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Critically ill baby Charlie Gard's parents back in court

A British judge has said the parents of critically ill baby Charlie Gard can present new evidence at upcoming hearings to determine his fate. Judge Nicholas Francis, who has overseen the latest round of hearings in the case at London’s High Court, said Friday that parents Chris Gard and Connie Yates could present evidence in full-day hearings early next week. He said the evidence must be new and relevant to the case. The 11-month-old’s parents have been engaged in a legal battle to give Charlie, who suffers from mitochondrial depletion…

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Codependent No More … Yet Wanting Back In

I was very close with a couple for 12 years. I considered them family. Sadly, the husband drank to excess daily. He then became verbally abusive to his wife and dismissed his family’s concerns. So the wife asked me to intervene. I wrote him a letter about how his drinking was affecting his relationships. He acknowledged it but continued to drink. I withdrew; I couldn’t tolerate the abuse of his wife. This was a few years ago. I still send them emails. The wife replies; the husband doesn’t. But I…

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Lifestyle 

The Mad Scientist Behind Nike’s ‘Back to the Future’ Sneaker

BEAVERTON, Ore. — The only things missing were a white lab coat and an electrified hairdo as Tiffany Beers, 37, showed off an assortment of boots and shoes adorned with dangling wires and MacGyvered circuit boards. Ms. Beers, an engineer by training and a senior innovator by title at Nike, works in the company’s vaunted Innovation Kitchen, so named because Bill Bowerman, a founder of Nike, used a waffle iron in a kitchen to create the “waffle sole,” a game changer for sneakers. But her office is littered with prototypes…

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The Latest: Senator says he may not back health care bill

The Latest on the congressional effort to overhaul the national health care law (all times local): 6:55 p.m. A third Republican senator is signaling he may not back his party’s health care bill when it finally comes to a vote. That puts the high-profile legislation in deep jeopardy. Conservative Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson says he’s spoken to colleagues and confirmed that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has said future Medicaid cuts planned by the health care measure will “never happen.” Johnson tells reporters such comments are “troubling” and “a real…

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Travel 

Jumeirah's Pera Palace Hotel: A Step Back in Time with a Modern New Look

[embedded content] Photos/Video Credit: Jumeirah When visiting the historic city of Istanbul, looming large on the Bosphorus Strait, one hotel stands out: Jumeirah’s Pera Palace, centrally located in Istanbul’s historic Beyoglu neighborhood. The hotel made a grand entrance when it opened in 1895, and became the illustrious property to house passengers traveling on the distinguished Orient Express, while showcasing the epitome of comfort. The extravagant rail journey from Paris first began direct service to Istanbul in 1889, making ancient Constantinople the elevated train journey’s final eastern-most conclusion. Pera Palace revealed a €23 million renovation…

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Game of Thrones is back – and it's 'epic'

Game of Thrones has returned for its seventh season – and the critics are generally quite happy about it. “It was a thrill to have the show back and it looked more stunning than ever,” wrote The Independent‘s reviewer. “By the end of the episode it is clear that the stage is now set for a war of truly epic proportions,” wrote Jess Kelham-Hohler of the Evening Standard. Yet Digital Spy’s Alex Mullane did feel the episode – entitled Dragonstone – was “a little underwhelming in places”. The first episode…

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