White House chief usher: equal parts ringmaster, palace guard, and consigliere

July 3, 2017

(CNN)Traditionally, the chief usher of the White House hasn’t been someone who comes and goes with each administration; it’s a position that endures. The White House chief usher as a fixture of the institution is as American as apple pie. First lady Melania Trump recently announced that Timothy Harleth, who worked at the Trump International Hotel in Washington, will be the next White House chief usher. He joins a select…

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Suspect in kidnapping of Chinese scholar viewed fetish website’s abduction forum, police say

July 3, 2017

The suspect in the abduction of a Chinese scholar at the University of Illinois viewed a sexual fetish website that hosted an abduction forum before allegedly kidnapping the woman, authorities said. Brendt Allen Christensen was arrested and charged Friday in the June 9 abduction of Yingying Zhang, who investigators believe to be dead. A federal complaint said Christensens phone was used on April 19 to visit the FetLife.com forum, including…

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Scott Wolf Proud To Be On A Show That Highlights Real-Life Topics

June 30, 2017

But lately, Wolf has been making a splash as Dr. Scott Clemmens on NBCs The Night Shift, which just kicked off its fourth season. The series follows a group of doctors from the Army who work the night shift together at a hospital in San Antonio. Clemmens, who is not ex-military, tries to find his place among the family of medics,while trying to work alongside his ex-girlfriend, Dr. Jordan Alexander…

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Canadian officer is first woman to lead Changing of the Guard

June 27, 2017

(CNN)A Canadian soldier, Megan Couto, has become the first woman to lead the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace. “I know certainly for myself, it’s a great pleasure to be considered an equal of my peers, and any one of my peers would be absolutely delighted to be the captain of the guard here,” Couto said. “So I feel equally honored to be given the opportunity regardless of my…

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Hong Kong handover: The protest symbols China’s scared of

June 26, 2017

Hong Kong (CNN)When Hong Kong was handed over to China in 1997 after more than 150 years of British rule, the Bauhinia flower was chosen as the symbol of the new Chinese special administrative region. How Hong Kong has changed What China’s scared of China’s Xi Jinping to make first visit Carrie Lam: Not appropriate to challenge China Secret negotiations sealed city’s fate The protesters were led by Joshua Wong,…

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Archbishop tells PM to ‘draw the poison from Brexit’ – BBC News

June 25, 2017

But he said that would be a “disaster”, as British negotiators would not have “confidence in their backing from the UK”. Brexit: All you need to know Free trade deals for ‘poorest countries’ May unveils Brexit offer for EU citizens He claimed a commission, with parties from the whole political spectrum, could “hold the ring for the differences [in opinion] to be fought out”. He said it should be under…

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Record-Breaking Heat Wave In Southwest Reportedly Claims 4 Lives

June 22, 2017

The first two fatalities recorded in the three-day heatwave took place on Monday in Santa Clara County, California, south of San Francisco, and included a homeless person found in a car, the San Jose Mercury News reported. It is tragic when someone dies of hyperthermia since in most every case it could have been prevented, Dr. Michelle Jorden of the Santa Clara County Coroners Office told the newspaper. A Phoenix…

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Teens are still having sex, most use contraception

June 22, 2017

(CNN)American teens’ sex habits and contraceptive use haven’t changed much over the past decade, according to a new report from the National Survey of Family Growth, which is administered by the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In that time period, 42% of female teens and 44% of male teens reported having had sex at least once, a 1% decrease for females and a 2% increase for males…

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London fire: Queen reflects on ‘sombre national mood’ – BBC News

June 17, 2017

Image copyright PA Image caption The Queen met local people affected by the Grenfell Tower fire during a visit to a temporary shelter Prime Minister Theresa May has pledged to “get to the bottom” of the west London tower block fire amid mounting criticism of her response to the disaster. The prime minister was jeered when she visited the Kensington site on Friday Mrs May was criticised for not speaking…

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19 Epic, Endangered Places You Should Visit Before It’s Too Late

June 15, 2017

This week,UNESCO released its annual state of conservation reports, which outline which of its famous designatedWorld Heritage Sitesare in danger of losing the historic, cultural or natural characteristics that made them World Heritage Sites in the first place. Tourism can harm the worlds wonders, but it can also help them when done responsibly. Below, find 19 places from UNESCOs conservation reportsthat warrant a responsible visit. To compile this list, we…

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Election blind dates: Peter Stringfellow and Mary Beard – BBC News

June 2, 2017

Mary Beard Describe yourself: I’m Mary Beard and I am a professor of classics at the University of Cambridge. My day-job is working on Roman history and ancient Roman history. A few years ago now, I started doing Roman documentaries on both BBC Two and BBC One. It’s got my face out there – for better or worse. Political beliefs: I would summarise my politics very simply as the maverick…

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Why the UK election isn’t exciting Americans – BBC News

May 31, 2017

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Theresa May at a campaign event in Wales It’s not even accurate to call it a forgettable election. Most Americans, I feel confident in saying, aren’t aware it’s even taking place. Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Jeremy Corbyn arrives for a campaign speech Many of the American revolutionaries, foremost amongst them the voguish Alexander Hamilton, were arch-monarchists. Their gripe with King George was that…

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Meet the women and girls who rocked Comic Con – BBC News

May 30, 2017

“I love the movie and the character. She’s passionate and kind so I was inspired to be like her. “I love the atmosphere here – it’s really good for young women because it’s non-judgmental. Sophie: “I’m playing Maleficent, the Angelina Jolie version. I love cosplay because it gives you the chance to play someone else for a day. It’s escapism, pure fantasy. “You can be covered or wear the smallest…

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Trump Had At Least 15 Chances To Address The Portland Attack On Twitter. He Didn’t.

May 29, 2017

On Friday,Ricky John Best and Taliesin Myrddin Namkai-Meche were stabbed to death while traveling on one of Portlands MAX trains. They both stood up to confront a man verbally attacking two girls, one of whom was wearing a hijab. Since the fatal attack made national news on Saturday, Trump has sent more than a dozen tweets. Not one of those messages mention Portland, the two deceased men being hailed as…

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Report: Trump Tells ‘Confidants’ U.S. Will leave Paris Climate Deal

May 29, 2017

On Saturday, Trump said in a Twitter post he would make a decision on whether to support theParis climate deal next week. A source who has been in contact with people involved in the decision told Reuters a couple of meetings were planned with chief executives of energy companies and big corporations and others about the climate agreement ahead of Trumps expected announcement later in the week. It was unclear…

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Noose found hanging on tree outside a museum in Washington D.C.

May 28, 2017

WASHINGTON –  Authorities say a noose was found hanging from a tree outside a museum in the nation’s capital. U.S. Park Police say the noose was found Friday on the grounds of the Hirshhorn Museum. Officials said in a statement that it’s unclear how long the noose had been there. It was found by a Smithsonian police officer. The Washington Post reports that Smithsonian Secretary David J. Skorton said in…

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Tom Hardy’s Fundraiser For Manchester Victims Has Already Surpassed Its Goal

May 26, 2017

What happened last night at the [Ariana Grande] concert in Manchester was a tragedy; families and children attacked and murdered; in a place where they should be safe and enjoying a concert, the actor wrote on his Just Giving page. It is an inconceivable atrocity. There is no bringing back those who have been lost, pointlessly, in such a cowardly and brutal fashion. I am truly saddened by what I…

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I Invited A Guy From Tinder Over, He Didnt Look Like His Pics

May 25, 2017

I know youre going to say Im an idiot. Rule number one of dating over the internet (or an app, in this case) is that you meet in a public place, at least for the first time. Youre supposed to make sure the other person isnt a serial killer before you give them your address. But that seems so . I wasnt looking for a boyfriend, I was looking for…

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The Best Boyfriends Know Little Gestures Mean More Than Anything Else

May 25, 2017

@criene The best boyfriends are the ones who comment on your Instagram pictures. Not because itmatters, but because they love you and want to remind everyone you know that they do. The best boyfriends are the ones who are willing to take selfies with you andyou, who happily give you time to “do your own thing,” who want to impress your parents. They’re the ones who will tuck your tag…

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You Are Not Perfect, But You Are All Of These Things

May 25, 2017

Brooke Cagle I have something to tell you. You are smarter than you know. Things dont fall into your mind or into your lap. You have to reread, rethink, and ask quite a few questions on the way. Youre the person who asks questions. The person who asks questions is fearless in the pursuit of what they want. Youre a good girlfriend. Possibly better than what he deserves. He has…

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To My Husband: Thank You For Our Average Love

May 25, 2017

Elizabeth Tsung Some say you fall in love, while others say you choose it. I say love found me because I wasnt searching for it when you came into my life at the innocent age of 12. In fact, I dont even think I knew what love was. My frizzy hair, T-shirt, and ill-fitting jeans certainly suggested I wasnt trying to lure love in. Still, love found me just the…

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Can Donald Trump solve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict?

May 22, 2017

(CNN)Jerusalem: US President Donald Trump arrives in Israel Monday in search of what he has called “the ultimate deal”. But like so many US presidents who have believed it their duty to bring peace to the region, Trump will face a series of challenges, which have grown increasingly insurmountable. Seven years on since Abbas and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu last held talks, the same issues remain — disagreements over…

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Partisans bend to label Trump’s ‘bow’

May 21, 2017

(CNN)The action lasted mere seconds, but it has split social media and left people pondering: When is a bend a bow? During the first stop on his inaugural trip abroad, President Donald Trump, like presidents before him, was honored with Saudi Arabia’s highest civilian honor, the Order of Abdulaziz al-Saud. But no sooner had the 6-foot-2-inch President leaned in so that the much shorter Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al…

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Who gets hurt by GOP’s ‘pro-life’ hypocrisy

May 20, 2017

(CNN)What does it mean to be pro-life? In today’s GOP, one thing: restricting access to safe abortion. Even if this doesn’t actually decrease the number of abortions, but just makes them more dangerous. Even if it means women and their children remain poor and vulnerable. Even if it means cutting off other necessary health care and aid. Even if it means women are injured. Even if it means women and…

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‘Big Bang Theory’ Star Jim Parsons Marries Longtime Partner Todd Spiewak

May 15, 2017

There arent many details about the wedding, but Page Six reports the nuptials took place at The Rainbow Room in New York City. So much of my adult life, that wasnt really a possibility, and I have grown more interested in the idea, and certainly supportive of the notion, and if my [getting]married would help the notion in general, even that would be enough to make me want to do…

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