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Pope Francis on Monday allowed all Roman Catholic priests the power to forgive abortion, a power previously reserved for bishops or special confessors. Francis, who has made a more inclusive and forgiving church a characteristic of his papacy, made the announcement in a document known as an “apostolic letter” after Sunday’s close of the Catholic Church’s “Holy Year of Mercy”.

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The big white house with pillars at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. NW in Washington, D.C

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In all the chatter during the 2016 election campaign about the neglected and overlooked people in the country, precious little was said about the tens of millions of people over 50 who are in desperate or near-desperate financial straits. And maybe that makes sense, because these people have been neglected and overlooked for so long they are barely part of any conversation.

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Friday Roundup: Week Ending November 18, 2016

20Nov

By Natalie Munio Facebook combats fake news, Twitter takes on cyber-bullies, people are traveling the world without living the house thanks to Google Earth, Facebook has more hiccups with measurements (but also makes strides in being more upfront about it), and Snapchat files for one of the largest IPOs in years.

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This second article in my series about the absurdly productive trans-national art star Jan Fabre (the first is here ) has very little to do directly with him or his work. Rather, it is about the State Hermitage Museum, one of the wonders of the world. We take a look at it because it is on this field which Fabre agreed to stake a claim.

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Pardon Me?

20Nov

Hillary Clinton on the campaign trail, August 2016 The issue of whether Hillary Clinton mishandled classified information during her tenure as Secretary of State was a recurring theme in the 2016 U.S. Presidential election

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Sabra Dipping Company has issued a voluntary recall  for some of its hummus products over potential listeria contamination, the manufacturer announced Saturday.  The decision comes after Sabra’s manufacturing facility tested positive for the bacterium Listeria monocytogenes, which can cause a serious and potentially deadly infection, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said in a release

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It may be called Turkey Day , but the best part of Thanksgiving is really dessert. You’ll definitely want to save room for these delicious sweets! 1.

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With Transgender Day of Remembrance on Sunday, musician Laura Jane Grace is offering advice to trans youth who are coming out.  “It’s important to not feel like you’re apologizing for anything,” she told host Alex Berg . “And just not take any shit from anybody.” The  frontwoman  for Against Me! , who has a new memoir out called Tranny: Confessions of Punk Rock’s Most Infamous Anarchist ,  also addressed how we can fight transphobia

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Kristen Wiig joined “ Saturday Night Live ” cast members in singing the history of Thanksgiving .

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The FBI is seeking a bank robber it has dubbed the “ Spelling Bee Bandit, ” who leaves a distinct calling card during each heist.

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India Train Derailment Kills Scores

20Nov

More than 30 people were killed after an Indian train derailed in northern Uttar Pradesh, the nation’s biggest state, in the early hours of Sunday, local media reported. The train was traveling between the northeastern city of Patna and the central city of Indore when the incident happened, throwing several carriages off the track, according to railway officials.

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The “Hamilton” cast had a special message for Vice President-elect Mike Pence, whose presence at the hit Broadway musical on Friday night drew boos from the Manhattan audience.

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Fifth Harmony star Lauren Jauregui just shared an open letter addressed to anyone who thinks voting for President-elect Donald Trump  “does not mean that you are racist, homophobic, sexist, xenophobic, assholes.” And she used the occasion to publicly come out as bisexual. In the op-ed, published on Billboard.com Friday , the obviously furious singer held back little, calling Trump supporters “hypocrites” who “voted for a person who built an 18-month campaign off the back of your hatred” before become the latest person to compare the president-elect to Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler . Jauregui said she’s a “bisexual Cuban-American woman and I am so proud of it.” She also noted she is proud to be “the granddaughter and daughter of immigrants who were brave enough to leave their homes and come to a whole new world.” She then dedicated several paragraphs to explaining her pride as a woman in light of the misogyny that ran rampant during Trump’s campaign

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Angelina Jolie  has resurfaced in a video plea to support the International Criminal Court’s efforts to protect the lives of children worldwide, after she’s largely avoided the spotlight during her ongoing custody battle with estranged husband Brad Pitt . As a special envoy of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Jolie has  advocated for the rights of children in conflict zones like Syria and Afghanistan for more than a decade.  In a new video that was posted online on Friday, Jolie praised the ICC and its new policy to focus on prosecuting crimes committed against children.  “Successful prosecution and new legal benchmark, whether at the ICC or elsewhere, is part of the long and vital generational effort.

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WASHINGTON ― President-elect Donald Trump could blow a giant hole in Obamacare on his first day in office without even waiting for the Republican-led Congress to repeal the Affordable Care Act. The question is: Does he want to

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  WASHINGTON – After responsible stewardship of the nuclear arsenal, perhaps the most import role an American president sets is setting a tone that guides how millions of people will act. In the aftermath of the election of Donald Trump, acts of violence and intimidation against the groups that he singled out during the campaign have been reported across the country, and are being tracked by the Southern Poverty Law Center. Ethiopian immigrant Yemaj Adem, for instance, was attacked in Grand Rapids on November 12th by a man in his cab who started punching him and shouting “Trump! Trump! Trump!” The man was arrested, and continued making racist comments about Adem in the back of the police car

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WASHINGTON ― The biggest potential conflict of interest for President-elect Donald Trump sits about half a mile away from the White House: The Trump International Hotel.

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WASHINGTON ― In a 2006 speech on the floor of the U.S. Senate, Sen.

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The cast of “ Hamilton ” didn’t throw away their shot to speak directly to a very important member of their audience Friday night: Vice President-elect Mike Pence. As Pence, who was booed loudly upon entering the theater , tried to leave the Broadway musical after the final curtain call, actor Brandon Dixon , who plays the part of Aaron Burr, asked him to stay

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Trying to have any meaningful discussion about the climate change crisis with someone who rejects mainstream science is a recipe for frustration. And with a president-elect who has said climate change is “ bullshit ” and a “ hoax ,” it’s likely many family holiday celebrations this year will include unproductive and, shall we say, spirited banter.

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A week ahead of the deadline, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau  on Friday appealed a court ruling that could leave the independent watchdog vulnerable to the whims of President-elect Donald Trump . The financial agency had until next Friday to contest an October decision that essentially left its director, Richard Cordray , at the mercy of the president

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Sharon Jones , the Grammy -nominated soul and funk singer who led the Dap-Kings , died Friday after a long bout with pancreatic cancer .

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Reports of anti-Semitic, racist and anti-immigrant incidents at schools around the country have spread rapidly in the days since Donald Trump  became President-elect Trump. These incidents are hitting not only colleges and universities, but high schools, middle schools and even a handful of elementary schools.

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President-elect Donald Trump called for the removal of the Statue of Liberty from New York harbor because it encourages immigration to the United States. Trump said he was elected president because he promised to secure the American borders.

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To no one’s surprise but everyone’s dismay, 2016 is proving to be the hottest year on record according to the World Meteorological Organization. Delivered at the UN Climate Conference in Marrakech, this announcement highlights why countries and companies and cities must act together, focusing on the science and solutions rather than the pitch and yaw of global politics. Changes in climate affect us all but particularly vulnerable populations such as agricultural smallholders – who also form the roots of many of our supply chains.

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9 Beauty Gifts For People Who Love Neutrals

18Nov

The holiday season is fast approaching and, while that may mean glitter and pops of color to some, it’s not for everyone. Playing 4up your natural features or simply working in a neutral color palette can also be absolutely gorgeous.

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Drivers in Fort Worth, Texas were in for a Thanksgiving surprise this week when traffic cops gave them turkeys instead of tickets.  In an effort to spread some holiday cheer and bond with the community, five teams of officers were dispatched across the city to hand out dozens of frozen birds, said ABC-affiliate WFAA . “Even though we do enforce traffic law and we do have some unpleasant decisions to make, we still are about the people,” officer Anthony Colter, who made five stops, told Houston’s KHOU.

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There’s a new challenge taking social media by storm, and this one’s pretty much the opposite of the mega-viral mannequin challenge . Instead of standing still, everyone flees.  It’s called the # TrumpsComingChallenge , and it’s pretty simple to do. Someone shouts, “Trump’s Coming!” and everyone runs as if president-elect Donald Trump just showed up.  The viral challenge is a take on # AndysComing , which involves people dropping to the floor  and lying motionless after someone shouts “Andy’s Coming.” That’s a tribute to the “Toy Story” movies, where the toys would drop whenever Andy walked into the room.  Here are some of the best “Trump’s Coming” clips posted to Twitter so far:   The Benedict College Official #TrumpsComingChallenge ❗️ With All That's Going On In Today's Society, We Should Share Some Laughter pic.twitter.com/ZRv40Bsjnk — Mr.Freshman (@SoCloseCanBeFar) November 11, 2016 ” @armanibankss : Let's get this trending #TrumpsComingChallenge pic.twitter.com/xl5e2hcq3k ” — EL'DEEN (@zaharadeen442) November 18, 2016 NEW CHALLENGE!!! #TRUMPSCOMINGCHALLENGE #NotMyPresident #ImStillWithHer pic.twitter.com/uwY8GsYWZY — rachel (@markmyjauregui) November 11, 2016 Let's try this #trumpscomingchallenge pic.twitter.com/yjzIqTUqM6 — Xavionna (@itsme_xavie) November 16, 2016 #trumpscomingchallenge lmfao pic.twitter.com/M9uPDjvfAr — erick (@Erickkcruzv) November 12, 2016 #trumpscoming pic.twitter.com/J5LnDdM1Tt — Emma Jane Trengove (@Nyctophilia_E) November 18, 2016 the #TrumpsComingChallenge Though? ROFLMAO! LOVE IT! pic.twitter.com/YNgUhCsc9K — Mario the Poet (@poetrybymario) November 11, 2016 Watch till the end (I fell) #TrumpsComingChallenge pic.twitter.com/sn4QkN35rB — ️ (@rudygarzareyna) November 11, 2016 “TRUMPS COMING!!!!” #trumpscomingchallenge pic.twitter.com/fJcxIu9jeq — teddy (@tupacshookur) November 11, 2016 type=type=RelatedArticlesblockTitle=Related…

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Edvard Munch , Pikene på broen (Girls on the Bridge) , 1902, oil on canvas, 39 3/4 x 40 3/8 in. (101 x 102.5 cm)

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Last season the University of Oregon won the Pac-12 title and earned a No.1 seed in the NCAA tournament. The Ducks reached the Elite 8, defeating Duke in the regional semifinals and losing to Oklahoma and Buddy Hield in the regional finals

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I had a spiritual revelation in my polling place last week in the presidential election. My partner and I chatted with others in line

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The Critical Investigations into Humanitarianism in Africa (CIHA) Blog, at www.cihablog.com, has as its mission to “transform the phenomenon of aid to Africa into egalitarian and respectful relationships that challenge unequal power relations, paternalism and victimization.” It focuses particularly on “critical and religious voices to explore connections among issues of faith, governance, gender, and race in colonial and post-colonial contexts.

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Most of us in sustainability (CSR, citizenship, social change, activism etc) are shell shocked.

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BERLIN, Nov 17 (Reuters) – The European Union is in danger of breaking apart unless France and Germany, in particular, work harder to stimulate growth and employment and heed citizens’ concerns, French Prime Minister Manuel Valls said in the German capital on Thursday. Valls said the two countries, for decades the axis around which the EU revolved, had to help refocus the bloc to tackle an immigration crisis, a lack of solidarity between member states, Britain’s looming exit, and terrorism. “Europe is in danger of falling apart,” Valls said at an event organized by the Sueddeutsche Zeitung newspaper

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Life is My Writing Prompt

17Nov

Before I launched my 365-Day writing project , I came up with a 13-page (10 point font, 1.5-spaced) list of ideas. In the early days of the project, this numbered list guided me; I’d even used the strikethrough feature to cross out the topics I wrote about. As the year progressed and the calendar pages flipped faster than the leaves fell off the trees, I couldn’t keep up with the old stories on the list because new narratives were consistently presenting themselves for write-ups It was easier to write about something which happened today than to dig deep into my subconscious to recall a story from childhood or adolescence; something which helped define me, shape me, or gave me membership into a “life club.” Whatever crazy shit happens to us as humans, the “life club” concept is designed to help us feel like we’re not alone; we can always find someone who can relate, no matter how ludicrous our situation or experience may seem

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London’s Heathrow Airport released its first-ever  Christmas commercial this week, and it looks like a winner.  The clip features an aging teddy bear couple trying to navigate the giant airport, and builds up to what Heathrow Airport’s Julia Weir called “ that ‘Love Actually’ moment ,” according to PRWeek.   Plus, c’mon… it’s got teddy bears going through immigration:  “ We love the film and hope the bears’ journey through the airport captures that excitement you feel when walking through Heathrow arrivals into the arms of your loved ones at Christmas,” Heathrow’s commercial director Jonathan Coen said in a news release.

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(Reuters) – In one of his final acts in office, President Barack Obama selected key figures in sports, entrepreneurship, philanthropy, activism, academia and entertainment among the 21 people who will be awarded the 2016 Presidential Medal of Freedom – the highest civilian honor in the United States. Obama will present recipients including rocker Bruce Springsteen, Motown soul singer Diana Ross, former basketball champions Michael Jordan and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and actors Tom Hanks, Robert De Niro and Robert Redford with the medal at a White House ceremony on Nov. 22, the White House said on Wednesday

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Read the “big takeaways” sections of the political news aggregators in the days following the elections. They’re focused on how campaign insiders missed this voter sentiment or that election dynamic. But they’re nearly silent on the Clinton campaign’s most obvious failing: After a decade pursuing the presidency, this highly accomplished woman couldn’t communicate to Americans a compelling vision of what she’d do for them.

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California Rebuilding Democratic Bench

16Nov

The Democratic Party is currently struggling with the question of who should be leading it, heading into the future.

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Tika Sumpter recently tweeted a piece of advice for North Carolina residents: “make sure you turn in your library books!”   Sumpter’s mother, Janice Acquista, was recently arrested in the Tarheel state due to, the actress claimed, a $10 balance for an overdue library book. The actress recalled the ordeal in a series of tweets

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6 Ways That Doing Yoga Can Change Your Life

16Nov

It’s calming, it’s soothing and it has become increasingly trendy over the last 10 years. Yoga is no longer just a pastime for health nuts, vegetarians and Buddhists

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I once knew a woman. We all called her Aunt Gladys. She was the sweetest woman you would ever meet.

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Twitter Quietly Cracks Down On Racist Trolls

16Nov

Twitter moved quietly Tuesday to suspend some accounts posting racist, white nationalist, anti-Semitic and other hateful content.

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Truth proved to be stranger than fiction when police in Texas were called to a reported shooting on Thursday. The alleged victim told the first cop to arrive on the scene at his mobile home in Groesbeck, 40 miles east of Waco, that he’d been shot in his left buttock while sitting on the porch. More…

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Four adorable ducklings got police protection after being spotted trying to cross a busy street in Parker, Colorado. Sgt

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The No Child Left Behind Act, the controversial Bush-era education law, promoted an emphasis on reading and math, sometimes at the expense of other subjects. Now, the nation’s new education secretary is calling on schools to expand their focus to other subjects and give students a more balanced set of course offerings.  Secretary John King Jr. — who was confirmed in March  — is expected to tout the benefits of a “well-rounded education” in a speech at the Las Vegas Academy of the Arts on Thursday.

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Bernie Sanders would be the first Jewish president in American history. In fact, the Senator made history just this week, becoming the first Jewish candidate to win a presidential primary

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There’s a famous scene in the 1975 movie The Stepford Wives in which human robot Paula Prentiss suffers a massive circuitry meltdown. Over and over she dumps coffee grounds on the kitchen counter, smashes breakfast mugs on the floor, and utters her pre-programmed catch-phrases in an endless loop. In the final Republican debate before the New Hampshire presidential primary, something similar happened to Marco Rubio

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The fangs came out early in Saturday night’s GOP debate, where New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie lit into Sen

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A photo being widely shared on social media shows what some claim is a laptop  computer in a funerary relief from ancient Greece.  Unlike many images that get passed around in conspiracy circles, the photo of this 2,100-year-old relief hasn’t been altered or “digitally enhanced.”  At first glance, the relief from the J. Paul Getty Museum’s collection does, sorta, look a bit like someone holding open a laptop: The notion of this sculpture featuring a laptop raises all kinds of obvious questions. What did it plug into?

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Hilary Duff has us reconsidering our decision to wait until spring to sport pastel hair. The “Younger” actress is just one makeover away from joining Nicole Richie and Katy Perry in the My Little Pony hair club after recently  coloring her blonde bob “iced sorbet pink .” Having experimented with mermaid blue, ombré gray and magenta , Duff’s dramatic transformations are proof that you can get  real creative with pastel hair.  Here are 15 pretty awesome pastel hair color ideas we found on Pinterest — from seafoam green to cotton candy pink — that will soften up your next dye job

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Jennifer Lawrence is never boring and her hair is no exception. From dramatic bobs in platinum blond to long, flowing locks in dark shades of brown, it seems the star is always rocking a new ‘do when spotted out and about.  Whether you’re in search of inspiration for your own hair transformation or are just obsessed with scrolling through endless photos of the lovable actress, check out the pictures below to see just how many looks Ms. JLaw has knocked out of the park.  Want more beauty tips and tricks?

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One of the rarest whales in the world has been spotted off the coast of South Carolina for the first time in three years. An endangered North Atlantic right whale nicknamed Chiminea was seen earlier this month swimming near Folly Beach, not far from Charleston: Rare right #whale spotted off Folly Beach https://t.co/PBtnClWnMM Sea to Shore Alliance pic.twitter.com/dbvLQF4Zir — Kate Redman Ⓥ (@DolphinSeeker30) January 17, 2016 It was the first confirmed sighting of a right whale off South Carolina in three years , according to the Post and Courier newspaper.  Right whales reach lengths of up to 55 feet, which is longer than a school bus, and weigh as much as 140,000 pounds, which is nearly the weight of an empty space shuttle.

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Facebook, Twitter, Apple, Microsoft and YouTube will attend the meeting with intelligence agencies to discuss terrorists on social media and encryption. — 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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