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Peter Bone: Tory MP outside Big Ben for last bong asked if he also visited Grenfell Tower

A Conservative MP who stood outside Big Ben to hear it bong for the last time in four years was challenged on whether he also visited Grenfell Tower after it was engulfed in flames. Peter Bone said he was “amazed” to see hundreds of spectators gather outside the Palace of Westminster for the occasion.  However, Mr Bone was then challenged ...

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Bike-sharing scheme set to arrive in Oxford after it is rolled out in Cambridge

A bike sharing scheme popular in China is set to launch in Oxford, after it was successfully rolled out in Cambridge last month. Ofo will introduce 100 yellow bikes to the cycle-friendly city throughout the rest of August. They will be available to hire through the company’s smartphone app. Rides will cost 50p for every half an hour and bikes ...

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Queens of the Stone Age's Josh Homme: For this record, it was like, man, we should take our old sound and screw it over

“I’m supposed to be lying in bed,” Joshua Homme, the singer and guitarist who leads Queens of the Stone Age, says in an interview from his home in California. Homme, 44 and sounding vigorous, was recovering from knee surgery for a torn right meniscus he injured by dancing during a 16-hour video shoot. The band was making, he said, a ...

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Gunman opens fire at Ohio judge, who takes out gun and fires back

A judge in Ohio returned fire at a man who “ambushed” him outside his courthouse, officials say. The judge was wounded, and the suspect killed, in the Monday-morning shoot out.  Jefferson County Judge Joseph Bruzzese Jr was heading to work at a courthouse in Steubenville, Ohio, where he had worked for 20 years, when he was attacked by a lone gunman. The ...

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Top Democrat says Trump seems incapable of being President and does not know what country needs

Another Congressman has questioned Donald Trump’s “capability” to continue serving as President.  Democratic Representative Adam Schiff said on CNN that he thinks there is “an issue” with Mr Trump’s behaviour. “There’s some attribute of his character that seemingly makes him incapable of introspection and a broad understanding of what the country really needs.” Mr Schiff has been leading the House ...

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Mother arrested after five children found eating dog food off the floor

A mother has been arrested after five children were found eating dog food off the floor of her flat which was stained with faeces urine and cockroach carcasses, police said.  Officers from the force in Middletown, Connecticut, were “immediately taken aback” by the smell emanating from inside of Chloe Edwards home.  They were investigating the property after a fire safety officer alerted them to a large ...

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Solar eclipse 2017: Curtain of darkness sweeps across America as country witnesses once-in-a-lifetime event

Crowds along the West Coast of the United States have been awed by the eclipse of the Sun, as the celestial phenomenon started to become visible to the first Americans in the path of totality that runs directly over Washington State. Craning their necks upward, spectators directly in that path have been treated to a rare sight, when the sun and ...

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The social media hate crime crackdown is timely, but there remain difficult questions of definition

If someone came up to the Communities Secretary, Sajid Javid, in the street and hurled a mouthful of vile racial abuse at him, they’d be liable to be cautioned or arrested for a variety of public order and hate offences. But if they did so via social media? Well, the situation is much less clear – and into that vacuum ...

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How young composers are shaking up the sound of Hollywood film scores

Film music is only a little more than 100 years old, but that’s long enough for any art form to grow stale. Musically, most trips to the multiplex run together these days, with delights and surprises in short supply. But if this year’s Academy Award nominees for best score are any indication, new blood is beginning to course. Justin Hurwitz, ...

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Good hearing could mean you suffer from schizophrenia or bipolar disorder

People who can make out a conversation in a crowded pub are more likely to hear voices in their heads and suffer mental health problems like schizophrenia or bipolar disorder, a study suggests. Researchers found they had a three-in-four chance of being able to make meaning of garbled sounds compared to half of the rest of us. A group of people ...

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