10 miscarriages in 10 years: One couple’s heartbreak – BBC News

June 25, 2017

… We’re so used to this now, it’s 10 times. Image copyright Jen Bickel Image caption Jen Bickel (r) and her husband Andrew on their wedding day 10 years ago We left it a couple of months and started trying again but it took us 18 months to get pregnant. We thought everything was fine the second time but at about 11 weeks, just before my three-month scan, I started to bleed. We went to the hospital and they could see that the sack had continued growing but the embryo had …

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Saving the twins: Health scares and rehab for once-conjoined boys

June 23, 2017

Valhalla, New York (CNN)Nicole McDonald eases her silver minivan across Bear Mountain Bridge and hooks a right onto the steep two-lane highway. Nicole makes this trip every day from her home in upstate New York to see her twin sons, Jadon and Anias. The 21-month-old boys are at Blythedale Children’s Hospital 40 miles to the south, where they’ve been undergoing rehabilitation since mid-December. The twins, born joined at the head, captured the world’s attention after a …

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Cumulative extremism: Why terror is like a ‘perverted comic book’

June 23, 2017

… that will force Muslims to choose sides,” Muslim author Laila Lalami, the award-winning Moroccan-American author, wrote in The New York times Magazine in 2015 shortly after the Paris attacks. “Every time the gray zone recedes, ISIS gains ground,” The worry is that with each terror attack, regardless of the perpetrator’s motives, the gray zone is getting smaller. For ISIS, the hope is that Monday attack was a piece of fodder for recruits and something they’ll likely …

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What an autopsy may (or may not) have revealed about Otto Warmbier’s death

June 22, 2017

… continues to undergo decomposition.” The possibilities could have been any number of things, Wecht said, including strangulation, suffocation, medication or a botched suicide attempt. But “the basic cause, no matter what the mechanism, would have been … hypoxia,” the medical term for insufficient oxygen reaching the brain. What happened in North Korea? Up until last week, one of the last times the world saw Warmbier, an American college student, was at a news conference …

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Petition calls for Dennis Rodman to be removed from Hall of Fame

June 22, 2017

(CNN)Dennis Rodman’s role as self-appointed goodwill ambassador to North Korea is not earning him rave reviews. The petition follows the death of American student Otto Warmbier, who was detained in North Korea for 17 months. Warmbier arrived in the United States in a coma last week and died Monday. Petition Rodman has visited North Korea several times and has praised on its dictator Kim Jong-un. Rights group Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation started a …

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Warmbier death raises pressure on White House

June 21, 2017

… particularly the companies involved in the country’s development of nuclear and ballistic missile technology. The administration has imposed penalties on a “limited tranche of North Korea violators and continues to not impose secondary sanctions on Chinese violators given a nave belief that President Xi will do more than China has in the past,” Klingner said. “We’ve heard that song many times before and always been disappointed.” Leon Panetta, who served as …

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Rock band The Slants’ victory in court secures your rights

June 20, 2017

(CNN)In the 1971 free speech case, Cohen v. California, the Supreme Court said, “One man’s vulgarity is another’s lyric.” That rings very true today. Now, I get to say: “I told you so.” Join us on Twitter and Facebook Justice Kennedy summed it up perfectly: “By mandating positivity, the law here might silence dissent and distort the marketplace of ideas.” Today, because of a little-known band and a naughty word, you are all more …

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London Fire: How one Grenfell Tower resident escaped – BBC News

June 16, 2017

Image copyright Reuters I rang the fire service and they told me to get out. They said “Wrap a wet towel around yourself and get out of the block.” But I opened the door and the smoke was so thick I couldn’t. I tried to leave the flat three times and each time the smoke was too thick. Image caption 40 fire engines and 200 firefighters tackled the blaze I could feel myself tripping over in the dark. I was tripping over bodies. On one of the floors I tripped badly and …

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Theresa May: 10 reasons why the PM blew her majority – BBC News

June 14, 2017

Image copyright Getty Images This was Theresa May’s election – the Conservatives were some way off in the distance, if they were visible at all, at the start of the campaign. But was she the right kind of candidate to be placed front and centre like this? Katie Perrior, Mrs May’s former director of communications thinks not. Writing in the times, she said: “If you run a presidential-style campaign with a woman who doesn’t like media interviews, then you have to …

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Could football help ease tensions between North and South Korea?

June 13, 2017

… Korea’s women’s soccer team traveled to Pyongyang for an Asian Cup qualifier. Footballing culture is strong in the two Koreas. North Korea has qualified for the World Cup more times than China, a country with a population 54 times larger, while South Korea’s national football team is the most successful in Asia. However, not all sporting overtures have been successful. Pyongyang boycotted the 1988 Olympics, held in Seoul, after negotiations for the two countries to potential …

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Five things to watch: The Comey hearing

June 8, 2017

… Comey’s testimony was released and, for one very key point, it is dead on: Trump is correct that Comey told him multiple times the FBI was not investigating him personally. The first (and only) comment from Trump’s newly appointed spokesman and lawyer on all things involving Russia, Marc Kasowitz, hammered home that they feel “totally vindicated.” “The President is pleased that Mr. Comey has finally publicly confirmed his private reports that the President was not …

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Long waits for surgery ‘have tripled in four years’ – BBC News

June 3, 2017

The Royal College of Surgeons says this is resulting in more people waiting for six-nine months or more for surgery, in specialities such as ear, nose and throat, brain and spinal, and general surgery. The biggest increases in waiting times have been in dermatology and gynaecology. 10 charts that show why the NHS is in trouble In March, in England, nearly 20,000 people had been waiting for more than nine months for surgery – three times more than in March 2013. At that time, …

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General election 2017: Lib Dems warn over crime database access – BBC News

May 30, 2017

… potential witnesses and items that could be used as evidence. Image copyright AFP/Getty The former deputy prime minister told the Today programme that the database was “by far the largest and most sophisticated of its kind” and was accessed “16 times a second, on average” by UK officials. “There’s a huge difference between saying we want a deal and making a deal feasible and possible,” he said. “This is where I think the Conservatives need to …

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A Tiny Island Off Singapore May Hold Keys to Energy’s Future

… costs would have to come down dramatically. A hydrogen-based energy storage system costs about 10 times more than a diesel back-up generator with similar power output, according to a Schneider Electric SE, aims to build demonstration micro-grids that integrate wind, solar, tidal and diesel power along with storage to provide electricity to small island communities not connected to traditional power plants. The micro-grid is expected to be operating by October, with hydrogen storage capabilities …

May 26, 2017
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News anchor tracks down meteorologist’s lost earring live on-air

… internet’s gain Then, in the middle of the live broadcast, anchor Jim Gardner swoops in, and like a hawk on a mission, finds Tynan’s missing jewelry, hands it back to her, and wanders off screen. The surprise cracks up Tynan, who calls the interruption her “favorite moment ever on Action News.” Sometimes heroes wear capes, other times they wear a suit and report the news. WATCH: Who needs a plane when you can go skydiving from a drone More From this publisher : HERE …

May 25, 2017
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Here’s who Trump has called a ‘nut job’

Washington (CNN)“Nut job” seems to be one of President Donald Trump’s favorite insults for his political foes. The President — who The New York times reported Friday bragged to two Russian officials that firing “nut job” FBI Director James Comey eased “great pressure” on him in regard to the Russia probe — has a history of slapping the label on people he disagrees with. By definition, nut job means a “mentally unbalanced person,” …

May 20, 2017
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Cincinnati mayor apologizes for mistakenly honoring cop’s killer

(CNN)Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley apologized after his office inadvertently issued a proclamation honoring a man who ambushed and killed a Cincinnati police officer. “I am really sorry that my office, that we mistakenly issued a proclamation on behalf of a man that killed, murdered Sonny Kim,” Cranley said Thursday night. Cranley choked back tears as he spoke at a local police union hall. His face was red as he paused several times during his brief, tear-filled statement. …

May 19, 2017
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Besieged at home, Trump sets off for ‘do-or-die’ foreign trip

… election hacking effort capped a stunning rush of events unleashed by the President’s firing of FBI Director James Comey, who declined Trump’s request to shield former national security adviser Michael Flynn in the Russia probe, The New York times first reported and CNN confirmed. Trump says his staff can’t keep up Trump still threatening to quit NATO Pres. Carter hopes Trump pushes Mid-East peace …

May 19, 2017
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Now it’s up to the special counsel

Washington (CNN)A bad day for the White House could turn out to be a good day for justice and democratic accountability and institutions. Robert Mueller’s appointment Wednesday as special counsel to probe Russian election meddling and any collusion by Trump campaign aides elevates the investigation clear of partisanship and the threat of White House interference. It therefore may offer the best chance for a politically bulletproof accounting of the guilt or innocence of members of the …

May 18, 2017
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Trump presses Turkey’s Erdogan to release jailed US pastor

(CNN)US President Donald Trump raised the issue of a US pastor imprisoned in Turkey three times during a meeting with the Turkish president Tuesday, according to the American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ). The White House confirmed Trump had raised the subject of Brunson during his meeting with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Washington, their first face-to-face meeting since Trump took office in January. “President Trump raised the incarceration of Pastor Andrew Brunson …

May 17, 2017
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Trump vs. Comey: Who will America trust?

… request this memo.” Comey hearing? A Comey hearing would instantly become one of the most significant congressional appearances of modern times. The practiced, analytical note-taking of a former FBI director who knows how to leave a paper trail would amount to a compelling piece of evidence in the court of public opinion and pit Comey’s word against Trump’s. After all, a Comey memo could approach “smoking gun” significance if it appears to prove that the …

May 17, 2017
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Psaki: Trump is destroying the trust of our allies

(CNN)As news broke on Monday evening that Donald Trump had, according to reports from the Washington Post and later the New York times, shared code word (highly classified) intelligence with the Russian Foreign Minister during his visit to the Oval Office last week, the shock wave was felt far beyond the beltway. When Washington wakes up on Tuesday, leaders in Middle Eastern and European capitals — and elsewhere around the world — could be hours into re-evaluating their …

May 16, 2017
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