Increasing soft drink prices could cause surge in alcohol sales, say experts

A tax on sugary drinks introduced by the Government last year could increase alcohol consumption in some groups, a survey suggests. The levy on sugary drinks may have unintended consequences on the nation’s shopping habits, researchers found. Experts examined whether price hikes to soft drinks could lead to higher rates of purchases for other drinks – such as alcohol. Researchers, led ...

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British children more worried about Trump than global warming and nuclear war, study suggests

Children are experiencing “widespread anxiety” over the threat of terrorism and Donald Trump‘s presidency, a new survey from the Mental Health Foundation has found. In a bid to try and find out the impact world events were having on children, the charity asked 1,800 parents with children aged five to 18 what they thought their sons and daughters were anxious about. ...

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Ursula K Le Guin: US fantasy author dies at home in Oregon

Award-winning US science fiction and fantasy author Ursula K Le Guin has died, aged 88, her family said. The best-selling writer passed away on Monday at her home in Portland, Oregon, after a period of ill health, said her son, Theo Downes-Le Guin. Le Guin’s books melded dragons and wizards with spaceships to tackle earth-bound problems of race, gender and ...

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At least 22 dead in twin Benghazi car bombs

At least 22 people have been killed in two car bombs near a mosque in the Libyan city of Benghazi. Varying reports say 20 to 30 more were wounded by the blasts, which took place within minutes of each other. The first vehicle blew up in front of a mosque in the central al-Sleimani neighbourhood, as worshippers were leaving the ...

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New York man pleads guilty to attempting to join Islamic State

(Reuters) – A New York man has pleaded guilty to trying to help Islamic State by travelling to Turkey with the goal of entering Syria and fighting for the militant group, federal prosecutors announced on Tuesday. Arafat Nagi, 47, entered his plea on Monday before U.S. District Judge Richard Arcara in Buffalo, New York, the U.S. Department of Justice said. ...

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Sturgeon SNUBS Queen: Union flag stripped from Scottish Government buildings

This year Remembrance Day will be the only time the Union flag flies prompting claims of a “stealth” campaign for independence. On other occasions such as Her Majesty’s birthday it will be replaced by a Saltire. Scottish Tory MSP Murdo Fraser last night said: “Refusing to fly the Union flag on the Queen’s birthday is something that may well appeal ...

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Outcry as Thatcher statue plan is ditched by Westminster Council

The one-and-a-half-times life-size statue was to feature Baroness Thatcher dressed in her peer’s robes. But councillors agreed that this did not reflect her importance in history as a prime minister. The meeting also agreed that the statue should first receive approval from the Thatcher family before going ahead. Council officials had snubbed Britain’s greatest post-war prime minister on the grounds ...

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Mogg for PM! Caller joins Farage in urging Jacob Rees-Mogg to deliver Brexit for Britain

Jacob Rees-Mogg has been backed to become Prime Minister and lead Britain’s exit from the European Union by a passionate caller.  Speaking on his LBC show, the host discussed whether Boris Johnson was plotting to take over from Theresa May.  The Foreign Secretary has called for more money to be placed into the NHS, but Mr Farage suggested the move may have ...

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Michael Kors, Gap, and Ralph Lauren are trying a new strategy to survive the retail apocalypse — and customers are going to hate it

Discount signs at a Michael Kors store. AP Photo/John Minchillo American consumers became addicted to discounts after the recession. But heavy discounting eats into profit margins and can be detrimental to a brand’s image. Ralph Lauren, Michael Kors, and Gap are scaling back on discounts after years of declining sales and profits. American consumers are addicted to discounts — and ...

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An Arizona woman diagnosed with the flu was actually infected with life-threatening flesh-eating bacteria

CDC An Arizona woman was thought to have the flu when she first sought out medical treatment on January 11. After several days of severe pain, doctors realized she was suffering from necrotizing fasciitis, flesh-eating disease. So far, surgeons have removed more than 30% of her soft tissue to stop the infection. Christin Lipinksi first received medical treatment for the ...

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