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BOSTON, USA (AP) – For the first time since the early 1900s, more Americans are dying at home rather than in hospitals, a trend that reflects more hospice care and progress toward the kind of end that most people say they want. Deaths in nursing homes also have declined, according to Wednesday’s report in the New England Journal of Medicine.

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SAN ANTONIO, USA (AP) — Doctors, on Wednesday, reported unusually good results from tests of two experimental drugs in women with an aggressive form of breast cancer that had spread widely and resisted many previous treatments.

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SECURITY Minister Dr Horace Chang says the Government continues to take proactive steps to tackle the pervasive issue of squatting across Jamaica.Noting that this challenge has contributed to the social ills affecting the society, including crime and violence, he said addressing it effectively remains a priority for the Administration.

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THE excruciating pain and loss experienced by the family of Charmaine Rattray and her daughter Joeith Lynch when both were brutally chopped, shot and beheaded in their house in July 2011 was relayed in a victim impact statement read to the Supreme Court on Wednesday, moments before Justice Vivene Harris sentenced the four men convicted of the gruesome crime to life in prison.

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LONDON, England (AP) — Prime Minister Boris Johnson's Conservative Party is likely to win a solid majority of seats in Parliament an exit poll suggested late last night — a decisive outcome to a Brexit-dominated election that should allow Johnson to fulfil his plan to take the UK out of the European Union next month.

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It was an emotional walk down memory lane as Burger King celebrated '35 years of awesome' in Jamaica with its Popeyes and Little Ceasars family while making a commitment of 'Going Further, Together'. The chain of fast-food restaurants has flourished across Jamaica since opening its first store on Main Street, Ocho Rios, in 1984. The success of the burger chain subsequently led to the introduction of popular fried chicken chain Popeyes and pizza makers Little Ceasars to the local...

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WASHINGTON, DC, USA (AP) — Revelations that the FBI committed serious errors in wiretapping a former Trump campaign aide have spurred bipartisan calls for change to government's surveillance powers, including from some Republicans who in the past have voted to renew or expand those powers.

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THE Consumer Affairs Commission (CAC) is urging consumers to exercise due diligence when making their purchases during the Christmas season. Speaking at a Jamaica Information Service (JIS) Think Tank on Wednesday, the agency's Chief Executive Officer Dolsie Allen said that consumers should also demand receipts when making transactions.

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Minister wiithout as portfolio in the Office of the Prime Minister Lester Michael Henry lays a wreath at the shrine of the late former prime minister at National Heroes' Park on December 10, to commemorate the 95th anniversary of the birth of the late former prime minister. (Photos: JIS)

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LAGOS, Nigeria (AFP) – A group of 47 men has appeared in a Nigerian court charged with homosexuality, a crime punishable by 14 years in prison in the country, their attorney said yesterday.The men, who were arrested in a Lagos hotel during a police raid in 2017, have been accused of a “committing homosexual acts” in a “gay initiation party”.

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WASHINGTON,DC, USA (AP) — The Trump Administration and China are close to finalising a modest trade agreement that is expected to suspend tariffs that are set to kick in Sunday, de-escalating their 17-month trade war.A “deal is close'', said Myron Brilliant, the US Chamber of Commerce's head of international affairs, who has been briefed by both sides.

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THE Consumer Affairs Commission (CAC) has secured $18.5 million in refunds and compensation on behalf of aggrieved consumers who transacted business with product and service providers between January and November of this year.Speaking at a JIS Think Tank on Wednesday, the agency's chief executive officer Dolsie Allen said that the amount represents resolution of 82.5 per cent of the complaints received for the 11-month period.

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THE tears seemed set to flow at any minute as Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport Olivia “Babsy” Grange responded to questions from the media on Wednesday in her first public comments following the fatal shooting of her cousin and three others in Dover, St Catherine, on Tuesday night.

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MONTEGO BAY, St James — Minister of Local Government and Community Development Desmond McKenzie has expressed concerns that noise emanating from some churches is disturbing neighbourhoods, too.

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MONTEGO BAY, St James — Head of the Cornwall Regional Hospital (CRH) rehabilitation project oversight committee Professor Archibald McDonald has bemoaned the onerous government procurement guideline process, which he said has resulted in delays in the $4-billion project.Providing an update on the project at Grand-A-View Restaurant and Event Place in St James yesterday, Professor McDonald stated that the project has three phases.

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This is an edited version of the victim impact statement read in the Supreme Court on Wednesday by a relative of Joeith “Chrystal” Lynch and her mother, Charmaine “Gloria” Rattray who were brutally murdered and their heads severed in July 2011. Before sentencing the four men convicted of the gruesome crime, High Court Judge Justice Vivene Harris had ordered that no mention should be made of the individual's name or gender in any report on the...

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PRIME Minister Andrew Holness says that two maritime patrol vessels which have been donated to Jamaica by the Japanese Government will boost the country's ability to secure its borders.

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WHEN Olympic and World Champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce got to the second floor of the Half-Way-Tree Transport Centre yesterday morning, more than 200 special needs children were astonished.Some of them, with tears in their eyes, could not contain their excitement, while others who were in disbelief, sought confirmation.

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BERLIN, Germany (AP) — One of Germany's richest families, which owns Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, Pret A Manger and other international brands, is giving millions to support Holocaust survivors as it seeks to atone for its use of forced labourers during the Nazi era and its enthusiastic support of Adolf Hitler, The Associated Press has learned.

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THE police will be intensifying their efforts to capture, charge and convict gang members heading into the new year, as part of efforts to stem the violence that has left more than 1,260 people dead across the island since the start of the year.

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MANDEVILLE, Manchester — Health officials say dengue remains a major problem in this south-central parish. Speaking at the monthly sitting of the Manchester Municipal Corporation yesterday, Acting Medical Officer of Health Shannette Blair-Walters said the Manchester Health Department “continues to see [dengue] cases in almost all health facilities”.

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SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — Searchers combing Antarctic seas have recovered parts of a military transport plane and human remains belonging to some of the 38 people aboard who vanished en route to the frozen continent, Chilean officials said yesterday.

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NEW JERSEY, USA (AP) — The two killers who stormed a kosher market in Jersey City were driven by hatred of Jews and law enforcement, New Jersey's attorney general said yesterday, adding that the case is being investigated as domestic terrorism.

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Tempers rose in the Porus Court yesterday as prosecutors and the defence in the Manchester Municipal Corporation multimillon-dollar fraud trial sparred over a bid to adjust the indictment following applications made two weeks ago. Defence...

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LONDON (AP): Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Conservative Party was on track to win a solid majority of seats in Parliament, an exit poll suggested late Thursday – a decisive outcome to a Brexit-dominated election that should allow Johnson to fulfil...

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The Bank of Jamaica (BOJ) yesterday submitted before a panel of three retired justices at the Industrial Disputes Tribunal (IDT) that former head of Strategic Planning and Project Management Centre, Karim Kiffin, should not receive more than a lump...

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Law-enforcement authorities have refuted claims that political activist Kevin Brown was pulled from his car and shot on Wednesday night along Chesterfield Drive in the western St Andrew community of Seaview Gardens. The police suspect that the 44-...

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WESTERN BUREAU: Homeowner Suzette Virgo, whose home falls in the projected path of the looming J$4.8-billion Montego Bay bypass, says she will have no difficulty in giving into Government’s request to acquire the property on which her Irwin home is...

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The Constant Spring police are probing the circumstances surrounding the seizure of a 12-gauge shotgun that was reportedly found in a garbage pile in the Grants Pen community on Wednesday night. Information reaching The Gleaner is that the firearm...

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HIGH Court Judge Justice Vivene Harris yesterday said her move to go beyond the maximum penalties prescribed by the sentencing guidelines in pronouncing judgement on the four men convicted for the death of a St Catherine mother and daughter in July of 2011 was buffered by several factors, including the fact that the women had been slaughtered with less dignity than animals butchered in the island's abattoirs.

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More than 375 cases of identity duplication have been detected by the Passport, Immigration and Citizenship Agency (PICA) since the start of the year. Eighty-one cases were identified in the last three months and have been submitted to the agency’...

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The House of Representatives yesterday voted to extend the states of public emergency (SOEs) in five parishes along with the St Andrew South Police Division for only 30 days. This extension comes even as the parliamentary Opposition refused to...

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An attorney for Petrojam has challenged a claim by former general manager of the state-owned oil refinery, Howard Mollison, that he was asked to provide company directors with information after he complained that a 2016 report to Parliament had...

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As the Government undertakes a $1.3-billion sanitation, drain-cleaning and beautification programme, the agency tasked with the responsibility to provide oversight is signalling that it will carry out intense scrutiny of the works to ensure that...