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Anne Heche ‘not expected to survive’ brain injury following crash

After suffering a "severe anoxic brain injury" as a result of a car crash last week, Anne Heche is "not expected to survive," according to a statement received Thursday by USA TODAY from Heche's publicist.The 53-year-old actor remains in a coma in critical condition. "It has long been her choice of her to donate her organs of her and she is being kept on life support to determine if any are viable," the statement reads. The statement thanks the "dedicated staff and wonderful nurses who cared for Anne at the Grossman Burn Center at West Hills hospital" in Los Angeles. "Anne had a huge heart and touched everyone she met with her generous spirit," the statement continues. "More than her extraordinary talent, she saw spreading kindness and joy as her life's work—especially moving the need...
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Australia news live: teacher education ‘screaming out for reform’, Jason Clare says | Australia news

Clare: Teacher education 'screaming out for reform'A question now about the cost of degrees.Clare:What came out really clearly out of the conversation today and I got a better insight into it than I had before I went into the room, the initial teaching education is screaming out for reform. We need some reform here.Clare said he would like Mark Scott, Sydney University vice-chancellor to head an expert panel that will look at what reforms are needed. However Clare says the terms of reference were not completed today and will be discussed collaboratively.One of the things that Mark said to us, the way that unis work with hospitals for medical students is very different to the way that unis work with schools and education departments for teachers. And there may be some lessons for us ther...
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Anne Heche not expected to survive fiery crash into home, her family says

LOS ANGELES — Actor Anne Heche suffered an "anoxic" brain injury and is not expected to survive, her spokesperson said Thursday, nearly a week after she crashed her car into a home in Los Angeles."It has long been her choice to donate her organs and she is being kept on life support to determine if any are viable," the spokesperson said in a statement on behalf of her friends and family. On Monday, Heche, 53, was in a coma and in “extreme” condition, her representative said. The spokesperson said the actor was “unconscious, slipping into a coma” following the crash.He careened into a home in the Mar Vista community of Los Angeles late Friday morning. The home sustained damage from the “heavy fire” sparked by the collision, Brian Humphrey of the Los Angeles Fire Department said.Heche h...
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Man killed by police after FBI break-in had lawsuit in Franklin County

An armed man who was fatally shot Thursday by Ohio law enforcement after he attempted to break into the FBI's suburban Cincinnati's office and exchanged gunfire with police said on a social media account that he was an electrician living in Columbus.The man, identified by law enforcement authorities as 42-year-old Ricky Walter Shiffer, appears to have most recently lived in Omaha, Nebraska, and the St. Petersburg and Tampa areas in Florida, records indicate. However, he has had several Columbus addresses in the past and was a registered voter in Franklin County from at least as far back as 2013 and last voted here in the November 2020 election. Records show he began voting in Florida in the April 2021 primary.Cincinnati FBI breach:Suspect may have posted on Trump's Truth Social during i...
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Nuclear war no longer seems to scare us as much as it used to – have we become accustomed to the unthinkable? | Jeff Sparrow

RAymond Briggs, the writer and illustrator who died on Tuesday, created many memorable characters but none as haunting as Jim and Hilda Bloggs, the elderly couple enduring a nuclear attack in When the Wind Blows.As news of Briggs's death circulated, social media filled with people of a certain age recalling childhood nightmares derived from the poignant attempts of the Bloggs to follow the absurd instructions from a civil defense pamphlet.“Thank goodness I got those official leaflets today,” says the ever-cheery Jim. “Suppose I hadn't? We'd have been totally unprepared! Justthink!”When the Wind Blows appeared in the early 1980s, a decade in which the prospect of atomic Armageddon dominated the culture. Think of WarGames or The Day After, think of the music of Midnight Oil and books ...
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Late FG gives Giants 23-21 victory over Patriots

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Graham Gano hit a 24-yard field goal as time expired, Daniel Jones was solid in limited work and the New York Giants beat the New England Patriots 23-21 on Thursday night to open the preseason. The Giants gave Brian Daboll a victory in his head coaching debut against his predecessor and the team he started his NFL career with. Despite some breakouts by the offensive line, the Giants moved the ball well, with Jones completing 6 of 10 passes for 69 yards. Running back Saquon Barkley had four carries for 13 yards and one catch for 8 yards. Antonio Williams had a 2-yard touchdown run and Graham Gano made three field goals. Brian Hoyer and Bailey Zappe each threw touchdown passes for New England, which except for rookie left guard Cole Strange...
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One million Brazilians signed a letter in defense of democracy 52 days before the elections

Left and right parties, businessmen, artists and activists denounced Bolsonaro for questioning the electoral systemThe president is seeking his re-election in October but for the moment the polls do not favor him over Lula One million people joined this Thursday the "Letter to the Brazilian Men and Women for the Defense of the Democratic Rule of Law" which seeks to draw attention to the "dangers" that surround the electoral campaign since the president Jair Bolsonaro questioned the transparency of the voting system. A crowd participated in the act that took place at the Faculty of Law of the University of Sao Paulo, where the document was read. Bolsonaro did not take long to respond to the forces of the left and r...
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FBI searched Trump’s Mar-a-Lago home for classified nuclear weapons documents – report | donald trump

FBI agents were looking for secret documents about nuclear weapons among other classified material when they searched Donald Trump's home on Monday, it has been reported. Washington Post cited people familiar with the investigation as saying nuclear weapons documents were thought to be in the trove the FBI was hunting in Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort. They did not specify what kind of documents or whether they referred to the US arsenal or another country's.The report came hours after the attorney general, Merrick Garland, said he had personally authorized the government request for a search warrant and revealed that the justice department had asked a Florida court for the warrant to be unsealed, noting that Trump himself had made the search public.The justice department motion referred to...
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Widow leaves during disturbing testimony

Warning: This story contains descriptions that some readers may find disturbing.LOS ANGELES – Vanessa Bryant sobbed and excused herself from a federal courtroom here Thursday as a former bartender from an area Mexican restaurant testified about being shown photos of body parts from the helicopter crash in January 2020 that killed nine, including her daughter Gianna and husband, Kobe, the NBA legend.Bryant left the courtroom after the former bartender recounted how a Los Angeles County Sheriff's deputy trainee came to his restaurant and showed him photos from the crash scene two days after the accident.They were thick.“Did you see a human torso in the photo that you understood to be Kobe Bryant?” asked one of Bryant's attorneys, Craig Jennings Lavoie.“Yes,” replied the former bartender,...