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Ask Amy: Allergies bring on rash of restrictions

Dear Amy: I currently am wrestling with several serious food allergies. Lab bloodwork has just revealed an autoimmune disorder. I am scheduled to see a rheumatologist in two months. My body is thrown into a vicious cycle for weeks after consuming foods that trigger allergies. So, what should I do when I get together with friends or family for dinners and they try to make special food for me? I don’t want to risk even trying this food because of past experiences with bad reactions. Recently, a host assured me that all of the ingredients were safe for me, only to learn later that they’d buttered the pan with margarine, which set off my allergies. They just don’t understand how I have to pay for eating even a trace of that for the next three weeks, but they feel bad because I can’t eat what t

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German radio station host criticised after comparing BTS to Covid-19 virus

BTS’s cover of Fix You angered Matthias (Picture: MTV)A German radio station has issued an apology after a host compared BTS to the Covid-19 virus. The Bavarian station Bayern 3 was hit with outrage this week after presenter Matthias Matuschik called K-pop superstars BTS ‘a crappy virus’, in reaction to their cover of Coldplay’s Fix You. The band, made up of RM, Suga, Jin, Jungkook, J-Hope, V and Jimin, performed a cover version of the 2005 track during their appearance on MTV Unplugged, in the hopes it would ‘comfort’ their fans following a challenging year. Matuschik, however, seemed extremely offended by the cover version. He said on air: ‘These little a**holes brag about the fact they covered Fix You from Coldplay, this is blasphemy. For this you will be vacationing in Nort

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Everything you need to know about Neuralink, Elon Musk’s company that wants to put microchips in people’s brains

Summary List PlacementTesla billionaire Elon Musk is known for high-profile companies like Tesla and SpaceX, but the billionaire also has a handful of unusual ventures. One them, he says, he started to one day achieve "symbiosis" between the human brain and artificial intelligence. Neuralink is Musk's neural interface technology company. Simply put, it is building technology that could be embedded in a person's brain, where it could both record brain activity and potentially stimulate it. While Musk likes to talk up his futuristic vision for the technology, merging human consciousness with AI, the tech has plenty of near-term potential medical applications such as the treatment of Parkinson's disease. Here's everything you need to know about Neuralink: Neuralink was quietly founded unde...

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Why QAnon are pinning their last desperate hopes on Trump emerging as president on March 4

Summary List PlacementQAnon followers, unable to cope with Joe Biden's elevation to president in January, have now coopted a new belief to argue that the next legitimate inauguration date will be on March 4. After President Joe Biden's inauguration on January 20, 2021, some QAnon believers concluded that their conspiracy theory was a "lie." But its most fervent followers weren't ready to give up on their conspiratorial beliefs, clinging to an absurd hope that former President Donald Trump will be sworn in at a later date. Using ever-shifting goalposts, the pro-Trump conspiracists have now set their eyes on March 4, 2021. Where does the conspiracy theory come from? The belief that Trump will be sworn in on March 4 is rooted in theories promoted by the obscure sovereign citizen movement. ...

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THE ONLINE GROCERY REPORT: The coronavirus pandemic is thrusting online grocery into the spotlight in the US — here are the players that will emerge at the top of the market

Summary List Placement This is a preview of the Insider Intelligence Online Grocery premium research report. Purchase this report here. Insider Intelligence offers even more e-commerce and payments coverage with our Payments & Commerce Briefing. Subscribe today to receive industry-changing retail news and analysis to your inbox. The coronavirus pandemic has brought online grocery — a promising but formerly niche industry — to the fore. The combination of consumers' interest in avoiding public places, government orders to stay at home, and the continued need for groceries and essential goods has made online grocery delivery services from the likes of Walmart, Amazon, Target, and Instacart indispensable. Previously, some consumers resisted the shopping method because they wanted to pic

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Amazon workers say the company is plagued by systemic issues that disproportionately harm Black employees, according to a report

Summary List PlacementMore than a dozen current or former employees at Amazon's corporate headquarters say they witnessed systematic disadvantages for Black and underrepresented workers, according to Recode.  The tech news website quoted an Amazon diversity manager, who said: "We struggle to bring [Black] folks in because there's not a whole lot of desire, in my opinion, to go outside of our normal practices." Once inside the company, those employees sometimes had difficulty advancing, the manager told the outlet. Later this year, Andy Jassy will take over as chief executive at the retail giant, replacing founder Jeff Bezos. Jassy has spoken about diversity at the company previously, saying at a June 2020 event that the issue was "really important." He added: "Frankly, as a technology ...

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Only Fools and Horses ‘lost episode’ sees Del Boy retire as a millionaire

This time next year Rodney, we’re going to be millionaires (Picture: Alamy Stock Photo)Del Boy and Rodney Trotter would have become millionaires in a lost episode of Only Fools and Horses. Throughout the entire sitcom one of Del Boy’s trademark phrases was: ‘This time next year Rodney, we’re going to be millionaires’. And, it turns out they would have been. Derek Trotter, who was played by David Jason, was meant to celebrate his newfound fortune in the Nags Head pub for the 30th anniversary of the comedy. However, writer John Sullivan died in April 2011 from viral pneumonia before he could complete the script. Actor John Challis, who played the icon that was Boycie in the BBC series, revealed that writer John was in the process of writing a Christmas special, although it nev

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Tom Brady’s Autographed Rookie Card Sold for $556,000: ‘The Single Most Important Modern Football Card’

Quarterback Tom Brady autographs jerseys in 2017 | Paul Marotta/Getty Images for TAG HeuerRELATED: Despite being an age when most athletes have retired, it’s a great time to be Tom Brady. The quarterback just won his seventh Super Bowl with a strong performance; he shows no signs of slowing down. So it’s no wonder the memorabilia market for Brady is hot as ever. An anonymous buyer recently spent nearly $556,000 for Brady’s autographed rookie card. Let’s look at the sale of that card, other football cards selling for around that same price range, and the price of a typical Tom Brady autograph.  An autographed rookie card of Tom Brady sells for almost $556,000 RELATED: Tom Brady Gave His Dad a Priceless Gift After His First Super Bowl Win The card market is both simple and com

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7 shot, 1 fatally, in Chicago so far this weekend

Seven people were shot, one fatally, since 5 p.m. Feb. 26, 2021 across Chicago. | Sun-Times file photoA 16-year-old boy was killed in a shooting Friday night in the 6300 block of South Richmond Street. A teenage boy was killed and six other people wounded in shootings across Chicago so far this weekend. The boy, 16, was visiting a friend about 8:45 p.m. Friday when two males started arguing with him inside an apartment in the 6300 block of South Richmond Street, Chicago police said. The males began hitting the boy, but he was able to escape the apartment and fled down the street, police said. The males chased him and fired shots as they ran, striking him several times throughout the body. The boy was taken to Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, where he was pronounced dead, police said...

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The Apprentice’s Lottie Lion claims show ‘ruined her life’ and led her to join sugar daddy website

To view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Former The Apprentice star Lottie Lion has claimed that the show ruined her life and led her to join a sugar daddy website to meet older men. The former librarian, who appeared in the 2019 series, explained that after her time on the show ended, she joined the website, Seeking Arrangement, following a split with her ex-boyfriend. According to its website, Seeking Arrangement ‘delivers a new way for relationships to form and grow. Sugar Babies and Sugar Daddies or Mommas both get what they want, when they want it’. Lottie hoped that she would meet ‘meet people who were seeking to support young women’ on the site and who could buy her a ‘bag

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Ask Amy: They get offended, but their food makes me sick

Dear Amy: I currently am wrestling with several serious food allergies. Lab bloodwork has just revealed an autoimmune disorder. I am scheduled to see a rheumatologist in two months. Amy Dickinson My body is thrown into a vicious cycle for weeks after consuming foods that trigger allergies. So, what should I do when I get together with friends or family for dinners and they try to make special food for me? I don’t want to risk even trying this food because of past experiences with bad reactions. Recently, a host assured me that all of the ingredients were safe for me, only to learn later that they’d buttered the pan with margarine, which set off my allergies. They just don’t understand how I have to pay for eating even a trace of that for the next three weeks, but they feel bad because I ca

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Queen ‘told Prince Harry she is delighted he and Meghan “found happiness”‘

The Queen had a ‘harmonious’ conversation with Prince Harry after he quit royal life for goodThe Queen told Prince Harry she was delighted he and Meghan had ‘found happiness’ after moving to LA and that she only ‘wants the best for him and his family’. Her Majesty is said to have enjoyed a ‘harmonious conversation’ with her grandson after it was announced he would not be returning to royal life. A source told the Daily Mirror the Queen was ‘sympathetic’ to his situation but asked him to uphold ‘family values’ as he pursues a life of financial independence outside the monarchy. ‘Harry has spoken to the Queen, and she told him she was delighted he has found happiness. She only wants the best for him and his family,’ the source said. ‘She has seen him struggle with his positio

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Prince Philip ‘asked Charles to visit hospital to plan Royal Family’s future’

It’s likely Charles’ 200-mile round trip last weekend was at Philip’s request (Picture: Getty/PA)Prince Philip is likely to have asked Prince Charles to visit him in hospital to discuss the future of the Royal Family, according to an ex-palace official. Charles made a surprise 200-mile-round-trip to see his father last weekend during the Duke of Edinburgh’s prolonged stay in hospital as he suffers from an infection. Former Buckingham Palace-insider Dickie Arbiter has speculated the visit would have been at Philip’s request. Mr Arbiter, who worked for the Queen as a press officer between 1988 and 2000, told True Royalty TV’s weekly The Royal Beat programme the duke was likely to have been ‘planning for the future.’ He said: ‘I think it was at the request of the duke that the Pr

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Borussia Dortmund chief hands Manchester United Jadon Sancho and Erling Haaland transfer boost

The pair are two of the biggest talents in Europe (Picture: Getty Images)Borussia Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke has refused to rule out the prospect of the club having to sell key players amid the ongoing financial implications of the coronavirus pandemic. The Bundesliga side have two of the brightest prospects in European football within their ranks in the form of Jadon Sancho and Erling Haaland – and both of them are long-term targets for Manchester United. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer made Sancho, 20, his top priority transfer last summer but the club failed to come an agreement with Dortmund, who refused to budge on their £105million valuation of the winger. Solskjaer failed in his pursuit to bring Sancho to Old Trafford last summer (Picture: Getty Images)One of Dortmund’s other p

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