• Triple-lock: Call for pensions policy to be revamped – BBC News
  • Beltane Fire Festival held in Edinburgh to welcome summer – BBC News
  • Trump rallies his base on his 100th day
  • Trump’s big EPA website change should worry you
  • Alexa can now whisper sweet nothings and cuss, kinda

Triple-lock: Call for pensions policy to be revamped – BBC News

The Conservatives have not committed to maintaining it. The Labour Party has said it will keep the policy in place through the next parliament. How much does the triple-lock cost? Labour pledges to keep the triple-lock In his report for Royal London, Mr Webb proposed that the government retained the triple-lock for pensioners who retired before 6 April 2016. Those retiring after that date would have their pension increases linked…

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Trump rallies his base on his 100th day

Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump hit on some of the biggest issues he has tried to tackle during his first 100 days in office at a rally Saturday in Pennsylvania, where he struck a consistently divisive and determined tone. The threat from North Korea, getting a health care bill passed and possibly renegotiating the Paris climate accord were among the big talking points of Trump’s nearly one-hour speech on his 100th…

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Trump’s big EPA website change should worry you

Arctic ice melt is a climate change indicator. But will that information be on the "updated" EPA climate site?Image: Mario Tama/Getty Images Yet another climate activist fear has become reality in the era of Trump. Years of research and data about carbon emissions, other greenhouse gases, and more was hidden from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency website by the Trump administration Friday as the climate change webpage goes under “review.”…

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Alexa can now whisper sweet nothings and cuss, kinda

Alexa can now whisper sweet nothings in response to your demands to order new toilet paper.Image: christina ascani/mashable Alexa is always there for those of us with Amazon’s AI-enabled speakers, but when she speaks, sometimes it’s hard to tell that she really cares. We’re not saying we need to all fall in love with our smart assistants, Her-style, but hearing a little bit more warmth in Alexa’s automated responses could…

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‘I have dark thoughts about my children’s autism’ – BBC News

“I get riled when people say well-meaning things like ‘you must be a really strong person because you wouldn’t be given more than what you can deal with’ – this just doesn’t feel like a reward, actually.” Find out more Listen to Christine speaking to BBC Radio 4’s iPM programme on the podcast page. You can also hear the mother’s account in audio here. Christine is a single mum and…

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Tapper: These Americans have had a rougher 100 days than Trump

(CNN)“Many Americans” had a tougher past 100 days — coinciding with the first months of Donald Trump’s presidency — than the President himself, CNN’s Jake Tapper said on “The Lead” Friday. Tapper responded: “The notion that President Trump thought the job of President of the United States of America would be easier than hosting ‘Celebrity Apprentice’ and running the Trump business empire is pretty stunning.” Tapper then went on to…

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Why Muslims are marching for climate

(CNN)From the cropless farmer to the beleaguered first responder to the person forced to evacuate their flooded home, we all have our reasons for caring about climate change. As an Indonesian-born Muslim living in California, it is my faith that compels me to protect our earth. For many people like me who cherish tolerance and clean air, the first 100 days of the Trump presidency have not been easy. As…

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The first 100 days in LGBT rights

(CNN)Even before US President Donald Trump took office, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans feared his administration would roll back gains they made in the Obama administration. Now, 100 days into Trump’s presidency, advocacy groups say their concerns have been realized through Cabinet appointments and policy decisions that undermine civil rights for LGBT Americans. Here’s a timeline of key actions affecting LGBT Americans from the first 100 days. Protections pulled…

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Games for Change highlights impactful VR projects with its new summit

A visitor plays a computer game holding virtual reality glasses at the independent and alternative games event A Maze.Image: Clemens BILAN/EPA/REX/Shutterstock The social change-driven organization Games for Change is expanding from video games into virtual reality with the VR for Change Summit at its annual Games for Change Festival this year, featuring VR projects that impact the way we learn and shape the way we view the world. The VR…

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United Airlines had the most animal deaths of all U.S. airlines two years in a row

Smh, United.Image: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images Next time you’re taking a plane trip, you might want to consider leaving your pets at home … especially if you’re flying United. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s February 2017 Air Data Consumer Report, United had the most animal deaths of all United States airlines in 2016 for the second year in a row, might we add. Yikes. It’s been a terrible, no…

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‘Please offer me a seat’ badges launched on TfL network – BBC News

The scheme was created, TfL said, in response to comments from its customers who struggled to get a seat because their need was not obvious. During the trial last year 72% of journeys were said to be easier as a result of the badge, while in 86% of trips participants reported feeling more confident when asking for a seat. Related Topics Labour Party Pregnancy Transport More From this publisher :…

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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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GOP’s health care push tests Democratic resistance

Washington (CNN)The most conservative congressmen in the country were a major roadblock in President Donald Trump’s first push to replace Obamacare. Now, a second attempt’s fate is in the hands of a moderate Republican faction — putting to the test the power of Democratic resistance. If they’ve convinced those lawmakers in swing districts their passion is real — and could cost them their seats in the 2018 midterms — it…

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Palestinians highlight prisoners’ strike with ‘Salt Water Challenge’

(CNN)Palestinians across the world are posting videos of themselves on social media drinking salt water, as part of a new online challenge intended to draw attention to Palestinian prisoners on hunger strike in Israeli prisons. The challenge involves saltwater because that’s what the hunger strikers are drinking to stabilize their health while abstaining from food. More than 1,000 Palestinians in eight Israeli prisons launched a “Hunger Strike for Freedom and…

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An unusually large number of humpback whales died last year

(CNN)The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) launched an investigation Thursday into a large number of humpback whale deaths from Maine to North Carolina. The agency declared the deaths an unusual mortality event, the first one observed in humpback whales in nearly a decade. An unusual mortality event (UME) is defined under the Marine Mammal Protection Act as “a stranding that is unexpected; involves a significant die-off of any marine…

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Plain tobacco packaging ‘may cut smokers by 300,000 in UK’ – BBC News

The findings were backed up by a report from the Australian government, which showed a similar drop in smoking prevalence – 0.55% – following the introduction of plain packaging there in 2012. Currently, about 17% of the UK adult population are smokers. ‘Trying to give up’ The review looked at new evidence from 51 studies, involving 800,000 people, on the impact of standardised packaging on smokers’ attitudes and behaviour. It…

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‘My vision is like looking through a straw’ – BBC News

“The worst case scenario for any deaf person is to lose their sight. Usher syndrome is not a death sentence but it is incredibly challenging. Without awareness and appropriate support, it is easy to fall into depression and despair – I’ve been there.” The loss of Molly’s sight was rapid, and within two years of being diagnosed she was registered blind. “My parents knew about my Usher syndrome diagnosis on…

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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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CNN/ORC Poll: At 100 days, Trump approval rating shows no sign of growth

WASHINGTON (CNN)As the 100-day mark of Donald Trump’s presidency approaches, a new CNN/ORC poll finds the President reaches this milestone holding on to the lowest approval rating of any newly-elected president at this stage, amid sharp partisan divides and a failure to capitalize on post-election strengths. Overall, 44% say they approve of Trump’s handling of the presidency, 54% disapprove. That’s about the same as in each of the two previous…

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Manhattan man pleads guilty to ‘Producers’ scheme

New York (CNN)A Manhattan resident on Wednesday pleaded guilty to conning several investors into giving him money intended to fund the production of a fake Broadway play, according to Manhattan district attorney spokesman Justin Henry. Roland Scahill pleaded guilty to three counts of grand larceny in the third degree and one count of scheme to defraud in the first degree, according to court documents. The former talent agent owes $189,885…

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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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Violence injury treatment ‘falls’ in England and Wales – BBC News

Since 2010, researchers found a decline of 40% in people needing treatment in emergency departments after violence, he added. Decreases in drug uses and binge drinking were said to be possible reasons for falls in violent incidents. But the group’s latest report, which also assessed records from minor injury units and walk-in centres, said casualties peaked at weekends – suggesting that alcohol-related violence remained a significant problem. The data showed…

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NHS contaminated blood was ‘criminal cover-up’ – Burnham – BBC News

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionBurnham: ‘I want to refocus everybody on giving victims what they’ve never had – the truth’ A “criminal cover-up on an industrial scale” took place over the use of NHS contaminated blood products in the 1970s and 1980s, former Health Secretary Andy Burnham has claimed. More than 2,000 deaths have been linked to the scandal in which haemophiliacs and others were infected…

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