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Monday, March 9, 2015

Bus driver's GPS failure takes ski tour on 750 mile detour to wrong La Plagne

Bus driver relying on the satellite navigation drives to La Plagne in southern France instead of ski resort of same name in the Alps


A bus driver tasked with taking 50 Belgian tourists to a French ski resort got his GPS directions wrong, and made a 750 mile (1,200km) detour, according to Belgian radio.


“There are three entries for La Plagne in France, and I selected the wrong one,” the driver told Studio Brussel radio, the youth channel of publicly owned VRT, which organised the failed holiday.


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Andy Murray to name assistant after talks with Amélie Mauresmo

• World No4 ‘fairly close’ to arranging part-time backup on coaching staff

• Murray speaks to LTA about plans to increase playing numbers

Great Britain beat USA in Davis Cup

Wimbledon in line for tie against France

Andy Murray hopes to decide on his new part-time assistant this week after discussions with Amélie Mauresmo while in Indian Wells for the first tournament of the American hardcourt season.


“I’d say I’m fairly close,” he said of the decision. Speaking shortly after helping Great Britain into the quarter-finals of the Davis Cup – against France in July, possibly at Wimbledon – the world No4 turned his attention immediately to the Tour and his own arrangements.


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Lewis Hamilton, the artist, lyricist and curator contemplates life after F1

The Mercedes driver and world champion is looking at his options to determine the next stage of his life when he retires from Formula One

• Hamilton’s intention to set up a museum

Lewis Hamilton does not need a racing car in order to travel exceedingly fast and as he prepared for the Formula One season he hurled himself into his future life, which promises to be an eclectic mix of music making, designing and the building of a museum which will house his hundreds of trophies and represent his lasting legacy.


Hamilton turned 30 in January but he looks and sounds younger, for there is a touch of Neverland in a man whose young life was controlled by first his father, Anthony, and then Ron Dennis at McLaren. In recent years, it has often seemed, he has been making a delayed passage through his adolescence.


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Johnson-Thompson versus Ennis-Hill in heptathlon will be ‘spectacular’

• British Athletics’ Neil Black relishing May’s Hypo-Meeting showdown in Götzis

• London 2012 gold medal winner ‘is making great progression’ after break

Johnson-Thompson wins gold in Prague

... And she also excels at keepy-uppy

The hugely anticipated heptathlon showdown between Katarina Johnson-Thompson and Jessica Ennis-Hill, which is due to take place in May, will be “spectacular”, the British Athletics performance director, Neil Black, has predicted.


Black had a front row seat as Johnson-Thompson reaffirmed her position as the best women’s multi-eventer on the planet by winning pentathlon gold at the European Indoor Championships in Prague – narrowly missing out on a world record by only 13 points.


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‘No delay’ with Bali Nine executions

THE condemned duo has already been on Java’s execution island for five days without knowing when they’ll die. The Indonesian government explains why.

















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Danny Welbeck’s happy return gives Arsenal victory over Manchester United

For Louis van Gaal, there will be no trophy in his first season to justify what he says about Manchester United being back on an upward trajectory. His team fell way short against Arsenal on Monday night and the indignities were considerable bearing in mind the identity of the player who struck the game’s decisive moment. Danny Welbeck will certainly have relished his goal given Van Gaal’s unflattering remarks about him earlier in the season, but that still told only part of the story from a night that seemed to say so much about the home side’s various shortcomings this season.


Arsenal had been sharper and less error-strewn on a night that will also be remembered for the latest ignominy in Ángel di Maria’s short and unsatisfactory time with the club, sent off for gross stupidity as United went huffing and puffing after an equaliser. Di Maria’s first yellow card was for diving and the second followed moments later when he took umbrage with the decision and yanked at the referee Michael Oliver’s shirt. It was a moment of dim-wittedness that should embarrass the most expensive player in Britain. Radamel Falcao could not even get off the bench and United were looking desperate by the time the substitute Adnan Januzaj was booked later on for another dive.


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Super Sailor Mars Cosplay

There are a handful of costumes I see at every convention I attend. Harley Quinn is currently at the top of that list, but Sailor Scouts from Sailor Moon are popular too. Sailor Moon is the one I spot most frequently, but I see several others and sometimes entire group cosplays. Tsuri, a.k.a. JS Cosplay, […]



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Senators Introduce Historic Bill to Allow Medical Marijuana

A bipartisan group of three senators will introduce a bill that could end the federal ban on medical marijuana



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Jersey Boys

No sooner had news surfaced on Friday that federal prosecutors were on the verge of bringing criminal charges against New Jersey’s Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez than the jokes about the Soprano State’s culture of corruption began. Heck, even I couldn’t resist. On further reflection, though, we’re being unfair to ascribe the Menendez mess entirely to the state from whence he came—and in so doing are missing lessons about how to safeguard our political system from further such occurrences.






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500 Days of Kristin, Day 43: A Pipe Dream Starring Meredith Vieira


Kristin Cavallari, whose debut book Balancing on Heels drops in 457 days, stopped by The Meredith Vieira Show today to promote not her book, but the idea of Kristin in general. Meredith Vieira, who is currently trailing Dr. Phil, Wendy Williams, and Steve Harvey in the daytime talk show ratings, welcomed her.


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Videos at Trial Capture Carnage and Perpetrators of Boston Marathon Bombing

A defense lawyer argued that the videos presented at the trial of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev show his older brother, Tamerlan, directing his actions.

















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Essay: Looking Back at the Rangers-Islanders Rivalry

Recollections of the first meeting at Nassau Coliseum between the Rangers and the Islanders, a preseason game, include a borrowed scoreboard and a goal by Glen Sather.





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T Magazine: The Most Memorable Costumes of ‘Mad Men’ Get the Museum Treatment

A new exhibition highlights, among other aspects of the show’s production design, its strikingly precise ’60s-era wardrobes.





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FA Cup semi-final draw – live!

HSBC: Tory MPs accused of blocking watchdog's bid to question Green

Conservatives use majority on public accounts committee to vote down proposal to summon former HSBC chairman and trade minister over bank’s tax scandal


Conservative MPs have been accused of blocking a parliamentary committee’s attempt to scrutinise the former HSBC boss and minister Stephen Green over the tax scandal at Britain’s largest bank.


A proposal put forward by a Labour MP to call the bank’s former chief executive, who later became a Conservative minister, before the powerful Tory-dominated public accounts committee (PAC) has been voted down, sources confirmed.


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Steve Bell on free schools – cartoon

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Introducing Moments from the Guardian App, built for Apple Watch

We’re excited that soon the Guardian app will be updated with a brand-new experience created specially for Apple Watch – a new way to discovery your favourite stories


Over the past couple of months, the apps team at the Guardian have been discussing, designing, experimenting, testing, and building a new experience: Moments from the Guardian App. Crafted specially for Apple Watch, it’s a new, personal, and delightful way to discover our journalism. As a team we wanted to take a bit of time to describe it.


If a reader wants more, they can turn to our phone app to get the full story.


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Obama’s Imperfect Union

After Rudy Giuliani challenged President Obama’s patriotism and love of country, I wrote that the former New York mayor—while wrong—touched on “a real difference between Obama’s brand of national exceptionalism and the kind we tend to see from America’s presidents.” Like his predecessors, Obama holds the United States as a place of exceptional ideals and aspirations, but he tempers his vision with civic humility and an awareness of American injustice. For those unaccustomed to this approach, it sounds like an attack on American greatness. But Obama isn’t critiquing America as much as he’s trying—in fits and starts—to construct a usable history, an inclusive account that illuminates and inspires.






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Hang Up and Listen: The College Hoops in Crisis Edition

Listen to Hang Up and Listen with Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Mike Pesca by clicking the arrow on the audio player below:






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Powers

When vigilantes are faster than speeding bullets and perps can destroy city blocks just by blinking, walking a police beat pretty much has to be the worst. “Some power gets out of hand, the policy was leave them the fuck alone, let a hero take care of it,” Detective Deena Pilgrim (Susan Heyward) says in the first episode of Powers , a new show in which the super-powered are also the super-viral and the super-famous. (Watch them sashay past bouncers in a single bound!) Which means that if you’re wearing blue, you also probably have a super-inferiority complex. If the skies are full of capes, who needs cops, right? Don’t tell that to the Los Angeles Police Department’s “Powers Division,” into which Pilgrim has just transferred, and where, according to its captain, “We don’t leave them the fuck alone here.”






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Coalition Britain: do free schools work?

More free schools have been established in Blackburn than anywhere in the country. We look at two institutions with very different histories


They may both be schools in Blackburn. But there’s little that Queen Elizabeth’s grammar school and Tauheedul Islamic boys’ high school have in common. One is named after Queen Elizabeth I, who granted it a royal charter in 1567. The other opened its doors in 2012 and, as its name suggests, is a Muslim faith school.


For 500 years as an independent school, Queen Elizabeth’s educated the great and good of Blackburn, and its current students enjoy facilities that include 25 acres of playing fields, a fine set of Burne-Jones stained glass windows, and a dining hall that wouldn’t look out of place in an Oxbridge college. Tauheedul boys’, on the other side of the city, occupies a 1960s concrete campus of which “utilitarian” is the most sympathetic description, a disused facility on loan from the local authority as it plans to build a permanent home elsewhere.


Related: David Cameron announces 49 new free schools


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London schoolgirls' Syria journey checklist found in bedroom

Handwritten list found in home of one of girls believed to have run away to join Islamic State includes costs of items from plane tickets to socks


A handwritten list discovered in the bedroom of one of the three London schoolgirls feared to have fled to join Islamic State (Isis), seen by the Guardian, details the items they needed to buy as well as the travelling costs of getting to Syria.


The items ranged from a mobile phone to underwear, make up and an epilator. Plane tickets to get them to Turkey are listed at just over £1,000, using the French word for ticket. The list appears to be in keeping with an Isis online guide for potential recruits.


Related: Anti-terror strategy is seen as intrusive and secretive by many Muslims


Related: Anti-extremist plan to push ‘British values’ and link benefits to learning English


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Nation’s 30 Fraudulent Voters March On Washington To Restore Voting Rights Act

WASHINGTON—Spanning nearly half of a city block as they rallied to support the freedoms of unscrupulous citizens, the nation’s 30 fraudulent voters reportedly marched on Washington, D.C.

















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Sam Simon, The Simpsons Co-Creator, Dead at 59


Sam Simon, the comedy producer who co-created The Simpsons and wrote for Taxi and Cheers, died on Sunday after a two-year battle with cancer. He was 59.


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Midnight Rider Director Will Serve Time for Death of Camera Assistant


Midnight Rider director Randall Miller pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter Monday, ensuring he'll serve time for an illegal train tracks shoot that left one camera assistant dead.


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Chemtrails Don't Exist (or Did the Government Pay Me to Say That?)


Are you feeling a little under the weather? Does your mind feel like someone else is in control? Do white lines in the sky make you nervous? If so—boy, have I got a theory for you. You're slowly being poisoned...by clouds!


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The Regular Person's Guide To The Apple Watch 


There's some Steve Jobs understudy shit going on today, as you've probably seen. Our friends at Gizmodo have a very full and technical explanation of what happened today. But if you don't really care about tech specs and just want to know if this stuff is good or bullshit, we've got something for you.


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Tim Cook unveils details of Apple Watch – video

Apple CEO Tim Cook unveiled details of the first product developed under his leadership, a watch that Apple hopes will transform the market of wearable technology. In a carefully choreographed presentation from San Francisco, Cook called the new watch the 'most personal device' Apple has ever created and one that revolutionizes the way people can connect with others.



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Radicalisation in Australia: Muslim leaders work to dissipate 'fixation' with Isis among youths

Sheikh Wesam Charkawi says he and other religious leaders work hard, ‘literally sweating’, to break the spell of Islamist extremists


It begins with a sense of injustice. The sensitive kids feel it most.


“The community and especially these youngsters, they see a double standard,” Sheikh Wesam Charkawi says. “They see persecution of Muslims everywhere in the world. In Palestine, in Africa, Burma and so on.


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