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VIDEO: Mourners gather for Peaches’ funeral

The funeral has taken place of the TV presenter and writer Peaches Geldof, who died suddenly, two weeks ago, at the age 25.

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Las Vegas’ Future Is Dry and Fucked

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Once upon a time, a lot of gangsters got together and built some casinos in the middle of a desert. For inexplicable reasons, these casinos were allowed to flourish into a major metropolitan area: Las Vegas. Now, that city is staring down a dry, waterless future.Read more…

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Is Hollywood Over Johnny Depp?

Hollywood’s most reluctant heartthrob isn’t doing so hot. With ‘Transcendence’ tanking, it seems as though America may have finally tired of the actor’s too-cool shtick.

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The Most Cynical Show on TV

Season 4’s third episode featured one of the most horrifying, taboo-violating encounters in the HBO series’ history. And that was just the tip of the iceberg. [WARNING: SPOILERS]

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Teenagers hurt in city disorder

Two teenagers are injured in disorder in Wolverhampton during which police believe shots could have been fired.

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Easter Miracle in Brooklyn

Despite being shot in the head twice, a young boy credits his faith in God for keeping him alive and able to sing his praises.

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Captain and 2 Crew Members Arrested After S. Korean Ferry Catastrophe

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After a ferry sank off South Korea last week, leaving over 266 missing and 36 confirmed dead , an arrest warrant was put out for the ferry’s captain, Lee Joon-seok. He and a helmsman, as well as a rookie third mate, were taken into custody this afternoon.Read more…

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Giggs ‘confident’ ahead of Bayern tie

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Man Utd do not see themselves as “underdogs” for Tuesday’s game against Bayern Munich, says player-coach Ryan Giggs.

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Koreas trade fire across sea border

North and South Korea exchange fire into the sea across the disputed western sea border, South Korea says, as Pyongyang holds military drills.

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Ask Umbra: So even BPA-free plastic is poisonous now?

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Send your question to Umbra! Q. In light of recent BPA-free-wait-this-stuff-is-worse confusion, what kind of water bottles can I drink from? I don’t trust myself with a glass Nalgene. Thanks, Hannah W. Cleveland, Ohio A. Dearest Hannah, Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water bottle … Out comes disturbing new research saying our new, safer plastics aren’t necessarily all that safe after all. So where can we turn to fulfill our hydration needs now? First, for those of you who don’t have a Google Alert on BPA, a.k.a. bisphenol A: The Center for Environmental Health recently released a study that looked at chemicals in several brands of BPA-free kids’ sippy cups. Nine of the 35 cups tested contained significant amounts of estrogenic chemicals similar to BPA – seven of which actually measured higher for estrogenic activity than products with BPA. This joins a 2011 study finding that most plastics leach synthetic estrogens, even those labeled BPA-free, and even without exposure to stressors like microwaving, dishwashers, or UV light. What gives? Didn’t we solve this dangerous-hormones issue a few years back, when the FDA banned BPA in baby bottles and kids’ cups and manufacturers switched en masse to BPA-free plastics? It seems we owe this out-of-the-frying-pan-into-the-fire situation to the fact that legally, chemicals are considered safe until proven otherwise. With BPA out, companies may have turned to untested replacements – some of which are now coming up positive for hormonal activity. I don’t blame you for wanting to chuck all your plastics, Hannah. The FDA’s official position may be that low levels of BPA are OK, but plenty of other scientists dispute the agency’s recent research. Given the health issues implicated with synthetic hormone exposure, I think the time-tested “better safe than sorry” plan is a prudent one. Luckily, I do have a few solutions for you. One, you could tote a stainless steel bottle, long a favorite option for the plastic-wary because they’re durable and recyclable. Though breakable, a glass water bottle is also a good, nontoxic bet, and you can slip a silicone sleeve over it to guard against butterfinger moments. A third option might be an aluminum bottle with a BPA- and phthalate-free liner, but given the choice, I’d still opt for steel. As long as you’re ditching plastic for all on-the-go drinking needs, I think you’re in good shape. Hydratedly, UmbraFiled under: Article, Living

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Arsenal in title race – Pellegrini

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Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini says Arsenal can still win this season’s Premier League title.

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Music Review: On Stage, Lady Gaga’s Artistry Endures

Though her “Artpop” album was considered a commercial flop, her audience seemed to embrace her on the first night of her “artRAVE: the ARTPOP ball” tour at Roseland Ballroom.

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Marriage equality law takes effect in England and Wales

Gay couples across England and Wales said “I do” on Friday night as a law legalising same-sex marriage came into effect at midnight, the final stage in a long fight for equality. Prime Minister David Cameron hailed what he said was an “important moment for our country”, and…

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SC Lt. Gov. upset that NAACP fails to ‘mutually respect’ the valor of slave-owning Confederates

According to the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), South Carolina Lieutenant Governor — and incoming president of the College of Charleston — Glenn McConnell has made a career capitalizing on the legacy of the Confederacy. In 2007, for example, he appeared on a white nationalist radio…

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