LEAVENWORTH, Kan. (AP) — An eastern Kansas man was arrested late Monday afternoon on suspicion of first-degree felony murder and five other charges related to an abduction, police chase and fatal shooting of a 5-year-old girl three days earlier.
Marcus McGowan, 30, of Atchison remains under guard in a Kansas City-area hospital with wounds that are not life-threatening after police say he was shot at the end of a high-speed chase that went into Missouri and back across the state line into Leavenworth, Kansas. After the confrontation, officers found 5-year-old Cadence Harris dead in McGowan's car. At a news conference Monday, Leavenworth Police Chief Pat Kitchens declined to discuss details of the case or declare that McGowan had fired the fatal shot.
However, "the fact that he was charged with that crime (first-degree murder), take it however you want," the chief said.
Kansas authorities said they began pursuing McGowan on Friday night after receiving a report that he had abducted a young girl from a home in Atchison, where he, the girl and her mother lived with his grandparents. Police said McGowan eluded police in Atchison. At 7:30 p.m. Platte County, Missouri, authorities notified Leavenworth, Kansas, police they were in a high-speed pursuit of a man believed to have abducted a child.
The chase ended at a construction site in Leavenworth, where police said McGowan was shot after turning a gun on officers. Cadence was found dead of a gunshot in McGowan's vehicle. On Saturday, Kitchens said it was not clear who had shot her.
Kitchens said Monday that Leavenworth County prosecutor Todd Thompson has been asked to also charge McGowan with aggravated kidnapping, aggravated endangering of a child, aggravated assault against a law enforcement officer, felony fleeing and eluding and criminal possession of a firearm.
The chief said he called Monday's news conference to quash rumors that McGowan was going to be released from the hospital without being charged.
Cadence's mother, Christina Harris, told reporters after the news conference that she and McGowan had been involved in an on-again, off-again relationship over five years that often was abusive.
She said the two had gotten into an argument Friday and that McGowan took the girl while Harris went across the street to call the police.
The girl, who was not McGowan's biological daughter, had been around him most of her life, Harris said.
"He loved her. He never hurt her," she said.
McGowan's grandmother, Norma Campbell, told KCTV over the weekend that McGowan loved Cadence like she was his own daughter.
Campbell said McGowan battles mental illness and that he called her Friday night just before his confrontation with police.
"He just kept calling me and saying he was tired. He was intending to die. He really was," said Campbell.
A phone number listed for Campbell is disconnected.
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Country superstar Shania Twain will end her residency in Las Vegas with a final show Dec. 13, two years after she made a grand Sin City entrance on horseback and began performing at Caesars Palace.
Twain announced 16 "Shania: Still the One" shows in October and December, in addition to summer performances running through Saturday at the Colosseum — the same venue that hosts fellow Canadian Celine Dion. "I can't thank Las Vegas enough," Twain said in a statement, calling the city "home" and noting an after-school program she launched in a needy Las Vegas school. "I started the first international Shania Kids Can clubhouse in Las Vegas because I love this city, and my time here has given me more than anyone can ever know."
The singer, known for hits including "Man! I Feel Like A Woman" and "That Don't Impress Me Much," came to town in November 2012. Traffic down the Las Vegas Strip was temporarily halted for a herd of horses that accompanied her on her grand entrance.
Her stage show features trained horses, a live band and a flying motorcycle.
Organizers said at the time that Twain's residency would be a two-year engagement. She will have performed more than 110 shows by the end of the year.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) -- A man who says he is the father of two of three teens charged with fatally beating two homeless men says that they too were once homeless, and he has no idea what prompted the brutal Friday night attack that police say left the victims unrecognizable.
After their arrest, the 15-year-old told police that the trio had been targeting homeless people for the past year, according to a criminal complaint. He said they had attacked about 50 people over the last few months, but had never gone that far, according to the criminal complaint.
"It's so hard that he could do that to someone where ... I mean, like I said, we came from there," said Victor Prieto, who identified himself to KOB-TV as the father of the 15- and 16-year-olds accused. "You know what I mean? We're not there now, but that's where we ... We got out of there."
His sons and 18-year-old Alex Rios were charged on Monday with murder and ordered held on $5 million bonds. The Associated Press is not identifying the minors because of their age. The teens and Prieto all have different last names.
A man at the house where police found the trio Saturday declined to comment on Monday as he watched a steady stream of reporters and photographers visit a corner lot where neighbors said the homeless regularly camped without bothering anyone.
"Everybody here seems to be pretty shocked," said William Toyama, a 29-year-old cook whose house backs up to the field between the Prieto's home and the crime scene, which Monday was littered with a mattress, a dirty pillow, clothing, broken bottles and a cinder block. "They seem to find it deplorable. Like I said, most people around here have the same opinion I do. They don't cause any trouble."
Cinderblocks were among the things the 15-year-old said the trio used to beat the men for over an hour Friday, police said. According to a criminal complaint, he told police they lifted them over their heads and took turns dropping them on the men's faces.
Toyama said he didn't know the teens, and his only interaction with them was telling them to stop throwing rocks at his dogs.
On Friday night, the 15-year-old said he was angry about breaking up with his girlfriend, and the three returned from a party and covered their faces with black T-shirts and went out to look for someone to beat up and possibly rob, the criminal complaint says.
The attack was so brutal it stunned even veteran police officers.
Prosecutors requested bonds of $1 million, but Metropolitan Court Judge Linda Rogers set it higher, citing the gravity of the alleged crimes and the suspects' potential to flee. The district attorney's office said the younger suspects were charged as serious youthful offenders, meaning they could be tried in adult court.
The two younger defendants, one wiping away tears, sat in the courtroom while Rios made his appearance by closed-circuit video from the county jail.
Family and attorneys for the three declined comment after the proceeding.
Rios told investigators he acted as a lookout while the other boys attacked the men with bricks, sticks and a metal fence pole. The younger suspects, however, told police that Rios also took part in the attacks.
Investigators have not confirmed the identities of the victims, although police found an Arizona driver's license at the brothers' home. The victims' transient background and the severity of their injuries have made identification difficult, police said.
Instagram just got a million times cuter with the addition of this Blue Ivy photo. Our hearts are melting!
Beyonce shared a precious family photo with her 14 million Instagram followers on July 21. It appears that Jay Z and Beyonce are holding Blue Ivy by her arms, swinging her like the Queen Bey in training she is:
Of course, Blue Ivy is in an all floral outfit with a matching flower crown, looking like she's ready for next year's Kidchella. Too adorable.
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pRolling coverage of all the day's political developments as they happen, including a Commons statement from Nicky Morgan, the education secretary, on the Birmingham "Trojan horse" affair/pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2014-07-22T13:41:29.049+01:00"1.41pm span class="timezone"BST/span/time /ppstrongTristram Hunt/strong, the shadow education secretary, says he's identified two U-turns in Nicky Morgan's statement./ppNicky Morgan's two U-turns on schools policy: 1) Schools Commissioners; 2) OFSTED inspection of academy chains. Is she seeing the light?/pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2014-07-22T13:31:25.863+01:00"1.31pm span class="timezone"BST/span/time /ppstrongPhilip Hollobone,/strong a Conservative, asks what the department will do to give people afraid of being accused of Islamophobia the confidence to tackle extremism./ppMorgan says that further work will address this./pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2014-07-22T13:28:46.714+01:00"1.28pm span class="timezone"BST/span/time /ppa href="https://www.gov.uk/government/speeches/oral-statement-by-nicky-morgan-on-the-trojan-horse-letter"Here is the full text of Nicky Morgan's statement./a/pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2014-07-22T13:26:50.876+01:00"1.26pm span class="timezone"BST/span/time /ppstrongBob Stewart/strong, a Conservative, asks if there is a pamphlet telling teachers what British values are./ppMorgan says the list of British values is in the Ofsted inspections handbook./pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2014-07-22T13:25:36.628+01:00"1.25pm span class="timezone"BST/span/time /ppLabour's strongHeidi Alexander/strong asks about the pound;2m fraud in the Haberdashers' Aske's chain. When will the government accept its oversight mechanisms aren't satisfactory?/ppMorgan says she does not accept that there is an oversight problem. /pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2014-07-22T13:23:04.555+01:00"1.23pm span class="timezone"BST/span/time /ppstrongAndrew Stephenson/strong, a Conservative, asks for a reassurance that the government will not abandon support for faith-based schools./ppMorgan gives that assurance. None of these schools were faith ones, she says./pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2014-07-22T13:20:43.038+01:00"1.20pm span class="timezone"BST/span/time /ppLabour's strongNic Dakin /strongsays Morgan seems to be recognising the need for local oversight of schools. How will new new Birmingham education commissioner interact with the new regional schools commissioner for the West Midlands./ppMorgan says they will work together. /pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2014-07-22T13:18:50.427+01:00"1.18pm span class="timezone"BST/span/time /ppLabour's strongLyn Brown/strong asks if was a mistake for Michael Gove to remove the requirement to promote community cohesion as a duty on schools. Will she change that?/ppMorgan says she will discuss this with Ofsted. But just ensuring a school ticks a box does not address the problem./pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2014-07-22T13:16:48.524+01:00"1.16pm span class="timezone"BST/span/time /ppMorgan says some of the schools involved were outstanding. But still problems occurred. That is why she is going to be expanding her department's counter-extremism department./pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2014-07-22T13:15:09.246+01:00"1.15pm span class="timezone"BST/span/time /ppstrongDavid Ward/strong, a Lib Dem MP, says he is concerned about the use of the word of extremism. What extremism were the children exposed to? And would these activities have been out of place at a faith school?/ppMorgan says extremism is defined as opposition to fundamental British values. They include calling for the death of members of the armed forces. The details of a WhatsApp conversation in the report on this are shocking, she says./pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2014-07-22T13:12:23.047+01:00"1.12pm span class="timezone"BST/span/time /ppstrongRobert Wilson,/strong a Conservative, asks if Morgan believes in beating back the crocodiles as a means of combating extremism, or draining the swamp./ppMorgan says she believes in working with the Muslim community to tackle extremism. The vast majority of Muslims are opposed, she says./pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2014-07-22T13:08:51.776+01:00"1.08pm span class="timezone"BST/span/time /ppstrongShabana Mahmood/strong, the Labour MP for Birmingham Ladywood, says the way this affair has been handled, including leaks, has led to children at the schools involved being stigmatised and bullied./ppMorgan says Mahmood is right to say there are issues for everyone to address. /pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2014-07-22T13:06:14.977+01:00"1.06pm span class="timezone"BST/span/time /ppLabour's strongRichard Burden a/strongsks why Morgan is pressing ahead with education reforms when there is a problem with oversight of schools./ppMorgan says she has seen no evidence of fragmentation. There is close cooperation between schools and councils./pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2014-07-22T13:04:17.793+01:00"1.04pm span class="timezone"BST/span/time /ppLabour'sstrong Bill Esterson/strong asks Morgan if she accepts the needs for the inspection of academy chains./ppMorgan says she is going to look at this issue. It does need to be considered, she says./pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2014-07-22T13:02:20.743+01:00"1.02pm span class="timezone"BST/span/time /ppstrongLiam Byrne/strong, the Labour MP for Birmingham Hodge Hill, asks what will be done to improve Park View school. Its best days are ahead./ppMorgan says the school needs to move on./pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2014-07-22T13:00:33.677+01:00"1.00pm span class="timezone"BST/span/time /ppstrongJohn Hemming,/strong a Lib Dem, asks Morgan if she accepts that having conservative religious views does not make someone an extremist./ppMorgan says that the report found only a small group of people at fault./pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2014-07-22T12:59:28.777+01:00"12.59pm span class="timezone"BST/span/time /ppstrongKhalid Mahmood/strong, the Labour MP for Birmingham Perry Barr, names some individuals from the schools involved and from the council whom he says should be investigated further./ppMorgan says that the department will look into this./pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2014-07-22T12:57:22.237+01:00"12.57pm span class="timezone"BST/span/time /ppstrongAndrew Mitchell/strong, the Conservative former cabinet minster and Sutton Coldfield MP, welcomes the fact that Clarke found no evidence of radicalisation./pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2014-07-22T12:56:28.103+01:00"12.56pm span class="timezone"BST/span/time /ppstrongDavid Blunkett,/strong the Labour former education secretary, welcomes Morgan to her post. It is the most rewarding job in government, he says. Does she agree too many governors are self-selecting?/ppMorgan says the Clarke report only refers to a small group of governors./pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2014-07-22T12:55:08.446+01:00"12.55pm span class="timezone"BST/span/time /ppstrongGraham Stuart/strong, the Conservative chair of the education committee, says his committee will be looking into this. Will Morgan delay her next steps until it has reported?/ppMorgan says she will have to look at the timelines./pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2014-07-22T12:53:43.721+01:00"12.53pm span class="timezone"BST/span/time /ppMorgan is replying to Hunt./ppShe says Clarke says, on page 90, that there was no problem with governance generally. The problem was with a few governors in Birmingham, she says./pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2014-07-22T12:51:53.331+01:00"12.51pm span class="timezone"BST/span/time /ppstrongTristram Hunt/strong, the shadow education secretary, is responding./ppHe says this report is a quot;devastating indictmentquot; of government policy./pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2014-07-22T12:45:52.445+01:00"12.45pm span class="timezone"BST/span/time /ppMorgan says he has spoken to Sir Albert Bore, leader of Birmingham council, and a new education commissioner for the council will be appointed./ppIf necessary, Morgan says she will use her powers to take further control over Birmingham./pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2014-07-22T12:39:31.258+01:00"12.39pm span class="timezone"BST/span/time /ppstrongNicky Morgan/strong is starting her statement now./ppShe says schools should prepare children for life in modern Britain, and for the modern world. Parents want their schools to open doors, not close them. That is true for the majority of Muslims too, she says./pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2014-07-22T12:24:17.682+01:00"12.24pm span class="timezone"BST/span/time /ppAnd here are more extracts from Peter Clarke's conclusion./ppI neither specifically looked for nor found evidence of terrorism, radicalisation or violent extremism in the schools of concern in Birmingham. However, by reference to the definition of extremism in the Prevent strand of the Governments counter terrorist strategy, CONTEST, and the spectrum of extremism described by the Prime Minister in his Munich speech in February 2011, I found clear evidence that there are a number of people, associated with each other and in positions of influence in schools and governing bodies, who espouse, endorse or fail to challenge extremist views./ppIt has been suggested to me that the ambition of those involved was only to create high achieving schools reflecting the communities they serve, following the wishes of the majority of parents. I do not agree. On the contrary, while the majority of parents welcome the good academic results that some of these schools produce, they do not demand that their children adhere to conservative religious behaviour at school. Indeed, I received evidence that this would be supported by only a minority of parents. I was told how some of those who claimed most loudly that they were acting for the community either Report into allegations concerning Birmingham schools arising from 'Trojan Horse' letter protest alone or co-opt relatives to protest with them. I was also told by many witnesses that the majority do not have the confidence to argue against the articulate and forceful activists who seek to impose their views, for fear of being branded as disloyal to their faith or their community./pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2014-07-22T12:22:00.297+01:00"12.22pm span class="timezone"BST/span/time /ppHere is an extract from Peter Clarke's conclusion/ppAt the centre of what has happened are a number of individuals who have been, or are, associated with either Park View School or the Park View Educational Trust. Time and again, people who have been either teachers or governors at Park View appear to be involved in behaviours at other schools that have destabilised headteachers, sometimes leading to their resignation or removal. The tactics used are too similar, the individuals concerned too closely linked, and the behaviour of a few parents and governors too orchestrated for there not to be a degree of co-ordination and organisation behind what has happened. The clear conclusion is that the Park View Educational Trust has, in effect, become the incubator for much of what has happened and the attitudes and behaviours that have driven it./ppThere has been co-ordinated, deliberate and sustained action, carried out by a number of associated individuals, to introduce an intolerant and aggressive Islamic ethos into a few schools in Birmingham. This has been achieved by gaining influence on the governing bodies, installing sympathetic headteachers or senior members of staff, appointing like-minded people to key positions, and seeking to remove headteachers they do not feel to be sufficiently compliant. Some of these individuals are named in this report; most are not. Whether their motivation reflects a political agenda, a deeply held religious conviction, personal gain or a desire to influence communities, the effect has been to limit the life chances of the young people in their care and to render them more vulnerable to pernicious influences in the future. /pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2014-07-22T12:14:50.179+01:00"12.14pm span class="timezone"BST/span/time /ppPeter Clarke's report has just been published./ppIt's 129-pages long. a href="https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/335243/Report_into_allegations_concerning_Birmingham_schools_arising_from_the_Trojan_Horse_letter-web.pdf"Here it is (pdf). /a/pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2014-07-22T12:12:17.321+01:00"12.12pm span class="timezone"BST/span/time /ppNicky Morgan, the new education secretary, will be making a Commons statement about Peter Clarke's inquiry into the quot;Trojan horsequot; allegations about Islamist extremism in Birmingham schools./ppHere's some background reading/pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2014-07-22T11:59:35.535+01:00"11.59am span class="timezone"BST/span/time /ppThe Labour MP Tom Watson and the Conservative MP David Davis are taking the government to court. In a move backed by Liberty, they are seeking judicial review of the government's emergency surveillance legislation (the Data Retention and Investigatory Powers Act) passed last week./ppHere's an extract from a href="https://www.liberty-human-rights.org.uk/news/press-releases/liberty-represents-mps-david-davis-and-tom-watson-legal-challenge-government%E2%80%99s-"the Liberty news release./a/ppLiberty is arguing on Mr Davis and Mr Watsons behalf that the new legislation is incompatible with Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR), the right to respect for private and family life, and Articles 7 and 8 of the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights, respect for private and family life and protection of personal data./ppSince 2009, communications data has been retained by public communications services and network providers under a 2009 EU Data Retention Directive. But in April the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) ruled that the Directive was invalid because it was so sweeping in its interference with individual privacy rights. The judgment made clear that existing UK legislation, including the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000 (RIPA), required urgent review./pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2014-07-22T11:44:52.187+01:00"11.44am span class="timezone"BST/span/time /ppYou can read all todays Guardian politics stories a href="http://www.theguardian.com/politics/all"here. /aAnd all the politics stories filed yesterday, including some in todays paper, are a href="http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2014/jul/21/all"here./abr //ppAs for the rest of the papers, heresa href="http://www.politicshome.com/" the PoliticsHome list of top 10 must-reads,/a and heresa href="http://www.conservativehome.com/frontpage/2014/07/newslinks-for-tuesday-22nd-july-2014.html" the ConservativeHome round-up of political stories in today's papers./a/ppWe have come to believe that, because Mr Blair said the word bold a lot, he actually was. In truth, he was a gradualist prime minister whose place in history does not derive from any rupture in policy or revolution in the state. His place in history comes from the magnitude of his political success. He might turn out to be the last truly national politician: the last to win support in every region of the country and the last to achieve 40 per cent of the popular vote .../ppThis stalemate is written all over the Labour and Tory campaigns for next years general election. Labour is not, as alleged, aiming to win just 35 per cent of the vote that figure actually represents their estimated floor of support but neither is it straining to lure voters who are not already left-leaning. A squeaked victory on a leftwing platform is preferred to the centrist landslides in which Mr Blair specialised./ppBlairs precise advice is fairly vague. Having listened to many of his speeches in recent years I find that general assertions are rarely backed up by detailed prescriptions in relation to the dilemmas that Miliband now faces. Partly Blair is being discreet, but that is not the sole explanation. Blair argues there is no left and right division any more, the only divide being between those who seek open or closed societies. The assertion might reflect his personal journey but to extrapolate a global trend from that is quite a leap. I can see what he means in relation to immigration, Europe and dealing with Ukip. On all of these, he is impressively forensic. But on other mighty issues, he offers no clear route map. Who pays for health and elderly care when people are living longer? With good cause, Blair regretted the closure of Sure Start centres, but does that mean he believes Miliband should pledge to reopen some? The answers will be determined partly by whether an advocate is on the left or right./pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2014-07-22T11:28:11.919+01:00"11.28am span class="timezone"BST/span/time /ppThe Treasury has today announced that councillors' travel expenses will be exempt from income tax.strong David Gauke,/strong the financial secretary to the Treasury, revealed this a href="http://www.parliament.uk/documents/commons-vote-office/July-2014/22%20July%202014/6.CHANCELLOR-tax-exemptions-counciloors-travel.pdf"in a written ministerial statement (pdf)./a/ppLocal councillors perform a vital but frequently unsung constitutional role working on behalf of local people, often in addition to other professional and personal commitments. They are required to perform their duties in both the communities they serve and their council offices and most receive no payment other than allowances in recognition of the time and expenses they incur. /ppThe Government wants to ensure that nobody is discouraged from representing their local community as a local councillor and therefore intends to introduce this new exemption so that in the future, travel expenses paid to local councillors, including those to cover the costs of journeys to their council offices, are not subject to income tax or NICs. /pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2014-07-22T11:18:43.437+01:00"11.18am span class="timezone"BST/span/time /ppLord Aschcroft has published a new marginal seats poll. It covers 14 of the 26 marginal seats that he covered in a poll published in May./ppa href="http://www.conservativehome.com/platform/2014/07/lord-ashcroft-battleground-polling-swing-in-marginals-falls-as-ukip-pick-up-labour-votes.html"In a post for ConservativeHome,/a he summarises the key findings. Here's an extract./ppThe most striking feature is that rising support for UKIP has eroded the swing to Labour. Though the Tories are down a point on their share in March and April in these seats, Labour are down by three points and UKIP are up five./ppThere are three points worth noting about this. First, the most immediately striking effect of this shift is that UKIP now lead in two seats Thurrock and Thanet South. They have also jumped to second in Great Yarmouth, where the Tories are now ahead, having been behind Labour in my previous round of polling./pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2014-07-22T11:00:49.158+01:00"11.00am span class="timezone"BST/span/time /ppstrongTheresa May/strong, the home secretary, has confirmed that there will be a full public inquiry into the death of Alexander Litvinenko, the former KGB officer who died in London after drinking after drinking tea laced with radioactive polonium-210 with two ex-colleagues at a London hotel in 2006. /ppIt will be chaired by Sir Robert Owen, the judge who had been conducted the inquest into Litvinenko's death. That inquest has now been suspended./ppIt is more than seven years since Mr. Litvinenkos death, and I very much hope that this inquiry will be of some comfort to his widow Mrs. Litvinenko./pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2014-07-22T10:39:54.977+01:00"10.39am span class="timezone"BST/span/time /ppstrongUnison/strong has announced that it is going to ballot its NHS staff members over strike action. This is from Christina McAnea, Unison's head of health./ppBalloting for strike action is not an easy decision - especially in the NHS. But this government is showing complete contempt for NHS workers. /ppIt has swept aside the pay review body's recommendations and ignored the union's call for a fair deal. Our members are angry at the way they are being treated and we are left with little choice but to ballot for action. /pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2014-07-22T10:24:53.239+01:00"10.24am span class="timezone"BST/span/time /ppOn a day like today (it's glorious in London) it's easy to forget that we're often at the mercy of terrible weather. But that is one of the concusions of a report published today by Patrick McLoughlin, the transport secretary, looking at whether the transport system is prepared for bad weather conditions./ppa href="https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/335115/transport-resilience-review-web.pdf"The report (pdf) /aconcludes that, although the system responded reasonably well to to the winter storms, more needs to be done. Here's an extract./ppWhilst it is difficult to attribute any one of these episodes of extreme weather to climate change, the consensus view among the scientific community, as provided by the Fifth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change is that we will see an increasing incidence of extreme weather events in the future because of climate change./ppIt is therefore important that we plan for this and ensure that our transport networks are as well prepared as they can be to minimise the impact of extreme weather events. The principal weather events we need to plan for are more rainfall over sustained periods in winters, more intense localised rain storms particularly in the summer, albeit summers on average will be drier and hotter overall with higher peak temperatures, and more severe storms, against a background of rising sea levels./pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2014-07-22T10:02:57.434+01:00"10.02am span class="timezone"BST/span/time /ppThis is whastrongt Philip Hammond/strong, the foreign secretary, said as he arrived at the EU foreign affairs meeting in Brussels./ppEverybody wants to see a balanced set of measures going forward, but the world has changed since the European Council last week. The events of last Thursday have changed public expectations on us and we have to send a clear signal from our meeting today that we recognise that and that we are going to go further .../ppThis meeting today is an opportunity for us to send a very clear signal to Russia. Were obviously pleased that there is movement now on repatriating the victims; were pleased that there is some access being granted to the site. But we mustnt forget the overall context: This terrible incident happened in the first place because of Russias support to the separatists in eastern Ukraine, because of the flow of heavy weapons from Russia into eastern Ukraine. We have to address that issue today and I shall be urging my colleagues and our partners to send a very clear and strong signal to Russia today./pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2014-07-22T09:50:36.658+01:00"9.50am span class="timezone"BST/span/time /ppFor the record, here area href="http://yougov.co.uk/news/2014/07/22/update-labour-lead-4/" today's YouGov GB polling figures./a/ppLabour: 38% (up 1 point from YouGov in the Sunday Times)/pp class="block-time published-time" time datetime="2014-07-22T09:12:26.566+01:00"9.12am span class="timezone"BST/span/time /ppIt's the last day that the Commons is sitting before the summer recess and, as usual, that means that we're get a host of announcements that ministers need to present to parliaments while they've got the chance. As you can see from a href="http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201415/cmagenda/ob140722.pdf"the order paper (pdf)/a, there are 31 written ministerial statements coming. /ppWe've also got an oral statement from Nicky Morgan, the new education secretary, about the Peter Clarke inquiry into the Birmingham quot;Trojan horsequot; affair. a href="http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2014/jul/17/leaked-report-aggressive-islamist-agenda-birmingham-schools"My colleague Patrick Wintour revealed the contents of the draft report last week. /aI'll be covering the statement in detail./p a href="http://www.theguardian.com/politics/blog/2014/jul/22/david-anderson-terror-watchdog-says-laws-too-wide-ranging-politics-live-blog"Continue reading.../a
Detectives say woman had asked someone to call police shortly before her death on A47 in NorfolkpA woman killed in a crash on a busy dual carriageway had asked someone to call the police shortly before her death, detectives have said./ppDetectives are investigating after the woman and a man both died after being hit by a silver Kia on the A47 in Terrington St John, Norfolk, at about 2.15pm on Sunday./p a href="http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2014/jul/22/police-investigate-woman-death-claims-pushed-traffic"Continue reading.../a