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Uber driver sparks controversy after exposing married passenger’s affair

Some praised Roni for her efforts, while others criticised getting involved (Picture: TikTok/GettyYou might want to be careful what you say next time you’re in a taxi, as this woman’s story shows. Dallas-based Uber Driver Roni (@perfectly_unbroken) shared a TikTok last week detailing a particularly eventful ride. In the video, which has been viewed over 8.6 million times, Roni says she picked up a man who she saw saying goodbye to his wife and children outside his house before getting into the car. She claims the customer then added an extra stop to the journey and, upon reaching this new destination, a woman with ‘a little bit of luggage’ got into the car too. According to the driver, the man’s mood changed when his companion arrived. Roni said he seemed ‘so glad that [he] fin

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Former Everton star Diniyar Bilyaletdinov drafted into Russian army

Diniyar Bilyaletdinov played for Everton from 2009-12 (Picture: Getty Images)Former Everton midfielder Diniyar Bilyaletdinov has been drafted into the Russian army, according to his father, Rinat. Vladimir Putin announced a ‘partial mobilisation’ last week that will see around 300,000 Russians conscripted into the army for the ongoing war in Ukraine. He said: ‘Military service will apply only to citizens who are currently in the reserve, especially those who have served in the armed forces, have certain military professions and relevant experience.’ Bilyaletdinov has already served in the military before, almost two decades ago, and his father says he has received the call again, although believes his son is too old to be drafted. ‘Diniyar really received a summons,’ Rinat sa...

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Police officer cleared of assaulting ex-footballer Dalian Atkinson before he died

Pc Mary Ellen Bettley-Smith has been cleared of assaulting Dalian Atkinson before he died (Picture: SWNS/ PA)PC Mary Ellen Bettley-Smith has been cleared of assaulting retired Aston Villa footballer Dalian Atkinson. The police officer denied attacking the ex-pro in Telford, Shropshire, in 2016. The jury in the re-trial was earlier today given a majority direction. After receiving a note from the jury at Birmingham Crown Court, Judge John Butterfield KC urged them to continue to strive to reach a unanimous verdict. But he added: ‘If you cannot do that, I can now accept a verdict on which at least ten of you agree.’ This is a breaking news story, more to follow soon… Check back shortly for further updates. Got a story? Get in touch with our news team by emailing us at web...

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Home for Destitute Children’s graves restored in Vermont

Among the graves at a scenic lakeside cemetery in Vermont is a row of 51 small headstones. There’s one for Little Harry, Baby Ruth and Baby Kirk, as well as for many other children like William and Willis Colby, Ethel Fuller and Claire Wilson. The line of tombstones — less than knee high — mark the graves of children who died in the late 1800s and early 1900s while living at the Home for Destitute Children, a former orphanage and boarding house in Vermont's largest city of Burlington that served children from around the state. But over the years, the headstones have fallen into disrepair. Many were tilted forward or back, and at least one was broken, so a group of about 30 volunteers this month set about repairing them. They restored the gravestones, resetting them and cleaning them in wha

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Off to Uni? Here’s how to save money with the right bank accounts

Staring out on your own financially for the first time can feel daunting (Picture: Artur Widak/NurPhoto/Getty Images)The last thing on your mind if you’re starting university this month is probably a bank account. Often the easiest option is just the one nearest to you – I opened my account (many years ago) because Barclays was the bank on campus. But with most of your interactions probably being digital, that’s not really something most people need to worry about. So you may instead think you’ll go for one of the app-only banks. The likes of Monzo, Starling and Chase are all great accounts when it comes to managing your money. I’d certainly suggest getting one and using it for day-to-day banking. But this doesn’t need to be your only account. The major banks all have spe

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Cheapest flu jabs 2022: How much is the UK vaccine at Asda, Boots, Tesco, and more?

The winter flu jab is now available across UK pharmacies (Picture: Getty)As winter approaches, many will surely wonder about a possible ‘twindemic’. The term gives a name to the potential scenario of a particularly nasty winter flu season, as Covid-19 continues to travel through the population – which could impact millions. Chief medical adviser for UKHSA, Dr Susan Hopkins, recently warned: ‘There are strong indications we could be facing the threat of widely circulating flu, lower levels of natural immunity due to less exposure over the last three winters, and an increase in Covid-19 circulating with lots of variants that can evade the immune response. ‘This combination poses a serious risk to our health, particularly those in high-risk groups.’ Therefore, many will be keen to

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No mandatory evacuations for Hurricane Ian, Jacksonville mayor says

After declaring a state of emergency for Duval County ahead of Hurricane Ian, Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry announced Wednesday morning that based on the Category 4 storm’s current trajectory, he would NOT be issuing mandatory evacuation orders for the county. Ian strengthened into a powerful Category 4 storm -- just two mph shy of a Category 5 -- overnight, but the track again shifted east. Ian is expected to make landfall Wednesday morning and move across central Florida before emerging into the Atlantic on Thursday. Curry announced the state of emergency at a news conference Tuesday afternoon. A state of emergency declaration allows the city to more easily allocate money and resources to protect lives and property. 2022 HURRICANE SEASON: Tracking the Tropics Interactive Map | Know Your

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Entertainment

Why Is Emily Watson Such a Great Actress? Paul Mescal Would Like to Tell You

Emily Watson is an easy talker. After three decades in Hollywood (and plenty of adulation and awards to match), the British star could put on plenty of airs. Instead, she comes across as approachable, candid, and kind — even when she’s placed mere feet away from this interviewer’s snotty COVID test (negative!). So when she admits that being first choice for a role can be “quite scary”— as she was for the leading part of Aileen in Anna Rose Holmer and Saela Davis’ Irish gothic “God’s Creatures” — you believe her, even though she became an Oscar-nominated actress with her very first on-screen performance in Lars von Trier’s “Breaking the Waves.” “‘Why me? What is it about me? What is it in my bag of tricks that you are interested in?,” When directors pursue her, those are the questions she a

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Rat or opossum? Saratoga woman is visited by odd-looking creature

DEAR JOAN: I was wondering if you could identify a critter in my yard. Is it a rat or an opossum? I’ve seen rats in our yard before, but none that look like this. It doesn’t run away like a rat would, and it sits still like an opossum, but it has a rat tail. Patty Allen, Saratoga For more wildlife, garden and backyard topics, sign up for our new, free Flora+Fauna newsletter.DEAR PATTY: Your photogenic tree-sitter looks like Mickey Mouse’s long lost cousin, Charlie, who ran away to join the circus, fell in love with a high wire artist and ended up settling into a cute cottage in the suburbs. Your visitor is more rat than opossum, but it is not the type of rat we’re used to seeing. It’s a dusky-footed woodrat. Woodrats can be just as troublesome as roof and Norway rats, chewing on the bark o

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Emmerdale’s Ryan Hawley reaches out to fans after death of best friend

Robert was last seen in 2019 (Picture: ITV)Emmerdale star Ryan Hawley has opened up about the death of his best friend and has reached out to fans ahead of a huge challenge he is set to undertake. The actor, most known for playing Robert Sugden in the ITV soap, lost his best friend, Nick, after he was diagnosed with a brain tumour. Ryan will be joined by his two friends and Nick’s wife, Victoria, as they raise funds for the hospice that provided care for Nick ahead of their attempt at running the London Marathon. On the fundraising page, alongside pictures of Nick, Ryan wrote: ‘This is Nick – My best friend! In 2015, at the age of 29, he was diagnosed with a brain tumour. He spent the next 5 years battling the disease whilst simultaneously getting the most out of his life, ev...

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Katie Couric diagnosed with breast cancer: ‘I felt sick and the room started to spin’

Katie Couric revealed her health battles on Instagram (Picture: Getty / Instagram)Katie Couric has been diagnosed with breast cancer. The former TV presenter confirmed the news on Instagram, explaining that she underwent a mammogram in summer. Alongside a snap of herself in a hospital gown and a medical face mask, the 65-year-old spoke of her condition. ‘Every two minutes, a woman is diagnosed with breast cancer in the United States,’ she began. ‘On June 21st, I became one of them. ‘As we approach #BreastCancerAwarenessMonth, I wanted to share my personal story with you all and encourage you to get screened and understand that you may fall into a category of women who needs more than a mammogram.’ This is a breaking news story, more to follow soon… Check back shortly for f...

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Las Vegas Strip bomber missing from prison days before his jailers notice

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A man serving a life sentence for a deadly explosion outside Las Vegas’ Luxor resort escaped from the Nevada prison — and it was days before the jailers noticed. Porfirio Duarte-Herrera. (Nevada Department of Corrections via AP) A head count Tuesday morning revealed that Porfirio Duarte-Herrera, 42, was missing from Southern Desert Correctional Center, off Highway 95 about 25 miles northwest of Las Vegas. A search was launched. According to a statement from Gov. Steve Sisolak, it was determined the man had not been in the medium-security prison since “early in the weekend.” The prison agency later said he had been unaccounted for since approximately Friday evening. Duarte-Herrera, from Nicaragua, was one of two people convicted of killing a man in 2007 using a motion-acti...

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Chelsea made a mistake over Conor Gallagher, according to Glen Johnson

Conor Gallagher played the last nine minutes as Chelsea beat Red Bull Salzburg (Picture: Getty)Chelsea made a key mistake over Conor Gallagher this summer, according to Glen Johnson. The 22-year-old England international midfielder spent last season on loan at Crystal Palace in the Premier League and massively impressed. Gallagher scored eight goals across 34 top-flight games and was named Crystal Palace Player of the Year for 2021-22, working under boss Patrick Vieira. He was again linked with a loan move for the 2022-23 season, with Crystal Palace interested in taking him back, while other Premier League clubs were also keen. Aston Villa, West Ham, Everton and Newcastle United were all linked with loan moves for Gallagher. But the Blues decided to keep him at Stamford Brid

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Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield will still attend NTAs to support This Morning despite backlash over queue-gate

Holly and Phil will go to the starry event (Picture: ITV/Shutterstock)Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield are still planning on appearing at the National Television Awards 2022 despite being fiercely criticised for ‘jumping the queue’ for the Queen’s coffin, Metro.co.uk understands. The presenters had gone to pay their respects to Britain’s longest-serving Monarch at Westminster Hall on September 16. But mourners were angered when the pair appeared to skip the queue while some had waited for hours with the line stretching back to five miles at one point. ITV strenuously denied that Holly and Phil had done anything wrong, explaining they were there of members of the press and respected the rules in place for the media. As the saga rumbles on, the 41-year-old and Phillip wil

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Who is Mon Mothma in new Star Wars series Andor?

Mon Mothma has a long-lasting legacy in the Star Wars franchise (Picture: Lucasfilm Ltd/Disney Plus)Warning: spoilers ahead for Andor episode 4. The latest episode of Andor on Disney Plus was full of action, as Cassian Andor (Diego Luna) embarked on a dangerous mission to take a stand against the Empire. However, one of the most intriguing scenes took place without a single blaster in sight, as returning Star Wars favourite Mon Mothma (Genevieve O’Reilly) held a covert meeting with Luthen Rael (Stellan Skarsgård) about their work in the Rebel Alliance. Dedicated Star Wars fans will have recognised Mon Mothma from her previous appearances in the franchise, and will have been waiting in excited anticipation to discover how she’s going to tie into the narrative of the show. Here’s

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