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How department stores changed the way we shop – BBC News

50 Things That Made the Modern Economy highlights the inventions, ideas and innovations that helped create the economic world. It is broadcast on the BBC World Service. You can find more information about the programme’s sources and listen online or subscribe to the programme podcast. As he had in Chicago, Selfridge swept away the previous custom of stashing merchandise behind locked glass doors in cabinets, or high up on unreachable…

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Me and my scar: It took me 45 years to love my body – BBC News

We were just playing around, me and my siblings, and I ran into the bathroom and shut the door. We were told not to go in there. I went in there and my sister pushed the door, and that’s when I fell backwards into the bowl of boiling water, causing very bad burns. There was pandemonium in the house, screaming I went into shock and was having fits. Then the…

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Charleston relative: Charlottesville a stark reminder of racism’s cost

(CNN)I’m a proud daughter of the American South, and my heritage has shaped me into the woman of faith I am today. But like many African-Americans from the South, I am no stranger to the hate and intolerance that has defined a large part of our history. But never in my life did I think our country would return to such unspeakable acts of violence and intolerance. And then a…

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Tillerson, Mattis present united front on North Korea, urge China to act

(CNN)As America’s top military official arrived in South Korea, two of the Trump administration’s most senior figures attempted to present a clear, united position on North Korea’s ongoing threats. “We have no desire to inflict harm on the long-suffering North Korean people, who are distinct from the hostile regime in Pyongyang,” they wrote. Top US military official arrives in SK Guam islanders caught in the middle Can US shoot down…

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Why Trump’s words — and omissions — matter

Washington (CNN)From time to time, in moments of tragedy or international peril, a president is called up on to say the right words at the right time and foster the national unity or summon the gravity such events often produce. Trump did hit out at an “egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence” on Saturday after a woman died when a man with reported neo-Nazi sympathies allegedly rammed protestors opposing…

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Racists have reappropriated the Detroit Red Wings logo, and the team is not happy

Image: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images Many Detroit Red Wings fans were confused to see their favorite team’s logo waving among swastikas, confederate flags, and other symbols of hate at a massive white supremacist gathering in Virginia on Saturday. One widely shared video shows a group of racists carrying homemade shields marked with the team’s insignia and chanting the Nazi slogan “blood and soil” as they poured into Charlottesville. SEE ALSO: Trump…

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Lib Dems claims FoI changes undermine investigative journalism – BBC News

Some information can be exempt but an organisation must explain the exemption which applies. The Lib Dems claim the new system of open publication is “devaluing the information”. MSP Tavish Scott said ministers had “figured out they can evade scrutiny, deter the submission of requests and spike stories”. There has been a row over Scotland’s freedom of information system after a group of journalists signed an open letter voicing concerns.

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Helicopter crash near Charlottesville white nationalist rally kills two cops

(CNN)One was a veteran law enforcement officer with more than two decades as a Virginia state trooper. The other was a pilot who transferred to the state police aviation unit last month and was one day away from his 41st birthday. State police identified the victims as pilot Lt. H. Jay Cullen, 48, and Trooper-Pilot Berke M.M. Bates, 40. Both men died at the scene.

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Charlottesville car crash suspect ID’d as 20-year-old Ohio man

(CNN)The suspect being held in a Virginia jail in connection with a deadly crash near a scheduled rally of white nationalists has been identified as James Alex Fields Jr., 20, of Maumee, Ohio, according to Superintendent Martin Kumer with the Albermarle-Charlottesville County Regional Jail . One person died and 19 were injured Saturday when a car rammed a crowd of counterprotesters gathered to oppose a “Unite the Right” rally of…

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Philip Hammond and Liam Fox in post-Brexit deal call – BBC News

At-a-glance guide to Brexit negotiations Brexit: What is at stake in EU-UK talks? Hammond: Brexit talks must prioritise jobs Fox holds firm on opposing free movement Writing in the Sunday Telegraph, Mr Hammond and Mr Fox said the UK definitely will leave both the customs union and the single market when it exits the EU in March 2019. They said a “time-limited” transition period would “further our national interest and…

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Trump’s faith advisers condemn white supremacists

(CNN)As thousands of white nationalist and “alt-right” protesters descended on Charlottesville, Virginia, for the “Unite the Right” rally Saturday and clashed with counterprotesters, voices from both sides of the aisle were raised to condemn the gathering. And while Trump failedto single out white supremacists and “alt-right” groups at the center of Saturday’s violence in Charlottesville, the ministers who spoke out in statements were not so reticent.

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The remarkable history in your cereal bowl

(CNN)This morning, more than 350 million people devoured a bowl of Kellogg’s Corn Flakes. All told, more than 128 billion bowls of Corn Flakes are consumed each year. While perusing the cereal box, peering over the bowl and gripping a spoonful of the stuff, few of these sleepy diners know that two men created those famously crispy, golden flakes of corn. John Harvey Kellogg, one of America’s most famous physicians,…

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Facebook now has technology for manipulating live videos

Fake it.Image: facebook Fake news, it’s a big deal on Facebook, and we might just be getting more of it in the form of videos. Facebook recently bought a startup with an expertise in video manipulation, Deutsche Startups reported. The German-based startup Fayteq has software that is able to remove or add objects in videos, even live ones, and add effects to them. SEE ALSO: Facebook’s dumbest feature is coming…

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SoundCloud is saved with a new round of money

No problem.Image: NOAM GALAI/GETTY IMAGES We almost lost another great one. SoundCloud, an online network for sharing and enjoying music, had been crashing. The website was unable to pull in enough money to meet its costs. Last month, the company was forced to lay off 173 employees, which was about 40 percent of its workforce. The move caused an uproar, online. SoundCloud’s future appeared in serious doubt. Chance the Rapper,…

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Uber’s days without drama resets back to zero

Your scandal is arriving now.Image: ALTAFFER/AP/REX/SHUTTERSTOCK Remember #DeleteUber? So much has happened since people complained about Uber CEO … err rather … former CEO Travis Kalanick being on President Donald Trump’s advisory council and Uber stopping surge pricing during Trump’s travel ban. It’s like we can’t go a day without Uber-related drama. SEE ALSO: Uber at war: Major investor sues cofounder Travis Kalanick for fraud Case in point: On Friday,…

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Government to consider laser pen licence after attack rise – BBC News

How dangerous are lasers to planes? Earlier this year, the government said it would introduce a new law meaning people who deliberately shone lasers at aircraft could face larger fines or even a jail sentence. However, the proposal was dropped from the government’s legislative programme after June’s general election. The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy has now launched an eight-week consultation on the issue. Get news from the…

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The weird and wonderful world of pub games – BBC News

Image copyright Canterbury & District Bat & Trap League Image caption Although the similarities are not immediately evident, bat and trap is said to be a forerunner of cricket This game, which is played in the pub gardens of Kent, involves batsmen or women hitting a rubber ball that is fired upwards from a mechanical device – the trap. Players attempt to strike the ball between posts at the other…

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The thing ‘SNL’ does to Trump

(CNN)Trump’s “locked and loaded” standoff with North Korea has Americans in high anxiety, hair-pulling among White House officials may be stalling his agenda, Robert Mueller’s Russia campaign-interference probe appears to be heating up with the recent FBI raid of President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman Paul Manafort, and Trump faces the lowest-ever approval ratings for a president at this time in his first term. The first episode served as a…

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Brutal talk is exactly what North Korea needs to hear

(CNN)The North Korea crisis is deadly serious and President Donald Trump is pursuing a dangerous path, escalating tensions with his “fire and fury” and “locked and loaded” comments. His unpredictable behavior is being met with predictable criticism from the left. Over decades, as the Cold War came to a close in 1989 and North Korea lost the security and economic support of the Soviet Union, the Kim regime has been…

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Congressmen: Our bipartisan plan for health care

(CNN)People are sick of politics and politicians. They have had it with the finger-pointing and blame games while the world is engulfed in chaos. We’re freshman members of Congress from different political parties, but we know there is more that unites us than divides us. That’s why we’re part of the Problem Solvers Caucus: a group of more than 40 lawmakers, split evenly between Democrats and Republicans, committed to —…

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Firing Mueller would be a catastrophic mistake

(CNN)On October 20, 1973, President Richard Nixon executed the infamous “Saturday Night Massacre” in which Watergate special prosecutor Archibald Cox was fired and the special prosecutor’s office was shut down. President Trump said Thursday that he hasn’t given any thought to firing Robert Mueller, who is leading the Russia investigation that Trump has described as a “witch hunt.” Join us on Twitter and Facebook A firing of Mueller should lead…

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UK could face Islamist threat for decades, former MI5 chief warns – BBC News

But now, with the rise of the so-called Islamic State militant group, he said the threat was unlikely to end soon. Lord Evans said: “There’s no doubt that we are still facing a severe terrorist threat but I think its also important to put this in a slightly longer context because right the way back from the 1990s we have been experiencing difficulties from Islamist terrorists of one sort or…

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The last resort: How a US strike on North Korea could play out

Washington (CNN)It’s the no-win situation that can only be imagined by US military officials tasked with preparing for a worst-case scenario — conducting a preemptive strike on North Korea. Such an operation would consist of a swift and multi-dimensional attack, as the fight would be defined by the first minute of combat, according to Jerry Hendrix, a retired Navy captain and senior fellow at the Center for New American Security….

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‘We could be gone tomorrow’: Life in North Korea’s crosshairs

Hagata, Guam (CNN)With rough, calloused hands, Guam local Marco Martinez steadily trims his fishing line. “If it does happen, OK, it happens, but I just try not to really think about it,” Martinez told CNN. Martinez was born and raised on this small island of 160,000 or so people. They’re used to living with intimidation from North Korea, including in 2013 when Pyongyang warned that the island was within its…

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In McConnell spat, Trump banks on his base

Washington (CNN)The only surprise about President Donald Trump’s flare-up with Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell is that it took so long. Political logic? While Trump appears to be alienating one of the top Republicans he needs most in Washington by searing McConnell, there is some political logic behind his attacks. To begin with, the clash gels with the President’s political sweet spot, setting him up as the frustrated agent of…

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Get ready for a more militant and ‘woke’ NAACP

(CNN) The NAACP has described itself as the “oldest and boldest” civil rights group in America, but it may soon tack on another word to its billing: “woke.” But something changed when a local NAACP official recently found a way to catapult the group back into the national spotlight. He issued a travel advisory for the state of Missouri, urging “extreme CAUTION” for any person of color traveling there. The…

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