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Some states honoring indigenous people instead of Columbus - A handful of states are celebrating their first Indigenous Peoples Day on Monday as part of a trend to move away from a day honoring Christopher Columbus.

Brexit: Queen's speech says government priority is to leave EU on 31 October - live news The day’s political developments as they happen, including the Queen’s speech, and Johnson and Corbyn speaking in the subsequent debate.

Fusion GPS founders to release book on Trump's ties with Russia The former journalists Glenn Simpson and Peter Fritsch are to publish a book on Donald Trump's relationship with Russia, including an account of how they commissioned the British ex-spy Christopher Steele to write his dossier on the future president.

Disney World workers endure tourists who punch, yell, grope - Disney World employees are easy targets. Tourists scream at them, sexually harass them and in the most serious cases, physically attack them, according to law enforcement reports.

Japan looks for missing after typhoon kills dozens NAGANO, Japan - Rescue crews dug through mudslides and searched near swollen rivers Monday as they looked for those missing from a typhoon that left dozens dead and caused serious damage in central and northern Japan.

'Makes Monty Python look like Panorama': readers on the Queen's speech This makes Monty Python look like Panorama! Barry Bennett. This certainly is weird - a party that does not have a majority, whose leader has not won an election, at a point where there is very likely going to be another constitutional, and there's a Queen's Speech, as if nothing unusual was going on?

Syrian army moves to confront Turkish forces as US withdraws AKCAKALE, Turkey - Syrian government troops moved into a series of towns and villages in northern Syria Monday, setting up a potential clash with Turkish-led forces in the area, as U.S. troops prepared to pull out. The Syrian army's deployment near the Turkish border came hours after Syrian Kurdish forces previously allied with the U.S.

Ecuador protests end after deal struck with indigenous leaders "We don't want more repression." Protests over the austerity package have blocked roads, shuttered businesses from dairies to flower farms and halved Ecuador's oil production, forcing a temporary halt to the country's most important export.

Sulli, K-pop star and former f member, found dead aged 25 "It seems that she took her own life but we are also looking into other possibilities." Sulli was a member of the popular K-pop girl group f, launched by SM Entertainment in 2009, which achieved domestic and some international success.

Alisson ready for injury return as Liverpool visit Manchester United Liverpool will have Alisson available for the visit to Manchester United on Sunday after their first-choice goalkeeper stepped up his recovery from injury during the international break.

Queen's speech reveals tougher jail terms and end to free movement The pre-election feel was increased earlier on Monday when, ahead of the Queen's speech, the chancellor, Sajid Javid, announced plans for a budget on 6 November, days after what the government insists will be the 31 October Brexit date.

A man walked more than 300 miles to have sex with a 14-year-old girl, prosecutors say A man walked from an Indianapolis suburb to Wisconsin - a 351-mile journey - to have sex with a person he believed was the 14-year-old girl he had been talking to on Facebook, prosecutors said.

Operation Green Light Gives Suspended Drivers a Chance Behind The Wheel FLORIDA - Polk County and other counties this week are giving some people with suspended licenses a financial break to get back on the road. It is called Operation Green Light, which allows drivers with suspended licenses due to unpaid court costs or traffic tickets can get a 40 percent break on all the additional fees.

Libra: will Facebook's new currency be stopped in its tracks? Visa, Mastercard, PayPal and eBay have withdrawn as sponsors – and it may face regulatory problems.

Fortnite has reached The End - changing video game storytelling for good In many ways, video-game storytelling is still young. The artform is barely 40 years old as a mass medium - compare that to the movie business, which was only just getting into era of colour after four decades.

Cat Recovering After Being Shot by BB Gun in Pembroke Pines Officers arrived at the scene near the 19100 block of Northwest 12th Court on Sunday evening, where the black and white cat named "Roy" injured after being shot in the left side. The animal was taken to a local emergency animal hospital, where the pellet was removed and he remains in critical but stable condition at this time.

Weather Forecast: Monday to Start The Week Off Warm, Sunny Highs will run in the upper 80s to near 90 degrees for most inland locations. Quiet weather will last into the overnight hours under mainly clear skies paired with lows in the 60s. This pattern will continue across Central Florida for another day Tuesday, which will feature more sun and highs in the upper 80s.

US briefing: Syria conflict, Trump shooting video and #MeToo at two Monday’s top story: Syrian and Turkish forces on a collision course in Kurdish territory. Plus, the nepotism and partisanship crisis in the US civil service.

Nepotism and partisanship in the US civil service is reaching a crisis point Over the last half century, a set of norms, unwritten rules, and a few laws kept the presidential appointments process focused on naming people to senior government positions who serve in the public's interest. Appointees were expected to be qualified, free of conflicts of interest, and not members of the president's family.

A recession is coming. When it does, we need to demand a Green New Deal Having squandered the last financial crisis, we cannot make the same mistakes again. A Green New Deal is the only reasonable response.

Florida Man Calls 911 to Report Roommate Stealing $20 Worth of His Marijuana: Police NBC affiliate WFLA-TV reports the incident took place Saturday in Pasco County, located just north of Tampa. The Pasco County Sheriff's Office put messages on social media showing the interaction between the man who called and one of their deputies. "The guy's calling in saying his roommate stole his weed - $20 worth," Deputy Zalva explained.

Syrian troops enter Kurdish fight against Turkish forces The deal, which Kurdish leaders emphasised they had made reluctantly after four days of relentless bombardment by Turkish artillery and jets, threatens to open a new front in Syria's nearly nine-year civil war, and signals the likely end of US and European military deployments in the country's north-east.

Poland's populist Law and Justice party increases its majority According to official results from 91% of constituencies published by the electoral committee on Monday, Law and Justice took 44.6% of the vote, ahead of the country's biggest opposition grouping, the liberal centre-right Civic Coalition, on 26.7%, and the Left alliance on 12.3%.

Rugby World Cup: how the quarter-finalists shape up Player of the last World Cup, even if they didn't win it. Signs are he could be peaking for his last tilt at glory. Prediction: Australia. Match-hardened and underrated. It would be classic. Form: The All Blacks looked pretty good in their last meaningful Test… more than three weeks ago.

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