Government review to order zero-hours contracts overhaul – BBC News

May 23, 2017

In its submission to the Taylor review, the CBI also said that all employees should have their terms and conditions set out in a written statement. The new “right to request” fixed hours could be used by some of the 900,000 people on zero-hours contracts, a number that has risen from 143,000 in 2008. The contracts have been attacked for allowing some firms to keep people in insecure work, depress wages and deny people their full employee rights. …

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Cincinnati mayor apologizes for mistakenly honoring cop’s killer

May 19, 2017

(CNN)Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley apologized after his office inadvertently issued a proclamation honoring a man who ambushed and killed a Cincinnati police officer. “I am really sorry that my office, that we mistakenly issued a proclamation on behalf of a man that killed, murdered Sonny Kim,” Cranley said Thursday night. Cranley choked back tears as he spoke at a local police union hall. His face was red as he paused several times during his brief, tear-filled statement. …

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Brazil’s president accused of bribery

May 19, 2017

Rio de Janeiro (CNN)Brazil’s leadership lurched into another bribery scandal Wednesday, as one of the country’s biggest newspapers accused President Michel Temer of paying a former senate colleague hush money. Temer’s office released a statement denying that he had authorized any bribes to be paid to imprisoned former house speaker Eduardo Cunha in exchange for his silence regarding a long-running corruption investigation. The prominent daily newspaper O Globo reported …

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Trump vs. Comey: Who will America trust?

May 17, 2017

… Republican Gov. John Kasich said in a CNN town hall event Tuesday that needs to change. “I saw that Speaker (Paul) Ryan said some things tonight about getting to the bottom line,” Kasich said. “Frankly, I think he should be more aggressive. I think he should speak out more and hopefully he will.” A spokesperson for Ryan released a statement earlier Tuesday night, saying: “We need to have all the facts, and it is appropriate for the House Oversight Committee to …

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1.2 million adolescents’ deaths mostly preventable, report says

May 16, 2017

(CNN)More than 1.2 million adolescents die every year around the world — an average of 3,000 deaths per day — from causes that are largely preventable, according to a new report from the World Health Organization. The leading cause of deathamong 10- to 19-year-olds globally in 2015 was road injury, which killed more than 115,000 people, followed by lower respiratory infections and self-harm. When separated by age, sex and region, however, the leading causes of death differed …

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Trump says he considered ‘this Russia thing’ before firing FBI Director Comey

May 12, 2017

(CNN)US President Donald Trump said Thursday he was thinking of “this Russian thing” when he decided to fire FBI Director James Comey, who had been leading the investigation into alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 election. His statement undercuts those made by other administration officials, including Vice President Mike Pence and senior adviser Kellyanne Conway, who both said the decision to fire Comey was based on the recommendation of the deputy attorney general and attorney …

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San Diego police shoot, kill 15-year-old who pointed BB gun at officer

May 7, 2017

(CNN)Police fatally shot a 15-year-old boy after he pointed a BB gun at an officer in the parking lot of a San Diego high school, authorities said . The incident started when a 911 call came in early Saturday, asking officers to check on the welfare of an unarmed boy standing in front of Torrey Pines High School. While the caller did not provide a name, preliminary information later determined the boy made the call and was referring to himself, San Diego Police said in a statement. …

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Jordan Edwards:Texas officer who faces murder charge free on bail

May 7, 2017

… $300,000. The sheriff’s office said in a statement the warrant was issued based on evidence that suggested Oliver “intended to cause serious bodily injury and commit an act clearly dangerous to human life that caused the death.” Oliver fired a rifle at a car full of teenagers leaving a party, fatally shooting Edwards who was a passenger in the vehicle. The teen’s death led to protests calling for Oliver to be fired and charged. On Tuesday, the same day that the officer …

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America’s oldest living Olympic champion Adolph Kiefer dies at 98

May 6, 2017

(CNN)Adolf Kiefer, a 1936 Olympic swimming gold medalist who was America’s oldest living Olympic champion has died, the US Olympic committee said. He was 98 years old. “A man larger than life, Adolph had such a huge passion and joy for swimming. He has touched many in this industry and paved the way for future athletes with his historic swimming career,” a statement by Kiefer’s company said. …

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BP profits helped by higher oil prices – BBC News

May 2, 2017

… largest number in its history in a year. Meanwhile, it hopes to add 800,000 barrels a day of new production by the end of the decade. “Rising production from new upstream projects is expected to drive a material improvement in operating cash flow from the second half of 2017,” BP said in its results statement. …

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The FBI translator who went rogue and married an ISIS terrorist

May 2, 2017

… made a terrible mistake. She fled back to the US, where she was immediately arrested and agreed to cooperate with authorities. She pleaded guilty to making false statements involving international terrorism and was sentenced to two years in federal prison. She was released last summer. The FBI, in a statement to CNN, said as a result of Greene’s case it “took several steps in a variety of areas to identify and reduce security vulnerabilities. The FBI continues to strengthen …

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Lawmakers reach deal on $1.07 trillion spending bill to fund gov’t through September

May 2, 2017

… support in votes this week, but it’s unclear how much support the measure will receive from GOP conservatives and how warmly it will be received by the White House. “This agreement is a good agreement for the American people, and takes the threat of a government shutdown off the table, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-.NY., said in a statement. The bill ensures taxpayer dollars aren’t used to fund an ineffective border wall, excludes poison pill riders, and increases …

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