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

PERRIS, Calif. — The 13 starving siblings held captive in a California house hardly ever saw the sun and were allowed, a prosecutor said Thursday, to eat only one rationed meal a day and shower just once a year. They were allegedly beaten, choked and shackled to their beds with no access to a bathroom for months at a time for supposed offenses like “playing with water” when they washed their hands. Their parents would buy toys, the prosecutor said, but not let them play with them or even take…

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‘Smacks of fraud’: House releases Glenn Simpson Trump-dossier testimony

The House intelligence committee released 184-pages of sworn testimony on Thursday by Glenn Simpson, the former Wall Street Journal reporter whose opposition research into Donald Trump spawned a controversial dossier that ultimately was handed to the FBI. It was the second release of Congressional testimony by Simpson, and it contained no Earth-shattering revelations, but Simpson went into much greater detail with the House committee than he did with the Senate judiciary committee about his research into Trump’s alleged business dealings with Russians and organized crime figures, in passages that at…

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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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Entertainment 

The Commuter Review: Highly entertaining nonsense

The Commuter marks his fourth film with Spanish director Jaume Collet-Serra and it is pretty much business as usual as another flawed, world-weary man is obliged to keep calm and carry on under the most extraordinary circumstances.  Neeson’s Michael MacCauley plays a former detective now sleepwalking through life as an insurance salesman in New York. When he is laid off he heads home on his regular commuter train where the mysterious Joanna (Vera Farmiga, pictured left with Neeson) makes him an offer he cannot refuse. In return for $100,000 all…

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Entertainment 

Coco review: Pixar back on track in latest animation

Fortunately they are right back on form with Coco, a joyous celebration of life, family and music that unfurls in a riot of eye-popping colour and heart-melting sentiment. It has all the charm of vintage Pixar allied to a story that displays more depth and complexity than many a live-action drama. Coco has a spring in its step from the very beginning as we enter the world of Miguel (Anthony Gonzalez), a 12-year-old hungry to emulate his idol, the late Ernesto de la Cruz (Benjamin Bratt), the greatest musician in…

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Street rapper stepson of US soldier who became ISIS propaganda chief killed in Syria

NC Intelligence officials say the rapper was killed this week. Now his demise on Wednesday near Deir Ezzor has been confirmed. Casper joined the jihadists early in 2014, abandoning his home to become a mouthpiece in charge of IS propaganda that caused the German government to declare him a central figure at the “highest management level” of the terror group. It was he who arranged for the videoing and distribution of the tapes showing the beheadings of British innocents David Haines and Alan Henning. Like Joseph Goebbels – the Nazi…

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Sport 

Alexis Sanchez to Man Utd: Jose Mourinho keen on bringing in Arsenal ace for Burnley game

Old Trafford officials have been working to complete a deal with Arsenal for the £35m-rated Chile forward, with midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan going the other way in part exchange. United manager Jose Mourinho has made it clear that he wanted Sanchez in his plans for the trip to Turf Moor, but United would have to have him registered by noon in order for him to be able to play. Sanchez has already agreed a contract worth a staggering £505,000-a-week over four-and-a-half years. United’s kit manufacturers Adidas were confident enough that they…

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Why Amazon’s guessing game is PR genius

It’s city versus city in the ultimate public battle to woo Amazon, and the very public courtship process may be one of Amazon’s most genius moves yet, according to experts. “They are playing a game that no one else was playing before,” said Andy Levine, president and chief creative officer at Development Counsellors International, a marketing firm. “That’s the one thing about Amazon. They’re not afraid to change the rules.” On Thursday, four months after Amazon set off the feeding frenzy of proposals, the online retailer announced it had whittled…

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Technology 

Newly spotted asteroid slips by Earth and nearby satellites – CNET

Space rock block party! ESA Lots of overheated headlines in tabloids and other publications this week have been screaming about a large, “potentially hazardous” asteroid set to pass close by Earth.  Meanwhile, a newly discovered car-size asteroid passed over 100 times closer to us on Thursday — coming near the altitude where many man-made satellites orbit — and hardly anyone noticed.  Asteroid 2018 BD flew by our planet at a distance of about 22,000 miles (35,406 km) at 7:43 a.m. PT, just seven hours after being discovered via the Catalina Sky…

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Wife of deported Michigan man to attend State of the Union

The wife of an undocumented immigrant who was deported to Mexico this week after living in the U.S. for three decades will be attending this year’s State of the Union speech, according to a Michigan congresswoman. Cindy Garcia’s husband, Jorge, was deported on Monday. The 39-year-old father of two was undocumented when he was brought to the U.S. at age 10, according to Cindy Garcia and their family lawyer. Rep. Debbie Dingell, D-Mich., announced Thursday that she had invited Cindy Garcia to be her guest to President Donald Trump’s first…

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