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Sandy Hook families cannot hold gun company liable in massacre, judge rules

Gun companies are protected by a 2005 law designed to shield gun companies from liability when their products are misused by criminals, a judge ruled A Connecticut judge ruled on Friday that a group of families cannot hold gun companies liable for manufacturing, distributing or selling the AR-15-style rifle used to kill 20 children and […]

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The Great Barrier Reef is under severe stress but not dead yet

Reports the famed 1,400-mile network of reefs passed away in 2016 after a long illness are greatly exaggerated despite mass bleaching, scientists say Reports of the death of the Great Barrier Reef have been greatly exaggerated, scientists have said, after the publication of an obituary for the vast coral ecosystem. The famed 1,400-mile network of […]

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Leonard Cohen: giving Nobel to Bob Dylan like ‘pinning medal on Everest’

At an event in Los Angeles to launch his album, the 82-year-old singer-songwriter rows back on claims he was ready to die by saying he now wants to live for ever On Thursday, Bob Dylan was awarded the Nobel prize for literature, sparking controversy among musicians, novelists and fans. That evening in Los Angeles, his […]

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Rebecca Hall on starring in Christine: ‘Its about her life not her death’

The story of Christine Chubbuck the broadcaster who shot herself on live TV in 1974 was an urban legend, but now two films are bringing her story to life During a news segment for WZRBs station in Sarasota, Florida, in 1974, broadcaster Christine Chubbuck stared directly into the camera and said: In keeping with Channel […]

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Robert Downey Jr offers to voice Mark Zuckerberg’s digital assistant

Actor offered to lend his voice to the Facebook founders artificial intelligence-based personal assistant, which Zuckerberg calls kind of like Jarvis in Iron Man It may be Teslas Elon Musk who most often invites comparison to Marvels superhero Iron Man the alter ego of billionaire inventor Tony Stark but it is Mark Zuckerberg who might […]

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New York Philharmonic/Kaija Saariaho review staking out new terrain

Taking a trip to the cavernous art space and conducted by Esa-Pekka Salonen, the NY Phil explored Finnish composer Kaija Saariahos sumptuous, theatrical work On this seasons opening night, back in September, the Alan Gilbert, led a subtly activist gala program that included Gershwins Concerto in F. The performance was activist in nature because it […]

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Ruth Bader Ginsburg apologizes for Colin Kaepernick criticism

Supreme court justice who called NFL players anthem protest dumb and disrespectful says: My comments were inappropriately dismissive and harsh Supreme court justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg apologized on Friday for her remarks about NFL star Colin Kaepernicks ongoing protest against the national anthem. In a statement released by the supreme courts press office, Ginsburg walked […]

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Black women doctors like Tamika Cross face prejudice everywhere | Myiesha Taylor

Reports of how a Delta attendant spoke to Tamika Cross, a black physician offering help, dont strike me as unusual Being a doctor can bring many challenges each day. For women physicians of color, though, there is a special set of challenges that are seldom discussed or acknowledged in our profession or by greater society […]

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Argentina protests to Britain about military exercises in Falklands

Illegitimate exercises involving missile firing contradict the principle of peaceful conflict resolution says note to UK ambassador Argentina has complained to the British ambassador in Buenos Aires over military exercises including missile launches which the UK is planning to hold next week in the

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Jean Alexander obituary

Actor who found place in hearts of millions as Coronation Streets Hilda Ogden Hilda Ogden was Weatherfields answer to Carmen Miranda. While Miranda wore fruit in her hair, Hilda favoured curlers and headscarf, as if her hairdo were permanently in preparation for a glamorous invitation that never came. And when she warbled in a reedy, […]

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