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Through the platform of A Humane Nation , I report on so many good developments for animals — from retailers switching to cage-free or crate-free animal products, to major companies going fur-free, to the swell of global outrage over the killing of endangered animals for trophies or profit, to the recent burst of federal rule-making actions for animals. But make no mistake, we are still in a fight for the lives of animals, and there are special interests and lawmakers beholden to them who want to thwart our progress.

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Patient Advocates Hope Report will Help State Legislators “Make the Grade” in 2016   With the recent release of the Americans for Safe Access (ASA) report “Medical Marijuana Access in the US: A Patient-Focused Analysis of the Patchwork of State Laws,” state lawmakers now have the tools they need to improve medical cannabis programs to truly meet the needs of the patients they are meant to serve.

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“The best resolution.” “A path to the progressive world.” “Nothing more than a piece of paper.” These are the some of the ways Iranians inside Iran described the nuclear deal to the WorldPost in August, when we partnered with the Washington-based Iranian human rights organization Abdorrahman Boroumand Foundation and used Facebook and the app Telegram to get — and translate from Farsi — reactions from inside the country. Back then, the deal was simply an agreement announced by Iran and six world powers.

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Pretty Bras That Actually Come In Large Sizes

21Ene

Finding a pretty bra in a large size can be a total nightmare. For some reason, once you hit a D cup, all the offerings become, well, underwhelming.

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The presidential election may not be until November, but there’s only one person we want to see behind the desk in the Oval Office.

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The “Hunger Games” star is finally franchise-free. So, what’s next? — This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms

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Guatemala Bans Child Marriage

12Nov

BOGOTA, Nov 11 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Guatemala has raised the minimum age for marriage to 18, but women’s rights campaigners said enforcing the new law would be a challenge in a country where nearly one-third of girls are currently married by that age.

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Mikhail Lesin, a former aide to Russian President Vladimir Putin who helped found the English-language news service Russia Today, has been found dead in an upscale Washington hotel room. The Russian Embassy in Washington on Friday confirmed the death of Lesin, whose body was discovered Thursday

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Every week at The Pollination Project , we make small seed grants to social change entrepreneurs and visionaries all over the world. This week we are honored to support projects that help reduce harm among vulnerable people, and promote hope, healing and goodness around the world.

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WASHINGTON (AP) — A search team using sophisticated sonar has found the wreckage of a vessel believed to be the cargo ship El Faro, which went missing with 33 crewmembers Oct.

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The Plan To Save The World

28Oct

Right now, we’re in a car, hanging on for dear life as we hurtle around a mountain bend. If we don’t hit the brakes soon, we’re going to lose control, crash through the guardrail, and careen into the abyss

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HuffPost Rise Morning Newsbrief, October 22

22Oct

EmbedContent(5628b5fce4b0443bb562bde7, ,Embed,aolon,Some({})) Welcome to the HuffPost Rise Morning Newsbrief, a short wrap-up of the news to help you start your day.

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Beliefs of a Progressive Judaism

21Oct

An Orthodox Jewish friend asked me, with some real perplexity in her voice, why I wasn’t Orthodox. “You love Torah study.

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IOWA CITY, Iowa, Oct 18 (Reuters) – Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders said on Sunday he plans to give a major speech soon to explain his belief in democratic socialism, acknowledging the political label could be a stumbling block to winning over American voters. The U.S.

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It’s widely acknowledged that the National Rifle Association is one of the nation’s most influential advocacy groups.

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We all thought it was a miracle when the Badgers beat Kentucky in the Final Four. Legislators – both Republican and Democrat – couldn’t wait to honor the University of Wisconsin basketball team.

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Bernie blew it. By embracing rather than confronting Hillary Clinton, Sen. Sanders fell into the trap of sellout mainstream politics, improving his personal brand as an appealing but ultimately non-threatening advocate for the downtrodden while studiously avoiding any suggestion that the smiley-faced woman standing next to him is deeply complicit in Wall Street’s rape of the nation

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"Woodlawn" Scores Big.

17Oct

Movie Review – Jackie K Cooper “Woodlawn” (PureFlix) “Woodlawn” is sure to run up a big score at movie theaters this week.

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The King James Bible is the most widely read work in English literature, a masterpiece of translation whose stately cadences and transcendent phrases have long been seen, even by secular readers , as having emerged from a kind of collective divine inspiration. But now, in an unassuming notebook held in an archive at the University of Cambridge, an American scholar has found what he says is an important new clue to the earthly processes behind that masterpiece: the earliest known draft, and the only one definitively written in the hand of one of the roughly four dozen translators who worked on it. The notebook, which dates from 1604 to 1608, was discovered by Jeffrey Alan Miller, an assistant professor of English at Montclair State University in New Jersey, who announced his research on Wednesday in an article in The Times Literary Supplement

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He may have been a legendary outlaw in the Old West, but Billy the Kid apparently enjoyed playing croquet. A newly uncovered photo bought for $2 by collector Randy Guijarro at a secondhand store in Fresno, California, could be worth millions as authenticators believe it is only the second confirmed image of the famed outlaw.

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“I met you in the rain on the last day of 1972, the same day I resolved to kill myself.” That’s the first line of an emotional Craigslist “Missed Connections” post that’s gone viral this month. The post, which was published on Craigslist Boston about two weeks ago , details the day a Vietnam veteran met a woman while wandering aimlessly in the rain. “You’d taken shelter under the balcony of the Old State House.

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PRETA — Ep.17

06Oct

Updated on every Tuesday Ep.15 Ep.16 See More Copyright ⓒ 2015 RollingStory Inc.

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Oct 4 (Reuters) – Four northern California students have been arrested for plotting to carry out a  shooting at a high school, authorities said. Authorities took four unidentified students into custody after they uncovered their plan to shoot and kill faculty members and students at Summerville High School, the Tuolumne County Sheriff’s Office said on Saturday

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Capitalizing on her still positive polling numbers with Latinos, Democrat Hillary Clinton is making the most of Hispanic Heritage Month to bolster her backing in the community and overall nationally.

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A Day In The Life Of A Single Mom

01Oct

It’s 5:30 a.m., and he crawls into my bed, muttering “momma” in the most precious, pathetic baby voice I have ever heard.

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WASHINGTON — As a freshman senator, Joe Biden gave an extended interview for a  Washingtonian magazine profile  in which he told writer Kitty Kelley that he was not entirely on board with Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court decision that had legalized abortion nationwide the previous year

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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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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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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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The Tastiest Way To Preserve Sweet Corn

25Sep

As the harvest comes in, you’ll want to save some of it for later. Here’s how to blanch and freeze it for the future. by Christa Neu, for Rodale’s Organic Life PHOTOGRAPH BY DANCE60/GETTY There's nothing like the taste of fresh sweet corn you've grown yourself, or gotten from a good farmers' market.

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A California man was arrested for allegedly punching an elderly Costco shopper in the face in a dispute over free Nutella samples . Derrick Gharabighi, 24, is accused of taking all the Nutella waffle samples  just as an elderly man was reaching out to select one at the warehouse club’s Burbank location on Sunday, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office said in a news release.  When the elderly man, whose identity was not released, said not to take so many samples, Gharabighi allegedly punched him in the face, the DA’s office said.  The victim was treated at a hospital for a ” significant laceration above his left eye and swelling around the same area of his face ,” police told the Los Angeles Daily News.

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Growing Up With Cancer

20Sep

“You’re obsessed with cancer,” my daughter told me the other day.

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Something in Common

19Sep

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Earlier this week a reporter from a queer Canadian publication caused controversy — and outrage — when he asked Tom Hardy about his sexuality during a Toronto International Film Festival press conference for the actor’s new film “Legend.” Hardy, who in 2008 candidly stated that he experimented with other guys when he was younger but found gay sex “did nothing for him,” quickly shut down the interview after refusing to answer the “disrespectful” question.

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — “Game Of Thrones” is the Emmy Awards front-runner after winning eight technical achievement awards. The HBO fantasy saga was honored at Saturday’s creative arts Emmys, the precursor to the main Sept.

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Movie Review – Jackie K Cooper “Ninety Minutes In Heaven” (Samuel Goldwyn Pictures) “Ninety Minutes In Heaven” is another Christian themed movie which follows the release of the super-successful Kendricks Brothers film “War Room”. This movie puts forth a faith based message but concentrates more heavily on the results and recovery one man has following a harrowing automobile wreck. The visit to Heaven comes into play only during the final minutes of the film.

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Who Says Funny Women Aren’t Sexy?

12Sep

“A man can laugh a woman into bed, but funny females aren’t attractive .” At least that’s what the Daily Mail made of a provocative new study on the role of humor in romantic attraction. The University of Kansas study , which was  published in the journal Evolutionary Psychology, found that men who are able to make women laugh are more likely to win their affection.

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Right-To-Die Bill Passes In California

11Sep

The ” death with dignity ” movement marked a victory in California Friday when the state Senate passed a bill allowing terminally ill patients to end their own lives with the help of a physician.  The  End of Life Option Act , which passed in the state Assembly  Wednesday, would allow patients to seek aid-in-dying options so long as they are given six months or less to live by two doctors, submit a written request and two oral requests at least 15 days apart and possess the mental capacity to make their own health care decisions.  Gov. Jerry Brown (D), who attended a Jesuit seminary prior to his political career, has yet to indicate whether he will sign the bill into law.  The bill was inspired by Brittany Maynard, a 29-year-old San Francisco Bay Area resident who became the public face of the “death with dignity” movement after she was diagnosed with brain cancer last year

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The Food and Drug Administration  released historic food safety regulations  on Thursday that will force food manufacturers to implement major reforms to reduce the risk that their products will make people sick. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that 48 million Americans contract a foodborne illness every year, 3,000 of whom end up dying.  The new regulations, which cover packaged and processed foods from applesauce to ziti, stem from the Food Safety Modernization Act that President Barack Obama signed into law in January 2011.

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MUMBAI — An Indian court on Friday convicted 12 of 13 men accused of planning blasts that ripped through Mumbai commuter trains in 2006, killing more than 180 people and wounding hundreds. Seven bombs went off within 15 minutes on the packed trains during the evening rush hour in Mumbai on July 11, 2006.

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Commercials starring athletes tend to be polished and flashy, focusing on the glory of the sportsperson featured. But in this poignant new ad with Serena Williams , we’re reminded of the darker side of athletic success: the physical challenges, emotional struggles and discouragement from all the haters that athletes sometimes have to overcome on their journeys to greatness. The stirring ad, created for Beats by Dre , shows clips from Williams’ long tennis career: shots of her crying out in agony after falling on the court, footage of her celebrating after hard-fought victories, an image of her smashing her racket in utter frustration

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As Ricky Ricardo might say to Lucile Ball on the classic TV show I Love Lucy — “Verizon’s got a lot of explaining to do, Lucy…” Ars Technica reports: “A union representing Verizon workers has called for investigations into whether the company is allowing its copper phone and DSL networks to deteriorate. “The Communications Workers of America (CWA) said it is sending letters to regulators in New York, New Jersey, Maryland, Delaware, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Washington, DC. The union, which is trying to pressure Verizon while it negotiates a new contract, pointed to a Verizon statement that the telco has spent $200 million on its copper network since 2008.” There is a lot more to investigate than just $200 million dollars.

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A New Moment in Education

03Sep

The annual back-to-school moment calls up recurring traditions of new moments for students: shiny new shoes and notebooks, yellow buses wending their way to scrubbed classrooms, new books and bulletin boards. But there is another kind of new moment for education that needs to be acknowledged as well: The quantity of human knowledge is exploding. According to UC- Berkeley researchers, between 1999 and 2002, there was more new knowledge created in the world than in the entire history of the world preceding

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Jimmy Carter, Oliver Sacks and Me

31Ago

Two people I’ve long admired announced this year that they had terminal illnesses: Dr. Oliver Sacks and former President Jimmy Carter

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Demi Lovato amazed onlookers on the red carpet at the 2015 Video Music Awards in a form-fitting pink minidress.

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Members of Congress and other legislators around the country have worked up a considerable frenzy enacting laws and regulations governing campus safety and sexual assault . Colleges and universities are coping with an increasingly bewildering and burdensome morass of often-conflicting legal rules aimed at guaranteeing absolute safety for students on the nation’s collegiate campuses

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What Real People Think About When They Run

28Ago

When elite runners were tasked with thinking aloud during an eight-mile run,  32 percent of them thought about how painful running was . “Hill, you’re a bitch,” was one runner’s spoken thought, according to a study published in the  International Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology  in June.

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Nearly 1 In 5 Children And Teens Are Obese

27Ago

More than one-third of American adults are obese, and now, a new report shows that  children  and teens aren’t far behind. The report, released today (Aug.

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LOVE MAKER — Ep.8

27Ago

Updated on every Tuesday and Thursday Ep.6 Ep.7 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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A message to the out-of-touch Washington pundit class: get a grip. What was or was not on Hillary Clinton’s email server when she was Secretary of State is not a game-changing news story. In fact, no one outside the chattering class – and right wing true believers – could give a rat’s rear about this story – and there is a good reason: there is no “there” there

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LISTEN HERE: By Mark Green Shrum vs. Lowry: as billionaires “bid” for President and key swing states disenfranchise millions of minorities and millennials, can the process of Democracy grab more attention than Trump’s Hair and Wall

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What’s your breaking point? When do you say “That’s it — I’m never flying again!” It’s no academic question for America’s airlines, which continue to provoke passengers with new fees, surcharges and rules.

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Republican presidential candidate and human embodiment of sexism Donald Trump dissed supermodel and reality TV star Heidi Klum in an interview with The New York Times  that was published on Sunday. “Sadly, she’s no longer a 10,”  Trump said. In response, Klum posted a video to her Facebook  page on Monday.

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JAYAPURA, Indonesia (AP) — An Indonesian passenger plane that went missing two days ago was destroyed when it slammed into a mountain, killing all 54 people on board, the country’s top rescue official said.

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My Transgender Life: Second Chances

17Ago

Live as if you were living a second time and as though you had acted wrongly the first time. – Viktor Frankl, in ‘Man’s Search for Meaning ‘ Last week I was excited to celebrate my birthday

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Tunisia has until now inspired the region and the rest of the world by taking the democratic path after its 2011 revolution . But the current dysfunction of the political system, the deep poverty in the country’s marginalized rural interior and the brutality of extremism are tying a vicious knot that threatens to destroy the transitional process. With the government’s proposed ” Reconciliation Bill ,” the promises of the revolution are in danger of being crushed

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#Brewers minor leaguer David Denson, first active player in pro baseball to reveal he is gay: http://t.co/rEEOUGQO2J pic.twitter.com/bBNCVmSDPh — Journal Sentinel (@journalsentinel) August 16, 2015 MILWAUKEE — Milwaukee Brewers minor leaguer David Denson has become the first openly gay player on a team affiliated with Major League Baseball. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel said Denson , with the help of former major leaguer Billy Bean, reached out to the newspaper to tell his story. On today's 1A: Brewers minor leaguer makes history by revealing he's gay pic.twitter.com/39BjIWICSP — Journal Sentinel (@journalsentinel) August 16, 2015 The 20-year-old first baseman plays for the Helena Brewers in the rookie Pioneer League

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Broadly speaking, the role of parents in the college application process is strictly financial. Students pick; parents pay . Sounds harsh?

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There have been interesting developments this week in US-Russian relations with the Gulf states, Egypt, and Turkey – and also interesting developments in the political discourse of both Iran and the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC). The strategic dialogue between the United States and Egypt resumed earlier this week, for the first time since 2009, tackling the future of US-Egyptian relations. The relations had become tense following the Muslim Brotherhood rise to power in Cairo.

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The Kardashian-Jenner clan got together Friday night to kick off the birthday festivities for Kylie, who turns 18 on Aug. 10

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PARIS (AP) — A French woman who was abducted in Yemen in February along with her translator was on her way home on Friday after being freed. Isabelle Prime, 31, had been working in Yemen for the World Bank for about a year when she was kidnapped. She will return to France on Friday evening, according to French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius, who like the president thanked Oman for its help.

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The Work Of Feminism Is Far From Over

07Ago

It’s not far into the new movie Trainwreck that audiences understand just how well the lead character lives up to the film’s title. Protagonist Amy, played by comedian Amy Schumer, is a women’s magazine writer who drinks a little too much, has sex that’s a little too casual, says the wrong things just a little too often–and too loudly, at that

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In tonight’s headliner GOP debate, Fox News’ Megyn Kelly decided to take on The Donald and his disparaging comments about women. At the start of the debate, Kelly asked Trump about remarks he had made about women on social media. “You’ve called women you don’t like ‘fat pigs,’ ‘dogs,’ ‘slobs’ and ‘disgusting animals,’” Kelly started.

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ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — The Russian Orthodox Church on Friday defended its controversial bid to fully take over St

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Sometimes the airport  can be so embarrassing that people probably prefer having that dream where you go to school without pants.

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This week the nation was collectively stunned and saddened by the unexpected loss of Zimbabwe’s beloved lion  Cecil , who, at 13 years old, was shot and killed for sport by Minnesota-based dentist Dr. Walter Palmer.  It’s true, the way humans treat the wild creatures who too inhabit this earth is often ugly and heartless

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16 Dogs That Are Big Enough To Ride*

29Jul

You’ve got to give it to the great, big dogs. Super-sized pooches have that much more love to give, with extra large licks and seriously strong tail wags that have the power to whack everything in reach (so, really, keep your breakable vases and china protected). Canines of all shapes and sizes are worthy of an affectionate scratch behind the ear and a meaningful belly rub, but there’s just something about the gentle giants that can prompt even the coldest of characters to look on with admiration and glee.

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BOCA RATON, Fla. — On the campaign trail, Jeb Bush has repeatedly emphasized his record overseeing Florida’s boom economy as the state’s governor. He says it’s an example of an economy that created a huge number of jobs and benefited the middle class — an example of what he could do as president.

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Senators overruled heated conservative opposition Monday and added a measure reviving the federal Export-Import Bank to must-pass highway legislation. But House Republicans declared the transportation bill dead on arrival. The developments set the two chambers on a collision course days ahead of a crucial highway deadline in the midst of the summer driving season

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They can want to. They can try. They can watch it, read about it; talk about it, blog about it.

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The staggering unemployment and poverty rates among people with disabilities is a reminder of how much work still needs to be done to protect this underserved demographic.

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Most people think of the word “adventure” as a noun — a single experience that has a beginning, middle and end. But Chelsea Yamase often uses it as a verb, which says a lot about the 26-year-old and her motivation to squeeze every second of action, joy and appreciation out of life.  “Adventuring gives me this incredible fulfillment,” she recently told The Huffington Post from her home on the Hawaiian island of Kauai. “It’s empowering for me to know that I can achieve things and accomplish things with my own two feet.” A photo posted by Chelsea Yamase (@chelseakauai) on Dec 14, 2014 at 8:50pm PST Yamase is something of an Instagram celebrity with over 76,000 followers. She works as a freelance graphic artist, but also gets calls from photographers, marketing companies and retailers who are inspired by her active lifestyle and want to work with someone who can sky dive, free dive, camp or hike with ease — things you can’t just hire a model or actress to do

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Astoria Characters: The Flamenco Dancer

21Jul

If there’s one steady thing that can be said of Gabriela Granados , it’s that she can’t sit still. A woman of fluid movement, Gabriela bends her body into a stiff office chair. Photo by Nancy A.

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If you owe Miss Piggy some cash, you’d better have her money  — and don’t act like you forgot. In this new video mashup, “Muppets” footage is edited to make it seem as if Miss Piggy is performing Rihanna’s ” Bitch Better Have My Money .”  The clip posted by New York Magazine’s ” Vulture Remix ” was put together by Adam Schleichkorn, a.k.a. Mylo the Cat, the Muppet mashup master behind previous viral hits such as Gonzo doing ” Humpty Dance, ” Swedish Chef, Beaker and Animal’s take on ” So What’cha Want ” and Rowlf performing ” Just A Friend .” Check it out in the video above.  And in case it’s not obvious from the name of the song, this probably isn’t the kind of “Muppets” video you’ll want to share with the kids

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At a Ku Klux Klan rally held at the South Carolina Statehouse  on Saturday, there were many images of hate: men and women shouting slogans of bigotry and division, their clothing emblazoned with symbols of intolerance. But the most memorable image of the day wasn’t one of hatred at all

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ROME (AP) — Police in Sicily have arrested three Egyptians who allegedly were in charge of a smuggling boat on which a 10-year-old Syrian girl with diabetes died after the smugglers threw her insulin overboard. The 335 migrants arrived in port in Augusta, Sicily, on Wednesday after a week at sea

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“Sorry, I wish we could contribute to your campaign right now, but we don’t have the funds because…” “Good luck with your campaign. I’m not on Twitter so I can’t give a shout out for you and we are not in a financial position to help you.” These are the typical responses I get pretty much on a daily basis mostly from old friends.

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