U.S. to dismiss charges against 129 people in Trump inaugural protests

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Justice Department intends to dismiss criminalcharges against 129 defendants in connection with the protests that took place during President Donald Trump‘s Jan. 20, 2017 inauguration, according to a court filing on Thursday. More than 200 people were arrested in connection with the protests in downtown Washington, during which black-clad activists smashed store windows, blocked traffic and fought with police. A jury had already […]

 
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Breastfeeding for 6 months or more may halve diabetes risk

Breastfeeding for six months or longer can reduce the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes by nearly half for women throughout their childbearing years, according to a study. Women who breastfed for six months or more across all births had a 47 percent reduction in their risk of developing Type 2 diabetes compared to those […]

 
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Volume of fracking fluid pumped underground tied to Canada quakes

Fracking wells should not go to 11. Instead, turning down the volume — that is, of water pumped underground to help retrieve oil and gas — may reduce the number of earthquakes related to hydraulic fracturing. The amount of water pumped into fracking wells is the No. 1 factor related to earthquake occurrence at Fox Creek, a […]

 
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Vulnerable Chilean cat’s main threat is habitat fragmentation

Jan. 16 (UPI) — The number of a güiña wildcats in Chile continues to decline, but new research suggests human predation and deforestation aren’t the cause. According to a new study by scientists at the University of Kent in England, habitat fragmentation is the cat species’ gravest threat. The güiña was listed as vulnerable by the […]

 
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While Trump’s critics keep talking, our president is fulfilling his promises

Editor’s note: The opinions in this article are the author’s, as published by our content partner, and do not necessarily represent the views of MSN or Microsoft. President Trump promised in his first inaugural address that his administration would be guided by one “crucial conviction: that a nation exists to serve its citizens.” He went […]

 
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One year ago: Women’s marches across the globe

One year ago, millions of people around the world participated in women’s marches and protests, timed as an answer to U.S. President Donald Trump’s inauguration. A second set of marches is planned for Jan. 20, 2018. Here we look back on the best images from the 2017 events around the nation and the world. (Pictured) […]

 
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Comey to teach course on ethical leadership for College of William & Mary

Former FBI director James B. Comey is joining the faculty of his alma mater, the College of William & Mary, and plans to teach a course on ethical leadership at the school’s Washington center starting in the fall. Subscribe to the Post Most newsletter: Today’s most popular stories on The Washington Post Comey, whom President […]

 
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Carpetright shares fall as much as 48% on warning

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UK retail sales fall sharply in December – business live

Dollar hits new three-year low The dollar index, which measures the US currency against a basket of other major currencies, has hit a new three-year low today of 90.331. Analysts at Bank of America Merrill Lynch believe the dollar will recover some ground against the euro in the coming months. Support for EUR/USD from forward […]

 
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New universities minister backs tuition fee review

The new universities minister has said that a review of tuition fees will be a “positive move” for the Government. Sam Gyimah signalled his willingness to revive Prime Minister Theresa May’s plans for wide reaching reforms of funding for higher education. Speaking on Thursday evening at Queen Mary University London. He said: “It is right to look […]

 
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Seniors expert applauds U.K. move to appoint Ministry of Loneliness

In a world filled with technology, which can help improve our connectivity but can also push us further apart, loneliness is a widespread and persistent problem. It’s an issue Britain has been addressing for years, particularly since its launch of the Campaign to End Loneliness in 2011. But Prime Minister Theresa May has taken the British government’s approach one step further, by establishing […]

 
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UKIP leader Henry Bolton denounces ‘coup’ over racism claim

UKIP leader Henry Bolton has accused senior members of his party of orchestrating a coup against him after he ended his relationship with a 25-year-old activist who was suspended for racism. As the party descended into an online civil war, reports emerged that Bolton, who became leader only last autumn, could face a vote of no confidence by […]

 
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Andy McNab launches battle to save homeless SAS embassy siege hero Bob Curry

Action thriller author Mr McNab has set up a petition to try to help homeless former SAS Sergeant Bob Curry. Mr Curry, 64, played a crucial part in the 1980 operation to free hostages held in the London embassy building by terrorists. But after his business failed he was forced to sleep in B&B hostels […]

 
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Police end investigation of suspicious package near King’s Cross station in central London

A spokesperson for the Metropolitan police said the service received a report of a suspicious item at Pentonville Road in north London at 09:18am. Roads in the surrounding area were closed, however, the police said the package has been deemed non-suspicious and cordons have been removed. Source: cityam  

 
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The Brexit Bill: (almost) nothing has changed (yet)

Well that was 85 hours of detailed parliamentary scrutiny/your life that you won’t get back* (delete as appropriate). The European Union (Withdrawal) Bill has now completed its journey through the House of Commons. More than 500 amendments were tabled and, according to Government Chief Whip Julian Smith, there were 58 divisions, only one of which […]

 
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Sinn Fein TD’s secret deal to pocket €90k salary belies party’s ‘industrial wage’ line

A Sinn Fein TD struck a secret deal with the party that allows him to draw down his entire Dail salary of more than €90,000, it can be revealed.  Dublin North-West deputy Dessie Ellis told party bosses that he could not afford to accept the average industrial wage because doing so would push his family […]

 
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Corbyn on Carillion: we’ll end outsourcing ‘racket’ in rule change

Labour will call a halt to the “outsourcing racket” exposed by Carillion’s collapse, by tearing up procurement rules to make the public sector the default choice for providing government services, Jeremy Corbyn has revealed. Carillion’s collapse has emboldened Corbyn to press home his message that Labour rejects the “dogma of privatisation”. Related: ‘I’m JC’: Jeremy Corbyn on ageing, infighting, […]

 
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Prisons chief blames cuts after damning reports on two English jails

The head of the prison service has accepted the findings of two damning inspection reports on Liverpool and Nottingham prisons but blamed the failures on government cuts and the influx of drugs into jails. Peter Clarke, the chief inspector of prisons in England and Wales, said there had been a “failure of leadership at all […]

 
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Loch Fyne search resumes for missing fishermen after boat capsizes

A major search for two missing fishermen has resumed after their boat, Nancy Glen TT100, capsized in Loch Fyne in Argyll and Bute. A third man was pulled from the water by the crew of a passing boat following a distress call at 18:00 on Thursday. Campbeltown RNLI Lifeboat was out all night searching, along […]

 
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Classrooms thinned by flu, Russellville cancels school

A large number of absences for students with flu-like symptoms prompted the Russellville School District to cancel classes today. School district spokesman Ashley Snellenberger said an average of about 16 percent of the district’s more than 5,200 students have been absent this week. The normal absentee rate is 5 percent to 7 percent, she said. […]

 
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Hot or not? Bikram no more beneficial than any other yoga, says vascular study

While the popularity of practising yoga in sweltering rooms is booming around the world, researchers say benefits to blood vessels are the same whether the moves are performed in the heat or not. Bikram yoga was founded by controversial instructor Bikram Choudhury and involves 26 poses and two breathing exercises, performed in a room heated […]

 
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Teenager denies planting homemade bomb on Parsons Green tube

A fireball was sent through the train carriage at Parsons Green, south west London, after the device partially exploded during the morning rush hour. Clean-shaven Hassan appeared at the Old Bailey via videolink from high security Belmarsh prison in south east London, wearing a maroon crew neck jumper and with short dark hair. He is […]

 
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Africa: Former Ambassadors Urge Trump to Respect Africa

Maputo — Two former United States ambassadors to Mozambique, Melissa Wells (who served in Maputo from 1987 to 1990) and Dennis Jett (1990 to 1993), are among dozens of former ambassadors who have signed an open letter to President Donald Trump urging him to change his attitude towards Africa. The 78 signatories represented the United […]

 
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Mother and daughter shot dead while immunising kids from polio in Pakistan

Gunmen have shot and killed a mother and her daughter who were immunising children against polio in Pakistan’s south-western city of Quetta. The attack took place as hundreds of polio teams, many of them volunteers, were out working on a campaign against the disease, police official Naseebullah Khan said. Sakina Bibi, 50, and her 20-year-old […]

 
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Do Trump’s ‘business conflicts’ still matter?

At the beginning of Donald Trump’s presidency, there was concern over his potential conflicts of interest as president and business owner. So what’s happened since? At the stroke of noon on 20 January 2017, Donald Trump had a new job, president of the United States. But his old one wasn’t far away. As he made […]

 
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Second measles scare in a week at Chicago’s O’Hare Airport

CHICAGO — Another case of measles exposure has been reported at O’Hare International Airport, the second instance there in recent days. This case involves a patient who was at the International Terminal on Jan. 9 and who may have exposed others to the highly contagious virus. However, the Illinois Department of Public Health insists there […]

 
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Potential male birth control pill has deadly origins

In an effort to produce the first-ever male birth control pill, scientists have discovered that a plant extract once used by African warriors as a heart-stopping ingredient in their poisonous arrows could be the key. The natural product is called ouabain and it’s found in two plants native to Africa  the acokanthera schimperi, or arrow […]

 
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Russia blasts Ukrainian Donbas law as preparations for war

MOSCOW, Jan. 19 (Xinhua) — The Russian Foreign Ministry said Thursday that it saw Ukraine’s new law on the return of the insurgent Donbas region in eastern Ukraine as “preparations for a new war.” “There is no question of any ‘reintegration’. On the contrary, everything done (by Kiev) will only split Ukraine even further and […]

 
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Donald Trump’s lawyer ‘used private company and fake name to pay porn star Stormy Daniels’

Donald Trump’s lawyer reportedly used a private company and a fake name to pay off the porn star who allegedly had an affair with the President. Attorney Michael Cohen reportedly used Essential Consultants LLC to send a lawyer representing Stormy Daniels $130,000 (£100,000) ‘hush money’, according to the Wall Street Journal. The adult actress was reportedly paid the […]

 
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Ax-Wielding Teen Injures Seven At Siberian School

A teenage student at a school in southeastern Siberia has attacked a group of younger students with an ax, injuring at least six other people before trying to kill himself. It was the third attack within a week by teenagers who have turned on other students at Russian schools, prompting authorities in Moscow to investigate […]

 
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Duterte threatens to fire airport execs if luggage theft happens again

President Rodrigo Duterte has threatened to fire airport officials if the luggage theft incident at the Clark International Airport in Pampanga happens again. “The next time, if it happens, I will fire you. Sigurado ‘yan. Basta may nangyari pa ulit na maski nakawan o ano, I will fire you,” Duterte told airport officials during a […]

 
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Republicans clear first hurdle to avoid government shutdown

Republicans cleared the first hurdle in avoiding a government shutdown on Thursday night. The House of Representatives seemed poised to pass a bill to keep the government open until 16 February, after promising conservatives a vote on a major increase in defense spending, a hard-line immigration bill as well as other unnamed concessions that the […]

 
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Wild winter wind storm pummels Europe, killing at least seven

THE HAGUE, Netherlands — A powerful storm pummeled Europe with high winds and snow Thursday, killing at least seven people in three countries, grounding flights, halting trains, ripping roofs off buildings and flipping over trucks. The Dutch national weather service recorded wind gusts of up to 87 mph in the southern port of Hook of […]

 
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Macron rebuffs post-Brexit City deal unless UK pays into EU budget

French president Emmanuel Macron has rejected the idea of a tailored Brexit deal for the City, insisting Britain will not be allowed full access to European Union markets, including financial services, unless it pays into the EU budget and accepts all its rules. Macron delivered the tough message at the end of a joint press […]

 
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Family mourn ‘beautiful’ British backpacker killed in Sydney

The family of a British woman killed in a suspected murder-suicide have said they are “deeply shocked and saddened” by her death. Amelia Blake, 22, was found dead in the Newtown suburb of Sydney last Friday. New South Wales Police Force said the body of a man in his 30s, named in reports as Nepalese […]

 
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Drone used to rescue two swimmers off Australian beach

Share to FacebookShare to TwitterShare to Email App  A drone rescued two swimmers off an Australian beach on Thursday, a world first for the fast-developing technology that seems perfectly suited to saving lives at sea, authorities said. The rescue took place as life savers at Lennox Head, a beach popular with surfers south of the […]

 
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Putin takes dip in icy Russian lake on Epiphany

MOSCOW (AP) – Russian President Vladimir Putin has taken a dip in icy lake waters to celebrate Epiphany, a major holiday in Orthodox Christianity marking the baptism of Jesus. Russian television stations have shown the 65-year-old Putin approaching a hole cut in the ice on Lake Seliger in northwestern Russia and then dunking himself in […]

 
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Pope shocks Chile by accusing sex abuse victims of slander

Francis said that until he sees proof that Bishop Juan Barros was complicit in covering up the sex crimes of the Rev. Fernando Karadima in Chile, such accusations against Barros are “all calumny.” The pope’s remarks drew shock from Chileans and immediate rebuke from victims and their advocates. They noted the accusers were deemed credible enough by […]

 
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Roy Bennett helicopter crash ‘claimed wealthy Texas investor, decorated pilots’

Raton – Five friends, including a Zimbabwean opposition leader, traveling to a ranch in the US state of New Mexico died when their helicopter crashed in a remote area. Here’s more about the prominent people on board: Charles Ryland Burnett III, 61  Born in England, Burnett was an investor and philanthropist with links to a […]

 
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Carpetright shares crash on profit warning

It blamed the profit alert on a “sharp deterioration” in UK trade, with sales in the key post-Christmas period “significantly behind expectations”. Carpetright now expects profits to be between £2m and £6m, compared with analysts’ estimates of about £14m. In the 11 weeks to 13 January, like-for-like sales fell 3.6% in the UK. In its […]

 
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Baywatch hero drone saves silly struggling swimmers Down Under from going down under

At 11.30am on Thursday, passersby alerted lifeguards that two people were in trouble in the sea off Lennox Head beach in New South Wales. The lifesavers just so happened to be in the middle of a training course on how to use drones to drop floatation devices on swimmers in trouble – and so got […]

 
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Car hits crowd at Copacabana beach promenade in Rio

A speeding car ploughed through evening strollers on a crowded promenade at Copacabana beach in Rio on Thursday in an apparent accident, killing an eight-month-old baby and injuring 15 people, police say. Injured people lay on the pavement, recalling recent terrorist attacks by vehicles mowing down pedestrians, but there was no indication that the Copacabana […]

 
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Jacinda Ardern: Working mums on how to survive a short maternity leave

The BBC spoke to other working mothers who took short periods of time off work and asked them what advice they would give others in the same situation. ‘Do what you need to do to make it work’ Kelsey Gamble took six weeks of maternity leave for the birth of her first child. In 2014, […]

 
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California DA says couple’s abuse of 12 kids became torture

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) – They were starved and shackled to their beds, sometimes for months. They were beaten and choked. They were given scant medical care, often denied use of a toilet and allowed to shower but once a year. They lived mostly at night, out of sight of neighbors, and knew virtually nothing of […]

 
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Study Reveals The Devastating Effects Of America’s Obesity Epidemic

There’s no question that America is faced with multiple health crises, none of which are easy to solve. Two of those – opioids and obesity – have been varyingly suggested as reasons why the US death rates year on year aren’t improving. Although we still can’t be certain, a new study highlights the damaging role […]

 
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Boris Johnson’s proposal of bridge across the Channel met with mixed response

Boris Johnson’s proposal for a bridge linking Britain to France has been greeted with scepticism by representatives of the UK’s shipping industry. The Foreign Secretary floated the idea of a cross-Channel bridge between during talks between the UK and France on Thursday. He said “good connections” were important between the two countries, and suggested the […]

 
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Second measles scare in a week at Chicago’s O’Hare Airport

CHICAGO — Another case of measles exposure has been reported at O’Hare International Airport, the second instance there in recent days. This case involves a patient who was at the International Terminal on Jan. 9 and who may have exposed others to the highly contagious virus. However, the Illinois Department of Public Health insists there […]

 
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