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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
  • 'Europe is dying', EU opponents say, as Greek 'No' brings delight

    By Guy Faulconbridge LONDON (Reuters) - If Greece's 'No' vote shocked euro zone leaders, it brought delight to opponents of the European Union who said it showed the entire European project, including the euro, was dying. Rejecting European creditors' demands, Greeks voted against the terms of a bailout on Sunday, delivering one of the biggest blows to Europe's drive to forge an enduring monetary union since the euro was launched in 1999. "The EU project is now dying," said Nigel Farage, leader of the UK Independence Party, an anti-EU party which won 12.6 percent of the vote -- but just one seat -- in Britain's May 7 general election.

    Reuters
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Premier League - Arsenal transfer news: Morgan Schneiderlin would 'prefer to join Gunners move’

    Arsenal, meanwhile, are yet to make a formal move for the former Strasbourg midfielder despite holding a long term interest in the player. Is Schneiderlin really an elite player? Is he the sort of midfielder that should be starting for a United or Arsenal?

    Eurosport
  • Tunisia: Tributes To Beach Massacre Dead

    The Queen, who was at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, and Prime Minister David Cameron, who was in his constituency in Oxfordshire, joined millions of people across Britain as Big Ben chimed midday. Back in Britain, sporting events at Wimbledon and the Henley Regatta were delayed to allow fans, competitors and match officials to pay their respects. The football club's playing squad and manager Dean Smith stood shoulder-to-shoulder among flowers and scarves when a whistle blew to herald the start of the silence.

    Sky News
  • Reddit In Chaos: Blackout After Worker Fired

    The unpaid moderators of some of link-sharing site Reddit's most-read sections have temporarily hidden them from public view. It comes after Reddit employee Victoria Taylor was dismissed in mysterious circumstances. Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian has now apologised to the Reddit community for the situation, and asked for moderators to end their protest.

    Sky News
  • Anger As Distressed Woman Taunted On M3 Bridge

    Police have condemned members of the public who taunted a distressed woman as she stood on a bridge over the M3 motorway. One driver in the traffic jam tweeted Surrey Police, saying: "Tell her to get on with it. The user added: "Surrey police, can't you rubber bullet the jumper on M3/A316 and get the traffic moving?

    Sky News
  • Police left baffled by mysterious markings on residents' walls

    DETECTIVES in a second Lancashire town are mystified by “suspicious markings” on resident’s walls.

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  • Serie A - Fiorentina: ‘Consulting lawyers over Mohamed Salah’

    Following the announcement that the player had vetoed a return to Artemio Franchi next year, a bitter war of words has erupted, with the player’s agent claiming the Viola knew of the decision in February. “With regard to the events of recent days concerning Mohamed Salah, ACF Fiorentina, with the goal of providing maximum transparency to it’s supporters, points out the following,” a statement on the club’s website began.

    FootballItalia
  • Some Guy Put His Cat Through An Airport X-ray Machine And Everyone Freaked Out

    Going through airport security is a painful process at the best of times, with all the unbuckling, unlacing, overt touching and incessant beeping. However, for one man who placed his cat through a

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  • IS says it destroyed archaeological pieces from Palmyra

    Islamic State group militants have destroyed six archaeological pieces from the historic town of Palmyra that were confiscated from a smuggler, the group said. The issue was referred to an Islamic court in the IS-held northern Syrian town of Manbij, which ordered that they be destroyed and the man be whipped. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Friday it was unclear if the busts were authentic or if the militants destroyed fake busts as a cover for the IS group's own antiquities smuggling.

    Associated Press
  • One Direction fans are mourning on Twitter over the disappearance of Harry Styles' bulge

    Apparently Harry Styles didn’t read the recent health warnings about wearing skinny jeans that are too tight and his little member has gone missing, according to 1D fans. Directioners took to Twitter to seek answers using the hashtag #HarrysFriendIsMissing

    SNAP.PA
  • Formula 1 - Rosberg thought Hamilton was wrong

    The German dropped to fourth at the start and spent the first half of the race stuck behind the two Williams drivers, while Hamilton took the lead after the first round of pitstops and eased clear. While all the leaders stayed out on slicks during the first shower at Silverstone, when it started raining again Hamilton reacted first and took on intermediate Pirellis one lap before his rivals. Rosberg had passed Felipe Massa and Valtteri Bottas and closed to within a couple of seconds of his team-mate before Hamilton stopped, but the German scrabbled for grip with slicks for an extra lap on the wet track and dropped almost 10 seconds back again.

    AutoSport
  • Michael Buble’s Son Released from the Hospital Following Serious Burns

    Michael Buble’s son Noah has been released from the hospital after he suffered serious burns last week.

    HollyScoop
  • Kit Harington's hair at Wimbledon gives hope to 'Game of Thrones' fans

    Kit Harrington's recent appearance at Wimbledon has sparked fresh rumours about the fate of Game of Thrones character Jon Snow.

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  • 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
  • On nervous border, Turks welcome army but fear incursion into Syria

    By Faruk Yuce KARKAMIS, Turkey (Reuters) - From his fields in Turkey, farmer Huseyin Ozdemir can see Islamist militants digging trenches and planting mines as they ready for battle around the northern Syrian town of Jarablus. Like many villagers along this stretch of Turkey's 900 km (560-mile) border, Ozdemir welcomed the arrival of additional Turkish soldiers to bolster security in recent days but fears the consequences if they cross into Syria and intervene. Wary of advances by both Syrian Kurdish forces and Islamic State militants as fighting north of the Syrian city of Aleppo intensifies, Turkey has sent extra troops and equipment to strengthen this part of the border as the risk of spillover rises.

    Reuters
  • 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