PHILADELPHIA — A man charged with first-degree murder and attempted murder in a shooting a few days before Christmas in 2017 has been acquitted of all charges. The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that 23-year-old Jabir Kennedy was acquitted in mid-March by a jury in the quadruple shooting. Authorities said he got into a physical dispute with his daughter’s mother, and she called relatives who along with friends confronted Kennedy. Prosecutors said Kennedy pulled a gun and opened fire, killing one man and wounding three others. Kennedy rejected a plea deal calling for a 17½- to 34-year sentence. Prosecutors argued at trial that the eight to 10 shots fired was too much for self-defense. Kennedy took the stand and testified that he fired repeatedly because he believed he would be killed otherwise. ___ Information from: The Philadelphia Inquirer, https://www.inquirer.com Copyright 2019 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, … [Read more...] about Man acquitted of all charges in 2017 quadruple shooting
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‘It is a national emergency and it’s been left far too late,” says Greg Clark. “We’ve known for the last 10 years that most of our nuclear power fleet would come to the end of its planned life.” The Business Secretary’s dire warning is almost a decade old. In late 2009, as a member of the shadow cabinet, Clark could not have guessed that the UK’s delayed nuclear dawn was a false one. The Labour government had just given the go-ahead for 10 new nuclear projects. They were expected to begin powering homes by the Christmas of 2017. The biggest concern was whether the public would tolerate such a rapid pace of nuclear construction. They needn’t have worried. In the years since Britain heralded a... To continue reading this article Start your free trial of Premium Access all Premium articles Subscriber-only events Cancel any time Free for 30 days then only £2 per week Try Premium Access … [Read more...] about Will Britain’s new nuclear age ever see the light of day?
It looks like the Christmas and New Year trading period for Australian retailers was dire. From the start of November to early January, the value of credit card transactions at retailers fell 3.7% compared to a year earlier. The emergence of Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales may have brought forward spending into November, meaning there may be upside risks to Australia’s November retail sales report that will be released on Friday. If the early indications are anything to go by, the Christmas and New Year trading period for Australian retailers was one to forget. Not only does it look like foot traffic was down quite substantially, but spending levels were too, according to credit card transactions processed through the Commonwealth Bank’s network, Australia’s largest retail bank. “The Christmas trading period looks to have been disappointing,” says Michael Blythe, Chief Economist at the CBA. “The cumulative dollar value of the Christmas … [Read more...] about It looks like the Christmas trading period was a horror show for Australia’s retailers
Cholesterol levels tend to be higher right after the Christmas holiday period than at other times of the year, according to Danish researchers. Their study, published recently in the journal Artherosclerosis, specifically found that the cholesterol levels — at least of Danes — tend to be 20 percent higher, on average, in January than in June. It also found that people who had their cholesterol tested in January were six times more likely to be diagnosed with high cholesterol, a risk factor for heart disease and stroke, than those tested at other times of the year. As the researchers somewhat amusingly point out, that finding that cholesterol levels shoot upward in January most likely reflects how Danes spend the days around Christmas — engaging with family and friends in “hygge” (very roughly translated as “cozy time together”) and feasting on rich food. “Traditional Danish Christmas food contains large amounts of fat and … [Read more...] about Cholesterol levels tend to spike after Christmas, study finds
Apple has reportedly slashed planned production for its three newest iPhone models by about 10 per cent for the next three months, just one week after the tech giant cut its revenue forecasts. Apple is said to have asked its suppliers to produce less of its iPhone XS, XS Max and XR models than originally planned in the January to March quarter, according to reports by the Nikkei. If accurate, it would be the second time Apple has cut production of its iPhones in the last two months. This latest request was allegedly made before Apple issued a warning on its revenues on 2 January, in which it said revenue for the final three months of 2018 would be around $84bn (£66.8bn). This would be down five per cent from the same period in 2017, and $9bn lower than Apple's original highest forecast for the quarter. Chief executive Tim Cook told investors that "more than 100 per cent" of its missed revenue could be attributed to a sales decline in China, as demand for its iPhone and iPad … [Read more...] about Apple to cut new iPhone production by 10 per cent as Christmas takes its toll