Manhattan man pleads guilty to ‘Producers’ scheme

April 27, 2017

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 to the various investors he was accused of taking money …

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Indian ad with transgender mom stirs debate — and tears

April 20, 2017

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 Indian orphan who was adopted by Gauri Sawant, a 37-year-old Mumbai-based transgender woman …

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This Little Detail Could Cause A Government Shutdown

April 19, 2017

… offices of neither Senate Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) nor Speaker Paul Ryans (R-Wis.) returned requests for comment. Maybe Speaker Ryan would feel different if there were thousands of people in his district affected by this, said Phil Smith, spokesman for the United Mine Workers of America. Advocates argue that a permanent solution would make the federal government good on a 70-year-old promise to protect United Mine Workers health benefits. Bill Pugliano via Getty Images Sen. …

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Hospital parking ‘unreasonably stressful’, says RAC – BBC News

April 7, 2017

… to avoid penalties. A similar number of trusts said that they offered pay-on-exit parking at some but not all hospital sites. ‘Pocketfuls of change’ Meanwhile 36 trusts said they allowed people to pay when their visit was over at all hospitals while the rest could not provide any data. RAC spokesman Simon Williams said anyone arriving at hospital – either as a patient or a visitor – had far more important things to worry about than paying for parking. He added: …

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Here Are All The Advertisers Fleeing Bill O’Reilly’s Show

April 7, 2017

… automakers to pull advertising from the show. first reported the companys decision, on Monday. Hyundai announced its decision to pull advertising shortly after Mercedes-Benz did on Monday night. Lexus BMW Mitsubishi Motors We will continue to monitor this situation as we assess our long-term strategy, a spokesperson said. In response to complaints on Twitter, Subaru said Wednesday that it had decided to pull ads from the show. Coldwell Banker Credit Karma spokesman Rick Chen …

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NHS funding review for gluten-free food – BBC News

March 29, 2017

… Commissioners represents local health managers who are in charge of spending. NHS Clinical Commissioners – which represents local health managers who are in charge of spending – also highlights other products, including suncream, cough and cold remedies and indigestion and heartburn medicines which could bring the saving to 400m a year. A spokesman for NHS England said: “The increasing demand for prescriptions for medication that can be bought over the counter at …

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

March 27, 2017

… spends less than 10% of its budget on independent providers. A spokesman said: “This report simply shows the NHS is making clinical judgments about delivering high-quality care for patients. “The truth is that for many years the independent sector has made a contribution to helping the NHS meet demand, now amounting to less than eight pence in every pound the NHS spends.” …

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Baby teeth removals ‘up 24% in a decade’ – BBC News

March 21, 2017

… as your baby gets their first tooth Do it twice a day – morning and night – for about two minutes Use only a smear of toothpaste if your child is younger than three. Use a pea-sized blob thereafter Make sure the toothpaste is lower-strength, containing 1,000ppm fluoride Public Health England is working with the food and drink industry to cut the amount of sugar children consume from common foods such as breakfast cereals, yoghurts, biscuits and cakes. A spokesman from the Department …

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Trump’s wiretapping accusation comes to a head at Comey hearing

March 20, 2017

… chase because what the President said was just patently false.” Allegations makes waves among allies at home and abroad Trump’s tweets are not just causing a political kerfuffle; they’ve sparked international diplomatic fallout. Trump, Merkel meet at White House White House efforts to support the claims ended up embroiling two key European allies: Britain and Germany. Officials in London were livid that White House spokesman Sean Spicer cited an …

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Dems Say They’ll Help Trump Fix Obamacare If He Stops Trying To Kill It

March 17, 2017

… We have long said we would work with Republicans to improve the ACA if Republicans will drop repeal. But they have to drop repeal first, said Schumer spokesman Matt House. That might not necessarily be what Republicans have in mind, however, should their Obamacare repeal efforts fail. They might prefer to sabotage the law as much as they can, then try to blame Democrats for its failure, as Democrats say the GOP is already doing. Even if Republicans cant jam Trumpcare through Congress, make …

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The President of the United States traffics in conspiracy theories

March 6, 2017

… Breitbart by Joel Pollak. There is no evidence to support the wiretapping claim and Obama’s spokesman, along with former members of his administration, have denied it. Stelter: Far-right media may fuel Trump claims He has often picked up on the claims of conspiracy theory guru Alex Jones, a radio host who operates on the fringes of politics. As protesters confront Republican legislators in town hall meetings about ACA, Trump blames the “liberal …

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Ministers criticised over named person consultation – BBC News

February 26, 2017

… consultation’ Feedback from it was due to be collated by the government, with Mr Swinney intending to outline his next steps before the end of 2016. But the No To Named Persons (NO2NP) group, which mounted the legal challenge, said they were not involved in the process. Freedom of information requests by the group for details of the consultation discussions were rejected. NO2NP spokesman Simon Calvert said: “The engagement period was really a sham consultation because Mr Swinney …

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Hospital cuts planned in most of England – BBC News

February 21, 2017

… year for funding transformation had already been swallowed up by deficits, figures released on Monday showed. “Local plans must be considered on their merits, but where a convincing case for change has been made, ministers and local politicians should back NHS leaders,” Prof Ham said. A Department of Health spokesman said extra money was being invested in the NHS this Parliament. “These NHS plans – developed by local doctors, hospitals and councils working together with …

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Council tax to rise while services cut, says LGA – BBC News

February 20, 2017

… be addressed and we are going to do that.” A spokesman for the Department for Communities and Local Government said: “Whilst local authorities – like all public bodies – have had to find efficiency savings, our historic four-year funding settlement gives them the certainty they need to plan ahead with almost 200bn available to provide the services that local people want. “By the end of this parliament, councils will be able to keep 100% of local taxes. We’ve …

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The Cognitive Bias President Trump Understands Better Than You

February 20, 2017

… made great again.” Recently, Trump told an audience of senior military commanders at CENTCOM that the “very, very dishonest media” didn’t report on terrorism. The implication was that journalists bury important news about terrorism because of some alternate agenda. Later that day, Trump spokesman Sean Spicer released a list of terrorist acts the president felt that journalists didn’t spend enough time covering. Journalists pounced: Hey, we reported on ALL OF THOSE! …

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Overdose cases spike in Louisville: 52 calls in 32 hours

February 13, 2017

(CNN)Another week, another cluster of overdoses. This time it happened in Louisville, Kentucky, where Louisville Metro Emergency Services responded to 52 overdose calls between midnight Wednesday and 8 a.m. ET Friday, said agency spokesman Mitchell Burmeister. That was a big jump over the 25 overdose calls received in the same 32-hour time frame last week. This is your brain on heroin Heroin is not a new problem in Louisville. Metro Emergency Services answered 695 …

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Trump travel ban leaves Iranian baby’s heart surgery in limbo

February 4, 2017

… office has connected with the family to determine if medical help can be provided, spokesman for Gov. Brown, Bryan Hockaday, told CNN. Fatemeh’s family also contacted Oregon Sen. Jeff Merkley’s office asking for help. Merkley hopes to use whatever leverage he has to help, he “has taken interest in the case and assigned a case worker from his office to work as a facilitator between the family and immigration lawyers,” the senator’s communications director Sarah …

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