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Jack Reacher creator Lee Child shares his thoughts on writing while working on 23rd novel

GETTY Lee Child shares how he hopes to allow readers an escape from messy world events His Jack Reacher novels, along with The Girl On The Train by Paula Hawkins and Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn, have topped bestseller lists, while TV crime dramas attract huge viewing figures. Child says the depressing nature of world affairs, culminating in Donald Trump becoming US President in January, has inspired writers to become more creative. In doing so they have given readers a break from reality into a safe world where they know…

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Star Wars: The Last Jedi review, Star Wars’ most unpredictable film yet (SPOILERS)

LUCASFILM Star Wars: The Last Jedi takes a completely new direction, but it works wonders The franchise’s excellent eighth “episode” is the most unpredictable yet. Writer and director Rian Johnson offers twists, red herrings, shock deaths and one very unexpected resurrection. After the fun but very familiar The Force Awakens, a much-needed element of surprise has been returned to the galaxy far, far away. The biggest shock is Skywalker (Mark Hamill) himself. When Harrison Ford returned to the franchise two years ago, his mission was to supply retro thrills to…

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Sex harassment cases redraw election map next year

WASHINGTON — Alabama’s stunning Senate race is over, but there are more special elections ahead — and they will all be analyzed, dissected and picked apart for what the outcomes mean for President Donald Trump and the Republicans ahead of November’s midterm elections. The political calendar in 2018 is lighter — so far — than 2017’s, which was defined by a string of high-profile contests from Georgia’s Sixth Congressional District to Alabama’s Senate race. But two congressional races and a slew of state legislative contests have already been scheduled —…

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Technology 

‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ best and worst: Our global review – CNET

“Star Wars: The Last Jedi” has finally landed in theaters, and CNET writers and editors the world over made the Kessel Run to go see it right away. Opinions? Star Wars fans, with opinions? You know it, and we aren’t holding back, so be warned that the impressions we share below are full of spoilers. Haven’t seen the movie yet but need details now? Click on our official, spoiler-free review and head over to our guide outlining everything we know about the film. And here’s another warning: You WILL find spoilers ahead, so if…

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REVEALED: ‘Secrets’ of ancient Biblical Corinth uncovered in new underwater excavations

For Christians, the ancient Greek city of Corinth holds Biblical significance as two letters from Jesus’ disciple Paul feature in the Bible’s New Testament – the books of 1 Corinthians and 2 Corinthians. According to the Christian Bible , Paul is also said to have visited the ancient city while it was under Roman rule. In this latest discovery the LHP uncovered traces of Roman engineering and ancient buildings at the now underwater ancient Corinth port of Lechaion. The port, located on the gulf of Corinth, was previously one of…

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When humanity has died out THIS is all that will let aliens know we were ever here

Experts believe the chances of homo-sapiens being around for the next five billion years are slight, at best. Many anthropologists also point out that even if humans were still alive natural selection dictates they would have morphed into an unrecognisable being. But strapped to a hum-drum TV satellite called EchoStar XVI orbiting 22,300 miles (35,800 kilometres) above the Earth is what might be called Humanity’s Family Album. A silicon disc containing 100 photographs of life on Earth are expected to survive in the vacuum of space, orbiting the planet for…

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Star Wars 8 BACKLASH: 17 HUGE Problems with The Last Jedi – Do you agree?

DISNEY Star Wars 8 fan problems Does Episode 8 make you want to scream like Hux? His character is just one of the many problems some fans have with the latest Star Was blockbuster. Angry fans have flooded social media with comments like: “Seen the film today, sad to say a disappointment is an understatement” or “There isn’t a single character who isn’t left ruined by this movie” and “You’ve destroyed whole Star Wars saga.” Even worse, there is a growing feeling that the filmmakers deceived fans by encouraging certain…

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Trump breaks out the gold scissors to tout deregulation

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump, posing beside tall stacks of paper meant to represent regulations holding back American industry, touted his administration’s deregulatory efforts Thursday and said there’s more to come. “In 1960, there were approximately 20,000 pages in the code of federal regulations. Today there are over 180,000 pages,” Trump said at a White House event. “We’re getting back below the 1960 level, and we’ll be there fairly quickly.” The president then stood between one pile of papers, labeled “1960,” and the other, much larger stack labeled “Today,” and…

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2017 brings second-fewest death sentences and executions

The number of people sentenced to death or executed in 2017 was near historically low levels, according to the annual report of a group that tracks the death penalty. States executed 23 prisoners, the second smallest total since 1991. By year’s end, the number of new death sentences was expected to reach 39, which would be the second-lowest number in the modern era of capital punishment that began in the mid-1970’s after the US Supreme Court banned then reauthorized it. The gurney sits in the the execution chamber at the…

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James Bond: 5 INCREDIBLE things Christopher Nolan would bring to the 007 franchise

The acclaimed director is rumoured to be helming Craig’s fifth and final James Bond film in 2019. Even if this isn’t the case, he admitted earlier this year that he’s been in talks with 007 producer Barbara Broccoli to helm a Bond film. Speaking with Playboy, he said: “A Bond movie, definitely…I deeply love the character, and I’m always excited to see what they do with it. Maybe one day that would work out.” A Nolan Bond movie seems like only a matter of time, so here are the five…

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