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Mum can’t have more children after she was wrongly told smear test was clear

Rachael Foley only found out a 2014 test showed pre-cancerous cells in 2017 (Picture: SWNS)A mum developed cervical cancer after she was wrongly told an abnormal smear test was clear.  Rachael Foley had to have a hysterectomy as part of her treatment and now the mum-of-one cannot have any more children.  The 43-year-old did not know her 2014 smear test showed evidence of pre-cancerous cells until her next routine screening, three years later. Despite surgery to remove the cells, the ‘high grade’ abnormalities turned into cervical cancer. Ms Foley, from Cannock in Staffordshire, said: ‘I had always attended routine smears and had no reason to think anything other than what the results said. ‘To be told my previous result was abnormal came as a shock; but then to be told I ha

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White House contact form now lets people choose their pronouns

It comes as Joe Biden vows to reverse Donald Trump’s ban on transgender people serving in the US military (Picture: REX/White House)The White House website was updated to allow users to choose their pronouns as Joe Biden was sworn in as US President. A new contact form allows people to select from she/her, he/him, they/them, other, or prefer not to share. Those who select ‘other’ have the option to write what pronouns they use. Users are also invited to select which prefix they want: Mr, Ms, Mrs, Dr, Mx, other, or none. A ‘White House priorities’ page on the site now lists the coronavirus pandemic, climate, racial equality, economy, health care, immigration, and restoring America’s global standing as key issues. The website can also now be translated into Spanish with the cli...

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Twitter locked the account of China’s US embassy over a post that called Uighur women ‘baby-making machines’

Summary List PlacementTwitter locked the account of the Chinese Embassy in the US over a tweet that referred to Uighur women as "baby-making machines." On January 7 the account @ChineseEmbinUS posted a tweet claiming that China's so-called counter-extremism measures meant that "the minds of Uygur women in Xinjiang were emancipated and gender equality and reproductive health were promoted, making them no longer baby-making machines. They are more confident and independent." ("Uygur" is an alternative spelling for "Uighur.") The tweet also linked to an article by the state-run China Daily newspaper, which claimed that the 2018 decrease in birthrate in Xinjiang was a result of "the eradication of religious extremism."  Twitter removed the tweet two days later. A spokesperson told Insider ...

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President Joe Biden’s iconic Parks and Recreation cameo resurfaces after star-studded inauguration

President Joe Biden’s iconic appearance on Parks and Recreation has resurfaced after his White House inauguration. The 78-year-old was sworn in as the 46th president of the United States on January 20, with Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, John Legend and Jennifer Lopez among those commemorating the day. Parks and Rec fans watching on from home couldn’t help celebrating in their own way, remembering his two cameos on the comedy. The politician briefly appeared in a season five episode, in 2012, when he was introduced to super-fan Leslie Knope (Amy Poehler) and Ben Wyatt (Adam Scott). Leslie couldn’t contain herself during their chat, telling her idol: ‘My name just came out of your mouth. ‘This isn’t happening, this isn’t real.’ Joe Biden made a brief cameo in season five of Parks

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4 shot Wednesday in Chicago

Four people were shot Jan. 20, 2021, in Chicago. | Tyler LaRiviere/Sun-TimesA 16-year-old boy was shot about 11:20 p.m. in the 200 block of West Pershing Road. Four people were shot Wednesday in Chicago, including a 25-year-old man who was shot in Bridgeport on the South Side. About 11:50 p.m., he was standing on the sidewalk in the 3200 block of South Lituanica Avenue, when he heard shots and felt a pain, Chicago police said. He was struck on the right side of his buttocks and taken to Stroger Hospital in good condition. A 16-year-old boy who was shot in Wentworth Gardens on the South Side. About 11:20 p.m., he was standing outside in the 200 block of West Pershing Road, when he heard shots and felt a pain, police said. He was struck twice in his lower legs and once in his buttocks. The...

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Race to save Oxford vaccine as Storm Christoph threatens to flood factory

Storm Christoph has battered Wales overnight (Picture: Twitter/newsar)Emergency teams had to be scrambled to protect a warehouse filled with coronavirus vaccines from flood water. Mark Pritchard, leader of Wrexham Council, said they were alerted to flooding on the Wrexham Industrial Estate which was putting stores of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine at risk. Speaking to BBC Radio Wales, Cllr Pritchard said: ‘We had an incident at Wrexham Industrial Estate, the Oxford vaccination is produced there and the warehouse where it is stored. ‘Obviously I can’t tell you where it is, but we had to work in partnership to make sure we didn’t lose the vaccinations in the floods.’ And speaking to Sky News, he added: ‘This could have had an impact not just in Wrexham [or] Wales, [but] across ...

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Toni Storm pays tribute to WWE legend Cactus Jack with special nod to Mick Foley’s alter ego

She took inspiration from the Hardcore Legend (Photo: WWE)NXT superstar Toni Storm paid tribute to WWE and wrestling history with a nod to Mick Foley’s alter ego Cactus Jack. The Australian grappler was taking part in the first round of the inaugural Women’s Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic tournament alongside Mercedes Martinez on Wednesday, and her ring gear referenced one of the three Faces of Foley. Storm – who was eliminated from the tournament after Io Shirai took out Martinez and left the door open for Kayden Carter and Kacy Catanzaro. Result aside, Toni gave a great nod to the history of the game with leopard print boots paying tribute to Cactus Jack. Foley himself noticed the reference with the former NXT UK Women’s Champion busting out his signature two finger gun pose...

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BlackRock has joined the bitcoin business — the world’s largest asset manager has said two of its funds can now invest in the cryptocurrency

Summary List Placement BlackRock has authorized two of its funds to invest in bitcoin futures, according to filings with the SEC. The two funds are: BlackRock Strategic Income Opportunities and BlackRock Global Allocation Fund. Both funds are allowed to use only cash-settled bitcoin futures, among other assets. Sign up here our daily newsletter, 10 Things Before the Opening Bell. BlackRock has authorized two of its funds to invest in bitcoin futures, according to filings released Wednesday with the Securities and Exchange Commission.  The move allows exposure to cryptocurrencies for clients of the world's largest asset manager for the first time. The $8.7 trillion asset manager said it could use bitcoin derivatives, among other assets, under the BlackRock Strategic Income Opportuni...

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AC Milan pencil in possible debut for Chelsea’s Fikayo Tomori after Paolo Maldini praise

Fikayo Tomori is set for a loan switch from Chelsea to AC Milan (Picture: Getty)AC Milan are looking to put the finishing touches on their loan deal for Fikayo Tomori and are keen for the Chelsea defender to feature this weekend against Atalanta. Tomori, 23 nailed down a regular starting spot at Chelsea last season but has made just one 45-minute appearance in the Premier League this term, with Thiago Silva, Kurt Zouma, Cesar Azpilicueta, Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen providing strong competition at centre-half. Leeds and Newcastle asked to be kept informed about Tomori’s situation and both explored possible loan agreements but Milan are thought to be closing in on a temporary move for the England international. The England centre-back has made just four appearances for

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Dog has no regrets after turning on the bathroom tap and almost flooding the home

To view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video A clever dog who recently learned how to open doors wanted to try out the new trick. Shiner, a German short haired pointer, not only got into the closed bathroom, but also turned on the bath tap. Had Paige Bodden not returned in time, the rapidly-filling bathtub would’ve spilled and flooded the home. Luckily Paige decided to come home early and fix her dryer vent. But she wasn’t pleased to see what her naughty pet had been up to in her absence. She said the tub was ‘about 0.3 micro milliliters from overflowing’. It was quite obvious to Paige that Shiner – the only to pick up the door handle trick – had been the culprit. ...

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BBC defends report with grieving man whose wife died of Covid 30-minutes before interview after ‘scaremongering’ complaints

To view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video The BBC has defended its report from Royal London Hospital on the impact of coronavirus on staff and patients after viewers complained it was insensitive and scaremongering. On Monday, BBC News at Six and BBC News at 10 aired a harrowing package from journalist Clive Myrie which included an interview with Martin Freeborn, a man whose wife had died from Covid-19 just half-an-hour before going on camera. The corporation revealed it has been hit with some backlash over the segment, but has fiercely hit back at critics and argued the importance of reflecting the gravity of the pandemic and the current state of the NHS. ‘Our role as a...

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‘Arrogant’ millionaire flew his plane to RAF airfield ‘to see the beach’

Caption: ’Arrogant’ millionaire flew private plane to RAF airfield during lockdown because he ’wanted to see the beach’ (Picture: Wales News Service)An ‘arrogant’ millionaire pilot landed at an RAF airfield in breach of coronavirus restrictions because he ‘wanted to see the beach’.  Richard Charles Priestley Wood, 60, touched down in Anglesey without permission after diverting from a visit to see his mother in Yorkshire when he found out mid flight that she was busy. That unscheduled arrival sparked an incident involving fire engines after an on-duty official at the closed sight assumed it was an emergency. The Bank Holiday flight on May 25, 2020, also led to an investigation by the Civil Aviation Authority.  Wood, of Chelsea, London, accepted he wrongly assumed the airport was av

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Dear Abby: My husband tells me to keep working out until my double chin disappears

DEAR ABBY: I battle with a double chin, and I loathe it. My chin hides itself only if I am under 126 pounds. Anything over that and it’s there. I’m not overweight, but my double chin makes me feel that way. Jeanne Phillips I have read that dermal fillers in the chin can discreetly get rid of this issue. The problem? My husband. He’s against any type of plastic surgery. He doesn’t like my double chin either, but he wants me to only get rid of it “naturally.” Normally I would agree. I have been exercising (running four times a week) without success. I don’t feel comfortable looking this way. Related Articles Dear Abby: I tried to warn my granddaughter about lesbian recruiting, and now she won’t speak to me Dear Abby: I think their sleeping arrange

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Drake delays Certified Lover Boy album release after going through rehab for knee injury

Drake’s pushed back his new album Certified Lover Boy (Picture: WireImage)Drake has been forced to delay the release of his anticipated next album Certified Lover Boy, after spending months recovering from a knee injury.  The God’s Plan rapper was expected to release his sixth studio album in January and had teased the record since last year.  However, fans will have to wait a little longer for Drake’s new music as he’s pushing it back after injuring his knee and undergoing surgery.  In a statement shared on Instagram, the Grammy-winning rapper explained: ‘I was planning to release my album this month but between surgery and rehab my energy has been dedicated to recovery.  ‘I’m blessed to be back on my feet, feeling great and focused on the album but CLB won’t be dropping in ...

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‘I’m not going to tell you that we got everything right’ Twitter chief tells MPs

Twitter has told MPs it did not move fast enough to stop conspiracy theories spreading through its site ahead of the Capitol riots in Washington (Photo Illustation by Soumyabrata Roy/NurPhoto via Getty Images)Twitter failed to move fast and aggressive enough to tackle conspiracy theories before the US Captiol riots, a senior executive for the social network has told MPs. Nick Pickles, the firm’s global head of public policy strategy and development, said it is impossible for any of the tech giants not to look at the events of January 6, which resulted in five deaths, and ask whether they played a part in it. ‘This has been a deeply troubling and shocking time for everyone certainly who works at Twitter and I’m not going to tell you that we’ve got everything right – the honest answe...

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