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Terry Pratchett’s unpublished works crushed by steamroller – BBC News

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Before vanquishing the hard drive, Rob Wilkins, the writer's long-serving assistant, tweeted that he was "about to fulfil my obligation to Terry". Sir Terry Pratchett His career in numbers 70 million sales 37 languages 44 years of writing

Good Samaritans in Houston haul 21 dogs to safety in a single boat

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After Hurricane Harvey, a group of good Samaritans came to the rescue of dozens of good dogs. Houston resident Betty Walter found herself stranded in floodwaters in the wake of the storm. She was also sheltering 21 dogs (some of which belonged to her neighbors) and wasn't sure how they would all get to safety. SEE ALSO: Incredibly pragmatic dog braves Hurricane Harvey with, yes, an entire bag of dog food Luckily, the dog rescue crew came along. They loaded all 21 dogs on the boat — Walter walked alongside — and hauled everyone away. "I was worried there was [...]

Royal baby: Duchess of Cambridge expecting third child – BBC News

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Royal baby and extreme morning sickness Severe sickness can be 'traumatic' Royal Family tree and line of succession The duke and duchess have a son, George, who is four, and a daughter, Charlotte, aged two. With the previous two pregnancies, the couple announced them before the 12-week mark - when most women have their first scan - because of the duchess being unwell with hyperemesis gravidarum. Her first pregnancy was revealed when she was just a few weeks pregnant with Prince George after she was admitted to hospital in December 2012. Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionPrince [...]

President Trump uses Texas tragedy to help promote his crappy merch

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Image: CHARLIE BLALOCK/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock Say what you will about Trump: the man never misses an opportunity to use a national tragedy for personal gain. Three times in the past two days, the president has been spotted wearing his campaign's own "USA" hat while in public settings. Trump has come under fire for turning the Texas emergency into a fundraising opportunity for his war chest. SEE ALSO: Trump sends out fundraising email in middle of Texas emergency because *bangs head on desk* The USA hat in question is currently available for $40 on Trump's campaign website. While some see it as a [...]

Kezia Dugdale quits as Scottish Labour leader – BBC News

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Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionKezia Dugdale said she was leaving with her "head held high" Kezia Dugdale has resigned as leader of Scottish Labour, saying it is time to "pass on the baton" to someone else. The Lothians MSP has previously criticised UK leader Jeremy Corbyn, and has faced criticism from left-wing members of her own party. She insisted she was leaving the party in a much better state than she had found it. But she said a new leader was needed with "fresh energy, drive and a new mandate". Ms Dugdale is the third Scottish [...]

Big Ben’s bongs to fall silent until 2021 for repairs – BBC News

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It will still sound for important events including New Year's Eve and Remembrance Sunday. The clock's keeper, Steve Jaggs, said Big Ben falling silent was a "significant milestone" in the project to restore the tower. "This essential programme of works will safeguard the clock on a long term basis, as well as protecting and preserving its home - the Elizabeth Tower," he added. Big Ben basics

Eight dead in M1 minibus and lorry crash – BBC News

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Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionThe two drivers of the lorries have been arrested Six men and two women have died in a crash involving a minibus and two lorries on the M1 near Milton Keynes. All of those who died were travelling in the minibus, which was from the Nottingham area. A five-year-old girl, a woman and a man are being treated in hospital with life-threatening injuries, while another woman has serious injuries. The two lorry drivers have been arrested, one of them on suspicion of driving while over the alcohol limit. Both men are being [...]

GCSE: Sister of Manchester bomb victim Martyn Hett gets 11 A*s – BBC News

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Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionMartyn Hett’s sister gets 11 A* GCSEs The sister of Manchester bomb victim Martyn Hett has been described as a "hero" for getting 11 A*s in her GCSEs. Martyn, 29, from Stockport, was one of 22 people who died when a homemade bomb was detonated after an Ariana Grande concert at Manchester Arena on 22 May. Nikita, 16, took an exam the day after finding out her brother had died, while the family were "completely numb". She said: "I didn't want to let what's happened stop me. Martyn would want me to [...]

Grenfell Tower survivor gains top GCSE grades – BBC News

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GCSE passes dip after tougher exams Grenfell Tower pupils enjoy 'good day' In the days after the fire, Ines missed exams in history, RE and physics which has affected her overall grades. "I wish I did more, but then again, I don't know... For the exams I missed, I didn't do too well in them overall [the subjects]," she said. Media playback is unsupported on your device Media caption"The first thing I grabbed was my Chemistry notes": Ines, 16, on sitting her GCSE the day after the fire Sacred Heart High School headteacher Marian Doyle called her results "fantastic". "It [...]

‘Self-driving’ lorries to be tested on UK roads – BBC News

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Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionThe technology has already been trialled in the Netherlands using two lorries, with the lead truck having control Small convoys of partially self-driving lorries will be tried out on major British roads by the end of next year, the government has announced. A contract has been awarded to the Transport Research Laboratory (TRL) to carry out the tests of vehicle "platoons". Up to three lorries will travel in formation, with acceleration and braking controlled by the lead vehicle. But the head of the AA said platoons raised safety concerns. In the platoons, [...]