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

    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
  • Full Clapper: 'My Dashboard Warning Light Was Clearly On' Over Trump Campaign's Russia Communications news

    Former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper tells Chuck Todd that he was "very concerned about the nature" of approaches between the Trump campaign and Russian agents during the 2016 elections

    Sun, 28 May 2017 02:48:19 -0400
  • Full Kelly Interview: ‘Every Single Day’ Terrorists Are Plotting Against U.S. news

    Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly joins Meet the Press to talk about reports that White House Adviser Jared Kushner tried to set up a secret Russia backchannel, and why he believes intelligence leaks are “darn close to treason.”

    Sun, 28 May 2017 01:48:26 -0400
  • US weighs banning laptop computers on international flights news

    Kelly made his remarks during the Memorial Day weekend, one of the busiest travel periods in the United States, at a time when the bombing at a concert in Manchester, England has raised concerns that further attacks -- possibly involving explosives packed in electronic devices -- may be planned. "There's a real threat -- numerous threats against aviation," Kelly told the Fox News Sunday program when asked about the likelihood a wide-reaching ban on large electronics in airplane cabins could be imposed. Terrorists are "obsessed" with the idea of "knocking down an airplane in flight -- particularly a US carrier, if it's full of mostly US folks," the homeland security chief said.

    Sun, 28 May 2017 12:33:17 -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
  • Young Boy Thrown Off Slide At Dublin's New Water Park news

    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
  • 2 Men Charged After Allegedly Forcing An Alligator to Drink Beer And Then Posting Snapchat Videos of It news

    They then watch the animal swim away.

    Sat, 27 May 2017 17:21:00 -0400
  • Bodies of civilians dumped near Philippines city besieged by Islamists news

    By Tom Allard MARAWI CITY, Philippines (Reuters) - Bodies of what appeared to be executed civilians were found in a ravine outside a besieged Philippine city on Sunday as a six-day occupation by Islamist rebels fending off a military onslaught took a more sinister turn. The eight dead, most of them shot in the head and some with hands tied behind their backs, were laborers who were stopped by Islamic State-linked militants on the outskirts of Marawi City while trying to flee clashes, according to police. The discovery confirms days of speculation that Maute rebels had killed civilians during a takeover of Marawi, that the military believes is aimed at winning the Maute recognition from the Islamic State as a Southeast Asian affiliate.

    Sun, 28 May 2017 05:38:36 -0400
  • 3-Week-Old Dies in Dog Attack After Being Left Alone With Family's Three Pit Bulls news

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

    Sun, 28 May 2017 11:14:00 -0400
  • Texas toddler deaths: Two young children found dead ‘after being locked inside hot car’ news

    Two toddlers were found dead in a locked vehicle on Friday in Parker County, Texas. Temperatures had hit 96F (35C) when the mother of the children, a two-year-old girl and a 16-month-old boy, says she found them locked inside her car, according to a news release from the local sheriff’s office. The Tarrant County Medical Examiner’s website identifies the two children as Juliet and Cavanaugh Ramirez – and says the cause of their deaths is still pending.

    Sun, 28 May 2017 08:11:00 -0400
  • Full Interview: Mitch Landrieu On Removing Confederate Monuments news

    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
  • 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
  • Media frenzy as Australian drug trafficker Corby returns home news

    Australian Schapelle Corby battled a media storm as she returned home from Bali Sunday 12 years after her conviction for drug trafficking, in a dramatic end to a saga that captivated her homeland. The beauty school dropout hit Australian headlines when she was arrested in 2004 at Bali airport aged 27 with several kilos of hashish stashed in her surfing gear, and was jailed the following year for 20 years. Corby and her sister Mercedes concocted an elaborate plan to avoid the cameras after they touched down in the eastern city of Brisbane early Sunday morning, using multiple vehicle convoys to confuse the media when they departed the airport.

    Sun, 28 May 2017 00:02:01 -0400
  • NBC News Exclusive: a Look at Taiwan’s Military Drills As China Looms news

    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
  • Impeached Leaders Of 21st Century news

    While the nation immerses itself in a heated debate over whether President Donald Trump should be impeached, here is a look at the different circumstances under which eight world leaders in the 21st Century were impeached.

    Sun, 28 May 2017 06:00:04 -0400
  • Karl: Sources close to president say it may be time for Kushner to take leave of absence news

    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
  • Two men killed in Oregon train stabbings after anti-Muslim rant news

    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
  • Ramadan in Libya: little cash and too much violence news

    The holy Muslim month of Ramadan began Saturday with a bitter taste for residents of Libya's capital, as a cash shortage bites, prices rise and deadly clashes returned to Tripoli. During Ramadan, Muslims around the world abstain from eating, drinking, smoking and having sex from dawn to dusk. Prices have multiplied by three or four times this year in Libya, including at Tomzini which is famed for its fresh spices.

    Sat, 27 May 2017 04:32:34 -0400
  • State Department quietly lifts Donald Trump's restriction on number of refugees allowed to enter US news

    The State Department has quietly lifted Donald Trump's restriction on the number of refugees allowed to enter the United States. Mr Trump has sought to reduce the number of refugees allowed into the US annually from 110,000 to 50,000, and had signed an executive order suspending all refugee admissions for 120 days. Although the restrictions were lifted on the same day a federal appeals court upheld a block on Mr Trump's travel ban, the decision is not related to the ruling, the paper said.

    Sun, 28 May 2017 07:03:00 -0400
  • Survivors of Egypt Christian bus attack recount their horror news

    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
  • Australian trafficker Corby back home amid media storm news

    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
  • For Siemens and Other Companies, Apprentice Programs news

    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
  • South Korea says contact resumed with vessel off Somalia, crew safe

    South Korea said on Saturday it has resumed contact with a distressed fishing vessel that feared it was being followed by a suspected pirate vessel off the waters of Somalia, and that the 3 Koreans and 18 Indonesians on board were safe. The South Korean military had dispatched its anti-piracy naval unit after communication with the Mongolian squid fishing vessel was cut when it requested help after midnight on Friday. The vessel's South Korean captain confirmed the safety of the three South Koreans, the foreign ministry said in the statement.

    Sat, 27 May 2017 06:59:08 -0400
  • Jared Kushner’s Growing Stench of Treason news

    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
  • Why The Price Of Oil Is Falling news

    Crude oil's rally came to an end this week on fears that too much oil will continue to be a problem.

    Sat, 27 May 2017 06:00:03 -0400
  • Bodies of Indian climbers who died on Everest recovered news

    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
  • Mother charged with involuntary manslaughter after accidentally smothering son as she slept news

    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
  • 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
  • Nationalist Buddhist group gathers in Myanmar despite ban news

    YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Thousands of Buddhist monks, nuns and supporters of an ultranationalist Buddhist group gathered at an annual conference on the outskirts of Myanmar's biggest city on Saturday despite being banned by the government.

    Sat, 27 May 2017 10:21:38 -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
  • Palestinians end mass hunger strike in Israel jails news

    Hundreds of Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails on hunger strike since April 17 have ended their mass protest after Israel agreed a deal following weeks of refusing to negotiate, sources on both sides said on Saturday. Some 30 of the more than 800 hunger strikers had been hospitalised in recent days, raising fears of an escalation of clashes with Israeli security forces in the occupied West Bank. Palestinians hailed the deal as a victory for the hunger strikers after Israeli authorities repeatedly vowed not to negotiate with convicted "terrorists".

    Sat, 27 May 2017 07:36:56 -0400
  • Philippine forces hit militants; civilians wave white flags news

    MARAWI, Philippines (AP) — Philippine fighter aircraft unleashed rocket fire against militants on Saturday, prompting villagers to hoist white flags to avoid being targeted as the military turned to airstrikes to try to end the siege of a southern city by Islamic State group-allied militants.

    Sat, 27 May 2017 08:41:35 -0400
  • List Of Open And Closed Services On Memorial Day news

    It can be a little tricky to determine which services will be open and which will be closed for business on Memorial Day, that falls on May 29 this year.

    Sat, 27 May 2017 07:59:09 -0400
  • Thousands protest against Moscow housing resettlement, but numbers fall news

    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
  • US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson ‘refuses to hold Ramadan event’ in break with tradition news

    Donald Trump’s Secretary of State has refused to host an event to mark Islam’s holy month of Ramadan, seemingly breaking with a long bipartisan tradition. Since 1999, Republican and Democratic secretaries of state have nearly always hosted either the reception or an iftar dinner to break the day’s fast during Ramadan. Mr Tillerson turned down a request from the State Department’s Office of Religion and Global Affairs to host the Eid reception, two unnamed US officials said.

    Sat, 27 May 2017 08:41:00 -0400
  • Greg Allman, Founder of the Allman Brothers Band, Dies at 69 news

    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
  • Slain Virginia drug enforcement officer called "Superman" news

    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A Virginia State Police special agent fatally shot by a convicted felon in a Richmond public housing complex was remembered Sunday as a man dedicated to improving the lives of children.

    Sun, 28 May 2017 19:52:38 -0400
  • General de Gaulle's grave vandalised, say French police news

    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
  • Sputnik's White House correspondent quits, claiming they would rather have 'propagandists' than 'real journalists' news

    Sputnik’s White House correspondent, Andrew Feinberg, has quit the Russian-state news organisation, claiming they would rather have “propagandists” than “real journalists”. Mr Feinberg, has taken to social media to give full details about his reasoning for resigning and has claimed he was forced to chase stories that were contrary to the facts on the ground. “Seems Sputnik isn't happy with real journalists.

    Sat, 27 May 2017 07:53:01 -0400
  • Civilian deaths a 'fact of life' in war on IS, Pentagon head says news

    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
  • Anti-India protests hit Kashmir after top rebel is killed news

    SRINAGAR, India (AP) — One civilian was killed and dozens of others injured Saturday after massive anti-India protests and clashes erupted in Indian-controlled Kashmir following the killing of a prominent rebel commander and his associate in a gunbattle with government forces in the disputed region.

    Sat, 27 May 2017 10:28:05 -0400
  • Memorial Day NYC Events 2017 news

    On this day, people across the nation pay tribute to service members with wreath layings, parades, speeches and candlelight vigils.

    Sun, 28 May 2017 07:47:32 -0400
  • Cable companies need to be scared, because cord cutting is here to stay news

    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
  • Why 'Handmaid's Tale' costumes are the most powerful meme of the resistance yet news

    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 — 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 — 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 — 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 — 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 — 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. — 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
  • UK PM May's Conservatives maintain 14-point lead over Labour: ICM poll news

    British Prime Minister Theresa May's Conservative Party has a 14 percentage point lead over the main opposition Labour Party ahead of a June 8 election, according to an ICM opinion poll published in the Sun newspaper on Sunday. The poll put the Conservatives on 46 percent and Labour on 32 percent, little changed from the previous ICM poll on May 22 which put the Conservatives on 47 percent and Labour on 33 percent.

    Sun, 28 May 2017 03:58:15 -0400
  • The Latest: Woman saw burglary suspect later killed by cops

    CARY, N.C. (AP) — The Latest on a burglary suspect shot to death by police officers in North Carolina (all times local):

    Sun, 28 May 2017 18:38:36 -0400
  • Experts say blue whale washed up on Bolinas beach likely hit by ship news

    People are flocking to a beach in Bolinas Saturday after an 80-foot-long blue whale washed ashore that mammal experts say was likely struck by a ship.

    Sat, 27 May 2017 21:14:24 -0400
  • Several teachers disciplined after student given 'most likely to become a terrorist' award news

    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
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