Several injured in California school shooting


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The school, and other schools nearby, have been placed on lockdown

Several people have been injured after a gunman opened fire on the grounds of a high school in California, officials say.The shooting took place at the Saugus High School in Santa Clarita north of Los Angeles on Thursday, minutes before the school day was due to begin.Police described the suspect as an Asian male wearing black clothing. Police describe the scene as “active”.The school, and other neighbouring schools have been placed on lockdown.According to the LA Times website, the suspect is a 15-year-old boy.Live video from helicopter showed officer swarming the school, and injured victims being placed in ambulances.The LA County Sheriff has requested people living in the area to lock their doors and keep a lookout for the suspect.

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If you live in neighborhood s anywhere near Saugus High, PLEASE LOCK DOORS and stay inside. If you see suspect, male dark clothing, in backyards, etc. CALL 911— SCV Sheriff (@SCVSHERIFF) November 14, 2019

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Alfie Lamb car seat death: Man jailed for crushing boy to death


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Waterson admitted the manslaughter of his girlfriend’s son and gross negligence prior to his retrial

A man who crushed a three-year-old boy to death with a car seat has been jailed for more than seven years. Stephen Waterson, 26, inflicted irreversible brain injuries on Alfie Lamb, his girlfriend’s son, who was sat in the footwell behind him in 2018. Waterson initially denied manslaughter but changed his plea to guilty before a retrial in September. Alfie had been at his mother Adrian Hoare’s feet at the time. She was jailed for child cruelty in May. Sentencing Waterson, Mr Justice Kerr said he was “cunning, manipulative, threatening, and controlling”.Justice Kerr said: “I do not find you were annoyed with Alfie and moved your seat back because of that annoyance.”But he said he was satisfied he moved his car seat back twice “for your own comfort”.

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Three-year-old Alfie suffered irreversible brain injuries

The judge accepted character references from Waterson’s parents, who were in court, and agreed he was “not all bad”.Waterson, described by police as “arrogant, selfish and deeply unpleasant”, had lied to detectives about what happened and threatened his girlfriend and two friends who were also in his Audi convertible at the time.Mr Justice Kerr sentenced Waterson to five years and six months for the manslaughter.He was handed a further two years for intimidation and 18 months for conspiracy to pervert the course of justice, to run concurrently.Hoare, 24, of Gravesend, Kent, watched as her son was crushed in front of her and lied to protect her boyfriend.She was sentenced to two years and nine months but cleared of manslaughter.During her trail the jury heard Alfie was crying during a journey from a shopping trip.When he continued to moan, Waterson reversed twice, saying, “I won’t be told what to do by a three-year-old”, the court heard. The maximum space in the footwell was 30cm, and, at the touch of a button, that could be reduced to just 9.5cm, the Old Bailey was told. Alfie collapsed in the car and died in hospital three days later from irreversible brain injuries.His mother eventually confessed what happened to her half-sister Ashleigh Jeffrey in a taped conversation handed to police.



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Seventeen arrested in human trafficking raids in London


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A total of 29 women aged 20 to 40 believed to be victims of trafficking were rescued in the operation by the Met

Seventeen people have been arrested in early morning raids across east London in an international human trafficking investigation.A total of 29 women aged 20 to 40 were rescued in the operation by the Met, supported by officers from Romania.The potential victims were taken to a “place of safety”, and the suspects, 14 men and three women, remain in custody.Sixteen warrants were executed at properties in Redbridge, Havering, Barking and Dagenham and Tower Hamlets.The suspects, who were aged between 17 and 50, were held on suspicion of modern slavery, controlling prostitution, Class A drug offences and firearm offences relating to a stun gun.They remain in custody in a central London police station.Four warrants were carried out in Romania at the same time, leading to the arrest of a man in Constanta.’One fell swoop’Det Ch Insp Richard McDonagh, said: “The Met recognises the seriousness of modern slavery and the devastation it brings to people’s lives.”Today’s synchronised operational activity [had] the aim of, in one fell swoop, dismantling an organised crime network and providing support to the victims.”A spokesman for Romanian police in the UK said: “Romanian police officers working shoulder to shoulder with our British partners is a great achievement, a proof of our mutual permanent support and a great professional reward.”



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Zlatan Ibrahimovic: Watch former Sweden striker's best goals for LA Galaxy



Watch a selection of Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s best goals for LA Galaxy asthe 38-year-old announces he will be leaving LA Galaxy after two seasons and 52 goals scored in the MLS. READ MORE: Zlatan Ibrahimovic confirms LA Galaxy exitWATCH MORE: Gorillas, bears & duck-sized horses – Fleck & Sharp play Honesty Cards



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Michael Weir: Burglar guilty of 1998 double murders


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A jewel thief who beat two elderly people to death in their own homes has been convicted of their murders two decades on.Michael Weir fatally attacked 78-year-old Leonard Harris and Rose Seferian, 83, in 1998, the Old Bailey was told. The original investigation missed clues to the killer but DNA testing linked Weir to the London attacks after 20 years, the court heard.Weir, 52, of Hackney, had denied two counts of murder. Prosecutor Tom Little QC told the jury the “defenceless pensioners” had been struck repeatedly and knocked to the ground then left for dead.Weir was originally found guilty of murdering Mr Harris by an Old Bailey jury in July 1999, but his conviction was quashed by the Court of Appeal in 2000 on a technicality.He was retried under the so-called double jeopardy law when new forensic evidence came to light, and prosecutors believe Weir is “the first convicted man to be convicted twice”.Trial judge Mrs Justice McGowan told the jury they had made “legal history”. Palm print On 28 January 1998, Weir broke into Mr Harris’s flat in East Finchley, north London, leaving him with serious head injuries.The pensioner was found by an estate agent while his wife, who suffered from dementia, was left badly injured on a bedroom floor.An 18-carat gold Zenith watch Mr Harris had taken from a German soldier during the Second World War and his gold ring were missing.Three days after the attack, police found a palm print on the bedroom door but missed the match to the defendant at the time, because a comparative print was not the best quality, the court heard.On 5 March, Weir violently attacked Ms Seferian in her bedroom when she was at home on her own.He stole jewellery including a gold wedding ring with her husband’s initials and the date of their marriage engraved on it, a diamond solitaire gold ring, and a silver diamond ring, as well as cash.Sentencing was adjourned until a date to be fixed.



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Solheim Cup: Catriona Matthew named as Europe captain again




Catriona Matthew played for the only European team to have won in the United StatesCatriona Matthew has been given the chance to retain the Solheim Cup after being chosen to captain Europe for the second time in succession.The 50-year-old Scot led her team to victory over the United States on home soil at Gleneagles in September.She will be captain again at Inverness Golf Club in Toledo, Ohio, in 2021.”Winning the Solheim Cup in Scotland was a dream come true, but backing that up with a win in America would be even better,” Matthew said. “It’s always harder to win on US soil, but I’m honoured to be tasked with the mission. I was lucky enough to be part of the first European team to win on US soil at Colorado Golf Club in 2013 and so know what’s possible.”That remains the only time Europe have won in the United States and it was also the only time they have retained the trophy, which has been won by the US in 10 of the 16 meetings.Matthew was part of a winning team three times in her nine appearances as a player, including the side who won at Killeen Castle Golf Resort, Ireland, before defending the trophy.With Meg Mallon having succeeded Rosie Jones as captain in 2013, Matthew would become the first to lead Europe to successive wins should she repeat September’s success.”The American team played extremely well at Gleneagles, but what we accomplished this year and what it meant to people all around the world will serve as further motivation,” the Scot said. “I’m excited to get down to business, build the next team and see what Europe is capable of at Inverness Club. It’s a very Scottish name, so I’m hoping that’s a good omen.”The appointment was announced by the Ladies European Tour at the scene of September’s win, with Matthew saying that the event was the pinnacle of her career, even “blowing away” her major victory in the 2009 Women’s British Open.Dame Laura Davies, a vice-captain in 2019, said: “I think that Catriona was such a great captain that she deserves the chance to go and get the trophy back again.”Suzann Pettersen, who holed an eight-foot putt to win on the 18th green in the final match at Gleneagles, was also “thrilled” by the news. “She’s a class act and obviously inspires all the players and team members around her,” she added. “She’s not only a Solheim Cup legend but she’s also a great leader, friend and mother. She had the faith in me to choose me as a wildcard pick, for which I will forever be grateful, and she deserves all the credit.”The only other Scot to captain Europe, Dale Reid, failed in her attempt to retain the trophy in Minnesota after leading her side to victory at Loch Lomond in 2000.



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Venice floods: Italy to declare state of emergency over damage


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Italy is set to declare a state of emergency in Venice after the Italian city was engulfed by 1.87m (6ft) high water levels, flooding its historic basilica and cutting power to homes.More than 80% of the city, a Unesco world heritage site, was under water when tides were at their highest. Italy’s Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte described the flooding as “a blow to the heart of our country”.He said the government would now act quickly to provide funds and resources.The historic sites hit by Venice floods”It hurts to see the city so damaged, its artistic heritage compromised, its commercial activities on its knees,” Mr Conte, who visited the region late on Wednesday, wrote in a Facebook post (in Italian).

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He said the government would “accelerate” the building of structural defences for the lagoon city, referring specifically to the so-called Mose project – a hydraulic barrier system to shut off the lagoon in the event of rising sea levels and winter storms.The prime minister is expected to announce the emergency measures later on Thursday.

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It comes as Venetians woke to sirens indicating that the tide would “remain high” in the coming days, although the level was not expected to exceed 130cm (50in) in height, according to the Venetian authorities.The mayor of Venice, Luigi Brugnaro, blamed climate change for the highest water levels in more than 50 years this week and said the impact on the city was “huge” and would leave “a permanent mark”. St Mark’s Square – one of the lowest parts of the city – was one of the worst hit areas.

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Mr Brugnaro said the famous St Mark’s Basilica had suffered “grave damage”. The crypt at the historic landmark was completely flooded on Tuesday and there are fears that the basilica’s column may have been structurally damaged.”The damage will run into hundreds of millions of euros,” Mr Brugnaro warned.

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On Wednesday, pumps were deployed to drain water from the church and its 12th Century crypt, and there are fears of structural damage to the basilica’s columns.Small business owners and vendors in the city were appealing to tourists, many of whom had left the city after the water levels rose, to return.

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One merchant told the mayor that his business relied on tourism, but that his kiosk was swept away by the tide.

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The city of Venice is made up of more than 100 islands inside a lagoon off the north-east coast of Italy. It suffers flooding on a yearly basis.Only once since official records began in 1923, however, has the tide been higher than it reached this week – hitting 1.94m in 1966.

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On the island of Pellestrina, two people died as a result of the flooding on a thin strip of land that separates the lagoon from the Adriatic Sea. A resident was electrocuted as he tried to start a pump in his home and a second person was found dead elsewhere on the island.The flooding in Venice was caused by a combination of high spring tides and a meteorological storm surge driven by strong winds blowing north-eastwards across the Adriatic Sea. The winds were so strong that an empty vaporetto – or public water bus – ended up grounded in Venice’s Arsenale complex.

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Mr Conte said that the Mose project, part of which was successfully tested in 2013, was not expected to be operational until the end of 2021.Work on the project began back in 2003 and has already cost billions of euros. It has been plagued by corruption and bribery allegations.

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Snow weather warning: Hazardous driving conditions reported


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Snow is falling in Hirwaun, Cynon Valley

A yellow be prepared warning for snow and rain is in place for much of mid and south Wales.The Met Office issued the yellow weather warning for snow for 11 of Wales’ 22 counties until 10:00 GMT. A second yellow warning for rain covers 13 counties and is in place until 23:45 on Thursday.Traffic analysts Inrix said stranded vehicles and heavy snowfall meant some roads in Powys, Ceredigion and Neath Port Talbot were impassable. No school closures have been reported.

It said snow was completely covering all the lanes on the A465 Heads of the Valleys road between the Glynneath interchange and Cefn Coed roundabout in Neath Port Talbot. It warned of hazardous driving conditions and said drivers should approach with care. Vehicles are stranded along the A4109 between Seven Sisters and Banwen in Neath Port Talbot and the road is impassable, the analyst said.

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It said the A482 in Lampeter, Ceredigion, was partially blocked by snow and stranded vehicles.The A4221 between Abercrave and Coelbren in Powys is also impassable following heavy snowfall.The weather warning for snow covers Blaenau Gwent, Caerphilly, Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion, Merthyr Tydfil, Monmouthshire, Neath Port Talbot, Powys, Rhondda Cynon Taff, Swansea and Torfaen.The rain warning is in place in Blaenau Gwent, Bridgend, Caerphilly, Cardiff, Merthyr Tydfil, Monmouthshire, Neath Port Talbot, Newport, Powys, Rhondda Cynon Taff, Swansea, Torfaen and Vale of Glamorgan.On Wednesday a multi-vehicle accident and snow forced road agencies to close a 12 mile (19km) stretch of the A470 between Merthyr Tydfil and Libanus in Powys in both directions.

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People are being told to take care on the roads

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Snow has settled at a pub in Penderyn

South Wales Police said it was “receiving a high number of calls about weather-related incidents” and advised people to allow extra time if travelling. BBC Wales weatherman Derek Brockway said conditions meant Wales was experiencing “heavy rain, sleet and snow”.



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Cockroft retains T34 800m title as Adenegan takes silver




Hannah Cockroft also won the T34 800m title in London (2017) and Doha (2015)Hannah Cockroft retained her T34 800m title at the World Para-Athletics Championships as Kare Adenegan took silver in a British one-two.A dominant Cockroft, 27, set a new championship record of one minute 57.27 seconds in Dubai.And 18-year-old Adenegan – who led in the early stages of the race – crossed the line more than four seconds later.Five-time Paralympic champion Cockroft has now won 12 world titles across all distances.”I didn’t really have a plan,” she told BBC Sport. “I won it; that was the only tactic behind it.”Kare really surprised me. She went out strong to the front and she was very welcome to do that because it was quite hot outside.”I hate being pushed to the front of the race, so she really made the race easy for me. She allowed me to save myself for the last 400m.”It was Cockroft’s second gold medal of the championships, as she won the 100m title on Sunday.After that race, Yorkshire’s Cockroft admitted she had “fallen out of love” with the sport in 2018 but on Thursday, she told BBC Sport her fire had been reignited in Dubai.”This is what I needed – I needed to come here and remind myself of what I love doing and why I love doing it,” she said.”It’s really done that; it’s motivated me. The girls are still not as far away from me as I’d like them to be, so I need to work hard and go quicker.”Adenegan – who now has two silver medals in Dubai, having finished second to Cockroft over the sprint distance – beat American Alexa Halko to second place by just three hundredths of a second in a tight finish.”I am so happy with that,” the three-time Paralympic medallist told BBC Sport. “That was probably the best 800m I’ve had.”I don’t think I’ve ever beaten Alexa over the 800m because she is really strong. I saw that I was ahead of her but knew I needed to push a bit harder, and it was enough. It was a tough race.”Elsewhere in Thursday’s morning session, Paul Blake – who won T36 800m earlier in the championships – finished fifth in the 400m final.Martina Barber placed eighth in the T20 long jump final, while Anna Nicholson was fourth in the F35 shot put.Jordan Howe reached the T35 100m final after finishing second in his heat, but the Great Britain quartet of Libby Clegg (and guide Thomas Somers), Ola Abidogun, Sophie Hahn and Mickey Bushell missed out on the universal 4x100m relay final.



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General election 2019: Why social media is full of political Twitter screenshots


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It might seem like a clunky way to get a message out. But as the UK gears up for an election on 12 December, social media is being flooded with screenshots of political tweets.Twitter has fewer users than other big social media sites, but it frequently kick-starts conversations elsewhere when pictures of tweets get shared on Facebook, WhatsApp – or even singer Lily Allen’s Instagram account.And with conversations jumping between platforms, it’s increasingly hard to measure who is winning the online race.Twitter battleMatt Walsh of Cardiff University compiled a list of the most-shared tweets of the election campaign as of last week – and it was dominated by Jeremy Corbyn. The Labour leader accounted for the seven most liked tweets and 13 of the top 14.Evidence suggests that people who talk politics on Twitter are more likely to support Labour than the population at large, while Facebook users are thought to be more evenly distributed along the political spectrum.One tweet by Mr Corbyn about economic equality was retweeted more than 20,000 times, and liked more than 85,000 times:

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When 26 billionaires have the same wealth as half the world’s population, it’s clear the system is broken.It’s time for real change.— Jeremy Corbyn (@jeremycorbyn) November 3, 2019

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Screenshot stealthBut those numbers don’t give you the full scale of the reach of this message. When Twitter screenshots are posted to other, bigger social media sites, they are seen by far more people. As well as being more inclined towards Labour, evidence suggests UK Twitter users are unrepresentative of the population in another way – they are far more politically engaged. Voters who don’t follow every twist and turn in Westminster are far more likely to be using Facebook, WhatsApp or Instagram. That means that a viral tweet is unlikely to reach these people directly, but it may come onto their screens in a different way.The best performing Facebook post by a leader in the first week of the campaign was on Mr Corbyn’s page – it was simply a screenshot of a tweet:

The Conservatives are sharing screenshots of their leader’s tweets too:

Parties also share opponents’ tweets. This video posted by the official Conservative page includes a Jeremy Corbyn tweet about Labour’s Brexit policy, in order to criticise it as “dither and delay”:

Analysis by BBC Monitoring shows Mr Corbyn’s Facebook page had far more interactions than those of the other party leaders, although the Conservatives’ official page did a bit better than Labour’s.Passive consumptionIt’s not just Facebook that helps tweets spread further. Instagram is traditionally a platform that places high value on aesthetics – nice pictures and highly produced videos.But recent research by media regulator Ofcom says smartphones encourage “passive news consumption” with people prioritising “quantity over depth in their news intake”. And when it comes to politics, videos are out and screenshots are in.In recent weeks Mr Corbyn’s Instagram page has been posting lots of simple screenshots of his tweets with no visual embellishment.Perhaps in response to his rival’s strategy, Mr Johnson has also started doing this more often, though not as much as Mr Corbyn.

That said, we haven’t spotted other party leaders, such as Nicola Sturgeon, Jo Swinson and Nigel Farage, adopting this strategy in recent weeks.Lily Allen’s InstagramThis is not just about party accounts.Just before the 2017 election, the Labour Party put out a video featuring Lily Allen’s song “Somewhere Only We Know”, which was watched millions of times online. Ms Allen still supports the party and recently shared this screenshot of a Corbyn tweet – to her 1.3 million followers – in one of her Instagram stories:

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A Labour spokesperson told the BBC that the party actively shares “register to vote” links and graphics with celebrities encouraging them to post online, but that Ms Allen’s screenshot was not in this category and she chose to put it up it herself.It’s impossible to systematically analyse the reach of tweets that travel onto other platforms. But it definitely means they get more views than the number of retweets indicates. Political tweets are spreading on Instagram stories and on WhatsApp, which is nearly impossible to track.Closed groupsIt’s not just politicians and celebrities sharing tweets outside Twitter. BBC Trending has gained access to many large private political-themed Facebook groups across the political spectrum in the run up to the election.
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Browsing through these groups a few days into the campaign, a pattern is clear. Screenshots of tweets appear again and again.BBC Trending found far more screenshots of Mr Corbyn’s tweets than those by any other party leader. Many came from Labour-supporting groups, as you might expect, but they were also being shared widely in groups supporting other parties – albeit in a critical way.This post from one of the groups was shared 100 times on Facebook:

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Political Facebook groups also contain lots of screenshots of tweets featuring partisan political messages by commentators and political activists.These may have done fairly well on Twitter, but they get seen by even more people on Facebook.

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Even though they’re not exactly slick, these political screenshots are definitely getting shared.Have you spotted something interesting on social media? Is there something we should be investigating? Email usFollow BBC Trending on Twitter @BBCtrending, and find us on Facebook. All our stories are at bbc.com/trending.



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