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MySpace admits losing 12 years’ worth of music uploads

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Kate Nash started out by uploading her music on MySpace MySpace, one of the first online social networks, has apologised after a server migration caused a huge loss of data. A message on its website says that “any photos, videos and audio files” uploaded more than three years ago may no longer be available. There had been complaints going back several months that links to music were no longer working. The platform has waned in popularity since it was founded in 2003 but in…

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Cycling: Austrian Preidler admits to doping amid investigation

FILE PHOTO: 2016 Rio Olympics – Cycling Road – Final – Men’s Individual Time Trial – Pontal – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil – 10/08/2016. Georg Preidler (AUT) of Austria competes. REUTERS/Matthew Childs/File Photo PARIS (Reuters) – Austrian cyclist Georg Preidler on Monday admitted to cheating amid an investigation into blood doping that brought down five skiers at the Nordic skiing world championships last week. Preidler, who rides for French elite team Groupama-FDJ, told the Kronen newspaper that he could not ‘live with this secret any longer’ after skiers from Austria,…

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Undecided Nowitzki admits he would ‘love’ another season playing with Mavs

Feb 27, 2019; Dallas, TX, USA; Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki (41) celebrates after making a three point basket against the Indiana Pacers during the second half at the American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports Dirk Nowitzki never wanted a retirement tour this year, and now comes an indication that he would consider returning for a 22nd season, even as he is being saluted in arenas across the country. Belief around the NBA was that Nowitzki, 40, was wrapping up his career with the Dallas Mavericks. Los…

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DeGale v Eubank Jr: Britons trade insults as Eubank Snr admits he is ‘petrified’

Eubank Snr (left) says he is “petrified” given his son has so much on the line against DeGale DeGale v Eubank Jr Date: 23 February Venue: O2 Arena, London Coverage: Live-text commentary on BBC Sport website Chris Eubank Jr says facing James DeGale represents a “do or die” moment in his career, with his father admitting he is “petrified” of defeat. Eubank Jr, 29, competes at London’s O2 Arena on Saturday and DeGale has said retirement looms for whoever loses. “We are both on the edge and at a stage…

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Shoreham air crash trial: Pilot Andrew Hill admits mistake at Southport show

Image copyright PA Image caption Andrew Hill denies 11 counts of manslaughter by gross negligence The pilot of a plane which crashed at the Shoreham air show has admitted he “embarrassed” himself by flying too close to the crowd at a previous show. Andrew Hill told the Old Bailey he had a “nasty dawning moment” as he realised he was heading towards the “crowd line” at the Southport Air Show in 2014. He said he turned his plane around and ended the display shortly before being ordered to by ground…

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‘Dr Evil’: Wolverhampton modification artist admits GBH

Image caption Brendan McCarthy ran Dr Evil’s Body Modification Emporium A body modification artist has admitted three counts of grievous bodily harm, by carrying out tongue splitting and ear and nipple removal procedures. Brendan McCarthy, 50, of Bushbury, Wolverhampton, ran a modification emporium before he was charged with six counts of wounding in 2017. McCarthy, also known as Dr Evil, carried out the consensual procedures without using anaesthetic. He will be sentenced on 21 March at Wolverhampton Crown Court. Image copyright Google Image caption McCarthy no longer runs Dr Evil’s…

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Virginia’s attorney general admits to wearing blackface in college

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring has admitted to wearing “brown makeup” to a party, days after the state governor admitting wearing blackface. The second-in-line to the governor’s seat said in a statement on Wednesday that he wore a costume to a party when he was 19 years old at university. Democratic Governor Ralph Northam is facing calls to resign over a racist photo and admission of blackface usage. The lieutenant governor is also under scrutiny for sex assault allegations.…

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Pope admits clerical abuse of nuns including sexual slavery

Image copyright EPA Image caption Pope Francis made the admission while visiting the Middle East Pope Francis has admitted that clerics have sexually abused nuns, and in one case they were kept as sex slaves. He said in that case his predecessor, Pope Benedict, was forced to shut down an entire congregation of nuns who were being abused by priests. It is thought to be the first time that Pope Francis has acknowledged the sexual abuse of nuns by the clergy. He said the Church was attempting to address the…

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Coach-less Halep admits behind curve at Melbourne Park

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – World number one Simona Halep, flying solo after parting ways with coach Darren Cahill, feels refreshed after a long lay-off to recover from a back injury but also concedes she has risked her Australian Open campaign with scant preparations. Tennis – Australian Open – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia – January 10, 2019 – Simona Halep of Romania during practice. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon French Open champion Halep warmed up for her run to the final at Melbourne Park last year by winning the Shenzhen Open in southern China but…

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Scottish government admits Salmond inquiry failure

The Scottish government has admitted it did not follow the correct procedures while investigating sexual harassment claims against Alex Salmond. Allegations against the former first minister, which he denies, were made to the Scottish government a year ago. The government has now admitted it breached its own guidelines by appointing an investigating officer who had “prior involvement” in the case. As a result, it has admitted defeat in its legal battle with Mr Salmond. The government’s admission that it had not followed the correct procedures came during a hearing at…

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