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E-cigarettes the cause of over 100 fires since 2013: report

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British fire services recorded e-cigarettes as a cause in over 100 fires since 2013, according to fire brigade statistics.

Firemen are now attending at least one blaze involving the nicotine vapour devices at least once a week, according to the data.

There has been a surge in the use of the battery-powered cigarettes across the world in recent years, now used by an estimated 2.1 million Britons.

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Many of the incidents were linked to the charging of e-cigarettes, often by a cheap or incompatible charger.

“Fires caused by charging e-cigarettes are a growing problem and we are becoming increasingly concerned about them,” said Martyn Allen of charity Electrical Safety First.

“People buy cheap or incompatible chargers for many reasons – often to save a few pounds – but you have to ask whether this is worth risking lives for.”


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Trump became enthralled with presidency while watching balloons drop on 1988 GOP convention stage

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Donald Trump became enthralled with the presidency while watching balloons drop for George H.W. Bush at the 1988 Republican National Convention.

The celebrity real estate developer had been taken to New Orleans by his longtime pal Roger Stone, a Republican political operative hoping to spark an interest in Trump to run for the presidency, reported Politico.

“I got the definite impression that Roger Stone was preparing Donald Trump to run for president,” said Michael Caputo, a Stone associate who worked for Trump's 2016 campaign. “I didn’t know when it would be — but it was very clear to me that he wasn’t there for the cocktails.”

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Trump’s conservative media allies aren’t getting on board with his Joe Scarborough attacks

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President Trump isn't letting up on his conspiratorial attacks against MSNBC host Joe Scarborough and his allies in conservative media seemingly want no part of it, according to Vanity Fair's Caleb Ecarma.

Even Fox News’ Sean Hannity, Laura Ingraham, and Tucker Carlson haven't said a word about Trump's allegations that Scarborough was involved in the death of a former intern when he was a congressman. Some right-wing outlets have even published editorials condemning Trump's words. Trump's allies in Congress are also avoiding the subject, although the usual Trump critics have spoken out against them.

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Shotgun-brandishing Montana man told immigrant coworker that ‘we kill people like you’: police

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A Montana man who regularly brandished a shotgun in front of an immigrant coworker was arrested this week after police say he made a racist death threat.

The Bozeman Daily Chronicle reports that 60-year-old Jim Daniels this week was charged with felony malicious intimidation after he told a coworker who immigrated from Brazil that "in Montana, we kill people like you."

"The victim, who is Brazilian, has worked at Rent For Less in Bozeman for two years and said the racial threats by Daniels started as comments about the color of his skin," the Bozeman Daily Chronicle writes. "Those comments eventually escalated, and Daniels on several occasions brandished a shotgun and tried to provoke the victim into a fight, authorities said."

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