Climate change blamed for record 98 shark attacks worldwide in 2015

However, only six of those attacks were fatal, which is the average number over the past decade, said George Burgess, director of the International Shark Attack File at the University of Florida, which has been... Read More
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First Google, now Gap: how do they avoid tax? | Comment | London Evening Standard

This is manifestly unfair. And obviously, its approach  sits uneasily with the company’s fresh-faced  image — though it has that much in common with several of the international minimum-taxpayers. The company has shown enormous ingenuity... Read More

BREAKING: Maryland Legislature Restores Voting Rights To 40,000 Ex-Offenders | ThinkProgress

Maryland joins 13 other states and the District of Columbia where citizens are permitted to vote immediately after serving their sentences. Hogan vetoed the legislation in May of last year after the legislature passed it... Read More

Dating scams on the rise: ‘A fraudster conned me out of thousands’ – Telegraph

This was a pattern of crime that became only too real for Karen Beale (not her real name), a 66-year-old, teacher from Cornwall. She spoke to Telegraph Money about how she was conned into transferring... Read More
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Ep. 60: The End of the World as We Know It Play in new window | Download We look back at the New Hampshire Primary, economic meltdown, the Calais jungle, the Zika virus, North Korea launching a satellite… yeah… right and more. Join Denis Campbell,... Read More
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UK industrial production shrank in 2015 | Business | The Guardian

The #manufacturing sector experienced a further fall from an already weak November, while mining and quarrying also dropped, fuelling concerns that the slowdown in the US and turmoil on global markets is undermining confidence across... Read More
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Why We Must Try

by Robert Reich Instead of “Yes we can,” many Democrats have adopted a new slogan this election year: “We shouldn’t even try.” We shouldn’t try for single-payer system, they say. We’ll be lucky if we... Read More

Britain’s comprehensive schools are being wiped out. Here’s how it’s being done | Lola Okolosie | Opinion | The Guardian

We are now only six weeks in to 2016, and in that time the #schools inspectorate, Ofsted, has publicly rebuked academies three times. Admittedly, this has been much in the manner of a parent trying... Read More

Supreme Court Block on Climate Change Rule Is Unprecedented

The unprecedented maneuver by the Court’s five-Justice conservative majority stays implementation of the Obama Administration’s Clean Power Plan. That rule, issued last August by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, directs states to significantly scale back emissions... Read More
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New Hampshire Primary: Results Expose Republican Divide

With nearly half of New Hampshire precincts reporting, Trump had 34% of the vote, enough to easily beat a closely bunched group of better-seasoned rivals: Ohio Governor John Kasich, Texas Senator Ted Cruz, former Florida... Read More
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(Do not vex Mum!) David Cameron’s mother signs petition against cuts to children’s services | Politics | The Guardian

Mary Cameron, who is 81 and served for years as a magistrate, confirmed to the Daily Mirror that she had signed a petition battling to save children’s centres designated for closure by the Conservative-run Oxfordshire... Read More

Why are kids who live with ‘steps’ more aggressive? – Futurity

Previous studies on how family complexity affects children’s development have focused on the union status of parents and their relationship to the child.   But, most young children in complex sibling relationships live with both... Read More

Is La Croix Bad for Your Teeth? – The Atlantic

Immediately, the pings from fellow journalists (and media-adjacent folk) came pouring in, all saying something along the lines of, “Can you actually let me know what you find out? I’m addicted to that stuff.”  ... Read More

Storm Imogen: Fears grow for RSPCA inspector missing while rescuing sea birds | Home News | News | The Independent

Gales of almost 100mph lashed the South-east and much of southern England and Wales on 8 February, with coastal communities bearing the brunt. Conditions at sea reached “phenomenal” states – defined as waves of more... Read More
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The Truth Behind Zika

by Dr. Naresh ‘Rosie’ Chauhan MD MRCP Zika is a mosquito borne virus that’s been spreading across South America for over a year, and recently it’s dipped it’s toes into North America too. Most mosquito... Read More
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David Cameron: EU membership gives UK information on terrorists | Politics | The Guardian

The remarks by the prime minister came hours after Downing Street warned that thousands of refugees could cross the Channel overnight and claim asylum in southern England in the event of a UK exit.  ... Read More
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Angry cops throw a hissy fit over Beyonce’s ‘anti-police’ Super Bowl halftime show

Beyoncés dancers in black berets at #SB50 paying homage to the Black Panthers 50 years after their #formation in '66 — The Dream Defenders (@Dreamdefenders) February 8, 2016 Beyoncés dancers in black berets at... Read More

Donald Trump Can’t Stop Trash-Talking Jeb Bush | Mother Jones

Throughout the campaign, Trump has relished in needling Bush, portraying him as a weak momma’s boy who would struggle to find a job outside of government. But his Bush-bashing has escalated on the eve of... Read More

Federal Court Says North Carolina’s Gerrymandered Maps Are Unconstitutional | ThinkProgress

No state has done more in the post-Jim Crow era to restrict voting rights than North Carolina. Just weeks after the Supreme Court gutted a key provision of the Voting Rights Act, the state enacted... Read More
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Jack Straw’s ministries among worst on freedom of information requests | Politics | The Guardian

Straw’s ministries never ranked higher than 15 out of 21 government departments in terms of releasing information in full, according to a Guardian analysis of government-wide figures.   In 2010, his final year as lord... Read More
Kristin Hughs, right, announces to supporters  the Supreme Court's decision on the Hobby Lobby case in Washington, Monday, June 30, 2014. The Supreme Court says corporations can hold religious objections that allow them to opt out of the new health law requirement that they cover contraceptives for women.(AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Hobby Lobby Is Backing a Surprising Candidate for President | Mother Jones

The Oklahoma-based company, owned by David and Barbara Green and their children, donated $10,000 in September to Conservative Solutions PAC, which supports Marco Rubio’s presidential campaign. Rubio has called for easy access to emergency contraception,... Read More

Scots to revise funding plan after talks with UK government fail | UK news | The Guardian

Greg Hands, the chief secretary to the Treasury, had flown to Edinburgh for talks with John Swinney, the Scottish finance secretary, late on Monday in a renewed effort to agree a new funding formula for... Read More
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What Hillary needs to hear

by Brent Budowsky I hope this column provokes a strong reaction from my brothers and sisters in the Democratic establishment, against whom I dissent in large measure today despite my history of working for Democratic... Read More
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Conservatives face possible inquiry after claims of byelection overspend | Politics | The Guardian

The documents, its reporter Michael Crick said, appear to reveal a pattern of undisclosed spending and link directly to Conservative HQ and senior figures within the party.   Campaign spending in each byelection is subject... Read More

Arabic Social Media Goes Gaga Over Sisi’s Red Carpet | Mother Jones

Nothing says “I care about poor people” like driving to a new housing project on a red carpet 2.5 miles long. Amirite? But this has a secret subtext: When Egyptian president Abdel-Fatah al-Sisi motored his... Read More
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Why Liberals Should Support a Trump Nomination — NYMag

There are three reasons, in descending order of obviousness, for a liberal to earnestly and patriotically support a Trump Republican nomination. The first, of course, is that he would almost certainly lose. Trump’s ability to... Read More
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Clinton weighs staff shake-up after New Hampshire – POLITICO

The talk of shake-up echoes what happened in 2008 – when Hillary Clinton was on the verge of sacking her campaign manager and several top communications officials – before her surprise win here bailed out... Read More

Video: Jamie Oliver indicates he will campaign to kick Tories from office if they fail over childhood obesity – Telegraph

The celebrity chef said he would work to get ministers “out of power as soon as possible” if their proposals – expected within weeks – fail to live up to expectations.   Meanwhile Jeremy Hunt,... Read More
When Bernie Sanders met Larry David (on Saturday Night Live)

When Bernie Sanders met Larry David (on Saturday Night Live)

Continuing a long tradition of hilarity.

Bill Cosby: Here Are All The Cases Plaguing the Comedian

Andrea Constand More than 50 women have accused Cosby of sexual misconduct, however, he has only been criminally charged in one case. The 78-year-old comedian was arrested in December and charged with aggravated indecent assault... Read More