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Has original music saved The X Factor?

The X Factor was a little different this year. OK, very different. There was no deadlock, the live shows were revamped and cut in number, there were far fewer sob stories and each week Dermot revealed which act had come top of the public vote as well as bottom. But perhaps the most interesting change was contestants being allowed to perform their own songs at the live shows, rather than just covers. It resulted in an original song (Dimelo by Rak-Su) being chosen as this year’s winners’ single – a…

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California shooting: Schoolteachers ‘saved’ children from gunman

A gunman who killed four people on Tuesday in rural California fired into an elementary school but was stopped from entering by teachers, police say. Staff at Rancho Tehama Reserve School went into lockdown, securing school doors after hearing nearby gunshots. Authorities praised the teachers’ actions as “monumental” in saving “countless” lives. Police confirmed one child was shot at the school after the gunman fired into it. Others were hurt by broken glass. Police later confronted the gunman in a stolen vehicle, shooting and killing him. He was named locally…

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'You're funding the men, not the women? What?' – meet the Briton who saved her Olympic dream

What would you do if you had your funding cut and your Olympic dream appeared over? BBC Sport meets Mica McNeill, the pilot of Great Britain’s number one bobsleigh team who came up with a way to keep their Pyeongchang 2018 hopes alive. Watch live coverage of the Bobsleigh and Skeleton World Cup event at Lake Placid on the BBC Sport Website and Red Button from 13:30 GMT on Thursday. WATCH MORE: Refugee to Olympian – Yusra Mardini’s epic journey Let’s block ads! (Why?) BBC Sport – Sport

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Gaming 

Nintendo’s Refusal to Allow Saved Game Backups is Driving Switch Hacking

This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. When Nintendo’s Switch first launched, it wasn’t immediately clear if the console would post strong initial sales and then fade away, like the Wii U did, or if this would be the system to put Nintendo back on the gaming map. It’s now obvious that the Switch’s early surge was no outlier; the console has already moved over 5 million units and has outsold the PS4 and Xbox One in North America four times in…

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Boy, 8, meets the bone marrow donor who saved his life

An 8-year-old cancer survivor met the stranger who donated her bone marrow to him for the very first time on “Good Morning America” today. “Thank you for saving my life,” A.J. told his donor, Alex Momany, during the emotional meeting. “It was my pleasure,” Momany, 24, replied. A.J., 8, was connected with Momany through the Be the Match Bone Marrow Registry. What an inspiring morning. pic.twitter.com/HVKN9kbtRi Until this point, A.J.’s family and Momany had only communicated on the phone, but now they’re “looking forward to sharing life with her” A.J.’s…

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Rites of Passage: The Dealer Who Saved My Life

Rites of Passage By BARRY MICHAEL COOPER Sometimes when I dream, I imagine the sky over Harlem is a lofty arc of stained glass. A dusted copper heaven streaked with gold and siphoned from Klimt’s aureate imagination. A profanely ornate firmament raining down with the cherubic drug dealers I grew up with in the 1970s. A legion of natty angels, felled by the hubris of fraudulent invincibility. One might envision them as the offspring of Icarus. I call them The Scramblin’ Kids of Harlem. This specific thought occurred to me…

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How 2 surgeons, bomb expert saved a soldier with a grenade in his torso

It was a sunny spring day in eastern Afghanistan on March 16, 2006, when U.S. army soldiers in the Alpha Company headed out on patrol into the heart of Taliban country. Capt. Billy Mariani, Private Channing Moss and Staff Sgt. Eric Wynn were part of a convoy on the move, with Moss manning a gun in the vehicle. Also on the Humvee with them was an army medic named Jared Angell, whom the men called simply, “Doc.” Watch the full story on “20/20: The Good Doctors: Brilliance and Bravery,” Wednesday,…

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