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US flu season gets worse, has 'lot more steam' than expected

The flu season in the U.S. is getting worse. Health officials last week said flu was blanketing the country but they thought there was a good chance the season was already peaking. But the newest numbers out Friday show it grew even more intense. “This is a season that has a lot more steam than we thought,” said Dr. Dan Jernigan of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. One measure of the season is how many doctor or hospital visits are because of a high fever, cough and…

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Players ready to fight for more prize money – Federer

2018 Australian Open Dates:15-28 JanuaryVenue:Melbourne Park Coverage:Watch highlights on BBC Two, the BBC Sport website and app. Live commentary on the best matches on BBC Radio 5 live, 5 live sports extra and online. Roger Federer has called for the Grand Slams to up their levels of prize money and said players are “bored’ of having to push the issue. The subject has been raised at the Australian Open after Novak Djokovic reportedly initiated a players-only meeting on the eve of the tournament. Federer, 36, is a former president of…

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Want to get more done? Get lazy

It’s January, the National Month of Feeling Bad About Yourself. I know this, because holiday decorations, which have been spreading cheer and those parasitic glitter specks since October, have now given way to new, seasonally appropriate displays, like racks of athletic shoes and self-help books (should you ignite your life, stop denying your greatness, or jump on the Swedish death-cleaning bandwagon?) As is my annual custom, I reject the self-help of others. Instead, I make a to-do list. If you follow the hallowed tradition of the New Year’s to-do list,…

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Denmark Facebook sex video: More than 1,000 young people charged

More than 1,000 young people have been charged by police in Denmark with distributing sexually explicit material. They are accused of using Facebook Messenger to share indecent video clips of two 15-year-olds having sex. Police said it could amount to distribution of indecent images of children, as the two people filmed are under 18. Facebook tipped off the US authorities, who notified police in Denmark. One thousand and four young people from across the country are facing charges after allegedly circulating the material via the messaging app in autumn last…

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CES 2018: Were robots more than a gimmick at the tech show?

Media playback is unsupported on your device If you’ve ever wanted a robot to do the vacuuming, then the CES tech show has something for you. The Aeolus robot is designed to perform a range of household tasks – including mopping floors, rearranging furniture and putting away dishes. However, like many of the bots showcased in Las Vegas this year, the pressure sometimes got to it. “Aeolus has had enough,” tweeted Signe Brewster, a writer at tech site Wirecutter, after observing the bot stall inexplicably during a demo. The moment…

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Iran protests: Students 'among more than 1,000 arrested'

Ninety university students are among more than 1,000 people arrested since anti-government demonstrations began last month, say reformist MPs in Iran. Mahmoud Sadeghi told the Iranian Students’ News Agency that many of them were not involved in protests. Another MP, Farid Mousavi, said it was a preventative measure and they would be released soon. At least 21 people have been killed in the protests, which erupted across the country over the state of the economy. The head of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards on Wednesday declared the defeat of what he described…

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Gender pay gap: More than 500 firms reveal their figures

Ladbrokes, Easyjet and Virgin Money are among the major companies to reveal gender pay gaps of more than 15% in favour of men for mean hourly pay. Organisations with 250 or more workers must publish their figures by April and so far 527 firms have done so. Women’s hourly pay rates are 52% of men’s at Easyjet, On average women earn 15% less than men at Ladbrokes and 33% less at Virgin Money. All three firms say men and women are paid equally when in the same role. At Easyjet,…

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