March 2017

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Philippines fisherman tells of deadly two-month ordeal stranded at sea

The 21-year-old watched his uncle die, and lived off rainwater and moss growing on his small boat until his rescue earlier this month A young fisherman flew home to the Philippines on Wednesday after being given up for dead at sea, battling hunger, thirst and despair for nearly two months on a tiny boat that […]

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Spanish woman given jail term for tweeting jokes about Franco-era assassination

Cassandra Vera founded guilty of glorifying terrorism in her posts about 1973 killing of prime minister Luis Carrero Blanco A Spanish court on Wednesday sentenced a young woman to jail for posting jokes on Twitter about the 1973 assassination of a senior figure in the Franco dictatorship. Spains top criminal court, the National Audience, found […]

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Academy bans cellphones for PwC accountants after Oscars fiasco

After the biggest flub in Oscars history saw La La Land wrongly named best picture, accounting firm in charge of balloting faces new backstage protocols PwC accountants will not be allowed to have their cellphones backstage during future Oscar telecasts. Film academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs sent an email to academy members Wednesday detailing the […]

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Ronaldo or bust: social media give statue of footballer a black eye

Online commenters were ruthless in enjoying a moment when the Real Madrid star looked, well, less than perfect It was supposed to be an honour befitting of an example of excellence, the four-time footballer of the year who led Portugal to victory in last years European Championship. Instead, the bronze bust commemorating Cristiano Ronaldos new […]

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Cannes film festival accused of airbrushing star Claudia Cardinale

Festivals 70th anniversary poster features a young Cardinale, whose waist has been narrowed and thighs made slimmer The official poster for this years Cannes film festival has been criticised after Italian actor Claudia Cardinale appeared to have been airbrushed to make her look thinner. French media poured scorn on the festival for seemingly tampering with […]

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Arthur Blythe, acclaimed jazz musician, dies aged 76

Blythe was at the vanguard of jazz in the 1970s, when his Lenox Avenue Breakdown album from 1979 described as a masterpiece Arthur Blythe, the jazz musician and composer who was a key part of the genres experimentation in the 70s alongside the likes of Don Cherry, has died at the age of 76. A […]

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Cash cuts ‘threaten school standards’, say MPs – BBC News

‘Whitehall plans’ The highly critical report says the Department for Education must not be “deaf to the experiences of head teachers” who have been complaining of cuts to staff and services. “Grand plans drawn up in Whitehall are dangerous if they are implemented without regard to real-world consequences, and we will expect to see measures […]

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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 […]

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