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Activists Drape Banner From Statue of Liberty

February 22, 2017 |

The Statue of Liberty’s inscription about sending “huddled masses yearning to breathe free” and the “homeless tempest-tossed” was briefly joined by a 20-foot banner with the same sentiment Tuesday. Activist unfurled a “Refugees Welcome” banner from the pedestal’s observation deck hours after the Department of Homeland Security announced tough new…
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Milo Yiannopoulos Apologizes for First Time Ever

February 22, 2017 |

Polarizing right-wing writer Milo Yiannopoulos apologized during a Tuesday press conference for comments he made about sexual relationships between boys and men, the AP reports. Yiannopoulos, speaking to reporters, said that two men, including a priest, had touched him inappropriately when he was between the ages of 13 and 16….
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West Elm Couch Is Done Minorly Ruining Lives

February 22, 2017 |

A blogger appears to have vanquished what she calls “one of history’s worst couches.” Anna Hezel, writing for the Awl , says she bought the “Peggy,” a $ 1,199 mid-century modern couch, from West Elm when she moved in with her partner. Then it started to “disintegrate.” Buttons fell off, cushions…
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Huge-Jawed Worm Species Terrorized Fish 400M Years Ago

February 22, 2017 |

Scientists have discovered a giant worm—no, not this guy —that terrorized fish, octopuses, and squids with its comparatively massive jaws 400 million years ago. UPI reports the fossil was dug up at Canada’s Kwataboahegan Formation back in the mid-1990s and had been in storage at the Royal Ontario Museum…
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She Coined ‘On Fleek,’ Wants You to Pay Her for It

February 22, 2017 |

If you’ve ever used the term “on fleek,” for your eyebrows or otherwise, Kayla Lewis is hoping you’ll see fit to pay her for it. Lewis, better known by her Vine moniker Peaches Monroee, was a teen who broke onto the internet scene in 2014 after supposedly being the first…
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Tully Monster Mystery Not Solved After All

February 22, 2017 |

Some creatures are so weird they seem to defy classification. They’re even assigned the word “Problematica,” a classification that serves as a sort of purgatory for the strangest of the strange as our understanding of the evolutionary tree of life continues to deepen. Such is the case with the Tully…
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Dad Seeking Inmate Son Finds One Devastating Word

February 22, 2017 |

Lonnie “Ham” Hamilton is the father of four, but it was his namesake, Lonnie Hamilton III, who was his “best friend” and “shadow.” Which makes what happened to the younger Hamilton in New York state’s prison system, documented in Jennifer Gonnerman’s piece for the New Yorker , especially devastating for the…
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Trump’s Immigration Plan Could Cost Billions to Enact

February 22, 2017 |

The Trump administration’s massive overhaul of how the US targets and deports undocumented immigrants is becoming clearer after two memos from Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly were released Tuesday. The policy changes in those memos could open the door to millions of deportations thanks to classifying most undocumented immigrants as…
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Pro Golfer Spills the Beans on Trump’s Golf Game

February 22, 2017 |

“He’s a decent player for a guy in his 70s,” pro golfer Rory McIlroy tells No Laying Up after playing a round of golf with President Trump on Sunday. McIlroy, a four-time major champion, says Trump shot “around 80,” Business Insider reports. McIlroy is currently sidelined from competitive golf with…
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Le Pen Won’t Wear Headscarf, Cancels Meeting With Muslim Leader

February 21, 2017 |

Marine Le Pen backed out of a meeting with the religious leader of Sunni Muslims in Lebanon on Tuesday while refusing to don a headscarf, Reuters reports. According to CNN , the French far-right presidential candidate showed up to the meeting with Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdul Latif Derian but left without…
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