DONALD TRUMP’S LIFESTYLE COULD COST TAXPAYERS NEARLY $1 BILLION

  President Donald Trump, son Barron and wife Melania stepped off Air Force One in Palm Beach on March 17, 2017. By Mandel Ngan/Getty Images. When Donald Trump won the election in November, there was an expectation that the 70-year-old billionaire would undergo a transformation. Gone would be the harsh campaign rhetoric and the unspecific policy plans. Gone, too, would be the comforts of his gaudy, flamboyant lifestyle. He would stop tweeting, stop self-promoting, and relinquish his businesses. The magnitude of his powerful new role and the sheer awe of…

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U.S. Health Spending in 2015 Averaged Nearly $10,000 Per Person

WASHINGTON — Total spending on health care in the United States increased last year at the fastest rate since the 2008 recession, reaching $3.2 trillion, or an average of nearly $10,000 a person, the Department of Health and Human Services reported on Friday. The growth coincided with continuing increases in the number of Americans with insurance coverage, through private health plans or Medicaid. Federal spending on health care has increased by 21 percent over the past two years, as millions of Americans gained coverage through the Affordable Care Act, the…

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‘Champagne’ lifestyle of fraudster handed nearly £100k to start new forest – but failed to plant SINGLE tree

A self-confessed “entrepreneur, traveller and bon vivant” was handed almost £100,000 to start a new forest – but failed to plant a single tree. Fraudster Pritesh Ladwa described himself as a CEO/director of several companies on Facebook, where he was pictured in glamorous locations around the world. But his Champagne lifestyle came to a sudden halt when he was jailed for more than two years over the scam, Birmingham Mail reported. Pritesh Ladwa’s luxury lifestyle came to an end when he was jailed (Photo: Instagram/insta_prit) The 29-year-old was handed a…

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Oil giant BP sees profits nearly halve

Oil giant BP has reported a near 50% fall in third-quarter profits from last year as the sector continues to struggle with low prices. The company made $933m (£763m) on an underlying replacement cost basis, compared with $1.8bn a year earlier. BP blamed falling oil prices for its fall, saying it was affected by a “weaker price and margin environment”. Rival oil company Royal Dutch Shell also warned over oil prices, although its profits rose by 18% from last year. The company reported better-than-expected third-quarter profits of $2.8bn (£2.2bn),. ‘On…

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Thieves snatch nearly $1M in jewelry from upscale Houston store

A smash-and-grab heist of expensive jewelry in Houston may be an example of a nationwide gang of thieves, police said. Four men dressed in black entered the de Boulle Diamond and Jewelry store in Houston’s upscale River Oaks area Tuesday. They smashed display cases with hammers to collect diamond rings and other high-value jewelry as employees and customers stood by. The men escaped to a waiting car within 40 seconds. Jewelry valued at nearly $900,000 was taken, investigators said. The incident was caught on the store’s video surveillance cameras. “It…

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Nearly 50 million children “uprooted” worldwide

Across the globe, nearly 50 million children have been uprooted, migrating to find a better, safer life, with 28 million forcibly displaced by conflict and violence within and across borders, a new UNICEF study reveals.   Often traumatised by the conflicts and violence they are fleeing, these children face further dangers along the way, including the risk of drowning on sea crossings, malnourishment and dehydration, trafficking, kidnapping, rape and even murder. In countries they travel through and at their destinations, they often face xenophobia and discrimination. The plight of the…

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Ganesh Chaturthi: Laddus of nearly 30000 kg make a splash at Ganesh festivities in Andhra Pradesh

Huge ‘laddus’ of 31,401 kg and 29,645 kg packed with a variety of dry fruits, yellow camphor and dollops of cow ghee were prepared by two popular confectioneries in Rajahmundhry for the 10-day Ganesh Chaturthi celebrations. Costing between Rs 40-50 lakhs, both ‘Maha laddus’, made by Sri Bhakta Anjaneya Sweets and Suruchi Foods, were offered to the elephant-headed deity at separate pandals in Vijayawada and Visakhapatnam districts of Andhra Pradesh where eco-friendly Ganesh idols as tall as 76-feet and 78-feet have been installed for the festivities. Two other ‘laddus’ weighing…

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