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Who is Harlequin on The Masked Singer? All the clues you need to know

Who could Harlequin be? (Picture: ITV)The Masked Singer UK has revealed three of its 12 contestants – but the clues keep on coming for the remaining nine, including the mysterious Harlequin. Fans have been left absolutely baffled this series, as they try to figure out who’s behind the mask. The panel – Davina McCall, Jonathan Ross, Rita Ora and Mo Gilligan – are no different, with them all admitting it’s a real challenge. So far, Sophie Ellis Bextor, Mel B, and Martine McCutcheon have been unmasked but Harlequin’s identity still remains a mystery. Here’s what we know so far… More: Kym Marsh Kym Marsh and Gethin Jones' Morning Live future confirmed by BBC Casualty star reveals big spoilers as the soap returnsWhat clues have been given about Harlequin? We first met Ha

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India launches world’s largest COVID-19 vaccination drive

A nurse, right, performs rituals to a box containing COVID-19 vaccines upon its arrival at a government Hospital in Ahmedabad, India, on Saturday. | AP PhotosIndian authorities hope to give shots to 300 million people, roughly the population of the U.S and several times more than its existing program, which targets 26 million infants. NEW DELHI — India started inoculating health workers Saturday in what is likely the world’s largest COVID-19 vaccination campaign, joining the ranks of wealthier nations where the effort is already well underway. India is home to the world’s largest vaccine makers and has one of the biggest immunization programs. But there is no playbook for the enormity of the current challenge. Indian authorities hope to give shots to 300 million people, roughly the populat

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PG&E to pay up to $190M to settle S.F. lawsuit over cleanup at Marina Small Craft Harbor

Bay City News Service SAN FRANCISCO — San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera announced Friday PG&E has agreed to pay the city up to $190 million to settle a legal battle that has lasted two decades over cleanup at the Marina Small Craft Harbor. The city first sued PG&E back in 2001 over pollution coming from the utility’s former coal gasification plants near the harbor after chemical compounds were discovered in the subsurface soils and sediments at the East Harbor. “I’m pleased that PG&E is finally doing the right thing in this instance and paying to clean up its pollution,” Herrera said in a statement. “It’s unfortunate we had to take them to court and then negotiate for years to get this outcome. But at the end of the day, this settlement is going to benefit not only th...

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Walgreens and Pfizer become the latest corporations to suspend political donations to Republican lawmakers who objected to Biden’s presidential win

Summary List PlacementAfter the violent pro-Trump riot on Capitol Hill last week, some businesses began cutting ties with President Donald Trump, while some corporations decided to suspend political donations to one or both political parties.  Walgreens and Pfizer are two of the most recent companies to suspend PAC contributions to the 147 Republican lawmakers who opposed the certification of Democrat Joe Biden as the next president. Walgreens confirmed to Insider on Saturday that it has suspended contributions to the GOP members of congress who voted to overturn the election results. "Walgreens holds in high regard the role of government and the peaceful transition of power that is core to our democracy. As such, our political action committee suspended contributions to members of Cong...

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‘Beanpole’ Director Kantemir Balagov to Helm HBO’s ‘The Last of Us’

Much is still unknown about HBO’s upcoming adaptation of the popular video game “The Last of Us,” including who is set to star and when it will actually be arriving on the network, but steady progress is being made toward answering those questions. The latest piece to fall into place is setting a director for the much-anticipated pilot. Kantemir Balagov, helmer of last year’s historical drama “Beanpole,” has been tapped to direct the series. He’ll join screenwriter Craig Mazin, of “Chernobyl” fame, and executive producer Neil Druckmann. The series will be a co-production with Sony Pictures Television. PlayStation Productions, Word Games, The Mighty Mint, and game developer Naughty Dog. Carolyn Strauss, Naughty Dog’s Evan Wells, and Playstation Productions’ Asad Qizilbash and Carter Swan w

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Torchwood’s Ianto Jones responds to Russell T Davies’ comments on only gay actors playing gay characters

Gareth David-Lloyd played Ianto Jones in Russell T Davies’ Doctor Who spin-off Torchwood (Picture: Getty)Torchwood star Gareth David-Lloyd has responded to It’s A Sin creator Russell T Davies’ explanation that he chose to cast gay actors in the new series to ensure they would deliver an ‘authentic’ portrayal of the characters. Earlier this week, Russell conducted an interview with Radio Times where he stressed his view on the importance of casting gay actors in gay roles. The screenwriter said: ‘I’m not being woke about this… but I feel strongly that if I cast someone in a story, I am casting them to act as a lover, or an enemy, or someone on drugs or a criminal or a saint… they are not there to ‘act gay’ because ‘acting gay’ is a bunch of codes for a performance. It’s about authenti

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Nikita Zadorov has all the tools to be Blackhawks’ shutdown defenseman — if he can find consistency

Nikita Zadorov has been characteristically inconsistent, two games into his Blackhawks tenure. | AP PhotosZadorov’s best and worst were both on display Friday against the Lightning. Nikita Zadorov exposed his best and his worst during Friday’s Blackhawks-Lightning game. First, “Bad Zadorov” appeared. Early in the third period, defending a simple three-on-three rush, the hulking defenseman inexplicably tracked puck-carrying Steven Stamkos from the left side to the middle of the ice — even though Connor Murphy already had the middle lane locked down. The odd maneuver left Ondrej Palat wide open on Zadorov’s vacated wing, and Palat roared in on Collin Delia for a high-danger chance that never should’ve happened. Uh, Zadorov, where are you going here? pic.twitter.com/XGnOFBVxmD— Ben Pope (@

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‘What the hell’s the matter with them?’: Biden scorches GOP lawmakers who didn’t wear masks in secure areas during Capitol riots, saying they need ‘to grow up’

Summary List PlacementPresident-elect Joe Biden on Friday excoriated Republicans who refused to wear masks while huddled with other lawmakers during the Capitol riots, saying they needed "to grow up." While speaking about his COVID-19 vaccine plan, Biden ripped into the politicization of mask-wearing that has become a flashpoint across the country and on Capitol Hill. "Wearing a mask from now until April will save as many as 50,000 lives," Biden said. "Quite frankly, it was shocking to see members of the Congress while the Capitol was under siege by a deadly mob of thugs refuse to wear masks while they were in secure locations." Biden praised Rep. Lisa Blunt Rochester, who represents his home state of Delaware, for passing out masks to members of Congress who were sequestered in a safe...

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The Masked Singer UK: From Badger to Dragon, most difficult costumes to wear revealed

Singing in a huge, hot costume is no easy feat (Picture: ITV)The celebrities competing on The Masked Singer UK definitely have their work cut out for them. Not only do they have to impress a panel of judges, a studio audience and millions watching at home with their vocal talents, but they also have to contend with performing while wearing extraordinary, eccentric and extremely physically-demanding costumes on stage. For us watching from home, we can only imagine how difficult it must be to smash a song while dressed as a Badger, a Dragon or a Bush Baby. During a recent conversation with Metro.co.uk, The Masked Singer UK’s costume designer Tim Simpson revealed which of the outfits are the most difficult to wear. One of the biggest issues that the contestants have to cope with,

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Kamala Harris said she and Biden won’t ‘yield to those who would try and make us afraid’ days ahead of being sworn into office outside of US Capitol

Summary List PlacementVice President-elect Kamala Harris said she and President-elect Joe Biden would not "yield to those who would try and make us afraid of who we are," in response to soon being sworn into office outside of the US Capitol. "I think that we cannot yield to those who would try and make us afraid of who we are," Harris said in an interview with NPR when asked why it important to continue with the planned ceremony and take the oath outside on Inauguration Day. "We are, for all of our faults and imperfections, we are a nation that was founded on very important principles and guided by extremely important ideals. And we cannot abandon that." Pro-Trump rioters stormed into the US Capitol attack on January 6 — after President Donald Trump's baseless theories that he was victo...

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National Rifle Association files for bankruptcy as part of restructuring plan

The NRA is the US’s most politically influential gun-rights group (Picture: AP)The National Rifle Association (NRA) has filed for bankruptcy – but says it is part of a restructuring plan rather than financial problems.  The US’s most politically influential gun-rights group plans to move to Texas from New York where it was originally established. The organisation said in a statement: ‘The move will enable long-term, sustainable growth and ensure the NRA’s continued success as the nation’s leading advocate for constitutional freedom – free from the toxic political environment of New York.’ It comes four months after the New York Attorney General filed a lawsuit to dissolve the NRA for allegedly diverting tens of millions of dollars for lavish personal trips and other questionable...

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Get up close with dinosaurs at the Jurassic Quest Drive-Thru Experience

Dinosaurs have invaded Pasadena, and when they’re done with that city, the herd of prehistoric creatures will take on Costa Mesa next before ending their reign in Pomona. No, this isn’t another disaster 2020 and 2021 are throwing at us, this is the Jurassic Quest Drive-Thru Experience, a national dinosaur touring exhibit that opened at the Rose Bowl Stadium in Pasadena on Jan. 15 with dates scheduled through Jan.31. From there, the dinos will stomp their way to the OC Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa Feb. 5-14 and then to Fairplex in Pomona Feb. 19-28. “I will tell you that folks love dinosaurs. Kids love it, every kid around the world learns about dinosaurs and what’s interesting is that people don’t seem to outgrow it. The adults are equally interested in it,” said Adam Friedman, ch

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Far-Right Streamer ‘Baked Alaska’ Arrested Over Capitol Riot

Baked Alaska via DLiveA right-wing video blogger who once filmed a music video dedicated to cops and law enforcement was arrested on Saturday by the FBI in connection to his participation in the Capitol riot. In a criminal complaint released on Saturday, the Department of Justice said that it had arrested Anthime Joseph Gionet, the far-right activist better known as “Baked Alaska,” on charges of violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds. More to come at The Daily Beast. ...read more Source:: The Daily Beast...

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Austin man charged in fatal shooting in Humboldt Park

A 21-year-old Austin man was charged in connection with a fatal shooting May 24, 2020, in the 1000 block of North Drake Avenue. | Adobe Stock PhotoPerry Jackson, of Austin, has been charged with a felony count of first-degree murder in connection with a shooting in the 1000 block of North Drake Avenue in May. A 21-year-old man has been charged in connection with a fatal shooting in May in Humboldt Park on the Northwest Side. Perry Jackson, of Austin, was charged with a felony count of first-degree murder, Chicago police said. Chicago police Perry JacksonAbout 7:45 a.m. May 24, a ShotSpotter notification alerted police of a shooting in the 1000 block of North Drake Avenue, police said. Officers found Dariontae Adams with a gunshot wound to his head and notified Chicago firefigh...

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Bitcoin owner whose story went viral after he lost his wallet password says he has ‘made peace’ with potential $220 million loss

Summary List PlacementGerman-born programmer Stefan Thomas made headlines this week after a lost password rendered his bitcoin stash worth $220 million inaccessible.  As Insider earlier reported, the secure hard drive, on which 7,002 bitcoins were stored, was an IronKey device. It gives owners 10 chances to guess their password before encrypting the contents. Thomas only had two attempts left to guess correctly before this situation occurred.  The New York Times initially reported Thomas' plight and quoted him as saying:  "I would just lay in bed and think about it: Then I would go to the computer with some new strategy, and it wouldn't work, and I would be desperate again." A potential loss of that magnitude makes "you sort of question your own self-worth," he added.  On Saturday, the ...

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TikTokker shows how to make insanely crispy spiced roast potatoes

Yum (Picture: @scheckeats)Want to elevate your cookery game? This recipe for roast potatoes, which has racked up millions of likes across several TikTok videos, could be just the thing, The recipe’s creator, Jeremy Scheck, has posted a few iterations of the popular recipe, but they all come to the same thing – exceedingly delicious looking roasties. To make them, you cut your potatoes without peeling them. Jeremy says he prefers Yukon Gold or red potatoes. In one of the videos, Jeremy says: ‘Put them in a pot of cold water, and then add what looks like an obscene amount of kosher salt. ‘Don’t worry, you’re not actually eating all that salt, but boiling them in this way allows some salt to get inside the potatoes so when you eat them it’s seasoned on the inside and the ou...

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