Universal credit: Labour secures emergency debate on rollout

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Image copyright Getty Images Speaker John Bercow has approved a Labour request for an emergency debate on the rollout of universal credit.Last week the Commons backed an advisory Labour motion calling for the controversial welfare changes to be put on hold by 299 votes to nil. Labour says ministers are...

George Michael heading for posthumous number one

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Image copyright Getty Images Image caption George Michael performing Freedom '90 in 2012 George Michael is on course to top the UK album chart this Friday, 10 months after his death.Listen Without Prejudice Vol 1 spent a week at number one when it was originally released in 1990.It has now...

Critic’s Notebook: Forced Out By Flooding, Houston’s Opera Gets On With the Show

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Harvey swept into Houston on Aug. 25 and stayed for days, causing at least 60 deaths and delivering 50 inches of rain and untold devastation. The numbers are staggering. By current estimates, the damages to Texas, mostly this city, could reach $180 billion. Photo Houston Grand Opera’s artistic and music...

John Hardie: Scotland flanker suspended from duty for alleged cocaine use

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Hardie started Edinburgh's Challenge Cup win at London Irish last weekScotland flanker John Hardie's suspension from Edinburgh and Scotland duty is because of alleged cocaine use, BBC Scotland understands.Scottish Rugby announced on Friday that Hardie would not be considered for selection pending an internal investigation. The union said in a...

Michigan CB sorry for flipping off Penn St. fans

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12:00 PM ET Michigan cornerback Lavert Hill apologized Monday for making an inappropriate gesture at the end of the Wolverines' 42-13 loss at Penn State this weekend. Hill, a sophomore, was photographed flipping two middle fingers to the crowd in State College as both teams took the field to shake...

After a Late Start, an Artist’s Big Break: Michelle Obama’s Official Portrait

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A tall, athletic woman in white-framed glasses who lives with her Pekingese-Jack Russell terrier, named August Wilson, Ms. Sherald said she is not allowed to speak about the commission until it is unveiled at the National Portrait Gallery early next year. Nor would Mrs. Obama comment. Continue reading the main...

JR Smith pleads not guilty to reckless driving

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12:03 PM ET CLEVELAND -- Cavaliers guard JR Smith pleaded not guilty last week to a traffic ticket alleging reckless driving and excessive speeding. Smith was pulled over at 1:19 a.m. on Oct. 12 in Bay Village -- a suburban town nestled on the Lake Erie shoreline about 15 miles...

Review: In ‘Squeamish,’ It’s the Therapist Who’s Troubled

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Photo Alison Fraser portrays a therapist and several other damaged characters in Aaron Mark’s monologue. Credit Maria Baranova The playwright and director Aaron Mark likes to tell creepy stories in the dark, or as close as he can get to it. Two seasons ago, when Daphne Rubin-Vega played a woman...

Labour MP Jared O’Mara apologises for offensive comments

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Image caption Jared O'Mara beat Nick Clegg to take the Sheffield Hallam seat for Labour in June A Labour MP has apologised for a series of derogatory online posts about celebrities he made before he was elected to Parliament.Jared O'Mara joked about having an orgy with members of Girls Aloud...