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Ex-New England Patriots LB Shea McClellin defends 'Patriot Way'

Ex-New England Patriots LB Shea McClellin defends 'Patriot Way'

Sports
Linebacker Shea McClellin came to the defense of his former team -- and the so-called "Patriot Way" -- in light of others taking shots from afar at Bill Belichick and the New England Patriots. McClellin spent 2016 and 2017 with the Patriots after playing his first four NFL seasons with the Chicago Bears. He said his time on the Belichick-coached teams were "the best two years of my football career that I've had." "I definitely think it starts from the top, Bill [Belichick] and Mr. [Robert] Kraft, and then it just trickles down," McClellin told ESPN. "Then you have leaders like Tom [Brady] and Matt [Slater] and Dev [Devin McCourty] -- the captains. When you come in as a new guy or a young guy, and you see how laid-back and easy-going the captains are, they'll just come up and talk to yo...
The Latest: Bureau defends Trump's oil and gas drilling plan

The Latest: Bureau defends Trump's oil and gas drilling plan

Technology
The Latest on complaints about offshore oil and gas drilling hearings (all times local): 4:50 p.m. A federal government bureau holding hearings over President Donald Trump's plan to open most of the nation's coastline to oil and natural gas drilling has defended the plan despite boisterous protests. Drilling opponents held their own meeting in Hamilton, New Jersey, on Wednesday before a Bureau of Ocean Energy Management meeting began. They're upset the bureau won't allow them to speak at a microphone. The bureau's chief environmental officer says everyone knows renewable energy is something that should be developed more but "renewables are not going to take the place of fossil fuels immediately." Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy addressed the environmental rally by video link before the bureau...
VP defends Trump over vulgar remarks on African immigrants

VP defends Trump over vulgar remarks on African immigrants

World
U.S. Vice President Mike Pence on Monday defended President Donald Trump over his recent comments disparaging immigration from Africa and Haiti, telling The Associated Press that the president's "heart" is aimed at a merit-based system that is blind to immigrants' "race or creed." Pence, in an interview with the AP from Jerusalem, said the president was intent on implementing a merit-based system that encourages immigration by those who will "contribute to a growing American economy and thriving communities." "I know the president's heart and I know that what President Trump wants to do is reform immigration to make our system one that puts the interests of America first," Pence said. He added that immigrants should be considered on their merits, "regardless of what country they come from...
Chief vet defends support of larger hen cages

Chief vet defends support of larger hen cages

Science
Some cages for hens provide a "necessary defence" against bird flu, the government's chief vet has said.In a tweet, Nigel Gibbens said the larger pens, which replaced so-called battery cages in 2012, have welfare benefits and offer more space.It comes after 10 leading British vets, who believe caging hens is unethical, said his "brazen endorsement" was "extremely disappointing".They said the restricted space was "seriously detrimental to welfare".Battery cages for chickens were banned in the EU in 2012. The ruling said that if laying hens were to be held they must be in enriched - also known as colony - cages instead.The enriched cages provided extra space to nest, scratch and roost and the guidance from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), is that each bird in a...
Mum defends teen in gaming lawsuit

Mum defends teen in gaming lawsuit

Technology
A mother has written a letter in defence of her 14-year-old son who is facing a lawsuit over video game cheats in the US.Caleb Rogers is one of two people facing legal action from gaming studio Epic Games for using cheat software to play the free game Fortnite. The studio says it has taken the step because the boy declined to remove a YouTube video he published which promoted how to use the software. His mother says he is a scapegoat."This company is in the process of attempting to sue a 14-year-old child," she wrote in the letter which has been shared online.Ms Rogers added that she had not given her son parental consent to play the game as stated in its terms and conditions, and that as the game was free to play the studio could not claim loss of profit as a result of the cheats."It is m...