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James Michael Tyler: Friends’ actor dies aged 59


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Woman who documented her battle with skin cancer on TikTok dies aged 27


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Girls Aloud star Sarah Harding dies aged 39


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German court sets trial date for former Nazi guard, aged 100


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Donald Rumsfeld, former US defence secretary, dies aged 88


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Donald Rumsfeld: Ex-US defence secretary dies aged 88


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John Magufuli: Tanzania’s president and coronavirus sceptic dies aged 61


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James R Leavelle, detective handcuffed to Lee Harvey Oswald when he was shot, dies aged 99

James R Leavelle, detective handcuffed to Lee Harvey Oswald when he was shot, dies aged 99Leavelle was cuffed to John F Kennedy’s killer in 1963 in Dallas when the gunman was shot dead by Jack RubyThe image of Oswald’s shooting by Dallas Times Herald photographer Bob Jackson won a Pulitzer prize. Photograph: Bob Jackson/APJames R Leavelle, the detective who was handcuffed to Lee Harvey Oswald when the killer of John F Kennedy was in turn shot dead by Jack Ruby, has died. He was 99.Leavelle’s daughter, Karla Leavelle, confirmed her father’s death to the New York Times.Kennedy was shot dead on 22 November 1963, as he passed through Dallas.Reporting for the Guardian, Alistair Cooke wrote: “The motorcade was going along slowly but smoothly when three muffled shots, which the crowd first mistook for fireworks, cracked through the cheers. One hit the shoulder blade and the wrist of Governor [John] Connally [of Texas] who was taken with the president to the hospital, where his condition is serious.“The other brought blood trickling from the temple of the sitting president. His right arm flopped from a high wave of greeting and he collapsed into the arms of Mrs Kennedy, who fell unharmed. She was heard to cry ‘Oh no’ and sat there all the way cradling his head in her lap.”Kennedy was declared dead at Parkland Hospital.Jim Leavelle pictured in 2017. Photograph: Devon Ravine/APTwo days later Oswald, then a suspect in the shooting of a police officer but not yet formally tied to the murder of the president, was led through the basement of a Dallas police station. Ruby, a nightclub owner who has long been rumoured to have had ties to the Mob, lunged forward and shot him.A Dallas Times Herald photographer, Bob Jackson, captured the flash of the moment, the burly, Stetson-hatted Leavelle recoiling from the shot, Oswald crumpled by it, Ruby lunging forward with his pistol clearly visible. The image won a Pulitzer Prize.The Times reported that Leavelle often discussed an exchange with Oswald shortly before the assassin himself was assassinated.“Lee,” Leavelle said in the version of the story quoted by the Times, “if anybody shoots at you, I hope they are as good a shot as you.”Oswald, he said, replied: “You’re being melodramatic.”In 2013, Leavelle told the New York Daily News Oswald said “Nobody’s gonna shoot at me”.“Famous last words,” Leavelle said.In 2006, Leavelle told the Times that after his exchange with his prisoner, he saw “out of the corner of my eye” that Ruby “had a pistol by his side”.“I jerked back on Oswald to get him behind me,” he said. “I had my hand through his belt. All I succeeded in doing, I turned him so instead of dead centre the bullet hit four inches to the left of his navel and two inches above.”Oswald was declared dead in the same hospital as Kennedy. Ruby received the death penalty but died before sentence could be carried out.In 2017, files declassified by order of President Donald Trump showed that the night before the shooting, the FBI received a call about a plot to kill Oswald in Dallas.In a memo written on 24 November, the day of Oswald’s death, then FBI director J Edgar Hoover said: “We at once notified the chief of police and he assured us Oswald would be given sufficient protection. This morning we called the chief of police again warning of the possibility of some effort against Oswald and again he assured us adequate protection would be given.“However, this was not done.”Leavelle served in the US navy in the second world war, surviving the attack on Pearl Harbor before sustaining an injury at sea. He had a long career in law enforcement and opened a polygraph company in retirement.The suit, tie and hat he wore on the day he became part of American history, and the handcuffs he used, have been displayed at the Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza, in the former Texas School Book Depository from which Oswald shot the president.



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Six people aged 62 to 85 arrested for 'sexual activity' in woods after police surveillance operation

Six people aged 62 to 85 arrested for 'sexual activity' in woods after police surveillance operationSix people aged 62 to 85 have been arrested after police officers went into the woods to watch them having sex.The group was arrested in a conservation area in Fairfield, Connecticut, which is some 87 acres in size.



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Two sisters aged 5 and 8 'miraculously' found after 44 hours in Californian wilderness

Two sisters aged 5 and 8 'miraculously' found after 44 hours in Californian wildernessArmed with some outdoor survival training, granola bars and pink rubber boots, five- and eight-year-old sisters survived 44 hours in rugged Northern California wilderness before they were found dehydrated and cold but in good spirits on Sunday, authorities said. A fire chief and firefighter from a local volunteer department found Leia and Caroline Carrico in a wooded area about 1½ miles (2.3 kilometres) from their home in the small community of Benbow, where they had last been seen Friday afternoon, Humboldt County Sheriff William Honsal said. Benbow is about 200 miles (320 kilometers) northwest of Sacramento. The girls were "safe and sound" and uninjured, thanks in part to survival training they got with their local 4-H club, Mr Honsal said. "This is an absolute miracle," he said. "This is rugged territory, this is an extreme environment. How they were out there for 44 hours is pretty amazing." The sisters were last seen on Friday outside their home in California Credit: Humboldt County Sheriff's Office via AP A photo of one of the girls posted by the sheriff's office and already being widely shared on social media shows her wearing pink rubber boots, dirty jeans, a long pink shirt and a woolen cap. She is standing while a firefighter kneels down and talks to her. One person commented that "she looks like a seasoned outdoor gal" while another said, "those little adventurers will sure have a story to tell!" Mr Honsal said the girls were given fresh warm clothes, water and food and were being assessed but were in good spirits and doing well. "A lot of us didn't get any sleep the last 48 hours or so," Mr Honsal said. "To have a positive outcome like this is just absolutely amazing … These girls definitely have a survival story to tell." He said the firefighters who found the girls had followed their boot prints. The firefighters were part of a massive search of a vast and rugged rural area that included a dozen agencies, including the National Guard, helicopters and tracking dogs. Rescuers were hopeful about finding the girls Saturday after they came across prints from their boots and wrappers from granola bars, Lt. Mike Fridley said. "The wrappers showed us a direction from where they started to where the wrappers ended up at," Mr Fridley said. Mr Fridley said he was the one who got to call the girls' mother and tell them her daughters were alive. "She melted on the phone," he said.



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