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In this week’s episode of “Scheer Intelligence,” Robert Scheer speaks with lawyer and immigrant rights activist Lizbeth Mateo, who self-deported in order to illuminate the plight of immigrants like herself. Mateo came to the United States with her family at age 14 and attended college and law school.

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A Northern Irish bakery that refused to bake a cake iced with a pro-gay slogan lost its bid to overturn its prosecution for discrimination on Monday as a local court rejected an appeal based on its owners’ Christian beliefs. Ashers Baking Co in Belfast had been found guilty of discrimination in May last year for refusing to make a cake bearing the words “Support Gay Marriage” and a picture of characters Bert and Ernie from the television show Sesame Street

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People recalled seeing “ bodies flying like bowling pins ” during  Thursday night’s deadly attack in the southern French city of Nice .

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‘Green News Report’ – May 24, 2016

24May

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Fit to Lead

24May

Over the past year, I’ve been making both macro- and micro-changes to improve the way I work and the way I live. Recommitting to sleep and disconnecting from my devices are two very important adjustments that have changed my life for the better. More..

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The most beautiful hotels in Wales

13May

To some extent beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and when it comes to hotels so much is down to personal preference. Whatever your personal preference however, these are the hotels in Wales that really do have that extra je ne sais quoi when it comes to beautiful locations, design and ambience. Here’s five of the Good Hotel Guide’s most beautiful hotels in Wales ..

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The Obama administration on Friday will tell schools and colleges nationwide they must allow transgender students access to bathrooms consistent with their gender identity. The Justice Department and the Education Department, in guidance directed at every American public school district, will admonish educators to treat transgender students consistent with their gender identity, regardless of what sex is listed on student records. More…

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Hug Your Muslim Neighbors

13Feb

I don’t usually write about politics, or world issues. If you’ve read my posts here, they are generally about parenting, personal change, life. However, the past months have been shocking on virtually every level

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In a memorable scene in “The Big Short,” the Oscar-nominated 2015 movie about the financial crisis, a real estate agent shows the main characters around a desolate Florida subdivision. She insists that the market is just in a lull as they drive past rows and rows of vacant homes. But it wasn’t just a lull.

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Prepare to make coffee your Valentine. This week and this week only , Starbucks is offering 3 new drinks devoted entirely to the love of chocolate. The “Molten Chocolate Trio” are basically just classic Starbucks drinks with chocolate chips melted in

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“A broadcasting legend.” — Tony Hall “Britain has lost a huge talent — someone millions came to feel was their own special friend.” — David Cameron “Just the most warm-hearted, generous, funny, clever, life-affirming man.” — Dermot O’Leary “He was probably the greatest broadcaster since the invention of the microphone.” — Jeremy Vine “Part of the fabric of our lives.” — Simon Mayo “Nobody’s going to top that act.” — Ruby Wax Few deaths move nations like Sir Terry Wogan’s has Britain and Ireland. Few moments are more poignant than Wogan’s farewell to his Radio 2 listeners.

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WASHINGTON — Rep. Reid Ribble (R-Wis.) announced this week  that he wouldn’t seek another term in Congress partly because he wants to spend more time with his family.  Ribble vowed to serve no more than four terms after taking office in 2010, but a sad airport farewell contributed to his decision to quit after just three terms, Ribble told “So, That Happened,” the HuffPost Politics podcast.      Ribble said he took his three grandsons home to Sherwood, Wisconsin, for a few days after Christmas.  “We played out in the snow and did all the things that granddads and grandsons love to do,” he said.

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WASHINGTON — Priorities USA Action and Correct the Record, both super PACs allied with the Hillary Clinton presidential campaign, raised a combined $27.3 million in the second half of 2015, according to filings with the Federal Election Commission. The majority of the money was raised by Priorities USA Action, with $25.3 million taken in from July through December

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Tea Party congressman Jeff Duncan (R-SC 3) told me he wants to roll back the Clean Air and Water Acts and shrink the EPA. Find out the other agencies he wants to eliminate… Myrtle Beach: South Carolina Tea Party Coalition Convention Sunday, Jan

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Giving Advice to a Presidential Candidate Who Wants to “Do Something” Cross-posted with TomDispatch.com How can we stop the Islamic State? Imagine yourself shaken awake, rushed off to a strategy meeting with your presidential candidate of choice, and told: “Come up with a plan for me to do something about ISIS!” What would you say

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Why You Should Care About the Australian Open

18Ene

The Australian Open is one of the biggest tennis tournaments in the world. It’s ok, you’ve probably watched as many Aussie Open tennis matches as you have Home Alone movies without Macaulay Culkin. Don’t worry, you’re not alone.

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As the nation celebrates the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr., it is an opportunity to also reflect on the broader impact of his iconic “I Have a Dream” speech in 1963, which remains one of our nation’s most influential rallying cries for society to embrace diversity and seek equality. Bayard Rustin, one of Dr

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Poor Mrs. Hughes. Just when it looked like she’d won her Hundred Years War not to have her wedding overshadowed by the Crawley family, she got upstaged anyhow

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The LGBT civil rights movement has evolved admirably over the past few years to become more inclusive, working against institutional bigotry of all kinds, and grappling with the intersectionalities that exist within all of us. Those multiple identities impact not only how we think of ourselves, but more notably, what others think of us. Unfortunately, some of that progress has empowered the more radical amongst us to act in a brazen, autocratic manner.

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LISTEN HERE: By Mark Green Shrum-Cooke debate the sharp political contrasts of Oscar Week: Obama is Jimmy Stewart at the end of It’s a Great Life while Republicans see only the despotic villain in Fury Road.

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SPOILERS AHEAD FOR THE TWO OR THREE PEOPLE WHO HAVEN’T SEEN IT : The Force Awakens is a brilliantly manipulative piece of film-making meant to reel in everyone who loved the first three Lucas films and rightly despised the next trio. And make them bring their kids, too

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Iranian leaders have long been yearning for this implementation day. The country’s dream, the lifting of economic sanctions, has come true after almost 20 years

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In the wake of the Paris terrorist attacks, more than half the nation’s states are vowing to bar Syrian refugees. But do they have the legal authority to do so? Harvard Law professors say the answer is clear: No.

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Today’s topics include: We Recap Chez on Stephanie Miller’s Happy Hour; Bob’s Shirtless Offer; Listener Reaction to Our Mizzou Rant; The Latest on the Paris Attacks; Breaking News from Germany; GOP Governors Demonizing Refugees; Bible Verses That Mandate Allowing Refugees to Come to America; Texas Lawmaker Spills the Beans About Texas Gun Laws; Hannity and Bo Dietl on Surveilling Mosques; and much more. Download the mp3 (56 minutes, 23mb) Listen and subscribe on iTunes (it’s FREE!) Support the show at Patreon The Bob & Chez Show is a funny, fast-paced political podcast that doesn’t take itself too seriously. The twice-weekly podcast is hosted by Bob Cesca (Salon.com, The Huffington Post, The Daily Banter, The Stephanie Miller Show), and CNN/MSNBC producer turned writer Chez Pazienza.

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If Hillary Clinton is elected president in 2016, the nation won’t just have its first female president. We’ll also have our first male spouse of a president — and the need for a title other than “first lady.”  Late night talk show host Jimmy Kimmel asked the Democratic presidential candidate what Bill Clinton would be called in her White House.  “It’s a little bit more complicated with him because people still call former presidents ‘Mr. President,’ so I have to really work on this,” Clinton said on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” on Thursday night.  “The first president lady would be a nice thing to call him,” Kimmel suggested.  “The first dude, first mate, first gentleman,” Clinton said.

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Northern Ireland’s assembly voted narrowly in favour of gay marriage equality but the largest party in the devolved parliament, the Democratic Unionists, have since vetoed any change in the law. Four independent unionist assembly members joined nationalists and others with 53 votes in favour of same sex marriage – just one vote ahead of the main unionist parties who oppose any reform

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ImageContent(562bc00fe4b0ec0a3894af3a,562bbd251400002b003c90e3,Image,HectorAssetUrl(562bbd251400002b003c90e3,Some(),Some(jpeg)),ASSOCIATED PRESS,) LOS ANGELES (AP) — Maureen O’Hara, the flame-haired Irish movie star who appeared in classics ranging from the grim “How Green Was My Valley” to the uplifting “Miracle on 34th Street” and bantered unforgettably with John Wayne in several films. She was 95. O’Hara died in her sleep at her home in Boise, Idaho, said Johnny Nicoletti, her longtime manager.

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VIENNA — About 3,700 people poured across the Hungarian border into Austria on Thursday, a police spokesman said, a big increase in the flow of migrants that will put extra pressure on Austrian authorities trying to arrange onward transport to Germany. Tens of thousands of people, many of them fleeing the war in Syria, have streamed across the border since Austria and Germany threw open their borders at the weekend. Almost all have headed for Germany, with only hundreds seeking asylum in Austria

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BICSKE, Hungary (AP) — The latest news as tens of thousands of migrants pour into countries across Europe. All times local (CET): ___ 1:25 a.m. Migrants stranded for days in Hungary are boarding buses chartered by the government to take them to the border with Austria, which says it and Germany will grant them unhindered entry.

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BICSKE, Hungary (AP) — The latest news as tens of thousands of migrants pour into countries across Europe. All times local (CET): ___ 1:25 a.m.

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As a traveler, it can be hard to feel like you’ve really seen and experienced all a new-to-you country has to offer on a visit, but with Ireland’s small size, it’s easy to cover a lot of ground in a weeklong visit. Here are some places we’ve dubbed essentially Irish and must-visits on any trip.

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A  Whole Foods  location decided to take “designer water” to a whole  new level. Feast your eyes on asparagus water — we’re going to let this one sink in for a minute:  A photo posted by Marielle Wakim (@marielle.m.n.o.p) on Aug 3, 2015 at 8:03am PDT According to an Instagram post from  Marielle Wakimp , an associate editor at Los Angeles magazine, the photo was taken at a  Brentwood, California Whole Foods  on Monday.

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BEIRUT, July 28 (Reuters) – Insurgents have launched a major offensive on government-held areas in northwestern Syria in a bid to advance towards a coastal region vital to President Bashar al-Assad’s control of the west, a monitoring group and activists said on Tuesday. A Syrian military source described the attack as large and widespread. The insurgents are trying to drive into the Sahl al-Ghab plain, an area crucial to the defense of the coastal mountains that are the heartland of Assad’s Alawite sect

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2009 was the last time U2 performed inside Madison Square Garden, the performance saw them headline the final night of the 25th Anniversary of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Since then, they toured with what could be the world’s largest stage ever assembled during 2009-2011’s 360 Tour, they finally headlined Glastonbury, Bono and Edge funded the Broadway bomb that was Spiderman: Turn off the Dark. They also gave away their latest record, Songs of Innocence, for free on iTunes and seemed to piss off half of the world’s population in doing so

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The Greek Crisis and Who Is to Blame

08Jul

It all seems never-ending, but we’re now supposedly at the end game. There are many ways to analyze this ongoing Greek drama

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BRUSSELS (AP) — The latest on the Greek financial crisis (all times Brussels local): ___ 12:25 a.m. European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker says authorities are prepared for all eventualities in Brussels’ drawn-out negotiations with Greece about its financial crisis — including a scenario in which debt-laden Greece leaves the euro single currency or the European Union itself

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Ursula Morgenstern is CEO for Atos UK and Ireland and Global Executive Vice President, Cloud and Enterprise Software. Atos is an international leader in digital services with annual revenues of €10 billion and 86,000 employees in 66 countries. In the UK, the company employs around 10,000 people and supplies the technology behind many of our core everyday services from the rail network transactions to MOT tests – and even the FA Premier League’s fixture list

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In a historic vote, Ireland passed a referendum to legalize gay marriage. As voters in the Irish capital of Dublin went to the polls on Friday, some noticed a fitting accompaniment from Mother Nature.

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* Irish Times poll shows 2-to-1 margin in favor * Two other polls show support over 60 percent, third closer * All main political parties support measure (Updates with Sunday newspaper polls) By Conor Humphries DUBLIN, May 16 (Reuters) – Irish voters are set to back the introduction of gay marriage by a margin of as much as two-to-one next week and become the first country to approve the policy in a national plebiscite, a series of polls indicated on Saturday. Long considered one of the most socially conservative countries in Western Europe, support for gay rights has surged in Ireland in recent decades as the power of the Catholic Church collapsed in the wake of a series of child abuse scandals.

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Jan has spent over 30 years in Media, beginning her career after graduating from Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications. She has been at Carat since January 2008, leading Pfizer Pharmaceuticals, Macy’s, Beiersdorf, Tourism Ireland, and Philips Lighting

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(Adds FBI to investigate) By Steve Gorman LOS ANGELES, April 10 (Reuters) – A Californian sheriff has suspended 10 officers involved in the videotaped beating of a suspect who appeared to have surrendered and was lying on the ground after making a failed getaway attempt on horseback. John McMahon, sheriff of San Bernardino County, said at a news conference on Friday he was “disturbed and troubled” by what he saw in the footage, shot from a KNBC-TV news helipcopter on Thursday near the town of Apple Valley, east of Los Angeles. “It appears to be excessive to me based on what I saw in the video,” he said of the force used in restraining the suspect, Francis Pusok, 30, after the man had already been shot by a Taser stun gun and was splayed face down on the ground.

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Chances are, Dublin, Galway or even Cork immediately come to mind when considering places to visit in Ireland. And those places are undoubtedly lovely, but what about the other, more unknown spots around the Emerald Isle

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A Vatican official who helped write a first draft of Pope Francis’ upcoming encyclical on climate change acknowledged disagreement over the causes of global warming but said “what is not contested is that our planet is getting warmer” and Christians have a duty rooted in “ancient biblical teaching” to address the problem. In a speech last week in Ireland, Cardinal Peter Turkson, head of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, said Francis isn’t making a political call to arms or an attempt at “greening the church.” The pope instead is emphasizing Roman Catholic social teaching that links protecting life with fighting global inequality and preserving the environment, Turkson said. More..

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ORLANDO, Fla., Feb 23 (Reuters) – About 20 Florida manatees were freed by early Tuesday morning from a storm drain near Cape Canaveral, where they were apparently trying to warm themselves, officials and local media said. Video footage showed a rescuer comforting one manatee floating at the opening of the pipe, which was cut open during the hours-long rescue.

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DUBLIN, Feb 13 (Reuters) – A former Irish government minister announced he was gay on Friday and appealed to older voters to support same-sex marriage in a May referendum in the traditionally conservative Catholic country. Two decades after Ireland legalized homosexuality, polls show overwhelming support for same-sex marriage but the church says it would be “a grave injustice.” Pat Carey, 67, who served as minister for equality until 2011, said one of his reasons for speaking out was a concern that the initial support might be eroded quickly unless his Fianna Fail party and others campaigned more actively. “I think this referendum will be won by the mothers of Ireland,” Carey told broadcaster RTE, saying his sexuality caused no difficulty for his family and that he was sorry he had not had the courage or confidence to speak up before now.

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BERLIN, Jan 3 (Reuters) – The German government believes that the euro zone would now be able to cope with a Greece exit if that proved to be necessary, Der Spiegel news magazine reported on Saturday, citing unnamed government sources. Both Chancellor Angela Merkel and Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble believe the euro zone has implemented enough reforms since the height of the regional crisis in 2012 to make a potential Greece exit manageable, Der Spiegel reported. “The danger of contagion is limited because Portugal and Ireland are considered rehabilitated,” the weekly news magazine quoted one government source saying

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LOS ANGELES, Jan 3 (Reuters) – Liverpool midfielder Steven Gerrard is close to signing an 18-month contract with Major League Soccer’s (MLS) Los Angeles Galaxy, ESPN reported on Saturday.

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Singapore has clinched the number one spot on Lonely Planet’s list of the top 10 countries to visit in 2015 .

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* Nationalist leader Salmond concedes defeat * Unionists to secure 55 percent of vote – Reuters calculations * Cameron says delighted, promises more powers to UK’s parts * UK PM faces upsurge in English nationalism, EU referendum * Pound, stocks rise (Adds Cameron comments, EU referendum) By Alistair Smout and Angus MacSwan EDINBURGH, Sept 19 (Reuters) – Scotland spurned independence in a historic referendum that threatened to rip the United Kingdom apart, sow financial turmoil and diminish Britain’s remaining global clout. A vote for the 307-year union is a relief for millions of Britons including Prime Minister David Cameron, whose job was on the line, as well as allies across the world who were horrified at the prospect of the United Kingdom’s separation

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By Kate Kelland LONDON (Reuters) – Scientists in Britain have given blow-by-blow details of King Richard III’s death at the Battle of Bosworth more than 500 years ago and say two of many blows to his bare head could have killed him very swiftly. Their analysis of the remains of the last English monarch to die in battle suggest he was attacked by one or more people, and that nine of 11 blows, clearly inflicted in battle, were to his skull and another possibly fatal blow was to his pelvis. The findings also support previous opinion that he had no helmet on.

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Traveling alone can be an incredibly liberating and exciting experience — and it can also do a lot to lower your stress levels . But of course, not all solo travel destinations are created equal: If you’re looking for a relaxing trip, make sure to choose a destination that’s known to be safe for travelers, friendly, and filled with tranquil natural landscapes to explore on your own. From tourist-friendly rural Ireland to the serene islands of Vietnam, solo vacations can be an excellent way to explore a new culture, enjoy some time to yourself, and experience some of the world’s most vibrant cities and stunning scenery

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It was a big day for the McIlroy family. According to Andrew Cotter of BBC, Rory McIlroy’s father, Gerry, placed a bet with three friends in 2004 that his son would win the British Open before he turned 26 years old.

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(RNS) Rabbi Moti Rieber travels the politically red state of Kansas armed with the book of Genesis, a psalm and even the words of Jesus to lecture church audiences, or sermonize if they’ll let him, about the threat of global warming.

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This is horrifying: Sandra Bullock came face-to-face with the man who broke into her home last month , TMZ is reporting. The site claims to have obtained a copy of the search warrant for Joshua Corbett’s property, which reveals the chilling details of that night. More…

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The summertime heat is getting to us in a major way — especially on the streets of New York where one can actually sweat through a shirt in seconds. But that’s not the case for art student Viktoria Kim, who we spotted in SoHo with some of the smoothest skin we’ve ever seen. Kim keeps her face hydrated by mixing two moisturizers from AmorePacific and Lumene , and got us thinking that we should get into the habit of beauty cocktails, too.

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This Is What A $2,500 Truffle Looks Like

10Jul

By now most people know that when they see truffle on a menu — the real deal, not just truffle oil — it’s going to cost them a pretty penny.

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JERUSALEM (AP) — The Israeli army on Wednesday intensified its offensive on the Hamas-run Gaza Strip, striking Hamas sites and killing at least 8 people on the second day of a military operation it says is aimed at quenching rocket fire against Israel. The offensive has set off the heaviest fighting between Israel and the Islamic militant group Hamas since an eight-day battle in November 2012. Militants unleashed rocket salvos deep into Israeli territory, and Israel mobilized thousands of forces along the Gaza border for a possible ground invasion into the Palestinian territory

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We’ve seen “good” hotels and “good” airports , but what about destinations with a “good” conscience? The new Good Country Index aims to “measure how much each country on earth contributes to the planet and to the human race.” Nations were ranked in seven categories, from “culture” to “planet and climate” impact to “health and well-being” of locals

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It’s the little things that can make all the difference when it comes to making an outfit stylish, such as the right tie or pocket square . Both can help you instantly transform an outfit by adding a splash of color to a formal suit.

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Lately we’ve been wondering: could the cast of Orange Is The New black get any more awesome?

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Jesus Christ would not only approve of same-sex marriage, he’d even support gay priests tying the knot, Elton John said in an interview this week.

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By James M. Dorsey No matter how entrenched animosities in the Middle East may be, one principle is upheld by all: never miss an opportunity to miss an opportunity

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We’ve seen strange hotel themes before, but Propeller Island City Lodge takes wild to a whole new level. This 31-room lodge in Berlin allows guests to sleep in padded rooms or jail cells.

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You’ve always wanted to strip down and sweat next to your seatmate…. right

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There were so many style lessons to learn from the fashion fails on this week’s worst-dressed list .

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“Sin vida, no hay cultura – without life, there is no culture” A few years ago, these were the first words I said to my business partner, Juan “PapoSwiggity” Santiago when I was reflecting on my near death experience with pneumonia. My hospital stay was long and the meds that were used to save my life had side effects that would change the course of my life.

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A 73-year-old Vietnam veteran was fired from a Cracker Barrel earlier this month after giving a corn muffin to a man he thought looked homeless. Earlier this month, Joe Koblenzer was working his shift at a Cracker Barrel in Venice, Florida, when a man walked in and asked if he could have some condiments. Koblenzer loaded a few packets into a bag and added a corn muffin as well.

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Alecia Phonesavanh still can’t bring herself to look at the deep wound in her son’s chest caused by a grenade hurled by a SWAT team. But watching donations and well wishes pour in from friends, family and complete strangers gives her hope. The mother of four’s world was completely rocked last month when a SWAT team raided her sister-in-law’s Atlanta home — in search of drugs they never found — and detonated a flashbang grenade , WSBTV reported.

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While many speculate about who will make it on the 2016 presidential ticket, Voto Latino co-Founder Maria Teresa Kumar isn’t so sure there’s a Latino candidate ready for the task. In a Washington Post magazine interview published on Friday, Kumar spoke about her work with the nonpartisan organization, the growth of the Latino population and possible Latino candidates for the White House.

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WASHINGTON -– Environmental Protection Agency science advisers have recommended the agency strengthen ozone pollution standards in order to protect public health. Ground-level ozone pollution — often referred to as smog — is created by chemical reactions between nitrogen oxide and volatile organic compounds emitted from factories, power plants and vehicles. The EPA’s Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee, in a letter to Administrator Gina McCarthy on Thursday, recommended that the agency toughen its standard by lowering the limit on the amount of ozone pollution to between 60 parts per billion and 70 parts per billion, from the current level of 75 parts per billion.

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A federal appeals court on Friday put on hold a judge’s order striking down Indiana’s gay marriage ban, bringing same-sex marriages to a halt and leaving those who’ve already tied the knot in legal limbo. The U.S. 7th Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago issued the order two days after U.S

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Introducing…

28Jun

Welcome to the first issue of HuffPost Home’s Design School ! Every two weeks, we’ll be delivering you a “lesson” in decor, right to your inbox.

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A 24-year-old GOP candidate running for Michigan’s state Legislature wants voters to look past his criminal history and bizarre sexual fetishes. Jordan D. Haskins from Saginaw, Michigan , is currently on parole as he campaigns for the 95th District House seat, MLive reports

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WASHINGTON — The town council of Latta, South Carolina, reinstated Crystal Moore as police chief on Friday, ending a dramatic two-month standoff with the town’s mayor after he fired Moore for reasons many believe had to do with her being a lesbian. WPDE reporter Liz Cooper live-tweeted the council meeting and snapped a picture of Moore as she was sworn back in, to applause. More…

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Women are currently persecuted for baring their breasts in public in New York. On a global level, women who bare their chests often face more severe disciplinary measures. Whether or not you’ve ever personally felt the urge to shop for groceries sans shirt, the very existence of the prohibition — which, of course, does not apply to men — illuminates how women’s bodies are regarded as being inherently obscene.

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No matter how hard you try, it’s nearly impossible to resist becoming an enthusiastic or begrudging member of the Kardashian Kult. We don’t know how it happened, nor do we understand why, but the reality TV family has become an actual topic of conversation, debate and articles — like this one, sorry! The reigning Queen of the Kardashian Klan is, of course, Kim, who, through a combination of selfies, marriages, divorces, civil rights activism , a video game , and a sex tape, has managed to make herself the Elizabeth Taylor of our time..

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It’s true, the noise rock woman of your dreams and members of that Canadian indie sextet that made disco cool again are in a short film together.

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Photographer Brenda Biondo has spent the last 10 years documenting a disappearing icon of the American landscape: playgrounds. From geodesic climbing domes to those swirling metal slides that never failed to scorch the backs of your legs, she captures what’s left of childhood in the 20th century

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