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President Markle? The Mystery Over Meghan’s Political Future

Photo Illustration by Elizabeth Brockway/The Daily Beast/GettyRoyalist is The Daily Beast’s newsletter for all things royal and Royal Family. Subscribe here to get it in your inbox every Sunday. “Well, Gloria, it seems as though you and I will be taking a trip to D.C. together soon.” With those words, uttered during an “in conversation” piece for Vogue with Gloria Steinem reflecting on the Supreme Court decision overturning Roe v. Wade, Meghan Markle has once again triggered speculation that she could be contemplating a new act in her life, this time as a full-on political activist. at The Daily Beast. ...read more Source:: The Daily Beast...

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Games Inbox: PS5 vs. Xbox UI, Return To Monkey Island abuse, and Nintendo Switch 2 predictions

Is the PS5 dashboard all it can be? (pic: Sony)The Friday letters page is glad there was no God Of War Ragnarök blog update, as one reader hopes for a Baten Kaitos comeback. To join in with the discussions yourself email gamecentral@metro.co.uk Dashboard battleI signed up to PS Plus and I can pretty much confirm what people have been saying: the selection of games is okay, for a start, but the interface is really weird and doesn’t seem to want to help at all. Games aren’t properly organised by original format and none of it is really laid out logically or useful. It doesn’t really matter but it does underline the impression that the whole thing was put together in a hurry. This surprised me, as generally I’d Sony were very good at interfaces, and yet when I suggested this to a fri

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Caribbean storm likely to gain force, hit Central America

A storm that has hurled rain on the southern Caribbean and the northern shoulder of South America was expected to hit Central America as a tropical storm over the weekend and eventually develop into a hurricane over the Pacific, forecasters said Thursday. The fast-moving disturbance known merely as “Potential Tropical Cyclone Two” has been drenching parts of the Caribbean region since Monday without ever meeting the criteria for a named tropical It was blowing past the northernmost part of Colombia on Thursday night and was centered about 455 miles (730 kilometers) east of Bluefields on Nicaragua's Atlantic coast, according to the U.S. National Hurricane Center. A hurricane watch was in effect from the Nicaragua-Costa Rica border to Laguna de Perlas in Nicaragua. It was moving west at 20 ...

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Alabama bond sale for mega prisons falls $200 million short

Alabama officials said Thursday that they will move forward with plans to build two supersize prisons despite a bond sale falling more than $200 million short amid a volatile market and pressure from activists. The Alabama Corrections Institution Finance Authority hoped to sell $725 million in bonds for the construction project, but was only able to sell $509 million. The bond issue is a key funding piece for the $1.2 billion construction price tag. State Finance Director Bill Poole told reporters that the state had hoped to "sell a little bit more" but officials were pleased with the result. He said the outcome would not impact the construction and the state still anticipated opening the prisons in 2026. He said the state will look at options for the remainder of the money, including see

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Alabama bond sale for mega prisons falls $200 million short

Alabama officials said Thursday that they will move forward with plans to build two supersize prisons despite a bond sale falling more than $200 million short amid a volatile market and pressure from activists. The Alabama Corrections Institution Finance Authority hoped to sell $725 million in bonds for the construction project, but was only able to sell $509 million. The bond issue is a key funding piece for the $1.2 billion construction price tag. State Finance Director Bill Poole told reporters that the state had hoped to "sell a little bit more" but officials were pleased with the result. He said the outcome would not impact the construction and the state still anticipated opening the prisons in 2026. He said the state will look at options for the remainder of the money, including see

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Mountain View: Council amends mobile home rent control law to prevent park owners from skirting oversight

MOUNTAIN VIEW — In an effort to provide more protections to mobile park residents, the Mountain View City Council has agreed to strike a loophole in the city’s mobile home rent control ordinance that allowed park owners to create their own rent agreements with tenants outside of the city’s control. The council’s decision this week comes nine months after it passed a new rent control law for its six mobile home parks where residents have seen unfair rent increases over the past decade as Silicon Valley’s housing crisis exacerbated. The mobile home rent control law prevents mobile home park owners from increasing rents alone, instead giving that power to the Rental Housing Committee which oversees the city’s rental increases, oversight and protections for apartments as well as mobile home pa

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Capture LA’s rain — don’t send it down the drain

  Board of Water and Power Commission President Cynthia McClain-Hill talks about the improvements that will benefit the east valley. Council President Nury Martinez joined the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) to mark the completion of the Tujunga Spreading Grounds Stormwater Capture expansion project and celebrate the opening of the new community recreation area onsite to the public in Sun Valley on Thursday, June 30, 2022. (Photo by Dean Musgrove, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG) Part of the outdoor classroom and recreation benefits at the spreading grounds. Council President Nury Martinez joined the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) to mark the completion of the Tujunga Spreading Grounds Stormwater Capture expansion project and celebrate the openin

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Letters: Gun control | Dishonoring life | Court’s terms | Jan. 6 hearings | Remake Senate | Unwanted pregnancies

Submit your letter to the editor via this form. Read more Letters to the Editor. Only reducing guns will reduce gun violence Re. “Biden says landmark gun bill’s result is that ‘lives will be saved,’” Page A5, June 26: A nonsensical slogan is going around because it sounds good: Guns don’t shoot people, people do. A slogan that does make sense is the converse: People without guns never shoot people. So how should we reduce gun violence? It would be immoral to get rid of people. But we can reduce the lethal combination of people with guns. That is doable. So, many thanks to our U.S. lawmakers for taking a step toward this safety. (The House passed the Senate-submitted gun safety bill on Friday and the president signed it into law Saturday.) Wallace ClarkConcord Supreme Court rulings do not

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Minimum wage rates go up Friday in LA city, unincorporated LA County

Minimum-wage workers in the Southland will get a modest pay boost starting Friday, July 1, with the hourly rate in the city of Los Angeles increasing to $16.04 and in unincorporated areas of L.A. County to $15.96. The minimum wage had been $15. The city’s wage hike was announced in February by Mayor Eric Garcetti, while the county’s increase was announced in March by the Department of Business and Consumer Affairs. The county’s rate marks a 6.4% bump. The rate has risen steadily since 2016, when the county adopted a minimum wage ordinance that slowly increased the amount annually, reaching $15 per hour on July 1, 2020, for large businesses and on July 1, 2021, for smaller businesses. Following the pre-determined increases, future hikes will be based on increases in the Bureau of Labor Stat

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McConnell warns Dems of fallout for reviving Biden bill

Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell threatened Thursday to derail a bill designed to boost semiconductor manufacturing in the United States if Democrats revive their stalled climate and social policy package. The rejuvenation of the Democratic reconciliation package, central to President Joe Biden's agenda, remains a work in progress and is far from certain. But with some signs of progress in the negotiations, McConnell is moving to complicate Democratic plans by warning that Republicans would react by stopping separate semiconductor legislation from moving over the finish line in the coming weeks, despite its bipartisan support. “Let me be perfectly clear: there will be no bipartisan USICA as long as Democrats are pursuing a partisan reconciliation bill," McConnell tweeted, referrin

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Your daily horoscope for Friday, July 1, 2022

Today is for living in the present (Picture: Getty/Metro.co.uk)Today is one for going with the flow and embracing change. Don’t get too in your head today. Try to be present and listen to the world around you. You never know what you might notice. Keep your thoughts to yourself, Virgo. Leo, it’s time to make the most of your leadership qualities. Don’t be too hard on yourself, Aquarius Ahead, you’ll find all the star signs’ horoscopes for July 1, 2022. Read on for your forecast. Aries March 21 to April 20 If making a move on a key plan seems one step too far today, then a strong alignment could help you blast through any complacency. As Mars in your sign angles towards Pluto, you’ll notice a new determination that brings your emotions together like a laser b

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Supreme Court lets Joe Biden end Donald Trump’s ‘Remain in Mexico’ policy restricting immigration

The Supreme Court ruled 5-4 that President Joe Biden (right) has the authority to end a Trump-era policy restricting immigration (Pictures: AFP/REX)The Supreme Court has given President Joe Biden the authority to end his predecessor Donald Trump’s Remain in Mexico policy that restricted immigration. In a 5-4 ruling on Thursday morning, the high court said that immigration law gives the federal government discretion to end the program officially called Migrant Protection Protocols. The Trump-era policy sent some non-Mexican citizens who illegally entered the US back to Mexico, instead of detaining or releasing them in the US, as their immigration proceedings were in motion. It required asylum seekers, primarily from central and south America, to be detained in the US or sent to...

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Coronation Street’s Sue Nicholls reveals how Audrey leaves the Platts gobsmacked with bombshell

Audrey has an announcement! (Picture: ITV)Audrey Roberts’ (Sue Nicholls) recent fall has made her think a lot about her life in Coronation Street and soon, she decides to make a few changes. Top of her list is changing and updating her will, which immediately leaves the Platt family determined to impress Audrey, thinking it will increase their chances of getting a bigger slice of her estate. Sitting down for lunch at the Bistro, Audrey tells her family she’s leaving her money to WARTS (Weatherfield Association of Retail Traders), in memory of her late husband Alfie. Understandably, the news isn’t what Audrey’s family were expecting, but there’s another twist to this tale as Sue Nicholls explains: ‘They are all horrified! And then she walks away, and Stephen finds her in Victoria...

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Love Island stars face savage twist as Islanders have to decide who is dumped from the villa in cliffhanger

Two Islanders will be leaving in Friday’s show (Picture: ITV)Three Love Island couples’ fates were left hanging in the balance after a savage cliffhanger ending to Thursday’s show. After viewers had voted for the couples they believed had the most connection, three pairings were left vulnerable to be booted from the villa. Andrew Le Page and Tasha Ghouri, Danica Taylor and Jay Younger and Antigoni Buxton and Charles Radnedge were the final three with the fewest votes from viewers, meaning a guy and a girl will be leaving the show. However, the decision has not been left up to the public vote alone as a savage twist means the final choice will be made by the remaining Islanders themselves. The girls have been tasked with choosing which boy will be dumped, while the boys wil...

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Love Island’s Jess Shears gives birth to second child with husband Dom Lever

Congratulations to the adorable family! (Picture: Instagram)Love Island star Jess Shears has welcomed her second child with her husband Dom Lever. The adorable couple met on the ITV2 dating show in 2017 and they’re still going strong, having expanded their brood to become a family of four. Jess and Dom – who married in Mykonos in 2018 – already share a son who is two years old and announced last year that their second bundle of joy would arrive this June. Taking to Instagram to share their joyous news, the pair posted snaps of their first child cradling the newborn, who looked adorable in a baby grow and is already sporting an impressive head of hair. Jess wrote that she is ‘feeling blessed’ after becoming ‘a family of four’. Sharing the sweet snaps on his page, Dom wrote: ‘

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