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Elvis: Alice Cooper almost shot Elvis and was thrown down with ‘a boot at my throat’

A clearly starstruck Cooper described how The King still retained his powerful charisma and superstar aura.

He said: “When he came in the room he was Elvis. He wasn’t the fat Elvis, he was… Elvis. He was the guy.

“He goes, ‘Hey man, you’re the cat with the snake ain’t you? That’s cool, man I wish I would have thought of that. That’s cool man. Hey, I want to show you something.’

“We go in the kitchen and he opens a drawer and takes out a loaded ’38, a snub-nosed ’38.

“Puts in my hand and he says, ‘I’m going to show you how to take this gun out of somebody’s hand.’”

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Facebook Antitrust Cases Brought By FTC and States Are Thrown Out

The state suit was signed by attorneys general from 46 states and the District of Columbia and Guam. Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina and South Dakota did not join the case.

Facebook asked the court to dismiss both suits in March. The company argued that it was continually challenged with competition, including from new rivals such as TikTok. It also argued that the regulators had failed to prove how the services, which are free, harmed consumers. The judge’s dismissal of both suits, so early in process, stunned regulators and Facebook executives.

The judge, James E. Boasberg of U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, wondered why the states had waited so long to try to unwind Facebook’s deals for Instagram and WhatsApp. Regulators had not tried to block them when they happened. He also rejected allegations that Facebook squashed rival apps by blocking their ability to easily interact with the social media platform.

“Ultimately, this antitrust action is premised on public, high-profile conduct, nearly all of which occurred over six years ago,” he wrote, “before the launch of the Apple Watch or Alexa or Periscope, when Kevin Durant still played for the Oklahoma City Thunder and when Ebola was the virus dominating headlines.”

Judge Boasberg, who was appointed to his current post by President Barack Obama, said the F.T.C. did not sufficiently prove that Facebook was a monopoly. He said the agency’s definition for social media was too vague, and in a reference to an interpretation of antitrust law prevalent in courts that is anchored in consumer prices, he noted that the product was free.

“It is almost as if the agency expects the court to simply nod to the conventional wisdom that Facebook is a monopolist,” he wrote. “After all, no one who hears the title of the 2010 film ‘The Social Network’ wonders which company it is about.”

But, he said, “‘monopoly power’ is a term of art under federal law with a precise economic meaning.”

Author: Cecilia Kang
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Texas-led lawsuit against ‘Obamacare’ thrown out by US Supreme Court

Texas-led lawsuit against Obamacare
In this Nov. 5, 2020 file photo, The Supreme Court is seen in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

WASHINGTON (KXAN/AP) — The United States Supreme Court threw out a lawsuit Thursday against the Affordable Care Act led by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton.

The high court voted 7-2 against the challenge to the Obama-era health care act, saying Texas and other Republican-controlled states listed as plaintiffs didn’t prove “fairly traceable” injuries or harm by the act and had no legal standing to bring the case to federal court. The vote leaves the entire law intact, and it’s the third major challenge to the act signed into law in 2010.

The court didn’t vote on the merits of the case, just that the states didn’t have proper standing to file it in federal court. Theoretically, the law can still be challenged if potential plaintiffs can prove they’ve been harmed in some way by the legislation.

Justices Samuel Alito and Neil Gorsuch were the dissenting votes. Brett Kavanaugh and Amy Coney Barrett, two of three former President Donald Trump appointees to the court, voted with the majority.

The law’s major provisions include protections for people with pre-existing health conditions, a range of no-cost preventive services and the expansion of the Medicaid program that insures lower-income people, including those who work in jobs that don’t pay much or provide health insurance.

Also left in place is the law’s now-toothless requirement that people have health insurance or pay a penalty. Congress rendered that provision irrelevant in 2017 when it reduced the penalty to zero.

The elimination of the penalty had become the hook that Texas and other Republican-led states, as well as the Trump administration, used to attack the entire law. They argued that without the mandate, a pillar of the law when it was passed in 2010, the rest of the law should fall, too.

With a more conservative Supreme Court that includes three Trump appointees, opponents of “Obamacare” hoped a majority of the justices would finally kill off the law they have been fighting against for more than a decade.

However, the third major attack on the law at the Supreme Court ended the way the first two did — with a majority of the court rebuffing efforts to gut the law or get rid of it altogether.

Political News by: Billy Gates, Associated Press

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Celtic chief has 'petrol bomb' thrown at Glasgow home and car set on fire in horror attack

It is understood an explosive device was thrown at the football chief’s car where it exploded and spread fire to his home. The attack came in the early hours of the morning while Mr Lawwell and his family slept. The blaze quickly overwhelmed his luxury residence on the south side of Glasgow. 
Celtic Football Club said in a statement: “We can confirm that significant damage has been caused to Peter Lawwell’s house and vehicles there, following an explosion and fire early this morning, forcing the family to leave the property.”

A Scottish Fire and Rescue Service spokesperson added: “We were alerted at 1.02am on Wednesday, May 19 to reports of a car on fire outside a dwelling on Peel Road, Thorntonhall, Glasgow.

“Operations Control mobilised eight appliances to the scene to extinguish the fire, which was affecting a number of cars as well as the detached two-storey property.

There are no reported casualties.

“Crews remain in attendance.”

The violence this morning comes as Rangers won their first league title in a decade. 

Following the title win, Nicola Sturgeon claimed she had been left “disgusted” by the behaviour of some of the club’s fans. 

On Sunday, large numbers of police were called in to control fans who had gathered to celebrate the title win. 

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“I’m also angry on behalf of every law abiding citizen. In normal times, the violence & vandalism, and the vile anti Catholic prejudice that was on display, would have been utterly unacceptable.

“But mid-pandemic, in a city with cases on the rise, it was also selfish beyond belief.

“People across the country still living under the most difficult restrictions – not able to see family or attend weddings and funerals – are rightly furious at the irresponsible actions of a thuggish minority who seem to care little for the risks they pose to other people.

“That said Police Scotland officers have my admiration and thanks for the job they did in difficult and dangerous circumstances.”

Twenty-eight arrests were made during the clashes while five police officers were also injured. 

Police are also investigating claims of “sectarian language” used in a video which circulated on social media. 

A statement from Rangers said: “We are aware of a video circulating on social media.

“It is evident that this video was shared with an adjoining narrative which attempts to discredit our players and the reputation of Rangers Football Club.

“This highlights the dangers of ‘trial by social media.”

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Dublin Euro 2020 games thrown into doubt after Irish FA refuses to commit on crowd numbers

The Irish FA has notified UEFA that it cannot provide assurances on minimum spectator levels for Euro 2020 matches set to be held in the capital Dublin.

“The Football Association of Ireland, on advice and guidance from the government, has today notified UEFA that owing to the Covid-19 pandemic it is not in a position at this point to provide assurances on minimum spectator levels at the Euro 2020 matches due to be held in Dublin in June,” said the FAI. 

Simultaneously, its Scottish counterpart has reportedly told the European governing body that it can welcome a capacity crowd of up to 25% at Hampden Park for games in its flagship international tournament. 

This would result in a crowd of around 12,000-13,000 fans being able to watch the action in the Glaswegian ground.

Elsewhere on the continent, similar numbers passing the turnstiles have been suggested in Amsterdam in Holland and Bilbao in northern Spain.

The Irish announcement means UEFA will now have to decide whether to allow the Irish FA more time to ascertain crowd numbers, or allocate the venue’s four matches to one of the other 12 host cities for the pancontinental tournament. 

Elsewhere, St. Petersburg in Russia has said it is expecting to allow a capacity of 50% for the four matches set to take place in the city.  

Following the conclusion of an Organizing Committee meeting at the end of last month, its chief Alexey Sorkin said: “The Organizing Committee has supported the idea of implementing the basic scenario which includes filling 50% of the stadium with spectators.

The city and the Committee have been working on a notification which will be sent to UEFA before April 7. UEFA should deliver its verdict on April 9. We don’t expect it to cut the limit on spectators, as that is the hosting city’s prerogative. So, we think it will approve the plan,” it was added.
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But whether fans can attend or not, not every host city is thrilled to be receive the competition. 

Last month, a Basque derby between Athletic Bilbao and Eibar in La Liga was halted by the interference of a drone containing an orange protest banner. 

Rather than being pandemic-related, however, it was rumored to be the work of separatist groups that do not do not want the Spanish national team to step foot on Basque soil for the first time since 1967 by playing all three of their group games at San Mames. 
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Millions of Johnson & Johnson vaccines thrown away after 'human error'

The single-shot Covid vaccines were damaged at a plant in Baltimore, America, belonging to Emergent Biosolutions – one of the companies that Johnson & Johnson is using to speed up manufacturing. The drugmaker had identified an issue with an ingredient used in the Covid vaccine, meaning it “can’t be used”. Workers at the plant – where Johnson & Johnson and AstraZeneca Covid vaccines are produced – were said to have made a “human error”.
At present, the UK has ordered 30 million doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

If the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) approves the vaccine, it will be distributed around the UK.

In a 44,000-person trial, the vaccine was found to be 66 percent effective at preventing moderate-to-severe Covid four weeks after inoculation, said Sky News.

Side effects – as with any vaccine – are to be expected, and may include:

  • Pain at the injection site
  • Tiredness
  • Muscle pain
  • Headache
  • Nausea
People who should have been offered the Covid vaccine already:

  • Frontline health and social care staff
  • Elderly care home residents
  • Clinically extremely vulnerable people
  • Over-16s with some health conditions which increase their risk from Covid
  • Adult carers of disabled people and younger adults in care homes

Over-55s

Those under the age of 50, without underling medical conditions in England, may have to wait till May for their first jab.

They will then be vaccinated in order of age:

  • 40-49 years
  • 30-39 years
  • 18-29 years

A person’s risk of severe disease from Covid is closely linked to age, hence the vaccine schedule in younger adults being rolled-out in the way it is.

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