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  • Man shoots off firework from top of his head, dies instantly

    A 22-year-old man who was drinking and celebrating the Fourth of July tried to launch a firework off the top of his head, killing him instantly, authorities said Sunday. Devon Staples and his friends had been drinking and setting off fireworks Saturday night in the backyard of a friend's home in eastern Maine, said Stephen McCausland, a spokesman for the state Department of Public Safety. Staples, 22, of Calais, a small city on the Canadian border, placed a reloadable fireworks mortar tube on his head and told his friends he was going to light it, McCausland said.

    Associated Press
  • Soap spoilers: EastEnders arrest, Corrie kiss, Emmerdale scam, Hollyoaks discovery

    EastEnders' couple Ian and Jane Beale will face their worst fears when the police arrive on Albert Square to arrest a new suspect in Lucy's murder case. With almost 15 months approaching since Lucy was murdered, Ian (Adam Woodyatt) and Jane will find themselves experiencing a new nightmare when the police believe they have found the culprit. The residents of Albert Square are shocked to wake to front page news revealing that there is a new suspect in Lucy's case and Ian, in particular, struggles to process the news. Feeling overwhelmed, Ian heads to the restaurant, but after a conversation with Sharon, decides to return home where he drops a bombshell on his family.

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  • Wimbledon men - Kyrgios facing record £160,000 fine after Gasquet loss

    Media reports coming out of the All England club on Monday afternoon suggested that will not spare Kyrgios, who is facing a fine as large as £160,000 for bringing the sport into disrepute in losing a match watched by millions worldwide on television. France’s Gasquet, who reached the semi-finals in 2007, was not to be denied his progress and clinched the fourth set 8-6 in the tiebreak. To the disappointment of those bemoaning a lack of "characters" at Wimbledon, Kyrgios bowed out of the tournament with his usual mix of brilliance and belligerence.

    Reuters
  • NASA Probe Spots Weird 'Dotted Line' On Pluto - Then Signal Cuts Out

    A NASA probe sent back mystifying images of the surface of dwarf planet Pluto – then the signal cut out. The New Horizons probe is powered by a Star Trek-style ion drive – and has ‘slept’ for nine years on its journey to Pluto. Over the next few months, New Horizons is set to unlock the secrets of Pluto, a distant, icy world which has never been seen except as a distant dot in our telescopes.

    Rob Waugh
  • Dad And Toddler Parade ISIS Flags Outside Houses Of Parliament

    A dad was stopped by police outside the Houses of Parliament after he was spotted waving the ISIS flag with his young daughter. The unidentified man made the provocative gesture on the weekend before the anniversary of the 7/7 terror attacks in London. Police stopped and questioned the man - who was carrying the toddler waving the jihadist flag on his shoulders - as he walked past Big Ben.

    Yahoo News
  • Greece 'No' in referendum sends euro into tailspin

    Greece's government on Sunday looked to have won a 'No' it had been seeking in a referendum on bailout terms, but the euro immediately plummeted on fears the result could splinter the eurozone. An official tally of over half the ballots cast showed a resounding 61 percent of Greek voters had backed the government's 'No' in the plebiscite. France's President Francois Hollande and German Chancellor Angela Merkel were to meet in Paris the same day to assess the result, the French presidency said.

    AFP
  • Abuse from parents who illegally parked on the school run drives lollipop man away

    ABUSIVE parents have driven away a primary school lollipop man. He had been working outside St Martin’s Primary and Nursery School in Brighton but has been redeployed following abuse after he asked parents not to park illegally. In recent weeks motorists have been spotted parking on the School ‘Keep Clear’ markings for up to 20 minutes and the details of six offenders have been passed on to police. The school has named and shamed offenders by listing the registration numbers of cars parking illegally outside the school in Hartington Road in their most recent newsletter.

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  • Princess Charlotte is christened

    Princess Charlotte was christened in front of the Queen and close family and friends today as the Cambridges had their first public outing as a family of four. The nine-week-old was welcomed into the Christian faith, watched by proud parents the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and older brother Prince George. Great-grandparents the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh, grandparents the Prince of Wales and Carole and Michael Middleton, step-grandmother the Duchess of Cornwall and Kate's siblings Pippa and James Middleton joined Charlotte's five godparents for the celebratory occasion at Church of St Mary Magdalene in Norfolk.

    Press Association
  • Alien Life May Have Been Discovered On Comet

    Alien life may not be science fiction any more as a pair of top astronomers have claimed that life may have been discovered on a comet. The Philae lander famously landed on the 67P comet last year and after examining pictures of the rock, scientists think they show signs of Microbial alien life. Astronomer and astrobiologist Professor Chandra Wickramasinghe was involved with the mission to land Philae from the Rosetta space craft and made the game changing claims after studying the data.

    Yahoo News
  • Kourtney Kardashian Dumps Scott Disick After He was Spotted with an Ex

    ourtney Kardashian and Scott Disick have called it quits! And it’s Kourt who did the dumping.

    HollyScoop
  • What A Greek Meltdown Means For The UK

    The problems in Greece will have an impact on British shores and the Government insists there are contingency plans. Here is how the crisis could affect you: ::  We're not in the Euro so why will this hit the British economy? The European Union

    Sky News
  • Premier League - Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho 'signs new four-year contract'

    The Portuguese coach will continue to collect £8.5 million a year at Stamford Bridge, according to the London Evening Standard with the deal expected to be made public before the start of the season. Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich was apparently keen to extend Mourinho's contract after he led the club to their first Premier League title since 2010 last season and won the League Cup with a 2-0 final success against Tottenham Hotspur. Mourinho returned to Chelsea for a second spell in the summer of 2013 after three years at Real Madrid, and reached the semi-finals of the Champions League, losing to Atletico Madrid, but ended his first season back at the club without a trophy.

    Eurosport
  • ISIS video shows 'boy soldiers executing 25 captives in amphitheatre'

    Islamic State has released a video purportedly showing the horrific execution of 25 captives carried out by boy soldiers. The footage is the latest atrocity to emerge from the city of Palmyra in Syria. Made with the telltale high production values of previous IS videos, it shows victims believed to be Syrian Army soldiers captured in Homs.

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  • Grieving Cowell To Return To X Factor Auditions

    Auditions for the X Factor will start on Wednesday after the first two days were cancelled due to the death of judge Simon Cowell's mother. Julie Cowell died on Sunday at the age of 89. Fellow judges Rita Ora, Nick Grimshaw and Cheryl Fernandez-Versini are set to join Cowell at the first try-outs for the new-look show, alongside new presenters Olly Murs and Caroline Flack.

    Sky News
  • The heroes of 7/7 (18 photos)

    Emergency services first responders pose for portraits ahead of the tenth anniversary of the 7/7 bombings, when four suicide bombers struck transport system in central London on Thursday 7 July 2005, killing 52 people and injuring more than 770 in simultaneous attacks. Metropolitan Police Constable Elizabeth Kenworthy was an off-duty PC travelling in the fourth carriage of the train that was blown up at Aldgate in the 7/7 bombings and is credited with saving two peoples lives. Police Sergeant Shane Joshua is pictured outside New Scotland Yard on June 24, 2015 in London, England.

    Yahoo News
  • Crackdown On 'Rich' Council House Tenants

    Big earners living in council houses or flats and paying cheap subsidised rents are to lose the perk in a Budget crackdown this week. Sky News understands George Osborne will announce that anyone earning over £40,000 in London or £30,000 outside the capital will lose benefits and have to pay the full market rent. The crackdown, which will save taxpayers £250m a year, is aimed at the likes of Frank Dobson, who still lives in a council flat near the British Museum, despite serving as a Cabinet Minister under Tony Blair and earning a six-figure salary.

    Sky News
  • Premier League - Manchester United transfer news: Robin van Persie agrees personal terms with Fenerbahce

    "United had sent people to test the water for a move," former Feyenoord star Pierre Van Hoojidonk told the Daily Mirror. The arrival of Louis van Gaal at the time seen as a considerable fillip to Van Persie who had faded under David Moyes having made an explosive start to his United career. A move away from Old Trafford could provide the fresh start required.

    Eurosport
  • Unintentionally, the Greeks have done themselves a favour. Soon, they will be out of the euro

    For a change, I find myself in some agreement with the French economist Thomas Piketty, at least in terms of what he has to say today on the Greek debt standoff , if very little else. This is what many Greeks, including apparently the Greek government, fail to understand, or rather refuse to acknowledge.

    Telegraph
  • Terror Police 'Stretched To Limit' 10 Years On

    The man who led the investigation into the 7/7 bombings has warned that the terrorist threat to the UK is as great as it has ever been. Peter Clarke, who was head of Scotland Yard's Counter Terror Command at the time of the London attacks, said the authorities were now "working incredibly hard" and were "stretched to the limit" as they tried to counter the terrorist threat. In an interview marking the 10th anniversary of the bombings, the now retired Deputy Assistant Commissioner told Sky News: "We've seen some awful attacks in this country such as the murder of Lee Rigby and there doesn't seem to be any slackening in pace of the numbers of young people being attracted to extremism.

    Sky News
  • Prom pictures: Ormesby School prom at Rushpool Hall

    The Ormesby School prom was held at Rushpool Hall this week. Hundreds of teenagers from across the region are getting in the party spirit as schools from Middlesbrough , Stockton and Redcar and Cleveland stage their end-of-year-proms over the course of coming weeks. In this gallery, students from Ormesby School in Middlesbrough can be seen enjoying themselves at Rushpool Hall. You can also see the pictures from the Conyers Sixth Form prom HERE .

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