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Where did Snow Patrol go for seven years? Gary Lightbody opens up

Where did Snow Patrol go for seven years? Gary Lightbody opens up

Entertainment
Gary Lightbody battled depression and alcoholism as Snow Patrol wrote their seventh album, Wildness. The band's frontman tells the BBC about overcoming his demons, how Nick Cave helped him conquer writer's block, and why he and Ed Sheeran want matching tattoos.Seven years. 2,555 days. That's how long it took Snow Patrol to make their new album.In the same time, you could have trained to be a doctor, launched a spacecraft to Saturn or filmed six series of Game of Thrones.But Gary Lightbody was engaged in a much more serious pursuit - conquering a life-threatening addiction to alcohol."I was relying on booze to get me through the day, every day" he recalls. "I'd started drinking on my own when I couldn't find anybody to go out with...
Mabel opens up about Harry Styles romance rumours 

Mabel opens up about Harry Styles romance rumours 

Entertainment
From Taylor Swift to Caroline Flack, countless women have fallen for his charms and good looks. However, the heartthrob has never once confirmed any of his former flings though did hint his debut album track Two Ghosts is about the Bad Blood singer.Most recently he’s been linked to rising star Mabel after she supported him on his world tour. Now the 22-year-old has opened up about the claims, telling Daily Star Online how she’s grown close to the One Direction singer in the past 12 months.  SHUTTERSTOCK MABEL: The star performs at BBC Radio 1 Biggest Weekend Speaking backstage at Radio 1’s Big Weekend in Swansea, Mabel said: “Harry is really really friendly.“...
US ruling opens way for states-wide sports betting

US ruling opens way for states-wide sports betting

Business
The US Supreme Court has made a landmark ruling that could allow states across the country to legalise sports betting.It has endorsed a 2014 state ruling in New Jersey which permits sports betting in casinos and at horse racing tracks.The court also struck down a 1992 federal law banning sports gambling.The news sent the share prices of gambling stocks in the US and UK surging, including Britain's William Hill and Paddy Power.Several major US sports bodies had opposed the move, including the National Basketball Association.The National Collegiate Athletic Association said it was a threat to the "integrity of athletic competition".However, Justice Samuel Alito wrote on behalf of the Supreme Court: "The legalisation of sports gambling requires an important ...
Dog-like robot opens door in mesmerizing viral video

Dog-like robot opens door in mesmerizing viral video

Technology
“Good boy, Buddy,” is typical praise for a pet, but in this case, Buddy is a well-mannered, four-legged robot that both opens a door and holds it open for another robot. The video titled, “Hey Buddy, Can You Give me a Hand?” by robotics company Boston Dynamics has gotten over 1 million views on YouTube. It features their latest work -- a dog-like robot that opens a door in a mesmerizing maneuver. The video shows one yellow robot walking up to and surveying a door before an identical robot with an arm extending from its back steps into frame. The arm has a claw that functions as a hand and opens the door. The robot continues to prop the door open for itself and the other robot to walk through before letting it close behind them. Boston Dynamics' calls this robot the SpotMini, which is
Inquest opens into Dolores O'Riordan's death

Inquest opens into Dolores O'Riordan's death

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A coroner is awaiting results of "various tests" as the death of The Cranberries' lead singer Dolores O'Riordan is investigated.An inquest has been opened into O'Riordan's death, as is expected when a person dies suddenly.Westminster Coroner's Court was told that O'Riordan was found unresponsive in her hotel room on Monday and was declared dead at the scene by the London Ambulance Service.Coroner's officer Stephen Earl said: "A post-mortem examination has now taken place and the court is awaiting the results of various tests that have been commissioned."O'Riordan, 46, had been in London for a recording session at the time of her death, her publicist said earlier this week.She had been staying at the Hilton on Park Lane.More from UKFollowing her death, tributes came from singers, producers ...