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Hijab-Wearing Barbie Designed After Olympian
Barbie's breaking barriers! Ibtihaj Muhammad was the first-ever U.S. Olympic athlete to compete wearing a hijab at the 2016 Rio Olympic games. And now she has her very own Barbie -- the first to ever wear a hijab in the brand's 58-year history. A one-of-a-kind doll made in her likeness was unveiled at Glamour's Women of the Year Live Summit Monday, as the latest doll in Barbie's "Shero" line (that would be female heroes), a program that celebrates boundary-breaking women intended to inspire the next generation.
Jay-Z: The Justice System Stalks Black People
Jay-Z: This month Meek Mill was sentenced to two to four years in prison for violating his probation. #FreeMeek hashtags have sprung up, and hundreds of his fans rallied near City Hall in Philadelphia to protest the ruling. On the surface, this may look like the story of yet another criminal rapper who didn't smarten up and is back where he started. But consider this: Meek was around 19 when he was convicted on charges relating to drug and gun possession, and he served an eight-month sentence. Now he's 30, so he has been on probation for basically his entire adult life. For about a decade, he's been stalked by a system that considers the slightest infraction a justification for locking him back inside.
Congressman Who Assaulted Reporter Lied to Police
US congressman Greg Gianforte misled police after his assault of Guardian reporter Ben Jacobs in May, falsely stating that Jacobs had initiated physical contact and that the "liberal media ... is trying to make a story", according to the police incident report. The records, made public on Friday, provide new details on the violent altercation that occurred on the eve of a special election to fill Montana's sole seat in the US House of Representatives. Jacobs had approached the then candidate at his Bozeman campaign headquarters to ask a question about the Republican healthcare bill when Gianforte threw him to the ground and punched him.
Backyard Bird Feeders Altered Beak Evolution
The scientists behind a study published in the Oct. 20 issue of the journal Science didn't set out to reveal a human influence on bird evolution. But when they compared the DNA of Dutch and British great tits (Parus major) they found clues of just that. The key genetic differences between these great tit populations lay in their beaks. As a result, the British birds' beaks were roughly one millimeter longer than the Dutch birds' beaks, a change that appears to have taken place in just a few decades. The scientists studying the great tits suspect a change in human behavior might be behind this dramatic evolution. Backyard bird feeding started becoming popular in Britain in the 1960s. Now, an estimated half of all British households put food out for the birds, says Kate Plummer, a research ecologist at the British Trust for Ornithology, who was not part of the research team. "It's an enormous pastime for people in [Britain]." British birds born with longer beaks may have been better able to access the plentiful food source provided by backyard bird feeders, improving their likelihood of surviving to reproduce.
Trump Starts Paying His Own Legal Bills
President Donald Trump has started paying his own legal bills related to the Russia probe, rather than charging them to his campaign or the Republican National Committee, and is finalizing a plan to use personal funds to help current and former White House staff with their legal costs. The Office of Government Ethics and a tax firm are working on a mechanism for Trump to contribute to staffers' legal bills that would meet regulatory and ethical standards, White House lawyer Ty Cobb said in an interview. The White House is hoping the issue will be resolved shortly, said Cobb, who declined to elaborate further on the details of the plan.
WP узнала о подозрении иранских хакеров в атаках на телеканал HBO
Минюст США подозревает граждан Ирана в хакерских атаках на телеканал HBO, узнала WP. Расследование этих дел, как замечает газета, может быть связано с желанием администрации Дональда Трампа ужесточить санкции против Тегерана
Trump Lifts Elephant Hunting Trophy Ban
President Donald Trump has suspended the import of elephant hunting trophies, only a day after a ban was relaxed by his administration. Imports of trophies from elephants legally hunted in Zambia and Zimbabwe had been set to resume, reversing a 2014 Obama-era ban. But late on Friday, President Trump tweeted the change was on hold until he could "review all conservation facts." The move to relax the ban had sparked immediate anger from animal activists.
"Your shameful actions confirm the rumors that you are unfit for office," said French actress and animal-rights activist Brigitte Bardot in a letter to President Trump.
Bill Gates Building a 'Smart City' in Arizona
An investment firm run by Bill Gates has put down $80 million to develop a planned community in Arizona. The 25,000 acres of land is about 45 minutes west of Phoenix, in an area called the West Valley. The community, which Gates wants to turn into a "smart city," will be named Belmont. "Belmont will create a forward-thinking community with a communication and infrastructure spine that embraces cutting-edge technology, designed around high-speed digital networks, data centers, new manufacturing technologies and distribution models, autonomous vehicles and autonomous logistics hubs," Belmont Partners, the Arizona real state investment company involved in the deal, said in a news release.
«Яндекс.Такси» купил сервис доставки еды из ресторанов
«Яндекс.Такси» приобрел сервис доставки еды Foodfox. По мнению экспертов, сделка обусловлена тем, что в рамках объединения с Uber в России и СНГ «Яндексу» предстоит активно развивать это направление
Aides Feed Trump Fake Poll Numbers to Pacify Him
According to a report at Politico, aides to embattled President Donald Trump feed him data from internal polls that don't reflect public sentiment in order to keep his spirits up -- although some White House insiders call the numbers "delusional." Like many presidents, Trump is fascinated with how he is perceived by the public and has been know to forward polls showing support from the American public to members of Congress to keep them in line with his agenda. The report notes that White House aides show Trump polls designed to make him feel good, according to insiders, with many of those same polls weighted towards voters who cast ballots for him in 2016 or have made their enthusiasm for Trump known. According to New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, a former Trump adviser, Trump is obsessed with his polling numbers as if he is still running for office.
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