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    Londoners given extended GP surgery hours

    Londoners can now book GP appointments for evenings, weekends and bank holidays. An extra 75,000 routine appointments a month will be available in the capital as part of a scheme by NHS England. The £26m initiative aims to reduce pressures on stretched A&E departments. The British Medical Association (BMA) was "encouraged" that the plans cover extra staffing expenses, but was worried by doctors' rising workloads. London is the first area to offer the extended service. If surgeries are fully booked or closed when registered patients call up, they will be able to book with other nearby practices. GPs will have access to electronic patient records so that patients do not have to be seen by their

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    Golden Globes: No crystal ball for murky Oscar race

    (CNN)Once considered an Oscar bellwether, the Golden Globe nominations announced Monday have done more to muddy than clarify an Academy Award race that appears extremely wide open, while highlighting the lingering tension between recognizing small films and the sort of popular blockbusters that would bring name recognition and possibly more viewers to the broadcast. Presented by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, an organization with just 89 members, the Globes have long exhibited a preference for big-name stars and projects with European talent, and that has persisted. A few smaller movies, including the coming-of-age tales "Lady Bird" and "Call Me By Your Name," have enjoyed acceptance from an array of groups, and both secured Globe bids.

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    Sirius XM faces celebrity backlash after Steve Bannon rejoins radio show

    Steve Bannon's return to a radio hosting gig is kicking up some celebrity backlash. Actors Seth Rogen, John Leguizamo, and singer-songwriter Melissa Etheridge have all promised to boycott SiriusXM for allowing Bannon to appear on the subscription radio service. The outcry started after SiriusXM announced last Tuesday that Bannon, the former chief strategist for President Trump, would be a host on the "Breitbart News Daily" radio show. It airs on Patriot, a conservative station. "I can't bring myself to appear on the same service that has decided to support Steve Bannon," Rogen tweeted Friday, adding that he canceled a scheduled press tour on SiriusXM. Rogen stars in the new film "The Disaster

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    'Star Wars': The architecture that inspired a galaxy far, far away

    In January 1973, George Lucas wrote his first treatment for "Star Wars." Words did not come easily to the director, who always considered himself more a filmmaker than a screenwriter, but the universe in his mind was already bulging at the seams. Having failed to secure the rights to science fiction serial "Flash Gordon," Lucas set out to create his own galaxy, far, far away. Even then, it featured a spacefaring princess, dog fights, warrior monks, and a Manichean battle between good and evil. But movie bosses were skeptical. "How could he realize this universe?" was the question asked by financers. The answer lay close to home. "From the beginning, George and production illustrator Ralph McQuarrie

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    'The care doesn't stop when the baby dies'

    Silent taboos around stillbirth and miscarriage are the focus of an exhibition exploring how parents and medics deal with early-life baby loss. Remembering Baby is inspired by research and aims to show the "hidden side" of when a baby dies. It features memory boxes, notes from bereaved parents to their babies and artwork illustrating their loss. Melanie Hall, who had a miscarriage, said having her experience feature in it had brought "great comfort". The exhibition, at The Art House in Sheffield, uses visual and audio art to explore how both parents and medical staff experience and encounter death "at the very beginning of life". Academics from the University of Sheffield worked with the charities

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    How giraffes helped girl find her voice

    A girl who barely said a word for the first four years of her life is now a "little chatterbox". Poppy Campbell, six, from Inverness, was silenced by a combination of selective mutism and speech dyspraxia. She said her first sentence when she was three-and-a-half when she thanked staff at a safari park for letting her help look after their giraffes. Her parents Sarah and Steven said that thanks to help she went on to receive she now talks happily. Poppy's mum told BBC Radio Scotland's The Kaye Adams Programme: "Just before she was 18 months old she just fell into complete silence. "Even when she was crying she would make the face, and have tears but made no sound at all. "It was so difficult.

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    'Walking Dead' sets stage for key death

    (CNN)The following contains spoilers about the "The Walking Dead" midseason finale. "The Walking Dead" has described this season as "All Out War," but it has often felt immersed in tactics, as if several episodes were simply setting up pieces on a chessboard. The final sequence featured Rick (Andrew Lincoln) coming upon his son Carl (Chandler Riggs), who reveals that he had suffered a bite from one of the "walkers" -- a wound that's invariably fatal. Lest there be any doubt, on companion show "The Talking Dead" showrunner Scott M. Gimple -- who has been coy about such matters at times -- confirmed that the character had been bitten, and that it would play out as zombie bites had in the past.