Joanne Froggatt, Lesley Nicol, Sophie McShera, and Allen Leech Dish About Their Wild Group Text Chain

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  • What is Mia Tindall holding in the official royal wedding photo? 
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    What is Mia Tindall holding in the official royal wedding photo? 

    Mia Tindall stole the show in Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank's official wedding photos thanks to her deadpan expression while holding a strange object. The daughter of Zara and Mike Tindall was a bridesmaid at the royal wedding on Friday, and looked simply adorable in a white dress with a brightly coloured sash. One person wrote: "Just wondering, why is Mia Tindall holding a mushroom?" Another added: "Mia Tindall is epic! She looks like she is about to lob whatever she is holding.

  • EU leaders line up 'no-deal' emergency Brexit summit for November
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    EU leaders line up 'no-deal' emergency Brexit summit for November

    A Brexit summit to finalise terms of the political declaration on Britain’s future trade relationship with the EU had been pencilled in for 17-18 November. EU leaders are preparing to hold an extraordinary “no deal” Brexit summit in November to deal with the potential consequences of the UK crashing out of the bloc should Theresa May fail to deliver decisive progress on the Irish border issue this week, the Guardian can reveal. A special meeting of heads of state and government at which the EU had hoped to sign off on the Brexit negotiations next month may instead be turned into a emergency summit to discuss the bloc’s response to a cliff-edge Brexit.

  • Meghan Markle and Prince Harry to embark on first royal tour as married couple - taking in 76 engagements over 16 days
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    Meghan Markle and Prince Harry to embark on first royal tour as married couple - taking in 76 engagements over 16 days

    Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are set to embark on their first royal tour as a married couple. Starting on Tuesday, they will visit Australia, Fiji, Tonga and New Zealand – taking in a massive 76 engagements on the 16-day trip. The tour coincides with the Invictus Games in Sydney, which was founded by Harry himself in 2014.

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    Bloodthirsty zombies turn Chile into The Walking Dead

    Hundreds of Chileans paraded the streets on Saturday dressed as zombies for the 10th annual Zombie Walk in Santiago, inspired by The Walking Dead.

  • A hard Brexit means a hard border – whatever Owen Paterson says
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    A hard Brexit means a hard border – whatever Owen Paterson says

    Owen Paterson, a former secretary of state for Northern Ireland, argued this week in the Guardian that the UK could leave the customs union, break free from EU rules, and still avoid a hard border on the island of Ireland. The problem with this claim is that the logic of a hard Brexit means hard borders. The EU is the world’s most advanced legal, technical and institutional environment for seamless border management.

  • Strictly fans react to Seann Walsh and Katya Jones' dance of shame
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    Strictly fans react to Seann Walsh and Katya Jones' dance of shame

    It was, of course, 'that kiss' between Katya Jones and Seann Walsh. After being photographed sharing their drunken kiss together, Seann's girlfriend Rebecca Humphries broke off their relationship, while Katya confirmed her marriage with co-star Neil Jones was fine. Despite many calls from fans to disqualify the pair from the show, Strictly bosses decided to let Seann and Katya continue in the competition...

  • The US has a major truck driver shortage — but the co-founder of a trucking startup that's attracted $80 million in funding says there are 3 other issues that are making the shortage seem worse than it is
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    The US has a major truck driver shortage — but the co-founder of a trucking startup that's attracted $80 million in funding says there are 3 other issues that are making the shortage seem worse than it is

    The truck driver shortage has dominated America's headlines in the logistics space this year. The US will be short 175,000 truck drivers by 2026, according to the American Trucking Associations. Today, a lack of drivers is already delaying orders and making goods more expensive as freight rates climb.

  • Referendums are becoming a risk to human rights – here’s how the EU’s single market could solve this
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    Referendums are becoming a risk to human rights – here’s how the EU’s single market could solve this

    Do you remember the euphoria in Ireland in 2015 when the results of the Irish referendum on equal marriage came in? There are questions about whether referendums are the solution to these knotty human rights issues. For many LGBT+ people, the fact that their rights were to be voted upon at all seemed wrong.

  • A New York City marketing agency is letting its employees opt for a 4-day workweek — but only if they're willing to take a pay cut
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    A New York City marketing agency is letting its employees opt for a 4-day workweek — but only if they're willing to take a pay cut

    Grey, an advertising and marketing agency based in New York City, is the latest firm to jump on the trend. AdWeek reported that the firm is giving its employees the option to take a four-day workweek, in exchange for a 15% pay cut. According to AdWeek, around 1,000 people work at the ad agency's New York headquarters.

  • McDonald's apologises after refusing to give firefighters tackling York blaze free drinks
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    McDonald's apologises after refusing to give firefighters tackling York blaze free drinks

    McDonald's has apologised after firefighters tackling a blaze at a retail park in York were denied free drinks. Firefighters were tackling a blaze at B&M store in Clifton Moor in York on Saturday when they walked into a McDonald’s store while on a break. A post on Facebook claims that the firefighters were denied the drinks as they were not carrying cash at the time.

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    Search for 'googly eye bandit' after monument vandalised in US city of Savannah

    It may look funny, but it's a crime - that was the message from officials in the US city of Savannah. In a Facebook post, the local government organisation wrote: "Who did this?! "Someone placed googly eyes on our historic Nathanael Greene statue in Johnson Square.

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    Official: Hunter kills British cyclist in French Alps

    A prosecutor says a hunter shot and killed a 34-year-old bicyclist in the French Alps in what appears to be an accident. Thonon-Les-Bains prosecutor Philippe Toccanier said the 22-year-old hunter was hospitalized for shock after the Saturday evening shooting and couldn't be taken into custody while he is investigated on suspicion of aggravated manslaughter. Toccanier told The Associated Press on Sunday the victim, a man from Wales who lived in France, was cycling down a mountain at around 6 p.m. when he passed near a group of about 10 game hunters.

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    Seahawks face Raiders in first London game of season

    Seattle faces the Oakland Raiders in Wembley Stadium on Sunday for the NFL's first London game of the season, and the Seahawks' first regular-season appearance overseas.

  • Old Vic among UK beneficiaries of trust embroiled in drug crisis
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    Old Vic among UK beneficiaries of trust embroiled in drug crisis

    The Old Vic in London, which received £300,000 from the Sackler Trust last year. The Old Vic, the National Theatre and several other UK cultural and educational institutions received donations totalling more than £7m last year from the Sackler family, whose influential philanthropic role has come under the spotlight after allegations that the transatlantic dynasty’s fortune has been tainted by the US opioid crisis. The largest beneficiary was Imperial College London, which received £2.5m from the Sackler Trust, followed by Royal Museums Greenwich, given £1.5m.

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    Four dead in shootings at one-year-old's birthday party in Texas

    Gunfire broke out early Saturday evening in the small town of Taft, north of Corpus Christi. In addition to the four killed, a man was taken by helicopter to a Corpus Christi hospital, Sgt. Nathan Brandley of the Texas Department of Public Safety told reporters. Police were seeking two men in connection with the shooting, Brandley said late on Saturday, adding that the Department of Public Safety's Texas Rangers were leading the investigation.

  • The world’s first 'fully recycled' road is made in France
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    The world’s first 'fully recycled' road is made in France

    French company Vinci has built the world’s first stretch of motorway made entirely from recycled road materials. It was built by two subsidiaries of Vinci Construction, Eurovia and Vinci Autoroutes. The old supplies are then made into the new road,” Eurovia Communications Director, Maxence Naouri, told FRANCE 24.

  • Here's how In-N-Out keeps prices shockingly low while paying employees better than fast-food rivals
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    Here's how In-N-Out keeps prices shockingly low while paying employees better than fast-food rivals

    The low prices are especially notable considering In-N-Out is regularly celebrated for offering some of the best wages and benefits in the fast-food industry. Notably, the Double-Double price hasn't risen much in years, even with inflation and a proliferation of burger chains that seem to draw inspiration from Shake Shack's menu. A Forbes profile of President Lynsi Snyder breaks down how exactly the chain maintains its low prices, and it's thanks to a limited menu, in-house production, and shrewd real-estate strategy.

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    For those without much, Hurricane Michael creates hardship

    Mary Frances Parrish is expecting to be without electricity for weeks, or roughly the same time the terminally ill son she's caring for is expected to live. My car's under repair and there's nowhere to go or the money to pay for a place," the 72-year-old Parrish said. Parrish, whose son has cancer, is in a position many in the Panama City region are facing.

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    Underground garage combines Ferrari theme with American muscle

    This is arguably the most epic secret underground garage ever. No, seriously!

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    Guards, inmates ally against state in radon-exposure cases

    Guards and inmates at a Connecticut prison find themselves same side of a legal fight against the state, which they say did not do enough to prevent their exposure to radon. A federal judge last month ruled against the state's attempt to dismiss a lawsuit by 13 inmates inside the Garner Correctional Institution in Newtown. A separate lawsuit was filed in state court in August by 16 former guards and staff members, several of whom suffer from respiratory ailments.

  • Storm Callum: Corey Thomas Sharpling Named As Young Man Who Died In Carmarthenshire Landslide
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    Storm Callum: Corey Thomas Sharpling Named As Young Man Who Died In Carmarthenshire Landslide

    The family of a 21-year-old man who died in a landslide during Storm Callum

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    Hungary: Ban on living in public areas taking effect

    A constitutional amendment that prohibits people from living in public areas takes effect next week in Hungary. Menhely Alapitvany (Shelter Foundation) Director Zoltan Akna says more resources are needed to prevent people from becoming homeless and to house the ones that do. Unofficial estimates indicate some 30,000 people are homeless in Budapest, the Hungarian capital.

  • A14 crash: Teenager dies after being hit by three vehicles including police car and ambulance
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    A14 crash: Teenager dies after being hit by three vehicles including police car and ambulance

    A teenager has died after being hit by a police car, another car and an ambulance on a busy A-road. A car, followed by a police vehicle and then an ambulance, were all involved in the collision with a man who was in the road, Suffolk Police said. Police said neither the police car nor the ambulance were responding to an emergency at the time and were not travelling on "blue light" runs.

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    Israel's Supreme Court halts deportation of American student

    Israel's Supreme Court has suspended the planned deportation of an American graduate student who has been held in detention while fighting an expulsion order over her involvement in the boycott movement against Israel. The court ruled Sunday that Lara Alqasem's deportation be frozen until judges have a chance to hear the appeal in the coming week. Alqasem, 22, arrived in Israel on Oct. 2 with a student visa to study at Israel's Hebrew University, where classes began Sunday.