Harvey Weinstein, Accused of Sex Assault, Facing Arrest in New York

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Investigators in Manhattan were preparing to arrest Harvey Weinstein as soon as Friday after an inquiry into allegations that he sexually assaulted numerous women.CreditCarlo Allegri/Reuters

Investigators in Manhattan were preparing to arrest Harvey Weinstein on Friday after a monthslong inquiry into allegations that he sexually assaulted numerous women.

Mr. Weinstein is expected to surrender to authorities on Friday morning, according to two law enforcement officials.

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Trump cancels Singapore summit in letter to Kim Jong Un

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By Jeremy Diamond, Kevin Liptak and Elise Labott, CNN

Washington (CNN) – President Donald Trump will not meet North Korean leader Kim Jong Un next month, he announced in a letter to Kim released by the White House Thursday morning, scrapping plans for what would have been a historic diplomatic summit.
He said during an appearance from the Roosevelt Room the decision amounted to a “tremendous setback” and warned North Korea that the US military is ready to act should Pyongyang take any “foolish and reckless” action.
“Our military, which is by far the most powerful anywhere in the world that has been greatly enhanced recently as we all know, is ready as necessary,” he said.
But he left open the door to renewing the diplomatic thaw which had preceded the anticipated talks.
“If and when Kim Jong Un chooses to engage in constructive dialogue and actions, I am waiting,” he said.
In his letter, which the administration said was dispatched through established communication channels to North Korea, Trump wrote with chagrin the summit was off.
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“I was very much looking forward to being there with you. Sadly, based on the tremendous anger and open hostility displayed in your most recent statement, I feel it is inappropriate, at this time, to have this long-planned meeting,” Trump wrote. “Therefore, please let this letter serve to represent that the Singapore summit, for the good of both parties, but to the detriment of the world, will not take place.”
Trump and Kim were scheduled to meet in Singapore on June 12, for what would have been the first face-to-face meeting between a US and North Korean leader.
Months of diplomatic advances
The decision ends months of diplomatic advances between the US and North Korea that Trump repeatedly heralded as the likely precursor to a historic peace deal and the denuclearization of North Korea. Now, the détente between Washington and Pyongyang appears in jeopardy, with a return to the bellicose rhetoric that has defined the US-North Korea relationship for much of Trump’s presidency once again peering over the horizon.
In his letter, Trump signaled a return to the bitter nuclear back-and-forth that colored his early interactions with Kim before the diplomatic opening.
“You talk about your nuclear capabilities,” Trump wrote in his letter to Kim, “but ours are so massive and powerful that I pray to God they will never have to be used.”
Still, Trump signaled direct talks with Kim could still be in the offing, writing that he “felt a wonderful dialogue was building up between you and me” and that he looks forward to meeting Kim “some day.”
Even as the summit was canceled, North Korea was taking at least precursory steps to scale back its nuclear program. The regime appeared to destroy at least three nuclear tunnels, observation buildings, a metal foundry and living quarters at its Punggye-ri nuclear test site on Thursday, in a process observed by invited international journalists including CNN’s Will Ripley.
No weapons inspectors or nonproliferation experts were invited to witness the event, and it was unclear whether the explosions rendered the tunnels inoperable, or only caused limited damage.
How it happened
Trump withdrew from the summit after a North Korean vice minister of foreign affairs slammed Vice President Mike Pence on Wednesday as a “political dummy,” the latest harshly worded statement from Pyongyang.
Trump and his aides were infuriated by the statement and wanted to respond forcefully, multiple people familiar with the situation told CNN. The specific and personal targeting of Pence is what irked US officials, three people familiar with the matter said.
The verbal broadside against Pence was just the latest harshly worded statement from North Korea over the last 10 days. Early last week, North Korea canceled a planned meeting with South Korea and threatened to pull out of the Singapore summit because of ongoing US-South Korean military exercises.
Trump and his aides had insisted over the past week that planning for the summit was still ongoing amid the increased bluster from Pyongyang. A logistics team was dispatched to Singapore to finalize details with North Korea officials. And a commemorative coin was stamped by military aides labeling Kim the “Supreme Leader.”
Not entirely a surprise
Still, the collapse of the summit was not entirely a surprise, even if Thursday’s announcement was abrupt. North Korea has offered diplomatic openings to the United States several times over the past decades, only to return to bellicose threats. Even after Trump accepted Kim’s invitation to meet in March, most administration officials put the likelihood of the summit actually happening at less than 50% — and administration officials grew increasingly skeptical over the last week.
US officials had also grown increasingly skeptical of Pyongyang’s commitment to denuclearization. On Wednesday, CNN reported the Trump administration was looking to have additional high-level talks for assurances from Kim for complete denuclearization before the summit went ahead.
Hours later, a North Korean official lashed out at Pence and said Pyongyang is ready for a nuclear showdown if dialogue with the United States fails.
Choe Son Hui, a vice-minister in the North Korean Foreign Ministry, said if the US continued on its current path, she would suggest to North Korea’s leadership that they reconsider the planned summit between Trump and Kim.
“Whether the US will meet us at a meeting room or encounter us at nuclear-to-nuclear showdown is entirely dependent upon the decision and behavior of the United States,” Choe said in comments carried by North Korea’s state-run KCNA news agency Thursday.
Choe was responding to comments by Pence made Monday during a Fox News interview that she deemed “unbridled and impudent.”
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Police officers ‘ate cannabis on duty then called for back-up when they began hallucinating’

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Vittorio Dominelli (left) has been charged after allegedly consuming cannavis edibles whilst on duty
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Two Toronto police officers have been charged after the consumed cannabis edibles while they were on duty- and then called for reinforcement when they started hallucinating.

Constables Vittorio Dominelli, 36, and Jamie Young, 35, were arrested on Tuesday after it was alleged they ate the drugs on January 28 of this year.


Police officers ‘ate weed on duty and called for back-up when they began hallucinating’

In a statememt, police say the pair ‘attempted to obstruct, pervert or defeat the course of… Read the full story

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Teen on house arrest accused of killing baby sparks anger after spotted dining out

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Residents of an Ohio town took to social media to express their anger after a teenage girl, who is accused of killing her newborn and is on modified house arrest, was spotted dining out at a restaurant.

Brooke “Skylar” Richardson, 19, of Carlisle, is accused of killing and burying her full-term baby in May 2017, shortly after giving birth. The former cheerleader’s defense attorneys argued the infant was stillborn.

Last month, a judge modified Richardson’s house arrest and ruled the teenager would have to observe a curfew of 9 p.m. through 7 a.m., and be supervised via GPS monitoring and random home visits.

Few details have been released regarding the baby’s death but Warren County prosecutors accused Richardson of killing, burning and burying the infant. The body was allegedly found near her family’s barbecue pit. Along with decomposition, it may be difficult for authorities to determine the infant’s cause of death.

A doctor called police after Richardson revealed she had given birth just days after her senior prom. A search warrant was executed on July 14, 2017, when the skeletal remains were discovered.

People took to social media to discuss the sighting of Richardson, the New York Post reported.

“My husband and I saw the teenage girl from Carlisle who killed and buried her own baby,” a social media wrote on a community Facebook page. “She was at the restaurant we were at, talking on her iPhone. How is someone who is awaiting trial for aggravated murder not in jail?!”

Two Facebook groups have been dedicated to the case and critics of the family have shot and posted video and photos of the family and their home, often with sharp commentary.

Kiley Alcorn, 17, a student at Carlisle High School and friend of Richardson’s, told the New York Post that some people wait outside the teen’s home.

“It’s definitely over the top,” Alcorn said. “The way people are reacting to it, especially adults, and the whole situation is sad.”

Another family friend said the case has caused a rift in their community.

“It’s divided a lot of people and it’s really sad,” the friend said. “The law says ‘innocent until proven guilty’ and she hasn’t even gone to trial yet and she’s been persecuted in this town and crucified.”

Those who were outraged over the case blamed Richardson’s good looks, affluent family and wont to avoid “tainting their image” as reasons she allegedly killed her child.

“Skylar and her family, particularly her mother, were pretty obsessed with external appearances and how things appeared to the outside world,” Warren County Prosecutor David Fornshell. “You have a situation where, you know, she’s a cute high school graduate.”

However, friends insisted Richardson was a good person on the inside.

“These people only know her by her appearance,” said Alcorn, who bonded with Richardson on the cheerleading team. “She drove nice cars, lived in a nice house, but she was a good person on the inside, too.”

Richardson’s friends said people refrain from talking about the case at school because her younger brother and her boyfriend are students there. Her boyfriend, who went to prom with Richardson, was not identified as the baby’s father.

In August 2017, Richardson pleaded not guilty to aggravated murder and other charges. She was previously indicted on charges that include involuntary manslaughter, child endangering, evidence tampering and corpse abuse in the death.

Prosecutors requested a $1 million bond, but the judge set bond at $50,000 with house arrest and electronic monitoring. She posted the bond and was released.

Richardson’s trial on charges that she killed and buried her newborn was on hold as an “appeals court rules on a medical testimony dispute.” It was slated to begin in April.

Richardson’s attorneys want a ruling to bar prosecutors from presenting testimony from an obstetrics-gynecology practice’s medical staff, citing physician-patient privilege. Prosecutors said the privilege doesn’t apply in this case.

The trial could be pushed back by as much as eight months.

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Chloe Melas: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

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A CNN entertainment reporter is among eight women who have come forward to publicly accuse Oscar-winner Morgan Freeman of sexually inappropriate behavior. The allegations against Freeman were first published by CNN in a bombshell report on May 24. The alleged behavior stems from on set incidents and incidents during media-related appearances. A production assistant on Freeman’s movie, Going in Style, alleges that Freeman attempted to lift up her skirt to see if she had underwear on. That assistant said Freeman’s co-star, Alan Arkin, told Freeman to stop. Onset at another movie, Now You See Me, a female staffer said Freeman made comments about her body and another woman who was employed on the movie covered up her body when around Freeman.

It was during a media event for Going in Style that CNN reporter Chloe Melas said she was a victim of Freeman’s inappropriate behavior. Melas says she was six months pregnant when she was interviewing Freeman who said that she looked “ripe” and that he wished “he was there.” Melas says that Freeman’s co-stars Michael Caine and Alan Arkin were present during the incident. Melas said that there is a recording of Freeman saying, “Boy, do I wish I was there.” Melas also alleges that Freeman shook her hand and refused to let go. Melas is one of the authors of the CNN investigative report. The report spoke to 16 people in total, eight people who said they were harassed by Freeman and eight witnesses.

In response to allegations, Freeman said in a statement, “Anyone who knows me or has worked with me knows I am not someone who would intentionally offend or knowingly make anyone feel uneasy. I apologize to anyone who fell uncomfortable or disrespected – that was never my intent.”

Here’s what you need to know:


1. Melas Said in 2018 that She Was ‘Proud’ to Be an Entertainment Journalist in the Wake of the #MeToo Movement

In a March 2018 interview, Melas spoke of her pride in being an entertainment reporter in the wake of the #MeToo movement. Melas said, “I feel as though my job description has done a 180-degree turn in this current #Metoo climate. Telling the stories of men and women who have been abused, and seeing the changes in the industry happen as a result, is immensely gratifying. I have never been more proud to be an entertainment journalist.”


2. Melas Helped to Launch Hollywood Life in 2009

Melas is a graduate of Auburn University where she studied Radio/TV/Film and Political Science. Melas graduated in 2008 and went to work as a news assistant for CNN. In 2009, Melas helped to found HollywoodLife.com alongside Bonnie Fuller. According to Ad Week, Melas joined CNN in March 2016, leaving her position as the senior entertainment reporter at Hollywood Life.


3. Melas Met Her Husband Brian Mazza on a Blind Date in 2012

Melas pictured with her husband Brian Mazza in 2016.

Melas met her restauranteur husband Brian Mazza on a blind date in New York City in October 2012. The couple married in Grace Church in New York in 2014. In July 2017, Melas gave birth to their first child, son Leo DeSales Mazza.


4. In Addition to Her Reporting, Melas Is Also a Fashion Brand Ambassador

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Since March 2015, Melas has been a brand ambassador to New York-based women’s fashion label, Maggy London. Melas has also been a contributor on Fox News, HLN and WPIX.


5. Melas Was Onstage With Wendy Willams When Williams Fat Shamed Kelly Clarkson

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Melas is a regular contributor to The Wendy Williams Show. Melas was present on Wendy Williams’ show in April 2018 when Williams was accused of fat shaming singer, Kelly Clarkson, according to Page Six. Melas there to update Williams on the story of Nxivm, the alleged sex cult in upstate New York which counts actress Allison Mack as a member and recruiter. When mentioning that women in the cult were only permitted to ingest 800 calories per day, Williams said, “Kelly Clarkson ain’t going nowhere for an 800-calorie-a-day died, okay? Seriously?”

https://heavy.com/entertainment/2018/05/chloe-melas/

Teen ordered to pay $36,631,687.10 after starting wildfire

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Last September, a 15-year-old tossed fireworks on a hot day in the forest and inadvertently set off a massive wildfire that burned 48,000 acres in Oregon.

Now he’s learned the price he must pay, and it’s incredible: a grand total of $36,631,687.10 to various entities, including the US Forest Service, reports the Hood River News. The teen’s attorney argued that the penalty amounts to cruel and unusual punishment, but the judge in the case took a few days to assess things and decided that the punishment is warranted, reports KGW.com.

The judge ordered the Hood River Juvenile Department to set up a payment schedule, though he added one caveat to the ruling that might eventually give the kid a break.

“The court can grant a full or partial satisfaction of the restitution judgment after 10 years” if certain conditions are met—mainly, if the teen doesn’t get into any more trouble and faithfully makes what payments he can over the next decade.

At that point, another judge will reassess and could decide that the debt is paid, even if it’s nowhere near $37 million. On top of the financial penalty, the Vancouver, Wash., teen must complete about 2,000 hours of community service.

He pleaded guilty earlier this year and wrote a letter of apology for his “careless action” that apparently did little to mitigate the sentence.

The fire burned through the Columbia River Gorge and Mt. Hood National Forest, and a group of hikers required rescue. (A witness says she saw the teen throw a “smoke bomb” into a ravine.)

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The Secret to Winning The Trade War

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Authored by Valentin Schmid via The Epoch Times,

Liberalize domestic trade to compete in international trade…

In early 2018, the gloves finally came off: The United States started to punish China for its unfair trade practices and threatened allies, like Europe and Canada, for their uneven trade policies. Since then, trade has been dominating the headlines, with threats and counterthreats from the opposing sides.

But the bluster is distracting the world from the fact that we’re in an outdated paradigm, and a major solution could be fairly simple.

For the current trade paradigm, when viewed from inside the complex, rigid, and bureaucratic international trade system that is the World Trade Organization (WTO) and the different domestic institutions tasked with managing trade, the Trump administration’s move to escalate the trade war is entirely understandable and justified.

According to the – severely flawed – rules of the game, China is exploiting the United States’ and Europe’s relatively free-trade policies to officially pursue its policy of complete domination of all industries. Europe and the rest of Asia are trying to gain an edge over the United States, although they are more interested in fair trade in principle than China.

For the United States, the tolerance of such trade practices resulted in persistent trade deficits with the rest of the world worth hundreds of billions of dollars, the loss of millions of manufacturing jobs, and trillions in international debt obligations. On the flip side, it also increased profit margins for multinational American corporations who produce abroad to sell in the United States, and it lowered prices of gadgets (some productive, many useless) for consumers.

So the Trump administration’s plan is to level the playing field by more or less getting even with tariffs on inbound goods, which are, on average, 10 percent in China, 4.8 percent in the European Union, and 3.5 percent in the United States. Those tariffs may be a simplified proxy of the complex trade barriers every country manages, but they do provide a good estimate of how much a country is really interested in free trade.

Whether the increase of tariffs will ultimately work remains to be seen. China has more to lose but can also suppress discontent much more easily than the United States, where some states and industries will mobilize politically to defend the status quo once they suffer from retaliatory measures.

Liberalize Domestic Trade

A cursory glance at the WTO proceedings for applying tariffs and counter-tariffs as well as the many unintended consequences of managed trade, even if they are pro-American, show that this problem needs to be solved at a higher level, outside the paradigm of government-managed trade.

The solution is to radically liberalize trade, but not only internationally—the liberalization of domestic trade is more important.

Domestic trade? Mainstream economics and the mainstream media have indoctrinated us to believe that only nations trade. However, as with all aggregate economic statistics, this is nonsense. It is private companies and private individuals who trade, and it doesn’t really matter whether this is domestic or international.

If I order a couple of bars of Cailler Frigor Swiss chocolate on Amazon, I do the trading with the company that ships them to me from Europe through Amazon. I send them money, and they send me the product.

But the same is true if I buy a couple of domestically produced bars of Hershey’s—much cheaper but certainly not as good—from Amazon here in the United States.

Goods or services are exchanged for money, whether domestically or internationally. Every tax, tariff, or regulation that stands in the way of these transactions is hindering trade.

For domestic trade in the United States, the most important barriers to trade between individuals and companies are taxation on buying and selling goods and services (sales tax) and, more importantly, taxation on selling labor services (income tax).

Capital gains taxes and taxes on dividends stand in the way of the free flow of capital. The corrupt fractional reserve fiat money system under the management of the Federal Reserve further prevents capital from finding the right places to invest, leading to overcapacity in sectors like real estate and a complete lack of infrastructure investment, to cite just one problem.

Add to this other regulations that limit or prohibit commercial transactions, especially in the labor market, and you get the picture that domestic trade is severely crippled and operating far below its potential.

It is ironic that most of the people who are ostensibly pushing for the liberalization of international trade—in reality, they merely want regulations to favor them—are most against the liberalization of trade domestically.

If the potential of domestic trade were fully unleashed, the United States would not have to worry about 10 percent average tariff rates in China or exports to China at all, because domestically produced goods could easily compete with products coming from a semi-state planned, developing economy. Without the tax and regulatory costs, even solar panels produced in the United States would be cheaper and better than the state-subsidized products from China.

State planning is less efficient and effective than the operation of free markets; therefore, China cannot win the game in the long run, just as the Soviet Union could not win it, nor Japan, whose markets were very heavily managed by the state during its boom years. Of course, this does not mean China could not score some victories here and there by dumping some products on the U.S. market virtually for free and undermining an industry. Nothing is perfect. But the costs of China doing so would be even higher than they are today and would deplete the country’s resources in the long term.

As a result of liberalized domestic trade, people and companies in the United States would either produce domestically, because the added cost of taxation and regulation would be much lower, if not removed entirely, or trade with countries who are interested in real free trade. The ideal scenario would be that almost every product that now comes from China would be produced for the same price or less domestically, so no international trade tariffs would be necessary.

Interestingly, the Trump administration is also pushing in this direction, and its tax cuts and deregulation are going in the right direction considering the starting point of illiberal domestic trade. However, if the United States wants to compete with hostile foreign players like China, taxes and regulation need to all but disappear.

Stuck in the Middle

At the moment, the United States occupies an awkward middle ground. Its international trade policies are relatively free compared to its competitors, and so are its national trade policies and regulations—and this is why the United States is still the most competitive large economy, according to the World Economic Forum (WEF) Global Competitiveness Index.

However, as job losses and the increase in debt have shown, U.S. domestic trade is not free enough to compete with hostile actors like China in the short term. This is the main risk of the free domestic trade strategy.

When unnecessary regulations, taxes, and tariffs are scrapped, there is bound to be some volatility as the economy adjusts to the freer environment. A hostile actor like China could use this adjustment period to move in and buy up companies and intellectual property.

Maybe this is why the Trump administration’s strategy of domestic liberalization and international interventionism could be just right for the time being, although both domestic and international barriers to commerce have to be removed eventually.

Many countries in the top 10 of the WEF competitive index who also rank highly in the enabling trade index, most notably Singapore (No. 1) and Hong Kong (No. 3), had their adjustment periods a few decades ago and are thriving with free domestic and international trade. They are international trading hubs and have relatively benign tax and regulatory regimes.

Both countries also have relatively balanced trade, with Singapore averaging a small surplus since the 1950s and Hong Kong a small deficit.

At the end of the economic cycle and in the long run, trade should always be balanced. By liberalizing domestic trade and unleashing the full productive capacity of the economy, the United States could achieve this goal and avoid trade wars.

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Actor Morgan Freeman accused of inappropriate behavior, harassment: CNN

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By Gina Cherelus

(Reuters) – At least eight women have accused actor Morgan Freeman of inappropriate behavior or harassment while working with them on film sets or at promotional events, CNN reported on Thursday.

CNN said it spoke with 16 people as part of its investigation into the 80-year-old actor, some of whom also alleged inappropriate behavior by Freeman at his production company, Revelations Entertainment.

Representatives for Freeman and Revelations Entertainment did not immediately respond to requests for comment. Reuters was unable to independently confirm any of the allegations.

Multiple accusations of sexual misconduct against male actors, filmmakers and agents have roiled Hollywood since October 2017, leading in some cases to resignations and the halting of projects.

Similar accusations have also engulfed men in U.S. politics and business, and inspired a #MeToo social media movement by victims sharing their stories of sexual harassment or abuse.

CNN said eight people told the network they were victims of what some labeled harassment and others called inappropriate behavior by Freeman. It said eight others told the network they witnessed the actor’s alleged misconduct.

CNN also said other sources denied having seen any questionable behavior by the actor, and that those sources described him as being professional on set and in the office.

Freeman, whose career has spanned 50 years and more than 100 movies, won a Oscar in 2005 as best supporting actor for his role as a former boxer in “Million Dollar Baby.”

(Reporting by Gina Cherelus in New York; Editing by Daniel Wallis)

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Fashion Designer Convicted of Torturing 21-Year-Old Nanny and Burning Her Body

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A U.K.-based fashion designer and her boyfriend have been found guilty of murdering their 21-year-old French nanny, after firefighters discovered her burnt remains in their garden in southwest London last September.

Sabrina Kouider, 35, and Ouissem Medouni, 40, starved and tortured Sophie Lionnet for weeks before her death in 2017, sometimes recording her on a mobile phone, investigators testified. They then burned her emaciated body on a bonfire while barbecuing chicken nearby in an attempt to mask the smell. The brutality of the case has shocked Britain and played out in national headlines.

Prosecutors said the couple had applied “pressure and relentless intimidation” as they tried to make Lionnet confess to plotting against them with Kouider’s ex-boyfriend Mark Walton, a member of the Irish boy band Boyzone, the BBC reports.

London Metropolitan PoliceSabrina Kouider and Ouissem Medouni were found guilty of murdering Sophie Lionnet, on May 24 at London’s Old Bailey court

Walton, who lives in Los Angeles and traveled to the U.K. to give evidence at the trial, said in a statement he had “never met Sophie ever in my life.”

During the trial the couple, who are both French nationals, turned on each other, each saying the other had killed Lionnet while they were asleep.

“We will never know the full extent of the horrors Sophie had to endure as not all the ‘interrogations’ were recorded,” said Domencia Catino, a Detective in the Homicide and Major Crimes department of London’s Metropolitan Police Force. “Even in death the torture, abuse and humiliation continued by placing her partially-clothed body into a suitcase with no regard for even a semblance of a burial, before taking the callous decision to burn her in an attempt to hide their murderous act.”

The couple will be sentenced on June 26.

http://time.com/5290181/u-k-fashion-designer-convicted-burning-nanny-sophie-lionnet/

Mark Zuckerbergs Net Worth: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

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Mark Zuckerberg Net Worth in 2018: $72.3 Bllion

Mark Zuckerberg, founder and CEO of Facebook, is worth $72.3 billion, according to Forbes. He was the youngest self-made billionaire in history when Facebook went public when he was 23-years-old, and since then he’s ranked highly on many lists. He wasnumber 13 on Forbes 2018 Most Powerful People list, number five on the 2018 World’s Billionaires List, number four on the Forbes 400 in 2017, number three on the Forbes Richest In Tech list in 2017, and number one in 2016 on the America’s Richest Entrepreneurs Under Age 40, Global Game Changer, and the Richest Person In America’s 50 Largest Cities lists.

Zuckerberg’s career has not been without controversy. The 34-year-old first faced criticism for stealing the idea for Facebook from the Winklevoss twins, then for kicking out partner Eduardo Saverin. More recently, he’s drawn scrutiny for Facebook’s role in spreading fake news and influencing elections and events abroad.

Still, despite controversy, Facebook stock has soared over the years, and Zuckerberg has profited. He spends his money on a large real estate portfolio and expensive t-shirts, but has vowed along with wife Priscilla Chan to donate 99 percent of his wealth. His life has inspired thousands of articles, a few books, and even a movie: The Social Network.

Here’s what you need to know about Mark Zuckerberg’s net worth:


1. He Made His First Million by Age 22

Zuckerberg founded Facebook in his Harvard University dorm room, after tinkering with a few similar sites. He had been interested in computers from a young age, and created Zucknet, a messaging platform created with Atari BASIC, when he was 12-years-old. The chat service was mainly used by his father, who implemented it at his dental practice so receptionists could alert him when he had a new patient.

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After working with David Newman, a computer tutor, Zuckerberg started attending graduate classes at Mercy College, and eventually at Phillips Exeter Academy. He next created something called Synapse, which was like an early version of Pandora. Though Microsoft and AOL both thought about buying the service, Zuckerberg didn’t sell.

At Harvard, he built CourseMatch, a program that helped students choose classes. Next he built Facemash, where students could vote on two different faces of people on campus and choose who was more attractive. It was soon banned by the university. Soon, he was known as a software whiz and Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss asked him to help build something called Harvard Connect, which would be a dating site. Zuckerberg agreed to help, but soon stopped working on Harvard Connect in favor of starting his own, similar site called The Facebook.

In 2004, Zuckerberg dropped out of Harvard to focus on Facebook full-time. The move worked, and in 2005 Accel Partners invested $12.7 million into the company. Peter Thiel, founder of PayPal and other companies, also invested. By December of that year, Facebook had 5.5 million users.

Notably, Eduardo Saverin, Zuckerberg’s friend and co-founder, footed the bill for the inital Facebook servers. The pair faced tension as soon as Zuckerberg dropped out of school, according to this Business Insider narrative of the friendship, and it hit a breaking point when Facebook needed funding. Zuckerberg decided to cut Saverin out of the company by creating a new company to acquire the old company, then distributing shares to everyone in the new company except for Saverin.

“Is there a way to do this without making it painfully apparent to him that he’s being diluted to 10%?” Zuckerberg wrote in an email to his lawyer?

He went ahead with the plan in July 2004, and Saverin found out he’d been diluted in 2005. A legal battle ensued, as well as a personal one. Saverin set out for Zuckerberg’s reputation in a string of interviews, eventually catching the attention of Ben Mezrich, the author who wrote the book that was eventually made into The Social Network.

Despite all this, Facebook continued to grow, expanding away from colleges and to the public. Companies were eager to advertise on the social networking platform, but Zuckerberg declined potential advertisers like Yahoo! and MTV, preferring to keep the site ad-free. (The network did start accepting advertising in 2007).

In 2006, the Winklevoss twins said Zuckerberg stole their idea, and Zuckerberg ended up paying them $65 million in a settlement. Despite this, in 2007 Microsoft paid $240 million for a 1.6 percent stake in the company.

In 2010, Zuckerberg got another financial boost when Goldman Sachs and Digital Sky Technologies invested $500 million in Facebook. After these investments, the company was valued at $50 billion and people started to speculate that it would soon go public.


2. And by Age 28 He Was a Billionaire

Just after his 28th birthday in 2012, Zuckerberg took Facebook public. It wasn’t an immediate success. Because of technical issues, Facebook didn’t start trading until 11:30 a.m., and dropped to $38 per share from an initial $42.05. Investors were worried. Zuckerberg’s worth dropped from $19 billion to $17 billion in one day, and within the quarter it had fallen to $11.9 billion. Still, it was the biggest technology IPO in history, according to Fortune.

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Since then, Facebook and Zuckerberg have more than recovered. Stocks are up 282 percent since the IPO and Facebook has 1.3 billion users–about 50 percent more than in 2012.

Also since then, Zuckerberg has started selling space to advertisers and user information to companies, helping the company stay profitable. It had a revenue of $28 billion and an income of $10 billion in 2017, as well as a market cap of $426.5 billion. Every year since Facebook has gone public, Zuckerberg has added an average of $9 billion to his net worth, according to Fortune.


3. He Has a Large Real Estate Portfolio and His T-Shirts Are More Expensive Than They Look

Zuckerberg’s famous casual look of grey t-shirts and hoodies is actually somewhat expensive. According to GQ, his “uniform” is made up of Brunello Cucinelli, Elder Statesman, and J Crew items, meaning his t-shirts could be around $900 and his hoodies around $2000.

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On the other hand, his cars are less expensive than you would expect from a multi-billionaire. He’s been spotted driving in a Honda Fit, a Volkswagen hatchback, and an Acura TSX, all of which cost under $30,000.

Then there’s his real estate portfolio, which is vast. He owns a 5,000 square foot Palo Alto home that he bough in May 2011 for $7 million. It has a “custom-made artificially intelligent assistant,” according to SF Gate. In 2012, he began buying up properties around the initial home. He spent more than $30 million to purchase four of the surrounding homes, which he planned to rebuild. A year later, he bought a townhouse in the Mission District of San Francisco, and added a greenhouse and other renovations totaling more than $1 million.

In 2014, he and his wife bought two properties in Kauai, Hawaii for $100 million. They’re on a 357-acre former sugarcane plantation, which the couple said they purchased to help preserve its natural beauty.

When he travels, he travels with security, which Facebook pays for. The company spent $5 million on securityfor Zuckerberg in 2015, and it’s estimated the costs were higher in 2017 as he took a tour across the United States.


4. His Net Worth Took a Dip After Facebook’s Privacy Scandal , but It Was Only Temporary

In March 2018, Facebook shares hit an eight-month low after the New York Times reported that data firm Cambridge Analytica accessed tens of millions of Facebook users’ data–87 million were alerted by Facebook after the breach. Within two weeks, shares dropped more than 20 percent and lost $90 billion in market value.

Zuckerberg was questioned on Capital Hill (where news outlets pointed outthat he abandoned his grey t-shirt for once), and vowed to take greater responsibility for Facebook’s actions. Meanwhile, Cambridge Analytica declared bankruptcy. Moving forward, Facebook said it would no longer permit advertising based on third party data. It also allowed users to clear their histories.

Within a few weeks, stocks were back up, and according to Forbes by May they were trading just under an all-time high. They were up 23 percent since the March scandal, and Facebook brought in $12 billion in the first quarter of 2018–that’s 49 percent higher than the same quarter in 2017.

In March, Business Insider reported that Zuckerberg’s worth was down $5 billion. Since, it’s risen by $13 billion.


5. He and His Wife Have Pledge to Rid the World of “Every Disease” Through a Massive Donation to Science

Zuckerberg and wife Priscilla Chan (who has been dating since they both attended Harvard University) founded the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, a “philanthropic organization that brings together world-class engineering, grant-making, impact investing, policy, and advocacy work,” according to its website.

The initiative is funded through Facebook stock. Zuckerberg said he planned to sell 35 to 75 million shares starting in September 2017, which would mean $6 billion to $12 billion for the organization.

Chan and Zuckerberg previously donated $3 billion to their initiative to fund research focused on curing disease. The couple said they wanted to cure “every disease” in their children’s lifetimes, something they acknowledged was an ambitious goal.

“Our society spends fifty times more investing in treating people who are sick than in curing diseases so people don’t get sick,” Zuckerberg said.

To reach the goal, the initiative will build tools like AI and Machine Learning through a new $600 million BioHub in San Francisco.

Together, Chan and Zuckerberg have wowed to give away $45 billion of their wealth throughout their lifetime. They are also part of the Giving Pledge, a program started by Bill Gates and Warren Buffet, where billionaires dedicate themselves to giving back the majority of their wealth.

https://heavy.com/money/2018/05/mark-zuckerberg-net-worth/

Man facing charges for Overland Park shooting that left man in his 20s in critical condition

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OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — A man is now facing charges for a shooting that left a person in critical condition in Overland Park last week.

Isaac Vano

Prosecutors charged Isaac Vano with aggravated battery and aggravated assault in connection with the shooting that happened Tuesday, May 15 near 117th and Hardy around 8:40 p.m.

When officers arrived, they found a man in his 20s down on the sidewalk with a gunshot wound to the head. He was taken to the hospital in critical condition. A neighbor and friend of the family told FOX4 the victim has a degenerative genetic disease that affects his mental and physical behavior. The victim is still in critical condition.

A neighbor who called 911 shared his account of what happened with FOX4 that night.

“I heard someone say something like, ‘OMG you shot me,’ or something like that,” Caleb Romig said. “Then I ran inside, and I got on the phone with 911. And then I pretty much told them what happened, and I told my mom what happened. We walked outside and got to the sidewalk, and we looked over and there was this guy. He looked like he was about high school age, maybe a little older. He was just laying on the ground. And there was a guy standing over him, looked about to be, 24, 25, mid 20s, holding a gun standing over him on the phone with 911, saying ‘I shot this guy. Come quick. He was on my property trespassing. I didn’t mean to shoot him. It was an accident.’ Something like that.”

Vano’s bond has been set at $250,000. He will make his first appearance in court Friday at 8:30 a.m.

http://fox4kc.com/2018/05/24/man-facing-charges-for-overland-park-shooting-that-left-man-in-his-20s-in-critical-condition/

Morgan Freeman responds to allegations of sexual harassment: ‘I apologise to anyone who felt disrespected’

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Morgan Freeman has responded to allegations of sexual harassment, after multiple women came forward claiming inappropriate behaviour.

In a statement released by his publicist on Thursday afternoon, Morgan apologised to anyone who ‘felt uncomfortable or disrespected’ by him.

He said: ‘Anyone who knows me or has worked with me knows I am not someone who would intentionally offend or knowingly make anyone feel uneasy.

‘I apologize to anyone who felt uncomfortable or disrespected – that was never my intent.’

https://metro.co.uk/2018/05/24/morgan-freeman-responds-allegations-sexual-harassment-apologise-anyone-felt-disrespected-7576026/

Car engulfed in fireball after going up in flames in plush Aberdeenshire hotel car park

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A CAR burst into flames near a hotel in Aberdeen.

Emergency services raced to the scene where the vehicle was found ablaze near Kingswells.

The car was completely engulfed in flames
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The fire was reported at around 9.56am this morning.

And the snaps posted on social media prompted locals into discussion.

One said: “Yikes , hope everyone’s okay”.

Another commented: “OMG I hope all are okay!!”

A Scottish Fire and Rescue service spokesman said: “The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service was alerted at 9.56am on Thursday, May 24 to reports of a vehicle on fire near Kingswell, Aberdeen.

“Operations Control immediately mobilised one fire engine to the scene and firefighters extinguished the flames.

“Crews left the scene after ensuring the area was made safe.”


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Police seize more than 30,000 heroin bags; 4 arrested

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SPRINGFIELD, Mass. — Officials say more than 30,000 bags of raw heroinhave been seized in Massachusetts and four men have been arrested for drug trafficking.
The Hampden District attorney’s office says officials learned a large shipment coming to the area.

Massachusetts State Police witnessed a drug transaction at a self-storage facility in Chicopee and stopped four people on Interstate 391 Tuesday.

Forty-one-year-old Fidel Gil, of Connecticut, and 23-year-old Paola Mercedes Reyes-Desantos were arrested on heroin trafficking charges. Twenty-two -year-old Christian Rivera, of Springfield, and 22-year-old Anthony Guadalupe were detained on several drug possession and trafficking charges.

The hometowns of the other two suspects have not been released. Attorneys for the four suspects could not be immediately identified.

http://fox61.com/2018/05/24/police-seize-more-than-30000-heroin-bags-4-arrested/

DOJ Launches Criminal Probe Into Bitcoin Price Manipulation

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After months of the SEC and the CFTC pursuing civil cases against individual initial coin offerings that had scammed investors out of millions, it looks like the Department of Justice is now ready to take the government’s crackdown against bitcoin to the next level by chasing down allegations of market manipulation in bitcoin and other popular cryptocurrencies.

According to Bloomberg, the DOJ has opened a criminal investigation into whether large bitcoin traders – so-called “whales” – are manipulating the price of bitcoin. Market manipulation has been an increasingly popular topic in crypto world – particularly since prices started their historic surge.

Last summer, the SEC established the legal precedent that all digital tokens should be treated like legitimate securities and required them to be registered with the agency. Meanwhile, the CFTC, which is also working with the DOJ, declared bitcoin a commodity back in 2015, and is responsible for regulating bitcoin futures.

Investigators will likely look to bring charges against traders who engaged in spoofing – flooding the market with fake orders to push a price up or down depending on one’s position. Another illicit tactic that the DOJ is looking into is called wash trading, which is also prevalent in equity and futures markets. Wash traders trade with themselves to create the illusion of volume in an otherwise illiquid market.

The probe is reportedly focusing on bitcoin and ether, according to Bloomberg’s sources.

The investigation, which the people said is in its early stages, is the US’s latest effort to crack down on an industry that was initially embraced by those who were distrustful of banks and government control over monetary policy.

But Bitcoin’s meteoric rise – it surged to almost $20,000 in 2017 after starting the year below $1,000 – has been a lure for mom-and-pop investors. That’s prompted regulators to grow concerned that people are jumping into cryptocurrencies without knowing the risks. For instance, the Securities and Exchange Commission has opened dozens of investigations into initial coin offerings, in which companies sell digital tokens that can be redeemed for goods and services, due to suspicions that many are scams.

Cryptocurrency trading is fragmented on dozens of platforms across the globe, and many aren’t registered with the CFTC or SEC. As a derivatives watchdog, the CFTC doesn’t regulate what’s known as the spot market for digital tokens — which is the trading of actual coins rather than futures linked to them. But if the agency finds fraud in spot markets, it does have authority to impose sanctions.

Given the pressure that the IRS has put on companies like Coinbase to turn over customer information, the DOJ investigation could also ensnare a few exchanges – particularly after the collapse of Mt Gox, the former Tokyo-based exchange has been liquidated after losing hundreds of millions of dollars worth of its customers’ bitcoin.

According to Bloomberg, the limited oversight of the crypto market (the same reason given by the SEC for rejecting a proposed rule change that would’ve cleared the way for an ETF) makes it vulnerable to fraud. And exchanges are increasingly realizing that if manipulation isn’t eliminated, or at least suppressed, that customers could start walking away from what they now believe to be a rigged market… then again, investors have stuck with stocks and bonds through every financial crisis in the history of modern, post-central bank “capitalism.”

The limited oversight of crypto trading makes it a target for crooks, said John Griffin, a University of Texas finance professor who has studied manipulation, including in digital-coin markets. “There’s very little monitoring of manipulative trading, spoofing and wash trading,” Griffin said. “It would be easy to spoof this market.”

Signs are emerging that some crypto exchanges realize the industry’s growth could be constrained if large swaths of investors conclude that trading platforms have a “buyer beware” approach to oversight.

That said, good luck: determining who is manipulating prices and who has inside information would be next to impossible in the anonymous world of bitcoin, which is subject to different regulations in different markets. Japan and the Philippines have already developed their own legal framework for crypto markets.

Studies have shown that 1,000 people own 40% of the bitcoin market. Given this naturally top-heavy concentration, it could be difficult for prosecutors to prove that there’s anything illegal going on when the largest players step up to trade.

Ironically, most of the recent “manipulation” has been to the detriment of bulls: for example, when the Mt. Gox bankruptcy trustee who has earned the nickname “the Tokyo Whale”for his ability to crash prices while unloading massive quantities of bitcoin decides to sell tens of thousands of bitcoins in a single block – crashing the price – is he manipulating the market?

But that doesn’t mean spoofing isn’t happening. For years, the twitter user @bitfinexed (who has since switched his account to private) has documented the work of “spoofy” (who was also profiled here) – a nickname he used for a group of traders who would place, and then cancel, large orders on different exchanges. He has also highlighted other shady behavior, like the Bitfinexed tether token, which is supposed to allow crypto traders to go from cash to coin more quickly. But we imagine – particularly as more institutions become exposed to the bitcoin market – that the Feds will investigate every scrap of potentially nefarious activity in due time.

Meanwhile, we imagine crypto enthusiasts will be less than delighted at this news, with accusations that the US is turning into China set to emerge as crypto doomsayers claim the US government is finally making its move against bitcoin.

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Jose Mourinho ready to sanction £79m offer to sign Brazil winger Douglas Costa

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Manchester United have indicated they are prepared to pay the £79million required to sign Douglas Costa from Bayern Munich, according to reports.

Brazil international Costa signed for Bayern in 2015 but spent the entire 2017-18 campaign at Italian giants Juventus, where he scored seven goals and made 13 assists.

In order to secure Costa’s services on loan, Juve paid £7m up front and reached an agreement to sign him for a further £33m if they were happy with his performances.

Juventus remain interested in making his move permanent but are desperate to bolster Massimiliano Allegri’s squad in other areas, which could see Costa return to Bayern.

This would open the door to Manchester United and The Sun say United would be willing to spend £79m on a summer deal for Costa if the opportunity arose.

It is claimed Juventus are still the favourites to sign Costa as he is happy in Turin, but that Jose Mourinho could yet to strengthen his squad with one of the stand-out players in Serie A last season.

The Brazilian is expected to leave Bayern Munich this summer (Picture: Getty)

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Allegri, who will stay at Juventus after being strongly linked with a move to the Premier League, wants to sign a top central midfielder this summer.

The Sun say Paul Pogba, Manchester United’s unsettled superstar, and Sergej Milinkovic-Savic are Juventus’ two dream targets.

Juve have also show interest in signing Alvaro Morata from Chelsea – the Spain striker was pictured in talks with sporting director Fabio Paratici on Wednesday.

Morata scored eight goals in his first nine games for Chelsea but endured a difficult second-half of the season and was left out of Spain’s World Cup squad.

MORE: Timo Werner sends direct transfer message to Liverpool ahead of World Cup

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Montana bear researcher working ‘dream job’ mauled by grizzly, walked 2 miles with fractured skull

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A government wildlife worker who recently landed her dream job researching grizzly bears in a Montana mountain range is recovering from a bear attack that left her with a fractured skull and other serious injuries.

Amber Kornak, a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service seasonal field assistant, is recovering after suffering two skull fractures and severe cuts to her head, neck and back. The 28-year-old was working alone near a stream in the Cabinet Mountains when a bear attacked her from behind, Kornak’s friend Jenna Hemer wrote on a GoFundMe page.

Kornak was attacked on May 17 while working alone near a stream in the Cabinet Mountains, agency spokeswoman Jennifer Strickland said.

While being mauled, Kornak managed to reach a canister of Mace-like bear spray and ended the attack, inadvertently spraying herself in the process.

She then walked to her work vehicle and drove to find help, according to Strickland.

Working with grizzlies had been a longstanding career goal for Kornak, who is recovering at a hospital in Kalispell following surgery for the skull injury and from severe cuts to her head, neck and back, said Jenna Hemer, a friend who spoke with Kornak following the attack.

“She’s obviously passionate about all wildlife, but her dream and her primary focus was to work with grizzly bears,” Hemer said. “Last I spoke with her was yesterday and she’s making great strides but it’s going to be a long recovery.”

Kornak was working at the time of the attack on a genetic study that requires collecting grizzly hair samples. The hairs can be found on trees or other objects that grizzlies rub against, and are used to analyze the animals’ DNA.

Officials speculated that noise from nearby Poorman Creek may have allowed the animal to close in on Kornak without her noticing.

She was apparently following the right protocols for working in grizzly bear country, including carrying bear spray and a satellite communication device that she used to call 911 just after the mauling, Strickland said.

There is no formal rule about government workers travelling alone in bear country, Strickland said. But experts say traveling in groups of three or more dramatically decreases the chance of an attack.

The Cabinet Mountains are home to an estimated 50 grizzlies, protected across the region as a threatened species under federal law. The range also has black bears, typically a less aggressive species.

Officials have not said which type was responsible for the attack that remains under investigation by Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks.

http://fox61.com/2018/05/24/montana-bear-researcher-working-dream-job-mauled-by-grizzly-walked-2-miles-with-fractured-skull/

Journalists Watch as North Korea Blows up Tunnels at Punggye-ri Nuclear Test Site

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North Korea appeared to destroy at least three nuclear tunnels, observation buildings, a metal foundry and living quarters at its Punggye-ri nuclear test site on Thursday, in a process observed by invited international journalists.

A CNN crew at the remote mountain site in the country’s north witnessed explosions at nuclear tunnels 2, 3 and 4, from observation decks about 500 meters away.

They were among two dozen journalists invited into the country to observe the apparent destruction of the site, which comes just weeks before a planned meeting between North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and US President Donald Trump.

“We spent about 10 hours on the ground at the nuclear test site,” said CNN’s Will Ripley, speaking by phone from a train on the 12-hour journey back from the test site to the coastal city of Wonsan.

Before the explosions, the journalists said they were invited to view the explosives rigged in the tunnels, before moving a safe distance away to witness their detonation.

“They took us to 3 of the 4 tunnels on the site. They allowed us to open us the tunnel doors, take a look inside, we couldn’t actually step into the tunnels,” Ripley said. “As far as the eye could see, they were rigged with explosives.”

The amount and type of explosives used were not described by the regime. The CNN journalists present described seeing “soccer ball” sized and shaped explosives, rigged alongside one another, visible for a distance of around 35 meters inside the tunnels.

The journalists watched a succession of explosions, and when they were finished were allowed closer to inspect the damage. Each tunnel was caved in, with rubble blocking the entrance.

According to Ripley, there were no international experts in the invited group and no one was present who was able to assess the explosions to tell if they were deep enough to destroy the tunnels.

North Korea has conducted six nuclear tests at the site, the most recent and powerful in September 2017.

There are four tunnels at the site, Ripley said, though journalists only witnessed the destruction of three. A fourth tunnel used for one nuclear test in 2006 had already been shut down, North Korean officials said.

“They also showed us two additional tunnels they said have never been used before and were until today ready to conduct a high-powered nuclear test at any moment,” Ripley said.

“This, the North Koreans say, is evidence of their commitment to transparency to denuclearization ahead of the planned summit in Singapore.”

http://ktla.com/2018/05/24/journalists-watch-as-north-korea-blows-up-tunnels-at-punggye-ri-nuclear-test-site/

Campaigners and TV stars strip off in Soho to promote body positivity

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All bodies are beach bodies.

And a group of body positive campaigners have come together to remind us of that fact.

Women of all shapes and sizes including blogger Natalie Lee and Stonewall Young Campaigner of the Year, Ellen Jones, marched through Soho in their bikinis yesterday to show that everyone, regardless of size or weight, should feel confident whatever they’re wearing.

The flash mob was coordinated by writer and activist Natasha Devon MBE and Stephen Bell, co-creator of Portrait Positive, an exhibition of photographs shot by Rankin showing models with physical differences.

It’ll be launching at the National Portrait Gallery later this year.

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The charity Changing Faces, lingerie brand Curvy Kate and campaign Positively Perfect were represented at the march, and every campaigner carried a placard emblazoned with body positive slogans.

Natasha Devon MBE, who has a 30cm scar running the length of her abdomen following life-saving surgery in 2013 said: ‘The wallpaper of our world is increasingly festooned with photoshopped bodies who represent an unattainable ideal and this is having a measurable impact on the mental health of the nation, particularly in young people.

‘The aim of the Body Positivity movement is often misrepresented as wanting to replace “skinny” with “curvy”, but that’s not what it’s about.

‘It’s really about abolishing any kind of ideal and allowing people with a diverse range of body types to celebrate their bodies. I think this flashmob conveyed that message.’

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Natasha, who tours schools and colleges throughout the UK working with young people added: ‘Social media has meant that young people are more exposed to unrealistic ideas of beauty than ever before. I see the impact of that every single day.

‘It was very far from easy for me to strip down to my bikini for this flash mob. I’m 37, a size 16 and scarred. I’m not exactly society’s ideal. But knowing I’m doing it for the millions of young people who struggle with body dysmorphia and eating disorders gave me the courage I needed.’

With Girlguiding’s National Attitude Survey finding that 52% of 12-14-year-olds avoid every day school activities because they dislike how they look and girls as young as five believe society values them more for their appearance than for their achievements or character, it’s clear that the body positivity movement is more necessary than ever.

No matter what size or shape you are, remember that you’re 100% beach body ready.

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https://metro.co.uk/2018/05/24/campaigners-and-tv-stars-strip-off-in-soho-to-promote-body-positivity-7574212/