Got what it takes to write a novel? Here's what you should know before you start

More than 4 out of every 5 Americans — 81 percent — say they feel they have a book in them and that they should write it. That's almost 200 million people who want to be writers. And while each and every one of those budding scribes might have a compelling tale to tell, you can bet a percentage of those 200 million have absolutely no clue how to go about it.  — Read the rest
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News outlets ask: Is this the beginning of the end of the pandemic?

A version of this article first appeared in the "Reliable Sources" newsletter.
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Analysis: America's new mask rule means new questions

Suddenly, and surprisingly, Americans are taking off their masks.
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Liz Cheney's likely replacement, Elise Stefanik, isn't nearly as conservative, but she tells 'MAGA tales about the election with gusto,' expert says

U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY) addresses the virtual Republican National Convention on August 26, 2020. Photo Courtesy of the Committee on Arrangements for the 2020 Republican National Committee via Getty Images Donald Trump endorsed New York Rep. Elise Stefanik to replace Wyoming Rep. Liz Cheney as as House conference chair. Cheney's voting record is more conservative, and more Trumpy, than Stefanik's. But Stefanik promotes Trump's election claims, while Cheney's oppos...
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Fact check: Viral image of plastic bags filled with gas is from 2019

An image claiming to show gas-filled plastic bags amid the shutdown of the Colonial Pipeline was actually taken in 2019 in Mexico.       [Author: USA TODAY]
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America's new mask rule means new questions

The US's top public health body, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, announced stunning new guidance that fully vaccinated people no longer need to cover their faces in most situations, indoors or outside. Hugs and handshakes are back too!
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Israel intensifies attacks in Gaza as conflict enters fifth day

More than 100 people have been killed in Gaza and seven have died in Israel since Monday.
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Australia: New and domain eligibility rules - LegalVision

This article discusses some of the key aspects of the new eligibility rules and how these changes may affect you.
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Heavy artillery fire on Gaza escalates violence as clashes between Arabs and Jews rock Israeli cities

Gaza came under heavy artillery fire early Friday morning, amid reports -- later conclusively denied -- that the Israeli army had launched a possible ground invasion of the Strip.
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Mass Shooting In Providence, Rhode Island Leaves 9 People Injured

Police said they believe this attack to be the largest shooting in Providence's history.
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Providence, Rhode Island Shooting Leaves 9 Injured

Police said they believe this attack to be the largest shooting in Providence's history.
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Shooting In Providence, Rhode Island Leaves 9 People Injured

Police said they believe this attack to be the largest shooting in Providence's history.
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Australia live news: NSW government further in minority after MP moves to crossbench; Labor bets big on housing

The state’s Coalition has been forced further into minority after it lost its second MP to sexual assault allegations. Follow the latest updatesNSW MP Gareth Ward steps down as minister over sexual violence allegations which he deniesAnthony Albanese pledges $10bn social housing fund in Labor’s federal budget reply 4.29am BST Okay the ABC cut away from the PM’s speech, so I will try to find a stream or just return when we get the broadcast again. 4.28am BST Scott Morrison says if Austral...
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Robert De Niro Injures Leg Off-Set While Filming of Martin Scorsese’s ‘Killers of the Flower Moon’

Robert De Niro is returning home to New York after injuring his leg off-set in Oklahoma while filming Martin Scorsese’s “Killers of the Flower Moon,” in which he is starring alongside Leonardo DiCaprio. Variety confirmed that he was injured, but it’s not known how serious it might be. The injury occurred on his own time, […]
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Australia: Jack de Belin not guilty of one count of sexual assault, Hung jury on remaining counts - Sydney Criminal Lawyers

For state offences, a NSW court can allow for ‘majority verdicts' in criminal trials when juries are unable to agree.
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Robert Durst's lawyers say he has bladder cancer

Robert Durst, the subject of the HBO crime documentary "The Jinx," has bladder cancer that is not being treated, Durst's attorneys told CNN Thursday.
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Australia: New China and EU geographical indications agreement came into force on 1 March 2021 - Spruson & Ferguson

This new agreement will provide for the protection of 200 Chinese and European Union geographical indications.
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Adoption Drawing To Be Held For 49 Dogs Rescued From Turlock Home If Unclaimed By Owners As Of May 18

TURLOCK (CBS13) – Turlock Police Animal Services on Thursday said it removed 49 dogs this week from a residence that was over the legal limit of three per household. Animal Services said it was made aware of the animals on Tuesday and contacted the resident, who told them the dogs were believed to be strays found around the city. The resident then agreed to surrender the animals, which were removed from the property the next day. See photos of some of the dogs below. Dogs Rescued 1 ...
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Cancer survivor surprised with parking lot party

When Aisha Patterson finished her last chemotherapy treatment, her loved ones knew they wanted to be the first ones to celebrate with her.       [Author: USA TODAY]
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Israel air and ground forces hit targets in Gaza Strip as death toll climbs

Defence force says ground forces are carrying out strikes on Gaza Strip – but are not operating inside territory – amid escalating crisisIsrael military says air and ground forces are attacking Gaza – live updatesIsrael’s military has said its ground and air forces are attacking targets in the Gaza Strip as residents reported a massive bombardment, amid fears that Israel would launch an incursion into the blockaded territory.“[Israel Defense Forces] air and ground troops are currently attacking ...
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Australia: Abolition of the peak indebtedness doctrine for preference claims? - Holman Webb

This case has significant implications for the application of the peak indebtedness rule by creditors and liquidators.
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Australia: Employment Law Podcast Series: Termination of Employment - PCC Employment Lawyers

This episode's focus is Part A of our e-publication; terminating employment in relation to employee capacity or conduct.
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Newsom: Some State Workers Will Not Return To Downtown Sacramento Offices

SACRAMENTO (CBS13) – Gov. Gavin Newsom spoke to CBS13’s Steve Large in a one-on-one interview ahead of his big $75 billion budget surplus spending plan Friday. Newsom sat down to talk about small business help, and he also talked about small businesses suffering in downtown Sacramento with so many state workers now working remotely. The governor answered questions about whether downtown businesses will get a post-pandemic return of the full state work force. Steve Large: “State worker foot traff...
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Rep. Kevin McCarthy Now Willing To Meet With Shunned Capitol Police Officer About Riot

“I experienced the most brutal, savage ... combat of my entire life," said Capitol Police Officer Michael Fanone.
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Kevin McCarthy Now Willing To Meet With Shunned Capitol Police Officer About Riot

“I experienced the most brutal, savage ... combat of my entire life," said Capitol Police Officer Michael Fanone.
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Myanmar: to release arrested Japanese journalist

Authorities say Yuki Kitazumi violated the law but will be released to mend ties with Japan.
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Australia: Changes to casual employment: A guide for Australian employers - LegalVision

If you have not done so already, now is an excellent time to ensure your casual employment agreements are up to date.
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NASA’s Perseverance rover gets up close and personal with Martian surface

NASA's Perseverance Mars rover, which reached the red planet in February, has sent back some incredibly detailed imagery showing the Martian surface up close.
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UK: Shepherd And Wedderburn's Corporate Finance Team Advised On Deals Worth £7.1 Billion In 2020 - Shepherd and Wedderburn LLP

Shepherd and Wedderburn's corporate finance team advised on deals with an aggregate value of £7.1 billion in 2020.
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Nine people injured in shooting that Rhode Island police chief says was between feuding groups

Nine people in Rhode Island's capital were injured in a shooting Thursday, Providence Police Chief Hugh Clement said during a news conference.
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