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Comet provides spectacular show as it streaks past Earth

Comet provides spectacular show as it streaks past Earth

July 11, 2020

A newly discovered comet is streaking past Earth, providing a stunning night-time show for star gazers. Comet Neowise swept within Mercury’s orbit a week ago and its close proximity to the sun caused dust and gas to burn off its surface and create an even greater debris. Now the comet is heading our way, with its closest approach expected in two weeks. Nasa's Neowise infrared space telescope discovered the comet in March, and scientists involved in the mission say it’s around three miles across. The comet will be visible around the world until mid-August, when it heads back towards the outer solar system. While it is visible with the naked eye in dark skies with little or no light pollution, binoculars are needed to see the long tail, according to Nasa.

 

 

Ghislaine Maxwell seeks jail release in Epstein abuse case

Ghislaine Maxwell seeks jail release in Epstein abuse case

July 11, 2020

British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell, who's in jail on charges she helped Jeffrey Epstein sexually abuse young girls and women, should be released to home arrest while she awaits trial, according to her lawyers. Maxwell, who has repeatedly denied wrongdoing and called some claims against her "absolute rubbish", was arrested last week in New Hampshire. She was then moved to New York City to face the federal charges. The 58-year-old has been detained in Brooklyn without bail, and prosecutors have labelled her an "extreme risk of flight", saying they want her jailed until trial. In court papers, her lawyers cited the coronavirus risk in prison as reason to release her on a $5m bond. A judge has set a hearing for Tuesday to hear bail arguments and to arraign Maxwell on multiple charges.

Amazon says email to employees banning TikTok was a mistake

Amazon says email to employees banning TikTok was a mistake

July 11, 2020

Amazon has said it mistakenly sent an email to employees telling them to delete the popular video app TikTok from their phones. The firm had told workers the China-owned service was a "security risk", according to one Amazon employee who is not authorised to speak publicly. In an emailed statement, TikTok said that Amazon did not notify it before sending the email, and said it "did not understand their concerns", adding that the company would welcome a dialogue to address Amazon's issues. TikTok has faced concerns ranging from censorship of videos, including those critical of the Chinese government, the threat of sharing user data with Chinese officials to violating children's privacy.

Tropical Storm Fay downgraded after making landfall

Tropical Storm Fay downgraded after making landfall

July 11, 2020

US forecasters have downgraded Tropical Storm Fay to a tropical depression after it quickly weakened once it made landfall in New Jersey. The National Hurricane Centre in Miami said the storm had maximum sustained winds of 35mph as it moved over southern New York. It was located 50 miles north of New York City. A tropical storm warning that had been issued from East Rockaway, New York, to Watch Hill, Rhode Island, was cancelled. Fay was expected to move north over parts of eastern New York later on Saturday, then into western New England and south-eastern Canada. Forecasters say it was moving at 17mph.

Teenage surfer killed in Australia shark attack

Teenage surfer killed in Australia shark attack

July 11, 2020

A 17-year-old surfer has died after he was mauled by a shark in Australia, the second fatal attack in a week and at least the fifth in the country this year. Police said the teenager was surfing at Wooli Beach, around 370 miles north of Sydney in New South Wales when he was attacked, leaving him with severe injuries to his legs. Several surfers tried to help him and managed to get him to shore to receive medical attention, but despite CPR efforts to revive him, he died at the scene.

Waitress who ejected British tech CEO from restaurant after racist tirade receives $71,000 in tips

Waitress who ejected British tech CEO from restaurant after racist tirade receives $71,000 in tips

July 11, 2020

A waitress who demanded a British tech CEO leave her restaurant after a racist rant has received more than $71,000 in online tips. Silicon Valley boss Michael Lofthouse launched the verbal tirade at the Orosa Chan family as they were celebrating a birthday at the Luciana Restaurant in Carmel Valley, California. In a video of the incident taken by Jordan Chan, Mr Lofthouse, CEO and founder of tech company Solid8, stands up and yells at the family, using expletives. Server Jennica Cochran stood up for the family, telling Mr Lofthouse that they were valued guests and demanded he not speak to them in this way, and insisted he leave. In a statement, he has since apologised for his actions.

Pop Smoke death: Five arrested over shooting of US rapper

Pop Smoke death: Five arrested over shooting of US rapper

July 11, 2020

Five suspects have been arrested in connection with the death of US rapper Pop Smoke. The Los Angeles Police Department said three men and two "juvenile males" had been taken into custody. The teenagers are aged 15 and 17.Pop Smoke, whose real name is Bashar Jackson, was killed in a suspected robbery in February. Police had initially discounted a robbery theory in the days after the 20-year-old’s death at a home in the Hollywood Hills, but now say evidence indicates that was in fact the case.

Donald Trump spares former adviser Roger Stone from jail

Donald Trump spares former adviser Roger Stone from jail

July 11, 2020

Donald Trump's former adviser Roger Stone will avoid jail time after the president commuted the 67-year-old’s prison sentence. He had been due to serve 40 months for the crimes of lying to Congress, obstruction and witness tampering. His conviction was linked to a justice department investigation into allegations that Russia interfered in the 2016 presidential elections. But Mr Trump said that Stone, the sixth of his associates to be found guilty on charges linked to the probe, had been the victim of a "hoax."

Naya Rivera’s son, 4, watched the Glee star disappear beneath the water - police say

Naya Rivera’s son, 4, watched the Glee star disappear beneath the water - police say

July 11, 2020

Naya Rivera's four-year-old son told police he saw his mother "disappear beneath the water" at the California lake where the Glee star is feared to have drowned. Josey Hollis was found alone on a rented boat at Lake Piru on Wednesday afternoon. A huge search operation was launched, but the actress wasn’t found. It resumed on Thursday morning and police later said that the missing 33-year-old was presumed dead. They said that Josey, who is safe and well, watched his mother disappear under the waves during their boating trip.

To Kill a Mockingbird turns 60: some books by black authors you should read instead

To Kill a Mockingbird turns 60: some books by black authors you should read instead

July 10, 2020
Harper Lee's classic novel To Kill a Mockingbird is turning 60, but is the race relations story told through the eyes of young white girl still relevant in a Black Lives Matter world? We speak to best-selling author Lauren Wilkinson, whose novel American Spy, about a black female FBI agent in a white male dominated field, was named by Barack Obama as one of the best of last year.