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Transgender Recruits Can Enlist, Over Trump Opposition

December 11, 2017 |

The Pentagon is allowing transgender people to enlist in the military beginning Jan. 1, despite President Trump’s opposition . The new policy reflects growing legal pressure on the issue, and the difficult hurdles the federal government would have to cross to enforce Trump’s demand to ban transgender individuals from the military,…
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These Avocados Are Missing Something. Don’t Worry, It’s Good

December 11, 2017 |

Who knew whipping up guac could be such dangerous business? A British retailer, apparently, as it has just introduced a pitless avocado to the masses to prevent the injury known as “avocado hand.” The Guardian reports on Marks & Spencer’s limited-edition cocktail avocado, a variety grown in Spain and usually…
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Daredevil Dies in 62-Story Fall

December 11, 2017 |

He was famous on social media, then went silent. Now Wu Yongning’s fans have learned why he stopped posting in November. The BBC reports that the Chinese daredevil, known for posting videos of himself at the top of tall buildings scaled without safety devices, is confirmed to have died in…
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Here Are Your Golden Globe Nominees

December 11, 2017 |

Guillermo del Toro’s Cold War-era fairy tale The Shape of Water earned a leading seven nominations from the Golden Globes, while the HBO drama Big Little Lies led the television nominees with six nods. In what’s been seen as a wide-open Oscar race so far, several films followed closely behind…
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Queens of Stone Age Rocker Kicks Female Photog in Face

December 11, 2017 |

It’s an incident so nasty a rock star’s apology over it includes him saying sorry to his parents. While Queens of the Stone Age frontman Josh Homme was performing Saturday at radio station KROQ’s Acoustic Christmas concert, he kicked Shutterstock photographer Chelsea Lauren in the face, “violently,” per Variety . She…
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Monsanto Weed Killer Is Huge, Contentious—and Incentivized

December 11, 2017 |

The crop in question is soybeans, but there’s now a big carrot involved. Reuters reports Monsanto is offering what can amount to a more than 50% rebate to farmers who agree to use the herbicide XtendiMax with VaporGrip on their 2018 soybean crop. A rep for Monsanto calls use of…
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One Person in Custody After Blast Near Times Square

December 11, 2017 |

The NYPD is investigating an explosion near the Port Authority Bus Terminal in Manhattan, near Times Square. Details are scant, but authorities have shut down some subway lines, and trains were being evacuated, reports CNN . One unidentified suspect is in custody following the incident that occurred about 7:45am at…
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Fans Taunt Ejected NFL Player, Things Get Ugly

December 11, 2017 |

The Seattle Seahawks lost to the Jacksonville Jaguars 30-24 in Florida on Sunday, and it resulted in what ESPN calls an “ugly ending” after tense final minutes between the opposing teams. Per USA Today , defensive lineman Quinton Jefferson was thrown out of the game toward the end of the fourth…
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$1.2K Gold Coin Left in Salvation Army Kettle

December 11, 2017 |

An anonymous person dropped a single gold coin worth about $ 1,200 in a Salvation Army kettle in South Carolina. The 1-ounce South African Krugerrand was dropped into a Salvation Army kettle during a fundraising drive at a Walmart store in Tega Cay, the Herald reports. The coin will likely…
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Bullied Boy Gets Amazing Show of Support

December 11, 2017 |

“They make fun of my nose, they call me ugly,” Tennessee middle schooler Keaton Jones says in a heartbreaking anti-bullying video uploaded to Facebook Friday. “I have no friends.” But after the video was shared more than 430,000 times and viewed more than 20 million times, his friends now…
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