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Latest medal table | Full event schedule 8.02am GMT Well, that almost concludes the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics, with just the closing ceremony to come. We'll have a separate liveblog of the closing ceremony, as well as final official results, so please do stick around for that, but here's a summary of the key events of the last day.
Killer robots remain a thing of futuristic nightmare. The real threat from artificial intelligence is far more immediate. As the science fiction novelist William Gibson famously observed: The future is already here - it's just not very evenly distributed.
Long-awaited memo by Democrats on House intelligence committee condemns GOP document as 'effort to undermine' investigations In a long-awaited memo released on Saturday, Democrats on the House intelligence committee defended official investigations into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election. Related: Mueller investigation: Manafort accused of secretly funding European pro-Russia group Continue reading..
Time was when the Hollywood star could do no wrong. But, oh dear, now..
Billionaire reports record quarterly and annual profit for Berkshire Hathaway, in large part due to Congress's tax code changes Warren Buffett on Saturday reported a record quarterly and annual profit for his Berkshire Hathaway conglomerate, thanks in part to a $29.1bn boost delivered by the Republican tax cut. In his annual letter to shareholders, the billionaire investor wrote: Berkshire's gain in net worth during 2017 was $65.
Elsewhere in Pyeongchang: Ester Ledecka made history by winning gold in two different sports at the same Games, while Billy Morgan won bronze for Britain in the Big AirWinter Olympics: day 15 in pictures 3.45pm GMT Related: Who are EXO - the boyband about to thrill the Winter Olympics? 2.48pm GMT Related: Britain's curlers end up empty-handed after Japan edge bronze match Continue reading.
From grieving survivors to outspoken advocates, those whose lives were changed forever have vowed to bring an end to school shootings From grieving survivors to outspoken advocates for gun reform, the students of Marjory Stoneman Douglas captured the world's attention in the aftermath of the deadliest high school shooting in the United States. In between funerals for 14 classmates and three adult teachers, memorial services, and vigils by candlelight, the teenagers, and some of their parents, faced off with elected senators on national television, travelled more than 800 miles to confront Florida's lawmakers in the state's capital and directly challenged the powerful National Rifle Association, fervent upholders of the constitutional right of the people to keep and bear arms. Continue reading.
Old-school Republicans were thin on the ground in Maryland, where the conservatives gathered proved they're all Trumpians now The invasion of the body snatchers is complete. Donald Trump has taken over the conservative movement and bent it to his will. Related: Trump returns to usual style at CPAC with boastful and divisive speech Continue reading.
Magazines don't talk about poor Leonardo DiCaprio or Jake Gyllenhaal, still not married Sure, searing government-toppling, Pulitzer prize-winning investigative reporting is all very well. But if I'm entirely honest, my favourite kind of journalism is: So-and-so shows us round their lovely house and explains how their interior designer convinced them to go for a Golden Girls vibe mixed with Captain von Trapp's mansion for their gated house in Manchester. How a celebrity designs their home is so much more revealing than anything you read in gossip magazines - plus, I really like looking at other people's wallpaper choices.
Being Italian, for me, begins and ends with the fact that I speak and write in the Italian language I love my country, but I have no patriotic spirit and no national pride. What's more, I digest pizza poorly, I eat very little spaghetti, I don't speak in a loud voice, I don't gesticulate, I hate all mafias, I don't exclaim Mamma mia! National characteristics are simplifications that should be contested. Being Italian, for me, begins and ends with the fact that I speak and write in the Italian language.
The president abandoned the sombre stance of this week and hurled insults, told jokes and bragged about the best start to any presidency Donald Trump returned to his part-demagogue, part-standup comedian self on Friday when he addressed grassroots conservative activists outside Washington, effectively tearing up a scripted speech he called a little boring. Related: Rick Gates: ex-Trump adviser to plead guilty and cooperate with Mueller Continue reading..
From the civil rights movement to the Florida schoolchildren's protest, youthful energy has proved a powerful force. In May 1963 a white police officer in Birmingham, Alabama, tried to scare some black children as they went to protest against segregation. As fellow policemen turned hoses and dogs on black youngsters nearby, the kids made it plain they knew what they were doing and continued marching towards the demonstrations.
James Debney is a member of the NRA's Golden Ring of Freedom for donating over $1m to fight against gun control As CEO of America's second-largest gun manufacturer, James Debney - whose company made the assault rifle used last week to kill 17 people at a high school in Florida - makes $5.3m a year. As a second-amendment proselytizer, Debney, of American Outdoor Brands (formerly Smith & Wesson), has repeatedly made donations to political action committees opposing gun control in the United States.
Playwright's producer urged him to write Bitter Wheat about the Hollywood mogul facing allegations of sexual harassment David Mamet has revealed that he has written a play about Harvey Weinstein. In an interview to promote his new novel, Chicago, a prohibition-era murder mystery, the Pulitzer-winning playwright said: I was talking with my Broadway producer and he said, 'Why don't you write a play about Harvey Weinstein?' And so I did. There are no official production details confirmed for the play, which is titled Bitter Wheat, but the Chicago Tribune's Rick Kogan reports: There has been great interest in the lead role expressed by a Chicago stage legend who is now a movie star.
In recent months, families with relatives in detention have been extorted by scammers demanding cash to stop their loved ones being deported Leonel almost missed the first call. On 17 October last year, the Long Island construction laborer was at work when he felt his cellphone buzz in the pocket of his jeans. Ordinarily, he doesn't answer on the job, but he hoped the call might have something to do with his 21-year-old daughter, Cynthia, whom he hadn't seen in over four years.
There's something unsettling about Winfrey's immediate support for the teens, in contrast with her comments on the #BlackLivesMatter movement In a tweet posted on Tuesday, the media mogul Oprah Winfrey promised to pledge $500,000 towards the Parkland students' March For Our Lives rally, which will take place on 24 March in Washington DC. The aftermath of the deadly mass shooting has seen students of Marjory Stoneman Douglas high school in Parkland, Florida, call for tougher gun control measures, pleading with senators to vote against a bill protecting the right to carry assault rifles and planning a nationwide walkout on 20 April. Winfrey has joined the ranks of public figures commending the Parkland students for their bravery and courage in the face of what's become a typical American tragedy.
Latest medal table | Full event scheduleFeel free to get in touch on email or tweet @NickMiller79 10.19am GMT After 12 skaters, we have a new leader. Min-kyu Cha of Korea has taken over half a second off the lead and is in first place, as they give the ice a nice smoothing.
A new UK bill could give hope to millions of people suffering unnecessarily, allowing them to choose their medical path. For much of my adult life I've had to rise each morning and battle multiple sclerosis. Sometimes it's a thankless task - my legs scissored together, locked in spasm as I fight to break free of its stranglehold.
The US has quietly admitted a handful of Australia's refugees since September of last year - but what happens if Trump cancels the arrangement? Down by Lake Osborne, deep in suburban Florida, there's a stillness and solitude Mamudul Hasson has not experienced in years. Among the damp grass, tall palms and gentle humidity the 21 year-old Rohingya refugee takes a seat, staring at the ducks and lapping water. It's another world from what he left behind two weeks ago and he's still in disbelief that he made it.
The move marks the latest step in ratcheting up pressure on former Trump campaign aides Paul Manafort and Rick Gates More than 30 new charges, involving millions of dollars of bank and tax fraud, were filed on Thursday against Donald Trump's former campaign manager, Paul Manafort, and his business partner. The 32 new charges were filed by Robert Mueller, the special prosecutor looking into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and a Russian intelligence operation to skew the 2016 presidential election. Continue reading.