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'Playful, cheeky' toddler died after accidentally consuming her drug-dealing father's cocaine in family home

A 'playful and cheeky' toddler died after accidentally consuming cocaine which had been brought into the family home by her drug-dealing father, a court has heard. The three-year-old, who cannot be named for legal reasons, died in hospital in April 2019 after being admitted with suspected sepsis or meningitis. Post-mortem and toxicology results indicated that the child, identified only as 'K', had died from a cardiac arrest consistent with her having ingested cocaine.  Now a High Court has ruled that K died after ingesting the illegal Class-A substance, which was brought into her home by her father as a result of his 'drug-related activities'. The evidence was heard after the youngster's parents tried to blame each other for the child's death in proceedings brought by their local authority - who are now responsible for K's siblings. A separate criminal investigation, led by The Met Police, was also launched following K's death - although the ruli

Subway sandwiches are too sugary to meet the legal definition of being BREAD, Ireland's Supreme Court rules

Ireland's Supreme Court has ruled that Subway sandwiches are too sugary to be classed as 'bread' and therefore are not liable for tax exemption.  The court ruled on Tuesday that the sandwiches could not be categorised as a staple food, which would come with a zero VAT rate, rejecting a Subway franchise's arguments that it was not liable for tax on some of its takeaway products.  The appeal by Bookfinders Ltd, based in Tuam, Co Galway, follows on from a 2006 decision by Revenue refusing the takeaway outlet a refund for VAT payments made between early 2004 and late 2005.  Ireland's Supreme Court has ruled that Subway sandwiches are too sugary to be classed as 'bread' and therefore are not liable for tax exemption (Stock image)  The ruling therefore ends a 14-year battle by the global takeaway chain to have its rolls recognized as a tax-free staple. The five-judge court determined that the bread in Subway's heated sandwiches falls outside that statutory def

'Super healthy' college student, 19, who played basketball and 'ran six miles without any issue' dies of rare COVID-19 complication that 'attacked his brain'

A North Carolina college sophomore who played basketball and routinely ran for miles without problems has died of rare complications caused by COVID-19. Chad Dorrill, 19, who was enrolled at Appalachian State University in Boone, died on Monday night. It was the first coronavirus-related student death reported by the University of North Carolina system since several campuses reopened with at least partial in-person learning last month. Dorrill, who lived off campus in Boone and took all of his classes online, became ill with flu-like symptoms, according to The New York Times. Chad Dorrill, 19, who was enrolled at Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina, died on Monday night Dorrill died of a rare complication of COVID-19, according to his family Those who knew him described as a selfless kid who was very likable  His mother encouraged him to come home. On September 7, he tested positive for COVID-19.  Dorrill quarantined in his family's home in Wallburg, North Carolin

City Pub Group could cut its workforce by 250 when furlough scheme ends after being hit by Covid lockdown rules

A quarter of jobs are at risk at City Pub Group when the Government's furlough scheme comes to an end next moth after being impacted by coronavirus restrictions. Clive Watson, chairman of the pub group, said 'at least 25 per cent' of the workforce could be cut once the job retention scheme comes to an end on October 31.  The company, which runs 48 pubs, primarily in London and the south of England, currently had around 1,000 employees prior to the pandemic. City Pub Group has reopened 37 sites in its pub estate but said it expects jobs to be hit at its remaining 11 sites  by the end of next month. Clive Watson , chairman of City Pub Group, said 'at least 25 per cent' of his workforce could be cut once the Government's furlough scheme comes to an end on October 31 Mr Watson said: 'With the sites that are currently closed, jobs will go and we are now seeing how current restrictions will impact others. 'We are looking at this affecting at least 25% of our w

'Now it's illegal to SWEAT!': Jogger claims he was given £120 fixed penalty notice by overzealous 'Covid officer' for perspiring too much... but council insists fine was for SPITTING

A runner has been fined £120 by a 'Covid Officer' for sweating during his jog. Mark Meghezzi, 30, said he had been targeted by one of the London Borough of Hounslow workers on Tuesday. The university management graduate, originally from Aberdeen, said he had been resting in Chiswick after a vigorous dash when he was spotted. Mr Meghezzi had been sweating heavily and blew from his mouth to get the perspiration off his face. But he said an officer said he thought he had been spitting and issued him with a fine.  Council leaders said the person who fined him had been an Enforcement Officer who had acted under anti-littering regulations. The alleged wrongdoing - which is denied by Mr Meghezzi - falls under Environmental Protection Act regulations, something now considered more important during Coronavirus times. Mr Meghezzi wrote online: 'Is this really what it has come to?  'Sadiq Khan I can't imagine this is how you intended these resources to be deployed.  Runner Mar

Shares in secretive data-mining firm Palantir surge 38% and value the company at nearly $22 billion after making its NYSE debut

Shares in the data-mining firm Palantir Technologies surged 38 percent after making its debut on the New York Stock Exchange on Wednesday, valuing the company at nearly $22 billion.  The company's shares traded at $10 apiece, compared with a reference price of $7.25 per share set by the NYSE ahead of its public market debut.  The listing is a landmark moment for Palantir and puts an end to years of speculation about when the company, co-founded by billionaire Peter Thiel in 2003 with the help of CIA seed money, would ultimately go public and how much would it actually be worth.    Palantir shares are trading under the symbol PLTR.  The company is going public at a time of strong investor demand for new stocks, particularly of technology companies that promise rapid growth. Data-mining firm Palantir Technologies is making its debut on the New York Stock Exchange on Wednesday in the biggest Wall Street tech offering since Slack and Uber last year The company's shares traded at $

Don't look down! Dizzying 360 camera footage shows two climbers painstakingly making their way across a narrow Alpine ridge at 11,800ft

Two hikers got terrifyingly close to a sheer drop while climbing across a thin ridge more than 11,000 feet up a French mountain. Elin Skyttedal, who lives in Swedish capital Stockholm, and her partner bravely climbed the exposed Aiguilles d'Entrèves in the Mont Blanc massif of the Alps in France. Heart-stopping 360 camera footage shows Ms Skyttedal using her hands and feet to climb across the top of the narrow rocky ridge. The experienced climber fearlessly moves across the thin ridge despite the terrifying drop of 11,800 feet on either side.  Elin Skyttedal, from Swedish capital Stockholm, climbed across the 11,800ft high ridge of the exposed Aiguilles d'Entrèves in the Mont Blanc massif of the Alps in France Her partner is seen climbing further ahead on the traverse, with the mountaineers being joined together by a blue safety rope, the video shows. Ms Skyttedal shared her jaw-dropping adventure on Instagram, where she regularly posts other nail-bailing snaps of her daredev

San Diego police suspend officer for 'social media post mocking a makeshift memorial for a robbery suspect he and another cop fatally shot'

A San Diego police officer has been suspended without pay after he is alleged to have posted a photo on social media mocking a makeshift memorial for a man that he and his partner fatally shot earlier this year. San Diego Police Chief David Nisleit announced the suspension of Officer Jonathon Lucas on Tuesday. Lucas was forced to give up his gun and badge while the SDPD investigates a social media post that appears to mock a makeshift memorial for 25-year-old Leonardo Ibarra, according to the San Diego Union-Tribune. ‘I want to assure the community that I do not take these allegations lightly,’ Nisleit said on Tuesday. On June 27, Lucas and another police officer, Tevar Zaki, were on duty in downtown San Diego when they recognized Ibarra as a robbery suspect. Lucas and Zaki, who have been with the force for four years, believed he matched the description of a man involved in a June 21 robbery because of his face tattoos, so they tried to approach him. San Diego police officer Jonathon

Australian scientists insist hydroxychloroquine COULD prevent people catching COVID-19 after giving the controversial drug to hundreds of health care workers

Australian scientists have vowed to continue investigating whether taking hydroxychloroquine can stop people becoming infected with coronavirus. Researchers from the Walter & Eliza Hall Institute in Melbourne believe the drug could prevent people catching SARS-CoV-2 - the virus that causes COVID-19. Hundreds of health workers in NSW and Victoria have been given the drug in the Institute's COVID SHIELD trial in an effort to try and determine its effectiveness as a prophylactic.  Hydroxychloroquine was brought to public attention when US President Donald Trump said he was using the malaria drug to 'protect' himself from coronavirus. Melbourne researchers believe hydroxychloroquine could prevent COVID-19 Prescriptions for the drug subsequently skyrocketed, before it was removed from major testing trials as it proved to be ineffective in reducing the impact of COVID-19.  Scientific journal The Lancet published and later retracted a study based on false data that claimed co

Newly-discovered sunken Nazi warship 'could contain lost Amber Room riches': Vessel sunk during WWII had set sail from treasure's last known location and 'is packed with unopened crates'

A WWII ship which divers think could contain the legendary Amber Room has been found at the bottom of the Baltic sea. The wreck of the German cruiser Karlsruhe was discovered off the Polish coast by divers exploring the area in search of the ship which was sunk in April 1945. Tomasz Stachura from the Baltictech diving group, which deals with examining Baltic wrecks, said: 'Looks like after months of searching, we finally came across the Karlsruhe steamer wreckage. A WWII ship which divers think could contain the legendary Amber Room has been found at the bottom of the Baltic sea The Amber Room (pictured in Russia in 1917), which was packed with amber, gold and precious jewels, was looted by the Nazis in 1941 and its contents mysteriously disappeared in 1945 'We've been searching for this ship for over a year. 'The shipwreck was found at the bottom of the Baltic Sea several dozen kilometers north of Ustka. 'It rests at a depth of 88 meters (290ft). It is practically