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  • Eight People, Including Sheriff’s Deputy, Dead in Mississippi Shooting

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    The victims were discovered in three separate locations in rural Lincoln County overnight, according to Mississippi Bureau of Investigation spokesman Warren Strain.

    Sun, 28 May 2017 11:34:23 -0400
  • President Trump left TripAdvisor reviews for the Middle East and just, wow

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    President Trump wants to voice his opinions on the Middle East and no, not through some archaic Washington-insider liberal elitist speech. The man wants to communicate his worldview the best way he knows how — by yelling on the internet. Returning from his trip in the Middle East, the president has graciously left behind his TripAdvisor reviews for each and every country he visited. Trump got the travel bug!  SEE ALSO: Overpriced garbage from Trump's estate we could sell to offset his budget cuts Who needs pesky press pools when we can have the president color in fun little stars instead? It's about time that the presidency dumped anachronistic policy briefings in favor of going mobile.  Below are his reviews, published here for the very first time. 1. Murabba Palace (Riyadh, Saudi Arabia) "Here I am with my new best friends. What a great city!Image: Bandar Algaloud / Saudi Royal Council / Handout/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images) 2. Global Center for Combating Extremism (Riyadh, Saudia Arabia) "Some of the largest TVs in the world."Image: AP/REX/Shutterstock 3. Masada (Israel) "This is dumb" — President Donald J TrumpImage: menahem kahana/AFP/Getty Images 4. Yad Vashem, Israel's official memorial to victims of the Holocaust (Jerusalem, Israel) They have this great guestbook at the frontImage: gali tibbon/AFP/Getty Images 5. The Wailing Wall (Jerusalem, Israel) Image: mandel ngan/AFP/Getty Images 6. The Vatican (Vatican City) He's a good guy, but not exactly photogenic, you know?Image: evan vucci/AFP/Getty Images 7. NATO Headquarters (Brussels, Belgium) Look at that flag display. Sad!Image: paul o'driscoll/Getty Images 8. Taormina (Sicily, Italy) Image: santi visalli/Getty Images WATCH: Scuba dive tankless with this floating air caddie

    Sat, 27 May 2017 11:33:18 -0400
  • Report: WH Prepping ‘War Room’ to Push Back On Russia Investigations

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    According to the Washington Post, the White House is looking to go on the offensive after weeks of revelations that have undermined the administration’s credibility.

    Sun, 28 May 2017 11:31:46 -0400
  • Relative 'devastated' after shooting kills 8 in Mississippi

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    BROOKHAVEN, Miss. (AP) — Head in hands, his voice strained, Vincent Mitchell sat outside his little yellow home and tried to make sense of how a family dispute led to a rampage that killed eight people, including the deputy who tried to keep them safe.

    Mon, 29 May 2017 03:47:43 -0400
  • Thousands protest against Moscow housing resettlement, but numbers fall

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    Thousands of Muscovites protested in the south-west of the Russian capital on Sunday against government plans to resettle millions of citizens from shoddy Soviet-era apartment blocks, but numbers had fallen compared to earlier rallies. A Reuters witness said around 5,000 people attended the latest rally, compared to organizers' estimates of 60,000 at a protest on May 14. Moscow residents are also concerned about the location and quality of the planned new accommodation, a lack of services and infrastructure and about threats the redevelopment may pose to the historic face of the Russian capital.

    Sun, 28 May 2017 11:17:25 -0400
  • Jared Kushner’s Growing Stench of Treason

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    Nobody knows yet whether the president's son-in-law broke any laws. But "traitor" is more than just a legal term.

    Sat, 27 May 2017 14:15:29 -0400
  • Some 10,000 migrants rescued off Libya coast in 4 days

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    More than 3,400 migrants were rescued off the coast of Libya on Friday, bringing to about 10,000 the total number rescued over four days, according to Libyan and Italian officials. On Friday, more than 1,200 migrants were rescued by Libyan ships and taken to Tripoli or Zawiya, about 50 kilometres (31 miles) west, while the Italian coastguard and commercial boats rescued 2,200 others and took them to Italy. Migrants were still disembarking in southern Italy on Saturday.

    Sat, 27 May 2017 10:20:34 -0400
  • 3-Week-Old Dies in Dog Attack After Being Left Alone With Family's Three Pit Bulls

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    The mother said she left her alone for five minutes with.

    Sun, 28 May 2017 11:14:00 -0400
  • Young Boy Thrown Off Slide At Dublin's New Water Park

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    The water slide that was responsible for the accident, the Emerald Plunge, was shut down and is being reevaluated for possible construction flaws.

    Sun, 28 May 2017 06:48:32 -0400
  • Macron finally speaks out about the Trump handshake: "it wasn't innocent"

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    Newly elected French President Emmanuel Macron was faced with a nearly insurmountable challenge this week: how to shake President Trump's hand without losing his own. He succeeded, but just barely. In a new interview with Le Journal du Dimanche, Macron told the paper that the handshake was "a moment of truth." SEE ALSO: President Trump left TripAdvisor reviews for the Middle East and just, wow "My handshake with him, it wasn’t innocent," Macron said. "One must show that you won’t make small concessions, even symbolic ones, but also not over-publicize things, either." The uncomfortably long, white knuckled handshake between the two leaders at the NATO conference quickly went viral on Thursday. Even more restrained reputable outlets were unsparing in their coverage: "When Mr. Trump greeted Emmanuel Macron, France’s new president, they grabbed each other’s hands, jaws clenched, in an extended grip that turned Mr. Trump’s knuckles white," The New York Times wrote. Congratulations to both leaders for emerging from the summit with all of their hands intact. WATCH: An Indonesian village got a rainbow makeover, now it's an Insta-worthy hot spot

    Sun, 28 May 2017 11:24:36 -0400
  • For Siemens and Other Companies, Apprentice Programs

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    When Siemens wanted to find U.S. workers to build gas turbines, only 15 percent of those who applied had the skills needed.

    Sat, 27 May 2017 11:46:35 -0400
  • Soccer, West Point graduation, Kashmiri protests and more — it happened today: May 27 in pictures

    Celtic's Tomas Rogic celebrates scoring, graduates of the United States Military Academy toss their hats and more of today’s news from around the world in pictures.

    Sat, 27 May 2017 16:44:03 -0400
  • Survivors of Egypt Christian bus attack recount their horror

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    CAIRO (AP) — Video interviews with survivors of a deadly attack by Islamic militants on a bus taking Egyptian Christians to a remote desert monastery are painting a picture of untold horror, with children hiding under their seats to escape gunfire.

    Sun, 28 May 2017 15:32:33 -0400
  • Trump tells 'confidants' U.S. will leave Paris climate deal: Axios

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    U.S. President Donald Trump has told "confidants," including the head of the Environmental Protection Agency Scott Pruitt, that he plans to leave a landmark international agreement on climate change, Axios news outlet reported on Saturday, citing three sources with direct knowledge. On Saturday, Trump said in a Twitter post he would make a decision on whether to support the Paris climate deal next week. The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

    Sat, 27 May 2017 21:33:06 -0400
  • Australian trafficker Corby back home amid media storm

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    Australian Schapelle Corby returned home Sunday following her deportation from Bali 12 years after her conviction for drug trafficking, as she battled through a media storm in a dramatic end to a saga that captivated her homeland. Corby and her sister Mercedes avoided cameras when she touched down in the eastern city of Brisbane early on Sunday morning, with live television broadcasts showing a convoy of vehicles believed to be carrying them leaving the airport. "It is with gratefulness and relief that this morning we mark Schapelle Corby's return to Australia," a member of her security team said, reading out a family statement at Brisbane airport.

    Sat, 27 May 2017 20:15:10 -0400
  • NBC News Exclusive: a Look at Taiwan’s Military Drills As China Looms

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    NBC News gained rare access to Taiwanese military exercises, including testing of American-made firepower — all against the threat of a Chinese invasion.

    Sun, 28 May 2017 11:40:05 -0400
  • 2 Men Charged After Allegedly Forcing An Alligator to Drink Beer And Then Posting Snapchat Videos of It

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    They then watch the animal swim away.

    Sat, 27 May 2017 17:21:00 -0400
  • Several teachers disciplined after student given 'most likely to become a terrorist' award

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    Lizeth Villanueva, a 13-year-old from the Anthony Aguirre Junior High school in Texas, was handed the certificate one day after the Manchester attack. Ena Hernandez, Lizeth’s mother, said she was upset by prize, especially considering the timing. “I was upset and very mad when I saw the award,” Ms Hernandez told The Washington Post.

    Sat, 27 May 2017 18:07:08 -0400
  • Chinese jets intercept U.S surveillance plane: U.S. officials

    Two Chinese fighter jets intercepted a U.S. Navy surveillance plane over the South China Sea on Wednesday, with one coming within 200 yards (180 meters) of the American aircraft, U.S. officials told Reuters. The officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, said initial reports showed that the U.S. P-3 Orion surveillance plane was 150 miles (240 km) southeast of Hong Kong in international airspace when the Chinese aircraft carried out the unsafe intercept.

    Sat, 27 May 2017 22:54:39 -0400
  • Full Interview: Mitch Landrieu On Removing Confederate Monuments

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    New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu discusses his decision to remove Confederate monuments from the city in an exclusive interview with NBC’s Chuck Todd.

    Sat, 27 May 2017 09:17:27 -0400
  • Bodies of Indian climbers who died on Everest recovered

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    Rescuers have retrieved the body of an Indian climber who died on Mount Everest and airlifted it to Kathmandu on Sunday, along with those of two others who perished last year. Ravi Kumar, 27, died this month after summiting the world's highest mountain and becoming separated from his guide soon afterwards. Rescuers said its recovery was a risky operation.

    Sun, 28 May 2017 09:21:03 -0400
  • The Latest: Survivors tell of horror during Egypt bus attack

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    EGYPT (AP) — The Latest on events Egypt events (all times local):

    Sun, 28 May 2017 08:20:50 -0400
  • Correction: Trump-Body Language story

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    TAORMINA, Italy (AP) — In stories May 26 and May 27 about President Donald Trump's body language during his first trip overseas since taking office, The Associated Press reported erroneously that Ron Dermer was Trump's ambassador to Israel. Dermer is Israel's ambassador to the United States.

    Sun, 28 May 2017 14:04:14 -0400
  • Somali Islamist insurgents stone man to death for adultery

    By Feisal Omar MOGADISHU (Reuters) - Somali Islamist insurgents stoned a man to death on Sunday as punishment for alleged adultery, they said, a reminder that the militia is still strong enough to carry out public executions despite losing its grip on most towns and cities. Hundreds of witnesses watched the death of 44-year-old Dayow Mohamed Hassan in Ramo Adey village in the south-central Bay region, the regional governor representing the al Qaeda-linked insurgency said. Moalim Geedow told Reuters that Hassan was buried neck-deep in a hole then pelted with stones.

    Sun, 28 May 2017 15:09:46 -0400
  • Rolling Thunder, French Open, Manchester tribute and more — it happened today: May 28 in pictures

    Motorcyclists pass Marine Staff Sgt. Tim Chambers, Ret., and Christian Jacobs, 6, of Hertford, N.C., as they salute in Washington; fans watch the qualification round match between Luxemburg’s Gilles Muller and Spain’s Guillermo Garcia-Lopez during the French Open in Paris; and marathon runners pay respects at flower tributes in St Ann’s square in Manchester, England. These are some of the photos of the day.

    Sun, 28 May 2017 16:31:24 -0400
  • 2 Toddlers Die After Becoming Trapped In Hot Car

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    Police are investigating.

    Sat, 27 May 2017 10:34:00 -0400
  • Anti-jihadist Ramadan advert goes viral

    A video advertisement that depicts a would-be suicide bomber confronted by the faithful has gone viral two days into the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan. During that time, believers abstain from eating, drinking -- even of water -- smoking and sexual relations between sunrise and sunset.

    Sun, 28 May 2017 11:24:12 -0400
  • Texas Governor Greg Abbot sparks criticism for joke about shooting a journalist

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    A photo of the moment, published by the Texas Tribune, showed the grinning first-term Republican governor pointing to the centre of the paper target, where three rounds had pierced the bull's eye circle. Both said the incident was especially troubling as it came amid increasingly hostile rhetoric directed against the news media by Republican President Donald Trump and his supporters.

    Sat, 27 May 2017 14:36:08 -0400
  • Karl: Sources close to president say it may be time for Kushner to take leave of absence

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    ABC News' Chief White House Correspondent Jonathan Karl and Senior Justice Correspondent Pierre Thomas report on the Russia investigation and latest developments about Jared Kushner.

    Sun, 28 May 2017 11:17:05 -0400
  • Greg Allman, Founder of the Allman Brothers Band, Dies at 69

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    The legendary Southern rocker who composed countless hits as frontman for The Allman Brothers Band and battled a very public addiction with drugs died Saturday at his home. He was 69.

    Sat, 27 May 2017 11:41:54 -0400
  • Philippines peace talks with communist rebels break down

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    Peace talks between the Philippine government and communist insurgents broke down on Saturday after a dispute over the rebels' ordering their fighters to step up attacks. The two sides had just opened formal talks when chief government negotiator Jesus Dureza objected to the communists' telling guerillas to intensify attacks in response to President Rodrigo Duterte's declaration of martial law in parts of the country. Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte declared martial law over the southern third of the country on Tuesday to quell fighting with pro-Islamic State militants in a southern city.

    Sat, 27 May 2017 13:12:40 -0400
  • Supreme Court travel ban case could test Trump's reach

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    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court may soon decide how courts are supposed to view presidential power in the age of Donald Trump.

    Sat, 27 May 2017 12:13:17 -0400
  • Two men killed in Oregon train stabbings after anti-Muslim rant

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    A man fatally stabbed two passengers aboard a Portland, Oregon, commuter train after they tried to stop him from harassing two young women who appeared to be Muslim, police said on Saturday. Police identified the assailant, who was arrested soon after the Friday afternoon attack, as Jeremy Joseph Christian of Portland, a 35-year-old convicted felon. A senior researcher with the Southern Poverty Law Center, in a blog post, said Christian's Facebook page showed he held "some racist and other extremist beliefs." The attack unfolded hours before the start of Ramadan, Islam's holy month, when most of the world's 1.6 billion Muslims observe a daily religious fast.

    Sat, 27 May 2017 18:01:23 -0400
  • Student Loan Debt In The US Is So High That Many Aren't Even Paying It

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    More and more Americans are struggling to make their loan payments -- and it's a real problem.

    Sun, 28 May 2017 10:30:02 -0400
  • General de Gaulle's grave vandalised, say French police

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    The grave of General Charles de Gaulle, France's World War II hero and post-war president, was vandalised on Saturday, police said. De Gaulle led the Free French Forces in London from 1940-44 and reshaped the country's political landscape after the war, founding the Fifth Republic in 1958. De Gaulle died in 1970 shortly before his 80th birthday.

    Sat, 27 May 2017 16:55:04 -0400
  • Trump makes G-7 deal on trade, takes rain check on climate

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    TAORMINA, Sicily (AP) — Seven wealthy democracies ended their summit Saturday in Italy without unanimous agreement on climate change, as the Trump administration plans to take more time to say whether the U.S. is going to remain in the Paris accord on limiting greenhouse gas emissions.

    Sat, 27 May 2017 21:22:54 -0400
  • Double Up on Sun Safety

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    Consumer Reports has no relationship with any advertisers on this website. Here comes summer—and along with it, poolside parties and beach vacations. If you plan on taking refuge from the sun's U...

    Sat, 27 May 2017 14:04:52 -0400
  • Meet the Three Brothers Who Just Graduated West Point Together

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    The Ogrydcziak brothers graduated in the same class on Saturday, the first time that has happened at the famed military academy in more than 30 years.

    Sun, 28 May 2017 11:57:27 -0400
  • UK lowers attack threat level as police close in on bomber's network

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    By Michael Holden LONDON (Reuters) - British intelligence experts no longer believe another attack is imminent as significant progress has been made by police investigating the suicide bomb attack on a pop concert in Manchester, Prime Minister Theresa May said on Saturday. Police hunting a suspected network behind Salman Abedi, the bomber who killed 22 people on Monday night, said they had made two further arrests overnight and that they had a greater understanding of how his device was made. May said this meant the Joint Terrorism Analysis Centre (JTAC), the independent body which sets the threat level, had decided it should be lowered from its highest rating "critical", which meant an attack could be imminent, to "severe".

    Sat, 27 May 2017 16:57:31 -0400
  • Why 'Handmaid's Tale' costumes are the most powerful meme of the resistance yet

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    Earlier this week, 18 women dressed up in red cloaks and white bonnets, stood in pairs in the rotunda of the Texas state capitol, and began chanting, "Shame!" in unison. They didn't stop shouting for eight minutes.  They call themselves the Texas handmaids. You probably first saw them back in March, when images of their original protest in Austin went viral. That's when they sat silently in the Texas senate gallery, watching as lawmakers debated bills that would make it harder for women to get an abortion. SEE ALSO: Ivanka Trump is not your friend and she's not coming to save you What you may not know is that their demonstrations, inspired by Margaret Atwood's classic dystopian novel The Handmaid's Tale and Hulu's vivid TV adaptation, are slowly spreading across the country. Women are holding sewing parties to turn yards of blood-red fabric into capes. They're swapping ideas on private Facebook pages about how to stage protests. They're even planning a coordinated demonstration where dozens of handmaids simultaneously show up at state capitols or in other public places in cities across the country.   #fightbackTX #sb8 pic.twitter.com/SnA8ndmHge — Shift. (@shift_stigma) May 23, 2017 If the visually striking meme takes off, it could become one of the most effective acts of protest from the resistance. The sight of even a dozen women wearing the handmaid costume, while staying silent and keeping their heads down, offers a stark contrast to a group of mostly white men deliberating over what happens to their bodies. The imagery is practically made for the digital era.  The point, activists say, is to send a powerful message: We're closer to a government that strips women of their bodily autonomy than you might think.  Shame on the #txlege for continuing to pass unconstitutional, dangerous abortion restrictions #fightbacktx pic.twitter.com/h7Xw05w5mV — NARAL Pro-Choice TX (@naraltx) May 23, 2017 "The easiest way we try to explain it is that the handmaids represent a future where women are nothing more than their reproductive capacity," says Heather Busby, executive director of NARAL Pro-Choice Texas. "Unfortunately, with the laws that are being passed, that future is not so unrealistic and not so distant."  The idea to enlist Texas women as handmaids started with Busby a few months ago. She happened to see women dressed as the title character from The Handmaid's Tale at South by Southwest. That was a marketing stunt by Hulu, the streaming entertainment provider that brought Atwood's novel to the small screen.  But Busby then joked on Facebook about how someone should send the handmaids down to the capitol, where lawmakers had been busy introducing bills that would curtail abortion rights. Soon NARAL Pro-Choice Texas ordered white bonnets from Amazon Prime and a volunteer rented red capes. A small group of volunteers quickly drew up a plan. They liked the element of surprise in showing up at the capitol in costume — and wanted to let legislators know that women were watching. After that yielded local and national press coverage of the legislative agenda in Texas, activists around the country started reaching out to Busby for tips on how to start their own handmaids brigade.  We have to get creative to make our voices heard, so the Handmaids made a trip back to the Capitol to protest anti-abortion laws. #txlege pic.twitter.com/MIagryJKpL — Shift. (@shift_stigma) May 9, 2017 You could argue that all of this is moot, that the United States is nowhere close to becoming the Republic of Gilead, The Handmaid's Tale's totalitarian, theocratic state that freezes women's bank accounts, forbids them to work, sends them to re-education camps, and forces many of them to bear children for leaders and their wives.  The New York Times' conservative columnist Ross Douthat argued this week that liberals are seeing the wrong parallels. On the same day, Times op-ed contributor Mona Eltahawy wrote that the Republic of Gilead already exists in Saudi Arabia, where women can't drive and may be imprisoned for disobedience. For her part, Atwood has said that nothing in her novel hasn't already happened before in history.  For the volunteers who are deep into the work of creating and wearing the costumes in public, it's not about whether they still have credit cards or the right to get a job. What they see is the federal and state governments largely in the hands of conservative, even authoritarian, men who've vowed to defund Planned Parenthood and roll back reproductive health rights like abortion and access to affordable birth control. At the same time, those men plan to funnel money to abstinence-only education and vouchers for "school choice," which includes religious schools.  The fact that they're led by Donald Trump terrifies these women.  "We have somebody in the White House who thinks it's OK to grab women and do whatever he wants, and I'm supposed to sit back and be cool with that?" says Emily Morgan, executive director of Action Together New Hampshire, an activist group that emerged in the wake of Trump's election.  Earlier this month, Morgan contacted Busby for details on how to create handmaid costumes. But instead of bringing women into the New Hampshire legislative gallery during a debate or hearing, Morgan and her co-organizers asked them to appear at a press conference calling for the resignation of Rep. Robert Fisher, a Republican who The Daily Beast identified in April as the creator and former moderator of Reddit's popular men's rights "Red Pill" forum. The message board bills itself as a "discussion of sexual strategy in a culture increasingly lacking a positive identity for men," and Fisher regularly questioned whether rape is real, according to The Daily Beast. (Fisher resigned later in the day following the press conference.)  A sexual assault survivor with handmaids demanding Rep. Robert Fisher's resignation, on May 17, 2017, in Concord, N.H.Image: Granite State Progress"Fisher and the Red Pill embody exactly what The Handmaid's Tale is a foreshadowing of or is a warning against," Morgan says. "Saying that we're not there — it's sort of degrading to what's actually happening to women."  In the days before the press conference, volunteers made six costumes, but some of the women bowed out after learning the media would be in attendance. Morgan says they feared in-person and online harassment. Nevertheless, she thinks more women will step forward to participate in upcoming demonstrations, particularly since volunteers in Connecticut, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire are sewing new cloaks so that activists in New England quickly have access to them for future protests.  The time-intensive, costly aspect of buying the bonnets and making the cloaks is one challenge to growing the handmaid ranks. There's also the danger that different groups will splinter in an effort to launch the first nationwide demonstration. Morgan is moderating a private Facebook page to coordinate a national action. A similar page started by one of the Texas handmaids has close to 300 members.  #HandmaidsTale in the House, wondering why hats are allowed on the floor today but not theirs #moleg #PraiseBe pic.twitter.com/7PhAMzTnaL — NARAL Missouri (@NARALMissouri) May 3, 2017 The handmaids' signature costumes are also a relatively obscure reference compared to pussyhats, the knit pink caps that have become a symbol of the resistance. But they're also memorable even if you don't know the origin.  Ane Crabtree, the costume designer for the Hulu series, says the outfit's visual power is rooted in both the bright red color, which can signify blood, birth, and passion, and how the cloak conceals women who wear it. The combination tells the viewer what she needs to know about how the body underneath the costume is oppressed.  "It's an easy form of expression to say that everything's been taken away and is being taken away, and it’s a real thing," says Crabtree, who is encouraged and inspired by people making their own version of the costume.  Deborah Marsh, a 65-year-old retiree who is one of the Texas handmaids, says people who get the reference often approach her on the street or in the capitol's rotunda to thank her profusely for the act of defiance. Some, however, have seen the symbolism and don't like it. Marsh says a few people on the street have had "outbursts" or called the women "pathetic."  And the handmaids are sneaking peeks from their smart phones. #TXlege https://t.co/tG1lcX16uI — Joe Pojman, Ph.D. (@joepojman) May 19, 2017 Joe Pojman, executive director of the anti-abortion rights nonprofit group Texas Alliance for Life, seemed to criticize the handmaids a few times, focusing on the fact that they've used smartphones while silently protesting in the gallery, a silly point that Marsh feels makes their case about men who are obsessed with policing women's behavior.  What Marsh didn't expect was how confident she would feel while wearing the costume. "It's such a bold costume, it's making such a bold statement," she says. "And my body is inside that costume, so why wouldn’t I feel bold? Why wouldn't I feel empowered?"  The spirit of @MargaretAtwood is with us today and every day in the #txlege as they continue to take away reproductive rights. pic.twitter.com/fGEzy73LvE — Blake Rocap (@BlakeRocap) March 20, 2017 Among reproductive rights activists like Marsh, the Texas legislature is infamous for its anti-abortion legislation. In 2013, the state passed a law that effectively led to the closure of dozens of abortion clinics, which the Supreme Court found unconstitutional last year. The Republican-led legislature recently voted to ban the safest type of second-trimester abortion and require hospitals and abortion clinics to bury fetal remains, including those from miscarriages that happen at home. Texas has already moved to keep Planned Parenthood from state and federal funding.  In other words, as Texas limits access to both abortion and reproductive health care like birth control, it's easy to imagine a future in which women have little practical control over how and when they have children. That vision shouldn't be limited to Texas either; other Republican-dominated states are pursuing a similar agenda with regard to limiting access to reproductive health care, as is the Trump administration.  "I still have a credit card, I still have a nice car, but I can feel the future here," Marsh says. "If [people] aren't affected by it today, they are going to be affected by it in four yours. Texas is a little bit ahead of the game." Stephanie Martin, a mom from Round Rock, in central Texas, who recently dressed up as a handmaid for the first time, says she's realistic about who the message is going to reach.  "Am I going to change someone's mind who is pro-life?" she asks. "I don't expect that. I'm aiming higher. I want to change the culture." It's still early to gauge exactly how that culture will respond beyond the videos and photos that have gone viral. But the parallel between the male aggression and control that characterizes Gilead feels particularly fresh in a week where a Republican congressional candidate body slammed a reporter for asking a question he didn't like, and the president appeared to shove aside a European leader to get a better position in a photo-op.  Let's not forget the complicity of Ivanka Trump, who promotes herself as a champion of gender equality but says nothing critical about healthcare and budget proposals that are arguably hostile to women. Nor can we ignore the benign-looking malevolence of Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, who couldn't come up with a single instance of discrimination at publicly funded schools that would give her pause when asked about it at a congressional hearing. In Gilead, after all, the women who are not outrightly oppressed get the privilege of wielding what small power they have against the vulnerable and marginalized.  Morgan admits that some people won't make connections between what's happening today and Atwood's fiction. Yet she urges skeptics to focus less on a dramatic, sweeping end to women's rights. What's more important, at this point, is the underlying implication of attitudes and laws that see no harm in making it more difficult or even impossible for women to determine their own fate. "These are steps on the same path," she says of the parallels between Gilead and Trump's America. "You have to start somewhere."  WATCH: Pete Souza's perfectly timed Insta-shade only keeps getting better and better

    Sun, 28 May 2017 09:00:00 -0400
  • Police: Officer shoots, kills burglary suspect in N Carolina

    CARY, N.C. (AP) — A burglary suspect spotted sneaking into a suburban North Carolina home in the middle of the night was fatally shot by a police officer early Sunday, authorities said.

    Sun, 28 May 2017 19:08:04 -0400
  • Civilian deaths a 'fact of life' in war on IS, Pentagon head says

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    Civilian casualties are inevitable in the war against the Islamic State group but the United states is doing "everything humanly possible" to avoid them, US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said in an interview aired Sunday. A US-led international coalition has been carrying out air strikes against the IS group in Iraq and Syria since 2014, and nongovernmental organizations say the attacks are claiming ever more civilian lives. Some NGOs have blamed the rising civilian death toll on a push by President Donald Trump's administration to accelerate the pace of combat in an effort to "annihilate" the jihadists.

    Sun, 28 May 2017 13:00:17 -0400
  • Mother charged with involuntary manslaughter after accidentally smothering son as she slept

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    A mother has been charged with involuntary manslaughter after she allegedly smothered her child while they slept next to each other. Arissa Ward, 23, called police in Middleton, Pennsylvania, on 30 December last year after finding her infant son unresponsive on the couch next to her where they had been sleeping. The coroner also found traces of marijuana in the child’s system as Ms Ward had been breastfeeding.

    Sat, 27 May 2017 18:04:54 -0400
  • Sri Lanka steps up monsoon relief as toll hits 122

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    Sri Lanka stepped up its military-led relief operations Saturday as nearly half a million people were displaced after a monsoon deluge killed at least 122 people and threatened more flooding. Rainfall on Friday triggered the worst flooding and landslides in 14 years in the southern and western parts of the island and although the rain eased on Saturday, low-lying areas remained under water, the authorities said. The official Disaster Management Centre (DMC) said a total of 122 people were confirmed dead while 97 remained missing.

    Sat, 27 May 2017 13:21:11 -0400
  • Young activist, ex-military man latest killed in Venezuela

    CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — A 20-year-old man from the opposition Popular Will Party on Sunday became the most recent person to die in a wave of anti-government protests held almost daily since the end of March, Venezuelan authorities said. A former military man died in a separate incident on Saturday when he was attacked by a group of people in another part of the country in a continuing wave of violence sparked by ongoing protests.

    Sun, 28 May 2017 15:54:41 -0400
  • Cable companies need to be scared, because cord cutting is here to stay

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    For a few years, cable companies saw cordcutting as another millenial fad that would go the way of the hoverboard. But Netflix's dramatic growth was just the start. Changes in viewing habits are driving a seismic change in the attitude towards cable bundles, and more people than ever are ditching cable boxes altogether. A new set of results from the American Consumer Satisfaction Index (ACSI) paints a bleak picture for pay TV providers. Consumer satisfaction with cable and satellite fell this year. It was the only niche in the telecoms industry to see its customers get less happy this year, and satisfaction with wireless providers actually improved. Worse, a vastly increased number of survey respondents said that they're thinking about switching to streaming services. 9% of people polled said they were highly likely to switch this year, versus just 1.9% answering the same question in 2011. “Customer service remains abysmal, and viewers are continuing to switch over to streaming services with much higher customer satisfaction, ACSI chairman Claes Fornell said. "More than half a million subscribers defected from cable and satellite providers during the first quarter – the largest loss in history.” What's even more painful for pay TV providers is that customers aren't watching less TV -- they're just watching less cable. A separate study from Nielsen came out today, showing that 90% of viewing time is still spent watching the big screen. In this particular breakup, it's definitely you, not me.

    Sat, 27 May 2017 12:00:43 -0400
  • VIDEO: Massive endangered blue whale washes ashore in Bolinas

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    A 79-foot blue whale washed up onto Agate Beach in Bolinas Friday morning. Blue whales are on the endangered species list.

    Sat, 27 May 2017 21:17:19 -0400
  • Philippine leader asks separatists, Maoists to join fight against Islamic State

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    Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has appealed to Muslim separatists and Maoist-led rebels to join his government's fight against Islamic State-linked militants. With fears growing that Islamic State is seeking a presence in the country, Duterte offered to pay and even house fighters from groups that have long opposed the Philippine state if they would work to defeat a common enemy, the Maute group. Duterte said the idea of militias and soldiers fighting together had come from the leader of one of the separatist groups.

    Sun, 28 May 2017 12:37:58 -0400
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