White House chief usher: equal parts ringmaster, palace guard, and consigliere

July 4, 2017

(CNN)Traditionally, the chief usher of the White House hasn’t been someone who comes and goes with each administration; it’s a position that endures. The White House chief usher as a fixture of the institution is as American as apple pie. First lady Melania Trump recently announced that Timothy Harleth, who worked at the Trump International Hotel in Washington, will be the next White House chief usher. He joins a select…

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Illinois man held in Chinese scholar’s kidnapping was grad student

July 2, 2017

The 28-year-old Illinois man charged with kidnapping a Chinese scholar now believed to be dead was among a select few admitted to the University of Illinois’ highly competitive physics graduate program in 2013. Brendt Allen Christensen originally planned to earn a doctorate degree, but told his graduate adviser in 2016 he had changed his mind, Professor Lance Cooper recalled on Saturday. He didn’t say why, and Christensen continued taking classes…

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Adam Driver Brings A Family To Tears With Life-Changing Surprise

June 28, 2017

Just a warning: Tears may start flowing when you see Star Wars actor Adam Driverdeliver a surprise, life-changing scholarship to the daughter of a disabled veteran. Driver teamed up with Budweiser and the Folds of Honor Foundation to make it happen. The actor, a former Marine, told HuffPost he jumped at the chance to get involved when he heard how the two organizations were helping military families. Over email, Driver…

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Kim Kardashian Faces Criticism For Car Seat Photo

June 27, 2017

On Saturday, Kardashian posted a photo of her 18-month-old son, Saint, sitting in a car seat. While many commenters pointed out how adorable Saint is, others also took the opportunity to voice concerns about the safety of his car seat setup specifically the fact that the toddler appeared to be front-facing. The comments section is filled with similar concerns, as well as responses from fans defending the celebrity. The American…

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Jimmy Kimmel Pleads With Senator To Put Trumpcare to Kind ‘Kimmel Test’

June 26, 2017

Kimmel, whose baby son Billy required surgery shortly after birth to repair a congenital heart problem, tweeted to Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-La.) Sunday: No family should be denied medical care, emergency or otherwise, because they cant afford it. Cassidy himself first coined what he called theJimmy Kimmel test in early May during a CNN interview when asked about caps on insurance coverage in Trumpcare. Cassidy said in his latest interview…

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Visa refusal leaves mother and toddler 4,000 miles apart – BBC News

June 24, 2017

Image caption Suhail and Riza met on a holiday in Pakistan Irena said: “As he’s growing up he’s forgetting her so we have to remind him all the time on Skype or on email or WhatsApp – ‘that is your mother’. He doesn’t realise that at all.” The family had to mark Umair’s first birthday without his mother: “I cried my eyes out. I really, really cried because she wasn’t…

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‘I kept my daughter’s body at home for three weeks’ – BBC News

June 24, 2017

Gilli’s other children – including Niamh’s twin, Zach – were at school or college. But through the blur of upset and sorrow, Gilli knew one thing clearly: she wanted to donate Niamh’s eyes, the only part of the little girl unaffected by disease. Organ donation is very important to Gilli’s family – as a baby, one of Niamh’s brothers had a heart transplant after contracting a serious chest infection. She…

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Record Numbers of Venezuelans Seek Asylum In the U.S. Amid Political Chaos

June 23, 2017

Some 8,300 Venezuelans applied for U.S. asylum in the first three months of 2017, which, as the Associated Press points out, puts the country on track to nearly double its record 18,155 requests last year. Around one in every five U.S. applicants this fiscal year is Venezuelan, making Venezuela Americas leading source of asylum claimants for the first time, surpassing countries likeChina and Mexico. Traditionally we have seen a direct…

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Bodies Of Missing USS Fitzgerald Sailors Found In Flooded Compartments

June 19, 2017

The Navy said in a statement thatthe bodies were recoveredand were being transported to the U.S. Naval Hospital Yokosuka, where they would be identified. Officials have not yet confirmed if the bodies of all seven missing sailors were recovered. The missing crew members were feared lost after the 8,300-tondestroyer collided with a 29,000-ton merchant vesselabout 55 miles southwest of Yokosuka, where the U.S. 7th Fleet is headquartered. Most of the…

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London fire: Queen reflects on ‘sombre national mood’ – BBC News

June 17, 2017

Image copyright PA Image caption The Queen met local people affected by the Grenfell Tower fire during a visit to a temporary shelter Prime Minister Theresa May has pledged to “get to the bottom” of the west London tower block fire amid mounting criticism of her response to the disaster. The prime minister was jeered when she visited the Kensington site on Friday Mrs May was criticised for not speaking…

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Foreign Carmakers Invoke Reagan To Sway Trump On Trade

June 17, 2017

Most recently, leading Asian and European carmakers, most of whom have large U.S. workforces, released a video advertisement touting their contributions to the U.S. economy that makes the case for keeping international trade barriers low. Whats more, it explicitly emulates the famous Morning in America television spot from former Republican President Ronald Reagans 1984 re-election campaign. Employees disassemble a motor in the quality control department of the Toyota Motor Manufacturing…

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Iraqi detainees in Michigan fear deportation

June 16, 2017

Detroit (CNN)Brianna Al-Dilami met her Iraqi husband the day he came to America in 1998 and they’ve been together ever since. But her husband was arrested by US immigration officers last weekend, and she has been searching for answers about his fate, fearing he’ll be sent back to Iraq. Five of the suit’s petitioners are Christian, the other two — including Al Dilami — are Shiite Muslims. The ACLU argues…

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Feds Want ‘Pizzagate’ Shooter Imprisoned For 4.5 Years For D.C. Attack

June 14, 2017

In a sentencing memo filed Tuesday, prosecutors wrote they wanted to send a message to deter other would-be vigilantes from committing similar acts after the next internet-inspired conspiracy theory. Edgar Welch is apprehended on Dec. 4 after firing a gun in the Comet Ping Pong pizzeria in Washington, D.C. The assault weapon used at Comet Ping Pong in Washington. In a separate sentencing memo from Welchs defense team, they wrote that…

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What the Qatar crisis means for Hamas

June 13, 2017

(CNN)When Palestinian militant group Hamas announced its new charter to the world, it wasn’t from Ramallah or Gaza City, but from the Sheraton hotel’s gilded Salwa Ballroom in Doha. “Qatar is quite important for Hamas,” said H.A. Hellyer, a senior non-resident fellow at the Atlantic Council. “Qatar provides strong financial aid to the occupied Palestinian territories and is a safe haven for a number of Hamas leaders.” Qatar crisis threatens…

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Gulf crisis threatens to separate Qatari mom from her children

June 12, 2017

Doha, Qatar (CNN)In a large villa on the outskirts of Qatar’s capital Doha, one family gathers to celebrate the holy month of Ramadan, handing out candy and singing songs. Dr Wafaa al-Yazeedi, a mother of three, is a Qatari single mother. Bahrain has asked her children, all Bahraini citizens, to leave Qatar. Food, fuel and flights: How Qatar may suffer

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Painful Chinese Foot-Binding Was More Than An Erotic Practice, Study Finds

For decades in China, young girls bones were broken and their feet tightly bond in a painful process that would eventually make them appear more desirable to men, according to historians. Their deformed feet,known as lotus feet, were tucked into embroidered shoes and viewed as delicate and dainty. It was a way to show off their social status. It was, at the time, chic. Research published in the book Bound…

May 27, 2017
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Tom Hardy’s Fundraiser For Manchester Victims Has Already Surpassed Its Goal

What happened last night at the [Ariana Grande] concert in Manchester was a tragedy; families and children attacked and murdered; in a place where they should be safe and enjoying a concert, the actor wrote on his Just Giving page. It is an inconceivable atrocity. There is no bringing back those who have been lost, pointlessly, in such a cowardly and brutal fashion. I am truly saddened by what I…

May 26, 2017
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Ariana Grande On British Concert Horror: ‘Broken.’

The 23-year-old star was unharmed in an attack just outside the Manchester Arena by a suspected suicide bomber. At least 22 people were killed and 50 injured in the explosion. Scooter Braun, the New York company that represents Grande, also said in statement: Our hearts are broken. Words cannot express our sorrow for the victims and families harmed in this senseless attack. We mourn the live of children and loved…

May 23, 2017
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Can Donald Trump solve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict?

(CNN)Jerusalem: US President Donald Trump arrives in Israel Monday in search of what he has called “the ultimate deal”. But like so many US presidents who have believed it their duty to bring peace to the region, Trump will face a series of challenges, which have grown increasingly insurmountable. Seven years on since Abbas and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu last held talks, the same issues remain — disagreements over…

May 22, 2017
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1.2 million adolescents’ deaths mostly preventable, report says

(CNN)More than 1.2 million adolescents die every year around the world — an average of 3,000 deaths per day — from causes that are largely preventable, according to a new report from the World Health Organization. The leading cause of deathamong 10- to 19-year-olds globally in 2015 was road injury, which killed more than 115,000 people, followed by lower respiratory infections and self-harm. When separated by age, sex and region,…

May 16, 2017
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