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William, Harry remember devastating last call with mother

LONDON — It was a typical phone call between two boys playing and their mother, who was on vacation in France. It was brief – the boys wanted to get back to playing with their cousins, not spend time on the phone chatting.  The brevity of that 1997 call troubles Prince William and Prince Harry to this day – for their mother, Princess Diana, would die in a car crash that night. “Harry and I were in a desperate rush to say goodbye, you know ‘see you later’… If I’d…

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LPGA’s new dress code gets ripped to shreds by some

The day after the LPGA’s new stricter dress code for tour pros went into effect, one tour pro cut one of her shirts to shreds on social media. It wasn’t clear if Wie’s scissors work was a reaction to the new dress code, enacted Monday, which bans female pro golfers from wearing shirts with plunging necklines, leggings, or short skirts. But other golf pros and fans were anything but ambiguous in their opposition to the move. Also if Wonder Woman can save the world in a strapless mini dress, then…

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Poles Hope to Sway President From Curtailing Court’s Independence

Protesters in Warsaw have numbered in the tens of thousands most nights during the week of demonstrations, with smaller but still sizable gatherings in dozens of other cities. More are planned for this weekend. Lech Walesa, former head of the Solidarity trade union that led the independence fight, spoke to a gathering in his hometown, Gdansk. “You must regain the separation of powers,” the Nobel Peace Prize winner told them. One of the proposed laws awaiting the signature of Mr. Duda, who is expected to sign them, would force all…

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Races Are Reversed in a Police Killing, and Again a Family Asks: Why?

The events of the next few minutes will be anatomized and argued over and, maybe, at some point, contested in court. But this much is established: As the squad car she had summoned slid down the alley, Justine Damond went up to the police officers inside, one of whom, for reasons still unknown, fired his gun, hit her in the abdomen and killed her. Even to Americans now used to dissecting police shootings, the circumstances were an odd jolt: a black Somali-American cop, firing at a white Australian woman among…

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NY ‘doofy’ teen who lost car at Metallica concert in Toronto finds it, days later

A New York teenager who couldn’t remember which parking lot he left his car in while attending a Metallica concert in Toronto found the vehicle – four days later. ‘Pretty awesome’: Syracuse teen’s car found after Toronto parking nightmare https://t.co/YN0T5VhPAj pic.twitter.com/jYwC53JnVD — CBC News (@CBCNews) July 21, 2017 Gavin Strickland, 19, of Syracuse, N.Y., said he drove his Nissan sedan to Toronto to attend a Metallica concert on Sunday but could not remember which parking garage he left it in, according to CBC News. Strickland’s parents wrote an advertisement and posted…

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Deal with Senate panel lets Trump Jr., Manafort avoid public testimony

A U.S. Senate panel has agreed to let President Trump’s eldest son and his former campaign manager testify behind closed doors next week in connection with its probe into possible Trump administration ties to Russia. Both Donald Trump Jr. and former campaign manager Paul Manafort confirmed the deal reached with the Senate Judiciary Committee, ABC News reported. The agreement allows both Trump Jr. and Manafort to avoid public testimony when the committee conducts a hearing next week on Capitol Hill. The Trump administration has denied any wrongdoing in connection with…

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St. Louis police pepper spray protesters outside jail

Riot police at a protest outside St. Louis Workhouse. KMOV St. Louis police in riot gear used pepper spray to disperse protests Friday outside a jail that has drawn intense criticism for not having air-conditioning while the city has faced a heat wave.  About 200 people demonstrated for the closure of the St. Louis Workhouse, a medium-security jail, CBS affiliate KMOV reports. The jail, mainly built in the 1960s, has no air conditioning while temperatures have hit triple digits. In a video posted on Facebook earlier this week, inmates can…

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Senate Parliamentarian Challenges Key Provisions of Health Bill

And Democrats made clear they would seize on the findings. “The parliamentarian’s decision today proves once again that the process Republicans have undertaken to repeal the Affordable Care Act and throw 22 million Americans off of health insurance is a disaster,” said Senator Bernie Sanders, independent of Vermont. Mr. Sanders, the ranking member of the Senate Budget Committee, disclosed the preliminary decisions by the parliamentarian. The waiting period provision is fundamental to the working of the bill. Because the legislation would end the Affordable Care Act’s mandate that most Americans…

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“Sad reading” for Charlie Gard’s latest test results: hospital

Undated photo of Charlie Gard provided by his family, at Great Ormond Street Hospital, in London. Family of Charlie Gard via AP LONDON — The British parents of critically ill baby Charlie Gard have been told by a hospital lawyer that the results of their son’s latest brain scans make for “sad reading.”  Great Ormond Street Hospital lawyer Katie Gollop broke the bad news to Charlie’s parents at a pre-court hearing Friday in London. Charlie’s father, Chris Gard, yelled “Evil!” at Gollop as his mother, Connie Yates, began to cry….

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