Lifestyle 

Favourite songs will help you beat dementia: Old tunes can revive lost memories

Doctors believe we retain the clearest memories for songs we enjoyed between the ages of 10 and 30.  The effects are thought to be so profound that British researchers have set up a task force to explore the role music can play in mitigating dementia’s devastating effects.  They want people to learn to play instruments to help prevent the onset of diseases such as Alzheimer’s and have called for music-based therapies to be officially adopted.  Baroness Sally Greengross, chief executive of the International Longevity Centre, which has set up a…

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Science 

Allowed 1 Shower a Year and Fed Just Once a Day: New Allegations of Abuse in House of Horrors Case

The couple faces more than three dozen charges More The 13 siblings who were allegedly kept in captivity for years in their Perris, California, house often had no access to a bathroom, were not allowed to shower more than one time per year and received just one meal per day, prosecutors alleged on Thursday. Prosecutors filed 38 charges against the siblings’ parents, David Allen Turpin and Louise Anna Turpin, the Associated Press reports. “This is severe, emotional and physical abuse, there is no way around that,” Riverside County District Attorney…

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The real reason Trump went to Pennsylvania

WASHINGTON — The official White House line is that President Donald Trump visited a factory in western Pennsylvania on Thursday to highlight how his signature tax cut is boosting the economy. And the president himself said he went to “give my total support” to the Republican candidate for a March 13 special election. But make no mistake, Trump was there to get an early jump on 2020. And he tested out themes that will no doubt become more familiar as the next presidential election draws nearer. He told workers at…

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Technology 

Here’s why your next wireless speaker will listen to your every word – CNET

Smart speakers are here to stay Sarah Tew/CNET There will come a day, and probably pretty soon, where pretty much every standalone speaker will have a voice-operated assistant inside of it. In the same way way that most TVs today have integrated “smarts” in the form of streaming apps for video, “smart speakers” will simply be the default, offering streaming audio apps and music at your voice’s beck and call. At CES 2018 there were a raft of new models were announced with either Google Assistant, Amazon Alexa or a…

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Pelosi goes where no political leader has gone before: ‘Drag Race’

Category is: Washington realness. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi has confirmed she will be appearing as a guest judge in an upcoming episode of “RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars.” “All Stars” brings together drag queens who competed in previous seasons of “RuPaul’s Drag Race” and gives them another shot at the crown. The upcoming season of the hit VH1 show is stacked with superstar guest judges. Along with Pelosi, designer Marc Jacobs, actor Titus Burgess and Emma “Baby Spice” Bunton will be “reading” the contestants.  “RuPaul’s Drag Race” All-Stars at…

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Lifestyle 

Frozen pipes: Knowing where THIS is could save your property from damage

Frozen pipes can happen during cold weather, causing significant damage to property.  Homeowners need to be aware of how to tackle this problem as UK temperatures are forecast to drop below -10 degrees centigrade in some area.  However, there is a specific part of your boiler system you should be able to locate in order to save you from potential problems.  This is called the stopcock, a valve for turning on and off the cold water supply in your home.  How do I find the stopcock? The advice comes from…

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Turpins face 94 YEARS: ‘House of Horrors’ parents facing life for captivity of 13 children

David Allen Turpin, 57, and Louise Anna Turpin, 49, have been charged with nine counts of torture and 10 counts of child endangerment. The two are scheduled to make their first court appearance later today, where they could face 94 years in prison if convicted. Riverside County District Attorney Mike Hestrin told reporters at a press conference: “We’re fully prepared to seek justice in this case and do so in a way that protects these victims from further harm.” He added: “These individuals sleep all day and are up all…

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Russia, Iran open their arms as NATO ally loses patience with U.S.

LONDON — Relations between the U.S. and Turkey have hit a new low over Washington’s support of militias battling the Islamic State, according to analysts. The government in Ankara views the Kurdish fighters as terrorists. Experts warn that the crisis is resulting in Turkey — a longtime American ally with NATO’s second-largest standing army — turning away from the West and toward Russia and Iran. U.S. military support for Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), which are led by the Kurdish YPG militia, have left Turkey furious. Officials have even warned that…

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Lifestyle 

London and South East markets CONTINUE to cool as North and Midlands see price hikes

GETTY London and South East markets continued to cool as North and Midlands see price hikes in December The report, which is collated from the results of a survey based on Surveyors observations of their local market, rather than house prices or transactional data, suggests that whilst the normal Christmas slow-down was evident in many areas, further price growth was reported in in Wales, Northern Ireland, the North West and the Midlands last month.   However, the disparity between these areas with London and the South East continues to grow, with…

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13 captive siblings allowed to eat once a day, shower twice a year

The 13 starving siblings held captive in a California house were allowed to eat only one rationed meal a day and shower just twice a year, a law enforcement official with knowledge of the case told NBC News. Those disturbing details emerged just hours before David Allen Turpin, 57, and his wife, Louisa Anna Turpin, 49, were expected to make their first court appearance. They face possible torture and child endangerment charges. David Allen Turpin and Louise Ann Turpin in booking photos in Riverside County, California on Jan. 15. Riverside…

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