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Jill Lawless

May's election gamble backfires

LONDON—British Prime Minister Theresa May's gamble in calling an early election backfired spectacularly as her Conservative Party lost its majority in Parliament, throwing British politics into chaos.

The shock result could send Britain's negotiations to leave the European Union—due to start June 19—into disarray.

The pound lost more than two cents against the U.S. dollar.

The bongs are wrong: British say London’s famous Big Ben clock is running a few seconds slow

LONDON — Don’t set your watch by Big Ben.

Officials say the famous clock at Britain’s Parliament — used by Londoners for decades to check the time — has recently been slow by as much as six seconds.

The 156-year-old clock chimes every 15 minutes and emits deep bongs to mark the hour. Its inaccuracy was noticed by staff at BBC radio, which broadcasts the bongs live at 6 p.m.