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How grandma got hooked on heroin

How grandma got hooked on heroin

STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Cynthia had it all — a career and a family of 8 children and 18 grandchildren
  • She abused prescription painkillers and then used heroin because it was cheaper
  • Prescription opiate abuse can be a gateway drug to heroin, doctor says
  • “Prescription drug abuse is a massive problem in the United States,” doctor adds

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Denver (CNN) — Cynthia Scudo is a portrait of an all-American mom of eight and grandmother of 18 who survived an extraordinary journey lasting a decade: She became addicted to prescription painkillers and then to heroin.

You’d never guess it. Trim, petite, with a bob and easy smile, Scudo had enough energy to work full-time and preside over a large family in Denver.

She had it all — until it crumbled.

Her dark secret about a taboo drug is not as isolated as it seems, especially with the revelations of public figures whose early deaths involved heroin, such as actor Philip Seymour Hoffman, who overdosed on a cocktail of legal and illegal drugs.

Prescription drug abuse is now a health epidemic in America, worse than crack in the 1980s, and Scudo’s story is one example. Her addiction to a handful of prescription drugs, with OxyContin as first and foremost, led to heroin because it gave her the same high at a cheaper price. Both are opiates.

“In the beginning, it was a feel-good,” said Scudo, 55. “At the end, it was black.”

Cynthia Scudo became addicted to prescription drugs and turned to heroin when she needed a cheaper fix.
Cynthia Scudo became addicted to prescription drugs and turned to heroin when she needed a cheaper fix.

Scudo didn’t shoot heroin. Rather, she smoked it using a straw, tinfoil and a lighter to inhale a smaller than pea-sized pinch of “black tar” heroin. She exhaled the smoke through a fan vent in the basement bathroom of her home, sometimes at 2 a.m., so her children wouldn’t smell anything.

“There’s such a stigma about heroin, that it’s dirty and it’s IV users under the bridge and homeless people, and that is so not the case,” Scudo said. “Heroin crosses all borders, all socioeconomic groups.”

Scudo’s addiction was far from unique. The path from prescription drugs to heroin is well traveled, according to Dr. Patrick Fehling, a psychiatrist at the University of Colorado Hospital’s Center for Dependency, Addiction and Rehabilitation.

“That is very common. I have a lot of patients that ask me, ‘Are prescription opioid painkillers gateway drugs towards heroin?’” Fehling said. “Absolutely.”

Scudo’s drug use, while extreme, shouldn’t obscure one reality: “Prescription drug abuse is a massive problem in the United States,” Fehling said.

How it began

For Scudo, her addiction began — as they all do — innocently enough.

She sought relief from hip pain, possibly caused by scarring from cesarean sections she had delivering several of her children.

Her then-husband recommended a physician.

“There was no physical therapy offered,” she said of the doctor’s visit. “The first reaction was, let’s give you some drugs.”

He put her on OxyContin.

By the second week, she was physically addicted.

She was popping so much of the painkiller and other drugs such as anti-anxiety Valium that they equated to a dosage for three men.

A second doctor reduced her prescription, causing Scudo to experience withdrawal symptoms, or become “dope-sick.”

“When you start withdrawing from opiates, it focuses in your lower back and your legs, and it is like somebody has clamped a vice on both sides of your hips and is just smashing you. Hitting my back with a baseball bat would have been more comfortable,” Scudo said.

She was desperate for more OxyContin.

“Some people are not addicts and can take drugs as prescribed,” she explained. “But for the few people who are addicts, it’s a whole different ball game.”

To feed her cravings, Scudo leveraged her maternal authority: She found drug dealers who were friends of her eldest children.

 Cynthia Scudo sleds with all of her eight children.
Cynthia Scudo sleds with all of her eight children.

“When you have eight children,” she said, “you’re bound to know people.”

It was so easy.

But it was also so expensive. One OxyContin pill cost $80 on the street.

“One OxyContin wouldn’t last me at all,” she said. “I could never take just one OxyContin. That wouldn’t even keep the dope-sick away.”

So she turned to heroin.

Why?

Her fear of withdrawal was greater than her fear of the drug.

Living fearlessly

Like OxyContin, heroin was abundant on the street. In Denver. In the suburbs.

Once you bought from one dealer, several more approached you, she said.

She bought seven balloons — or seven grams — of heroin for $100, she said. That kept her high for up to three days.

“I would do some crazy stuff to get drugs,” she said. “Like 2 o’clock in the morning, I’m making a run to downtown Denver. Like picking up my grandkids in the car (to go to a drug deal), praying that I was not going to get busted.”

No risk was too great.

Never did she think of what she had to lose.

“Not once,” she explained. “That’s the addict in me.”

After almost 10 years of heroin addiction, she wondered how much her family knew. Her children stopped bringing the grandchildren to visit her. She pawned family heirlooms. Her second marriage failed, and she stole from her ex-husband.

“I know they knew that I was struggling, but they didn’t know how to help. I’m sure that they were scared to death for me,” she said, “and the sad part is…I didn’t care.”

She fooled herself. After all, she was good at lying. Her job was going well. The bosses promoted her a few times. Everything was manageable, except when she got home from work at 4 p.m. and was in bed for the night at 4:30 p.m.

“I didn’t want to think. I didn’t want to feel. Actually I didn’t care if I lived or died,” she said.

The only person she couldn’t fool was her alcoholic mom in recovery, who noticed Scudo’s weight loss and asked her, “Are you ready for help?”

Scudo responded with an “I got this, mom, I got it.”

I went from heroin addict to PTA mom

What the mirror told her

The breaking point came one morning after taking a shower.

Scudo looked at herself in a full-length mirror, naked, for the first time in six months.

A photo that Cynthia Scudo would rather forget: Her intake photo for drug rehab.
A photo that Cynthia Scudo would rather forget: Her intake photo for drug rehab.

“I looked like an Auschwitz survivor,” she said. “I was a skeleton. I had this lovely green glow going, so I knew my liver was shutting down. The skin was hanging, literally hanging off my body.

“And something about that moment when I saw myself triggered something in my head,” she said.

The next day, her ex-husband called her at work in a confrontation about a problem. Scudo had enough. She wanted to drive her car off the highest overhang on Interstate 70, but feared she wouldn’t die immediately and would end up in pain. She went home, kissed the two children still living with her, went to the bedroom and cried. She closed the door. She found eight OxyContin pills, but that wasn’t going to be enough to kill her. She was used to downing six at a time, crushed.

She fell asleep and took a sick day from work the next morning.

How heroin kills you

Hitting bottom

Her mother knocked on her door at 10 a.m. Her son-in-law, who worked at the same company as Scudo, told her that Scudo took a sick day.

“Have you damn well had enough?” her mother asked her.

“And for some reason, ‘yes’ came out of my mouth,” Scudo said.

They checked her into a 30-day inpatient program for addiction on April 19, 2011, the last day she took drugs.

That meant her first day without dope was, ironically, also the unofficial, international get-high day of April 20, she noted.

Her detoxification was “six days of hell,” she said.

“I lost 9 pounds in six days,” she recounted. “I threw up every 15 minutes. I would have to live in the shower with the water temperature of 120 degrees to burn the skin to not feel the pain in my back.”

She’s been clean for three years now, she said.

She’s on her third marriage.

She’s changed jobs, becoming an office manager over 200 employees at a credit card company.

And she no longer wants to die.

“I am not ashamed of the fact that I am who I am. The only way that I will not make this is if I start keeping secrets from myself and other people and then my head gets to start playing games with me and telling me it has a good idea,” Scudo said. “And I have got way too much to live for to go back.”

She now hosts a monthly family dinner — for 45 people in her little green house.

And the grandchildren visit again the once-lost matriarch.

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CNN’s Ana Cabrera and Sara Weisfeldt reported from Denver; Michael Martinez wrote from Los Angeles.

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Lawmakers Subpoena Cellphone Records of a Top Aide to ChristieThe legislative panel investigating last fall’s lane closings at the George Washington Bridge issued a subpoena to AT&T in an effort to uncover information about calls and texts to and from Regina Egea.

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Using Light Technique, Scientists Find Dimmer Switch for Memories in Mice

Using Light Technique, Scientists Find Dimmer Switch for Memories in MiceM.I.T. researchers say a technique that adjusts emotions attached to memories could eventually lead to more effective therapies for people with psychological problems.



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Using Light Technique, Scientists Find Dimmer Switch for Memories in Mice

Using Light Technique, Scientists Find Dimmer Switch for Memories in MiceM.I.T. researchers say a technique that adjusts emotions attached to memories could eventually lead to more effective therapies for people with psychological problems.



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Using Light Technique, Scientists Find Dimmer Switch for Memories in Mice

Using Light Technique, Scientists Find Dimmer Switch for Memories in MiceM.I.T. researchers say a technique that adjusts emotions attached to memories could eventually lead to more effective therapies for people with psychological problems.



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Using Light Technique, Scientists Find Dimmer Switch for Memories in Mice

Using Light Technique, Scientists Find Dimmer Switch for Memories in MiceM.I.T. researchers say a technique that adjusts emotions attached to memories could eventually lead to more effective therapies for people with psychological problems.



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National Briefing | South: Louisiana: Governor Sues Over School Standards

National Briefing | South: Louisiana: Governor Sues Over School StandardsGov. Bobby Jindal sued the Obama administration on Wednesday over the Common Core education standards.

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National Briefing | South: Louisiana: Governor Sues Over School Standards

National Briefing | South: Louisiana: Governor Sues Over School StandardsGov. Bobby Jindal sued the Obama administration on Wednesday over the Common Core education standards.

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National Briefing | Washington: 20 Types of Coral Listed as Threatened

National Briefing | Washington: 20 Types of Coral Listed as ThreatenedThe federal government is protecting 20 types of colorful coral by putting them on the list of threatened species, partly because of climate change.

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National Briefing | Washington: 20 Types of Coral Listed as Threatened

National Briefing | Washington: 20 Types of Coral Listed as ThreatenedThe federal government is protecting 20 types of colorful coral by putting them on the list of threatened species, partly because of climate change.

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Police Shooting Kills Crew Member Working for Reality Show ‘Cops’

Police Shooting Kills Crew Member Working for Reality Show ‘Cops’Officers responded to a robbery report and fired on the suspect, who had a pellet gun, killing him and the TV sound supervisor who was recording their activities.



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Police Shooting Kills Crew Member Working for Reality Show ‘Cops’

Police Shooting Kills Crew Member Working for Reality Show ‘Cops’Officers responded to a robbery report and fired on the suspect, who had a pellet gun, killing him and the TV sound supervisor who was recording their activities.



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Police Shooting Kills Crew Member Working for Reality Show ‘Cops’

Police Shooting Kills Crew Member Working for Reality Show ‘Cops’Officers responded to a robbery report and fired on the suspect, who had a pellet gun, killing him and the TV sound supervisor who was recording their activities.

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Police Shooting Kills Crew Member Working for Reality Show ‘Cops’

Police Shooting Kills Crew Member Working for Reality Show ‘Cops’Officers responded to a robbery report and fired on the suspect, who had a pellet gun, killing him and the TV sound supervisor who was recording their activities.

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Wright quits Labour but not PCC role

Wright quits Labour but not PCC roleShaun Wright resigns from the Labour Party but refuses to quit his South Yorkshire police and crime commissioner role following a damning report into child abuse in Rotherham.

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Wright quits Labour but not PCC role

Wright quits Labour but not PCC roleShaun Wright resigns from the Labour Party but refuses to quit his South Yorkshire police and crime commissioner role following a damning report into child abuse in Rotherham.

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Military Skill and Terrorist Technique Fuel Success of ISIS

Military Skill and Terrorist Technique Fuel Success of ISISAs fighters continue to seize territory, ISIS has built an effective management structure of mostly middle-aged Iraqis, including many military officers under Saddam Hussein.

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Military Skill and Terrorist Technique Fuel Success of ISIS

Military Skill and Terrorist Technique Fuel Success of ISISAs fighters continue to seize territory, ISIS has built an effective management structure of mostly middle-aged Iraqis, including many military officers under Saddam Hussein.

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National Briefing | Midwest: Iowa: Guilty Plea in Campaign Allegiance Deal

National Briefing | Midwest: Iowa: Guilty Plea in Campaign Allegiance DealA former Iowa state senator pleaded guilty to receiving and concealing payments in exchange for switching his support from one presidential candidate to another in the 2012 election.

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National Briefing | Midwest: Iowa: Guilty Plea in Campaign Allegiance Deal

National Briefing | Midwest: Iowa: Guilty Plea in Campaign Allegiance DealA former Iowa state senator pleaded guilty to receiving and concealing payments in exchange for switching his support from one presidential candidate to another in the 2012 election.

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Ukraine Reports Russian Invasion on a New Front

Ukraine Reports Russian Invasion on a New FrontTanks, artillery and infantry have crossed from Russia into an unbreached part of eastern Ukraine in recent days, in what Ukrainian and Western military officials are calling a stealth invasion.



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Ukraine Reports Russian Invasion on a New Front

Ukraine Reports Russian Invasion on a New FrontTanks, artillery and infantry have crossed from Russia into an unbreached part of eastern Ukraine in recent days, in what Ukrainian and Western military officials are calling a stealth invasion.



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A 9-Year-Old at a Shooting Range, a Spraying Uzi and Outrage

A 9-Year-Old at a Shooting Range, a Spraying Uzi and OutrageAfter a girl from New Jersey accidentally killed her instructor at a shooting range in Arizona, her parents’ cellphone video caused a worldwide spectacle.



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A 9-Year-Old at a Shooting Range, a Spraying Uzi and Outrage

A 9-Year-Old at a Shooting Range, a Spraying Uzi and OutrageAfter a girl from New Jersey accidentally killed her instructor at a shooting range in Arizona, her parents’ cellphone video caused a worldwide spectacle.



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A 9-Year-Old at a Shooting Range, a Spraying Uzi and Outrage

A 9-Year-Old at a Shooting Range, a Spraying Uzi and OutrageAfter a girl from New Jersey accidentally killed her instructor at a shooting range in Arizona, her parents’ cellphone video caused a worldwide spectacle.



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A 9-Year-Old at a Shooting Range, a Spraying Uzi and Outrage

A 9-Year-Old at a Shooting Range, a Spraying Uzi and OutrageAfter a girl from New Jersey accidentally killed her instructor at a shooting range in Arizona, her parents’ cellphone video caused a worldwide spectacle.



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Black Ex-Police Chief Picked for Top Enforcement Post in Missouri

Black Ex-Police Chief Picked for Top Enforcement Post in MissouriGov. Jay Nixon on Wednesday nominated a former St. Louis police chief to become the state’s top law enforcement official — and the only African-American in his cabinet — in the wake of racially charged unrest in Ferguson.



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Black Ex-Police Chief Picked for Top Enforcement Post in Missouri

Black Ex-Police Chief Picked for Top Enforcement Post in MissouriGov. Jay Nixon on Wednesday nominated a former St. Louis police chief to become the state’s top law enforcement official — and the only African-American in his cabinet — in the wake of racially charged unrest in Ferguson.



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Black Ex-Police Chief Picked for Top Enforcement Post in Missouri

Black Ex-Police Chief Picked for Top Enforcement Post in MissouriGov. Jay Nixon on Wednesday nominated a former St. Louis police chief to become the state’s top law enforcement official — and the only African-American in his cabinet — in the wake of racially charged unrest in Ferguson.



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Black Ex-Police Chief Picked for Top Enforcement Post in Missouri

Black Ex-Police Chief Picked for Top Enforcement Post in MissouriGov. Jay Nixon on Wednesday nominated a former St. Louis police chief to become the state’s top law enforcement official — and the only African-American in his cabinet — in the wake of racially charged unrest in Ferguson.



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Black Ex-Police Chief Picked for Top Enforcement Post in Missouri

Black Ex-Police Chief Picked for Top Enforcement Post in MissouriGov. Jay Nixon on Wednesday nominated a former St. Louis police chief to become the state’s top law enforcement official — and the only African-American in his cabinet — in the wake of racially charged unrest in Ferguson.

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Black Ex-Police Chief Picked for Top Enforcement Post in Missouri

Black Ex-Police Chief Picked for Top Enforcement Post in MissouriGov. Jay Nixon on Wednesday nominated a former St. Louis police chief to become the state’s top law enforcement official — and the only African-American in his cabinet — in the wake of racially charged unrest in Ferguson.

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9 Mexicans Can Return to Contest Deportations

9 Mexicans Can Return to Contest DeportationsIn a lawsuit, the American Civil Liberties Union argued that enforcement agents had coerced the nine into accepting removal by failing to advise them of their rights.

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9 Mexicans Can Return to Contest Deportations

9 Mexicans Can Return to Contest DeportationsIn a lawsuit, the American Civil Liberties Union argued that enforcement agents had coerced the nine into accepting removal by failing to advise them of their rights.

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9 Mexicans Can Return to Contest Deportations

9 Mexicans Can Return to Contest DeportationsIn a lawsuit, the American Civil Liberties Union argued that enforcement agents had coerced the nine into accepting removal by failing to advise them of their rights.



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9 Mexicans Can Return to Contest Deportations

9 Mexicans Can Return to Contest DeportationsIn a lawsuit, the American Civil Liberties Union argued that enforcement agents had coerced the nine into accepting removal by failing to advise them of their rights.



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9 Mexicans Can Return to Contest Deportations

9 Mexicans Can Return to Contest DeportationsIn a lawsuit, the American Civil Liberties Union argued that enforcement agents had coerced the nine into accepting removal by failing to advise them of their rights.

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9 Mexicans Can Return to Contest Deportations

9 Mexicans Can Return to Contest DeportationsIn a lawsuit, the American Civil Liberties Union argued that enforcement agents had coerced the nine into accepting removal by failing to advise them of their rights.

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Labour plans technical universities

Labour plans technical universitiesLabour is calling for technical universities to be created as part of a blueprint for reshaping the higher education system to create a hi-tech, high-income economy.

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Labour plans technical universities

Labour plans technical universitiesLabour is calling for technical universities to be created as part of a blueprint for reshaping the higher education system to create a hi-tech, high-income economy.

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‘Deeply elitist UK locks out talent’

‘Deeply elitist UK locks out talent’The UK is “deeply elitist” according to a new analysis of the backgrounds of more than 4,000 business, political, media and public sector leaders.

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‘Deeply elitist UK locks out talent’

‘Deeply elitist UK locks out talent’The UK is “deeply elitist” according to a new analysis of the backgrounds of more than 4,000 business, political, media and public sector leaders.

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As Truce Holds, Dazed Gazans Get to Work

As Truce Holds, Dazed Gazans Get to WorkPalestinian workers began clearing rubble and repairing damage from Israeli attacks as residents returned home, but some residents of southern Israel remained wary of the cease-fire.

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As Truce Holds, Dazed Gazans Get to Work

As Truce Holds, Dazed Gazans Get to WorkPalestinian workers began clearing rubble and repairing damage from Israeli attacks as residents returned home, but some residents of southern Israel remained wary of the cease-fire.

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Plugged-In Over Preppy: Teenagers Favor Tech Over Clothes

Plugged-In Over Preppy: Teenagers Favor Tech Over ClothesFor teenage apparel retailers, screen-obsessed youth pose a threat in the back-to-school sales season.

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Plugged-In Over Preppy: Teenagers Favor Tech Over Clothes

Plugged-In Over Preppy: Teenagers Favor Tech Over ClothesFor teenage apparel retailers, screen-obsessed youth pose a threat in the back-to-school sales season.

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Plugged-In Over Preppy: Teenagers Favor Tech Over Clothes

Plugged-In Over Preppy: Teenagers Favor Tech Over ClothesFor teenage apparel retailers, screen-obsessed youth pose a threat in the back-to-school sales season.

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Plugged-In Over Preppy: Teenagers Favor Tech Over Clothes

Plugged-In Over Preppy: Teenagers Favor Tech Over ClothesFor teenage apparel retailers, screen-obsessed youth pose a threat in the back-to-school sales season.

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Depression in cancer ‘overlooked’

Depression in cancer ‘overlooked’Three-quarters of cancer patients who are depressed are not getting the psychological therapy they need, researchers say.

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Depression in cancer ‘overlooked’

Depression in cancer ‘overlooked’Three-quarters of cancer patients who are depressed are not getting the psychological therapy they need, researchers say.

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Blackwater Jurors Urged to Give Iraqis Justice

Blackwater Jurors Urged to Give Iraqis JusticeA federal prosecutor in the case against four former Blackwater guards accused in the killings of Iraqi civilians said a U.S. court ‘levels the playing field.’



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Blackwater Jurors Urged to Give Iraqis Justice

Blackwater Jurors Urged to Give Iraqis JusticeA federal prosecutor in the case against four former Blackwater guards accused in the killings of Iraqi civilians said a U.S. court ‘levels the playing field.’



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Blackwater Jurors Urged to Give Iraqis Justice

Blackwater Jurors Urged to Give Iraqis JusticeA federal prosecutor in the case against four former Blackwater guards accused in the killings of Iraqi civilians said a U.S. court ‘levels the playing field.’



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Blackwater Jurors Urged to Give Iraqis Justice

Blackwater Jurors Urged to Give Iraqis JusticeA federal prosecutor in the case against four former Blackwater guards accused in the killings of Iraqi civilians said a U.S. court ‘levels the playing field.’



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Red squirrels face leprosy threat

Red squirrels face leprosy threatScotland’s red squirrels are facing a new threat from a form of leprosy, according to scientists in Edinburgh.

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Red squirrels face leprosy threat

Red squirrels face leprosy threatScotland’s red squirrels are facing a new threat from a form of leprosy, according to scientists in Edinburgh.

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$506 Billion Is Forecast for U.S. Deficit, a Slight Rise

$506 Billion Is Forecast for U.S. Deficit, a Slight RiseThe figure modestly increases the Congressional Budget Office’s April projection that spending would exceed revenue by $492 billion. The change was attributed to lower-than-expected corporate income tax receipts.

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$506 Billion Is Forecast for U.S. Deficit, a Slight Rise

$506 Billion Is Forecast for U.S. Deficit, a Slight RiseThe figure modestly increases the Congressional Budget Office’s April projection that spending would exceed revenue by $492 billion. The change was attributed to lower-than-expected corporate income tax receipts.

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$506 Billion Is Forecast for U.S. Deficit, a Slight Rise

$506 Billion Is Forecast for U.S. Deficit, a Slight RiseThe figure modestly increases the Congressional Budget Office’s April projection that spending would exceed revenue by $492 billion. The change was attributed to lower-than-expected corporate income tax receipts.

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$506 Billion Is Forecast for U.S. Deficit, a Slight Rise

$506 Billion Is Forecast for U.S. Deficit, a Slight RiseThe figure modestly increases the Congressional Budget Office’s April projection that spending would exceed revenue by $492 billion. The change was attributed to lower-than-expected corporate income tax receipts.

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JPMorgan and Other Banks Struck by Cyberattack

JPMorgan and Other Banks Struck by CyberattackThe hackers stole gigabytes of data, including account information. It is not yet clear if the attacks were financially motivated or part of a cyberespionage campaign.

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JPMorgan and Other Banks Struck by Cyberattack

JPMorgan and Other Banks Struck by CyberattackThe hackers stole gigabytes of data, including account information. It is not yet clear if the attacks were financially motivated or part of a cyberespionage campaign.

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JPMorgan and Other Banks Struck by Cyberattack

JPMorgan and Other Banks Struck by CyberattackThe hackers stole gigabytes of data, including account information. It is not yet clear if the attacks were financially motivated or part of a cyberespionage campaign.



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JPMorgan and Other Banks Struck by Cyberattack

JPMorgan and Other Banks Struck by CyberattackThe hackers stole gigabytes of data, including account information. It is not yet clear if the attacks were financially motivated or part of a cyberespionage campaign.



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Op-Ed Contributor: Dethrone ‘King Dollar’

Op-Ed Contributor: Dethrone ‘King Dollar’America can’t afford to maintain the world’s reserve currency.

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Op-Ed Contributor: Dethrone ‘King Dollar’

Op-Ed Contributor: Dethrone ‘King Dollar’America can’t afford to maintain the world’s reserve currency.

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PM: UK ‘supports million Scots jobs’

PM: UK ‘supports million Scots jobs’The prime minister is to tell business leaders that the UK is “an economy of opportunity” which supports one million Scottish jobs.

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PM: UK ‘supports million Scots jobs’

PM: UK ‘supports million Scots jobs’The prime minister is to tell business leaders that the UK is “an economy of opportunity” which supports one million Scottish jobs.

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VIDEO: ‘White space’ internet developed

VIDEO: ‘White space’ internet developedDavid Grossman reports from the Isle of Wight, on the “white space” which could help remote areas access fast broadband.

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VIDEO: ‘White space’ internet developed

VIDEO: ‘White space’ internet developedDavid Grossman reports from the Isle of Wight, on the “white space” which could help remote areas access fast broadband.

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Abuse scandal latest and jihadist fears – papers

Abuse scandal latest and jihadist fears – papersRepercussions of a report on organised child sex abuse in Rotherham continue to make headlines, while some papers focus on conflict in Iraq and Syria.

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Abuse scandal latest and jihadist fears – papers

Abuse scandal latest and jihadist fears – papersRepercussions of a report on organised child sex abuse in Rotherham continue to make headlines, while some papers focus on conflict in Iraq and Syria.

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VIDEO: Litter bug mountaineers ‘must recycle’

VIDEO: Litter bug mountaineers ‘must recycle’Over the decades tonnes of disposed tents, spent oxygen cylinders and bottles have been left behind on Mount Everest by people trying to scale it. Now authorities are urging them to bring the waste back down with them to recycle it.

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VIDEO: Litter bug mountaineers ‘must recycle’

VIDEO: Litter bug mountaineers ‘must recycle’Over the decades tonnes of disposed tents, spent oxygen cylinders and bottles have been left behind on Mount Everest by people trying to scale it. Now authorities are urging them to bring the waste back down with them to recycle it.

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VIDEO: Controversy over new Lennon film

VIDEO: Controversy over new Lennon filmA new film that looks at the events that unfolded the night Beatles star John Lennon was shot, is causing controversy amongst critics and fans.

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VIDEO: Controversy over new Lennon film

VIDEO: Controversy over new Lennon filmA new film that looks at the events that unfolded the night Beatles star John Lennon was shot, is causing controversy amongst critics and fans.

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Brazil pursues Amazon ‘destroyers’

Brazil pursues Amazon ‘destroyers’Brazilian police say they have dismantled a criminal organisation they believe was the “biggest destroyer” of the Amazon rainforest.

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Brazil pursues Amazon ‘destroyers’

Brazil pursues Amazon ‘destroyers’Brazilian police say they have dismantled a criminal organisation they believe was the “biggest destroyer” of the Amazon rainforest.

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Lawmakers Want Congress to Decide on Military Action Against ISIS

Lawmakers Want Congress to Decide on Military Action Against ISISThe lawmakers said it was time for Congress to weigh in on whether to give President Obama the power to broaden what began as a limited campaign.

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Lawmakers Want Congress to Decide on Military Action Against ISIS

Lawmakers Want Congress to Decide on Military Action Against ISISThe lawmakers said it was time for Congress to weigh in on whether to give President Obama the power to broaden what began as a limited campaign.

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Lawmakers Want Congress to Decide on Military Action Against ISIS

Lawmakers Want Congress to Decide on Military Action Against ISISThe lawmakers said it was time for Congress to weigh in on whether to give President Obama the power to broaden what began as a limited campaign.

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Lawmakers Want Congress to Decide on Military Action Against ISIS

Lawmakers Want Congress to Decide on Military Action Against ISISThe lawmakers said it was time for Congress to weigh in on whether to give President Obama the power to broaden what began as a limited campaign.

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Lawmakers Want Congress to Decide on Military Action Against ISIS

Lawmakers Want Congress to Decide on Military Action Against ISISThe lawmakers said it was time for Congress to weigh in on whether to give President Obama the power to broaden what began as a limited campaign.



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Blackwater trial reaches emotional and legal climax as prosecution rests

Blackwater trial reaches emotional and legal climax as prosecution rests

Controversial case, which will go to jury next week, is one of few in which US forces have been tried for civilian deaths in Iraq

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Blackwater trial reaches emotional and legal climax as prosecution rests

Blackwater trial reaches emotional and legal climax as prosecution rests

Controversial case, which will go to jury next week, is one of few in which US forces have been tried for civilian deaths in Iraq

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Blackwater trial reaches emotional and legal climax as prosecution rests

Blackwater trial reaches emotional and legal climax as prosecution rests

Controversial case, which will go to jury next week, is one of few in which US forces have been tried for civilian deaths in Iraq

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Blackwater trial reaches emotional and legal climax as prosecution rests

Blackwater trial reaches emotional and legal climax as prosecution rests

Controversial case, which will go to jury next week, is one of few in which US forces have been tried for civilian deaths in Iraq

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Motherlode Blog: How Nicole Zeitzer Johnson, Communications Director and Special Needs Parent, Does It

Motherlode Blog: How Nicole Zeitzer Johnson, Communications Director and Special Needs Parent, Does ItI have a 7-year-old and a 2-year-old whose seizures mean someone’s eyes have to be on her at every moment. Fortunately I have a great support system and a flexible work arrangement.



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Giroud ruled out until new year

Giroud ruled out until new yearArsenal striker Olivier Giroud will be out for up to four months after having surgery on a broken leg.

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Giroud ruled out until new year

Giroud ruled out until new yearArsenal striker Olivier Giroud will be out for up to four months after having surgery on a broken leg.

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US gay marriage advocates urge supreme court to strike down state bans

US gay marriage advocates urge supreme court to strike down state bans

Lawyers defending the bans contend that the US constitution gives the states the role of defining marriage

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US gay marriage advocates urge supreme court to strike down state bans

US gay marriage advocates urge supreme court to strike down state bans

Lawyers defending the bans contend that the US constitution gives the states the role of defining marriage

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US gay marriage advocates urge supreme court to strike down state bans

US gay marriage advocates urge supreme court to strike down state bans

Lawyers defending the bans contend that the US constitution gives the states the role of defining marriage

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US gay marriage advocates urge supreme court to strike down state bans

US gay marriage advocates urge supreme court to strike down state bans

Lawyers defending the bans contend that the US constitution gives the states the role of defining marriage

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Motherlode Blog: American Kids, Learning to Aim and Fire

Motherlode Blog: American Kids, Learning to Aim and FireI’ve talked to my children long and hard about guns and gun safety. I’ve made them practice what to say and do. And this summer, three of the four of them learned to shoot.



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Landmark court cases deleted from net

Landmark court cases deleted from netNumerous records relating to civil rights cases have disappeared from the US government’s online legal archive.

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Landmark court cases deleted from net

Landmark court cases deleted from netNumerous records relating to civil rights cases have disappeared from the US government’s online legal archive.

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VIDEO: Banksy art sale saves Bristol boys’ club

VIDEO: Banksy art sale saves Bristol boys’ clubThe elusive street artist Banksy has helped save a boys club in his home city of Bristol.

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VIDEO: Banksy art sale saves Bristol boys’ club

VIDEO: Banksy art sale saves Bristol boys’ clubThe elusive street artist Banksy has helped save a boys club in his home city of Bristol.

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Weaker corporate tax receipts worsen US budget picture

Weaker corporate tax receipts worsen US budget picture

Revenues to the government from company tax payments expected to total $315bn, down from an $351bn in April

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Weaker corporate tax receipts worsen US budget picture

Weaker corporate tax receipts worsen US budget picture

Revenues to the government from company tax payments expected to total $315bn, down from an $351bn in April

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Weaker corporate tax receipts worsen US budget picture

Weaker corporate tax receipts worsen US budget picture

Revenues to the government from company tax payments expected to total $315bn, down from an $351bn in April

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Weaker corporate tax receipts worsen US budget picture

Weaker corporate tax receipts worsen US budget picture

Revenues to the government from company tax payments expected to total $315bn, down from an $351bn in April

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Music Review: The ‘Drake vs. Lil Wayne’ Tour Headlines Two Hip-Hop Stars

Music Review: The ‘Drake vs. Lil Wayne’ Tour Headlines Two Hip-Hop StarsThe hip-hop stars Drake and Lil Wayne are on tour this summer trading off sets and playing off each other.

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Arsenal 1-0 Besiktas

Arsenal 1-0 BesiktasAlexis Sanchez hits the only goal as 10-man Arsenal beat Besiktas to qualify for the Champions League group stage.

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Arsenal 1-0 Besiktas

Arsenal 1-0 BesiktasAlexis Sanchez hits the only goal as 10-man Arsenal beat Besiktas to qualify for the Champions League group stage.

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VIDEO: US girl shoots gun tutor dead

VIDEO: US girl shoots gun tutor deadCONTAINS DISTURBING IMAGES: A nine-year-old girl in the US has accidentally killed her shooting instructor while being shown how to use a high-powered automatic weapon.

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VIDEO: US girl shoots gun tutor dead

VIDEO: US girl shoots gun tutor deadCONTAINS DISTURBING IMAGES: A nine-year-old girl in the US has accidentally killed her shooting instructor while being shown how to use a high-powered automatic weapon.

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Cancer drugs face NHS price squeeze

Cancer drugs face NHS price squeezeThe government might threaten to stop buying some expensive cancer drugs if the companies that make them do not cut their prices, Newsnight learns.

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Cancer drugs face NHS price squeeze

Cancer drugs face NHS price squeezeThe government might threaten to stop buying some expensive cancer drugs if the companies that make them do not cut their prices, Newsnight learns.

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Vanessa Williams hit with tax lien

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Vanessa Williams may soon be writing a very big check. The IRS has filed a tax lien against the actress, saying that she owes $369,249 to the federal government for her earnings in 2011. At the time, Williams was working on the ABC primetime soap, "Desperate Housewives." Vanessa Williams may soon be writing a very big check. The IRS has filed a tax lien against the actress, saying that she owes $369,249 to the federal government for her earnings in 2011. At the time, Williams was working on the ABC primetime soap, “Desperate Housewives.”
Actor Mekhi Phifer has filed for bankruptcy, according to court papers obtained by CNN. The "Divergent" star is <a href='http://www.tmz.com/2014/05/07/mekhi-phifer-bankrupt/' target='_blank'>reportedly</a> $1.3 million in debt, with $1.2 million of that being in back taxes. Actor Mekhi Phifer has filed for bankruptcy, according to court papers obtained by CNN. The “Divergent” star is reportedly $1.3 million in debt, with $1.2 million of that being in back taxes.
Actress Teri Polo, from "Meet the Parents" and ABC Family's "The Fosters," filed for bankruptcy in April. <a href='http://www.tmz.com/2014/04/22/meet-the-parents-teri-polo-bankrupt/' target='_blank'>According to TMZ</a>, Polo owes about $772,000 in back taxes and more than $36,000 in credit card debt.Actress Teri Polo, from “Meet the Parents” and ABC Family’s “The Fosters,” filed for bankruptcy in April. According to TMZ, Polo owes about $772,000 in back taxes and more than $36,000 in credit card debt.
<a href='http://www.cnn.com/2013/11/21/showbiz/aaron-carter-bankruptcy/index.html'>Singer Aaron Carter filed a bankruptcy petition</a> to shed more than $2 million in debt, mostly taxes owed from his days as a teen sensation, his publicist told CNN in November.Singer Aaron Carter filed a bankruptcy petition to shed more than $2 million in debt, mostly taxes owed from his days as a teen sensation, his publicist told CNN in November.
<a href='http://www.cnn.com/2013/05/06/showbiz/lauryn-hill-prison/index.html?hpt=en_c1'>Singer Lauryn Hill was sentenced to three months</a> in prison in May 2013. She told a judge she intended to pay taxes but it was just a question of when.Singer Lauryn Hill was sentenced to three months in prison in May 2013. She told a judge she intended to pay taxes but it was just a question of when.
Judy Garland's tax debt forced her to do something she vowed she would never do: host a television show. To pay the IRS for delinquent taxes dating back a decade, the singer/actress signed a $24 million deal with CBS for "The Judy Garland Show" in 1962.Judy Garland’s tax debt forced her to do something she vowed she would never do: host a television show. To pay the IRS for delinquent taxes dating back a decade, the singer/actress signed a $24 million deal with CBS for “The Judy Garland Show” in 1962.
Willie Nelson cleared his $32 million tax debt by selling assets and an album titled "The IRS Tapes: Who'll Buy My Memories?" Nelson discovered in 1990 that his accountants had not fully paid his taxes -- a find made tougher by investment losses in the 1980s.Willie Nelson cleared his $32 million tax debt by selling assets and an album titled “The IRS Tapes: Who’ll Buy My Memories?” Nelson discovered in 1990 that his accountants had not fully paid his taxes — a find made tougher by investment losses in the 1980s.
In 1990, baseball legend Pete Rose spent five months in prison for tax evasion convictions stemming from money made selling autographs and memorabilia. The tax man returned to his door in 2004 with a $1 million lien for back taxes.In 1990, baseball legend Pete Rose spent five months in prison for tax evasion convictions stemming from money made selling autographs and memorabilia. The tax man returned to his door in 2004 with a $1 million lien for back taxes.
Lil' Kim blamed her accountant when her tax troubles arose in 2005. Seven years later, the rapper still had to pay more than $1 million to the government.Lil’ Kim blamed her accountant when her tax troubles arose in 2005. Seven years later, the rapper still had to pay more than $1 million to the government.
While O.J. Simpson has known bigger legal problems, delinquent taxes are on the list. The former football star, who's serving a long prison sentence in Nevada, owed the IRS and the state of California hundreds of thousands of dollars, according to court documents. While O.J. Simpson has known bigger legal problems, delinquent taxes are on the list. The former football star, who’s serving a long prison sentence in Nevada, owed the IRS and the state of California hundreds of thousands of dollars, according to court documents.
Comedian Sinbad racked up a large unpaid tax bill, owing $8 million to the IRS for income from 1998 to 2006, according to an IRS court filing in 2012. California officials also reported that he owed the state $2 million. After filing for bankruptcy and selling his home, Sinbad used the tax troubles as material for a reality show.Comedian Sinbad racked up a large unpaid tax bill, owing $8 million to the IRS for income from 1998 to 2006, according to an IRS court filing in 2012. California officials also reported that he owed the state $2 million. After filing for bankruptcy and selling his home, Sinbad used the tax troubles as material for a reality show.
Actor Nicolas Cage revealed in 2010 that he owed $14 million in back taxes, which he has been working to pay off since. A federal tax lien said he owed $6.2 million from income in 2007.Actor Nicolas Cage revealed in 2010 that he owed $14 million in back taxes, which he has been working to pay off since. A federal tax lien said he owed $6.2 million from income in 2007.
Wesley Snipes walked out of a federal prison in April 2013 after serving a tax evasion sentence that began in December 2010. The actor claimed that he was not legally obligated to pay federal taxes, an argument a jury did not buy.Wesley Snipes walked out of a federal prison in April 2013 after serving a tax evasion sentence that began in December 2010. The actor claimed that he was not legally obligated to pay federal taxes, an argument a jury did not buy.
Ozzy Osbourne and his wife, Sharon, were hit with a federal tax lien in April 2011 on one of their Los Angeles homes. The couple owed $1.7 million in back taxes from 2008 and 2009. Sharon Osbourne initially blamed an accountant but later took personal responsibility.Ozzy Osbourne and his wife, Sharon, were hit with a federal tax lien in April 2011 on one of their Los Angeles homes. The couple owed $1.7 million in back taxes from 2008 and 2009. Sharon Osbourne initially blamed an accountant but later took personal responsibility.
Rapper Jeffrey Atkins, also known as Ja Rule, was sentenced to 28 months in prison in July 2011 for failing to file tax returns with the IRS. Atkins admitted that he did not file his taxes for five years.Rapper Jeffrey Atkins, also known as Ja Rule, was sentenced to 28 months in prison in July 2011 for failing to file tax returns with the IRS. Atkins admitted that he did not file his taxes for five years.
Actress Pamela Anderson was hit by a big back-tax bill in December 2012, totaling about $370,000. Actress Pamela Anderson was hit by a big back-tax bill in December 2012, totaling about $370,000.
Dionne Warwick filed for bankruptcy in March, citing more than $10 million in tax debt dating to 1991. Her publicist blamed "negligent and gross financial mismanagement."Dionne Warwick filed for bankruptcy in March, citing more than $10 million in tax debt dating to 1991. Her publicist blamed “negligent and gross financial mismanagement.”
In 1997, "Hollywood Madam" Heidi Fleiss was sentenced to 30 months in a federal prison for convictions on conspiracy, tax evasion and money laundering relating to a high-priced prostitution ring. She served 20 months.In 1997, “Hollywood Madam” Heidi Fleiss was sentenced to 30 months in a federal prison for convictions on conspiracy, tax evasion and money laundering relating to a high-priced prostitution ring. She served 20 months.
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  • Tax lien was filed at the New York County register office on August 13, 2014
  • Williams’ publicist did not immediately respond to requests for comment
  • Mother of four lives in New York

(CNN) — The IRS filed a tax lien against Vanessa Williams, saying the singer-actress owes the federal government $369,249 for her 2011 earnings.

The lien was filed at the New York City register office on August 13, 2014, according to a document on that website.

Vanessa Williams’ memoir tells of abuse

The publicist for Williams did not immediately respond Wednesday to requests for comment.

Williams, 51, was the first black Miss America, but her reign soon erupted into scandal when nude photos of her appeared in Penthouse magazine.

Her career soared in the aftermath, with music, television and Broadway performances that earned her Grammy, Emmy and Tony nominations.

A mother of four children, Williams lives in New York.

Vanessa Williams reflects on motherhood, struggle and stardom

2013: Lauryn Hill released from federal prison, singer failed to pay income taxes

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U.S. Captive’s Mother Issues Plea to ISIS

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Monitor Reports Heavy Cluster Bomb Use in Syria

The Cluster Munition Coalition said at least 264 deaths in Syria were from cluster bombs, but it did not specify whether government forces or insurgents were using them.



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Morrisons reports its first month of sales growth since last autumn

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Morrisons has reported its first month of sales growth in more than nine months as the supermarket’s efforts to slash prices appears to be bearing fruit.

The Bradford-based chain saw sales rise 2.4% in the four weeks to 17 August, according to figures from Kantar Worldpanel, after cutting prices on 1,200 products in a high-profile campaign as well as launching online and opening a string of convenience stores in an effort to stem a loss of customers to the likes of Aldi and Lidl.

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Christine Lagarde under investigation in fraud case; German consumer confidence hit by geopolitical fears – business live

Christine Lagarde under investigation in fraud case; German consumer confidence hit by geopolitical fears – business live

The head of the International Monetary Fund has been placed under formal investigation over the Bernard Tapie case, but insists she will not resign.

Earlier:

2.02pm BST

With the French government collapsing over the weekend after a rift over austerity measures, leading to a new cabinet announced yesterday, the debate over cutbacks and spending is back in the spotlight. So what to make of this:

France, Italy Seen Likely To Push Together Against Austerity: EU Officials – MNI

1.05pm BST

To recap…

Christine Lagardes position as the head of the International Monetary Fund is under scrutiny today after magistrates put her under formal investigation, over the Bernard Tapie fraud inquiry.

I have instructed my lawyer to appeal this decision which I consider totally without merit.

I return back to Washington where I will indeed brief my board.

12.50pm BST

Another photo from Paris, of Christine Lagarde speaking to her lawyer, Yves Repiquet, today.

12.48pm BST

So, how serious is a charge of negligence? The Financial Times says it could potentially lead to a prison term (were a long way from that at this stage, though)

From Paris, Hugh Carnegy reports:

Ms Lagardes spokesman told the FT that the charge was relatively minor but one that nevertheless carried a maximum penalty of one year in prison and a fine of 15,000 if convicted.

11.59am BST

The AFP news agency has confirmed that Christine Lagarde has no plans to resign.

From the wires:

The investigating commission of the court of justice of the French Republic has decided to place me under formal investigation, she said in exclusive comments to AFP.

In France, being placed under formal investigation is the nearest equivalent to being charged, and happens when an examining magistrate has decided there is a case to be answered. It does not, however, always lead to a formal charge.

11.51am BST

Lagardes lawyer, Yves Repiquet, has told Reuters that the IMF chief believes the decision to formally investigate her for negligence over the Bernard Tapie case was unfounded:

We are appealing it, Repiquet said by telephone, adding that Lagarde, who was due to return to IMF headquarters in Washington later on Wednesday, had no plans to resign.

In previous rounds of questioning, Lagarde accused Richard of having used her pre-printed signature to sign off on a document facilitating the payment, local media has said.

However Richard has stated that Lagarde was fully briefed on the matter.

11.35am BST

Christine Lagarde has been questioned for 15 hours yesterday by the Court of Justice of the Republic over her involvement in the Bernard Tapie case, flags up City AM.

11.16am BST

Christine Lagarde, head of the International Monetary Fund, has been placed under formal investigation by French magistrates who are investigating a political fraud case that has gripped the nation.

IMF chief Christine Lagarde has been put under formal investigation for negligence in fraud case. Says no intention of resigning.

10.52am BST

Britains supermarkets remain locked in a toe-to-toe price war, meaning prices are rising at their lowest rate since at least October 2006.

Grocery price inflation fell for the eleventh consecutive quarter to just 0.2%, according to the latest figures from Kantar Worldpanel.

The battle to cut prices on staple items such as vegetables, milk and bread all drove down inflation over the summer.

Of the UKs biggest six supermarkets, only Asda and Waitrose managed to increase their share of the market in that tough environment while Tesco, Morrisons, Sainsburys and The Co-op all lost ground.

10.41am BST

In the City, speculation that a US e-commerce giant could snap up British online fashion success ASOS has sent its shares up 15% this morning, having gained 7% yesterday.

10.13am BST

Italian consumers, like their German counterparts, have suffered a drop in confidence this month.

But their worries are mainly domestic based, as they watch the Italian economy slide back into recession.

Italian consumer confidence falls more than expected: Index down to 101.9 in August, from 104.4 in July (RT poll was 104.4) – ISTAT

9.49am BST

Shorter-term German bond yields are now in negative territory, meaning investors are actually paying for the chance to own one, two, and three-year bunds.

German government bond yields are now negative out to 3 years pic.twitter.com/0482E0tEIJ

9.47am BST

The tumble in eurozone bond yields is a clear signal that investors expect the eurozone to become bogged down in a low-growth, deflationary spiral, repeating Japans experience over the last two decades.

The Euro Abenomics trade is ON. Italian 10-years yield hit new record low at 2.375%, German 10-years yield hit new record low at 0.921%,

9.41am BST

I’d love to know who’s buying German 10 years bunds with a sub-1% yield. Anyone owning up?

9.40am BST

The yield, or interest rate, on German 10-year bonds has hit a new record low this morning.

Strong demand for German 10-year bunds has pushed their price to new highs, meaning they are now yielding just 0.917% this morning.

When the EMUs largest economy is falling behind, this is very much increasing the chances of the ECB heading for further monetary measures, above all QE.

9.20am BST

Foxtons, the London estate agent famous for pushy sales tactics and garish Minis, has sounded a cautious note on the housing market.

The range of policy initiatives introduced in 2014 aimed at controlling mortgage lending, together with the expectation of early increases in interest rates, is now having an impact on short term demand among buyers.

Consistent with others in the sector, we expect this to lead to lower rates of market growth in both property sales transactions and prices during the second half of the year.

9.16am BST

Labours shadow business secretary, Chuka Umunna, says hes shocked by the poor sales practices exposed at RBS and NatWest today.

Hes also alarmed that it too so long to address them.

Taking out a mortgage is the biggest purchase a consumer makes and, as such, the FCA findings into RBS are both shocking and disappointing.

Swap misselling by banks to small businesses happened 8yrs ago – this mortgage misselling by RBS was happening less than 18months ago!

The FCA raised concerns with RBS on mortgage sales in 2011- it’s disgraceful this was not immediately acted on.

We still have some way to go in reforming our banking sector so it serves individuals and businesses – the real economy – properly.

9.05am BST

Budget airline Ryanair has taken another step towards scrubbing up its image, launching a new business class service today.

Features include flexible tickets, more check-in baggage, priority boarding and premium seats, as it tries to lure more executives onboard.

8.52am BST

Britains banking sector continues to demonstrate a remarkable inability to treat its customers properly.

Todays culprit is Royal Bank of Scotland, which has been fined £14.5m for failing to offer decent advice to mortgage customers.

Only 2 of the 164 sales reviewed were considered to meet the standard required overall in a sales process. In the firms own mystery shopping there were examples of advisers giving personal views on the future movement of interest rates.

This was highly inappropriate and may have resulted in the borrower being sold the wrong type of mortgage for them.

Ross McEwan: Taking a mortgage is one of the biggest moments in our lives, and our customers should expect the best service (2/5)

In the past we just didnt get this right; this was unacceptable and should never have happened (3/5)

8.36am BST

German consumer confidence had been steadily rising over the last 18 months until todays drop (see 8.00am for details), as this tweet shows:

German consumer climate falls in September: GfK index drops to 8.6 pic.twitter.com/W9dKQm77cZ

Major upheavals in the global economy have so far only affected the consumer mood in Germany to a very limited extent. In order to ensure that this remains the case for consumers in future, it is important that the situations in the crisis regions do not escalate further and that long-term solutions are found instead.

However, if domestic framework conditions also deteriorate decisively as a result of any potential further escalation, it is probable that more difficult times will also lie ahead for the German economy.

8.32am BST

Italys economy minister has predicted that it could lower its growth forecasts making it a hat-trick of bad news for the eurozone this morning

The Italian governent currently predicts that GDP will rise by 0.8% this year, but that was before Italy fell back into recession. A rethink is now needed.

We must revise the GDP (gross domestic product) growth forecast to the downside.

Italy to revise down its GDP growth forecasts. French government too busy to think about that right now.

8.18am BST

Bad news from France too — morale among French companies has fallen again.

Statistics body INSEE reports that the industry morale dipped again in August, to 96 from 97 on its monthly survey (where 100 is the long-term average).

8.00am BST

German consumer confidence has suffered its first fall since January 2013, as the weakening eurozone economy and geopolitical risks hit Europes largest economy.

The forward-looking survey of German morale, by polling firm GfK, found that economic expectations have collapsed this month, as the wider consumer climate suffers a setback.

Consumers are increasingly taking the intensified geopolitical situation into consideration in their assessment of how the German economy will develop over the coming months. The indicator dropped by 35.5 points, plummeting to 10.4 points. A decline of this magnitude in just one month has not been recorded since the survey began in 1980. Consequently, virtually all improvement in the economic expectations indicator over the past year has been negated in one fell swoop. In August 2013, the indicator value was 1.8 points.

Consumers are expecting the economy to shift down a gear or two at least. Given that no long-term solutions appear to be on the cards yet for any of the crises, uncertainty is rising in the population on the potential consequences for the German economy. In particular, the sanctions against Russia, which are already significantly impacting exports, could become a real risk for the German economy.

German Consumer Confidence: Actual: 8.6 vs Forecast: 9 pic.twitter.com/JodHiKbXfl

7.54am BST

Good morning, and welcome to our rolling coverage of the financial markets, the world economy.

Coming up today — a new survey of German consumers has found that confidence has been hit by economic weakness in the eurozone, and geopolitical threats across the globe.

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Craigslist killing suspects plead guilty

Craigslist killing suspects plead guilty

Miranda Barbour, 19, and her husband, Elytte Barbour, 22, (not pictured) are charged in the 2013 death of Troy LaFerrara, 42.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Miranda Barbour and her husband are charged with murder in Pennsylvania
  • Police said they met the man through a Craigslist companionship ad
  • Miranda Barbour has claimed to have killed at least 22 people

(CNN) — Two people accused of killing a man they met through Craigslist pleaded guilty in Pennsylvania.

They entered their pleas early Tuesday, according to Trisha Cotner, administrative assistant for the district attorney of Northumberland County District Attorney’s Office.

Miranda Barbour, 19, and her husband, Elytte Barbour, 22, are charged in the 2013 death of Troy LaFerrara, 42. He was stabbed and strangled in their car after connecting with the couple through a Craigslist companionship ad, police said.

Cops: Couple lure man for thrill killing

Suspect: I’ve killed at least 22 men

Investigators tracked the couple through phone numbers in LaFerrara’s phone.

Police said the couple wanted to kill someone together for the thrill. They had been married for only three weeks at the time of the slaying and had moved from North Carolina to Pennsylvania after tying the knot.

Earlier this year, Miranda Barbour told the Daily Item newspaper of Sunbury, Pennsylvania, that she had killed at least 22 people over six years across the country. She stood by that statement in an interview with the same newspaper a week ago.

Sunbury Police Chief Chief Steve Mazzeo said in March he had passed along the information to other jurisdictions.

“I’m not saying I do or don’t believe it,” he said then.

Jailed husband of self-professed serial killer: ‘I still love her’

Alaska: No evidence Barbour killed someone here

CNN’s Haimy Assefa and Ralph Ellis contributed to this report.

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The company’s shares have dipped 1.7p to 245.3p despite it saying the value of its public-private partnership portfolio – road, hospital, school and military housing projects – had increased by 46% to £1.05bn since December. There was a 63% rise in its UK portfolio to £801m.

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Miley Cyrus’s homeless VMAs date wanted by police

Miley Cyrus’s homeless VMAs date wanted by policeJesse Helt, who highlighted the plight of homeless youths at the MTV video awards, sought for Oregon probation violation Continue reading…

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You’re the Boss Blog: The C.E.O. of a Sales Software Company Faces Up to Sales Shortcomings

You’re the Boss Blog: The C.E.O. of a Sales Software Company Faces Up to Sales ShortcomingsMatthew Bellows, a founder of Yesware, talks about how his efforts to turn around his sales team played out.

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DealBook: Detroit Mum on Proposal to Use Its Art as Collateral

DealBook: Detroit Mum on Proposal to Use Its Art as CollateralA confidential report to the bankrupt city offers a loan of $500 million to $3 billion, collateralized by pieces in the Detroit Institute of Arts.



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Spy vs. Spy: Uber’s Secret Agents: When Poaching Becomes Unethical

Spy vs. Spy: Uber’s Secret Agents: When Poaching Becomes UnethicalHow the smartphone-based car service tried to lure drivers from its main competitor.



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Spy vs. Spy: Uber’s Secret Agents: When Poaching Becomes Unethical

Spy vs. Spy: Uber’s Secret Agents: When Poaching Becomes UnethicalHow the smartphone-based car service tried to lure drivers from its main competitor.



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Spy vs.Spy: Uber’s Secret Agents: When Poaching Becomes Unethical

Spy vs.Spy: Uber’s Secret Agents: When Poaching Becomes UnethicalHow the smartphone-based car service tried to lure drivers from its main competitor.

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Spy vs.Spy: Uber’s Secret Agents: Was Poaching From Lyft Unethical?

Spy vs.Spy: Uber’s Secret Agents: Was Poaching From Lyft Unethical?How the smartphone-based car service tried to lure drivers from its main competitor.



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Spy vs.Spy: Uber’s Secret Agents: When Poaching Becomes Unethical

Spy vs.Spy: Uber’s Secret Agents: When Poaching Becomes UnethicalHow the smartphone-based car service tried to lure drivers from its main competitor.



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Syrian Rebels Seize Border Crossing With Israel

Syrian Rebels Seize Border Crossing With IsraelActivists say Syrian rebels have captured a border crossing with Israel in the Golan Heights after deadly clashes with President Bashar Assad’s forces.

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IMF chief Lagarde under investigation in France

IMF chief Lagarde under investigation in FranceChristine Lagarde, the head of the International Monetary Fund, has been placed under formal investigation in France for her alleged involvement in a long-running fraud case.

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DealBook: For First Time, S.&P. 500 Closes Above 2,000

DealBook: For First Time, S.&P. 500 Closes Above 2,000The latest record came on a day when new data showed growing consumer confidence in the United States, but that was tempered by signs that the real estate market’s recovery appears to be slowing.



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Big power out, solar in: UBS urges investors to join renewables revolution

Worlds largest private bank predicts large-scale power stations will soon make way for electric cars and new solar technologies

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Big power out, solar in: UBS urges investors to join renewables revolution

Worlds largest private bank predicts large-scale power stations will soon make way for electric cars and new solar technologies

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Look at me! 21 selfies of the week

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Couple celebrate 80 years of marriage

Couple celebrate 80 years of marriageA couple who met as teenagers 10 years before the start of World War Two celebrate their 80th wedding anniversary.

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Look at me! 21 selfies of the week

Look at me! 21 selfies of the week

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No 10 rejects reports that UK is willing to join US air campaign against Isis

No 10 rejects reports that UK is willing to join US air campaign against IsisDowning Street says there have been no requests from Washington for UK to contribute to air strikes Continue reading…

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VIDEO: Cole and Cowell back to take on Strictly

VIDEO: Cole and Cowell back to take on StrictlyThe new series of the X Factor is back on television screens from Saturday. Colin Paterson looks at the new judging line-up and the future of the show

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Christine Lagarde, I.M.F. Chief, Under Investigation in France

The managing director of the International Monetary Fund said she was being investigated for “simple negligence” in a business dealing that dates to her time as finance minister.



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Christine Lagarde, I.M.F. Chief, Under Investigation in France

The managing director of the International Monetary Fund said she was being investigated for “simple negligence” in a business dealing that dates to her time as finance minister.



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Christine Lagarde, I.M.F. Chief, Under Investigation in France

Christine Lagarde, I.M.F. Chief, Under Investigation in FranceThe managing director of the International Monetary Fund said she was being investigated for “simple negligence” in a business dealing that dates to her time as finance minister.



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Christine Lagarde, I.M.F. Chief, Under Investigation in France

Christine Lagarde, I.M.F. Chief, Under Investigation in FranceThe managing director of the International Monetary Fund said she was being investigated for “simple negligence” in a business dealing that dates to her time as finance minister.



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Louis van Gaal: I’m not shocked by Manchester United’s 4-0 defeat by MK Dons video

Speaking after Manchester United’s 4-0 defeat by Milton Keynes Dons in the Capital One Cup, manager Louis van Gaal says MK Dons played well. He says it will take time for Manchester United to achieve their potential under his new system. Will Grigg and Benik Afobe scored twice each for the MK Dons in Tuesday’s game Continue reading…

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Evraz says Ukrainian conflict and sanctions have not hit operations so far

Evraz says Ukrainian conflict and sanctions have not hit operations so farSteelmaker controlled by Roman Abramovich returns to the black in first half

Evraz, the Russian steelmaker partly controlled by Chelsea FC owner Roman Abramovich, has shrugged off immediate worries about sanctions and the outlook for its assets in strife-hit Ukraine.

The company returned to the black in the first half of the year, recording a net profit of $1m after a $146m loss in the same period in 2013. But the profit came in below expectations, and included a foreign exchange loss of $180m and an impairment charge of $147m. Evraz shares currently up 0.4p at 114.3p.

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Steve Bruce: Hull deal for Blackburns Jordan Rhodes is dead and buried

Bruce says Blackburn dropped plan to sell prolific striker
All of a sudden hes not for sale; so well move on
Deal completed for Tottenhams Michael Dawson
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The internet reacts to Manchester United’s brutal 4-0 defeat at MK Dons

Louis van Gaal tried to put on a brave face after Manchester Uniteds 4-0 defeat to MK Dons in the Capital One Cup. The football world could hardly keep a straight face as players, clubs and pundits took to Twitter to laugh at their latest humiliation

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RBS fined £14.5m over mortgage advice

RBS fined £14.5m over mortgage adviceRoyal Bank of Scotland is fined £14.5m by the Financial Conduct Authority for failing to ensure that it gave suitable mortgage advice to customers.

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Primary school places budget squeeze

Primary school places budget squeezeThere are warnings that the rising primary school population in England is putting pressure on budgets and raising fears of “supersize” schools.

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Q. and A.: How Kessler’s Lawsuit Could Change College Sports

Jeffrey Kessler discusses in a question-and-answer session what might occur if his suit against the N.C.A.A. is successful.



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Jeffrey Kessler Envisions Open Market for College Athletes

Jeffrey Kessler, a lawyer who helped bring free agency to the N.F.L. and the N.B.A., says his lawsuit will take down the “cartel” that controls college sports.



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Nigeria closes schools over Ebola

Nigeria closes schools over EbolaNigerian schools are ordered to remain shut, delaying the new academic year until 13 October as part of measures to prevent the spread of Ebola.

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Milan confirm plan to sign Chelseas Fernando Torres and Marco van Ginkel

Adriano Galliani hoping to complete double signing
We have written to Chelsea and are awaiting response
Milan looking to replace Mario Balotelli after £16m exit
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Besiktas confident ahead of Arsenal clash, says manager Slaven Bilic video

Besiktas train before their Champions League qualifier match against Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium on Wednesday. Manager Slaven Bilic says the previous match between two sides, a goalless draw at the Turkish club’s ground, has consolidated his team’s confidence. Midfielder Oguzhan Ozyakup is equally assured and says Besiktas will play to win Continue reading…

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Manchester United crisis: five reasons to still be cheerful and concerned

Three games into his tenure and already people are laying into Louis van Gaal after a poor start. But the manager has the skills and financial backing to turn things around
Dutchman not shocked by 4-0 defeat by MK Dons
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Security guard banned from Brisbane ports after displaying anti-coal sign

Kym Garrick, who was contracted to work on Port of Brisbane sites, says she was forced out of her job after displaying the sign on her car

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Security guard banned from Brisbane ports after displaying anti-coal sign

Kym Garrick, who was contracted to work on Port of Brisbane sites, says she was forced out of her job after displaying the sign on her car

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Christine Lagarde to be investigated for alleged role in political fraud case

Christine Lagarde to be investigated for alleged role in political fraud caseIMF chief and former finance minister says decision to investigate her for alleged negligence is unfounded

The head of the International Monetary Fund, Christine Lagarde, has been charged with "simple negligence" over her handling of a controversial 400m payout to French business tycoon Bernard Tapie when she was finance minister.

Lagarde announced that she had been placed under investigation by a magistrate on Tuesday the French equivalent of being charged in the UK after being questioned for 15 hours at the court of justice in Paris, which deals with cases of alleged ministerial wrongdoing.

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AUDIO: MK Dons thrash Man Utd 4-0

AUDIO: MK Dons thrash Man Utd 4-0Louis van Gaal’s miserable start to life as Manchester United boss has continued with a Capital One Cup shock at the hands of League One MK Dons.

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Contributing Op-Ed Writer: Where Are the Brazilian Introverts?

We’re known for being vivacious and kissing strangers. But some of us are shy.



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Contributing Op-Ed Writer: Where Are the Brazilian Introverts?

We’re known for being vivacious and kissing strangers. But some of us are shy.



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Afghan Candidate Abdullah Withdraws From Audit of Presidential Vote

Aides to Abdullah Abdullah walked out of the election commission’s headquarters after a series of technical demands made by his campaign went unmet.



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Afghan Candidate Abdullah Withdraws From Audit of Presidential Vote

Aides to Abdullah Abdullah walked out of the election commission’s headquarters after a series of technical demands made by his campaign went unmet.



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Afghan Candidate Withdraws From Audit of Presidential Vote

Afghan Candidate Withdraws From Audit of Presidential VoteAides to Abdullah Abdullah walked out of the election commission’s headquarters after a series of technical demands made by his campaign went unmet.



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Climate sceptics see a conspiracy in Australia’s record breaking heat

Bureau of Meteorology says claims from one climate sceptic that it has corrupted temperature data are false

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Climate sceptics see a conspiracy in Australia’s record breaking heat

Bureau of Meteorology says claims from one climate sceptic that it has corrupted temperature data are false

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Legia Warsaw mock Celtic on Twitter after Champions League humiliation

Legia react to Celtics home defeat by Maribor
Champions League report: Celtic 0-1 Maribor
Minute-by-minute: Celtics exit as it happened
CAS overturned Legias appeal against expulsion
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Deep Throat case dismissed by judge

Claims that a film about actress Linda Lovelace bore striking similarities to 1972 pornographic film Deep Throat are dismissed by a US judge.

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Stocks: 4 things to know before the open

Stocks: 4 things to know before the openWill it be yet another record-setting day on Wall Street?

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Putin Talks to Ukrainian Leader as Videos Show Captured Russian Soldiers

Ukraine released video of what it said were captured Russian soldiers, raising tensions as President Vladimir V. Putin met with his Ukrainian counterpart, Petro O. Poroshenko.



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Putin Talks to Ukrainian Leader as Videos Show Captured Russian Soldiers

Putin Talks to Ukrainian Leader as Videos Show Captured Russian SoldiersUkraine released video of what it said were captured Russian soldiers, raising tensions as President Vladimir V. Putin met with his Ukrainian counterpart, Petro O. Poroshenko.



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When Robbie Fowler became God: 20 years on from history-making hat-trick

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Mitch McConnell Is Headed Down the Stretch

Mitch McConnell Is Headed Down the StretchA lifelong race to become the Senate majority leader comes down to whether he can make one last sprint.

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Win (home) tickets to Leicester City v Arsenal in the Premier League

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FTSE pauses for breath but Asos jumps on US takeover speculation

FTSE pauses for breath but Asos jumps on US takeover speculationOnline fashion retailer buoyed by renewed talk of possible bid interest

BG has been a little deflated despite positive news from Tanzania, as markets pause for breath after recent rises.

The company said it had produced higher than expected gas flows from a test well off the coast of the country, but its shares have slipped 1p to 1199.5p. Partner Ophir Energy has edged up 0.1p to 227p.

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Foxtons shares fall sharply despite jump in first-half profits

Foxtons shares fall sharply despite jump in first-half profitsEstate agents’ pre-tax profits rise 57% to £23.1m but shares slide 6.2% to 278p in early trading after slow sales warning

Foxtons announced a strong increase in profit for the first half of the year but the London-focused estate agent’s warning that sales growth would slow sent its shares down sharply.

Pre-tax profit rose 57% to £23.1m in the year to 30 June as strong sales and mortgage broking fees sent revenue up 16% to £72.8m. Excluding debt repayments, which were higher a year earlier, and other items, earnings rose 29% to £24.9m.

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US girl, nine, kills gun instructor

US girl, nine, kills gun instructorA nine-year-old girl kills her shooting instructor by accident while being shown how to use an Uzi submachine gun at a firing range in Arizona.

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Concerns grow over Iceland volcano

Overnight earthquakes raise fears that magma from Iceland’s Bardarbunga volcano could be heading towards another large volcanic system, scientists say.

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Concerns grow over Iceland volcano

Overnight earthquakes raise fears that magma from Iceland’s Bardarbunga volcano could be heading towards another large volcanic system, scientists say.

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Johansson’s Lucy tops UK box office

Scarlett Johansson’s new sci-fi drama Lucy, directed by Luc Besson, tops the UK and Ireland box office in its opening weekend.

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VIDEO: Phones to come with ‘kill switch’

VIDEO: Phones to come with ‘kill switch’A new law has been passed meaning that smartphones in California will be required to come with a “kill switch” to render them useless if lost or stolen.

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TNT Post advert banned because of delivery claims

TNT Post advert banned because of delivery claimsAdvertising Standards Authority rules ad wrongly suggests TNT is subject to same service levels and obligations as Royal Mail

An advert in which TNT Post compared itself to Royal Mail has been banned for implying that it offered the same service and similar prices as its competitor.

The leaflet showed a photograph of a man in a TNT uniform and said: "What does my postie look like? Like this in a smart uniform which our posties wear at all times on duty. Like Royal Mail, all are [Criminal Records Bureau] CRB-checked and fully trained in how to keep mail safe and secure."

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Ukraine crisis: Nato plans east European bases to counter Russia

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Arizona gun instructor accidentally shot and killed by nine-year-old girl with Uzi

Arizona gun instructor accidentally shot and killed by nine-year-old girl with Uzi

Mohave County sheriff said instructor was standing next to the girl when she pulled the trigger on an Uzi

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Van Gaal ‘not shocked’ by Cup exit

Van Gaal ‘not shocked’ by Cup exitBoss Louis van Gaal insists he was “not shocked” by Manchester United’s 4-0 defeat at MK Dons in the League Cup.

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Football transfer rumours: Joe Allen to Manchester United?

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Barrier Reef: government MP says he ‘got it wrong’ on dredging spoil support

Australian MP George Christensen writes open letter, saying he has started looking at options to dump dredging spoil on land

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Barrier Reef: government MP says he ‘got it wrong’ on dredging spoil support

Australian MP George Christensen writes open letter, saying he has started looking at options to dump dredging spoil on land

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New coal power stations threat to EUs emissions target

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New coal power stations threat to EUs emissions target

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World Briefing: China: Judge Says Graft Inquiry Shows Party Follows Rule of Law

China’s top judge said that the ruling Communist Party’s decision to investigate the former chief of domestic security demonstrates that no party member is above the law, the semiofficial China News Service reported.



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Lockheed Martin in space junk deal

US defence giant Lockheed Martin is teaming up with an Australian technology firm to track space debris that can damage multi-billion dollar satellites.

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Lockheed Martin in space junk deal

US defence giant Lockheed Martin is teaming up with an Australian technology firm to track space debris that can damage multi-billion dollar satellites.

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Ángel di María admits: It was never my desire to leave Real Madrid

Argentinian writes open letter after Manchester United move
United humiliated 4-0 by MK Dons
Van Gaal not shocked by defeat
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RBS fined £14.5m over mortgage advice

RBS fined £14.5m over mortgage adviceFinancial Conduct Authority found ‘serious failings’ in its advice to mortgage customers

State-backed Royal Bank of Scotland has been fined £14.5m after the City regulator found "serious failings" in its advice to mortgage customers.

The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) said only two of the 164 sales it reviewed between June 2011 and March 2013 were considered to meet the standard required overall in a sales process.

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Arizona Treasurer Wins G.O.P. Primary for Governor

Arizona Treasurer Wins G.O.P. Primary for GovernorDoug Ducey, who is also the former chief executive of an international chain of ice cream parlors, defeated five opponents in the Republican contest.



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Arizona Treasurer Wins G.O.P. Primary for Governor

Arizona Treasurer Wins G.O.P. Primary for GovernorDoug Ducey, who is also the former chief executive of an international chain of ice cream parlors, defeated five opponents in the Republican contest.



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Arizona Treasurer Wins G.O.P. Primary for Governor

Arizona Treasurer Wins G.O.P. Primary for GovernorDoug Ducey, who is also the former chief executive of an international chain of ice cream parlors, defeated five opponents in the Republican contest.



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Artists must fight back against cuts | @guardianletters

Artists must fight back against cuts | @guardianletters

We, the newly formed Artists Assembly Against Austerity, are calling on writers, musicians, performers anyone involved in the creative arts to mobilise against cuts in public and voluntary services introduced by the coalition government.

The Peoples Assembly Against Austerity was formed in 2013 to ensure that the coalition government faces a movement of opposition broad enough and powerful enough to generate successful coordinated action against its violent programme of cuts. In June, 50,000 people marched through London to show their support for this growing movement.

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Boot up: calculating piracy, LA boots iPads, Instagram Hyperlapses

Plus all-in-one sales expected to dip, switcheroo on the reversible USB cable?, contrasting data loss in the US and UK

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Here are the key facts and figures behind the leaked copy of the film:
- On July 24th, three weeks out from release, a high quality version of the film leaks online.
- A lawsuit from Lionsgate, filed on July 31st, seeks to compel six prominent websites to take down links to the pirated copies of the film.
- Lionsgate estimate that, as of August 1st, the film has been downloaded 2.2 million times.
In a soon-to-be-published study researchers at Carnegie Mellon University reckon on pre-release piracy reducing a movie’s domestic box office by an average of 19%. If we apply that to our $26.9m projection it drops to $21.8m, which would amount to a disappointing opening haul.
Is it really that simple? Of course not.

LA schools Supt. John Deasy suspended future use of a contract with Apple on Monday that was to provide iPads to all students in the nation’s second-largest school system amid mounting scrutiny of the $1-billion-plus effort.

The suspension comes days after disclosures that the superintendent and his top deputy had especially close ties to executives of Apple, maker of the iPad, and Pearson, the company that is providing the curriculum on the devices. And an internal report that examined the technology effort showed major problems with the process and the implementation.

Today at 10am PST, Instagram is lifting the veil on Hyperlapse, one of the company’s first apps outside of Instagram itself. Using clever algorithm processing, the app makes it easy to use your phone to create tracking shots and fast, time-lapse videos that look as if they’re shot by Scorsese or Michael Mann. What was once only possible with a Steadicam or a $15,000 tracking rig is now possible on your iPhone, for free. (Instagram hopes to develop an Android version soon, but that will require changes to the camera and gyroscope APIs on Android phones.)

If Hyperlapse is so cool, it makes you wonder why it’s built as a standalone app, rather than a new feature of Instagram. That had to do with the realities of building something really cool, but also fairly hard to explain. The honchos at Instagram figured some users would grok the possibilities immediately and become obsessed with it. But most would ignore it. To built it into Instagram, you’d have to hide it, to keep the core app simple for its millions of users. This would be a double bind for Hyperlapse: Power users would find it annoying to use, if they found it at all, and everyday users would simply never look for it. So they split it off into its own product.

Desktop shipments are expected to enjoy growth in 2014 with Microsoft ending its support for Windows XP, but the all-in-one PC market, which focuses mainly on the consumer market and did not start enjoying demand until recent years, may not be able to benefit from the growth.

Digitimes Research expects all-in-one PC shipments to drop 2.4% on year in 2014 because enterprise and consumer buyers have both used their budgets to purchase conventional desktops. Sony quitting from the PC market is another driver that is causing all-in-one PC shipments to drop in 2014.

We are informed by the Official Appointed Manufacturer of Apple that the new Reversible USB Cable will not be released together with upcoming iPhone 6 and Apple has not placed any order with them yet. Apple fans will not be able to get the MFi version of this revolutionary cable from Apple this year but that is not the end of the story. 

We have already spoken with the manufacturer and we are Officially Licensed with the Patent of the reversible USB design. We are now ready to start production anytime and we are now accepting Pre-Orders on the new MFi Certified Reversible USB Lightning Cable.

The Ministry of Justice has been fined £180,000 for "serious failings" in the handling of confidential data.

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) said the penalty was related to the loss of a hard drive containing the details of almost 3,000 prisoners at Erlestoke prison in Wiltshire.

Four years ago, users of Comcast’s phone service who had paid for their personal information to be unlisted noticed that something was amiss. Complaints started appearing from these individuals who found their names, addresses, and telephone numbers in phone directories both online and off.

Later, it was revealed that this breach of confidential information affected more than 74,000 individuals and households in Californiaover half of Comcast’s users in California with unlisted numbers. While the breach hit California the hardest, it also occurred with Comcast customers in other states.

It’s a cliché, but Twitch appeals to a certain demographic which Amazon likely doesn’t reach very well today, and Twitch could help it reach that demographic more effectively and therefore cross-sell other Amazon products and services. I think this may be a bit of a stretch, in that there’s little inherent connection between the two and forcing one may break the experience on both sides, but there are at least obvious opportunities to sell games through Amazon to Twitch users, and the opportunity likely goes further too.

Of course, there’s a whole other side to this too, which is that Amazon benefits Twitch as much as Twitch benefits Amazon. Twitch will get to leverage Amazon’s infrastructure (if it isn’t already) and scale, along with its deep pockets.

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Contributing Op-Ed Writer: The Expanding World of Poverty Capitalism

Contributing Op-Ed Writer: The Expanding World of Poverty CapitalismCourt costs, fees and fines are big business for private companies and local governments.



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Rubio Warns Obama Against Executive Action on Immigration

Rubio Warns Obama Against Executive Action on ImmigrationThe Florida senator, who once championed an overhaul supporting people who are in the U.S. illegally, told the president not to interfere with deportations.



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Rubio Warns Obama Against Executive Action on Immigration

Rubio Warns Obama Against Executive Action on ImmigrationThe Florida senator, who once championed an overhaul supporting people who are in the U.S. illegally, told the president not to interfere with deportations.



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Governments green deal ad ruled misleading

Governments green deal ad ruled misleadingDecc adverts implied energy savings were guaranteed and did not back up claim scheme boosted property prices, says ASA Continue reading…

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Man Utd ‘staggering in their ineptitude’

Man Utd ‘staggering in their ineptitude”So poor it beggared belief’ and a Man City player’s jubilation – reaction to Man Utd’s heavy defeat by MK Dons.

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International Ocean film festival comes to Britain

International Ocean film festival comes to Britain

From the uplifting story of a paralysed surfer to terrifying tales of adventure gone wrong, we take a look at the sea-themed short films that will be touring UK venues from Cornwall to Inverness

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The US still decides the future of capitalism, not the G20, and not the Brics nations | Leo Panitch

The US still decides the future of capitalism, not the G20, and not the Brics nations | Leo Panitch

A new development bank, launched by leading emerging nations, has stolen the G20s thunder. But it wont pose a real challenge to US dominance of global markets

International attention has been diverted away from this years G20 meetings in Australia by the declaration from the leaders of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa, at their meeting in Fortaleza Brazil this July, that they would launch a new Brics bank.

Created by the US Treasury in the wake of the Asian financial crisis at the end of the 1990s, the G20 was designed to get the major emerging market states to take responsibility alongside the G7 for the new international financial architecture. This was seen as providing legitimacy for the continuing central role of the US in superintending a greatly expanded but increasingly volatile global capitalism.

We underscore the critical importance of rejecting protectionism and not turning inward … we will refrain from raising new barriers to investment or to trade in goods and services.

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