FTX founder Sam Bankman-Fried says he ‘screwed up’ but didn’t commit fraud | Cryptocurrencies

“Look, I screwed up,” fallen crypto billionaire Sam Bankman-Fried told a conference in New York on Wednesday but he maintained he “didn’t ever try to commit fraud” and was “shocked” by the collapse of his businesses. Bankman-Fried, with glassy eyes and visibly shaking at times, appeared via video conference from a nondescript room in the […]

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Independent inquiry over death of boy, 5, ‘sent home from hospital’ | UK news

An independent investigation is being launched into the death of a five-year-old boy whose family say he died from pneumonia after he was sent home from hospital because there were “no beds”. Yusuf Mahmud Nazir died on 23 November after an infection reportedly spread to his lungs and caused multiple organ failure, resulting in several […]

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Florida QB Jalen Kitna charged with possession of child abuse images | College football

Florida backup quarterback Jalen Kitna, the son of retired NFL quarterback Jon Kitna, was arrested on Wednesday and charged with two counts of distribution of child exploitation material and three counts of possession of child abuse images. Gainesville police said the 19-year-old Kitna shared the images via a social media platform. Kitna was booked into […]

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US House approves bill to block rail strike and mandate paid sick leave | House of Representatives

The House of Representatives on Wednesday voted to approve a bill to block a potentially crippling US rail strike – but also to mandate paid sick time for the workers. In the US Senate, Bernie Sanders, the Vermont independent who caucuses with Democrats, announced that he would object to fast-tracking Joe Biden’s proposal that Congress […]

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US officer posed as teen to catfish girl and drove cross-country to kill family | California

A Virginia sheriff’s deputy posed as a 17-year-old boy online and asked a teenage California girl for nude photos before he drove across the country and killed her mother and grandparents and set fire to their home, authorities said on Wednesday. Austin Lee Edwards, 28, was killed Friday in a shootout with San Bernardino sheriff’s […]

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Thousands flock to Mauna Loa for selfies during dramatic eruption | Hawaii

The world’s largest volcano oozed rivers of glowing lava Wednesday, drawing thousands of awestruck viewers who jammed a Hawaii highway that could soon be covered by the flow. Mauna Loa awoke from its 38-year slumber Sunday, causing volcanic ash and debris to drift down from the sky. A main highway linking towns on the east […]

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Losing energy support will mean ‘fuel poverty for more than 7m’ in UK | Energy bills

More than 7 million people who no longer qualify for energy support from next spring face years in fuel poverty if average heat and light bills remain at £3,000, according to a report calling for more targeted help. In his November budget the chancellor, Jeremy Hunt, announced that the government’s energy price guarantee (EPG) would […]

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Little Simz and Knucks share best album prize as Mobo winners announced | Music

Central Cee, PinkPantheress, Knucks and Little Simz have taken top prizes at this year’s Mobo awards, the annual ceremony celebrating the best in Black musical talent from Britain and abroad. Little Simz and Knucks were crowned joint winners for the album of the year prize, for their albums Sometimes I Might Be Introvert and Alpha […]

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EU raises prospect of big fine or ban if Twitter fails to follow new legislation | Twitter

The EU has raised the prospect of a substantial fine or ban for Twitter after warning that it must “significantly increase” efforts to comply with new online legislation. Twitter’s new owner, Elon Musk, was told he had “huge work ahead” to comply with the EU’s Digital Services Act, which requires tech firms to tackle problems […]

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Fentanyl deaths in Los Angeles county rose 1,280% from 2016 to 2021 – report | Los Angeles

Fentanyl deaths and hospitalizations have surged in Los Angeles county, with a 1,280% increase in fatalities from 2016 to 2021, according to a new report on the public health crisis. The LA county public health department released data on Tuesday revealing that 1,504 people suffered fatal fentanyl overdoses in 2021, nearly 14 times as many […]

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