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Forty years after his death, Elvis Presley remains the source of many hopes and myths - but what keeps him alive is his music. To this day, suspicious minds refuse to accept the king of rock'n'roll really died on 16 August 1977. The most popular and, in a way, the most plausible, is that Presley was working as a mole for the FBI, infiltrated at the top of the mafia.
Floyd Mayweather is one of the biggest pay-per-view attractions of all time and one of a very elite group of athletes to see their career earnings nose above the $1bn mark. A shrewd businessman and the greatest boxer of his generation — if not all time — Mayweather has been listed as the highest paid athlete in the world four times by the American business magazine Forbes. Mayweather is so rich that he even changed his boxing identity to reflect his staggering wealth.
Zimbabwe's first lady Grace Mugabe is requesting diplomatic immunity after being accused of assaulting a 20-year-old model, South African police say. The wife of leader Robert Mugabe failed to appear at a police station on Tuesday to answer charges she hit Gabriella Engels with an extension cord, authorities claimed. Police confirmed that Zimbabwe had requested diplomatic immunity but stressed they would pursue the case through the legal system, prompting speculation that it could provoke a diplomatic rift.
Jermaine Jenas has added to the growing chorus of warnings for Tottenham to increase their wage structure or risk being left behind. With a little over two weeks of the transfer window remaining, Spurs are the only Premier League team yet to bolster their ranks with a new signing. Mauricio Pochettino is closing in on a club-record deal for Davinson Sanchez but Jenas feels the club will have to rely on buying young, emerging talent such as the Ajax defender as they cannot attract established stars.
Going viral on Twitter is something most tweeters aspire to. However, it is mainly celebrities who win the battle for retweets and likes due to their vast amount of followers. One particular tweet has just nabbed the prize as the most liked tweet ever – and it was only posted in the last few days. Cyclist who hit pedestrian ‘shouted at her as she lay on the ground dying’ Kim Jong Un backs down as US warns: ‘This could escalate into war very quickly’ Manchester bombing ‘homeless hero’ Chris Parker charged with stealing bank card on night of attack Donald Trump on ‘wrong side’ in fight against Nazis From world affairs to chicken nuggets, the most popular tweets are a mixed bunch. Here are the most liked tweets in Twitter history – with one person dominating the list…
Baltimore removed four monuments to the pro-slavery Civil War Confederacy before dawn on Wednesday, working quickly so the city could avoid protests like the one organised by white nationalists that turned deadly in Charlottesville, Virginia. The statues, including one of General Robert E. Lee and another of General Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson, were taken off their bases in Wyman Park Dell, beside the Baltimore Museum of Art, and carried away on a flatbed truck. Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh said she and the city council decided to remove the monuments "quickly and quietly." "I think any city that has Confederate statues (is) concerned about violence occurring," she told reporters.
Billing blunders by energy firms cost customers more than £102m last year, figures reveal. A survey by energy switching site uSwitch found around 1.3 million households were overcharged by an average of £79 each by suppliers - and some are still waiting for a refund. One in three of those affected said their bills did not match their meter readings, while a quarter said the amount they were charged did not add up correctly.
MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia's largest oil producer Rosneft said on Wednesday ex-economy minister Alexei Ulyukayev, charged with extorting a bribe from the company, had himself come to a meeting in Rosneft's office and left it with cash. Ulyukayev on Wednesday accused Rosneft CEO Igor Sechin and Russia's FSB security service of carrying out a "provocation" against him and insisted the charges against him were fabricated. Ulyukayev was dismissed and put under house arrest in November over allegations he extorted a $2 million bribe from Rosneft. He denies the charges. ...
By Eric Auchard OXFORD (Reuters) - Germany's Babbel, the highest grossing maker of mobile language-learning apps, has teamed up with Cambridge University's English language certification arm, setting a new, high-quality standard for digital language testing, the companies said on Wednesday. Babbel and Cambridge English have jointly developed the test and will split revenue on what will be marketed as the "Babbel English Test", which will certify listening and reading comprehension skills in real-life, conversational situations. Successful test takers will receive a certificate of achievement, which gives language students a way to attest to their English fluency level when applying for jobs, to use on their LinkedIn profiles, measure their preparation ahead of formal tests or simply judge their personal progress.
A young violin player who became a symbol of anti-government protests in Venezuela was released on Tuesday after three weeks in detention, according to the country's chief prosecutor. Wuilly Arteaga, 23, had become one of the best-known faces of protests against unpopular Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro. Anti-government protests have rocked Venezuela for four months, leaving more than 120 people dead.
Rob Drummond’s one-man show began life as a response to his own inertia during 2014’s referendum on Scottish independence. In its bleary aftermath he met Eric, a fervently left-wing beekeeper convinced that his coastal community had become infested with fascists. His interest in Eric’s strange theories has yielded this exploration of democracy and tolerance.
Fairfax like other international media organisations has suffered from declining advertising revenue and circulation, and has slashed staff levels and costs
Both, as Sh!t Theatre (Louise Mothersole and Rebecca Biscuit) merge tales of the two fantastic females in a show inspired by their pilgrimage to Dollywood, Dolly Parton's amusement park in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. While they “f***ing love Dolly!” and celebrate her music (with beautifully harmonised songs), they also deconstruct Parton's brand, our obsession with her Barbie doll-like figure and the rumours about her sexuality.
The Silent Witness star Liz Carr was "stabbed in the head" by a man armed with a pair of scissors in each hand on Thursday, 10 August. The man, who is said to be in his 20s, stabbed the 45-year-old wheelchair bound actress while she was with her carer near London's busy Euston Station. Carr and her carer tried to keep the man at bay when he lunged at the actress with scissors in each hand.
1. An Uber engineer secretly texted former chief executive Travis Kalanick about Elon Musk, saying: "We've got to start calling Elon on his s---. 2. More tech firms are refusing service to white supremacists, after the violent march at Charlottesville in the US. PayPal has pulled its payment services from neo-Nazi sites, while WordPress banned the site of a fascist group, according to Fast Company.
On Monday a jury found Mr Mueller guilty of sexual assault after groping Taylor during a meet-and-greet in 2013
Two gay students’ comic quotes were removed from an American high school’s yearbooks without warning because they would “potentially offend” students. Joey Slivinski and Thomas Swartz said they submitted their quotes before graduation like other seniors at Kearney High, in Missouri this summer. In a statement, the school said it removed the quotes because they could “potentially offend” students and have apologised to the graduates.
Glassdoor, founded in 2007 in San Francisco, has grown from nothing to become the second biggest jobs website in North America and one of the fastest-growing job listing websites in the world. Founder and CEO Robert Hohman has led Glassdoor on the journey from startup, to scale-up, to established player. So what advice can Hohman share with would-be entrepreneurs? "I think it's really important to focus," Hohman told Business Insider.
To prove to Westeros that the Night King and his army are real, the King in the North heads beyond the wall with a small band of supporters to capture a wight. But will they all survive? From Digital Spy