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Rose Byrne will return as Moira MacTaggert in the upcoming “X-Men: Apocalypse.” In a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly, writer Simon Kinberg opened up about Byrne’s role , which was first introduced as a love interest for Professor X in the 2011 installment “X-Men: First Class.” “She’s a significant character in the movie,” he said. “We ended ‘First Class’ with Charles having wiped portions of her memory of her experience with the X-Men.

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In the latest ” Real Time with Bill Maher ,” the host sounded off on politicians for repeatedly talking about middle-class economics, saying, “No one is telling the truth.” “The large, thriving middle class that America used to have didn’t just appear out of the blue. It was created using an economic tool called socialism,” said Maher

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Campus Sexual Assault

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The issue of campus sexual assault has received a great deal of attention in the media in recent months. This is warranted

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Jan 30 (Reuters) – Texas Governor Greg Abbott said on Friday he would officially declare Feb. 2 “Chris Kyle Day” in the state, in honor of the late Navy Seal sharpshooter portrayed in the film “American Sniper.” The movie, starring Bradley Cooper as Kyle who was killed by a disgruntled U.S.

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Ahoy! Archaeologists excavating pirate Blackbeard’s sunken ship, named Queen Anne’s Revenge, recently unearthed from the wreckage various medical devices–and some of them look pretty darn terrifying. Among the grisly finds were a urethral syringe that would have been used to treat syphilis , two pumps, and a porringer that would have been used in bloodletting, Live Science reported. More..

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DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Mitt Romney’s exit from the presidential campaign has unleashed a frenzy of fresh fundraising and set off a new race for the backing of donors who had remained loyal to the 2012 Republican nominee.

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If you’re feeling down on your dreams today, Patti Smith has something to say about that . In 2012, the punk rock icon spoke to a group of young people about what life is really about. Her speech may be a few years old, but her message is a timeless one: More..

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HBO just debuted the “Game of Thrones” Season 5 trailer , but now there’s even more news causing excitement in the realm. On Friday during a Reddit AMA , “Game of Thrones” star Maisie Williams, who plays Arya Stark, was asked if any scene in the show was “particularly difficult” for her. As a response, Williams teased that her most intense sequence is coming: More..

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WASHINGTON — The 2016 presidential campaign is already in its beta launch stage, as candidates are beginning to roll themselves out so audiences of party insiders and wealthy donors can test them for bugs. This process also requires a platform to allow access to the candidate during this important, formative stage.

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Saturday, Whitney Houston’s daughter Bobbi Kristina Brown was taken to North Fulton Hospital after being found unresponsive, reports CBS 46 in Atlanta .

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NEW YORK (AP) — Embattled milk producers launched a social media campaign this week to rebuild public confidence in the health benefits of their product. But how healthy is it?

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"Charlie Hebdo" and our American Churches

31Ene

I have waited to write this column until reason has hopefully had time to replace the outrage that quite naturally encompassed the entire free world.

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There’s something utterly delicious about hotel beds … and towels… and robes

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By Richard Weizel HARTFORD, Conn., Jan 30 (Reuters) – The report on how Connecticut schools can adapt to avoid future attacks like the one that killed 26 people at Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2012 will mention gunman Adam Lanza’s name only once, the panel preparing the report decided on Friday. The Sandy Hook Advisory Commission’s report will recommend changes to school design and to the mental health services, the 16-member panel convened by Governor Dannel Malloy decided at one of its final public meetings in Hartford, Connecticut. The report includes proposals for better communication between local and state police, designing new schools to keep out potentially violent intruders and upgrading mental health protocols to provide help for troubled students.

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Housing Is for All

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During the Communist period in East-Central Europe, when people talked about “homelessness,” they were speaking of a spiritual or political condition – of being in exile from their country of origin or feeling homeless in their own country because of the presence of Soviet troops. At that time, there were few people living on the street. Everyone had to have an address.

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Scott Walker’s State of Ignorance

31Ene

You’re running for president — time to stick it to a university! More…

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NEW YORK — Foreign Affairs magazine may have just given Syrian dictator Bashar Assad his biggest opportunity to promote himself in recent months, but the outlet’s managing editor wants to make clear that he didn’t buy Assad’s rhetoric. Jonathan Tepperman, who interviewed Assad in Damascus on Jan. 20, wrote a Washington Post op-ed on Friday that warned against any cooperation with the Syrian regime

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Billionaire Bill Gates is confident malaria will be eradicated in his lifetime. And reputable aid organizations continue to pat themselves on the backs for scaling up their efforts to provide life-saving nets to prevent the disease’s spread.

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Frimet Goldberger grew up in Kiryas Joel, New York, an ultra-Orthodox Satmar Hasidic community about an hour’s drive northwest of New York City. An overwhelming majority of the village’s 22,000 residents live below the federal poverty threshold, according to The New York Times .

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Many students at the University of Virginia think banning sorority members from attending parties celebrating the end of fraternity recruitment this weekend could backfire on the national sorority organizations that issued the restriction.

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WASHINGTON, Jan 30 (Reuters) – Outgoing Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said in an interview on Friday the United States might eventually need to send non-combat ground troops to Iraq to help turn back Islamic State forces. Hagel, who announced his resignation under pressure in November, told CNN all options must be considered in Iraq, including sending troops for non-combat roles such as gathering intelligence and locating Islamic State targets. “I think it may require a forward deployment of some of our troops …,” he said

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According to the State of Small Business Report , 57 percent of small businesses anticipate revenue growth in 2015 and the Super Bowl may be the first big opportunity for that growth. There are many ways local, small businesses and those around the nation can benefit from the big game

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By Dan Levine SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – A U.S. judge appeared skeptical on Friday about Uber’s bid for a quick pretrial ruling that its drivers are contractors and not employees, a critical question facing Silicon Valley’s sharing economy. App-based ride service Uber, and smaller rival Lyft, face separate lawsuits seeking class action status in San Francisco federal court, brought on behalf of drivers who contend they are employees and entitled to reimbursement for expenses, including gas and vehicle maintenance

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Welcome to this week’s ALL TOGETHER — the podcast dedicated to exploring how ethics, religion and spiritual practice inform our personal lives, our communities and our world. ALL TOGETHER is hosted by Paul Brandeis Raushenbush, executive editor of HuffPost Religion

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(Adds details on defense opening statement, trial to resume on Monday) By Natasja Sheriff NEW YORK, Jan 30 (Reuters) – Mental illness sparked a false confession by the accused killer of Etan Patz and the real suspect in the 1979 disappearance of the boy in New York City is another man – a convicted child molester – a defense attorney told the jury on Friday. In his opening statement at the murder trial of Pedro Hernandez, the attorney said investigations both immediately after the boy vanished on May 25, 1979 and later in 2012 turned up nothing to connect the former delicatessen worker to the crime, except his own words in a 2012 confession to police.

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NEW YORK (AP) — New York City agreed Friday to pay $3.9 million to the family of a black Bronx teenager shot to death by a white police officer in 2012. The deal settled a federal lawsuit brought by the family of 18-year-old Ramarley Graham. More..

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In the early 1970s, Art Barker, a failed nightclub comic and recovering alcoholic in Florida, seized on an idea that he thought could help win the war on drugs: If peer pressure had spurred teenagers to use drugs, peer pressure could be used to get them off drugs.

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President Barack Obama made some progress on his agenda in his passage to India. But events in the Middle East and Washington demonstrated again how hamstrung his administration continues to be

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China’s great coal boom is grinding to a halt, and the consequences for both the global climate and hundreds of millions of Chinese factory workers could be dramatic. Three trends have dominated the debate over China and climate change for the past decade: China’s economy will grow by double digits, the country will burn more coal every year, and global emissions will continue to climb with no end in sight. China has grown to be the world’s second largest economy and the No

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By Joseph J. Kolb ALBUQUERQUE, N.M., Jan 30 (Reuters) – A pair of balloonists trying to fly to North America from Japan passed a major milestone on Friday that could soon be declared a world record for the length of time spent in the air by a gas-filled balloon, a spokeswoman said. The feat came a day after the team of Troy Bradley, an American, and Leonid Tiukhtyaev, a Russian, logged what they also believe to be the distance record for such flights, flying more than 5,260 miles (8,465 km) by Thursday afternoon, according to a tracking website (http://www.pacificballoon.com/) set up for their journey.

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The morning of the wedding can be an emotional roller coaster for the marrying couple — that we know. But here’s one groom who was simply unable contain his, er, excitement . More…

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At the height of his struggle to survive in the lucrative but cutthroat heating oil industry during the most violent year in New York City history, Abel Morales exclaims: “I’ve spent my whole life trying not to become a gangster.” Morales, the lead character in J.C. Chandor’s “A Most Violent Year,” is a Latino immigrant who makes the comment as his family life and business spiral out of control

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SAN FRANCISCO — Police released surveillance images of what they call a “person of interest’ linked to the grisly discovery of human remains stuffed in a suitcase abandoned on a downtown street Wednesday. Earlier Friday, the medical examiner’s office confirmed that the body parts found in the luggage and other remains dropped in a garbage can nearby in the South of Market area came from one, light-skinned man

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Greece will neither seek an extension of its controversial bailout nor cooperate with the so-called “troika” of international creditors, the country’s new finance minister declared Friday, following up on a previous threat to “blow the whole thing up” in order to win concessions designed to boost the Greek economy. The comments by Yanis Varoufakis, an economist and member of the leftist Syriza party, threaten to unravel carefully negotiated but deeply unpopular bailouts of Greece by the European Central Bank, International Monetary Fund and European Commission that led to harsh austerity and severe cuts in government spending

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Loretta Lynch endured her attorney general confirmation hearing on Wednesday, fielding questions from Senate Republicans about immigration, marijuana and even polygamy . While Lynch waits to be confirmed, HuffPost Live discussed her qualifications and the significance of her possible confirmation. “It’s such a historical moment

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While Pope Francis has been widely hailed as a champion of social progress , when it comes to elevating women’s roles, critics say the Catholic Church still has a long way to go. The 1.2 billion-member church’s attitude toward women came under extra scrutiny last week when Father Joseph Illo, the pastor at Star of the Sea Church in San Francisco, declared that girls would be phased out as parish altar servers, a job usually fulfilled by older children in the church who then assist the clergy during mass

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Week to Week News Quiz for 1/30/15

30Ene

There’s more to this week than preparing for a big football game, as our latest Week to Week news quiz shows. Here are some random but real hints : In or out; not lovin’ it; take a victory lap; and so does 100 percent of wildlife. Answers are below the quiz

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McDonald’s Will Soon Accept Hugs As Payment

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McDonald’s is taking love as legal tender.

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As it was foretold, here we are on a Friday, and Mitt Romney, baron of the end-of-the-week news dump, is once more tugging the rug beneath our feet : Former Massachusetts governor and 2012 GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney said he will not run for president in 2016. More…

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FORT LAUDERDALE — If you advertise to reach an audience demographic in online video and in TV, you may think you have maximised your reach – but, if some viewers saw your ad in both media, have you overpaid?

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On August 6, 2003, I had a medical intuitive reading that blew me away.

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Each week HuffPost Gay Voices and HuffPost Live will take a look back at some of the biggest queer news stories from the past week. Check back every Friday for your queer news round-up in this regular feature titled “QueerView.” What Gay Berlin Was Like In 1920 And 2015 More…

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Jana Bayad is the CEO and co-founder of SingldOut, Inc . She founded SingldOut in January 2014. Prior to SingldOut”, Jana was the Director of Strategic Products at Active network, where she managed Schwaggle” and its subsequent rebranding to Active GearUp

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As long as there have been people trying to lose weight, there have been people debating the weight loss benefits of cardio exercise versus strength training. At the center of the debate is the fundamental issue that we want the biggest results from the smallest amount of effort. In other words, what’s the easiest way to look great…

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Cheese Fries Recipes For The Ages

30Ene

Is there a combination on this earth more perfect than cheese and French fries ? We can’t think of one right now, but that might be because we’ve just scoured the internet for the ultimate cheese fries recipe

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Ever wondered where American college students are going each semester? Well now we know thanks to the folks at Student Universe. The travel deals site looked at booking data on their site to determine the results .

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The hustle and bustle of morning routines can often lead us to forget a couple of key elements to our day, such as house keys, matching socks and a spritz of a favorite perfume. And you’re forgiven if that spritz ends up in your mouth and eyes — hey, coffee was invented for a reason! Behold: the answer to all those errant sprays and not-so-subtle yacks: solid perfumes .

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The worst, worst, worst, worst, worst thing about peanut butter is the construction of its jar. Nothing else is bad about peanut butter; it’s one of the world’s most divine edibles. It satisfies a salty craving , it makes for exquisite sandwiches and it can help keep you full for long periods of time.

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Super Bowl Sunday will be here before you know it. Do you have a game plan? You’re going to need to choose your snacks wisely and pace yourself

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A lucky few can say their work helped spur a fundamental shift in the economic model of modern societies. If all goes well, Robin Chase may get to do it twice.

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If you go by Ivan Turgenev’s A Month in the Country , revived at Classic Stage Company, you might conclude the revered Russian literary man was more of a city lover.

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What the hell happened to red pistachios? If you have no idea what red pistachios are, you’re probably under the age of 30 and think they sound as foreign as SqueezIts .

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Ann and Mike describe their existence as parents to 16-year-old Kristi as a living nightmare. “I’m afraid of Kristi when she gets violent,” says Ann, pointing out that Kristi has bashed doors, thrown objects, has spit on her and even threatened to kill her.

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Zaki’s Review: Black or White

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Here’s what I said about Kevin Costner when I reviewed his low-key actioner 3 Days to Kill  just over a year ago: More…

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By Jonathan Kaminsky NEW ORLEANS, Jan 29 (Reuters) – A Louisiana inmate whose case for leniency is before the U.S. Supreme Court was freed from prison on Thursday after 30 years behind bars in a deal with prosecutors that cancels his life sentence handed down when he was a teenager, his lawyers said. In exchange for his release from prison and having his second-degree murder conviction vacated, George Toca entered a “best interest” plea to the killing and pleaded guilty to attempted armed robbery, his attorneys said

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WASHINGTON –- Greece gave us democracy and theater, and now is giving us a gripping new synthesis of the two: the dramatic, hysterical alarms of supporters of austerity.

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Former Klu Klux Klan leader David Duke said Wednesday that he was considering running against Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.) as the congressman tries to distance himself from an appearance he made at a conference hosted by Duke’s white supremacist group more than a decade ago.

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Hip hop producer and mogul Marion “Suge” Knight was the driver in a fatal hit-and-run in Compton, Calif. on Thursday afternoon, his lawyer confirmed to multiple news outlets. ABC7 and FOX11 reported that Knight is expected to turn himself over to the police.

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Cory Gardner’s Wind Hypocrisy

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Do you remember the worst words your mom could say to you when you were a kid? I do.

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After an improvised explosive devise took both of Martin Pollock’s legs and part of his left arm in 2010, he did everything he could to get his active lifestyle back. Pollock was 29 years old and serving as a rifleman in Afghanistan for the British Army when the explosion happened

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By Laura Zuckerman Jan 29 (Reuters) – A bill granting job and housing protections for gay and transgender people in socially conservative Idaho was stalled by Republican lawmakers on Thursday after three days of emotionally charged hearings that drew more than 1,000 residents to the Capitol. A Republican-led House of Representatives committee voted 13-4 along party lines to prevent legislation that would add “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” to Idaho’s nondiscrimination law from being voted on in the broader chamber. In voicing opposition to the bill, unlikely to be taken up again this year, some Republican lawmakers referenced biblical passages while others contended the measure threatened to cement the division between gays and heterosexuals

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A Florida mother is outraged after her 6-year-old daughter showed up at her door in the middle of a school day on Monday.

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HONOLULU (AP) — Coral rely on algae for food and their survival. So when the stress of warmer-than-average ocean temperatures prompted many of Hawaii’s corals to expel algae last year – a phenomenon called bleaching because coral lose their color when they do this – many were worried they might die.

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When it came to creating authentic live entertainment for The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley, the folks at Universal Orlando Entertainment really went by the book. “Which book?,” you ask.

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KABUL, Jan 29 (Reuters) – Three American contractors were killed and a fourth was wounded by an Afghan solider at the military airport in the capital Kabul, an Afghan air force official told Reuters on Thursday. “It is unclear yet why he shot these advisers and no one else was there to tell us the reason,” the official said, asking not to be named because he was not authorized to give statements to the media. “An investigation has been opened.” More…

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The anniversary of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act provides the nation with a good time to reflect on our priorities for women in the workplace.

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By Liana B. Baker NEW YORK (Reuters) – Time Warner’s TWX.N HBO is preparing to sell a standalone service over the Internet for the first time, in one of the most closely watched moves in pay TV history. Yet the road to the launch has been far from an easy one – marked by changes in strategy, deadlines, and the departure of its chief technology officer along with two of his lieutenants

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By Rick Clemons for YourTango.com Thirteen years is a long time to share a life with someone. I should know; I’ve now done it twice

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Joss Whedon has never been shy about speaking out against misogyny within the entertainment industry. His latest shot across the bow of the patriarchy comes in an interview with Digital Spy conducted on the set of “Avengers: Age of Ultron” last summer . “It’s a phenomenon in the industry that we call ‘stupid people,'” Whedon said when asked about the dearth of female-led superhero movies.

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Why Read Heidegger?

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On the initiative of the Bibliotèque National de France, the review La Règle du Jeu , and two young philosophers, Joseph Cohen and Raphaël Zagury-Orly, a major symposium was held last week on the subject of Heidegger and “the Jews.” Over the discussions hung the appearance of Heidegger’s famous “Black Notebooks,” a sort of intellectual diary conceived by the master for the purpose of eventually crowning the publication of his complete works–and the only of this texts in which the Jews are explicitly mentioned and in which his anti-Semitism shows its face plainly. More…

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Hu Huiyuan , who lives the AnHui Province in China, was diagnosed with cerebral palsy when she was a few months old and has little mobility, CNR reported, according to a CCTV Facebook post. “About the only thing she could really move was her head and her foot, but she was incredibly determined ,” her father, Peng, told Central European News

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A Comcast customer received a shocking bill recently, and it wasn’t the dollar amount that stood out. It was the name on the bill, which someone at the company had changed from Ricardo Brown to “Asshole Brown.” More…

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How did a journalist, who says she was mentored by Diane Sawyer and Connie Chung, go from being a three-time Emmy-winning TV news reporter to a drunken, unemployed mom who spent 10 nights in jail?

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Heather says she was 16 years old when she realized her mom, Christi, had a drinking problem.

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SYDNEY, Jan 29 (Reuters) – Australian author Colleen McCullough, whose 1977 best-selling novel The Thorn Birds became a smash hit television miniseries, has died at the age of 77. McCullough turned to writing after working for more than a decade as a neuroscientist in Australia, Britain and the United States and scored almost immediate success with The Thorn Birds, a family drama set on a sheep station in the Australian outback.

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SAN FRANCISCO, Jan 29 (Reuters) – San Francisco police on Wednesday discovered human body parts stuffed inside a suitcase that had been ditched on the sidewalk of a downtown street, officials said. Police closed off blocks around the package around 4:15 p.m.

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