• Republicans aim to revive health care with new amendment
  • Group won’t host Ann Coulter, but she still plans to speak at UC Berkeley
  • Government shutdown: Trump shows ‘reasonableness’ on border wall
  • Why hasn’t North Korea conducted its sixth nuclear test?
  • Arkansas executions: ‘It was very methodical’

First coal-free day in Britain since Industrial Revolution – BBC News

Cordi O’Hara of the National Grid said: “To have the first working day without coal since the start of the industrial revolution is a watershed moment in how our energy system is changing. “The UK benefits from highly diverse and flexible sources of electricity. Our energy mix continues to change and National Grid adapts system operation to embrace these changes.” But Ms O’Hara says that while the country makes the…

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General election 2017: Tories move to dampen tax hike fears – BBC News

Before winning the 2015 general election, the Conservatives promised no rises in VAT, national insurance contributions, or income tax. Analysis By Iain Watson, BBC News political correspondent The American revolutionary Benjamin Franklin said the two great certainties were tax and death. And certainly commitments to push tax rates up can prove fatal to political campaigns. Philip Hammond criticised the constraints placed on him by his party’s previous pledges not to…

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Neil deGrasse Tyson Cites Celebrity Flat-Earthers To Make A Point About Politics

After vainly explaining to these celebstime and time again that the Earth is round, Tyson is trying a different approach.This time, hes showing how science deniers can be detrimental in government. Tyson began by explaining that flat-Earthers who live in the U.S.are allowed to say whatever they want, truth or not. Constitutional rights dont make beliefs true, however. If kids who are fans of pop-stars think Earth is flat because…

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Nebraska Farmer Politely Schools Fox News Host On Dangers Of Keystone XL Pipeline

Nebraska farmer Art Tanderup urged the Trump administration on Friday to abandon plans to build the Keystone XL pipeline and focus instead on boosting renewable energy. In a four-minute interview on Fox News, Tanderup who heads a group of about 90 Nebraska landowners trying to block the pipeline politely countered each of host Sandra Smiths talking points as she repeatedly suggested his personal stake was the only real reason he…

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Earth Day Pioneer Calls It A ‘Day Of Mourning’ This Year Thanks To Trump

Pete McCloskey, who co-chaired the original Earth Day celebration in 1970, said theres little to celebrate this year as President Donald Trump and Republicans in Congress set out toslash budgets for environmental agencies and undermine laws that protect water, air and wildlife. The first Earth Dayis credited with galvanizing public support behind sweeping changes to how the government managed natural resources. Months later, Congress created the Environmental Protection Agency. The…

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Rob Lowe is your new Colonel Sanders

(CNN)The rebirth of Colonel Sanders continues. KFC has brought actor Rob Lowe on as its new colonel to debut its Zinger sandwich. The new Zinger is described as a “100 percent white meat breast filet, hand-breaded and fried to a golden brown by trained cooks in every KFC kitchen, and served with lettuce and Colonel’s mayonnaise on a toasted sesame seed bun.”

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Will Curiel’s case be a DACA test for Trump?

(CNN)A distinguished federal judge who most Americans only know of as the target of Donald Trump’s bigotry when he was still a candidate for president has returned to the public spotlight — and not by choice. Judge Gonzalo Curiel, a judge in the southern district of California, has been assigned to hear the case of a Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipient who alleges that he was improperly deported…

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This is what protest sounds like

(CNN)Black Lives Matter activist Zellie Imani remembers the moment civil rights leader the Rev. Jesse Jackson came to Ferguson, Missouri, in the wake of Michael Brown’s 2014 death. Crowds had gathered to protest the fatal shooting of unarmed, 18-year-old Brown by a white police officer, and Imani remembers Jackson joining the demonstrators as they marched toward a church. But Jackson, it seems, had missed a crucial memo. “I think he…

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House candidates in Montana shoot guns in new ads

Washington (CNN)In a Montana House special election, Republicans are fighting to hold onto a seat while Democrats are trying to turn it blue. But new ads from each candidate highlight their similarities on a certain key issue. A new television ad from Democratic nominee Rob Quist shows the country singer-turned-politician shooting a gun at a TV showing an ad for his opponent, Republican Greg Gianforte. Quist has long been a…

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Is Bangkok really banning street food?

(CNN)When news broke this week that Bangkok was reportedly planning to clear the streets of its beloved street food vendors, outrage broke out among fans of the city’s famously cheap eats as the story racked up global headlines. Cue the backtracking. Government officials now say that while some areas will be cleared of street vendors in the name of public safety, they’ll impose stricter rules on cleanliness and hygiene in…

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O’Reilly’s firing: What took so long?

(CNN)Yet another seismic shift has occurred at Fox News, as conservative talk show host Bill O’Reilly is officially out amid a sea of sexual harassment allegations. And people are asking some important questions, like: Why did it take so long for the company to act on allegations of harassment that had been developing for years? And why did Fox pay O’Reilly tens of millions of dollars to leave? This follows…

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Ann Coulter isn’t letting Berkeley off easy for messing with her speech

(CNN)The showdown continued Thursday between the University of California, Berkeley, and Ann Coulter over if and when the conservative firebrand will speak at the famously progressive school. Citing safety concerns, administrators on Wednesday postponed Coulter’s scheduled April 27 appearance, saying it needed more time to find a “suitable venue.” But Coulter was not having it. In a Twitter rampage and a Fox News appearance, she accused the school of canceling…

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Even Oprah gets intimidated

(CNN)Believe it or not, Oprah Winfrey gets nervous. “I didn’t want to take on this role,” Winfrey told CNN at New York premiere of her new HBO film “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks.” “I was intimidated by it. I was nervous. I just didn’t know if I could do it.” Based on a 2010 best-selling book, “Henrietta Lacks” tells the story of a woman being treated for cancer, whose…

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Utah Physician Says She’ll Happily Do The Job Jason Chaffetz Won’t

Kathryn Allenhoped to deliver Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) a dose ofstrong medicine (read: a loss) in the 2018 election. Now she wont have to. Chaffetz bowing out adds uncertainty to the future of Utahs strongly Republican 3rd Congressional District. For Allen, who has described Chaffetz as a That is what we have run on all along and will continue to run on, she told The Huffington Post on Wednesday. Our…

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Arkansas Judge Blocks State From Using Drug For Lethal Injections

lethal injections, due to the drug supplier objecting that the state misleadingly obtained its product. Wednesdays court order effectively blocks the state from carrying out any executions for as long as its in place.The state is trying to execute eight prisoners in 11 daysbefore its supply of midazolam, the first lethal injection drug, expires by months end. The state has already been thwarted in its attempt to carry out what…

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Navy, Marines Ban Nude Photo-Sharing After Scandal

The revised regulations, which apply to Navy and Marine Corps personnel, were dated Monday and made public on Tuesday, reported Navy Times. The changeamounts to a lawful order, which can be enforced with the full weight of the justice system, from non-judicial punishment to general court martial, the paper noted. The new regulations from the Department of the Navy, which includes the Navy and the Marine Corps, come more than…

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Ann Coulter vows to speak at UC Berkeley after school calls off event

(CNN)Conservative commentator Ann Coulter vowed to proceed with a scheduled speaking event at the University of California, Berkeley, despite the school’s decision to call it off. In a letter to Berkeley College Republicans, who organized the event, Vice Chancellors Scott Biddy and Stephen Sutton said campus police were unable to find a “suitable venue” for the April 27 event. “Unfortunately, UCPD determined that, given currently active security threats, it is…

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Indian ad with transgender mom stirs debate — and tears

New Delhi (CNN)An advert challenging the norms of a traditional family in India has gone viral, with more than 9 million views on YouTube. The ad’s storyline pushes the issue of transgender rights within the country and reveals the human side of the issue in just three and a half minutes. Released online on March 31, the commercial by medicine company Vicks tells the true story of Gayatri, a young…

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How prisons keep their suicidal inmates on watch

(CNN)The suicide of former NFL player Aaron Hernandez in his prison cell is one of several recent suicides of people in custody, prompting experts to question whether these deaths were preventable. Hernandez, who was convicted of murder in 2015, hanged himself Wednesday morning with a bedsheet tied to his window, according to prison officials. A Washington state inmate accused of fatally shooting five people last year also hanged himself this…

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Fresno rampage suspect details each day of killing spree to police

(CNN)The Fresno killing spree that left several families fatherless started when the gunman thought a security guard disrespected him. So, police say, he killed him. But the shooter didn’t want to go down in history for just one slaying, police said. He vowed to eliminate as many white men as he could. Replay More Videos … MUST WATCH Replay More Videos … MUST WATCH Replay More Videos … MUST WATCH

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Painter Barkley Hendricks Dies At 72

Jack Shainman, Hendricks gallery, released a statement confirming his death: It is with great sadness that we announce that Barkley L. Hendricks passed away this morning. He was 72 years old. He is survived by his wife Susan of 34 years. We have had the great honor of working with Barkley since 2005. He was a situational painter, documenting the world around him in vivid and highly detailed paintings that…

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OReilly On Chopping Block Amid Claim He Called Black Woman Hot Chocolate

New York Magazines Gabriel Sherman reported Tuesday that the Murdoch family is leaning toward pulling Bill OReilly off of Fox Newsairwaves in the middle of growing pressure from advertisers and activist groups. David Folkenflikand CNNsBrian Stelterreported later Tuesday that an OReilly exit was being discussed. The board of 21st Century Fox, Fox News parent company, was to meet Thursday and was likely to discuss OReilly, according to CNN. Could Bill…

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Steve King Toasts Border Patrol After Deportation Of Dreamer

WASHINGTON Immigrant rights advocates were dismayed on Tuesday by reports that the first undocumented immigrant with active Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals protections under President Donald Trump. Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) had the opposite reaction. First non-valedictorian DREAMer deported. Border Patrol, this ones for you, King tweeted, with a photo of a beer. infamously said in 2014 first reported by USA Today on Tuesday Customs and Border Protection spokesman Ralph…

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Trump’s congratulatory call to Erdogan is revealing

(CNN)It’s a haunting image. A basement space with blacked-out windows, crowded with camera equipment and journalists who were assigned to cover the Leader during the state visit of a foreign dignitary but were not allowed to look outside. Was this Vladimir Putin’s Russia, or perhaps the Turkey of Recep Tayyip Erdogan? No, it was the Trump National Jupiter Golf Club in Florida, three weeks after Donald Trump’s inauguration, as depicted…

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Will Ivanka’s role in the White House pay dividends for her business?

(CNN)As the President got ready to sell his latest executive order to the American public, an overhaul of the H-1B skilled worker visa program, under his “Buy American, Hire American” slogan, Ivanka Trump appeared to be busy protecting the real emerald of the Trump family’s vast business empire: China. On April 6, hours before she and her husband dined with the Chinese President and his family, Ivanka’s company secured provisional…

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