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Hiker who went missing on Appalachian Trail survived 26 days before dying

A journal found with the remains of 66-year-old Geraldine Largay show that she tried in vain to send SOS messages but finally accepted she would die An Appalachian Trail hiker whose remains were discovered last year survived at least 26 days after getting lost, kept a journal of her ordeal and resigned herself to the […]

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PayPal co-founder Peter Thiel said to fund Hulk Hogan’s Gawker lawsuit

The billionaire investor, who has a difficult history with the sites tech branch, is paying the legal bills for the ex-wrestler in his sex-tape lawsuit, Forbes reports Billionaire Silicon Valley investor Peter Thiel is secretly funding lawsuits to financially ruin journalist Nick Denton and his media empire Gawker, awarded $115m, a decision Denton is appealing. […]

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Joe Biden admits defeat on gun control but urges lawmakers to keep trying

The vice-president urged state and local politicians to continue fighting for stricter gun laws and touted the White Houses push to develop smart guns Vice-president Joe Biden admitted defeat on passing stricter gun laws at the federal level, telling local leaders Tuesday, Were probably not going to get much more done in the next nine […]

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Trump: suicide of Bill Clinton’s counsel Vince Foster ‘very fishy’ as it happened

Follow live updates from the 2016 campaign trail as news emerges Virginia governor Terry McAuliffe is under federal investigation Read more: http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/live/2016/may/23/campaign-president-2016-live-updates-trump-clinton-sanders-polling

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Facebook to change trending topics after investigation into bias claims

Internal report finds virtually identical rates of conservative and liberal topics, but guidelines updated to exclude possibility of improper actions Facebook has denied allegations that the team responsible for its trending topics section deliberately suppressed conservative views but says it will improve the feature. Allegations have been made anonymously that the team responsible for choosing […]

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Mushroom hunters scour US wildfire maps in search of elusive morel

After wildfires scorched a million acres in the Pacific north-west in 2015, all the signs point to a great season ahead Foragers in the US have begun checking maps outlining where the InciWeb. Morel mushrooms can sprout up decades after spores germinate. Photograph: Alamy In the Payette national forest, harvesters who want the mushrooms for […]

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Louisiana: girl aged five shoots and kills herself with handgun at home

Girls father told investigators his daughter was playing with the gun when she shot herself Authorities say a five-year-old girl shot and killed herself with a handgun at a Louisiana home. The Saint John the Baptist parish sheriffs office said in a statement the girls father told investigators his daughter was playing with the gun […]

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Musician Calvin Harris injured in Los Angeles car crash

DJ, whose public profile has risen since dating pop star Taylor Swift, was travelling in sport utility vehicle struck by another car Scottish musician Calvin Harris, one of the worlds top earning DJs, sustained minor injuries in a car crash in Los Angeles and was taken by ambulance to a hospital, police said on Saturday. […]

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Wristband that can tell if you’ve been drinking wins US award

Device helps doctors accurately measure patients drinking history, and not just depend on most recent tests A San Francisco-based company has won a US government-sponsored competition with an alcohol monitoring devices that can be worn on the wrist, the latest milestone in the development of wearable technologies that monitor and diagnose medical conditions. BACtrack, a […]

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San Francisco police chief resigns in wake of fatal shootings and scandals

SFPD boss Greg Suhr resigns just hours after officers fatally shot a 27-year-old black woman and as the police department faces a bigotry scandal San Francisco police chief Greg Suhr resigned on Thursday, at the request of mayor Ed Lee and just hours after police officers death of Freddie Gray in police custody and ensuing […]

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