The PM has set herself a huge test

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionTheresa May: MPs “have a duty” to deliver Brexit Twice my colleague in Paris asked the prime minister if she would resign if her Brexit plan is rejected by MPs again. Twice she completely swerved the question. You can watch the awkward moment above. You can’t blame her for wanting to avoid it. Theresa May is not exactly fond of revealing much in interviews in any case. And for her to go anywhere near tangling with her potential exit would have breathed even more fire into the frenzied speculation. And just for good measure, it is not exactly unusual, sadly, for politicians to ignore completely what they are actually asked. Image copyright …

Footage shows man saving pet dog from choking on piece of cheese: ‘Literally saved my dog’s life’

Joshua Aspey’s lifeguard training helped him dislodge a piece of cheese stuck in his dog’s throat. (SWNS) “I turned around and saw her fitting,” Aspey remembered, according to SWNS. “I just started to smack her on the back and shook her head up and down to try to bring [the cheese] back up.” PET CAT ACCIDENTALLY HITCHES A RIDE FROM UTAH TO FLORIDA Aspey’s heroic actions were captured on security footage, which he later posted to Twitter with a caption reading, “Literally saved my dog’s life when she was choking on a bit of food today.” “Seeing your dog doing that is horrible,” Aspey said of watching Sally’s choking incident on Sunday. Aspey added that his former lifeguard training probably …

Quickly catch up on the day’s business news

New York (CNN Business)Here’s what you might have missed Tuesday on CNN Business: — Boeing had no new orders for planes in April. Customers aren’t just avoiding the troubled 737 Max, there were no orders for the 787 Dreamliner or the 777. — The streaming wars continue. Disney is taking full control over Hulu from Comcast. — Uber shares notched their first day in positive territory since its Wall Street debut last week, closing up more than 7%. But its shares are still 11% below their IPO price. — Shares in Bayer fell 2% after a California jury found its Roundup weed killer was a cause of a couple’s cancer. — Tesla’s much-ballyhooed $35,000 Model 3 only lasted about three …

Michelle Obama Pens Emotional Mother’s Day Tribute To Marian Robinson

Michelle Obama paid homage to her mother Marian Robinson on Sunday, calling her “a sweet, witty companion” who “listened a lot more than she lectured.” People magazine’s upcoming issue, Obama praised Robinson’s parenting, stating that “when it came to raising her kids, my mom knew that her voice was less important than allowing me to use my own.” While she noted that by today’s standards, critics may call her mother’s somewhat hands-off parenting style too lenient, Obama explained that “the reality was far from that.” Obama echoed the kind words for Robinson in an Instagram post, sharing a photo of the two between her daughters, Malia and Sasha ― three generations in one image. “From an early age, she saw …

State Department condemns killing of American citizen in Nicaraguan prison

(CNN)The State Department condemned the killing of an American citizen being held in Nicaragua after a prison uprising, according to Nicaraguan and US officials. “We call for an immediate, thorough, and transparent investigation of Montes’s death. We reiterate our call for the unconditional release of all political prisoners. The United States will hold accountable the Ortega regime and Nicaraguan security forces involved in human rights abuses and violations,” she continued. The Nicaraguan government said Montes was part of a group of prisoners who apparently charged security guards and, after a scuffle, he was shot by a prison guard. The government also said he was shot in “self-defense.” “The death of US citizen Eddy Montes at the hands of prison authorities …

Iran’s regional proxies ensure it will never fight alone

From Lebanon and Syria to Iraq, Yemen, and the Gaza Strip, Tehran has significantly expanded its footprint over the past decade, finding and developing powerful allies in conflict-ravaged countries across the Middle East. Hezbollah is one of the most prominent members of the self-styled “axis of resistance,” armed groups with tens of thousands of Shiite Muslim fighters beholden to Tehran. Iran has used such groups in the past to strike its regional foes, and could mobilize them if the latest tensions with the United States lead to an armed conflict — dramatically expanding the battlefield. Here’s a look at Tehran’s allies in the Mideast: HEZBOLLAH The militia, whose Arabic name translates into “Party of God,” was established by Iran’s Revolutionary …

Watching for the Supreme Court to set the terms for the eventual Roe v. Wade showdown

Washington (CNN)Rapid and dramatic moves by states to ban abortion at six weeks of pregnancy, including Tuesday night’s vote in Alabama to pass the most restrictive abortion bill in the country, appear to set up an immediate fight over Roe v. Wade. On this week’s episode of “United Shades of America,” W. Kamau Bell visits Jackson, Mississippi to explore the divisive world of reproductive rights and reproductive justice including abortion, sex education and women’s health. Tune in on Sunday at 10 p.m. ET/PT. That means dueling advocates are homing in on themes of precedent and regard for the court in the public eye. They are focusing on respect for — or rejection of — past decisions involving the right to …

Rod Rosenstein Calls James Comey Partisan Pundit,’ Defends Handling Of Mueller Probe

Rod Rosenstein defended his handling of James Comey a “partisan pundit” even as he said the former FBI director’s firing by President Rosenstein, whose eventful term as the Justice Department’s second-in-command officially formal send-off at DOJ headquarters, spoke about his handling of the investigation of the Trump campaign and Russian interference in the 2016 election during a speech before the Great Baltimore Committee on Monday evening. May 17 marks the two-year anniversary of the day Comey’s May 9, 2017, firing. It was Rosenstein who wrote a memo supporting a change in leadership at the FBI due to the way Comey oversaw the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s email practices during her tenure as secretary of state.  high-profile letter to Congress just days before the …

After Sandwich Fiasco, Chobani And Others Donate More Than $150,000 To School District

sun butter and jelly sandwiches to students with unpaid bills. Strangers across the country have since pitched in more than $150,000 to help Warwick Public Schools clear its debt — and ensure no student there gets “lunch shamed.” “Absolutely disgusting. There are MANY options to take rather than publicly shaming children,” one person said in response to the district’s Facebook post on the matter. “We … like to shame [children] and starve them in the lunchroom,” The criticism was so blistering that the school district almost immediately backpedaled on its sandwich policy, declaring two days later that “after careful review and consideration,” it had decided that students should be allowed “their choice of lunch regardless of their account status.” Almost …

Can you cram 16 gigs into a single day?

Report End of Youtube post by The Wood Burning Savages – Topic Image Copyright The Wood Burning Savages – Topic The Wood Burning Savages – Topic Glasgow’s Lucia walk on stage like they’ve just arrived from a school production of Grease, sporting pastel suits and slicked-back quiffs. But their set is less Greased Lightning and more Atomic Bomb – a short, sharp barrage of punk-pop explosions. Frontwoman Lucia Fairfull is a force of nature, glaring at the crowd with a Gallagher-esque, “Who the hell are you?” attitude. They’re the first band today to feel like the venue’s too small to contain them. Gig Five – Kitt Philippa Poor Kitt Philippa is having sound problems. There’s a weird hum on the …

Tributes paid after Starr reported dead

Comedian Jim Davidson also tweeted: “Just heard the news. Freddie Starr was the greatest.” Starr rose to prominence in the early 1970s after appearing on the TV talent show Opportunity Knocks. He starred in several other TV programmes in the 90s and famously featured in the Sun’s “Freddie Starr ate my hamster” headline in 1986. In 2012, he was arrested by police investigating allegations of historical sexual abuse but he was never charged. He later lost a defamation claim against an accuser in 2015. ‘I’m a Celebrity’ Starr began his career as lead singer of the Merseybeat group the Midniters during the 1960s. His TV appearances included The Freddie Starr Show and An Audience with Freddie Starr in the 1990s. …

Labour ‘to end youth rate minimum wage’

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionJeremy Corbyn: “We will abolish the youth rate of the minimum wage” Labour will extend its plans for a higher £10-an-hour minimum wage to include workers under the age of 18, party leader Jeremy Corbyn has said. Currently, under-18s are entitled to a minimum wage of £4.35 per hour, compared with £8.21 for over-25s. But under a Labour government this “youth rate” for the minimum wage would be ended in 2020, Mr Corbyn said. One business group said there was value in having the minimum wage set by an independent group, as it is now. Mr Corbyn had already pledged to raise the National Living Wage – a legally binding hourly rate …

Dow sinks more than 400 points as trade jitters continue

New York (CNN Business)The Dow’s losses are deepening as the latest back-and-forth in the US-China trade weighed on global markets. China’s Commerce Ministry said it considered countermeasures to the increased tariffs. Meanwhile, Chinese Vice Premier Liu He arrived in Washington, which market participants took as a glimmer of hope for a deal to be struck between the world’s two largest economies. Ongoing negotiations, additional tariffs from the US and retaliation from China could prove to be a prolonged headwind for US companies, said ratings agency Fitch on Thursday. Tech and industrials businesses were the most vulnerable to retaliatory actions, Fitch said, pointing at the likes of Boeing (BA), Intel (INTC) and Texas Instruments (TXN) as examples. The additional tariffs and …

The top 5 2020 stories this week, ranked

(CNN)With267 daysuntil the Iowa caucuses and a record number of Democratic candidates, the 2020 election is already in full swing.Every Sunday, I will preview the 5 BIG storylines you need to know to understand the upcoming week on the campaign trail. And they’re ranked — so the No. 1 story is the most important of the coming week. I mean, does it get any worse than that? If so, how??  4. Happy commencement season!: It’s May, which means college graduations. And commencement speeches. And, of course, presidential aspirants angling to give those speeches in key early primary and caucus states. New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker kicked things off Friday with a commencement address at South Carolina State University. “Life is not about …

Plaid Cymru manifesto backs Brexit reverse

During its election campaign launch in Cardiff, Mr Price said Plaid was targeting Labour voters in particular who felt let down on Brexit. All countries in the EU have committed to ensure that young people under the age of 25 receive an offer of employment, continued education, apprenticeship or traineeship within four months of becoming unemployed or leaving formal education. One of Plaid’s manifesto pledges is to work towards full implementation of the EU’s Youth Guarantee scheme. Plaid is also pledging to create a Welsh Migration System if it is in government in Wales, but the party is currently in opposition in the Welsh Assembly, and migration policy is the UK Government’s responsibility. Election candidates clash over referendum A guide …