• Term-time holidays: Where most children were absent – BBC News
  • ‘Fake research’ comes under scrutiny – BBC News
  • Uber’s self-driving car program in Arizona just crashed, like actually crashed, on the road
  • Hoverboard fires are still a problem, so here’s another product recall to remind you
  • Pizzagate protesters want to convince everyone it’s not ‘fake news’

Term-time holidays: Where most children were absent – BBC News

Click to see content: schoolholidaysrise_birmingham Across England, term-time holidays accounted for an average of 27% of all missed “sessions” of school. There are two sessions of school each day, morning and afternoon. Pupils in Yorkshire and The Humber and the North East of England lost the most time to holiday. The figures showed the number of absences was equivalent to 1.5 school sessions for every pupil. In Outer London the…

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‘Fake research’ comes under scrutiny – BBC News

Stephen Metcalfe, the committee’s chairman, said it was vitally important that people have confidence in research that is paid for by public funds. “Where research has been found to be fraudulent at a later point it has a big impact on the public – it leads to mistrust,” he told BBC News. “What we want to do is to investigate how robust the mechanisms are for ensuring that research is…

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Uber’s self-driving car program in Arizona just crashed, like actually crashed, on the road

Uber’s very bad, not-at-all-great 2017 just got a whole hell of a lot worse. But this time, somehow, the problem isn’t human interactions in the workplace, but self-driving cars on the road. On Friday, photos posted to Twitter revealed an Uber self-driving car flipped over on its side after being involved in a car crash in Tempe, Arizona. SEE ALSO: The most cringe-worthy quotes from CEO Travis Kalanick on Uber’s…

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Hoverboard fires are still a problem, so here’s another product recall to remind you

Image: cpsc/Vecaro Lifestyle, image modified by Mashable  Here we go again. Following the tragic deaths of two children in Pennsylvania caused by a hoverboard fire earlier this month, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) just announced the recall of yet another hoverboard brand. SEE ALSO: The rise and fall of the hoverboard The brand is Los Angeles-based Vecaro LifeStyle and the reason for the recall is the same as…

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Pizzagate protesters want to convince everyone it’s not ‘fake news’

Pizzagate believers are still out there.Image:  Jan Vaek/stocksnap Conspiracy theory peddling InfoWars host Alex Jones apologized on Friday for spreading the unfounded conspiracy theory that a D.C. pizza restaurant was at the center of a child sex-abuse ring run by Hillary Clinton. But outside the White House on Saturday, the theoretical audience for InfoWars and all matters of PizzaGate conspiracy news didn’t seem to care much. A small group of…

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Report: Uber executives went to a literal escort bar on a business trip to Seoul

Uber CEO Travis Kalanick with his then-girlfriend, Gabi Holzwarth.Image: dimitrios kambouris/Getty Images In case there was still any doubt, Uber’s top executives are really terrible. A report in The Informationout Friday night alleges that CEO Travis Kalanick and Senior Vice President of Business Emil Michael took Uber staffers towait for itan escort-karaoke bar in Seoul, where male Uber managers picked women working at the bar out of a lineup. Again:…

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Art world’s Welsh national gallery wish list – BBC News

Image copyright Bedwyr Williams/ Other Image caption A photographic presentation of Bard Attitude Williams himself would choose two of his own works for the gallery; Bard Attitude a series of comedy routines from 2005 where, dressed as a Celtic bard with a flowing fake beard, Williams plays on a cliche of Welsh heritage and identity. Image copyright Keystone/ Getty Image caption Swansea painter Ceri Richards, chosen by Dr Rowan Williams…

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Mud, sweat and cheers: The rise of obstacle course racing – BBC News

Image copyright Christine carr Image caption People wade through open water and crawl through mud during events When you ask them why do they do it, they come up with a similar set of answers. Obstacle courses are above all “fun” and a “challenge”, often tackled with friends. There is always said to be a great atmosphere and the camaraderie drives people on, but the key point is the “anti-competitiveness”…

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Anti-IS fighter family probed by police – BBC News

Media captionKimberley Taylor speaking to BBC News from Raqqa in February 2017 An anti-IS fighter who travelled to Syria from Blackburn has claimed her family is being threatened with prosecution. Kimberley Taylor – the first known British woman to fight against IS – joined Kurdish forces in the battle to reclaim Raqqa in March 2016. Ms Taylor claims her parent’s laptops and phones have been taken away and not returned…

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Infowars apologizes about the fake news fiasco #Pizzagate

Comet Ping Pong pizzeria was the target of a vicious fake news story.Image: Alex Wong/Getty Images Months after a conspiracy theory about Hillary Clinton’s involvement in a child trafficking ring out of a Washington, D.C., pizzeria blew up from a very fake news story to a real-life shooting, fringe right-wing media outlet Infowars is apologizing for its role in spreading the completely false narrative. SEE ALSO: ‘Pizzagate’ The deranged conspiracy…

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Flipkart is reportedly acquiring eBay’s India business

Image:  Getty Images India’s largest online retailer Flipkart is in talks to acquire eBay’s domestic business, according to a report from Factor Daily. The deal is said to be structured as part of Flipkart’s ongoing $2 billion fundraising. The Bangalore-based company is seen to be strengthening its arsenal to wage a war with Amazon that might soon define India’s $15 billion e-commerce sector. SEE ALSO: Flipkart acquires Jabong for $70…

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Readers only believe news if it came from someone they trust, like Oprah

Only trust the news if it came from Oprah.Image:  Tim Mossholder/stocksnap People never remember, or care, who wrote a news story they read. But they really care who shared it on Facebook. Americans will trust that the story they read isn’t fake news if it’s shared by someone they trust, according to a new report from the Media Insight Project. “People who see an article from a trusted sharer, but…

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You may not like Facebook ‘On This Day’ but there are many people who don’t even have it

Image: facebook screenshot A year ago today I wrote an article about Foursquare relaunching their app Swarm. I don’t have these launch dates memorized nor do I keep a tab of all the stories I write. I know this because of Facebook. The site reminded me this morning within “On This Day,” a feature that surfaces my own Facebook posts from that day but in years prior. SEE ALSO: Facebook…

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Red Nose Day 2017 raises 71m for Comic Relief – BBC News

Media captionA short sequel to 2003’s Love Actually was among the highlights The reunited cast of Love Actually, Mrs Brown and Ed Sheeran have helped Comic Relief raise more than 71m so far. A stellar cast of comedians, musicians and other celebrities took part in the charity’s 16th Red Nose Day on Friday. Highlights included a 10-minute sequel to the 2003 film Love Actually. Take That hit the road with…

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High cost credit products must be tackled, say Lords – BBC News

The government asked regulators the Financial Conduct Authority to limit the interest rates they are able to charge. Poverty premium It calls for similar restrictions to be applied to other forms of high cost credit, charges for unarranged overdrafts and “rent to own” products. These are products that allow customers to buy items, such as televisions or mobile phones, through rental deals which can cost as much as four or…

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Poor behaviour ‘not taken seriously enough in schools’ – BBC News

‘Clear rules’ He said he wanted behaviour to be tracked at the school level and pulled together in an anonymised survey. Related Topics Schools More From this publisher : HERE Recommended ProductsMadsense Reseller Rights OTO3WP Backup Boss – Developer License Hard disks fail. WordPress sites get hacked. Incompatible WP core, plugin or theme upgrades may cause the site to crash. WP Backup Boss allows you to auto-create compressed snapshots of…

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Half of word SLOW ‘outside permitted area’ on Boxford road – BBC News

As first reported in the East Anglian Daily Times, Boxford resident David Lamming accused UK Power Networks and Suffolk County Council of a “lack of joined-up thinking” over the mix-up. He said: “What was a lack of common sense has now turned into farce.” Image copyright David Lamming Image caption Only half of a warning triangle has been repainted in Boxford Mr Lamming said the contractors also only repainted part…

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Discovery enables ‘mass produced blood’ – BBC News

However, each cell eventually burns out and produces no more than 50,000 red blood cells. The trick developed by the Bristol team was to trap the stem cells at an early stage where they grow in number indefinitely. It is known as making them immortal. Once the researchers have this group of cells, they can just trigger them to become red blood cells. Dr Jan Frayne, one of the researchers,…

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Strike action begins at Faslane and Coulport naval bases – BBC News

The Faslane base on the Clyde is home to the UK’s fleet of Trident nuclear submarines. Unite has accused Babcock of a “systematic campaign to undermine workers”, claiming it had withdrawn facilities for shop steward meetings and was “failing to meaningfully consult and negotiate with the trade union”. ‘Major disruption’ The union represents a range of workers at the two bases, including cleaners, housekeepers, logistics operatives, drivers and mail staff….

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Major pancreatic cancer study launched – BBC News

“It’s important we offer all patients the opportunity to be part of research alongside their standard care.” Menu of trials In Scotland, pancreatic cancer incidence rates have increased by 12% over the past 10 years. In Scotland, about 620 people were diagnosed with pancreatic cancer 10 years ago, and this has risen to about 790 people. Over this same period in Scotland, pancreatic cancer mortality rates have increased by 6%…

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Wild Film Festival Scotland gets under way in Dumfries – BBC News

Organisers have promised an “exciting weekend of award-winning films, stunning photography, celebrity guests, inspirational talks, controversy, art and music.” Among the headline speakers is Sacha Dench, the woman dubbed the “human swan”, who announced earlier this week that she plans a powered paraglider flight from tip to toe of the Hebrides. More From this publisher : HERE Recommended ProductsBulletResponse PRO OPTION 1 Bullet Response is an easy to use Bot…

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‘Bed-blocking’ statistics reveal areas worst affected. – BBC News

Out of 1.87 million delayed days between April 2016 and the end of January 2017, just over 1 million were down to the NHS. There were 635,000 where social care was responsible and 145,000 that were a mixture of both. Click to see content: delaytransfer_birmingham Delayed transfers occur when a patient is deemed medically well enough to be released from hospital, but something else holds up their discharge. The BBC…

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Donald Trump Jr criticises London mayor after terror attack – BBC News

Two hours later, Mr Trump tweeted an article from the Independent newspaper in September 2016. The tweet added: “Terror attacks are part of living in a big city, says London Mayor Sadiq Khan.” What we know about London attack Trump challenges Khan to IQ test Watch Khan’s 2016 interview in full (Evening Standard) Image copyright Twitter Others accused him of implying that Mr Khan’s comments were made after the attack….

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Brexit vote: Single market benefit ‘largely imaginary’ – BBC News

Economies that trade with the 11 founding members of the single market, using World Trade Organization (WTO) terms, have increased their exports to the EU five times faster than the UK has, over the past 20 years, the study says. Michael Burrage, the report’s author, said that before joining the single market in 1993, the UK’s exports to the EU grew at a faster rate than major economies such as…

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