like yours, you might need it. 

Prosecco Pong, $19.59

Lustered Stemless Wine Glasses (Set of 4), $32

Pinot to Go 25-ounce Swell Bottle, $38 (Originally $45)

Rewind Rosé Candle, $29.95

Santa’s Stocking Flask, $20

Winc Wine Giftcard, $60-$600

Frigidaire 1.6 Cu Ft Retro Mini Fridge with Side Bottle Opener, $99

Corkcicle Air 4-in-1 Chiller, Aerator, Pourer and Stopper, $24.96

Glitter Wine Clutch with Bottle Stopper, $24.99

Sipski Shower Wine Glass Holder, $18

Kate Spade Champagne Bottle Keychain, $68

Wine Glass Holder Necklace, $9.48

Unicorn Bottle Stopper, $12

Gold Bottle Straw, $5

Swell Calacatta Gold Tumbler (Set of 4), $85

Wine2Go Halo Foldable Wine Flask (Set of 2), $16.97

Stuff Every Wine Snob Should Know Book, $9.95

Londontown Rose & Merlot Holiday Ornament, $20

Kate Spade Champagne Print Universal Laptop Sleeve, $60 (Originally $85)

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Florida man who sawed nose off endangered fish now facing prison, hefty fines

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A man in Florida is facing prison time and fines of up to $50,000 for sawing off the rostrum, or the snout-like protrusion, of a live endangered fish before throwing it back in the sea.

Chad Ponce, 38, appeared in court on Friday, where he pleaded guilty to killing an endangered smalltooth sawfish last year. The species — which is identified by a rostrum lined with sharp teeth resembling a saw — is said to be dependent on its protruding nose for swimming, direction and locating prey.

Ponce, from Jacksonville, had reeled in the sawfish on July 18, 2018, according to the United States Attorney’s Office, Middle District of Florida. He then used a power saw to remove the fish’s rostrum before letting it back into the waters near Ponte Vedra, Florida.

Smalltooth sawfish

Ponce was aboard a shrimping vessel at the time, First Coast News reports. The incident was also filmed by another individual.

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A witness reported the incident to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) that month. Ponce was questioned, but initially claimed he returned the fish to the ocean unharmed.

Ponce now faces up to a year in prison and a fine of $50,000 for killing the endangered fish. His sentencing date has yet to be announced.

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The smalltooth sawfish, which is actually a type of ray, has been listed as an endangered species since 2003; the NOAA said the species is actually the “first marine fish to receive federal protection as an endangered species under the Endangered Species Act in 2003.”

The smalltooth sawfish, which is actually a type of ray, has been listed as an endangered species since 2003.
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“Under the ESA, it is illegal to catch, harm, harass, or kill an endangered sawfish,” the NOAA added, noting an exception for any caught unintentionally while fishing for other species.

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Ex-BHS boss Dominic Chappell banned from running a firm for 10 years

Businessman Dominic Chappell who bought BHS from Sir Philip Green for £1 before department store chain collapsed is banned from running a company for 10 years

  • Dominic Chappell was banned from serving as a company director for 10 years
  • His 81-year-old father Joseph also barred from running a company for five years
  • Both men were accused of carrying out ‘reckless financial transactions’ at BHS
  • They were also said to have failed to record dealings of the no-defunct retailer

The businessman who bought BHS from Sir Philip Green for £1 before it collapsed has been banned from running a company for 10 years. 

Dominic Chappell, who bought the department store chain in 2015, has been banned from serving as a company director by the Government’s Insolvency Service.

The 52-year-old was said to have ‘abused’ his responsibilities as director in the lead up to the retailer’s collapse in 2016. 

The Insolvency Service has also disqualified his 81-year-old father Joseph for five years.

The pair were accused of carrying out ‘reckless financial transactions’ and failing to record their dealings related to the now-collapsed retailer.

Dominic Chappell was the architect of Retail Acquisitions’ purchase of BHS four years ago.

Former BHS owner Dominic Chappell arrives at the City of London Magistrates’ Court accused of tax evasion in June 

Dominic Chappell’s ban comes 18 months after the Insolvency Service confirmed it was pursuing proceedings against him and three other directors of the company.

During a court hearing, it was alleged that Dominic Chappell wrongfully diverted £1.5 million of funds from BHS Limited to a company based in Sweden.

The transaction took place one day after the potential appointment of an administrator for BHS Limited had been discussed by the board of directors, the court heard.

Dominic Chappell was also said to have transferred funds in excess of £1 million to Retail Acquisitions Limited, a company he was also a director of and 90 per cent shareholder at the time.

The funds should have been retained by BHS and BHS Properties as proceeds from property sales in London’s Oxford Street and Sunderland respectively, the Insolvency Service said.

The court also heard that during the time he was the sole director of Retail Acquisitions, Dominic Chappell failed to maintain adequate accounting records.

Sir Philip Green sold Dominic Chappell department chain BHS for just £1 in 2015. Today Chappell was banned from serving as a company director for a decade 

Claire Entwistle, assistant director for the Insolvency Service, said: ‘Both Dominic and his father abused their responsibilities as directors.

‘Not only did they carry out reckless financial transactions but they failed to maintain adequate company records – a basic requirement for any responsible director.

‘The courts have recognised the severity of their actions and the bans handed down will seriously curtail their opportunities to manage companies.’

The court also found that Dominic Chappell failed to comply with statutory obligations requiring him to provide information relating to the BHS Pension Schemes.

Dominic Chappell appeared at the High Court on October 14 before Deputy ICC Judge Shaffer seeking to adjourn the hearing but was unsuccessful. Joseph Chappell did not attend.

Joseph Chappell was subsequently disqualified for his role as director of Swiss Rock and three other companies, Capital Management Limited, Newport Management Limited and Base Technolgy.

The 10-year ban is the latest legal headache for Dominic Chappell who was slapped with a £10 million bill by pensions watchdogs in February and faces trial next year over allegations of £500,000 worth of tax fraud, which he denies.

He appeared at Southwark Crown Court last monthto deny three charges of cheating the public revenue related to his bankrupt finance company Swiss Rock Limited. Chappell will now face a High Court trial in June.

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Maldives bans group over Islamic radicalization report

The Maldives’ government on Tuesday dissolved an activist group after it found that a report published by the organization on religious radicalization contained content against Islamic laws.

The Maldives’ ministry of community empowerment said in a statement that it informed the Maldives Democracy Network that the group has been deregistered and has 45 days to settle debts and complete other formalities.

The group was suspended last month amid investigations that a report published in 2016 was slanderous to Islam. Though the report had been on the group’s website for more than three years, the government opened a case only last month, heeding to a demand by some preachers.

The government said that there is widespread public condemnation of the report because of “content slandering Islam” and the Prophet Muhammad.

The group’s executive director, Shahinda Ismail, said she believes the investigators have not followed due process.

Ismail had been asked to appear for an inquiry on Wednesday, followed later by three of her colleagues, and the ban comes before any of the authors were interviewed.

“The government has been giving into all the demands religious extremists have been calling for,” Ismail said. “The government is being controlled by these groups and I don’t think banning MDN is going to solve problems.”

The report examined school textbooks for each grade on how Islam is taught and how some Friday sermons allegedly incited hate and intolerance. It also said more than 90 percent of people interviewed supported the implementation of flogging, stoning to death, the death penalty and amputations as punishments in the Maldives.

The Maldives, known for luxury island resorts, is a Sunni Muslim nation where practicing and preaching other faiths is banned by the constitution.

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Boy, 10, robbed at knifepoint and threatened with broken bottles while selling sweets to classmates – The Sun

A TEN-YEAR-OLD boy was robbed at knifepoint and threatened with broken bottles in a two-hour ordeal while selling sweets to his classmates.

Sonny Murray was left battered and bruised for "no reason" – only saved when a dog walker heard his screams.

Two boys, aged just 11 and 13, have now been charged with assault as Police Scotland launched an investigation.

Friends said the boy's money had been stolen, while his bike was damaged in the attack in Edinburgh last Wednesday.

He was dragged to the grounds of Liberton High School before the assault continued at nearby Glenvarloch Crescent.

It wasn't until dog walker Yvonne Jenkinson heard him scream that the gang fled.

A friend of Yvonne's said: "He was making his way home a group of teenage thugs took this wee boy away for two hours, made him fight with older boys and when he wouldn’t do it because he was terrified they threatened him with a knife and broken bottles.

"My friend was out with her dogs and heard the wee boy scream, so she shouted, made her way over to where they were and of course being the cowardly bullies they were they ran off.

"Sonny was taken to hospital to be checked over as he was bleeding profusely from his mouth, and completely soaking wet and traumatised, it is now a criminal investigation."

My friend was out with her dogs and heard the wee boy scream

It is claimed the little boy had been selling tablet – a Scottish toffee-type sweet – when he was attacked.

A fundraiser page also claimed: "Sonny was attacked for absolutely no reason, he is just a child and was robbed and his bike was badly damaged in the process.

"Most importantly though this little kid was left terrified and traumatised. Let’s show him that people care and get his bike fixed or replacement."

And with the fundraiser exceeding thousands of pounds, his family took to social media to thank the public.

Sonny’s mum Lynda Murray said on Facebook: “Just want to say a huge thanks to everyone as they have done so much for my boy Sonni.

"I’m overwhelmed with all this.”

Police Scotland confirmed they had been called to reports of an assault on a ten-year-old boy on Wednesday, October 30.

They said: "We can now confirm that an 11-year-old boy and 13-year-old boy have been charged in connection with the assault.

"A report will be sent to the Scottish Children's Reporter."

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