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Inmate sentenced for assaulting Oak Park Heights prison sergeant

An inmate at the Minnesota Correctional Facility-Oak Park Heights will spend an additional 15 years in prison for attacking a correctional sergeant, leaving her with permanent vision loss. Dominique Antoine Jefferson, 37, has been incarcerated since 2005 for aiding and abetting second-degree intentional murder. Jefferson was 17 years old when he and two other Minneapolis teens were charged with the 2004 shooting death of convenience store clerk Moulay El-Boudknili in North Minneapolis. Jefferson was sentenced to 35 years in prison. In January 2023, Jefferson punched the correctional sergeant with a closed fist, causing her to fall to the ground, according to the criminal complaint. Other officers quickly restrained Jefferson, who continued to verbally assault and threaten them. The sergeant was transported by ambulance to Regions Hospital, where she was found to have significant damage to her right eye and numerous facial fractures. She had multiple surgeries and was told that her retina permanently detached from her eyeball and could not be reattached, the complaint says. On Thursday, Jefferson pleaded guilty to first-degree assault of a peace officer and was given a 15-year sentence, which will run consecutively with his current prison term. The assault was among four attacks on correctional staff at the Stillwater and Oak Park Heights prisons over the course of a week.

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Vice President Harris, rapper Fat Joe team up for discussion on easing marijuana penalties

Fat Joe, a Grammy-nominated artist and philanthropist whose real name is Joseph Cartagena, moderated a subsequent closed-door discussion that included Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear and individuals who received pardons for prior marijuana convictions. President Joe Biden has issued pardons to thousands of people for federal marijuana possession and commuted long sentences handed down for nonviolent drug offenses. In 2022, he urged governors to pardon state offenses. Beshear then invited people convicted of simple marijuana possession to apply for pardons in Kentucky. Biden launched the process to review how marijuana is classified in 2022. A full seven in 10 U.S. adults favor legalizing marijuana, according to Gallup polling. Support for legalization is closer to eight in 10 among 18- to 34-year-olds, a demographic whose support for Biden, who is seeking reelection, has softened since he took office. “I cannot emphasize enough that they need to get to it as quickly as possible and we need to have a resolution based on their findings and their assessment,” Harris said of the Departments of Health and Human Services and Justice, which are handling the review.

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Under-20 Six Nations: England come from behind to beat France and clinch title – BBC Sport

England came from behind to beat France with a bonus point and clinch the Under-20 Six Nations title despite Ireland’s earlier win over Scotland. Ireland’s victory over Scotland meant England would have to win with the bonus point to lift the trophy in Pau. England scored 33 second-half points to take their first title since 2021. More to follow. Line-ups France: Ferte; Attissogbe, Darricarrere, Gourgues, Biasotto; Reus, Carbonneau; Julien, Massa, Affane, Descube, Tuilagi, Castro-Ferreira, Karaba, Gazzotti. Replacements: Couly, Aouad, Duchene, Huchet, Tolofua, Malaterre, Souverbie, Brau Boirie. England: Jones; Cousins, Waghorn, Kerr, Redshaw; Makepeace-Cubitt, McParland; Opoku-Fordjour, Isaacs, Sela, Bailey, Kpoku, Carnduff (capt), Pollock, Michelow. Replacements: Oliver, Kirk, Halliwell, Sodeke, James, Douglas, Bellamy, Spencer.

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Celebrity Big Brother boots two housemates in shocking double eviction

We’ve had our first Celebrity Big Brother double eviction! (Picture: Shutterstock for Big Brother) We’ve had our first double eviction of this year’s Celebrity Big Brother! Louis Walsh, Ekin-Su Cülcüloğlu, David Potts, Levi Roots, and Fern Britton all found themselves on the chopping block following brutal face-to-face nominations earlier this week. The first housemate to be evicted was Dragons’ Den star Levi, who left the famous compound to rapturous applause from the crowd. Ekin-Su was then evicted, having been majorly booed by the audience. Former X Factor judge Louis, 71, managed to get himself a whopping eight nominations, Ekin-Su received four nominations, while David, Fern and Levi all received two each. It’s been a dramatic week in the CBB house, to say the least. Housemates nominated face-to-face in a Kissing Booth challenge (Picture: Shutterstock for Big Brother) We had Real Housewives of Cheshire star Lauren Simon as the second evictee on Tuesday, before celebrity lodger Sharon Osbourne bid an emotional farewell – no, we’re still not over it. And it seems, following Sharon’s departure, the house erupted into chaos, with some harsh words exchanged in the aftermath of the funfair and nominations during the Kissing Booth. Ekin-Su broke down in tears after Broadway star Marisha Wallace admitted to seeing her as competition for the win, hence her reason for nominating her. It didn’t take long for viewers to accuse Love Island star Ekin-Su of ‘gameplaying’ and being ‘fake’, especially given how she nominated Louis after being close to him, yet bursting into tears when the tables were turned in the Marisha situation. Louis also caught heat for his ‘laziness’ from, well, pretty much the whole house, with viewers calling for his eviction due to putting ex-clients on blast, from Jedward to Ronan Keating. We then had Coronation Street favourite Colson Smith beefing with Dragons’ Den star Levi, after Levi confessed to previously considering Colson ‘boring’. Levi Roots was up for eviction this week after receiving two nominations (Picture: Shutterstock for Big Brother) Fern Britton was praised for how she handled nominations (Picture: Shutterstock for Big Brother) Louis Walsh has divided viewers from the start (Picture: Shutterstock for Big Brother) David Potts is a fan favourite (Picture: Shutterstock for Big Brother) Ekin-Su had quite a fall from grace (Picture: Shutterstock for Big Brother) Are you surprised with the eviction resultsComment Now Colson was defended by viewers after rushing to the bathroom in tears, while his house pals Nikita Kuzmin and Bradley Riches were on hand for a wholesome cuddle. With just one week left until the CBB 2024 final, will the housemates be able to heal those cracks? Or will fresh issues arise… Celebrity Big Brother continues Sunday at 9pm on ITV and ITVX. Got a story? If you’ve got a celebrity story, video or pictures get in touch with the Metro.co.uk entertainment team by emailing us celebtips@metro.co.uk, calling 020 3615 2145 or by visiting our Submit Stuff page – we’d love to hear from you. MORE : Fern Britton annihilates fellow housemate in blistering Celebrity Big Brother nomination MORE : You were all wrong about Zeze Millz on Celebrity Big Brother

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Diane Abbott denies she ‘refused to take antisemitism course to rejoin Labour’

Diane Abbott has denied a report that she was offered the Labour whip back but refused because she would have had to go on antisemitism training. It comes as senior Labour senior figures appear split on whether to welcome the long-serving MP back into the party fold. An investigation has been ongoing into antisemitism accusations against her since her suspension last April. It came after she wrote a letter to The Observer suggesting Jewish, Irish and Traveller people were not subject to racism “all their lives”. Following a backlash, she apologised for any “anguish” caused and withdrew her comments. The row this week over alleged racist comments by major Conservative donor Frank Hester – that Ms Abbott made him want to “hate all black women” and “should be shot” – has sparked questions over why the probe has already taken 10 months. Ms Abbott on Friday rejected “key facts” in a report by the Independent, which said her own refusal to compromise was in part to blame. Citing unnamed sources in the party, the newspaper reported she was given the opportunity to be reinstated as a Labour MP if she gave a more fulsome apology and took an antisemitism awareness course. Ms Abbott, who is now sitting as an independent MP, wrote on X, formerly Twitter: “A blatantly shoddy piece of journalism. “I told the reporter that all the key ‘facts’ in his piece were false – on the record. Instead, he has led with the unattributable briefings from Labour party sources. “The facts can be verified by LP. On the record.” Labour declined to comment “on individual cases”. While Sir Keir Starmer said Ms Abbott should receive “support” in relation to the abuse she receives, he has resisted calls to restore her to his party’s parliamentary ranks. The Labour leader on Thursday said her suspension from the Parliamentary Labour Party was “an entirely different issue” and subject to an independent process that was separate from him. But his deputy Angela Rayner has been among those to say she would like Ms Abbott to be allowed back into the party. Ms Abbott, Britain’s first black female MP, expressed confidence that she would contest the general election later this year as the Labour candidate for Hackney North and Stoke Newington. Speaking a rally in support of her on Friday night, she told Channel 4 News: “I have temporarily lost the whip. But I’m completely confident that Keir Starmer will restore it.” She said the supporters that had gathered in Hackney, including Jeremy Corbyn, had given her “a lot of strength after what has been a very difficult week”. “I’m sure that Keir Starmer will look at the strength of feeling and he will do the right thing.” She said “no Conservative has apologised” after the emergence of Mr Hester’s 2019 comments about her, which Prime Minister Rishi Sunak has described as “racist” while refusing to return the £10 million he donated to the Tory Party. Ms Abbott said: “They keep saying that the Hester guy, he’s apologised. He’s not apologised. He’s apologised for being rude, whereas in fact he was racist, and he’s not apologised for that. “In fact, he was inciting violence. He’s not apologised for that.” Mr Sunak has faced mounting calls to pay back Mr Hester’s donations, including from within his own ranks, but has argued that the healthcare tech entrepreneur’s apology should be accepted.

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Lois Openda brace helps RB Leipzig thrash Cologne and climb up to fourth

Lois Openda scored twice in the space of five minutes as RB Leipzig turned on the style in the second half to thrash Cologne 5-1 and move up to fourth in the Bundesliga. Leipzig opened the scoring through Xavi Simons 15 minutes in but Sargis Adamyan equalised almost immediately and the scores were level at the break. But Openda then struck in the 63rd and 67th minutes before Amadou Haidara and Yussuf Poulsen padded the score for the visitors. Leipzig move two points above Borussia Dortmund, who take on Eintracht Frankfurt on Sunday. In LaLiga, goals in either half from Mikel Merino and Arsen Zakharyan saw sixth-placed Real Sociedad ease to a 2-0 win over relegation-threatened Cadiz. Substitute Giovanni Fabbian struck in the last minute as Bologna snatched a 1-0 win away to Empoli, consolidating their hold on fourth place in Serie A as they opened up a six-point advantage over Roma who host Sassuolo on Sunday. Late goals from Rayan Cherki and Jake O’Brien saw Lyon come from behind to win 3-2 at Toulouse in Ligue 1. Lyon led through Alexandre Lacazette’s 34th-minute goal, but Thijs Dallinga equalised early in the second half before Vincent Sierro’s penalty put the hosts in front. Cherki then tied things back up in the 78th minute before O’Brien won it eight minutes from time.

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What we know about Meghan Markle’s new lifestyle brand American Riveria Orchard

Meghan Markle is getting back into lifestyle influencing (Picture: AP) If you have been missing the Sussexes in the gap since Prince Harry released his tell-all book last year, fear not. Meghan Markle has launched a new brand called American Riviera Orchard, which already has almost half a million Instagram followers after only launching yesterday. Details so far are sparse, but it is thought to focus on lifestyle much like her previous blog The Tig. There are also signs that she may in future sell physical products from it, with trademark filings made with the brand’s name. What is American Riveria Orchard? It is Meghan Markle’s newest venture, launched with a grainy video today as well as a website and Instagram account. The name is said to be a reference to Montecito, the upmarket enclave in California where she and Prince Harry now live with their two children after quitting as working royals in the UK. This area is often described as the ‘American Riviera’ To view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Up Next It is separate from the couple’s Archewell brand, the umbrella name for all their philanthropic and business endeavours. The website of that brand gives the tagline ‘Show Up, Do Good’ with the message underneath: ‘We believe in the power of community as a transformative solution for our collective wellbeing.’ By contrast, the new brand is seemingly Meghan’s project alone and is thought to be focused more on lifestyle. It is thought to come alongside a new solo series on Netflix. ‘The brand is meant to coincide with the launch of a new cookery show,’ a source told the Daily Mail. ‘Meghan will be making, and selling, products such as jams. And at some point there will be a book and blog etc.’ A trademark filing includes cookbooks, cutlery, linens, table cloths, jams, jellies and nut butters. A second international filing is even more extensive, covering stationery, garden tools, lights, tote bags and pet collars as well as a vast other variety of homeware. What is the crest used on the logo? The crest includes calligraphy of an A and an R (Picture: Instagram/americanrivieraorchard) It isn’t all that clear, but although it does look quite regal with a crown (we think?) at the top, it isn’t an official royal family crest. The letters A and R are intertwined in swirly script, presumably standing for American Riviera. Some have compared it to ‘dropped spaghetti’ as it’s quite hard to decipher. The logo is the profile image on the brand’s new Instagram account, and it is also the main image on the website. Lettering of the logo appears slightly raised, as if it would have been embroidered. Is American Riviera replacing The Tig? Maybe! The brand has quickly been dubbed ‘The Tig 2.0’, as people see it as a reboot of the lifestyle blog she ran before marrying into royalty. She closed down the site in 2017 after getting engaged to Prince Harry, in preparation for a new life carrying out public engagements in the UK. The style seems quite different to The Tig so far, though (Picture: American Riviera Orchard) But we don’t actually know much at all about what the new brand will involve, as it is all very secretive so far. It SEEMS to be a lifestyle brand looking at cooking and interiors, with Meghan seen stirring a cooking pot in an arty video to launch it, which also shows a woman’s hands arranging flowers. But so far the website only gives the option for people to enter their email addresses to ‘join waitlist’. At the time Meghan shut down her last lifestyle website, she wrote: ‘After close to three beautiful years on this adventure with you, it’s time to say goodbye to The Tig. ‘What began as a passion project (my little engine that could) evolved into an amazing community of inspiration, support, fun and frivolity. You’ve made my days brighter and filled this experience with so much joy. Keep finding those Tig moments of discovery, keep laughing and taking risks, and keep being “the change you wish to see in the world”.’ ‘Above all, don’t ever forget your worth – as I’ve told you time and time again: you, my sweet friend, you are enough.’ Get in touch with our news team by emailing us at webnews@metro.co.uk. For more stories like this, check our news page.

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Dementia patient’s hair ‘butchered’ in hospital without consent as police launch probe

A police investigation has been launched after a dementia patient had her hair “butchered” without permission after a hospital failed to spot her broken neck. Kathleen Blank, 79, was being treated at Aintree Hospital when they missed her broken neck and shaved off her hair without asking. Her daughter, Lorraine Rothwell, said her mum had been admitted to the premises on February 17 after she suffered a fall at St Nicholas Dementia Village. After a CAT scan and blood tests were completed, Kathleen was diagnosed with a left-sided rib fracture and discharged from hospital around 1:.30pm. One hour later, A&E contacted her care home with a 999 call and arranged for her immediate return to hospital. Lorraine said the hospital told her they had missed something on the CAT scan and subsequently discovered her mum was suffering from a stabilised fracture to the skull and a subarachnoid hemorrhage to the brain. She waited over two days to be placed on a hospital ward. Lorraine found her mum in a bed with a spinal collar fitted. As reported in our sister title, Liverpool Echo, this caused Lorraine to “freak out” because she knew what it meant. She said: “I have worked in healthcare for over 20 years so, when I saw my mum I immediately thought she’d suffered a broken neck. How could this be? I told the care assistant to get the consultant to the ward so I could question what had happened. “They apologised profusely and said they’d ‘missed it’. ‘It’ being a fractured neck. I just couldn’t believe what I was hearing. Needless to say, something like this goes beyond just an apology especially when you consider my poor mum was lying around for two days with a broken neck and no support.” The pensioner remains in hospital since being readmitted. The family were hit with a double disaster on March 13 when Lorraine walked into the ward to see her mum with her hair cut off. She said: “They cut my mum’s hair off and I was just in disbelief. Again, I asked to speak to someone and they said a health worker had just cut my mum’s hair off. “I feel like my mum has been assaulted. Her hair looks like it’s been butchered. I’ve been in the healthcare profession for many years and you never ever take someone’s choices away. I feel like my mum’s choices were obliterated.” Lorraine has since contacted Merseyside Police, who confirmed they are investigating the report. A spokesperson for Liverpool University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust said: “We have apologised to the patient’s family for any distress caused and have remained in regular contact since the patient’s admission a month ago to address any questions the family may have. “We are aware of an issue that has been reported to the police this week and we are assisting them with their enquiries.” Asked what her thoughts are on the current state of the NHS, Lorraine said: “At this moment in time, the NHS is on its knees. I feel numb. I feel heartbroken. But if I give my energies to those emotions I’d be failing my mum because I need everything I’ve got to help her.” Don’t miss the latest news from around Scotland and beyond. Sign up to our daily newsletter.

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Brits living mortgage free after leaving the UK and buying new home for just £7k

A British family is living mortgage free in their dream home – after buying the property for just £7,000. Laura Phoenix, and her husband, Anthony, migrated to Bulgaria amid spiralling housing costs in the UK. They shelled out on an abandoned three-bedroom home and set about renovating the property immediately, saying it is now their dream home. Laura, 33, and Anthony, 32, have daughters aged two and four and wanted to buy a rural home back in Britain but couldn’t afford it due to soaring housing costs. So they decided to make the bold decision of moving to Bulgaria – 1,941 miles away. In September 2023 they took the plunge after selling their two-bed property in County Durham. They pocketed £85,000 in the sale and settled in the northeastern town of Strazhitsa and, Manchester Evening News reports, since moving, Laura says her family feel “free”. The mum-of-two, who works as an online English teacher and writer, said: “We bought a home on a whim, but it’s our dream home. We don’t have any mortgage. I feel we were pushed out of the UK. I feel like we had no choice. “We don’t want to both work hours for 40 hours a week just to exist. In England it is so unattainable.” Anthony added: “Even if you own a property in the UK the cost of living is so much higher. “We’ve always decided when we want to do something we jump at the opportunity.” Laura and Anthony had always had a love for travelling but were devastated when they saw the state of the beaches in Thailand. They came back to the UK, set up an eco-friendly and refillable shop in 2018, and managed to buy a fixer upper old council house for £55,000. The pair had a dream to live off-grid together with their kids. But after seeing prices around £500k for what they wanted they started to look abroad. Laura said: “We were trying to find land for an affordable price. We were binge watching YouTube and dreaming of somewhere we could be free.” After seeing other Brits move to Bulgaria, the couple set their sights on doing the same and spent two weeks finding their family home in May 2022 falling in love with the town of Strazhitsa, Bulgaria. They sold their business and Darlington home to buy their Bulgarian dream outright and moved in September 2023. Laura said: “The garden had a whole mattress in it. Anthony demolished the top floor. We removed all the rats and vermin.” The family are currently living in one side of the house with a temporary kitchen while they wait for the harsh winter to pass to continue renovating. They have spent less that £2k so far and hope to be have it completed in the next three years. The couple have a quarter of an acre where they have already started to plant seeds to grow spinach, onion, and garlic They also have a blueberry, raspberry and strawberry bushes. Laura said: “We want to grow as much as we can.” The family want to be as self-sufficient as possible and are looking at getting composting toilets and solar panels. They currently have to drive 40 minutes to their closest supermarket. They have a well on the land that they hope they can use for their water supply in the future. But Laura said it hasn’t all been plain sailing as the family have had to get used to the harsh winter and deal with paperwork to gain residency. Laura said: “Bulgarian winter can be quite harsh. I don’t want everyone to think it is easy because it is not. I don’t think everyone would have what it takes to come here but you can if you’re tough and you want to escape.” Anthony’s parents – Laura, 61, and Eddie Phoenix, 71, are also buying the neighbouring home for £3k and will be using it as their holiday home. Laura said: “It will be like a family compound.” Laura and Anthony are homeschooling their daughters Cecelia and Nova and “don’t believe” in the school system. She said: “I was told if I went to university I’d be set for life but I wasn’t. It’s frowned upon in Bulgaria to home educate. We’re teaching them to grow things and learning the language. They are constantly visiting towns and museums.” The family also have a campervan they hope to get back on the road so they can travel Europe as a family. Laura said: “I walked outside my door before in the UK and there would be thumping music. Now it’s birds tweeting. It’s just different here. We live in such a noisy society but here everything is quiet.” Don’t miss the latest news from around Scotland and beyond. Sign up to our daily newsletter .

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Trump White House official Peter Navarro asks Supreme Court to stave off contempt sentence

By LINDSAY WHITEHURST (Associated Press) WASHINGTON (AP) — Trump White House official Peter Navarro appealed to the Supreme Court Friday to allow him to stay out of prison as he appeals his contempt of Congress conviction. Navarro is due to report to a federal prison next week, after an appeals court ruled that his appeal wasn’t likely to overturn his conviction for refusing to cooperate with a congressional investigation into the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol. Navarro has maintained that he couldn’t cooperate with the committee because former President Donald Trump had invoked executive privilege. U.S. District Judge Amit Mehta, who was appointed by President Barack Obama, barred him from making that argument at trial, finding that he didn’t show Trump had actually invoked it. The emergency application comes as the Supreme Court separately prepares to hear arguments on whether Trump himself has presidential immunity from charges alleging he interfered in the 2020 election. Navarro was the second Trump aide convicted of misdemeanor contempt of Congress charges. Former White House adviser Steve Bannon previously received a four-month sentence but was allowed to stay free pending appeal by U.S. District Judge Carl Nichols, who was appointed by Trump. Navarro was found guilty of defying a subpoena for documents and a deposition from the House Jan. 6 committee and sentenced to four months in prison. He served as a White House trade adviser under then-President Donald Trump and later promoted the Republican’s baseless claims of mass voter fraud in the 2020 election he lost to Democrat Joe Biden.

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