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Less lighting ‘has no crime effect’

Reduced street lighting at night does not lead to an increase in crime or car crashes, a report suggests. Researchers analysed 14 years of data from 62 councils in England and Wales which had tried strategies such as permanently switching … Continue reading

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Police overtime up due to staff gaps

Some UK police forces are using overtime to cover gaps caused by staff shortages, BBC Radio 5 live has found. One Met Police officer received an overtime payment of £45,000 last year, according to new figures obtained under a Freedom … Continue reading

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Army job cuts made three years early

The number of British army personnel has been cut back by 20,000 – three years ahead of target. Ministry of Defence figures show there are currently 81,700 full-time servicemen and women in the Army, down from 102,260 in 2010. More … Continue reading

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Dying care: New guidelines proposed

England’s health watchdog has put forward new draft guidance to improve the care of adults in their last few days of life. It comes after concerns that misuse of the previous system – the Liverpool Care Pathway – led to … Continue reading

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Iraqi militia leader says U.S. not serious about fighting Islamic State

NAJAF, Iraq The head of one of Iraq’s fiercest Shi’ite militias called the U.S.-led coalition’s campaign against Islamic State ineffective and accused Washington of lacking the will to uproot radical Sunni jihadis controlling large swathes of Iraq and Syria. Qais … Continue reading

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After strong quarter, Ford aims to ‘disrupt like a startup’

DETROIT Ford Motor Co’s chief executive, Mark Fields, said on Tuesday he wants the company to act “like a startup” as it prepares for an evolution of the auto industry, after it posted second-quarter profit that handily beat expectations. Ford … Continue reading

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Part of Pentagon email network taken down over suspicious activity

WASHINGTON An unclassified email network used by Army General Martin Dempsey and other members of the U.S. military’s Joint Staff has been taken off line because of suspicious activity, a Pentagon spokeswoman said on Tuesday. Army Lieutenant Colonel Valerie Henderson … Continue reading

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Twitter shares fall as growth of monthly users slows

Twitter Inc’s shares fell more than 11 percent in extended trade on Tuesday after the microblogging company said its number of monthly average users grew at the slowest pace since it went public in 2013. “This is unacceptable and we’re … Continue reading

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Will battle daughter wins £164,000

Heather Ilott went to court after her mother left her estate to three animal charities A woman cut out of her mother’s will has been awarded a £164,000 inheritance in what could prove to be a landmark ruling. Heather Ilott, … Continue reading

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Man jailed over missing Paige murder

Paige was reported missing three days after leaving her home A man convicted of murdering Blackpool teenager Paige Chivers has been jailed for life and will serve at least 33 years. The 15-year-old was reported missing in August 2007, but … Continue reading

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