Man arrested for New York City neighbourhood reunion shooting

Police say Kyle Williams was one of two people who opened fire during the gathering in Brooklyn in July. New York City police have arrested a 20-year-old man in connection with a mass shooting over the summer at a Brooklyn community festival that left one person dead and 11 wounded. Police said the gunman, Kyle Williams, was one of two people who opened fire – possibly shooting at each other – during the Old Timers Day gathering in the Brownsville section of Brooklyn on July 27. The gunfire sent a…

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Chicago teachers’ strike: Thousands hit the picket lines over pay

Teachers in the US’s third-largest school district stop work over wages, lack of resources and other issues. Chicago, Illinois – Chicago Public Schools (CPS) teachers walked out of their classrooms and joined the picket lines on Thursday after the school district and the Chicago Teachers Union failed to reach a contract agreement, after months of negotiations. Union members voted on Wednesday in favour of striking over pay, resources and classroom size – major sticking points in the United States‘s third-largest school district. Annie Kellogg teaches preschool special education at Brentano Elementary…

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Felicity Huffman begins two-week sentence in US college scandal

Huffman was the first parent sentenced in the US college admissions scandal. American actress Felicity Huffman reported on Tuesday to a federal prison in California to serve a two-week sentence in a college admissions scandal that underscored the lengths some wealthy parents will go to get their children into top universities. Huffman’s husband, actor William H Macy, dropped her off at the Federal Correctional Institution, Dublin, a low-security prison for women in the San Francisco Bay Area, according to TASC Group, which represents Huffman. The prison has been described by…

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White officer charged with murder in shooting of black woman

Texas police officer Aaron Dean shot and killed Atatiana Jefferson as she stood inside her home on Saturday morning. A white police officer who shot and killed an African American woman in her Fort Worth, Texas, home  in the presence of her eight-year-old nephew was charged with murder on Monday after resigning from the force. The Fort Worth Police Department said its officers were responding to a call from a neighbour, who reported to a non-emergency line, that Atatiana Jefferson’s front door had been left open. The responding officer fired a…

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Vaping: Death toll rise to 26, illnesses to 1,299

A mysterious respiratory sickness related to e-cigarette use is spreading, and the epidemic shows no sign of abating. United States health officials on Thursday reported 26 deaths and 1,299 confirmed and probable cases so far from a mysterious respiratory illness tied to vaping. Last week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported 1,080 cases and 18 deaths from the illness. As of October 8, confirmed deaths were reported from 21 states, including one each from California, Connecticut, Georgia, Massachusetts, Michigan, New York, Texas and Pennsylvania. Investigators have not…

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For first time, Biden declares that Trump must be impeached

The Democratic presidential hopeful departs from usual campaign pitch to deliver blistering speech against Trump. US Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden said on Wednesday for the first time that President Donald Trump must be impeached for abusing the powers of his office to help his own reelection. Biden made the remarks as part of a blistering 25-minute speech in New Hampshire, departing from his usual campaign pitch and signalling that he will aggressively confront Trump as the president faces an impeachment inquiry rooted in his unfounded accusations that the former…

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Up in smoke: Alibaba to stop selling vape components in US

The Chinese e-commerce giant’s move follows decisions by US firms to pull e-cigarettes from shelves as illnesses rise. Alibaba’s presence in the United States vaping market is evaporating after it said it will stop selling e-cigarette components there. The Chinese e-commerce firm is the latest company to announce that it would clamp down on offering e-cigarette products to US buyers amid growing regulatory scrutiny into reports of lung disease and deaths linked to vaping. Alibaba’s decision on Wednesday follows announcements by Kroger Co and Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc this week that…

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US judge rejects Trump challenge to release of his tax returns

Judge said immunity claim at odds with constitution, but appeals court blocked any handover of records for now. A US federal judge on Monday emphatically rejected President Donald Trump‘s challenge to the release of his tax returns to New York prosecutors, saying the president’s broad claim of immunity from all criminal investigations is at odds with the Constitution of the United States. But an appeals court blocked any handover of the records for now. The developments escalate the president’s battle to keep his finances under wraps, despite having promised during…

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MGM to pay Las Vegas shooting survivors, families up to $800m

MGM reaches settlement with survivors, families of 58 people killed in the deadliest mass shooting in modern US history. Survivors and the families of the 58 people killed in the deadliest mass shooting in modern US history have reached a settlement of at least $735m with MGM Resorts, a law firm representing the victims and MGM Resorts International said on Thursday. MGM Resorts owns the Mandalay Bay Hotel in Las Vegas where Stephen Paddock, 64, fired more than 1,100 rounds from his 32nd-floor suite into a crowd of 22,000 people…

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Johnson & Johnson avoids opioid trial with $20m Ohio settlement

The company is the fourth US drugmaker to settle claims against it for fuelling the US opioid crisis. Johnson & Johnson (J&J) said on Tuesday it will pay $20.4m to settle claims by two Ohio counties, allowing the United States healthcare giant to avoid an upcoming federal trial seeking to hold the industry responsible for the nation’s opioid epidemic. J&J became the fourth drugmaker to settle claims ahead of the Federal Court trial against multiple manufacturers and distributors in Cleveland scheduled for later this month. The case is considered a…

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‘Mission Possible’: Can green growth solve the climate crisis?

Powerful players are lining up to propel talk into action, hoping to decarbonise the economy faster and further. United Nations, New York City – With the United Nations Climate Action Summit a fait accompli, environmental advocates are busy outlining what comes next on the path to abate an evermore existential crisis. At the international gathering in New York City on Monday, country delegates and titans of industry traded insights and strategies for how to push the needle forward. But with so many interdependent tracks – nine, to be exact –…

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CDC: There could be hundreds more cases of vaping-related illness

The outbreak prompted Massachusetts on Tuesday to impose a four-month ban on sales of all vaping products. Hundreds more Americans have been sickened by a severe vaping-related illness, with the official tally set to be updated on Thursday, according to a United States health official speaking at a congressional hearing on Tuesday. The US Congress’s House of Representatives began public hearings this week about the mystery lung disease that, as of last week, had sickened 530 people in 38 states. The illness has also claimed the lives of nine people. “We…

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Trump defends himself against whistle-blower complaint

Trump calls whistle-blower ‘partisan’, even though he said he doesn’t know the identity or precise allegations. President Donald Trump on Friday told reporters a whistle-blower complaint that has roiled Washington relates to a “totally appropriate conversation” he had. “It’s a partisan whistle-blower,” Trump said, even though he said he did not know the identity of the whistle-blower or the precise allegations but that all of his conversations with foreign leaders were always appropriate. “It’s just another political hack job. That’s all it is,” the Republican president told reporters in the White…

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Arrests made in theft of 18k gold toilet in England

Yesterday, Thames Valley Police said they had arrested a second man in connection with the theft of a gold toilet. The toilet, an artwork, was stolen on Saturday from Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire, England. Another man, who was was arrested on the day of the theft, was released on bail. The toilet has not been recovered. Blenheim Palace seen from the water terraces in 2016 Image: DeFacto. Police arrested a 36-year-old Cheltenham man on suspicion of conspiracy to burgle. They subsequently released him pending investigation. On Saturday they arrested a…

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The beef with beef: Fake meat market growing rapidly

Research firm Jefferies says alternative meat could account for 9 percent of the global meat market by 2040. The alternative meat market is poised to rise to $240 billion over the next two decades as new technologies gain ground and consumers change their diets, according to Jefferies. The great “protein shake-up” could see faux meat reach 9% share of the estimated $2.7 trillion global meat market by 2040, analyst Simon Powell forecasts, from less than 1% now. The size of the plant-based meat market has been one of the biggest…

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