Female genital mutilation procedure ‘hurted a lot,’ child says

April 25, 2017

(CNN)A 7-year-old girl who underwent a painful genital mutilation procedure told federal investigators that after a doctor completed the process, she was rewarded with a piece of cake for “doing good.” Court documents obtained by CNN contain that account, along with other details in the cases of three medical professionals now facing charges in the first federal female genital mutilation case in the United States. The father of the girl…

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You can’t out-crazy Kim Jong Un

April 25, 2017

(CNN)President Trump had a pretty full national security plate Monday: Lunch with ambassadors from the nations that make up the UN Security Council, a meeting with his Defense Secretary and Joint Chiefs Chairman, and dinner with Republican Sens. John McCain and Lindsey Graham. Top of the menu: North Korea. In fact, speaking briefly for the cameras at that very lunch, the President made clear he finds the status quo on…

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Are we sexist for gawking at Macron’s marriage?

April 25, 2017

(CNN)Barely 24 hours after Emmanuel Macron’s advancement in the French presidential election, the European and American tabloids are awash in headlines directed at his 10-year marriage to Brigitte Trogneux, their wording undeniably suggesting certain scandal. “How Brigitte met Emmanuel Macron — when she was his (married) teacher — and what the French will make of it,” goes the headline in the Independent. “Sealed with a kiss! French Presidential favorite Emmanuel…

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General election 2017: ‘No apology’ for Labour’s union ties – BBC News

April 25, 2017

“That is why one of the very first things we will do when forming our Labour government will be to repeal the vicious Tory Trade Union Act, giving working people the rights to collectively organise and make their lives better, safer and more content.” Introduced by former PM David Cameron, the act introduced a threshold for workers voting in strike ballots for action to be legal. The government said it…

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Talks due in bid to resolve Southern rail row with RMT – BBC News

April 24, 2017

‘No interference’ The RMT has taken 31 days of strike action over the proposed changes. General secretary Mick Cash said: “The union welcomes the opportunity to engage with Southern rail in further talks. “We expect there to be no efforts to undermine these important talks from other parties and that they will be allowed to take place free from external interference.” Rail user groups urged all parties to reach agreement…

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Road verges ‘last refuge’ for plants – conservation charity – BBC News

April 24, 2017

But it says even endangered plants on verges deemed nature reserves have been mown or cleared. For too long road verges have been thought of as “dull, inconsequential places that flash by in the wing mirror,” said Dr Trevor Dines of Plantlife. “Sadly, road verges have been woefully disregarded for decades and are increasingly poorly managed for nature,” he added. “Some exceptionally rare plants including fen ragwort and wood calamint…

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Rihanna And Lupita Nyong’o Say They’ll Make The Movie Twitter Made Up

April 24, 2017

Over the weekend, a 2014 photo of Rihanna and Lupita Nyongo sitting next to each other at Paris Fashion Week went viral after user @blaquepink shared it with the caption, a picture for the history books. Twitter user @1800SADGALresponded and laid the groundwork for the movie you never knew you absolutely needed in life. From there, the idea spiraled, with more Twitter users adding to the plot, Hollywood insiders chiming…

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Bride And Her Bridesmaids Ditched Bouquets For Puppies In Need Of Homes

April 24, 2017

For her March wedding in Charlotte, North Carolina, bride Meghan Butler and her bridesmaidstraded floral bouquets for puppies in need of a good home. These bouquets have a lot less bloom and a lot more bark.  Instead of handing out wedding favors to guests, the couple made donations to the Greater Charlotte SPCA, the shelter that provided the adorable dogs: Brittany Boland/Discover Love Studios Butler and her husband Brett share…

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Reminder To Progressives: Abortion Is An Economic Issue

April 24, 2017

But Mellos progressive credentials are questionable at best.As a state senator, he co-sponsored a bill requiring that abortion providers tell women they can have an ultrasound first, and mandating that providers who use ultrasound display the image in a way women can see if they choose. He said it represented a positive first step to reducing the number of abortions in Nebraska. Unintended pregnancies place an enormous financial burden on…

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What the French elections mean for Americans

April 24, 2017

Paris (CNN)The second round of the French elections was set seconds after the polls closed Sunday evening, pitting two of the most unconventional candidates for the presidency of a nation that prides itself on professionalism and continuity of its leaders. Emmanuel Macron, who heads no political party but rather a movement he launched less than a year ago, will go head-to-head against Marine Le Pen, leader of the far-right National…

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Manchester bleach attack: Liquid thrown at pregnant woman and two men – BBC News

April 23, 2017

“We could easily have been dealing with life-changing injuries. “Anyone thinking that throwing bleach at people is funny or that a crime like this does not have consequences couldn’t be more wrong. “The victims here were lucky. Bleach attacks could have had catastrophic consequences.” More From this publisher : HERE Recommended ProductsLORDAQ Massive Buyer List 2.0 — VIP Mastermind ($10 OFF) LORDAQ Potential Buyer List 2.0 consists of Step-by-Step Guides…

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General election 2017: UKIP manifesto to pledge a burka ban – BBC News

April 23, 2017

And it will also call for postal voting to be largely abolished, because of concerns over electoral fraud. The former UKIP leader, Nigel Farage, proposed a burka ban in 2010. But the party later dropped the policy, and it did not appear in its 2015 manifesto. Full-face veils are already banned in public in some European countries, including France. According to the Sun, Mr Nuttall will say on Monday: “Just…

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Arthur Collins arrested over London nightclub ‘acid attack’ – BBC News

April 23, 2017

The Metropolitan Police said a man and a 22-year-old woman both lost their sight in one eye. Other people were treated for severe burns following the alleged attack. Image copyright @PhieMcKenzie Image caption Hundreds of people were forced to leave the club in the early hours More From this publisher : HERE Recommended ProductsGIPHplayer 25k World’s FIRST GIF player which allows you to avoid pitfalls of GIF and CinemagraphsSERPFusion- BlogFusion…

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Three apologises after network problems – BBC News

April 23, 2017

It also said that some “customers and non-customers” may have received a message from an unknown sender on Saturday. In a statement on its website, the company said its advice “is to ignore all text messages that you deem incorrect”. Three, which has about nine million customers, experienced a data breach last year which saw personal details, including names and addresses, accessed unlawfully.

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Erin Moran, ‘Happy Days’ actress, dead at 56

April 23, 2017

(CNN)Popular actress Erin Moran, a mainstay on TV from the late ’60s to the mid-’80s and best known for her kid-sister role in the sitcom “Happy Days,” has died. She was 56. Authorities in Indiana found her body Saturday afternoon after getting a 911 call at 4:07 p.m. for “an unresponsive female,” the Harrison County Sheriff’s Department said. “Upon the arrival, it was determined that the female was Erin Marie…

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First coal-free day in Britain since Industrial Revolution – BBC News

April 23, 2017

Cordi O’Hara of the National Grid said: “To have the first working day without coal since the start of the industrial revolution is a watershed moment in how our energy system is changing. “The UK benefits from highly diverse and flexible sources of electricity. Our energy mix continues to change and National Grid adapts system operation to embrace these changes.” But Ms O’Hara says that while the country makes the…

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General election 2017: Tories move to dampen tax hike fears – BBC News

April 22, 2017

Before winning the 2015 general election, the Conservatives promised no rises in VAT, national insurance contributions, or income tax. Analysis By Iain Watson, BBC News political correspondent The American revolutionary Benjamin Franklin said the two great certainties were tax and death. And certainly commitments to push tax rates up can prove fatal to political campaigns. Philip Hammond criticised the constraints placed on him by his party’s previous pledges not to…

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Paisley to host Gerry Rafferty saxophone tribute – BBC News

April 22, 2017

‘Great spectacle’ The bid is due to be lodged with the UK government next week and the event has been part-funded by the 2021 bid team. Rafferty’s daughter, Martha, has given her backing to the event, which will take place at Paisley Cross at 13:00. She said: “My father was very proud of his Paisley roots and I am sure he would have been supportive of the town’s UK City…

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Neil deGrasse Tyson Cites Celebrity Flat-Earthers To Make A Point About Politics

April 22, 2017

After vainly explaining to these celebstime and time again that the Earth is round, Tyson is trying a different approach.This time, hes showing how science deniers can be detrimental in government. Tyson began by explaining that flat-Earthers who live in the U.S.are allowed to say whatever they want, truth or not. Constitutional rights dont make beliefs true, however. If kids who are fans of pop-stars think Earth is flat because…

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Nebraska Farmer Politely Schools Fox News Host On Dangers Of Keystone XL Pipeline

April 22, 2017

Nebraska farmer Art Tanderup urged the Trump administration on Friday to abandon plans to build the Keystone XL pipeline and focus instead on boosting renewable energy. In a four-minute interview on Fox News, Tanderup who heads a group of about 90 Nebraska landowners trying to block the pipeline politely countered each of host Sandra Smiths talking points as she repeatedly suggested his personal stake was the only real reason he…

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Earth Day Pioneer Calls It A ‘Day Of Mourning’ This Year Thanks To Trump

April 22, 2017

Pete McCloskey, who co-chaired the original Earth Day celebration in 1970, said theres little to celebrate this year as President Donald Trump and Republicans in Congress set out toslash budgets for environmental agencies and undermine laws that protect water, air and wildlife. The first Earth Dayis credited with galvanizing public support behind sweeping changes to how the government managed natural resources. Months later, Congress created the Environmental Protection Agency. The…

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Rob Lowe is your new Colonel Sanders

April 22, 2017

(CNN)The rebirth of Colonel Sanders continues. KFC has brought actor Rob Lowe on as its new colonel to debut its Zinger sandwich. The new Zinger is described as a “100 percent white meat breast filet, hand-breaded and fried to a golden brown by trained cooks in every KFC kitchen, and served with lettuce and Colonel’s mayonnaise on a toasted sesame seed bun.”

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Will Curiel’s case be a DACA test for Trump?

April 22, 2017

(CNN)A distinguished federal judge who most Americans only know of as the target of Donald Trump’s bigotry when he was still a candidate for president has returned to the public spotlight — and not by choice. Judge Gonzalo Curiel, a judge in the southern district of California, has been assigned to hear the case of a Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipient who alleges that he was improperly deported…

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This is what protest sounds like

April 21, 2017

(CNN)Black Lives Matter activist Zellie Imani remembers the moment civil rights leader the Rev. Jesse Jackson came to Ferguson, Missouri, in the wake of Michael Brown’s 2014 death. Crowds had gathered to protest the fatal shooting of unarmed, 18-year-old Brown by a white police officer, and Imani remembers Jackson joining the demonstrators as they marched toward a church. But Jackson, it seems, had missed a crucial memo. “I think he…

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House candidates in Montana shoot guns in new ads

April 21, 2017

Washington (CNN)In a Montana House special election, Republicans are fighting to hold onto a seat while Democrats are trying to turn it blue. But new ads from each candidate highlight their similarities on a certain key issue. A new television ad from Democratic nominee Rob Quist shows the country singer-turned-politician shooting a gun at a TV showing an ad for his opponent, Republican Greg Gianforte. Quist has long been a…

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