Suicide attempts by poisoning rising among young people in US, study says

More than 1.6 million children and young adults aged 10 to 24 attempted suicide by poisoning between 2000 to 2018 The number of children and young adults who have attempted suicide by poisoning has increased in the United States over the past several years, according to a study from Nationwide childrens hospital in Ohio, published in the Journal of Pediatrics on Wednesday. There was a significant increase in the rate of attempts between 2011 and 2018 that was driven predominantly by girls and young women. A total of 71% of all cases reported in the study involved girls and women. While the studys data cannot point to a specific reason behind the increase in self-poisoning, the researchers note that social …

Alphabet: Google parent company’s shares drop after latest earnings report

Report comes as company faces internal worker turmoil, and a recent $1.7bn fine from the EU Google shares slumped on Monday after the company failed to beat analyst predictions, following a year of internal turmoil, privacy concerns, and several international fines. The companys stock was down 7% in after-hours trading after it reported first quarter revenue of $36.34bn, lower than the $37.33bn revenue forecast by analysts. The quarter one earnings represent a 17% increase from the same time last year, in which it reported $31.15bn in revenue. In a call with investors on Monday, Googles CEO, Sundar Pichai, said the company would continue to invest more in algorithms on YouTube, following recent incidents that saw the platform offering hate speech, …

Nick Clegg rejects Facebook break-up calls backed by Kamala Harris

California Democrat favours action against social media giant but former deputy PM says new employer a great American success Facebook head of global affairs Nick Clegg has rejected calls for the social media giant to be broken up, an idea gaining currency among contenders for the Democratic presidential nomination, with Kamala Harris seemingly its latest convert. Earlier this week, Facebook has led such calls on the campaign trail. Clegg, 52, was deputy prime minister to David Cameron between 2010 and 2015. He spoke to CNNs Reliable Sources on Sunday. Hughes, he said, had quite rightly highlighted complex issues affecting Facebook, such as data use, privacy and election interference. But, he said, chopping a great American success story into bits is …

The Hill to Die On review: Trump, Ryan and a Republican dumpster fire

Jake Sherman and Anna Palmer deliver a deeply sourced tale of ineptitude, cowardice and other common political traits Donald Trump is now going all in for Obamacare repeal. His latest Stephen Moore, a tax-dodging deadbeat dad, and Herman Cain, Kushner is quoted telling the late Senator John McCain, without a hint of irony, that were going to change the way the entire government works. McCain can only reply: Good luck, son. Kushner and Mnuchin come across as Zelig-like creatures, always on camera but with little to show. As it waits for Godot and the Messiah, the world anticipates Jareds much-heralded Middle East peace plan. Paul Ryan, the former speaker and 2012 vice-presidential candidate, emerges as a cautionary tale who inadvertently …

Joe Biden: ex-defense secretary’s wife says viral photo used ‘misleadingly’

Stephanie Carter said former vice-president had his hands on her shoulders as a means of offering his support As Joe Biden faced intense post late on Sunday, Stephanie Carter discussed the photo, in which Biden has his hands on her shoulders and appears to be whispering in her ear during the swearing-in ceremony for her husband in 2015. As the sole owner of my story, Carter wrote, it is high time that I reclaim it from strangers, Twitter, the pundits and the late-night hosts. I wont pretend that this will be the last of that picture, but it will be the last of other people speaking for me. Biden, she said, had hugged her because he sensed she was uncharacteristically …

Hundreds of millions of Facebook records exposed on public servers report

Material discovered on Amazon cloud servers in latest example of Facebook letting third parties extract user data More than 540m Facebook records were left exposed on public internet servers, cybersecurity researchers said on Wednesday, in just the latest security black eye for the company. Researchers for the firm UpGuard discovered two separate sets of Facebook user data on public Amazon cloud servers, the company detailed in a Bloomberg, which first reported the leak, contacted Facebook. The smaller dataset was taken offline during UpGuards investigation. The data exposure is not the result of a breach of Facebooks systems. Rather, it is another example, akin to the privacy-focused platform are hampered by its own past practices and what UpGuard researchers called the …

Muellers report is a warning and Britain wont listen | Carole Cadwalladr

The evidence of Russian interference in the US election has profound consequences for the UK and for democracy Last Sunday, the biggest ever donor in British political history was celebrating. The man who is currently supporting a hard Brexit campaign for Britain to leave the European Union with no deal and who is Arron Banks, the Bristol-based businessman who funded Nigel Farages Leave.EU campaign, had seen the first news reports of the special counsel Robert Muellers investigation into possible collusion between Donald Trump and the Russian government and he was cockahoop. he added: No Russian collusion, Im waiting for the NNCA_UK [sic National Crime Agency] decision and trust me, you are top of list to sue! Crazy @carolecadwalla @Channel4News and …

‘God knows how Im alive’: how a teen defied his parents to get vaccinated

One teens story of breaking with his anti-vaxxer parents went viral. Now he wants to be a voice for the importance of vaccines Last November, Ohio teen Ethan Lindenberger entered a subcommunity on Reddit called No Stupid Questions and a measles outbreak in Washington state refueled debates around the small, but energetic anti-vaccination movement in the country. The social media post gave people hope that those raised to believe unfounded claims about vaccines could change their minds and make a different decision than their parents. Close to two dozen teens and young adults have reached out to him on Reddit and Instagram since journalists began writing about him, Lindenberger told the Guardian. But theres no evidence indicating a wave of …

The US college admissions scam toolkit: bribes, fake profiles and playing ‘stupid

Thirty-three parents were charged with fraud after paying tens of thousands of dollars to get their children into elite schools The years-long, $25m scheme to pump the children of dozens of wealthy Americans into elite schools, revealed on Tuesday, alternated between the elaborate and the almost comically basic. Beginning in 2011 William Rick Singer, who the FBI has charged with racketeering, would variously photoshop the faces of non-athletic, but wealthy, students on to the heads of actual athletes he had found on the internet, and have the director of a private college preparatory school stand in for other students in SAT tests. In one case, Singer told a parent that his daughter should be stupid when she was evaluated by …

‘Shame!’ Amazon gets $23m from Virginia county amid fierce protests

Tech giant will build second HQ in Crystal City but protesters echo New Yorkers who forced company out Protesters repeatedly shouted shame as a northern Virginia county board unanimously approved a $23m incentives package for Amazon to build a new headquarters there. The Arlington county boards 5-0 vote on Saturday came after hours of heated public testimony, news outlets reported. Supporters said Amazons plan to build a massive facility in Crystal City will lead to tens of thousands of good jobs and bring in hundreds of millions of dollars in tax revenue. Opponents said the tech giant neither needs nor deserves public subsidies. They also said lower-income residents would be driven out by rising rents. In November, Amazon selected New …

Trump ejects India from $5.6bn tariff deal over ‘negative’ trade barriers

US officials say Indias measures create serious negative effects on commerce US president Donald Trump looked set to open a new front in his trade wars on Monday with a plan to end preferential trade treatment for India that allows duty-free entry for $5.6bn worth of the countrys exports to the United States. Trump, who has vowed to cut US trade deficits, has repeatedly called out India for its high tariffs. The US Trade Representatives Office accused India of bringing in a wide array of trade barriers that create serious negative effects on United States commerce. Trump said in a letter to congressional leaders: I am taking this step because, after intensive engagement between the United States and the government …

Arizona town apologises to preteen reporter after threat to arrest her

Hilde Lysiak was chasing down story in Patagonia, Arizona, when police officer stopper her and threatened to put her in juvey An Arizona town has apologized to a 12-year-old budding news reporter after a police officer threatened to arrest her for chasing a story. stopped by town marshal Joseph Patterson, who threatened to put her in juvenile jail. At a town council meeting on Wednesday night, Patagonias mayor story about it on her site. Patterson stopped her and asked for ID, and Lysiak told him she was a reporter. I dont want to hear about any of that freedom of the press stuff, the marshal said, according to Lysiaks Orange Street News account. Im going to have you arrested and …