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White collar Covid cull: John Lewis will axe 1,500 head office staff in cost-cutting drive to save £300m while Lloyds is set to lay-off 1,070 employees

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John Lewis has announced today it is to cut 1,500 head office jobs in an effort to bolster the business in the devastating coronavirus pandemic. The John Lewis Partnership revealed the cuts as part of the next phase of its five-year plan to return it to sustainable profits by 2025. It is the latest blow of the high street bloodbath consuming retail in the wake of the Covid-19 outbreak. John Lewis - famous for its Christmas ads - is widely seen as a benchmark for High Street performance in the UK.  But it received a serious blow earlier this year after its Waitrose arm was ditched by Ocado in favour of Marks & Spencer.  John Lewis announced it will cut 1,500 head office jobs to bolster the business The news came on the same day Lloyds Banking Group has said it plans to cut another 1,070 jobs as it continues a major restructuring programme. John Lewis said Patrick Lewis, Executive Director, Finance had also decided to leave at the end of this year ending a 26-year career. Chairman Sh

Let us spray: Shocked parishioners discover much-loved California Father had gang affiliations, posed in social media photos with an AK47 and was 'habitually under the influence of marijuana and alcohol'

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A Catholic priest has been banned from his church after parishioners discovered his involvement with gangs, drugs, guns and sexual relationships. Father Guadalupe Rios is not allowed within 100 yards of St Joseph's Church in Selma, California, despite his name still remaining on the church marquee. The Roman Catholic Diocese of Fresno has a restraining order protecting church employees, including Bishop Joseph Brennan, from the priest. Father Guadalupe Rios has been banned from his church after parishioners discovered his links to gangs, drugs, guns and sex Father Guadalupe Rios is not allowed within 100 yards of St Joseph's Church in Selma, California, despite his name still remaining on the church marquee  Parishioners had seen photos of Rios on social media posing with an AK-47, an AR-556, and a .357 Magnum, according to ABC 30. The priest has also been accused of emotionally and physically abusing the church secretary, who says she had a romantic and sexual relationship wit

Model, 24, who yelled 'stop trying to be a white woman' while yanking out Good Samaritan's hair when she tried to calm street row is spared jail

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A model who pulled out a woman's hair in front of her children was branded a 'violent narcassist' and told off by a judge for smiling as her 'disgraceful' behaviour was detailed in court. Eishea McNabb, 24, assaulted good samaritain Michelle Osbourne at Heathbrook Park, Wandsworth, southwest London, on September 20 last year. The victim was told to 'stop trying to be a white woman' when she came to the aid of a witness who McNabb was arguing with after a football was kicked at her car.  The judge slammed McNabb's actions in court as she tried to fire her lawyer and  smiled as evidence was read out after she admitted assault occasioning actual bodily harm. Judge Snow told her: 'You are a child, a narcissist and violent who needed to learn a sharp lesson.' Model Eishea McNabb, 24, assaulted good samaritain Michelle Osbourne at Heathbrook Park, Wandsworth, southwest London, on September 20 last year The model avoided jail and was instead handed a 2

Attorney General will review 10-and-a-half-year sentence given to 'manw***e' police officer Timothy Brehmer for killing his married long-term lover

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Dorset Police issued this mugshot of Timothy Brehmer after he was acquitted of murdering his long-term lover. He was jailed for 10-and-a-half years after admitting manslaughter The Attorney General is to review the sentence given to 'womanising' police officer Timothy Brehmer, who was jailed for strangling his long-term lover. The married Dorset police constable was sentenced to 10-and-a-half years' imprisonment at Salisbury Crown Court last week after being convicted of causing the death of mother-of-two Claire Parry. The 41-year-old was cleared by a jury of murder but had previously pleaded guilty to manslaughter. A spokesman for the Attorney General's Office confirmed that it had received a complaint under its Unduly Lenient Sentence scheme. He said: 'We have received a request for the sentence of Timothy Brehmer to be reviewed under the Unduly Lenient Sentence scheme. 'The Law Officers have 28 days from sentencing to consider the case and make a decision.&

Left-wing pundit Keith Olbermann is slammed for 'racist' tweet comparing Trump to 'a whiny little Kunta Kinte' – the name of slave from 80s TV series 'Roots'

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Left-wing pundit Keith Olbermann has been slammed as 'racist' after describing Donald Trump as 'a whiny little Kunta Kinte'. Olbermann tweeted the remark on Tuesday, in response to a Fox News segment discussing Trump's recent attacks on the channel.  Kunta Kinte was a character on TV show Roots and the book on which it was based - a Gambian man who was enslaved and brought to the US, tried to escape multiple times, and eventually had his foot cut off as punishment. Keith Olbermann has been branded 'racist' after he compared Trump to 'a whiny little Kunta Kinte' - the name of a slave in book and TV series Roots Olbermann defended the remark, saying that he was using Kunta's first name as a stand-in for the word 'c**t' Olbermann later deleted the tweet and tried to explain that he had simply been using the name Kunta as a stand-in for the word 'c**t'. But he was blasted on Twitter for describing Kunta as 'whiny' and minimizi

Louisiana voters approve an amendment saying there is no constitutional right to abortion while Colorado votes to strike down measure prohibiting procedures after 22 weeks

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Voters in Louisiana voted on Tuesday to declare that there was no given state right to an abortion, making it so that it was not a constitutional right to even fund the procedure. The assertion is something that could come into play if the U.S. Supreme Court overturns its Roe v. Wade decision that legalized abortion nationwide.  The following language will be added to the state's constitution:  'To protect human life, nothing in this constitution shall be construed to secure or protect a right to abortion or require the funding of abortion.'  Louisiana's amendment could come into play if the Supreme Court overturn its Roe v. Wade decision. Voters in New Orleans Tennessee, Alabama and West Virginia already have similar constitutional language, Mother Jones reports.  There are only three abortion clinics running in Louisiana.  As of 2018, the state had the third-highest poverty rate in the nation - 20 per cent - making residents more likely to need access to abortion serv

Engineer, 36, sends £300 Sports Direct package to African teenager 3,000 miles away after the pair struck up a friendship when the 17-year-old randomly contacted him on Facebook

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A generous engineer has sent a £300 Sports Direct package to a teenager 3,000 miles away in Africa after the pair struck up a friendship when the 17-year-old randomly contacted him on Facebook. Det Wyler, 36, started speaking to Omar Gassama, 17, from The Gambia in West Africa, three months ago after the seen sent a message out of the blue.  After getting to know one another, Mr Wyler, from Glasgow, asked how Omar's football training was going, but he responded with a photo of his old worn-out boots. The Good Samaritan replied with a link to Sports Direct and told him to pick a new pair. He also sent Omar a Barcelona strip and a Scotland flag, totaling £326, as well as £200 to help pay for his school fees and a new uniform so he could go back into education. Glasgow engineer Det Wyler says he feels like a 'big brother,' after meeting African teenager Omar Gassamma on Facebook  Omar sent a picture of his battered boots to Det, who in turn sent him a care package containing n

Golden State killer poses for new prison mugshot as he begins serving multiple life sentences for rapes and murders that terrorized California in the 1970s and 1980s

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A former police officer who eluded authorities for years as the Golden State Killer has arrived in state prison.  Joseph James DeAngelo, 74, will today begin serving multiple life sentences for rapes and murders that terrorized much of California in the 1970s and 1980s. DeAngelo arrived at North Kern State Prison, a reception center in the Central Valley about 140 miles north of Los Angeles. Joseph James DeAngelo, a former police officer who eluded authorities for years as the Golden State Killer arrived in state prison Tuesday to begin serving multiple consecutive life sentences for sadistic rapes and murders Officials there will decide his permanent prison destination based on his security, medical, psychiatric and program needs, said California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation spokeswoman Terry Thornton. DeAngelo pleaded guilty in June to 13 murders and 13 rape-related charges that spanned much of California between 1975 and 1986. The plea deal spared him the death penal

Fugitive suspected of being linked to a face-tattooed man with terminal cancer who was found dead in a ditch may have shaved off his signature facial hair

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A man suspected of having links to an alleged murder may be disguising himself by shaving off his signature long red beard. Michael Hartley, 43, who was dying from terminal liver cancer, was found dead at the bottom of an embankment near Gympie in Queensland on Monday morning.  Police are now on the hunt for Daniel Baumgart, 38, to question him about the alleged murder of Mr Hartley, and say he may be trying to change his appearance. 'He may have changed his features by shaving his beard and head and be staying with others in the Maryborough area,' a police spokesman said.  Police are now on the hunt for Daniel Baumgart , 38, to question him about the alleged murder of Mr Hartley, and fear he may be disguising himself by shaving off his beard The body of Michael Hartley was found at the bottom of an embankment near Gympie in Queensland on Monday morning Baumgart is described as caucasian, around 180cm tall, with a slim build and red hair.  Police have already charged James Bau

Megan McCain leads conservative pundits blasting 'out of touch' liberal media for writing off Trump and say average Americans are 'fed up' with 'groupthink' - amid a much tighter race than pollsters predicted

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Trump allies have lined up to blast pro-Biden sections of the American media after predictions of a Democratic landslide crumbled and the race went down to the wire.  The president's conservative cheerleaders took to the airwaves to lampoon U.S. commentators for consistently writing him off during the course of the campaign. Meghan McCain, daughter of former presidential candidate John McCain and current co-host of ABC's The View, took to Twitter to criticize the media. She tweeted, 'At what point is our collective media going to accept just how out of touch with the majority of the country they are?!?  'I predict they won’t, they will just quadruple down - rather than accept, learn and try to actually represent so many of the voters they so clearly disdain,' McCain concluded. Despite a strong showing in opinion polls and forecasts from pundits, Biden has failed to flip crucial battleground states such as Florida and Ohio blue.  Biden supporters are cautioning that

Rutland finally succumbs to lure of the Golden Arches: England's last county to not have a McDonald's opens its first branch

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McDonald's has today opened a branch in the last county in England without a branch of the fast food chain. The restaurant has opened on the outskirts of Oakham, in Rutland and will move to a drive-thru only tomorrow as the country enters a second lockdown. Until now, the East Midlands town had proudly boasted being the last English county to have avoided bowing to the fast food giant.   Residents had voiced fears the 'unsightly' development would increase litter, impact local businesses and undermine 'The Rutland Brand'. The Duchess of Rutland complained the chain 'does not serve local food' and said she would only eat there if 'the junk food outlet started serving pheasant.' The McDonald's has opened on the outskirts of Oakham, in Rutland today. Pictured, Oakham's mayor David Romney officially opened the restaurant at a ribbon-cutting ceremony  The chain's plans to develop the 'wasteland' site off Lands End Way include a 6.75 me