Abattoir boss and three staff admit causing unnecessary animal suffering after secret footage showed workers SAWING at sheep's throats

An abattoir boss and three employees have admitted causing unnecessary suffering to sheep as they were slaughtered following a three-year fight to bring the case to court. Harrowing footage filmed secretly by campaign group Animal Aid showed workers at Bowood Abattoir hacking and sawing at animals’ throats, The undercover cameras also showed workers kicking sheep in the face and head, ...

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Two students dead, 17 injured in shooting at Kentucky high school

BENTON, Ky. (Reuters) – A 15-year-old boy opened fire with a handgun inside his high school in rural western Kentucky on Tuesday, killing two fellow students and wounding a dozen other youths before he was arrested, the state’s governor and police said. The shooting began shortly before 8 a.m. CST (1400 GMT) at Marshall County High School in Benton, a ...

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Turkey kills at least 260 Kurdish, Islamic State fighters in Syria offensive – military

ANKARA/BEIRUT (Reuters) – Turkey has killed at least 260 Syrian Kurdish fighters and Islamic State militants in its four-day-old offensive into the Kurdish-dominated Afrin region of northwest Syria, the Turkish military said on Tuesday. U.S. President Donald Trump plans to raise concerns with Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan in a phone call expected on Wednesday about Ankara’s offensive against U.S.-backed Kurdish ...

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Upbeat earnings underpin stocks, dollar eases to three-year low

NEW YORK (Reuters) – World stock markets broadly edged higher on Tuesday, with the U.S. market getting a lift from upbeat earnings from companies such as Netflix, while the U.S. dollar slipped to a three-year low against a basket of major currencies. Helping the positive tone for stocks was relief over Monday’s temporary U.S. government funding deal, which boosted confidence ...

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Saddam Hussein wrote a romantic novel you can actually buy on Amazon

Saddam Hussein. via Wikimedia In 2000, Saddam Hussein published an allegorical romance novel called “Zabiba and the King.” Not much is known about production of the book, but you can buy an English translation on Amazon. It gives a glimpse into Saddam’s ideology, but isn’t exactly heralded for its artistic merit. When you think of words to describe former Iraqi ...

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'I don’t see how anyone could interpret this as a good thing': The departure of Twitter's No. 2 exec is going to hurt (TWTR)

Twitter CEO Jack DorseyAP Images On Tuesday, Anthony Noto, the man running Twitter under part-time CEO Jack Dorsey, resigned to take a CEO role at a fintech startup. Noto was credited for creating Twitter’s growth strategy in video and was the person who knew Twitter more intimately than anyone. This can only be seen as a bad sign for the ...

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James Comey's former chief of staff quit the FBI

FBI Director Chris Wray AP/Andrew Harnik FBI chief of staff Jim Rybicki, who served under former FBI director James Comey and current director Christopher Wray, has resigned.  Rybicki became a target of Republican criticism last year for his role in helping craft a memo that exonerated former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in the investigation into her use of a ...

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AI-powered smartphones and the features that will make you want to buy them

Hollis Johnson Many devices makers made a push to introduce artificial intelligence as a highlight feature on smartphones in 2017.   Companies have begun creating special hardware and software dedicated to AI functionality.  Most AI features appear to be centered around imaging and photography, power efficiency and security.  Artificial intelligence is slowly making its way onto smartphones — and may be a ...

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23 Oscar-nominated movies you didn't watch but now you should

Have you seen Jessica Chastain’s Oscar-nominated movie “Molly’s Game”?STX Entertainment Oscar nominations were announced Tuesday for the 90th Academy Awards, so you know what that means. It’s time to catch up on all of the movies you didn’t see last year to make yourself sound like you’re in the know around your film-loving friends for the next two months. We’re not ...

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