Harvey: New Jersey sends Hurricane Sandy search and rescue teams to Texas

New Jersey and New York City have dispatched search and rescue teams to Texas who have experience with Superstorm Sandy.  Hurricane Harvey, which made landfall on the Gulf of Mexico coast on 25 August, has dumped up to 40 in (102 cm) of rain in some areas and flooded several parts of the Houston metropolitan area.  In 2012, the Atlantic ...

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Fearing more 'mayhem', Berkeley mayor warns right-wing speakers to stay away

The mayor of Berkeley is urging the cancellation of an event bringing right-wing speakers to the University of California, extending a debate about the border between speech and violence. With a student group working to host right-wing provocateurs Ann Coulter and Milo Yiannopoulos in Berkeley, the liberal haven is contemplating a repeat of violent counter protests that greeted a right-wing ...

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Rex Tillerson seeks to remove key climate change and Syria adviser roles in State Department shake-up

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has submitted a letter to Congress to eliminate key advisory roles on climate change and Syria in an agency shake-up.  In total, he plans to get rid of at least 36 Special Envoy positions, some of which are mandated by law, according to Foreign Policy.  Mr Tillerson has written a letter to Senator Bob Corker, the ...

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Kezia Dugdale quits as Scottish Labour leader

Kezia Dugdale has resigned as leader of the Scottish Labour Party, saying she was stepping down to let someone with “fresh energy, drive and a new mandate” take her place. The Lothians MSP said she wanted to giver her successor the “space and time” to prepare for the next Scottish Parliament election in 2021.  Speaking to the BBC, she said: “I thought ...

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The Internet Has Fallen In Love With This £15 'Chloe' Bag, But Can You Tell It's Not The Real Thing?

If you’re anything like us, you probably don’t have over £1000 to spend on a new handbag at the end of the month. So what do you do when you are totally in love with Chloé rucksack (that definitely completes every single outfit in your wardrobe); well you pray to the designer gods that the high street creates a more ...

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16-Year-Old Model Is Slaying The Fashion Industry With Her Body Positivity

Natalie Nootenboom, the niece of DJ Steve Aoki, is taking the fashion industry by storm and smashing stereotypes along the way.  The 16-year-old rising star just signed with New York-based agency, Muse, and has already got a few campaigns under her belt.  Describing herself as a writer (as well as a model) on her Instagram profile, Nootenboom has spoken out ...

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This Mother Got Creative With Some Old Sheets By Making A 'Mommy & Me' Outfits

Alexis, a 19-year-old mama of the cutest toddler, has stolen Twitter’s heart with her adorable snaps.  The aspiring designer wrote on her blog that she recently discovered she had a talent for sewing and designing. And we agree.  She casually turned some old sheets into this beautiful ‘mommy-and-me’ ensemble – well, no-one likes to waste a good pattern.  Turned some ...

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Fitbit Ionic: Five Things You Might Have Missed

Fitbit’s new smartwatch is finally official, and set for our wrists this Christmas. There’s a lot riding on the Fitbit Ionic – not least Fitbit’s fragile share price, and investors are keenly waiting for the company’s answer to swashbuckling Apple Watch sales and forecasts that prophesise a big future for smartwatches. But beyond the Fitbit smartwatch announcement, here’s my guide ...

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Bradford Muslims receive acid attack threat letters

Police in Bradford have started a hate crime investigation after anonymous letters threatening acid attacks were sent to Muslims. The letter, headed with an England flag and sword, says: “Kill Scum Muslims. Why do Muslim woman [sic] wear burkas?” West Yorkshire Police said it was investigating reports of offensive literature around the Hanover Square area. The force said the “despicable ...

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Grammar school faces A-level legal challenge

A high-achieving grammar school is facing a legal challenge over whether pupils can be stopped from progressing into the final A-level year. Parents of pupils from St Olave’s, in the London borough of Bromley, say that removing pupils between Year 12 and 13 – the lower and upper sixth – is a form of exclusion. Lawyers representing the parents claim ...

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