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  • Salesforce CEO: tech billionaires 'hoard their money' and won't help homeless

    In Guardian interview, Marc Benioff calls out Twitter’s Jack Dorsey and others for failing to give back to city where they got rich Marc Benioff, the Salesforce CEO, has escalated his attacks on fellow San Francisco billionaires, saying they are “hoarding” money and don’t want to help the homeless. In an interview with the Guardian on Tuesday, the tech entrepreneur intensified his criticisms of Jack Dorsey, the CEO of Twitter, saying: “He just doesn’t want to give, that’s all. And he hasn’t...

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  • Cannabis becomes legal in Canada

    Country becomes second and largest with legal national marijuana marketplace The Canadian government is ready to pardon those with a cannabis possession record of 30 grams or less as the country becomes the world’s second and largest country with a legal national marijuana marketplace. Related: Canada legalizes marijuana: here's everything you need to know Continue reading...

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  • Scuffles break out at Indian temple town over entry of menstrual age women

    Hundreds of police guarded the main gateway to an Indian hill temple on Wednesday to prevent clashes between women of menstrual age entering for the first time in centuries and conservative Hindu groups out to stop them.

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  • Indian state won't ease crackdown on crime despite Apple manager's death

    Private security guard Ajit Singh Rana says he supports a police crackdown on gangsters in India's most populous state, even after cops gunned down an Apple executive at a road stop in what human rights activists say was the latest in a series of extra-judicial killings.

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  • Global register set up to keep criminals out of aid sector

    In aftermath of Haiti abuse scandal, NGOs will be able to vet prospective employees using Interpol and national policing databases The UK is to help launch a global register of dangerous criminals with the aim of preventing them finding their way into the aid sector, in the wake of the aid abuse scandal, it has been announced. As the international development secretary Penny Mordaunt prepared to address a conference on Thursday on abuse within the sector, Whitehall officials confirmed the...

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  • Self-lubricating condom design may encourage safe sex

    Slippery-when-wet concept may raise comfort and outlast couples’ stamina, say scientists Condoms could be set for a makeover that might not only boost couples’ sex lives but encourage safe sex, according to researchers. Experts say a big-turn off for condom use is a lack of lubrication: current latex condoms are relatively rough, which can lead to breakage and discomfort, while commercial lubricants, including those applied by manufacturers to condoms, wear off during sex and may not be...

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  • Trump defends Saudi Arabia from criticisms in journalist case

    U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday defended Saudi Arabia from what he characterized as efforts to condemn Riyadh over the disappearance of journalist Jamal Khashoggi before all the facts were known, telling the Associated Press in an interview it was a case of "guilty until proven innocent."

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  • Trump defends Saudi Arabia from criticisms in journalist case: AP

    U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday defended Saudi Arabia from what he characterized as efforts to condemn Riyadh over the disappearance of journalist Jamal Khashoggi before all the facts were known, telling the Associated Press in an interview it was a case of "guilty until proven innocent."

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  • USA Gymnastics loses another president

    The revolving door of USA Gymnastics' top leadership keeps spinning as the organization struggles to recover from the Larry Nassar scandal. Less than a week after taking over USA Gymnastics, former US Rep. Mary Bono has resigned as interim president. Bono took the helm just a month after embattled president and CEO Kerry Perry quit. Perry, who had only been on the job for nine months, was criticized for what many considered to be inadequate action and boilerplate soundbites after the Nassar sex...

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  • Nevada brothel owner, dubbed 'Trump from Pahrump,' dies: sheriff

    The brothel-owning, evangelical Christian-backed Republican Nevada state legislature candidate who nicknamed himself the "Trump from Pahrump," died on Tuesday, a local sheriff's office said.

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  • Nevada brothel owner, dubbed Trump from Pahrump,' dies

    The brothel-owning, evangelical Christian-backed Republican Nevada state legislature candidate who nicknamed himself the "Trump from Pahrump," died on Tuesday, a local sheriff's office said.

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  • Georgia gubernatorial candidate's huge conflict of interest

    How's this for an axiom that is especially self-evident: An elected official should not oversee an election in which he is a candidate. Tell that to Georgia gubernatorial candidate Brian Kemp, who is also the Georgia secretary of state and whose major responsibility is overseeing Georgia's elections, including maintaining voter registration lists and certifying election results. Kemp is in a close race against Stacey Abrams, the first black woman to win a major party's gubernatorial nomination....

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  • Nicole Kidman: Marriage to Tom Cruise protected me

    Nicole Kidman married Tom Cruise for love, but ended up getting shielded from sexual harassment as well. That's what the actress contends in an as told-by-her essay published in New York magazine. The "Big Little Lies" star met Cruise when they both were cast for the film "Days of Thunder" and they married in 1990. The pair adopted a son and a daughter before ending their marriage 11 years later. Kidman is now married to country singer Keith Urban, with whom she shares two daughters. The actress...

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  • Reality TV star Jazz Jennings talks about her gender confirmation surgery

    Teen transgender reality star and activist Jazz Jennings says getting gender confirmation surgery months ago was "like a dream." "This is a moment that I had always envisioned and just experiencing it was so surreal," Jennings told ABC's "Nightline" in an interview which aired Monday. "I was like, I can't believe this is happening." Jennings is the subject of the TLC series "I Am Jazz," which has chronicled her life as a transgender girl. The series is set to return for a fifth season in January...

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  • The Forecast: Democrats have a problem with Latino voters

    House forecast: Democrats will win 228 seats (and the House majority) while Republicans will win just 207 seats. A Democratic win of 204 seats and 263 seats is within the margin of error. Senate forecast: Republicans will hold 52 seats (and maintain control of the Senate) next Congress while Democrats will hold just 48. Anything between Republicans holding 47 seats and 57 seats is within the margin of error. Polls show that Democratic voters are revved up for November. There is one exception to...

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  • 'Modern Family' star Ariel Winter says death not who fans think

    Ariel Winter has teased which character is set to die on her hit ABC series, "Modern Family." "It's a character that we'll all be sad to see go, but it's probably not an older character that you think is going to go," Winter told "Entertainment Tonight." Viewers of have been in a tizzy since series co-creator Christopher Lloyd revealed that a main character will die in the new season. 'Modern Family' is killing off a main character next season "We do deal with a death, which is certainly a topic...

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  • Trump resumes 'Pocahontas' moniker after Warren DNA test

    President Donald Trump revived Tuesday his "Pocahontas" nickname for Elizabeth Warren, a day after the Massachusetts senator released a DNA test amplifying the controversy over her claimed Native American heritage. "Pocahontas (the bad version), sometimes referred to as Elizabeth Warren, is getting slammed," Trump tweeted of his potential 2020 challenger. "She took a bogus DNA test and it showed that she may be 1/1024, far less than the average American. Now Cherokee Nation denies her, "DNA test...

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  • Sears owes billions of dollars: Who will be left holding the bag?

    Sears is on the hook to vendors, lenders and even customers who recently bought Kenmore fridges or Craftsman lawn mowers. The company has close to $7 billion in assets, according to court filings Monday. But it has $11.3 billion in liabilities. More than 100,000 creditors are owed money by Sears. After Sears filed for bankruptcy protection Monday, those creditors will all get in line to fight to collect pennies in return for their investment dollars. Lenders funding Sears' operations and secured...

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  • Elizabeth Warren might have actually made things worse with her DNA gambit

    Twenty-four hours after Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren shocked the political world with a five-minute video (and a mountain of documentation) aimed at putting to bed the controversy over her claims of Native American heritage, it's becoming increasingly clear the strategy amounts to a swing and a miss. Warren's goal was to take the issue of her heritage off the table for nervous Democrats and to show that she was ready, willing and able to stand up to President Donald Trump if and when the...

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  • Nigeria's Senate to probe alleged $3.5 billion NNPC fuel subsidy fund

    Nigeria's upper house of parliament plans to investigate an alleged $3.5 billion fuel subsidy fund at state-oil firm NNPC, lawmakers said on Tuesday.

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  • Donald Trump just called Stormy Daniels 'horseface.' Don't act surprised.

    On Tuesday, the President of the United States referred to a porn star with whom he has been alleged to have had in affair in the mid 2000s as "horseface." If this shocks or surprises you, you haven't been paying attention. President Donald Trump has a very long history of making disparaging comments about women's looks -- and he's not changed one iota since deciding to run for president in 2015. Here's a brief refresher:In a 1991 Esquire interview, Trump said this about negative press: "You...

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  • Aid standards body suspends Cafod over complaints handling

    Catholic charity sacked two staff members after allegations of sexual misconduct Britain’s biggest Catholic aid charity, Cafod, has been suspended from an international scheme which aims to protect aid beneficiaries from sexual exploitation and abuse. The £50m-a-year charity has failed an audit by the Humanitarian Quality Assurance Initiative (HQAI), which vets how charities meet core humanitarian standards, including how complaints against aid workers are handled. It scored zero out of a...

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  • Victims of child sexual abuse detail experiences in online anthology

    Accounts made available as part of independent inquiry’s Truth Project to encourage others to speak out The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse has published an unprecedented online anthology of sexual abuse in institutions, with 125 victims detailing the horrors they experienced in schools, sports clubs, churches and other groups. Accounts from the victims of abuse have been made available online as part of the inquiry’s Truth Project, in a drive to challenge the stigma surrounding...

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  • Suffering of childbirth is made acceptable by its glorification

    More elective caesarians should be carried out, says Hilary Farey, and Lizzy Gwilliam provides a network for disabled mothers I agree with your columnist Chitra Ramaswamy that Keira Knightley should not be criticised for being open about how vaginal childbirth can be messy, painful and mutilating (The attacks on Keira Knightley are misogynist, G2, 10 October). The suffering of childbirth is made acceptable by its glorification, in the same way that soldiers are fooled into volunteering to go to...

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