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An airstrike on a wedding party in the village of Al-Wahijah in Yemen killed  more than 130 people on Monday. The bombing, which residents attribute to the Saudi Arabia-led coalition fighting Yemen’s rebels, was one of the deadliest in the country’s civil war.  As the war between President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi’s government and Houthi rebels drags on, fewer and fewer journalists are left on the ground to report on the war and its tragic effects on the lives of Yemenis. Journalists, both foreign and national, are on the decline not only because they’re leaving for safety reasons, but also because of weak infrastructure  and the lack of Internet access

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Skeptics Win Big. Deniers Win Small.

30Sep

The Associated Press amended the global warming section of its widely-used guidelines for journalists last week. This AP Stylebook change will have a far-reaching influence on how we talk about skepticism and denial by changing the way many media outlets and publications describe those who reject the reality of human-caused global warming. The entire modification consists of the following short addition: To describe those who don’t accept climate science or dispute the world is warming from man-made forces, use climate change doubters or those who reject mainstream climate science

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Dear Matt Damon,

30Sep

Just like everybody else, I recently became aware that you had made some statements to The Guardian , which suggested that gay actors should remain in the closet to avoid a negative impact on their careers. I believe you reference Rupert Everett and also mentioned that actors should stay private, period.

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Emily Blunt  and ex-boyfriend Michael Bublé might’ve parted ways in 2008 , but that doesn’t mean that time heals all cheating wounds.  Blunt, who is making the rounds for her new movie, “Sicario,” recently sat down with Howard Stern  for a revealing interview on his SiriusXM radio show. Stern inquired about Blunt’s previous relationship with singer Bublé, who she dated from 2005 to 2008 .  Stern said that the couple was “perfect together.”  “But that was heartbreak,” said Stern. “Because he, he was not faithful.”  “Well,” Blunt sighed.

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Here’s what Peter Wehner, who headed the White House Office of Strategic Initiatives under President George W.

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by guest blogger Dana Velden , a Zen priest and author of Finding Yourself in the Kitchen Perhaps the most delightful use of a kitchen is to spend time in it with friends. To prove this, I’m going to insist that you invite three friends over to dinner tonight (or two, if you’re partnered.) Do it right now, before we go any further. Trust me

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Brutally Honest Take on Sport Parenting.

30Sep

As you may know, I’m pretty darned outspoken about parents of young athletes who are seduced by our hypercompetitive youth sports culture in which parents become overly invested (in terms of time, $$, and ego) in their children’s sports participation. But nothing I have ever written is as brutally honest as this article written by an ER physician.

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Following the publication of my Huffington Post columns on what students need to know about the college experience, I have been asked about what parents need to know.

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We Need to Act Now

30Sep

I’m scared. The billionaire hedge funder Paul Tudor Jones is scared

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Parties are one of life’s true pleasures, but planning them can be a real problem.

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KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The U.S. military says it has conducted two more airstrikes overnight on Taliban positions around a northern Afghan city seized by the insurgents this week. U.S.

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WASHINGTON — Despite the best efforts of politicians like former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R), more than 8 in 10 Americans think it’s just fine for Medicare and private health insurance companies to pay doctors for end-of-life counseling, a new poll shows. According to survey results published Wednesday  by the Henry J.

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Heather, a mom of four, lost her mother and oldest daughter within months of each other. She has been so devastated that she admits she has “checked out” from her remaining three daughters and lost her purpose in life. In the video above, Dr.

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Startup Insider is a series of articles with the goal of helping aspiring founders and entrepreneurs understand the ins and outs of starting a startup. We hope to dig deeper and showcase stories, advice and lessons from founders, investors and other key players in the growing startup ecosystem all over the world. You can sign up to stay up to date with this series here Nonprofits have gotten a negative connotation in the last few years as unsustainable and inefficient

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The Senate Veterans Affairs Committee heard testimony on Tuesday from senators and advocates who urged the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to remove roadblocks to care and compensation for veterans sickened by environmental toxicants, including contaminated drinking water at North Carolina’s Camp Lejeune.

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The Hardest-Working Scapegoat In Washington

30Sep

WASHINGTON — This summer, Hillary Clinton endured withering criticism over her use of a private email account, President Barack Obama’s Iran nuclear deal faced a multi-million dollar attack ad campaign and Democratic presidential candidates maligned the party’s debate schedule as unfair. Through it all, the party operated with one of its most critical positions vacant: From early June until mid-September, the Democratic National Committee went without a communications director

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The federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau said Tuesday it is weighing new rules governing the $1.3 trillion student loan market after releasing a stinging report  documenting ” widespread failures ” in an industry largely overseen by the Obama administration. The consumer bureau’s report describes student loan servicing, or the business of collecting borrowers’ monthly payments and counseling them on their repayment options, as riddled with unfair and Kafkaesque practices. Many borrowers are trapped at companies that don’t give them basic information, often mislead them, assess unexpected fees, make it hard for them to correct errors and frequently push them into default, the report says

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WASHINGTON — After enduring a marathon House hearing on Tuesday  during which GOP representatives frequently interrupted her, Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards accused them of political grandstanding and using the hearing to demonstrate how “they are obsessed with ending access to reproductive health care for women in America.” “I’m being generous, calling it a hearing,” she said in an interview with MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow. “I think the whole purpose of this hearing was to convince themselves that it is OK to deny women the ability to go to the health care provider of their choice, because 2.7 million women and men choose Planned Parenthood, and they were trying to say they wanted to take that choice away from them.” Earlier on Tuesday, Richards was questioned for  five hours  by the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. The GOP representatives on the committee, who are determined to eliminate federal funds for the organization,  frequently turned combative , cutting her off and refusing to let her answer their questions. They also scrutinized Richards’ salary and travel expenses, a move that Democrats called “inappropriate and discriminatory.” Richards agreed the questions were sexist, but also said they were superfluous

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WASHINGTON — House Republicans grilled Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards for five hours on Wednesday, and the conclusion was obvious: They wanted to do all the talking themselves. The point of the Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing was to talk to Richards about the organization’s use of federal funds. It went mostly like this: Republican asks question.

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For the Ahmeds I Know

29Sep

انا احمد I am Ahmed.

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Two years ago, I attended a mock-government conference that changed my life. After spending months crafting legislation, running for the office of Senator in a mock election, and preparing myself to represent Maryland at the Girl’s Nation civic program, I found myself standing before a group of empowered young women who had decided that I was fit to be their President and the representative of every branch of the National and State programs created by the American Legion Auxiliary.

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Using images from the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, NASA scientists have confirmed the discovery of a water theme park on the planet Mars. “The roughly two-square-mile area known as Six Flags Olympus Mons apparently provided an assortment of exciting rides and Martian family entertainment,” said researcher Helmut Richtaffler. “Our best guess is that the entire facility was abandoned when season passes became progressively more expensive, followed by a disastrous expansion into Euro-Six Flags Olympus Mons.” In addition, scientists say the Orbiter’s HiRISE camera shows evidence of the crystallized bodies of young and old Martians waiting outside Echus Chasma of Death, a popular super slide attraction which required a special E-ticket

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Will Pope Francis Save the Planet?

29Sep

The New Republic headline declared, “Pope Francis Won’t Save the Planet.” Maybe not, but we can! It is time to stop unchecked climate change. The life you save could be your own.

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Photo by ‘Camera Eye’ What the world owes to Islam and its Prophet The principles, values and freedoms of which we can be proud of today are found in a book compiled some 1,400 years old. This book was given to us through the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) who, through his example and teachings, prepared the world for a spiritual, moral and social revolution, the like of which had never been witnessed before. Through the light of his exemplary practices and words, he readied the world for advancements in all areas of human activity, including faith, science, medicine, culture, architecture, education, economy and civilisation

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As a renowned neurobiologist who ventured into the realm of aesthetics and how the brain processes art, Semir Zeki has drawn fire from a number of more conventionally oriented art writers and critics.

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Do you feel that the genius in you has somehow been overlooked? “People like me are aware of their so-called genius at ten, eight, nine. . .

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Crossing the Line at Fairyland

29Sep

On an unbearably hot Saturday afternoon, after a stir-crazy morning at home, and so much indecision about what to do, I loaded my three children into the minivan and drove them to Children’s Fairyland. It’s a 65-year-old Oakland institution, a children’s theme park that illustrates fairy tales through rides and themed displays. My three- and six-year-olds were eager to go, while my nine-year-old son came begrudgingly, having outgrown his interest in the park.

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I traveled to Europe as a 2-year-old and again as a teenager. What remains from these trips are faint memories, and photos of places I can no longer name. I grew into an adult who scoffed at the idea of international travel with children, chalking it up to a waste of money, time, and expectations on those undeveloped minds

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By Nancy Gould Chuda Founder and Editor-in Chief of LuxEcoLiving and co-founder of Healthy Child Healthy World Some call her Liv, others Livvy, and if you’re a close family friend and want to get her attention you say, OLIVIA . But to her fans and friends alike she is Olivia Newton-John, one of the most popular and talented singers in the world.

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Getting older might be associated with frailty and other negative stereotypes, but at Huff/Post 50, we think people only get better with age. Instead of being weak, we see aging as a chance to be stronger and more fearless than ever before.  Here are some incredibly inspiring world record holders that prove age really is just a number.  1. The World’s Oldest Yoga Teacher  Who said seniors can’t be flexible

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Fall is upon us and that means your grocery store aisles are fully stocked with Halloween candy, costumes and decorations.  via GIPHY   It’s estimated that Americans purchase around 600 million pounds of candy each year  for the fright-filled holiday. As you might have imagined, chocolate and candy corn are the top sellers.

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Tori Swaim is CEO & Founder of New Arrivals, Inc. and My Baby Sam, Inc., both manufacturers of baby and children’s bedding and room décor

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HuffPost Rise Morning Newsbrief, September 29

29Sep

 Welcome to the HuffPost Rise Morning Newsbrief, a short wrap-up of the news to help you start your day.  — This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website

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Ivo Caers confirmed for us Table 21 was never reported to the FDA. … We know now what’s behind the tables: The little girls with the lactating breasts … and the little boys even under ten who have gynecomastia. My word.

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WESTWOOD VIBRATO — Ep.2

29Sep

Updated on every Tuesday Ep.1 See More Copyright ⓒ 2015 RollingStory Inc. — This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website

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Meet The 2015 MacArthur Fellows

29Sep

Once a year, the  John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation  announces its roster of MacArthur Fellows, a designation frequently referred to as the “Genius Grant.” The fellowship bestows upon its recipients a $625,000 prize, along with an accolade that manages to celebrate innovative minds across fields, from science to poetry to painting, and just about everything in between.  This year, the list of MacArthur Fellows ranges from a celebrated writer to an environmental advocate to an inorganic chemist, varying in age from 33 to 72 years old.

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This post first appeared as an op-ed in The Washington Post . Leaders from 193 nations met in New York for the U.N. General Assembly and adopted the sustainable development goals.

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Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) said Monday he won’t stop Thursday’s scheduled execution of Alfredo Prieto, a serial murderer who claims he is intellectually disabled and therefore  ineligible for the death penalty. McAuliffe’s decision means Prieto, 49, a native of El Salvador, can only be saved by a last-minute reprieve from the U.S

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Zaki’s Review: Sicario

29Sep

After being entranced and unnerved by Denis Villeneuve’s uncompromising morality fable Prisoners two years ago, I knew right away he was a director to keep an eye on, and I eagerly awaited word of his next project. Well, with the arrival of his equally entrancing and raw  Sicario , it’s clear that my early faith in the French helmer was well justified

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Ben Carson would not support a Muslim candidate for president. This statement was made a week ago, and the media is still pressing him on the issue

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My ‘Senior’ Year Abroad

29Sep

The seeds of a gap year abroad — the British tradition of spending time far from home — were sown when I was 22 and studying in France’s Loire Valley. It was 1979, and my time abroad ignited a love affair with France and a wanderlust that compelled me to travel the continent.

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There was the outline of a face and a body with no distinguishable features, but for the eyes. Behind this figure was a city/landscape and the figure seemed to be infused with bright colorful Caribbean foliage/flowers. I was immediately intrigued by the series in which female characters were at times engorged by or hidden behind the common flowers of the Caribbean

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Facebook will help provide Internet access to United Nations refugee camps around the world, Mark Zuckerberg, CEO and founder of the social media giant, said over the weekend.  Zuckerberg provided limited details about the plan, which will be in partnership with the U.N.

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Read the original article here. | Photo of Mark Erickson’s The Hideout at Finder’s Falls , courtesy of No Starch Press If you’re an eco-minded parent, you probably have mixed feelings about Lego

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This article comes from Byline , a crowdfunded independent media platform that gives you a personalized newspaper. As the international community struggles with the Syrian refugee crisis, many are looking at Jordan’s courageous position in absorbing as many as a million and a half Syrians as guests of the kingdom. While this hospitality has been duly recognized and rewarded, the longevity of the Syrian conflict is forcing all players to rethink the policy towards the Syrian refugees

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Immersion In Light

28Sep

Installation view, “Dan Flavin: Corners, Barriers, and Corridors,” at David Zwirner in New York: two works from Flavin’s 1971 series, untitled (to Barnett Newman) “DAN FLAVIN: CORNERS, BARRIERS, AND CORRIDORS,” now on view in Chelsea at David Zwirner, is a glorious immersion in light and a wonder to behold for all generations of art-goers. For the youngest of the tribe, the show is proving to be a selfie-generator

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All it took was proper love and care for this pooch’s personality to really shine.  Animal Aid Unlimited , a rescue group in India, spotted a stray dog curled up in a ball on the side of the road.

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Last week the pro-gun gang received a shot in the arm from a story out of Detroit where a legally-armed private citizen yanked out a gun and shot a man who was running away from a bank with a pile of cash. Actually, the armed citizen shot the bank robber in both arms, as well as the leg, shooter and robber doing just fine; the latter in the hospital under arrest, the former no doubt on his way to Fairfax, VA to be congratulated by Wayne-o for reminding us all about the true value of our 2nd Amendment rights. Granted I’m indulging in a bit of hyperbole, but you would think that since groups like Everytown and Brady post interviews with victims of gun violence on their websites, the NRA would want to run stories about citizen-defenders to promote their point of view

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Pope Francis waves to the crowd from the balcony at the US Capitol on September 24, 2015. By Jason Berry WASHINGTON — Before Congress on Thursday, Pope Francis praised Dorothy Day, founder of the Catholic Worker Movement “for her social activism, her passion for justice and for the cause of the oppressed,” likening her faith to “the example of the saints.” Inspired by Day, Barbara Blaine in the mid-1980s moved into a Catholic Worker House on the South Side of Chicago where women fleeing domestic abuse found safe harbor with their kids.

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Though Grace Jones famously sang  “I’ll never write my memoirs,” the pop culture icon has  changed her mind . And boy are we glad she did. On Sept.

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CAT AND DOG –Ep.1

28Sep

Updated on every Monday Prologue See More Copyright ⓒ 2015 RollingStory Inc. — This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.

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Scientists say they’ve discovered a new species of deadly snake in Australia : the Kimberley death adder. The snake is named for the remote region of Kimberley, located in Western Australia. The adder is endemic to the region.

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MOSS–Ep.16

28Sep

Updated on every Monday Ep.14 Ep.15 See More Copyright ⓒ 2015 RollingStory Inc.

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It was a moment heavy with “irony,” says BBC TV reporter Sarah Teale.

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KABUL, Sept 28 (Reuters) – Afghan Taliban fighters on Monday seized control of a 200-bed hospital in Kunduz city in the north, a spokesman for the militants said. The Taliban launched a fierce offensive from three directions on Kunduz just after dawn, raising fresh fears parts of the provincial capital could fall into their hands.

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Putin on Syria

28Sep

Russian President Vladimir Putin displayed acumen in his 60 Minutes i nterview on CBS Sunday evening as he ruled out sending Russian troops into Syria, saying, “Well, at least we don’t plan on it right now.” Syria was one of many topics discussed with CBS News anchor Charlie Rose in a wide-ranging interview recorded in advance of Putin’s address to the United Nations Monday. But it appears that Russia is seizing the initiative in ending Syria’s civil war by throwing its support behind that country’s ruthless president, Bashar al-Assad. Putin told Rose, “Well, it’s my deep belief that any actions to the contrary in order to destroy the legitimate government will create a situation which you can witness now in the other countries of the region or in other regions, for instance in Libya where all the state institutions are disintegrated.” In nearly five years of war in Syria more than 250,000 people have been killed and millions of refugees have fled the country.

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This Is How Laughter Really Affects Your Body

28Sep

You already know that laughing does wonders for you. You’ve felt it brighten your day, calm your mind and lift your mood to whole new heights, all thanks to an inside joke in the office, a hilarious comment from a kid, or a totally spontaneous mishap that makes you (and everyone around you) burst into peals of laughter

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With age comes wisdom, which is why there’s nothing better than oh-so-true (and oh-so-funny) Twitter comments from people in the prime of their lives. In the spirit of celebrating moments that make you laugh like you mean it, we teamed up with Always® Discreet and found the funniest mid-lifers on the Internet. Read on for the wittiest tweets to get you through the week

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WASHINGTON — To understand what drove John Boehner out of office, and the government to the brink of  another shutdown, look no further than the campaign trail, and the increasingly inflammatory rhetoric coming out of the mouths of candidates. The race to capture the Republican presidential nomination in 2016 has left candidates jockeying to be the ultimate outsider, playing to the hearts of voters fed up with politics as usual. And one of the most battered targets of those candidates is Boehner

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Hasty Generalization

28Sep

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If you were watching Pope Francis’s numerous public addresses during his visit to the United States , then you heard him repeatedly make one request. “I ask you, please, to pray for me,” the pontiff said, in one way or another, throughout his trip

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MOSCOW (AP) — President Vladimir Putin said Russia had no plans “right now” to put combat troops on the ground in Syria, but would continue backing the Syrian government. The Russian leader, speaking in an interview broadcast Sunday on the eve of his meeting with President Barack Obama, also sharply criticized U.S. military support for Syrian rebels, describing it as not only illegal but counterproductive.

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The last few days have, for once, seen world leaders and the global media focused on the big issues of our time: poverty, inequality and the dangers of climate change. President Obama admitted he acted too late on climate change and agreed with China’s President Xi Jinping on very significant – if still insufficient – additional actions. The Pope called on governments to act, not just declare that they will , the UN agreed on a new to-do list for humanity , including giving energy access to all via more renewable energy and calling for an end to deforestation

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Art Galore. The 104 , as it is called, spelled out in French as Le Centquatre-Paris , is a multimedia art center partly funded by the city of Paris. Located in a vast compound of gigantic halls and structures, it houses dance floors, exhibit halls, stores, libraries, workshop classes and stages

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Gwen Stefani treated her family to a little taste of Italy in California over the weekend. The No Doubt frontwoman and her three boys, Kingston, Zuma and Apollo, took in the sights and tastes at the Galbani Cheese Italian Feast of San Gennaro

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Saudi Arabia is protesting any references to homosexuality in a sweeping new agenda for global development, saying it runs “counter to Islamic law.” Saudi Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir told a U.N. summit of world leaders Sunday that “mentioning sex in the text, to us, means exactly male and female

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Translating Shakespeare is "As Sad as Night"

27Sep

The Wall Street Journal reports that the Oregon Shakespeare Company is doing translations of all of Shakespeare’s plays to make them more comprehensible. Why? According to a Columbia University professor, because Most educated people are uncomfortable admitting that Shakespeare’s language often feels more medicinal than enlightening

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A few days after Ramon Fabian arrived at the Ulster Correctional Facility on the southern edge of New York’s Catskill Mountains last year, a guard conducting the morning head count yelled at him to shut up. — This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms

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John Boehner Says He Does Yoga

27Sep

John Boehner is a yogi.

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WASHINGTON — A noticeably relaxed House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) promised Sunday to avert a government shutdown and clean up in his final month at the helm of the House. “I don’t want to leave my successor a dirty barn

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Supreme Court justices will meet behind closed doors Monday to start the process of deciding which cases to take up this term, with all eyes on a challenge to a Texas abortion law that could roil the presidential race just months before voters go to the polls. — This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website

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Obama’s China Syndrome

27Sep

President Barack Obama’s Washington summit and White House state dinner with Chinese President Xi Jinping marked one of the administration’s last big attempts to place U.S.-China relations on a good track. With China’s secretive and troubled massive economy affecting others in ways we’re still learning, growing American concern over cyber-espionage matched by Chinese concern about global surveillance, and China becoming still more aggressive in its extraordinary maritime claims, Obama has a lot to overcome.

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Volkswagen’s U.S emission standards scandal will test the company’s previously successful co-determination model at a time when it is struggling to manage a well-publicised power struggle. The scandal also raises significant questions about the practices of other car makers.

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This review first appeared in The National Book Review By Madeleine Blais Make Your Home Among Strangers By Jennine Capo Crucet St.

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Why Does Ebay Allow the Sale of Fur?

27Sep

I often sign animal rights petitions on www.change.org , and they recently emailed me a notice of a petition asking Ebay to ban the sale of furs. Click here to read . I was surprised to learn that Ebay did allow this, but confirmed it with search on their site for real fur which netted me over 82,000 listings today.

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10 Fun Foods for Football Season

27Sep

Football fans, rejoice! Your time has come. Make your house the season’s headquarters with these delicious game-day recipes

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