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Mike Tindall reveals garish Christmas suits he wears at Sandringham have Queen's approval because she 'loves bright colours'

Top Stories - Sat, 12/29/2018 - 07:19

A garish, red patterned suit may not spring to mind as the first choice of what to wear to Christmas with the Queen at Sandringham, but Mike Tindall has said his festive attire has her stamp of approval. The former professional rugby player, who is married to Zara Tindall, the Queen's granddaughter, said the monarch loves bright colours and encourages the family to wear them in happy times. "This year we opened presents on Christmas Eve - I wore one of these.  "And just to give a little punch on Christmas Morning I came down in a different little set up. "The queen loves bright colours it's why she wears all those amazing colours that she does wear, she thinks that dark colours are for sad times." Speaking to website JOE, he also revealed that two years ago, when the Queen was unwell and he and his wife were recovering from a miscarriage, the three spent Christmas morning together. Mike Tindall, husband of Zara, wears garish suits to Christmas at Sandringham Credit: JOE He explained: "Christmas, two years ago, [the Queen]wasn't feeling very well so she didn't go to church. We'd obviously been through what we'd been through with our pregnancy, which we lost, so we did our own little private just as a three. "I had a suit on like this and thought 'maybe I should be wearing something a little bit different today' but  I was trying to raise the mood." Christmases at Sandringham are a world away from the festive celebrations he enjoyed in Otley, West Yorkshire, when he was growing up, he said. Mr Tindall revealed: "It's quite a strange day as if you're from up north...I usually spend the whole day in my boxer shorts or my tracksuit so by the time I'd have normally got up I've been to church twice, which is quite strange for me. "It's completely different - I've never had to take as many outfits anywhere." The Royals celebrate Christmas with presents and a turkey feast on Christmas Eve, because the Queen likes to give her staff the day off on the 25th. Mr Tindall added: "Basically she loves all the staff that she has working for us so she would give as many the day off that she can." He also said the Queen watches her own speech on Christmas Day with her family.


Reconnecting with an ex’s family member isn’t always a taboo

Top Stories - Sat, 12/29/2018 - 06:00

A few months ago, my ex-girlfriend’s mother sent me a Facebook message. Mary* had never contacted me before. Mary had taken a genealogy test for fun, and it had indicated that she could have someone with my name and near-birthday as a fifth cousin.


First Gaza rocket in six weeks draws Israeli riposte

Top Stories - Sat, 12/29/2018 - 03:46

An Israeli aircraft hit a Hamas position in the Gaza Strip late on Friday in response to the first fire from the territory since a November flare-up, the military said. "An army attack helicopter targeted a Hamas military position in the south of the Gaza Strip," an army statement said. It said it had responded after a "launch towards Israel" that Israeli media said was a rocket.


Top Asian News 4:45 a.m. GMT

Top Stories - Fri, 12/28/2018 - 23:45

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — An undersea 6.9 magnitude earthquake struck off the southern Philippines on Saturday and the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said that it has a potential to generate a tsunami. No casualties or damage have been reported immediately. The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology said in an initial report that the quake was detected at a depth of 49 kilometers (30 miles) and a magnitude of 7.1 about 162 kilometers (100 miles) off Davao Oriental province. It said that it could generate aftershocks but the agency did not expect any damage. The Philippine agency did not mention any tsunami threat.


Sheriff blames sanctuary law for California officer's death

Top Stories - Fri, 12/28/2018 - 23:21

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A suspected drunken driver accused of killing a California police officer who pulled him over was captured Friday as he tried to flee back to Mexico, where he lived before illegally crossing into the U.S., authorities said.


Snyder signs bill to make Michigan ballot drives tougher

Top Stories - Fri, 12/28/2018 - 22:29

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Republican Gov. Rick Snyder on Friday signed a law making it harder for groups to put proposals on the Michigan ballot, imposing a geographical-based requirement that may prevent them from gathering signatures for petitions mainly from the most populated areas.


The Latest: Sheriff: Suspect surrendered in officer's death

Top Stories - Fri, 12/28/2018 - 21:02

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Latest on the killing of a California officer (all times local):


Sears to close 80 more Sears and Kmart stores: Here's the list

Top Stories - Fri, 12/28/2018 - 20:51

As Sears Holdings' bankruptcy effort awaits a potential bidder, the company announced 80 more Kmart and Sears stores it will close within two months.


Shutdown to close DC museums and galleries by midweek

Top Stories - Fri, 12/28/2018 - 20:25

WASHINGTON (AP) — Museums and galleries popular with visitors and locals in the nation's capital will close starting midweek if the partial shutdown of the federal government drags on.


Smithsonian, EPA Ready to Close as Shutdown Toll Deepens

Top Stories - Fri, 12/28/2018 - 17:25

Nearly 14,000 workers at the EPA prepared to be furloughed at midnight, the seventh day of a shutdown that showed scant signs of ending. The Smithsonian said all museums, research centers and the National Zoo will close starting Jan. 2 unless the shutdown ends. The Federal Trade Commission in a tweet said it had closed.


Bentley takes a page out of Porsche’s playbook as it plans to lure over Tesla buyers

Top Stories - Fri, 12/28/2018 - 17:10

Whether you love Tesla or can't stand the company -- perhaps due to the antics of CEO Elon Musk -- there's no getting around the fact that the company may very well go down as one of the more influential car manufacturers in history. In a relatively short time-frame, Tesla managed to bring electric cars into the mainstream. Tesla's success has since prompted a number of luxury auto brands -- from BMW to Porsche -- to finally start taking EVs seriously. Just last year, for example, Porsche Cars North America CEO Klaus Zellmer flat-out said that the allure of the Model S likely lured away consumers who were otherwise interested in picking up a Porsche. In light of that, another luxury automaker influenced by Tesla's ongoing success is Bentley. During a recent interview with Automotive News Europe, Bentley CEO Adrian Hallmark relayed that he'd like to broaden Bentley's reach to include hyper-wealthy "upper liberals" who tend to be drawn to EVs from the likes of Tesla. As a result, Hallmark said that Bentley is planning to dive head-first into the EV realm. > About 40 percent of our customers would consider buying an EV. But more important, the two major demographic segments that we don't currently sell to -- the upper liberals and the post-moderns -- account for 40 percent of high-net-worth individuals, and an EV is even more appealing to them than to our customers. They tend to buy Porsche and Tesla now. We see full-electric cars as another growth opportunity in a five- to 10-year period. In the meantime, all nameplates will have a hybrid option before 2025. And similar to what we heard from Porsche when it was designing what is now known as the Taycan, Hallmark relayed that Bentley's first electric car will be designed as a Bentley that just happens to be electric. In other words, the company has no plans to make any compromises on design and performance when it rolls out an EV. Bentley has introduced some concept EV designs in the past, but it remains to be seen when a fully electric Bentley will become available for purchase.


No 'perp walk' for Kevin Spacey? He's trying to avoid his arraignment on sex-crime charge

Top Stories - Fri, 12/28/2018 - 16:21

Will Kevin Spacey avoid showing up for his arraignment on a sex-crime charge on Nantucket? Not if the district attorney has anything to say about it.


Trump proposal to weaken mercury standards could have broad impact on other anti-pollution rules

Top Stories - Fri, 12/28/2018 - 16:05

Environmental critics say the proposal would have far-reaching negative consequences by changing how rulemaking calculates human health benefits.


The Quickest Fords of All Time

Top Stories - Fri, 12/28/2018 - 16:02


FCC probes outage of CenturyLink 911 emergency call service

Top Stories - Fri, 12/28/2018 - 15:45

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is investigating a nationwide CenturyLink Inc network outage that has affected service on 911 emergency phone calls across the country, agency chairman Ajit Pai said on Friday. "The CenturyLink service outage is ... completely unacceptable, and its breadth and duration are particularly troubling," Pai said in a statement. "I’ve directed the Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau to immediately launch an investigation into the cause and impact of this outage." Asked about the FCC investigation, a spokeswoman for CenturyLink said the company had been in contact with the federal agency and would cooperate fully.


U.S. FCC probes outage of CenturyLink 911 emergency call service

Top Stories - Fri, 12/28/2018 - 15:44

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is investigating a nationwide CenturyLink Inc network outage that has affected service on 911 emergency phone calls across the country, agency chairman Ajit Pai said on Friday. "The CenturyLink service outage is ... completely unacceptable, and its breadth and duration are particularly troubling," Pai said in a statement. Asked about the FCC investigation, a spokeswoman for CenturyLink said the company had been in contact with the federal agency and would cooperate fully.


What were the best late-night moments of 2018? Take a look.

Top Stories - Fri, 12/28/2018 - 15:24

From the royal wedding to the Olympics to the midterm elections and Facebook, the comics talked about it all in Best of Late Night!


Syrian army deploys to Manbij area after Kurdish calls to deter Turkey

Top Stories - Fri, 12/28/2018 - 14:20

Manbij, which U.S.-backed forces captured from Islamic State in 2016, has emerged as a focal point of new tensions after U.S. President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw U.S. forces whose presence has effectively deterred Turkey. After a Syrian army announcement declaring government troops had entered Manbij, Turkey-backed Syrian rebels stationed in nearby territory said they had begun moving together with Turkish forces toward the town in readiness for "the start of military operations to liberate" it. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a UK-based monitoring group, said the Syrian government forces had entered a strip of territory at the edge of Manbij, not inside the town itself, creating a barrier with Turkey-backed fighters nearby.


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