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More than 80 dead after rifle grenades land on Myanmar protesters

More than 80 dead after rifle grenades land on Myanmar protesters

World
More than 80 people have been killed by rifle grenades in yet more violent clashes between the military and protesters in Myanmar.Bodies were piled up in a pagoda in the town of Bago after Myanmar security forces opened fire on a protest against the 1 February military coup in the country. The Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (AAPP) monitoring group said it believed there were 82 dead. Image: Heavy clashes erupted during demonstrations in Yangon. Pic: AP Protest organiser Ye Htut told news outlet Myanmar Now: "It is like genocide."They are shooting at every shadow." ...

After Amazon: Labor tries to regroup in wake of Alabama loss

Technology
WASHINGTON -- Despite the strongest public support and the most sympathetic president in years, the American labor movement just suffered a stinging defeat -- again.Amazon warehouse workers in Bessemer, Alabama, overwhelmingly voted against joining the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union in much-anticipated election results announced Friday.Amazon and business groups celebrated the decision, saying warehouse workers got a chance to weigh the pros and cons of union membership -- and voted to reject it.But labor activists argue that the lopsided vote shows how unfairly the odds are stacked against union organizing efforts and highlights the need for Congress to reform U.S. labor law. The House last month passed such legislation -- the Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) A...
‘He fought to the end’: Grammy-nominated rapper DMX dies after cardiac arrest

‘He fought to the end’: Grammy-nominated rapper DMX dies after cardiac arrest

Entertainment
Rapper DMX has died one week after suffering a "catastrophic cardiac arrest", his family has said.The 50-year-old, whose real name was Earl Simmons, had been admitted to intensive care in New York on Friday 2 April and was initially placed on life support. Earlier this week, family, friends and fans had held a vigil outside the hospital.In a statement announcing his death, his family said relatives had been by his side and described him as "a warrior who fought till the very end".Paying tribute, they said: "He loved his family with all of his heart, and we cherish the times we spent with him." His music, they added, "inspired countless fans across the world, and his iconic legacy will live on forever". ...
Kate Garraway’s husband returns home after a year-long battle with Covid-19

Kate Garraway’s husband returns home after a year-long battle with Covid-19

Entertainment
PA MediaKate Garraway's husband has returned home after more than a year in hospital being treated for Covid-19.Former political adviser Derek Draper, 53, was admitted in March last year with coronavirus symptoms, before having to be put into a coma.ITV presenter Garraway said on Friday that he "absolutely knew he was home" but had not yet regained his speech and will require round-the-clock care.She and her young family all "burst into tears" when he arrived home."As we pulled up, I could see two little faces, Darcey and Billy [their children] looking out the window, and I could literally see them go, 'He's here,'" she told her Good Morning Britain colleagues."And they sort of ran out and ran forward, opened the door, and he immediately burst into tears."There was a lot of hugging and we ...

Futures rise slightly after S&P 500 hits fresh record

Finance
U.S. stock futures moved higher in overnight trading on Thursday after the S&P 500 notched a fresh record in the regular session.Dow futures rose about 50 points. S&P 500 futures gained 0.2% and Nasdaq 100 futures rose 0.17%.The major averages rose on Thursday, bolstered by gains in technology stocks. The Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 57 points, helped by a near-2% gain in Apple's stock.The S&P 500 climbed 0.42% and closed at a record high for the second day in a row.The Nasdaq Composite was the relative outperformer, gaining more than 1% as Amazon, Netflix, Microsoft and Google-parent Alphabet all closed higher.Investors largely shrugged off an unexpected jump in jobless claims from last week. The Labor Department reported first-time claims for the week ended April ...