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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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  • 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
  • Alton Towers Victim's 'Inspirational' Picture

    A 17-year-old girl whose leg was amputated after a rollercoaster crash at Alton Towers has posted an "inspirational" picture of her recovery. Leah Washington, from Barnsley, is seen surrounded by beaming friends and family just a month after suffering life-changing injuries. Miss Washington, who was sitting in the front row of the ride with her boyfriend Joe Pugh, 18,  could receive "several million pounds" in compensation, according to her lawyer.

    Sky News
  • 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
  • Germany dismisses Greece bid for new bailout after 'No' vote

    Germany on Monday dismissed Greece's bid to clinch a quick new debt deal after the country delivered a resounding 'No' to more austerity, appearing little moved by the surprise resignation of the Greek finance minister. Yanis Varoufakis, who had irritated his European counterparts with his blunt negotiating style, announced he was resigning at Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras's request in a move to placate creditors. "It is not about people but rather positions," Chancellor Angela Merkel's spokesman Steffen Seibert said, adding that there is currently "no basis to enter into negotiations on a new aid programme".

    AFP
  • Well-wishers swoon as Princess Charlotte christened

    Princess Charlotte, the baby daughter of Prince William and his wife Kate, was christened on Sunday as crowds gathered to witness the family's first public outing together since her birth in May. The ceremony took place at St Mary Magdalene Church on the Sandringham estate in eastern England, where William and Kate, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, have a country home. Television pictures showed members of the public clapping, cheering and taking photographs as William and Kate left the church with Britain's newest royal, who is fourth in line to the throne, and her older brother George. The princess's full name, Charlotte Elizabeth Diana, is a nod to her late grandmother Princess Diana and her great-grandmother Queen Elizabeth.

    Reuters
  • Scarily Accurate — This Quiz Tells You Exactly How Rational You Are

    Beyond the Meyers-Briggs test lies a fount of other, even more strangely enticing quizzes designed to probe and expose different aspects of your personality. What does your birth order say about your personality? Just in case you've gotten to the bottom of all of these questions, the folks over at ClearerThinking have developed a quiz that measures your capacity for rational thinking against that of the average person. Founded by Spencer Greenberg, a mathematician and entrepreneur, ClearerThinking is set up as a one-stop shop for solving any problems you may have with decision-making and — here's where it all comes together — clearer thinking overall.

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  • Tunisia declares state of emergency after beach attack

    President Beji Caid Essebsi on Saturday declared a state of emergency following last week's beach massacre claimed by jihadists that he said had left Tunisia facing a "special type of war". In a televised address to the nation, Essebsi said the state of emergency, effective from Saturday for a 30-day period, was decided on after consultations with the parliament speaker and prime minister. A state of emergency, granting special powers to the police and army, was in force for three years up until March 2014, following longtime secular president Zine El Abidine Ben Ali's ouster in a 2011 revolution.

    AFP
  • Premier League - Ian Ayre: Liverpool can still afford the best players

    The Reds have already made considerable strides with their summer recruitment plans with six first-team signings already, including Hoffenheim forward Roberto Firmino, whose £29million deal will make him their second most expensive signing. Liverpool also remain in the hunt for Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke, although they value him at less than his release clause of £32.5m. Spending this year has not matched that of 12 months ago, when £110m was invested in eight players on the back of Luis Suarez's £75m sale to Barcelona.

    PA Sport Report
  • Kit Harington’s long hair sparks Game of Thrones speculation

    It’s not normal that an actor’s hair length sparks intensive speculation about their character’s future, but Game of Thrones fans are holding on to their last hope. Kit Harington, whose character Jon Snow was – spoiler alert – killed off in the season five finale, seems to have kept his hair long, fuelling rumours that Jon Snow may not be as dead as he seems. Harington has previously told The Independent that his contract obliged him to keep his hair long for the duration of the show, but that he planned to “cut it off quite soon.

    SNAP.PA
  • 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
  • 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.

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  • Magnet man attempts to outwit 10p machine on Palace Pier

    Vladimir Ivanov, of West Street, Burgess Hill, has been prosecuted after apparently trying to use a magnet to attract coins at one of the machines in Brighton Pier. Staff grew suspicious as they watched him in front of the 10p pusher on the afternoon of April 20. A spokesman for Sussex Police said they found a “large magnet” on Ivanov – and he was unable to explain why he had it. He appeared at Brighton Magistrates’ Court earlier this month where, speaking through a Russian interpreter, he pleaded guilty to going equipped for theft.

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  • IS video shows troops' deaths in Syria archaeological site

    A video posted online Saturday purportedly shows Islamic State fighters killing some 25 Syrian government soldiers in the historic town of Palmyra in central Syria. The video showed the soldiers being taken in pickup trucks from the town's notorious Tadmur prison to the amphitheater. The video did not indicate when the killings took place.

    Associated Press
  • 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
  • Bobbi Kristina Hospice Photos Touted For Sale

    Bobby Brown has said he is hoping to "get justice" after it emerged that photos of his daughter Bobbi Kristina in a hospice have been offered to the media. Outlets such as TMZ and Entertainment Weekly have revealed that they were offered the images of the 22-year-old, who is in a coma after being found face down in a bath. At the weekend her aunt Leolah Brown posted a statement on Facebook saying the person who took the photos will be exposed.

    Sky News
  • Fiona Bruce: 8 things everyone needs to know about about the foxy presenter...

    Like many working mums, Bruce isn’t 100% sure she’s got the balance right – and has admitted: “I’m sure I could be a better mother. 7. She’s returning to Fake Or Fortune? Fiona and art dealer Philip Mould on Fake Or Fortune?

    SNAP.PA
  • Gazza threw Rolex out of window 'because it was listening to him'

    Former England footballer Paul Gascoigne has revealed he threw a Rolex watch out of the window at the height of his struggle with drugs because he thought it was “listening” to him. The star, who played for clubs including Newcastle United, Tottenham Hotspur and Lazio during his career, has fought a very public battle with addiction. Gazza, who said he prays every day to stay sober, likened being in rehab to his playing days, saying that was the “only time I felt free”.

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  • Eurozone's poorer nations take hard line on Greece

    The eurozone's poorer former communist nations, having themselves endured painful reforms and austerity programmes, are taking a hard line on Greece after its people voted to reject creditors' bailout terms. Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Slovakia have long insisted they are too poor to pay for the mistakes made by wealthier Greece and that it should have stuck to the reforms and austerity measures laid out in its massive 240-billion-euro ($273 billion) bailout.

    AFP