Private schools plan 10,000 free places for low-income pupils

Private schools will offer to provide up to 10,000 free places to low-income families every year in England. The Independent Schools Council (ISC) says if the government pays £5,550 per place – the cost in the state system – the schools will cover the rest. This is expected to cost up to £80m. Some pupils would be tested for academic ability, but the scheme would not just target the brightest children. Chief Inspector of Schools Sir Michael Wilshaw said the plan was not enough. The proposal, seen by the BBC, ...

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Chiefs LB Johnson suffers ruptured left Achilles

1:56 AM ET KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Derrick Johnson suffered a ruptured left Achilles tendon in the second quarter of Thursday night’s 21-13 win over the Oakland Raiders, coach Andy Reid confirmed. Johnson, a four-time Pro Bowler, threw his helmet in frustration after the injury. He had to be helped off the field without putting any weight on his foot, and the Chiefs immediately ruled him out for the game. “A sad deal there,” Reid said. “I felt a little bit of a letdown when it ...

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Conservatives win Sleaford by-election

Conservative candidate Caroline Johnson has won the Sleaford and North Hykeham by-election, which saw Labour come in fourth behind UKIP and the Liberal Democrats. The Tory party held onto the seat which became vacant after MP Stephen Phillips quit, citing “irreconcilable policy differences” with the government. Dr Johnson won 17,570 votes to beat UKIP’s Victoria Ayling, who had 4,426. Labour slipped from second place in the 2015 general election to fourth. Consultant paediatrician Dr Johnson said her election would boost Theresa May’s support on Brexit. She said: “I look forward ...

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Fowler agrees to deal with Cardinals, source says

10:47 PM ET ESPN.com news services Dexter Fowler is set to switch teams in the National League Central. The center fielder will be in St. Louis on Friday for a physical with the Cardinals after the sides agreed to a deal Thursday, sources told ESPN’s Mark Saxon, confirming a story first reported by KSDK-TV. The agreement comes just over a month after Fowler helped the Cubs to their first World Series title in 108 years. On Thursday, the Cardinals left the winter meetings near Washington, D.C. intent on finding a ...

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Sea of Solitude Announced as Second EA Originals Title

Back when EA announced its EA Originals program, it said it was all about “taking first-time experiences that are unique, gorgeous, innovative and memorable, and bringing them to the world.” The project was born out of EA’s relationship with Coldwood Interactive for Unravel, creating the opportunity for Gothenburg studio Zoink to have its game Fe picked up as the program’s first official title. It seems that this lineage of beautiful, narrative-driven and personal experiences will continue with today’s announcement that Jo-Mei’s Sea of Solitude will be the second game officially ...

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Self-harm hospital admissions of children show 'frightening rise'

Nearly 19,000 children were admitted to hospital after self-harming last year in England and Wales – a rise of 14% over the past three years, according to the children’s charity NSPCC. It said the NHS figures should be a “real wake-up call” to all those who cared about young people’s wellbeing. Self-harming is one of the most common reasons for children to contact the charity’s Childline service. About 50 children a day were given counselling on the issue, it said. Teenagers aged 13 to 17 are most likely to end ...

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Donald Trump will remain EP on 'Celebrity Apprentice'

Trump’s foreign conflicts of interest aren’t going away Donald Trump will remain as an executive producer on NBC’s “Celebrity Apprentice,” even while serving as president of the United States. That agreement, first reported by Variety and confirmed by sources at NBC and the Trump campaign, means the president will have an interest in a show aired by a media company that also reports on his presidency — a major conflict of interest for the network. “The Apprentice,” which Trump hosted for 14 seasons, was created by Mark Burnett and is ...

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Cruz: Whitlock incident 'reflection' of U.S.' state

5:44 PM ET EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz said Thursday that he views the racist graffiti drawn during a break-in of the home of teammate Nikita Whitlock as a reflection of the current state of the country. Police in Moonachie, New Jersey, are investigating the Tuesday night robbery, during which burglars drew a swastika and “KKK,” as well as the word “Trump,” on walls inside Whitlock’s home. The incident is being investigated as a hate crime, Moonachie police Sgt. Richard Behrens told The Record. On Thursday, ...

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