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Americans love snacks. What does that mean for bad health, rise in obesity?

Americans are addicted to snacks, and food experts are paying closer attention to what that might mean for health and obesity.

Eating habits in the U.S. have changed significantly in recent decades, and packaged bars, chips and sweets have spread into every corner of life. In the late 1970s, about 40 percent of American adults said they didn’t have any snacks during the day. By 2007, that figure was just 10 percent.

To get a better handle on the implications of differing eating patterns, U.S. health officials are reviewing scientific research on how eating frequency affects health, including weight gain and obesity. The analysis is intended to gauge the broader spectrum of possibilities, including fasting. But snacking, grazing and “mini meals” are likely to be among the factors considered, given how they have upended the three-meals-a-day model.

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Findings could potentially be reflected in the government’s updated dietary guidelines next year, though any definitive recommendations are unlikely.

For public health officials, part of the challenge is that snacking is a broad term that can mean a 100-calorie apple or a 500-calorie Frappuccino. How people adjust what they eat the rest of the day also varies. Snacks may help reduce hunger and overeating at meals, but they can also just push up the total calories someone consumes.

While there’s nothing wrong with snacks per se, they have become much more accessible. It also has become more socially acceptable to snack more places: at work meetings and while walking, driving or shopping for clothes.

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This Saturday, Sept. 7, 2019 photo shows items in a vending machine in New York. Americans are addicted to snacks, and food experts are paying closer attention to what that might mean for health and obesity. (AP Photo/Patrick Sison)

“We live in a 24/7 food culture now,” said Dana Hunnes, a senior dietitian at UCLA Medical Center.

Complicating matters, snack options are also continuing to broaden beyond the standard chips and cookies.

“Manufacturers have tried to tap into Americans’ concern for health,” said Paula Johnson, curator of food history at the National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C.

Beyond nutrition, health officials should also consider what emotional or mental health benefits might be lost when people move away from meals, said Sophie Egan, who writes about American food culture. Meals can be a time for socially connectivity, she said, while snacks are usually eaten alone. She also noted the growth in snacking may be fueled by the stress of busier lives.

“Who knows how much food is a Band-Aid for those issues,” Egan said.

For their part, food companies have moved to capitalize on Americans’ love of snacks and stretched the definition of the word. Dunkin Donuts’ former CEO has said the chain’s sandwiches should be considered snacks, not lunch. When Hershey bought a meat jerky company, the candy company said it wanted to expand its offerings across the ”snacking continuum” to include more nutritious options.

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Health experts’ recommendations on snacking vary. Children may need more snacks and to eat more frequently. For adults, many dietitians saying what works for one person might not for another.

Hunnes, the UCLA dietitian, recommends sticking to minimally processed options like fruit or nuts when snacking. But she acknowledged the advice could sound like it’s coming from an ivory tower, given the prevalence of packaged snacks.

“They’re just there, and they have a great shelf life,” she said.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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For Boris Johnson, Another Bad Day and Another Big Defeat in Parliament

LONDON — British lawmakers, capping what may be one of the most abysmal starts any British leader has ever endured, on Monday rejected Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s bid to hold a new national election.

For Britain’s bare-knuckled new prime minister, it was a day of defeat. Parliament’s rejection of a snap election came as a new law went into effect on Monday blocking Mr. Johnson from pursuing a “no deal” withdrawal from the European Union.

Parliament is now suspended until mid-October, the result of earlier political maneuvering by the prime minister. But by Monday’s end, it seemed clear that if Mr. Johnson had thought he could outfox Parliament by suspending it, sidelining lawmakers at a critical moment in the Brexit debate, he was the one who had been outmaneuvered.

Now, the man who promised to deliver Britain’s withdrawal from the European Union “do or die,” formal withdrawal agreement or not, is suddenly flailing for a new strategy.

Mr. Johnson needed more than 430 votes for a snap election to proceed. He got 293.

Brexit supporters and opponents alike may want an election — but only one timed to most benefit them politically.

“Johnson is a toothless prime minister who desperately needs a snap election to give some credibility to his Brexit strategy,” wrote Kallum Pickering, a senior economist with Berenberg Bank. But, he added: “For the opposition parties, it makes little sense to give Johnson the election on his terms. That would return the initiative to him.”

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Prime Minister Boris Johnson in Dublin, on Monday.CreditPhil Noble/Reuters

It was just another day in the new Britain, which has been bitterly divided since voters narrowly voted in favor of parting company with the European Union in a 2016 referendum. The issue did in the two prime ministers before Mr. Johnson, and while he was able to ride the ensuing tumult to power, it has severely damaged him, too.

On Monday, the motion to suspend Parliament, or “prorogue” it, and send lawmakers away for five weeks, came after eight days of head-snapping moves and countermoves in Parliament.

The suspension, which the Johnson government announced in principle less than two weeks ago, was denounced by critics as a transparent, anti-democratic effort to sideline Parliament while the government forced through a no-deal Brexit.

But the government’s move to suspend Parliament backfired, serving to unite the disparate opposition, incite a revolt within Mr. Johnson’s own party and produce the bill that now blocks a no-deal Brexit. On Monday, that bill became law when it completed the final stage of passage, a formality known as royal assent.

The turbulent week has left Mr. Johnson in a tight corner. He has promised to leave the bloc on Oct. 31 — without an agreement if necessary — and said last week that he would rather be “dead in a ditch” than request another delay to a process that has already been put off twice.

Digging his way out of that promise could be tough, because a majority of lawmakers think that a no-deal Brexit would be disastrous for the country’s economy. The new law is intended to force Mr. Johnson to request another extension if he cannot secure a withdrawal agreement with European Union officials before the Oct. 31 deadline.

John Bercow, the speaker of the House of Commons, was applauded by opposition lawmakers on Monday after he announced that he was stepping down.CreditJessica Taylor/UK Parliament

As recently as a few weeks ago, Mr. Johnson said the chances of leaving the European Union without a deal were a million to one against; he now puts the prospects as “touch and go.”

But many of his critics believe the prime minister’s real agenda is political. They believe he plans to fight for re-election as the candidate for Brexit at any cost, rallying right-wing voters behind him and crushing the threat from the hard-line Brexit Party, led by Nigel Farage.

From Mr. Johnson’s perspective, the suspension of Parliament at least provides some relief by removing the possibility of further embarrassments and defeats at the hands of lawmakers after a week of tumultuous setbacks.

But it also means that prospects of a general election before the Oct. 31 Brexit deadline have slipped away.

Mr. Johnson had hoped to use a big win in an election before that date to empower his government to push through withdrawal from the European Union, with or without a deal. Lawmakers, however, need to approve an early election, and with the suspension of Parliament lawmakers cannot do so for at least five weeks. It would then take several weeks to organize an election.

With so much riding on an election that most expect toward the end of the year, the rival parties are trying to ensure that the timing best suits them.

Tensions were high in a week of tumultuous developments. Outside Parliament on Monday, a fight broke up between a Leave supporter and a Remain supporter.CreditAndrew Testa for The New York Times

Mr. Johnson’s opponents rejected his call for a vote in October because they believe that their interests would be better served by a vote that comes after the deadline for withdrawal, at least if Mr. Johnson fails in his categorical pledge to deliver Brexit by Oct. 31.

They also know that there is a mood of discontent inside the ruling Conservative Party because Mr. Johnson last week expelled 21 lawmakers from his party — including some of its best-known figures — when they rebelled and supported legislation to prevent a no-deal Brexit.

Since then, Mr. Johnson has suffered the resignation from the government both of his brother, Jo Johnson, and of Amber Rudd, the high-profile former work and pensions secretary who quit over the weekend partly in protest of the party cull, and of Mr. Johnson’s broader Brexit strategy.

As the last hours of the parliamentary session ticked down on Monday night, Mr. Johnson had still yet to win a vote as prime minister.

Lawmakers voted against the government to demand the release of private messages sent by close advisers to Mr. Johnson about the decision to suspend Parliament, and of documents about the possible impact of leaving the European Union without a deal.

Then Mr. Johnson was defeated on a motion brought by the Labour leader, Jeremy Corbyn, reaffirming the obligation of government ministers to uphold the rule of law. Mr. Johnson allowed the motion to pass without opposition.

The Houses of Parliament on Monday.CreditAndrew Testa for The New York Times

Mr. Corbyn introduced the motion in light of reports in recent days that Mr. Johnson was planning to flout the law blocking a no-deal Brexit by refusing to ask Brussels to delay the current deadline of Oct. 31. Mr. Corbyn called that an “assault on the rule of law.”

Ministers insist the prime minister will not break the law, but still suggest the government is looking for loopholes to avoid Mr. Johnson having to ask Brussels for an extension. They did not explain how that circle can be squared.

One possibility is that Mr. Johnson may strike a new deal with the European Union, but the odds against that are long.

A meeting Monday with the Irish prime minister, Leo Varadkar, in Dublin, yielded nothing new on the biggest sticking point, the so-called Irish backstop plan to keep open the border between Ireland and Northern Ireland, which is part of the United Kingdom.

Mr. Johnson could try to circumvent the new law, perhaps by sabotaging the prospects of a Brexit extension from the European Union by making it clear that he will be an obstructive force in Brussels.

But anything too blatant might land him in court, so another course of action might be to call a vote of confidence in his own government, or simply to resign and leave another politician to request the delay, gambling that an election would follow soon.

Relinquishing power might, however, be a tough call for a politician who has spent so much time and energy, and provoked such much turmoil, in his successful bid to reach the top job in British politics.

Even the day’s only silver lining for Mr. Johnson came with a poison pill.

John Bercow, the speaker of the House of Commons — and a thorn in the side of the government throughout the Brexit debate — announced his plans to step down. But he timed it so that the current Parliament, which is packed with opponents of the prime minister, would choose his successor.

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NOAA's acting chief scientist reportedly to investigate effort to bolster Trump

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President Donald Trump was questioned by reporters Wednesday about an altered Hurricane Dorian map he displayed in the Oval Office. The map showed what looked to be a hand-drawn half-circle suggesting Alabama was in the path of the storm. (Sept. 4) AP, AP

WASHINGTON — The acting chief scientist at NOAA, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, is conducting an investigation after a week that ended with the scientific agency issuing a statement that sought to bolster President Donald Trump’s erroneous claim that a recent hurricane posed a threat to the state of Alabama.

The development was reported Monday by both the Washington Post and the New York Times

The Commerce Department, which oversees NOAA, also denied reporting from the New York Times Monday that Secretary Wilbur Ross threatened to fire NOAA’s political appointees over a tweet from the Birmingham, Ala., station of the National Weather Service that contradicted Trump’s initial tweet on Sunday, Sept. 1.    

As Hurricane Dorian devastated the Bahamas and threatened parts of the United States, Trump held firm on his Sept. 1 claim that the storm would threaten Alabama, despite being contradicted by the National Weather Service on Sunday soon after his original tweet. Trump used an altered NOAA map of Hurricane Dorian’s path as a visual aid while speaking reporters in the Oval Office last week.

Then, an unsigned statement released by NOAA late Friday disavowed the Sept. 1 tweet by the Birmingham station of the National Weather Service that had sought to correct Trump’s claim.

“From Wednesday, August 28, through Monday, September 2, the information provided by NOAA and the National Hurricane Center to President Trump and the wider public demonstrated that tropical-storm-force winds from Hurricane Dorian could impact Alabama,” NOAA wrote in a statement Friday, that also pointed to a number of its advisories during that period. 

“The Birmingham National Weather Service’s Sunday morning tweet spoke in absolute terms that were inconsistent with probabilities from the best forecast products available at the time,” NOAA also said in the statement.

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“The NWS Forecaster(s) corrected any public misunderstanding in an expert and timely way, as they should,” NOAA’s Craig McLean wrote in an email to his agency colleagues Sunday, according to the Washington Post.“There followed, last Friday, an unsigned news release from ‘NOAA’ that inappropriately and incorrectly contradicted the NWS forecaster. My understanding is that this intervention to contradict the forecaster was not based on science but on external factors including reputation and appearance, or simply put, political.”

After pointing out how the episode raises questions about trust in the agency’s information, possible danger to the public as a result and the agency’s scientific integrity policy, he continued: “I have a responsibility to pursue these truths,” NOAA’s acting chief scientist also wrote. “I will.”

The New York Times also reported Monday that Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross threatened to fire top employees at NOAA after the NWS’s Birmingham station contradicted President Trump’s claim about Hurricane Dorian’s path and Alabama.

According to the Times, Ross confronted acting NOAA Administrator Neil Jacobs by phone, demanding the agency fix the contradiction of Trump. Jacobs refused the request and was told by Ross that top NOAA political appointees would be fired if difference with Trump’s claim was not rectified.

A Commerce Department spokesperson has denied the Times report in a statement provided to CNN.

“The New York Times story is false,” the spokesperson said. “Secretary Ross did not threaten to fire any NOAA staff over forecasting and public statements about Hurricane Dorian.”

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California Labor Bill, Near Passage, Is Blow to Uber and Lyft

SACRAMENTO — A pack of Teamsters fanned out through California’s Capitol building last week, marching into legislators’ offices and pressing them to pass a bill that would force Uber and Lyft to treat their drivers as employees. The measure, Assembly Bill 5, would entitle gig workers to protections like a minimum wage and unemployment benefits. “Yes on A.B. 5! Yes on A.B. 5!” they chorused.

The push was one of several door-knocking campaigns coordinated by labor groups that can now taste success after battling the ride-hailing companies for years.

The bill is intended to codify and extend a 2018 California Supreme Court ruling that put forth a new test for classifying workers. Under that test, workers are far more likely to be deemed employees if they perform a function central to a company’s business.

Legislators are expected to pass the bill before their session ends this week, presenting the strongest challenge yet to Uber and Lyft’s business model, which relies on a corps of drivers who can be enlisted and deployed essentially as freelancers.

The measure could affect millions of Californians beyond ride-hail drivers, including janitors, nail salon workers and cable-television installers. And it would give momentum to an emerging consensus on the center-left that workers are entitled to a basic level of economic security that many Americans now live without. Several candidates for the Democratic presidential nomination have endorsed the bill, including Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, Kamala Harris and Pete Buttigieg.

“It’s hugely important because California is the birthplace and the center of app-based work, and because California has traditionally been a bellwether for the country around a lot of different progressive policies,” said Rebecca Smith, an expert on worker misclassification at the National Employment Law Project, which is part of a coalition seeking to enact a similar law in New York.

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Banners showing support for Assembly Bill 5, which would expand the ranks of workers considered company employees rather than contractors. In addition to drivers for ride-hailing services, the bill could affect janitors, nail salon workers, cable-television installers and others.CreditRich Pedroncelli/Associated Press

Industry officials have estimated that on-demand companies like Uber and the delivery service DoorDash see their costs rise 20 to 30 percent when they rely on employees rather than contractors, and Uber and Lyft have said in statements to prospective investors that being forced to make drivers employees could significantly affect their financial outlook. Since the prospect of a deal started to fade in late July, the stock prices of both Uber and Lyft have declined about 30 percent.

Analysts said the stock decline was due in part to concerns about A.B. 5, among other worries about the businesses. “Probably the No. 1 question we get from investors right now is about the risks here, qualitatively and quantitatively,” said Lloyd Walmsley, an equity research analyst at Deutsche Bank. “There’s obviously the risk that California is just the beginning, that other states could follow suit.”

Ride-hailing companies contend that A.B. 5 would force them to set rigid schedules, depriving drivers of flexibility, and raise fares to cover the cost of employment benefits. The companies say that about 90 percent of their drivers nationwide do not work a full-time schedule.

But Tyler Sandness, a Lyft driver who is an organizer for a group called Rideshare Drivers United in Los Angeles, said the bill was needed because “things have gone from bad to worse” for drivers. As independent contractors, drivers must cover the costs of vehicle ownership and payroll taxes, and lack much of the safety net afforded to employees, including workers’ compensation and paid sick leave.

That California has come to the brink of fundamentally threatening such marquee companies is the culmination of miscalculations by Uber and Lyft, a strong show of force from organized labor, and legislators’ resistance to the intervention of the new governor, Gavin Newsom.

The ride-hailing companies sought an amendment to the bill that would create a special category for their drivers, between contractor and employee. Mr. Newsom’s office would not comment for this article, but three people familiar with the discussions said the governor gave the companies clear advice: Get labor to bless such an arrangement, or face insurmountable opposition in Sacramento.

Gov. Gavin Newsom is reported to have offered tactical advice to Uber and Lyft as they sought an exemption from the bill’s potential impact: Get organized labor’s blessing for the maneuver or face insurmountable opposition in the Legislature.CreditJim Wilson/The New York Times

The companies turned their attention away from lobbying against the bill in the Legislature in favor of laying the groundwork for a deal. They conferred frequently with the governor’s staff, according to legislative aides. And they met more than half a dozen times during the first half of the year with representatives from a few large unions, including the Service Employees International Union and the Teamsters, two people familiar with the discussions said. Some labor leaders felt that a deal could leave drivers for ride-hailing services with many of the employment protections under A.B. 5 while allowing them to join a labor organization, potentially expanding the unions’ ranks by tens of thousands.

The negotiations appeared to make progress. Two weeks after the bill passed the state’s lower house in late May, Uber’s chief executive and Lyft’s co-founders wrote a commentary for The San Francisco Chronicle laying out the terms of a possible agreement along these lines. Uber and Lyft executives believed that a deal was near and some discussed how to sell it to the Legislature, according to two industry officials.

But opposition that had been simmering for months within the labor movement soon began boiling over, prompting the service employees’ union and the Teamsters to first delay and then pull out of a meeting planned for July.

Labor officials used a four-week recess beginning in mid-July to consolidate opposition to any agreement watering down A.B. 5 for gig workers. The state’s building trades council, which represents construction workers, worried that exempting Uber and Lyft would pave the way for exemptions in other industries, including their own. The council sent a letter to the governor stating its opposition and urged other unions to join it. Within a few weeks, several other unions followed suit.

The governor’s office persisted. Mr. Newsom’s chief of staff, Ann O’Leary, a former top adviser to Hillary Clinton, had lunch with John Zimmer, the president of Lyft, and Tony West, Uber’s chief legal officer, to keep the discussions alive, according to people associated with all the parties.

Aides to the governor also began calling legislators like Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez, the A.B. 5 sponsor, to gauge her openness to a deal. “He absolutely wanted a compromise,” Ms. Gonzalez said of the governor. “I was very clear at that moment that I wasn’t looking to sell out workers.”

Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez, the bill’s sponsor, at a ride-hailing pickup location at San Diego International Airport. “I wasn’t looking to sell out workers,” she said of compromise efforts.CreditJohn Francis Peters for The New York Times

After the Legislature returned in mid-August, there appeared to be one last chance for a breakthrough — not by carving Uber and Lyft out of the legislation, but by enacting a separate bill that would override portions of A.B. 5. A top state labor official circulated to colleagues an updated “rough concept draft” that could leave drivers short of full employee status, but give them a union that would bargain industrywide with the companies over wages and benefits and even allow them to strike.

The last week in August, a proposal from Uber with many of the same features was relayed to the State Senate’s bill writers. Lyft had put forth similar ideas.

To nudge forward unions that might be reluctant to endorse a deal they privately favored, Uber and Lyft announced that they would each kick in $30 million for a state ballot initiative next year to try to exempt their drivers from employment status if legislators didn’t do it first.

The governor appeared to pressure labor as well. The head of the state building trades labor council, Robbie Hunter, said he was left off a high-profile commission to study the future of work after receiving an invitation from the governor’s office. Mr. Hunter attributed the snub to his insistence on full employment status for gig workers.

“I was stunned,” Mr. Hunter said. “I do believe they thought I was going to change.”

He did not. On Labor Day, Mr. Newsom appeared to concede that the bill would pass without significant alterations for gig workers, and he endorsed A.B. 5 for the first time. But he urged the companies and labor officials to continue discussing ways “to build paths for workers in our state who want to join a union.”

An Uber spokesman, Matt Kallman, said on Monday: “We’ve engaged in good faith with the Legislature, the Newsom administration and labor leaders for nearly a year on this issue, and we believe California is missing a real opportunity to lead the nation.”

In some ways, the fight may have only begun, with Uber and Lyft likely to keep pushing for a separate measure scaling back some of A.B. 5’s impact in exchange for granting drivers the right to bargain with the companies. Anthony Foxx, Lyft’s chief policy officer, said, “We remain hopeful of reaching a solution that is good for drivers and builds a strong bridge with labor.” Such a bill could emerge from the Legislature next year.

“A.B. 5 is going to pass,” said State Senator Scott Wiener of San Francisco, Uber and Lyft’s hometown, who supports the bill. “But I’m confident this issue will be active in the Legislature for years to come.”

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David Ortiz Throws First Pitch At Fenway In Appearance After Shooting

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Former Red Sox legend David Ortiz threw the first pitch Monday night at Boston’s Fenway Park in a game against the Yankees, marking his first public appearance since he was shot in the Dominican Republic in June.

The pitch, tossed to team captain Jason Varitek, prompted fans to go understandably wild. 

“I want to thank God for giving me a second opportunity to be here with all of you,” the retired slugger told the crowd. “Thank you very much, Red Sox family.” 

Ortiz also thanked his former teammates as well as the Yankees. 

“A lot of my boys over there came to check on Big Papi; I appreciate it,” he said, likely referencing Yankee players and fellow Dominicans Gary Sánchez and Edwin Encarnación, who visited Ortiz at his home last week. 

Ortiz had been shot in the back at a bar while visiting his home country. Following the incident, doctors removed his gallbladder and a portion of his intestine, The Associated Press reported. He also sustained liver damage.

The player underwent three surgeries total after experiencing complications from the gunshot wounds, according to his wife, Tiffany Ortiz. In July, he was released from the hospital and started rehabilitation at home, according to the Red Sox. 

The attorney general of the Dominican Republic, Jean Alain Rodriguez, claimed the intended target of the shooting was the person Ortiz was seated next to, Sixto David Fernández. 

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UK Lawmakers Deny Prime Minister’s Request For An Early Election

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has suffered another humiliating Commons setback as Members of Parliament refused to support his latest bid to stage a snap general election.

MPs voted by just 293 votes to 46 in favor of holding an early election October 15 – well short of the two-thirds majority required under the Fixed Term Parliaments Act.

Reeling from his sixth defeat in six days, the prime minister lashed out at the  “cowardice” of Jeremy Corbyn and other parties, claiming they feared the Tories would trounce them on polling day.

But with parliament set to be shut down for five weeks, the PM was accused of avoiding scrutiny as he pushes on with election campaign-style policy announcements and cash boosts for key services.

The fresh humiliation for his fledgling administration came as Liberal Democrats party leader Jo Swinson announced to MPs that her party would campaign in any election to stop Brexit in its tracks, rather than support a new European Union referendum.

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The Labour party is currently committed to a referendum with both a “credible” Leave option and Remain on the ballot paper, though its election manifesto has yet to be written.

Unveiling his snap election bid, the PM declared that opposition parties “have been trying to disguise their preposterous cowardice by coming up with ever more outrageous excuses for delaying an election until the end of October, or perhaps November or when hell freezes over”.

Johnson also claimed that Labour, the Lib Dems, the Scottish National Party and other parties were costing the UK money in delaying both Brexit and an election, suggesting the sum amounted to £250 million a week.

“Why are they conniving to delay Brexit in defiance of the referendum, costing the country an extra £250 million a week for the privilege, enough to upgrade more than five hospitals or train 4,000 new nurses?”

“The only possible explanation is they fear that I will win it and secure a renewed mandate for a course of action they disagree with.”

It’s the second time in less than a week that the PM has failed to secure the two-thirds majority of the Commons needed to trigger an early election.

Earlier, Johnson was defeated a fifth time as MPs voted by 311 votes to 302 to force the publication of internal government documents on preparations for a no-deal Brexit and for the suspension of parliament.

Last week, he was hit by a major rebellion by 21 conservative Tory MPs who voted to seize control of the Commons timetable and then to vote for Hilary Benn’s bill requiring him to seek an extension beyond October of the UK’s membership of the EU.

In the debate on Monday night, Corbyn hit back at Johnson: “I want an election. The Conservative Party has very generously broadcast footage of me and my friends saying we want an election. I do not retreat from that wish whatsoever. We are eager for an election.

 “But as keen as we are for an election, we are not prepared to risk inflicting the disaster of No Deal on our constituents.”

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Remodeled ‘Brady Bunch’ house to be revealed by HGTV: ‘We could be sitting on a gold mine,’ says exec

The moment “Brady Bunch” fans have been waiting for is almost here!

The highly anticipated remodeled home, featured in the ’70s show’s opening and closing scenes, debuts on HGTV Monday evening for the network’s four-part series, “A Very Brady Renovation.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, HGTV is loving the Studio City, Calif., home so much, it might even keep the place as a potential location for future specials or events.

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“We could be sitting on a gold mine,” said Kathleen Finch, an executive with Discovery Inc., which owns HGTV.  “We can’t decide until the show is done and America has seen the house again.”

Per Finch, the home’s reno — officially completed back in May — went smoothly. The network also kept the home’s neighbors in mind — soundproofing one side of the lot and renting out the home on the other side.

“We go above and beyond to be good neighbors because that’s our reputation,” Finch said.

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HGTV first announced plans to restore the beloved home in November 2018. Designers and “Property Brothers” stars Drew and Jonathan Scott have been hard at work restoring the house to its former glory.

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Brady Bunch cast: (left to right) Maureen McCormack / Marsha Brady, Christopher Knight / Peter Brady, Susan Olsen / Cindy Brady, Mike Lookinland / Bobby Brady, Eve Plumb / Jan Brady & Barry Williams / Greg Brady in front of the original Brady home, as seen on “A Very Brady Renovation.” (HGTV via AP)

The Scotts had help from the original cast of “The Brady Bunch,” including Barry Williams (Greg), Maureen McCormick (Marcia), Christopher Knight (Peter), Eve Plumb (Jan), Mike Lookinland (Bobby) and Susan Olsen (Cindy).

Other HGTV stars participating in the new series are Mina Starsiak Hawk and Karen E. Laine from “Good Bones,” Leanne and Steve Ford from “Restored by the Fords,” Jasmine Roth from “Hidden Potential” and Lara Spencer from “Flea Market Flip.”

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When the Brady kids appeared on the “Today” show in April, McCormick said, “This whole show is filled with so much love. The crew, everybody behind it — it’s a work of love.”

“One of the nice things about the show will be the sentimentality of it, the nostalgia,” Williams said. “Because when we’re going in the rooms, we’re reflecting on what happened and the scenes that we played.”

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Each cast member was assigned a specific room to remodel and tried his or her hardest to get every detail right.

“They’re very specific about what goes into the house. They are trying to make it look exactly like the set, down to the wallpaper,” Plumb said. “From the outside, the house looks completely the same.”

“A Very Brady Renovation” premieres Monday at 9 p.m. EST on HGTV.

Fox News’ Jessica Napoli contributed to this report

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Jesse Watters, Juan Williams tackle Trump’s canceled Taliban meeting

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Members of “The Five” spoke about their discomfort Monday with a now-canceled meeting involving President Trump, U.S. officials and the Taliban at Camp David.

“I don’t like the symbolism of the Taliban coming to Camp David. It’s hallowed ground for American diplomacy and the American presidency. These people are barbaric. They make Kim Jong Un look refined,” co-host Jesse Watters said.

Trump said he had intended to hold a secret meeting Sunday with Taliban representatives at Camp David, but called it off due to the Taliban’s role in a deadly bombing in Kabul last week that resulted in the death of a U.S. soldier.

The “Watters’ World” host believed that a meeting at Camp David would have elevated the Taliban and he credited the president for canceling.

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“So, to give them that Camp David platform I think was a bad idea. And I’m glad the president canceled it,” Watters said.

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Co-host Juan Williams blasted the president for even inviting the Taliban.

“We as Americans will mark… 18 years since 9/11. And the idea that the president would invite these people who were the hosts for the terrorists who attacked us… I find incredible,” Williams said.

Williams, however, found common ground with Trump in wanting to remove U.S. troops from Afghanistan but disagreed with his dealings with the Taliban.

“I think polls show the American people want this over, want us to get out. I think Trump has the right instinct there. But when you stop and think about the idea that you are giving credibility to people who are terrorists and they don’t even have a deal with the government in Kabul, their own government,” Williams said.

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“I think we were going at it in the wrong way”

Fox News’ Alex Pappas contributed to this report.

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Tennessee 3-year-old suffered ‘critical head wound’ in possible self-inflicted shooting, police say

Police in Tennessee said a 3-year-old boy suffered a “critical head wound” on Monday after investigators said it appeared the boy may have found the gun and shot himself.

Detectives in Nashville, Tenn., who were investigating Monday’s shooting, found the suspected gun used inside a car, according to a tweet from The Metropolitan Nashville Police Department, which included a picture of the vehicle.

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The police department added that the gun detectives found had been reported stolen in July 2018. Fox 17 reported that officers said the pistol was stolen during a burglary of a locked pickup truck parked in a driveway in Nashville.

The .40 caliber Glock was found Monday inside the car parked outside a duplex on Village Trail in Nashville along with a magazine containing nine rounds and a spent shell casing, the television station reported.

Police said the child’s head wound may have been self-inflicted.

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Detectives in Nashville, Tenn., who were investigating Monday’s shooting, found the suspected gun used inside the car pictured here, according to The Metropolitan Nashville Police Department. (Metropolitan Nashville Police Department)

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The toddler, who was reportedly alert and breathing, was being treated at an area children’s hospital. His parents told police they were in the bathroom when they heard a loud noise around 10 a.m. and came out to find the child hurt, the television station reported.

According to the 911 call, the toddler’s parents said they were starting to rush their son to the hospital and only got a short distance away when they found out officers were at the home so they turned around, the media outlet reported, adding that paramedics and officers rendered emergency aid to the 3-year-old before he was taken to the hospital.

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Detectives said the investigation is ongoing. None of the adults have acknowledged having the gun, the station reported, citing Metro Nashville police.

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Vegan activist rescues 16 rabbits, leading to death of nearly 100 baby bunnies in Spain, report says

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A Barcelona-based vegan activist has harmed more animals than she tried to save thanks to her radical acts, according to a report.

The New York Post reported that her rescue of 16 rabbits from a farm near Osono last Sunday caused the deaths of nearly 100 baby bunnies.

The news outlet said that the activist, who goes by the name “Mythical Mia” on social media, and whose real name is unknown, allegedly stole many rabbits which were said to have been pregnant or lactating.

Their offspring included an estimated 90 bunnies, which had to be euthanized after being abandoned.

She posted about her campaign on Instagram, which since has been disabled.

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“These 16 are the lucky ones,” Mia said about her rescue. “After actions like this we get to go home but for them there is no way out. We only managed to find a home for 16 beforehand, so had to leave thousands of mothers and babies behind. They will be trapped inside those cages for their entire lives, their only escape is when they are shipped off to a slaughterhouse to be murdered for their flesh and fur. Rabbits like these are also abused for animal testing, tortured for a lifetime before eventually getting murdered too. They are also regularly kept as ‘pets’ often in solitary confinement and inappropriate conditions suffering from boredom and multiple other health issues.”

Mia added: “What we do to the animals need to end immediately. This injustice has gone on far too long. We will continue to enter in these facilities to expose these horrors and liberate the beings trapped inside for as long as it takes. We are not going anywhere. Join us in our fight, be vegan, be active and let’s put an end to this once and for all.”

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