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Online dating can be even more challenging if you’re a farmer

Image: vicky leta / mashable  Swiping on dating apps is a breeze if you live in a town or city. But, when you’re a young farmer living in a rural community, it’s a whole other story. One where dates get cancelled when animals go into labour, and where some people show up to their dates brandishing shotguns. For farmers, online dating is an experience. And not always a good one….

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Trying to avoid care home fees? Think twice, consumers told – BBC News

If you are worth more than that, you have to pay the full cost of your care – during your lifetime and, if necessary, from your estate after you have died. It may not leave much for your family to inherit. Which is why marketing leaflets from a will-writing firm called Universal Wealth Preservation are eye-catching. Image caption Susan Steer says she was told she wouldn’t need to sell her…

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How many bombs has Britain dropped in 2017? – BBC News

Where the number wasn’t known, the BBC presumed one bomb was dropped. The most commonly used weapon is the Paveway IV precision guided bomb. At least 129 have been used against IS targets by the RAF this year. Through Operation Shader, the RAF is supporting Iraqi ground forces as part of a US-led international coalition. UK bombs and missiles dropped in Syria and Iraq From 1 January – 9 April…

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House Russia investigator travels to Cyprus, island at center of Manafort allegations

(CNN)A Democrat on the House intelligence committee flew to Cyprus this week as part of the panel’s broad investigation into allegations that Russian operatives and top aides on President Donald Trump’s campaign colluded to influence the US election. “You go to Cyprus because that’s where Russians launder money,” said Rep. Mike Quigley, D-Illinois, in explaining the reason for his trip. The Mediterranean island nation has become a part of the…

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Trump names Garrett, Bachus to Export-Import Bank

Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump will nominate former members of Congress Scott Garrett and Spencer Bachus to two vacant positions at the US Export-Import Bank — an entity Trump has in the past called “excess baggage” and agreed with conservatives on shutting down. Garrett would fill the role of Ex-Im president for a four-year term. In the past, Garrett was openly critical of the Ex-Im Bank, tweeting in 2015: “I opposed…

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North Korea puts on a show for Day of the Sun

(CNN)A military parade in the heart of Pyongyang is underway where it’s expected the North Korean regime will show off some of its latest arsenal. Pictures on state television showed thousands of soldiers marching in formation alongside tanks, balloons and enormous crowds. Leader Kim Jong Un was shown clapping and smiling from a reviewing box. USS Carl Vinson heads to Korean Peninsula It has since conducted a number of shorter-range…

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We suck at picking our own profile pictures

Your profile picture selection won't be the most flattering.Image: vicky leta/mashable “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.” According to a new study, that’s trueand we’re not very good at recognizing which of our profile pictures others will find beautiful. SEE ALSO: Trendsetters teach us how to pose for show-stopping Tinder profile photos In a small experiment with 102 students, researchers at UNSW Sydney in Australia found that the…

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Kim Kardashian is endorsing that morning sickness drug again with a weird #tbt

Kim Kardashian West‘s latest #SponCon post is a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma Photoshopped into an iPhone. Kardashian West is back to endorsing Diclegis, the very same morning sickness drug that got her in trouble with the FDA two years ago. Her controversial ad campaign (runs in the family!) has returned as a bizarrely Photoshopped #tbt. The Instagram, posted Thursday, appears to be a film photo of…

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Pupils as young as four having panic attacks, say teachers – BBC News

The survey found: 98% of teachers said they had come into contact with pupils who were experiencing mental health issues. They were most likely to be teenagers, with more than half of teachers saying they had seen issues in 14 to 16-year-olds. But nearly a fifth (18%) of those surveyed by the union said they had been in contact with four to seven-year-olds showing mental health issues while more than…

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US sending ‘dozens’ more troops to Somalia

(CNN)The US is sending “dozens” of additional troops to Somalia to train and equip the Somali National Army and the forces participating in the African Union Mission in Somalia there, a US military official confirmed Thursday. President Donald Trump last month granted additional authority to US Africa Command to conduct counterterrorism airstrikes against the terror group. The deployment was first reported by Voice of America.

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Haley says Trump doesn’t limit her foreign policy bullhorn

Washington (CNN)Nikki Haley has displayed unusual prominence as a face of the Trump administration in its openings months. And according to her, the boss doesn’t mind. Haley, with no prior national security experience and once a vociferous Trump critic, has nevertheless emerged as an outspoken foreign policy figure defending Trump’s worldview. And she’s doing so from her perch as the US Ambassador to the United Nations, a narrow gig that…

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GOP Rep. Mike Coffman stands by his call for Trump to fire Sean Spicer

Washington (CNN)A moderate Denver-area Republican repeated his call for President Donald Trump to fire White House press secretary Sean Spicer. “I don’t think he’s serving this President very well,” said Rep. Mike Coffman on CNN’s “Erin Burnett OutFront” Thursday. Speaking with constituents at a rowdy town hall event Wednesday evening, Coffman faced vocal criticism from constituents who said they wanted him to push back against Trump. When one asked about…

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Trump says China has turned back N. Korean coal ships, lauds it as ‘big step’

Washington (CNN)US President Donald Trump says China has turned a fleet of coal-carrying cargo ships back to North Korea this week, describing it as a “big step” towards cracking down on the rogue state. China banned all imports of coal from North Korea in mid-February, soon after Pyongyang tested a new intermediate-range missile. Almost all coal shipments to the Chinese city of Dandong, on the North Korean border, since February…

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US intelligence intercepted communications between Syrian military and chemical experts

(CNN)The US military and intelligence communityhas intercepted communicationsfeaturingSyrian military and chemical experts talking about preparations for the sarin attack in Idlib last week, a senior US official tells CNN. The intercepts were part of an immediate review of all intelligence in the hours after the attack to confirm responsibility for the use of chemical weapons in an attack in northwestern Syria, which killed at least 70 people. US officials have…

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Longtime Trump ally: ‘Heresy’ to accuse Manafort of colluding with Russians

(CNN)A longtime friend of President Donald Trump is defending former campaign chairman Paul Manafort in the wake of a report that his consulting firm received at least $1.2 million in payments from a pro-Russian political party in Ukraine. According to the Associated Press, financial records prove the payments, which were listed in a handwritten ledger, were made in 2007 and 2009 — years before Manafort was part of the Trump…

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Why lobbyists like Manafort don’t want to register as foreign agents

Washington (CNN)Paul Manafort is expected to retroactively file as a foreign agent after failing to disclose his prior work for a foreign government. It won’t be the first time that it is done less than eagerly. Lobbyists representing foreign governments are required to disclose their work in extensive detail to the Department of Justice thanks to the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA). The registrations ask lobbyists about the services they…

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Report: VA hospital in D.C. putting ‘patients at unnecessary risk’

(CNN)The Department of Veterans Affairs’ inspector general says practices at the Washington VA Medical Center are putting “patients at unnecessary risk,” and the VA has removed the director of the hospital from his position, assigning him to temporary administrative duties. A report out Wednesday raised several concerns related to staffing shortages, dirty storage areas and failure to keep track of medical equipment, leading to shortages that could endanger patient health….

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Trump, shocked by Assad, discussed chemical weapons history at Mar-a-Lago

(CNN)President Donald Trump, consumed by the idea that a world leader would use chemical weapons on his own people, discussed with staffers and close confidantes at his Mar-a-Lago club Friday about the historical and philosophical context for the use of chemical weapons, aides and people who spoke to Trump told CNN. Full interview: Sean Spicer’s apology An administration document on the use of chemical weapons since World War I was…

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Trump should be fighting ISIS, not Syria

(CNN)What’s the White House’s next move when it comes to Syria? Let’s hope nothing. President Donald Trump’s salvo of cruise missiles against a military airfield in Syria last week brought bipartisan acclaim, and that’s a major cause for concern. In a partisan age, the American media likes to report on any seemingly bipartisan agreement, and has an interest in subtly cheering any US military campaign, despite its size or scope,…

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Brexit vote site may have been hacked, MPs say in report – BBC News

But he said the committee’s report had included the possibility that the crash “may have been caused by a DDOS (distributed denial of service attack) using botnets” in its report “on advice”. He declined to elaborate further. The then Prime Minister David Cameron extended the deadline for registering to vote in the referendum after the website crashed. ‘Mass psychology’ The committee has also criticised Mr Cameron’s “questionable” motives for calling…

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White House: Federal hiring freeze over, ‘surgical’ cuts begin

Washington (CNN)The Trump administration, in an attempt to remake the size and scope of the federal government, will inform federal agencies Wednesday that President Donald Trump’s federal ban on hiring is over. But the Office of Management and Budget expects agencies to begin implementing more “targeted” and “surgical” cuts to agency staffing. Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney said Tuesday the guidance, which will go out to agencies…

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Dr. David Dao’s United nightmare could be yours

(CNN)Imagine you’re a 69-year-old physician — a Vietnamese-American immigrant, traveling by air from Chicago to your Kentucky home. Imagine that the flight you’re on is overbooked, a consequence of decisions made by the carrier to pack its planes as tightly as possible in order to deliver maximum value to shareholders, even if in doing so it’s providing minimum comfort for travelers. Imagine that the airline decides four of its employees…

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Trump nominates John Sullivan for No. 2 spot at State

Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump has nominated attorney John Sullivan to serve as Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s deputy, the White House announced Tuesday. Sullivan is a partner at Mayer Brown in Washington and co-chairs the law firm’s national security practice. His nomination to the No. 2 spot at the State Department would fill one of the key national security positions still vacant as Democrats slow-walk the President’s nominees. Sullivan previously…

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