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Former aide accuses Rep. Bobby Scott of sexual misconduct

A former aide to Rep. Bobby Scott on Friday accused the Virginia Democrat of sexual misconduct and said he fired her after she rebuffed his alleged advances. At a press conference, Macherie Reese Everson, who goes by Reese, said that Scott touched her inappropriately on two occasions in 2013 and that he flirted with her. Everson said that when she declined the overtures, she was “retaliated against” by being fired. Scott strongly denied the accusations. Everson said the conduct occurred when she was a Congressional Black Caucus Foundation fellow working…

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Tea: Top ten facts about about Britain’s favourite brew

1. The first mention of tea in English was in 1598 when it was referred to as “chaa”.  2. The first reference to “tea-time” was in 1740, the first use of the phrase “tea-strainer” was in 1906 and “tea-break” was first seen in 1948.  3. Around 165 million cups of tea are drunk in the United Kingdom every year.  4. The earliest known monograph on tea was written in China by Lu Yu around AD760… 5. …it includes descriptions of the 28 items used in the preparation and drinking of…

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Italian leader warns European Union is on verge of collapse

He added that if urgent reforms on both migrant policy specifically and the Eurozone generally were not brought in then members would seriously question the ‘usefulness’ of the entire European project.  Mr Gentiloni said: “My worry is that while 2017 was the year of a return of European ambition, we could see excessive prudence in 2018. “If we aren’t ambitious now that we have stable and widespread growth across all the eurozone and we also have geopolitical voids to fill, we will really miss an opportunity and we will go…

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Monkey see, monkey do: Top 10 facts about man’s closest evolutionary relatives

1. Monkey Day celebrates monkeys and “all things simian” including apes, tarsiers and lemurs. 2. The Burmese sneezing monkey, discovered in 2010, clears its nose by sneezing when it rains. 3. On the Japanese island of Yakushima, monkeys have been seen riding deer.. 4. Last year the National Portrait Gallery marked Monkey Day by tweeting a painting of the Earl of Rochester putting a laurel on a jabbering monkey. 5. The Emperor tamarin is said to have been named for German Emperor Wilhelm II as both had impressive white moustaches. …

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Technology 

Microsoft is using AI to bring nuance to our search results – CNET

Microsoft AI chief Harry Shum says the company is fulfilling Bill Gates’ vision of a computer that can understand us. Stephen Shankland/CNET If you ask Google “Is Hamilton a good musical?” it will send back a link to Quora, the question-and-answer service, where people ask that same question. The next link, a story published in Slate last year, is an interview with a critic who argues why the Pulitzer, Grammy and Tony-winning musical isn’t revolutionary (their pun, not ours). Microsoft thinks it can do better. Beginning Wednesday, the company will start…

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Republicans step up attacks on Mueller

WASHINGTON — Republicans in Congress redoubled their attacks on the integrity of special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation Wednesday, in what analysts believe is a concerted political strategy designed to discredit any potential Mueller findings that could argue for the impeachment of the president. Seizing on newly released, politically charged text messages between two FBI officials who are no longer part of Mueller’s investigation, Republicans used an oversight hearing of the House Judiciary Committee to accuse Mueller, a Republican, of conducting a tainted inquiry. They also charged that senior FBI…

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How To 

8 fun Christmas things to do with Alexa – CNET

These may look like standard holiday LEDs, but the Light Rhapsody strand pairs with your Amazon Echo so you can control it with voice commands. Light Rhapsody What does Alexa want for Christmas this year? My guess is Amazon’s digital assistant would like to become a “real girl,” but maybe that’s because I’ve read Pinocchio one too many times. Actually, this isn’t a rhetorical question: If you want to know what Alexa wants for Christmas, just ask her. And that’s just one of the fun things you can do in…

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Sport 

Chris Froome at risk of having Vuelta a Espana title stripped after abnormal urine test

Team Sky said in a statement that Froome experienced “acute asthma symptoms” during the final week of the Vuelta and increased his dosage of Salbutamol, within permissible limits, on doctor’s advice. The four-time Tour de France winner conducted a urine test on September 7 which revealed a concentration of Salbutamol of 2,000 nanograms, twice the WADA threshold of 1,000. The Team Sky statement said the “use of permissible dosages of Salbutamol can sometimes result in elevated urinary concentrations, which require explanation”. Froome took victory in this year’s Vuelta a Espana…

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DOJ releases text messages from FBI staffers having afffair

The Department of Justice released 90 pages of text messages late Tuesday night, many harshly critical of candidate Donald Trump, that were exchanged between an FBI lawyer and an agent who was later assigned to Robert Mueller’s special counsel team. The e-mails were exchanged between Peter Strzok, one of the top FBI agents assigned to the Mueller investigation, and Lisa Page, an FBI lawyer. The two were romantically involved. When Mueller learned of the e-mails last summer, he removed Strzok from the team. Related: Mueller reassigned top FBI agent, reports…

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Lifestyle 

Malta: Top 10 facts about the smallest country in the European Union

1. The Republic of Malta is a group of seven Mediterranean islands, only three of which are uninhabited. The largest is also called Malta.  2. Malta is the smallest country in the European Union by both area and population but it is the most densely populated.  3. The seven megalithic temples of Malta are the oldest free-standing structures in the world.  4. There are more people of Maltese ancestry in Melbourne, Australia, than there are in Malta.  5. The name of Malta is supposedly derived from a Greek word for…

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