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Alec Baldwin Deactivates Twitter After Feeling ‘No Guilt’ Following Fatal Shooting

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Alec Baldwin appears to have deleted his Twitter account just days after admitting he feels ‘no guilt’ after acidentally shooting Halyna Hutchins dead.

The Hollywood star’s followers noticed they were suddenly unable to find Baldwin’s main Twitter account, which used the handle @alecbaldwin and was verified with a blue tick, yesterday evening.

It appears the actor decided to remove the account himself, but it’s not known if Twitter took action. Several of Baldwin’s other accounts have been made private, but two are still available: @ABFalecbaldwin, which was set up for his foundation and last used in October, and @alecbaldwin__, which is also verified.

Baldwin’s main deactivated account was used for him to issue his first statement about the accidental fatal shooting of cinematographer Hutchins on set of the western movie Rust.  He tweeted on October 21, a day after the incident, and said: ‘There are no words to convey my shock and sadness regarding the tragic accident that took the life of Halyna Hutchins, a wife, mother and deeply admired colleague of ours. I’m fully cooperating with the police investigation to address how this tragedy occurred.’ 

Baldwin accidentally discharged a prop gun on set of Rust, hitting Hutchins and the director Joel Souza.

Detailing the incident and how Hutchins told him to point the gun in her direction, Baldwin said: ‘So I take the gun and I start to cock the gun. I’m not going to pull the trigger, I’m holding the gun where she told me to hold it.’  He added: ‘At the very end of my interview with the Sheriff’s department they said: “We regret to tell you that she didn’t make it, she died”. They told me right then and there and that’s when I went in the parking lot and called my wife to talk to my wife. And when this happened, her husband comes to town, her husband Matthew and I met with him and their son.’ 

Explaining that they were in a ‘marking rehearsal’ at the time of the tragedy, he said she told him to point the gun in her direction, and aimed it ‘below her armpit’. Baldwin claimed that when he released the ‘hammer’ the fatal shot was fired, adding: ‘The gun was supposed to be empty, she goes down. I thought to myself, “Did she faint?”’

In an interview this weekend, TV host George Stephanopoulos asked Baldwin: ‘You felt shock, you felt anger, you felt sadness. Do you feel guilt?’

He replied: ‘No, no. I feel that there is… Someone is responsible for what happened and I can’t say who that is, but I know it’s not me. Honest to God, if I felt that I was responsible… I might have killed myself if I thought I was responsible. And I don’t say that lightly.’

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McDonald’s increases price of cheeseburger for first time in 14 years

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The prospect of a 99p McDonald’s cheeseburger is no more as the fast food giant increases the price of several items on its menu amid the cost of living crisis.

The company is raising the price of its signature cheeseburger for the first time in over 14 years, taking it to £1.19.

It will also add between 10 and 20p to the several menu items it says are impacted the most by inflation.

The chain is one of many companies passing the effect of soaring costs of fuel and ingredients on to its customers, including the consumer goods giant behind the likes of Marmite and Magnums.

Breakfast meals, main meals, large coffees and McNugget share boxes are among the menu items which could become up to 20p more expensive, a spokesperson for McDonald’s told Sky News.

Salads and wraps are unlikely to be affected.

The changes came into effect on today (27th July).

In an email to customers, McDonald’s UK and Ireland CEO Alistair Macrow said: “Some prices remain unaffected, and some will continue to vary across our restaurants.

“We understand that any price increases are not good news, but we have delayed and minimised these changes for as long as we could.”

Mr Macrow added: “Just like you, our company, our franchisees who own and operate our restaurants, and our suppliers are all feeling the impact of rising inflation.

“At times like this, we know that providing great value is important.

“Since we opened in the UK in 1974, we have committed to offering great tasting food at affordable prices, and that commitment will not change.

“But, today’s pressures mean, like many, we are having to make some tough choices about our prices.”

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Calls for Brits to be sent home if workplaces exceed 25°C in heatwave

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Brits have been told to do ‘as little as possible’ as temperatures of 40°C are expected to bring a risk to life, however, for the majority of people who are still required to work, this is almost impossible.

This is why a union is calling for there to be a maximum temperature workplaces can be before staff are able to be sent home.

The GMB Union wants there to be a legal limit on how hot workplaces can be as there is currently no specific temperature which is considered ‘too hot’ to be able to work. They’re also calling for people to be able to wear cooler clothes during extremely hot days, and be given the opportunity to take more breaks.

The GMB Union’s health and safety officer, Lynsey Mann, said: “This hot weather is great for being on a sun lounger, but if you’re trying to work through it’s no joke.

“Bosses need to do everything possible to keep workplaces cool and, more importantly, safe.”

She added: “Workers who are overheating aren’t going to be at their best.”

Instead of noting a specific maximum temperature for workplaces, the official guidance simply states that employers are required to provide a comfortable working environment for their staff.

As outlined by the Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992, businesses have an obligation to ensure that the temperature in the workplace is ‘reasonable’.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) gives advice on how employers should ensure workers are comfortable, including controlling the temperature through the use of air conditioning units or an air dehumidifier.

The Met Office have put a red weather warning in place over the next two days, and have warned people to stay out of the sun, stay hydrated and look out for people more vulnerable to heatstroke.

One of the Met Office’s meteorologists, Steven Keates, told The Telegraph that people should avoid strenuous exercise and unnecessary travel.

In fact, he said that in general we should be doing “as little as possible” over the next two days.

Brits have also been warned that this is not weather to be sitting out in the sun with a drink and having fun with friends.

College of Paramedics chief executive Tracy Nicholls told Sky: “This isn’t like a lovely hot day where we can put a bit of sunscreen on, go out and enjoy a swim and a meal outside.

“This is serious heat that could actually, ultimately, end in people’s deaths because it is so ferocious.”

She added: “We’re just not set up for that sort of heat in this country.”

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UK heatwave: Railway Disruption Warning

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Rail services across the west of England will be significantly impacted by the forecast extreme heat, Network Rail has said.

The Met Office has issued an amber weather warning for the area that Great Western Railway (GWR) covers on Monday and Tuesday.

Speed restrictions will be implemented on routes to ensure trains run safely. In an attempt to keep the tracks cool, some railway tracks have also been painted white.

Dan Collins, from Network Rail, said: “We paint them white, it reflects the sunlight, and we’re able to reduce the rail temperatures by up to five degrees.

“In extreme circumstances, we can get something called a track buckle, which is something we want to try and avoid, that’s where the track will move laterally.”

Mr Collins added: “We spend all year preparing for the summer months, to make sure the tracks are safe and as reliable as possible.”

Network Rail said GWR services that do run will be extremely busy with a high likelihood of cancellations and delays. The service warned that journeys would also take longer, with last minute alterations predicted throughout the two days.

South Western Railway also announced it would be implementing speed restrictions, citing concerns of buckling tracks if they get too hot.

A national emergency has been declared, with temperatures possibly reaching 41C (106F) in some areas of the country.

Passengers who choose to travel are being advised to check their journeys and ensure they are well-prepared for the extreme conditions.

People with tickets for travel on GWR services on Monday and Tuesday are being offered to use them to travel on Wednesday and Thursday instead.

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