• Texas House Democrat signals bid to unseat Sen. Ted Cruz in 2018
  • Futuristic fragrance: New biotech unlocks scents that have never been sniffed
  • Stansted Airport: Protest to ‘end deportations’ diverts flights – BBC News
  • Co-sleeping: ‘My baby died after we fell asleep on the sofa’ – BBC News
  • In pictures: Life on Clapham High Street – BBC News

Texas House Democrat signals bid to unseat Sen. Ted Cruz in 2018

(CNN)Rep. Beto O’Rourke, D-Texas, signaled that he’s planning to challenge Republican Sen. Ted Cruz on Friday, setting up a longshot bid against the former Republican presidential candidate seeking re-election in 2018. “I think that national profile highlights the fact that he’s been running for president for four years while he should have been serving the people in Texas,” O’Rourke said about Cruz on Wednesday. O’Rourke was careful not to make…

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Futuristic fragrance: New biotech unlocks scents that have never been sniffed

(CNN)Perfumery has always been an intricate science; much more effort goes into capturing a scent than those outside the industry might imagine. Over the last two decades, chemists have used innovative new technology to add an even larger array of scents to the perfumer’s palette, enabling them to create fragrances that have never been smelled before. For thousands of years, scents came directly from nature. Resins were collected from trees…

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Stansted Airport: Protest to ‘end deportations’ diverts flights – BBC News

The spokesman said more than 10 people were near an area of the airport used by private operators, but did not confirm where the aircraft was destined. He said the protest took place in a remote part of the airport, away from the passenger terminal or runway. Protestors posted images of themselves lying on the ground as they were surrounded by security staff and police. In a Facebook post, they…

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Co-sleeping: ‘My baby died after we fell asleep on the sofa’ – BBC News

Media captionDawn Barclay’s daughter, Fern, died in 2014 As many as half of all babies in England have slept in the same bed as their parents by the time they are six months old. But in some instances, it has resulted in tragedy. The Victoria Derbyshire programme has discovered that many parents who co-sleep are so fearful about being judged they are not telling health visitors about it. Experts say…

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In pictures: Life on Clapham High Street – BBC News

Photographer Jim Grover decided to chart the daily lives of the inhabitants of Clapham High Street. Shooting in colour during daytime hours, and using black and white at night, he wanted to illustrate the differences in the mood of the street. “There is the sedate world of a typical weekday morning,” said Grover. “And then there is the world of the booming nightlife that bursts into frenetic activity every weekend,…

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Hillary Clinton makes most political remarks since losing election

(CNN)Hillary Clinton took the stage at a diversity conference in San Francisco on Tuesday, making her most political comments since losing the 2016 presidential election. “There is no place I’d rather be than here with you,” Clinton said, before adding: “Other than the White House.” During her keynote address at the annual conference hosted by the Professional BusinessWomen of California, Clinton spoke largely about women’s equality and peppered in criticism…

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Trump voters to President: Stop Twitter rants

(CNN)President Donald Trump is the nation’s tweeter-in-chief, and his missives often provoke controversy, even among those who voted for him. But there’s one tweet that several assembled Trump voters — who expressed varying degrees of enthusiasm for the President — could agree on. According to many of his supporters, Trump was wrong about “Saturday Night Live” being unwatchable and Alec Baldwin’s impersonation not being good.

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‘Bates Motel’ slashes into ‘Psycho’ in final season

(CNN)The following contains spoilers about “Bates Motel.” The A&E series always appeared to come with a built-in expiration date, facing the danger of running out of real estate as it chewed through story related to Alfred Hitchcock’s 1960 horror classic. The contemporary setting also made the proceedings less spooky, what with cellphones and other modern devices that alter the dynamics of, say, being alone in the basement with a murderer…

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David Letterman Fast Facts

(CNN)Here is a look at the life of former late-night talk show host David Letterman. Birth place: Indianapolis, Indiana Birth name: David Michael Letterman Replay More Videos … MUST WATCH Extends his contract with CBS through 2014. December 2, 2012 – Is honored at the Kennedy Center Honors gala along with Buddy Guy, Dustin Hoffman, Natalia Makarova and the musical group Led Zeppelin. October 4, 2013 – Extends his contract…

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Louisiana city marshal convicted in boy’s fatal shooting

(CNN)A Marksville, Louisiana, marshal has been found guilty of manslaughter for the shooting of a young boy who was killed in the passenger seat of his father’s car after a police pursuit, prosecutors said Saturday. Derrick Stafford was also convicted of attempted murder for the November 2015 shooting that killed 6-year-old Jeremy Mardis and wounded his father, Christopher Few, according to Avoyelles Parish District Attorney Charles Riddle. The boy was…

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For GOP on health care, there’s no ‘moving on’

(CNN)What a fiasco. On Friday, House Speaker Paul Ryan trudged to the White House to tell President Donald Trump Republican leaders didn’t have the votes to pass their health care bill. Then, moments before a scheduled vote, leadership withdrew the bill. Paul Ryan says it was a “setback” and that Republicans are “moving on” from health care. Meanwhile, Donald Trump says Obamacare will explode and it won’t be pretty. “We…

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Kendrick Lamar blasts Trump on Russia: ‘Ya’ll up to somethin’

Washington (CNN)Kendrick Lamar slammed President Donald Trump in a new song, “The Heart Part 4,” calling out the administration on Russia and criticizing the Electoral College system, which led to Trump’s 2016 win. “Donald Trump is a chump, know how we feel, punk / Tell ’em that God comin’ / And Russia need a replay button, y’all up to somethin’” he raps, referencing the Trump campaign’s alleged ties to Russia….

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China versus the US: Australia’s increasingly hard choice

(CNN)At the start of his five-day visit to Australia, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang told parliamentarians in Canberra that “peace was the most precious thing.” That might be Chinese diplomatic boilerplate, but Li was speaking at Parliament House, where security had been tightened following the appalling atrocity in London, so it would have felt very real to those in the room. Of course, Premier Li insisted in his Canberra speech that…

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Plane crashes into Georgia house

(CNN)A private plane crashed into a residence in an Atlanta suburb Friday night, but the people inside the home got out safely, authorities said. The Cobb County Fire Department said the plane crashed into a home but everyone inside the house got out safely. Photos posted by CNN affiliate WSB-TV showed a house in a suburban neighborhood burning.

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Russia fight threatens intel panel’s work

Washington (CNN)Thelatest round ofpoliticalfinger-pointing over the House Intelligence Committee’s investigation into Russia’s meddling in the US elections isthreatening to undermine the bipartisan committee’s work. Chairman Devin Nunesof California and ranking Democrat Adam Schiff, alsoof California, on Friday held dueling news conferences for the second time this week. At his event, Nunes announced he was postponing next week’s public hearing on the Russia investigation,prompting a Democratic member to call for his…

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MPs deny foreign aid cash being ‘wasted’ – BBC News

In the report, MPs backed the decision to commit to spending 0.7% of GDP on foreign aid. The 0.7% target, which was enshrined in law in 2015, has been criticised by some MPs and some aid projects have faced fierce criticism in media coverage. UK aid: Generosity or wasted spending? Does the UK give more aid than other countries? The committee said it understood concerns that foreign aid, unlike most…

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Bowel cancer tool to boost diagnosis in under-50s – BBC News

The NHS provides testing for people between 60 and 74 every two years. But experts say when it comes to those under 50, people do not act on their symptoms quickly enough. Urgent colonoscopy The new risk assessment tool – which is based on research by University of Exeter and was funded by the Department of Health – calculates the risk of a serious disease as a percentage. Those found…

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New 1 coin’s ‘hidden’ security feature – BBC News

It will replace the existing 1 coin, of which about one in 40 are thought to be fake. “It’s been designed to be fit for the future, using security features that aim to safeguard our currency, and currencies around the world, for years to come,” said Adam Lawrence, chief executive of the Royal Mint. Media captionA brief history of decimal coins The old coin will remain legal tender until 15…

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MSPs to back call for Scottish independence vote – BBC News

Follow the debate on Holyrood Live Ms Sturgeon wants the backing of the Scottish Parliament in pursuing a “Section 30” order from the UK government. The power to call a referendum is reserved to Westminster, and this order would transfer the authority to hold a vote to Holyrood. The debate on the motion started a week ago, on 21 March, but the two-day debate was suspended when Holyrood business was…

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Devon farmer challenges Tesco over promotional picture – BBC News

Image caption Martin Godfrey received an apology from Tesco, which was using the image to promote a campaign aimed at tackling food waste Mr Godfrey, from Okehampton, Devon, said the picture was originally taken when he was working for Shillingford Organics near Exeter, but was later sold on as a stock image. Related Topics Tesco More From this publisher : HERE Recommended ProductsZenNotify – (M)Agency Rights Email Jeet 2 LITE…

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BT fined record 42m for late installations – BBC News

Gaucho Rasmussen, Ofcom’s investigations director, said: “These high-speed lines are a vital part of this country’s digital backbone. “We found BT broke our rules by failing to pay other telecoms companies proper compensation when these services were not provided on time. “The size of our fine reflects how important these rules are to protect competition and, ultimately, consumers and businesses.” ‘Fall short’ Openreach provides the wires and cables that powers…

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PM says Brexit plan to ‘strengthen Union’ ahead of Sturgeon meeting – BBC News

The first minister has said that a second referendum should be held ahead of the UK’s EU departure to give the people of Scotland a choice between what she calls a “hard Brexit” and becoming an independent country. Nut Ms May has warned that a second referendum will make the UK “looser and weaker”. What is Article 50? Do voters want a second referendum? All you need to know about…

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NHS bosses ‘spent half of extra Autumn Statement cash on outside services’ – BBC News

‘Diverted’ patients The Health Foundation report also found that 1 in every 8 of local commissioner’s budgets in England is spent on care provided by non-NHS organisations. Anita Charlesworth, director of research and economics at the Health Foundation, said: “Rising demand for emergency care meant that NHS providers haven’t had the capacity to deliver planned care and patients had to be diverted outside the NHS. “NHS hospitals were left squeezed…

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Childhood obesity: Cut unhealthy food multi-buy offers – MPs – BBC News

But health organisations and campaigners were almost universally of the view that there should have been wider action. In the latest Health Select Committee report, MPs made further calls for curbs on big discounts and price promotions on unhealthy food, citing evidence from the food industry that responsible retailers were being disadvantaged by those who continued to offer discounts on food high in sugar and fat. ‘Price war on vegetables’…

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Term-time holidays: Where most children were absent – BBC News

Click to see content: schoolholidaysrise_birmingham Across England, term-time holidays accounted for an average of 27% of all missed “sessions” of school. There are two sessions of school each day, morning and afternoon. Pupils in Yorkshire and The Humber and the North East of England lost the most time to holiday. The figures showed the number of absences was equivalent to 1.5 school sessions for every pupil. In Outer London the…

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