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Former Playmate says Hugh Hefner’s mansion had ‘cult-like’ atmosphere: ‘He believed he owned these women’

Miki Garcia was a Playmate and head of promotions from 1973 to 1982

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Former Playmate says Hugh Hefner’s mansion had ‘cult-like’ atmosphere: ‘He believed he owned these women’

Miki Garcia was a Playmate and head of promotions from 1973 to 1982

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US says it has no accurate count of private American citizens in Ukraine

Withdrawal of US personnel is not sign of abandoning support, Ned Price says

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US says it has no accurate count of private American citizens in Ukraine

Withdrawal of US personnel is not sign of abandoning support, Ned Price says

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Belarus hacktivists target railway in anti-Russia effort

A Belarusian hacktivist group says it has launched a limited cyberattack on the national railway company, aimed at impeding the movement of Russian troops and freight…

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‘What a stupid son of a bitch’: Biden hits out as Fox reporter asks him about inflation

Joe Biden called Fox News reporter Peter Doocy a “stupid son of a bitch” after he asked him a question about inflation at the White House.

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US’s longest-serving political prisoner Leonard Peltier says prison is ‘torture chamber’ amid Covid lockdowns

Leonard Peltier describes the loneliness of lockdown as similar to “staring down the face” of a death penalty

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Gaetz and AOC join forces in calling for Congress stock trading ban: ‘The current rules are not working’

Two of the 27 members who signed the letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy are currently targets of criminal or congressional…

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Convoy of truckers funded by online donations drive on Canadian capital to oppose border vaccine mandates

Trucking federation president slams protest, saying ‘the only way to cross the border, in a commercial truck or any other vehicle, is to get vaccinated’

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Special grand jury granted in probe of Trump’s election interference in Georgia

Former president insists he ‘didn’t say anything wrong’ on his call with election officials to ‘find’ votes

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Judges approve special grand jury in Georgia election probe

A request for a special grand jury by the Georgia prosecutor who’s investigating whether former President Donald Trump and others broke the law by trying to…

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FBI searches national Covid testing facility that charged government $120m for testing uninsured Americans

Consumers complained that their tests were late, with some questioning whether testing was being done at all

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High court won’t hear pandemic proxy voting dispute

The Supreme Court has rejected a challenge from House Republican leader Kevin McCarthy to the proxy voting system that Democrats put in place in response to…

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‘No bed means no beds’: Nurse’s Covid rant goes viral

‘No beds for your stroke, no beds for your heart attack, no beds for your car crash, no beds for your sick child’

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‘How dare you be so flippant’: Whoopi Goldberg slams Bill Maher for calling Covid-19 measures ‘bananas’

Bill Maher mocked the likes of face masks and booster shots and said people live in a ‘paranoid world’

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NYC mayor Eric Adams brings back controversial NYPD crime unit disbanded in 2020 amid recent killings

Plainclothes officers have been involved in some of New York’s most infamous cases of police violence, and have been accused of racial profiling

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Fired financial adviser defends himself following smoothie shop tirade, claims son stopped breathing

James Iannazzo, the Merri Lynch employee who was fired after going on an anti-immigrant tirade at a smoothie shop and throwing a drink at a worker…

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“Getting screwed really radicalised me”: The drone worker taking on Amazon’s secretive management system

Amazon reportedly aims to create competition and ‘attrition’ among employees

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Mass anti-coup protests continue in Sudan; 3 killed

Thousands of Sudanese have taken to the streets in the capital of Khartoum and other cities, continuing relentless anti-coup protests that have rocked the country since…

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Biden revives ‘clean energy’ program with $1B loan guarantee

The Biden administration has issued its first clean energy loan guarantee, reviving an Obama-era program that disbursed billions of dollars in guarantees to help launch the…

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NBA player Jaxson Hayes charged over domestic incident that saw police choke and Taser him

Athlete told police ‘I can’t breathe’ during 2021 arrest at home in Los Angeles suburb

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Why would Russia invade Ukraine?

Nato is sending more fighter jets and ships to eastern Europe amid growing tensions

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US puts 8,500 troops on alert as Biden ‘refining plans for all scenarios’

Comes as the United States places 8,500 military personnel on heightened alert to deploy

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Psaki says US is ‘refining plans for all scenarios’ in Ukraine

Comes as the United States places 8,500 military personnel on heightened alert to deploy

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Donald Trump Jr mocked for suggesting the real cause of the Ukraine crisis is Hunter Biden

‘Will it ultimately be Hunter’s lucrative and shady AF business dealings in Ukraine that gets us into a war with Russia?’ tweeted Donald Trump’s eldest son

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Trump – impeached for trying to blackmail Ukraine – hits out at Biden over Russia crisis

Former president said the current crisis in Ukraine would not happen if he were in office

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Lebanon’s former PM Saad Hariri quits politics and won’t run in polls

Mr Hariri’s decision to not take part in upcoming parliamentary elections could derail the vote

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Baby lounger manufacturer refuses to recall product despite CPSC warning

Company pushes back against government warning, saying its lounger is ‘not a sleep product’

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Beverly Hills mansion with link to the Manson murders goes on market for $117m

Sprawling estate that was once the site of one of America’s most gruesome and notorious murders has since been completely transformed

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George Floyd officers trial: Defence says Derek Chauvin ‘called all of the shots’ in Black man’s killing

J Alexander Kueng, Thomas Lane and Tou Thao have all pleaded not guilty to federal charges

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George Floyd officers trial – live: Defense says officers were ‘let down’ by Minneapolis Police Department

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Biscuit World union effort rooted in West Virginia history

Workers at a franchise of Tudor’s Biscuit World are hoping they will soon be members of West Virginia’s first unionized fast-food restaurant

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‘I’m over Covid’: Bill Maher says Americans shouldn’t obediently follow all doctors’ advice

That the medical establishment ‘never even attempted to get people to live a healthier lifestyle as a response to this pandemic is a giant scandal to…

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Persons of interest identified in Moab double murder but Brian Laundrie ruled out as suspect

‘They have told us that Brian and Gabby were not involved in our case. We have no reason to dispute that,’ father of murdered woman says

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Donald Trump’s niece says he will turn on Ivanka eventually

Mary Trump predicts split between Trump, Ivanka over 6 January

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Woman rescues animal and no one can work out what it is

The animal was scared and cold when it was found outside

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Government to publish bill on right to request work from home

Employers who fail to give good reasons for rejecting requests for home, remote or hybrid working could find themselves before the courts.

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Covid patient dies after wife fought hospital to keep him on ventilator

‘I would like to thank the public for the outpouring of love and support during this difficult time,’ says Quiner family’s lawyer

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Trump – impeached for trying to blackmail Ukraine – hits out at Biden over Russia crisis

Former president said the current crisis in Ukraine would not happen if he were in office

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January 6 investigator fired from day job by Virginia’s Republican attorney general

Pressure on select committee is reaching a new pitch as members prepare a year of public hearings

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In global 5G race, European Union is told to step up pace

A European Union watchdog has warned that the EU faces much bigger economic and security threats unless member countries step up cooperation

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Committee to discuss Bill to introduce paid work leave for domestic violence victims

The Organisation of Working Time (Domestic Violence Leave) Bill is due to go before the equality committee on Tuesday.

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SNL mocks Ted Cruz groveling to Donald Trump: ‘Hit me, choke me, spit in my face’

‘Donald, if you’re watching, I love you, baby. You are the king. Honestly, hit me’

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‘Coup PowerPoint’ author told legislators they could throw out ‘fake’ Biden ballots, documents show

A pair of advisers to former president Donald Trump also appear in emails from ex-US Army colonel Phil Waldron to Arizona legislators

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A blood transfusion killed Paul Michael Glaser’s wife and daughter. Now his son is fighting to end HIV stigma

Jake Glaser, the son of Elizabeth Glaser and actor Paul Michael Glaser contracted HIV in utero after his mother was infected during a blood transfusion. He…

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Finnish MP on trial for hate speech after calling homosexuality a ‘developmental disorder’

Prosecutors want to fine Paivi Rasanen for calling homosexuality a developmental disorder and a sin

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Three officers ‘watched as George Floyd died a slow and agonising death’, says prosecutor in opening statement

Opening statements began on Monday in the federal trial of Tou Thao, Thomas Lane and J Alexander Kueng

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Grandmother lures scammer to her home and gets him arrested

‘These individuals sit at home and have nothing else to do but think of a way to take advantage of our elderly,’ police commissioner says

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Committee to discuss Bill to introduce paid work leave for domestic violence victims

The Organisation of Working Time (Domestic Violence Leave) Bill is due to go before the equality committee on Tuesday.

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‘Abducted by luxurious pirates’: Passengers speak out after Crystal Cruises ship fled to Bahamas to avoid warrant

Ship reportedly has 300 passengers and 400 crew members on board

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Staten Island man arrested for submitting fake positive Covid tests to get workers’ comp

Authorities say Ajani Shaw used six fake Covid positive results to claim workers’ benefits

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Artemis Rayford: 12-year-old who wrote to Tennessee governor opposing gun law shot and killed by stray bullet

Gun law in question, championed by Governor Bill Lee, allows people over the age of 21 to carry a weapon without training or a permit in…

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Italian politicians begin secret vote to elect president after Berlusconi rules himself out

Voting began mid-afternoon

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Woman finds $3m lottery prize in her spam email folder

Laura Spears will now add the Michigan Lottery to her safe senders list

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Cheney and Kinzinger fire back at Newt Gingrich’s call for them to be arrested if GOP takes House

The only two Republicans on 6 January select committee have been remorselessly targeted from the right since voting for Trump’s impeachment

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More than 200 reported dead after Isis prison break in Syria as clashes continue

Fighting between US-backed Syrian forces and Islamic State militants has entered a fifth day

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Supreme Court to hear challenge to affirmative action in college admissions

Case hinges on treatment of Asian-Americans by admissions departments at Harvard

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Fauci predicts when the US Omicron wave will finally peak

Fauci says ‘things are looking good’ with cases declining in many areas, including in the northeast

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Supreme Court to hear challenge to affirmative action in college admissions

Case hinges on treatment of Asian-Americans by admissions departments at Harvard

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‘Covid pass’ comes into effect in France as cases surge

People no longer allowed to visit public venues unless fully vaccinated or recently recovered from Covid

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Sarah Palin tests positive for Covid as defamation trial against New York Times begins

Sarah Palin, who is not vaccinated against Covid-19, tested positive for the virus on Monday as the former Republican governor of Alaska and right-wing figure begins…

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