Suge Knight faces 28 years in jail after admitting manslaughter

Death Row Records co-founder pleads no contest after running over man in Compton in 2015

Former rap mogul Marion “Suge” Knight has pleaded no contest to voluntary manslaughter for running over and killing a Compton businessman nearly four years ago.

The Death Row Records co-founder entered the plea in Los Angeles superior court and has agreed to serve 28 years in prison. The plea came days before jury selection was scheduled to begin in the long-delayed case.

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Morrison defends $1.2bn ‘slush fund’ for Catholic schools

PM says the government is ‘delivering handsomely’ on affordable choices for non-state schools

Scott Morrison has defended a $1.2bn fund for Catholic and independent schools in the face of dissent by the New South Wales education minister and a warning from experts and Labor that it amounts to a “slush fund”.

Morrison told ABC’s AM on Friday that the fund would help “drought-affected areas” and “Catholic schools in less fortunate areas”, suggesting it would top up funding after “the Catholic system makes its decision about how it spreads its resources”.

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British museums face fight to gain control of Titanic artefacts

Hedge funds compete with consortium, including the National Maritime Museum and Titanic Belfast, for collection of 5,000 items

Hedge funds are competing with a set of British museums to purchase more than 5,000 artefacts recovered from the Titanic after the American company that owns the collection went bankrupt.

The British consortium, which includes the National Maritime Museum and Titanic Belfast, will now have to place a substantially higher offer to ensure that the items go to auction in October.

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Amazon’s Alexa knows what you forgot and can guess what you’re thinking

AI voice assistant will soon give users with connected smart home devices reminders to lock doors and turn off lights

Amazon says its AI voice assistant Alexa can now guess what you might be thinking of – or what you’ve forgotten.

At an event in Seattle on Thursday, the technology company unveiled a new feature called Alexa Hunches that aims to replicate human curiosity and insight using artificial intelligence.

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Jeremy Corbyn’s spending plan for public services backed by majority

British Social Attitudes survey finds that 60% of people believe the government should raise taxes for funds

Jeremy Corbyn’s plan to put up taxes to fund an increase in spending for public services has received a boost after research showed that 60% of people thought the government should do just that.

The British Social Attitudes survey found that the proportion of people who believed the government should raise taxes to fund more public spending was at its highest in 15 years, following almost a decade of austerity.

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UK universities ‘still inflate their statuses despite crackdown’

Which? University finds several institutions persisting with misleading claims

British universities continue to put out exaggerated claims about their international reputations, an investigation has found, despite a crackdown by the advertising regulator aimed at putting a stop to misleading assertions about rankings and results.

Which? University found several institutions have persisted in making potentially misleading statements about their positions in global league tables, in one case building a claim into Google search results.

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Public Health England backs review of alcohol charity’s guidance

Industry-funded Drinkaware’s website needs full audit, says agency criticised for tie-up

Public Health England has called for a review of the advice issued by an alcohol industry-backed charity with which it is campaigning after experts said the guidance was endorsing “heavy drinking”.

PHE’s tie-up with Drinkaware for an alcohol-free days campaign prompted the resignation of its alcohol adviser, Sir Ian Gilmore, last week. The agency went ahead with the campaign despite the concerns of 46 experts, including Prof Gilmore, about cooperating with a charity mostly funded by alcohol companies.

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UK’s nuclear deterrent infrastructure ‘not fit for purpose’, say MPs

Trident faces budget and skills gaps at time of international uncertainty, plus supply threats due to Brexit

The Ministry of Defence is at serious risk of failing to run a working nuclear deterrent, parliament’s spending watchdog has concluded.

A report by the public accounts committee found that past decisions delaying maintenance at the MoD’s 13 sites that support nuclear submarines had left the programme “not fit for purpose”.

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Canada accuses Myanmar of genocide against Rohingya

Lower house of parliament endorses UN findings of crimes against humanity by military and calls for prosecution

Canadian lawmakers have unanimously voted to declare Myanmar’s military actions against the Rohingya people a genocide.

The House of Commons endorsed the findings of a UN fact-finding mission on Myanmar that found “crimes against humanity have been committed against the Rohingya” and that these acts were sanctioned by top Myanmar military commanders.

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US steps up fight against slave labor ‘to safeguard American jobs’

US will ‘do what it takes to protect vulnerable workers’ but frames slavery as a matter of trade competition not human rights

The United States said on Thursday it was boosting its fight against slave-made goods “to safeguard American jobs“, signaling that the Trump administration regards forced labor as a trade, rather than a human rights issue.

The new approach was revealed in the Department of Labor’s biennial list of goods that it “has reason to believe” are produced by child or forced labor, which became a crime to import in 2016 under a law introduced by President Barack Obama.

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