• Tour de Yorkshire 2017 to get under way – BBC News
  • Trump wary of ‘major, major’ conflict with North Korea as UN meets
  • House punts health care vote on eve of shutdown deadline
  • Tillerson: China threatened to sanction North Korea over another nuclear test
  • China’s all-girl boy band

Tour de Yorkshire 2017 to get under way – BBC News

The race is jointly organised by Welcome to Yorkshire, the region’s tourism agency, and French company Amaury Sports Organisation (ASO), which organises the Tour de France and other prestigious races in the European calendar. Welcome to Yorkshire said the 2016 race attracted about a million spectators, generated about 60m for the local economy and was watched by 11.4 million TV viewers in 178 countries. Media playback is unsupported on your…

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Trump wary of ‘major, major’ conflict with North Korea as UN meets

(CNN)US President Donald Trump said on Thursday not to discount the chance of a military conflict with North Korea. “There is a chance that we could end up having a major, major conflict with North Korea,” Trump told Reuters amid an ongoing standoff over Pyongyang’s nuclear and missile programs. He said he would prefer, however, to avoid conflict and peaceably achieve a non-nuclear North Korea. China pumps billions into North…

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House punts health care vote on eve of shutdown deadline

Washington (CNN)The House of Representatives will not vote on health care this week, despite a White House attempt to revive a health care reform package ahead of President Donald Trump’s 100th day in office. “We are not voting on health care this week,” House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy told reporters late Thursday. Hours before a Friday deadline, Congress was working to pass a short-term spending bill to avoid a government…

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Tillerson: China threatened to sanction North Korea over another nuclear test

Washington (CNN)Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Thursday that China threatened the North Korean government with sanctions if it undertook another nuclear weapons test. Tillerson made his comments on Fox News ahead of a visit to the United Nations and amid rising tensions over the North Korean nuclear weapons program. “They confirmed to us that they had requested that the regime conduct no further nuclear test,” Tillerson said of the…

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China’s all-girl boy band

(CNN)Made up of all girls, this “boy band” is the latest in the androgyny trend in China. “We’re a girl band. But we look more like beautiful young men, not young girls,” said band member Min Junqian. “So the positioning fits us more. “ Their promotional photos present the five girls ages 18 to 24 in short hair, ties with pants, sitting with spread-out legs. They also are shown in…

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Emmanuel Macron vows to avoid ‘the mistake Hillary Clinton made’

(CNN)The man who’s hoping to become France’s next president says he’s not assuming he has the win in the bag. “That was almost certainly the mistake Hillary Clinton made,” Emmanuel Macron told CNN’s Melissa Bell on Thursday. “I’m absolutely not playing that game. Right from the first day, that hasn’t been the way I defended myself or how I fought.” The 39-year-old, who’s never held elected office, won the most…

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Aaron Schock case: Top lawyer for House alleges feds used ‘improper investigative tactics’

(CNN)The top attorney for the US House of Representatives is now weighing in on the legal fight over how federal agents handled the investigation of former Illinois Rep. Aaron Schock, raising “serious concern about improper investigation tactics,” namely, recording Schock’s conversations with congressional staff and “the apparent theft of official records” from his office. In a letter to top officials at the Justice Department, the local US attorney’s office supervising…

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Trump agrees ‘not to terminate NAFTA at this time’

Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump told the leaders of Canada and Mexico Wednesday he was not immediately planning to end the North American Free Trade Agreement, a pact which he railed against as a candidate and as recently as last week declared was harmful to US workers. “It is my privilege to bring NAFTA up to date through renegotiation,” Trump said in a written statement that accompanied the readout of his…

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Texas: FDA should release impounded execution drug

(CNN)The Texas Department of Criminal Justice’s battle against the US Food and Drug Administration over an impounded shipment of drugs to be used for lethal injections continued Wednesday with the state filing an amended court complaint. The motion follows the FDA’s decision last week to rule that sodium thiopental cannot be imported into the United States, blocking states from using the drugs in executions. The agency has not approved the…

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Fresno shooting suspect charged with murder

(CNN)California authorities on Wednesday charged a suspect with eight felony counts, including murder, after police said he killed three men in an alleged hate crime. Kori Ali Muhammad, 39, is accused of fatally shooting the three men at random in downtown Fresno, California on April 18, police said. Muhammad is black and his victims were white. Muhammad allegedly opened fire at a Pacific Gas & Electric truck, killing one man….

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Prosecutor: ‘Brutal’ genital mutilation won’t be tolerated in US

(CNN)Two Michigan doctors and a medical office manager were indicted Wednesday by a Detroit grand jury in the first federal female genital mutilation case in the United States. Detroit emergency room physician Dr. Jumana Nagarwala, internal medicine physician Dr. Fakhruddin Attar and his wife, Farida Attar, face one count of conspiracy to commit female genital mutilation, two counts of female genital mutilation and one count of conspiracy to obstruct an…

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How much would fictional houses cost in real life?

(CNN)From Great Gatsby’s luxury estate to Count Dracula’s Transylvanian lair and Amelie Poulain’s tiny Parisian pad, the houses in which our favorite fictional characters reside are often inspired by real-life properties. CNN tracked down some of literary and cinematographic history’s most famous post codes and calculated their value in today’s property markets. Use the slider tool to reveal their prices. The Great Gatsby (1925), F. Scott Fitzgerald

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Republicans aim to revive health care with new amendment

(CNN)House Republicans are hoping they can revive Obamacare negotiations once again. GOP lawmakers in the House have taken the crucial step of putting their latest hope for a health care compromise on paper, circulating legislative text that could launch yet another round of health care talks just in time for the last of President Donald Trump’s first 100 days in office. A draft amendment obtained by CNN, first reported by…

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Group won’t host Ann Coulter, but she still plans to speak at UC Berkeley

(CNN)Will conservative author and commentator Ann Coulter speak Thursday on the campus of one of America’s most famously progressive universities? A student group that had been helping to plan the speaking engagement said Tuesday it now will not host the event in Berkeley, California. But Coulter tweeted she still expects to be at the University of California’s flagship campus.

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Government shutdown: Trump shows ‘reasonableness’ on border wall

(CNN)Congressional Republicans have privately proposed a funding bill that does not include money for the border wall, a Congressional source told CNN on Tuesday, a sign congressional Republicans are willing to buck the President to avoid a government shutdown. But there are still obstacles to passing a spending bill by Friday, sources tell CNN. Congressional negotiators are now trying to work through another major issue: what to do about cost-sharing…

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Why hasn’t North Korea conducted its sixth nuclear test?

(CNN)The world is anxiously waiting for North Korea’s sixth nuclear test. With every nuclear or missile test, North Korea gets closer to its stated goal of developing a nuclear weapon that can be mounted on a missile capable of reaching the United States. So what’s with the delay? USS Carl Vinson Navy strike group: What to know The pattern Domestic affairs and geopolitics are carefully considered when the secretive communist…

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Arkansas executions: ‘It was very methodical’

(CNN)After Arkansas conducted the first back-to-back executions in the United States since 2000, witnesses described what they saw when Jack Harold Jones Jr. and Marcel Wayne Williams died of lethal injection. Jessi Turnure of CNN affiliate KARK said she saw no visible signs of struggle when Williams died, such as “grimacing” or “clenching of the fingers.” But she acknowledged there may have been pain she couldn’t see. “It was very…

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FDA cracks down on ‘illegal’ cancer treatments

(CNN)The US Food and Drug Administration calls it “cruel deception”: companies promising desperate consumers that their products can cure cancer. On Tuesday, the agency responsible for policing the American food and drug market issued warning letters to 14 companies that it says are “illegally selling more than 65 products that fraudulently claim to prevent, diagnose, treat or cure cancer.” “There’s a couple of issues here,” Jason Humbert, a regulatory operations…

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Why China’s craft breweries are tapping into ancient beer recipes

(CNN)China is home to one of the oldest civilizations, so it’s only fitting that it’s home to ancient beer as well. The 5,000-year-old brewery is the earliest evidence of barley- and millet-based beer-making in the country. Inspired by the scientists’ findings, two breweries — Jing-A Brewing Co in Beijing and Moonzen Brewery in Hong Kong — set out to give the modern world a taste of an ancient experience by…

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Exercise ‘keeps the mind sharp’ in over-50s, study finds – BBC News

Brain boost Physical activity has long been known to reduce the risk of a number of diseases, including type-2 diabetes and some cancers, and it is thought to play a role in warding off the brain’s natural decline as we enter middle age. The theory is that through exercise the brain receives a greater supply of blood, oxygen and nutrients that boost its health as well as a growth hormone…

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CIA director Mike Pompeo repeatedly cited WikiLeaks to attack Clinton during campaign

(CNN)Donald Trump’s administration has taken a tough stance on WikiLeaks in recent weeks. US officials told CNN last week that the Justice Department has prepared charges to seek the arrest of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. Attorney General Jeff Sessions said at a news conference on Thursday that Assange’s arrest is a “priority” of the administration. But no Trump administration official went further in condemning the group than CIA Director Mike…

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Sen. Elizabeth Warren: Party identification is ‘starting to shift’

Washington (CNN)Sen. Elizabeth Warren on Monday responded to a poll showing the majority felt the Democratic Party was out of touch by saying party identification is shifting — and everyday people can see the US political system as a “rigged game.” The ABC News/Washington Post poll released Sunday showed 67% of respondents said the Democratic Party was out of touch, ahead of 62% who said the same for the GOP…

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Female genital mutilation procedure ‘hurted a lot,’ child says

(CNN)A 7-year-old girl who underwent a painful genital mutilation procedure told federal investigators that after a doctor completed the process, she was rewarded with a piece of cake for “doing good.” Court documents obtained by CNN contain that account, along with other details in the cases of three medical professionals now facing charges in the first federal female genital mutilation case in the United States. The father of the girl…

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You can’t out-crazy Kim Jong Un

(CNN)President Trump had a pretty full national security plate Monday: Lunch with ambassadors from the nations that make up the UN Security Council, a meeting with his Defense Secretary and Joint Chiefs Chairman, and dinner with Republican Sens. John McCain and Lindsey Graham. Top of the menu: North Korea. In fact, speaking briefly for the cameras at that very lunch, the President made clear he finds the status quo on…

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