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White House names former NFL player Johnathan Holifield HBCU initiative director

White House names former NFL player Johnathan Holifield HBCU initiative director

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WASHINGTON — The White House announced Monday that former Cincinnati Bengals running back and tech entrepreneur Johnathan Holifield will lead its initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities, a move that garnered praise from some who had expressed concern over the Trump administration's commitment to those schools. Speaking to a packed room of over 200 students, college presidents read more

Alabama GOP Senate candidate uses racial slurs in speech

Alabama GOP Senate candidate uses racial slurs in speech

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WASHINGTON — Roy Moore, the Republican front-runner in next week’s special Senate election in Alabama, referred to "reds and yellows fighting" in a campaign speech, a video shows. Moore, the ultra-conservative former chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court, lamented racial divisions in his remarks on Sunday. "We have blacks and whites fighting, reds and yellows fighting, De read more

First Read's Morning Clips: A State Department Adrift

First Read's Morning Clips: A State Department Adrift

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TRUMP AGENDA: A State Department that’s adrift NBC’s Vivian Salama: “As President Donald Trump faces a collection of world leaders at his first United Nations General Assembly this week, U.S. officials are working behind the scenes to allay fears among foreign delegations that America's foreign policy decisions have become too dominated by the West Wing, and that the U.S. State Department, read more

Republicans Set to Give Obamacare Repeal One Last Try

Republicans Set to Give Obamacare Repeal One Last Try

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First Read is your briefing from Meet the Press and the NBC Political Unit on the day's most important political stories and why they matter WASHINGTON — If we've learned anything from the health care debate over the last several months, it's that the GOP's Obamacare repeal efforts never die — like (take your pick) a Bruce Willis action hero or a horror villain. And ahead of the Senate’s Se read more

Puerto Rico stares down what could be its worst hurricane since 1928

Puerto Rico stares down what could be its worst hurricane since 1928

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Hurricane Maria was strengthening fast into a monster storm Monday as it barreled toward Puerto Rico and other Irma-battered Caribbean islands. Maria grew — in less than 24 hours — from a tropical storm into a Category 4 hurricane that the National Hurricane Center called an "extremely dangerous" system. At 5 p.m. ET, it was just 45 miles east-southeast of Dominica, an island of 72, read more

The U.S. and Seoul have discussed the possibility of nuclear weapons in South Korea

The U.S. and Seoul have discussed the possibility of nuclear weapons in South Ko

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WASHINGTON — Secretary of Defense James Mattis and his South Korean counterpart have “discussed the option” of putting nuclear weapons in the country to deter North Korea, Mattis told reporters Monday. Mattis declined to elaborate further on his discussions with South Korean Defense Minister Song Young-moo, but the two countries have revisited previous weapons agreements amid escalating ten read more

Trump to target 'menace' North Korea in first U.N. speech

Trump to target 'menace' North Korea in first U.N. speech

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President Donald Trump will make his first address to the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday, projecting his "America First" platform onto the world stage with an appeal for "burden sharing" in the face of global challenges and putting North Korea squarely in his sights. Trump will call on nations "to do their part in confronting" the threat of "rogue re read more

Violence erupts after vigil for slain student-activist in Georgia

Violence erupts after vigil for slain student-activist in Georgia

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A protest at Georgia Tech over the police killing of an LGBTQ activist turned violent Monday, with a university police cruiser being set aflame and officials warning students to seek shelter. Two officers were injured and three people were charged with inciting a riot and battery on a police officer, a university spokesman, Lance Wallace, said. Wallace identified those arrested in a statement Tu read more

Trump threatens to 'total destroy' N. Korea

Trump threatens to 'total destroy' N. Korea

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UNITED NATIONS — President Donald Trump, in his first address to the United Nations, derided Kim Jong Un, North Korea’s leader, as a “rocket man” on Tuesday as the president warned that he may be forced to "totally destroy" the rogue nation. "If the righteous many do not confront the wicked few, then evil will triumph," Trump said, as he detailed the horrors of what he read more

Sunday Night wrap-up: Falcons putting up familiar offensive numbers

Sunday Night wrap-up: Falcons putting up familiar offensive numbers

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The 49ers are 0-2. The Falcons are still scoring points at a remarkable rate.There will possibly come a time when the Falcons miss former offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan — who helped them lead the league in scoring last year. That time was not Sunday night against Green Bay, when they cruised to a mostly comfortable 34-23 win.Matt Ryan threw for 252 yards and a touchdown and Devonta Freeman read more

Kyrie Irving says he doesn’t care if LeBron James took trade request personall

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Kyrie Irving wasn’t really pressed about the role LeBron James played in his exit from the Cavaliers.That changed when the Celtics guard spoke with Stephen A. Smith on ESPN today:.@KyrieIrving on why he didn't inform LeBron James that he wanted out of Cleveland. pic.twitter.com/WF9GlCA54o— First Take (@FirstTake) September 18, 2017 OK then.Irving doesn’t necessarily owe his coworker a heads read more

San Diego restaurant offering free tacos for Chargers losses

San Diego restaurant offering free tacos for Chargers losses

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The Chargers may be having a hard time winning hearts in Los Angeles.But at least they’re still filling stomachs in San Diego.According to ABC 10 in San Diego, the owner of El Pollo Grill will give away a free taco of he day every day after the Chargers fail to win.“My main purpose is so the Chargers hopefully lose,” Victor Lopez said. “They lose 16 games that means 16 times that you can c read more

Report: Dolphins filed missing persons report on Lawrence Timmons

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The Dolphins have waited to say anything about the Lawrence Timmons situation, but apparently filed a missing persons report with police in Los Angeles this weekend.According to TMZ, the Dolphins were concerned when Timmons wasn’t in his hotel room Saturday night at bed check, and began looking for him.When a round of calls to friends and family turned up nothing, they filed a missing persons re read more

Did Kevin Durant send third-person tweets criticizing Billy Donovan, Thunder supporting cast?

Did Kevin Durant send third-person tweets criticizing Billy Donovan, Thunder sup

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Kevin Durant cares what people thinks about him. That much is clear.We also know fan also tweeted at the Warriors star:@KDTrey5 man I respect the hell outta you but give me one legitimate reason for leaving okc other than getting a championship— h (@ColeCashwell) September 18, 2017 Did Durant respond with third-person tweets critical of Billy Donovan and the Thunder’s supporting cast for him a read more

LaDainian Tomlinson rips Ezekiel Elliott, says he quit

LaDainian Tomlinson rips Ezekiel Elliott, says he quit

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Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott had by far the worst game of his career on Sunday, managing just nine carries for eight yards in a blowout loss to the Broncos. And Elliott is hearing it today for what appeared to be a lack of effort. Hall of Fame running back LaDainian Tomlinson was particularly vocal in his criticism of Elliott.“I didn’t like the way he quit today. I didn’t like that. read more

Jimmer Fredette has signature shoe line in China, and they are outstanding

Jimmer Fredette has signature shoe line in China, and they are outstanding

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Jimmer Fredette was the leading scorer in China last season, averaging 37.6 points a night and dropping 73 in one game. He’s big time.And big time guys get their own shoe lines.Jimmer got a signature shoe line teaming up with 361 shoes out of China, as ESPN’s Nick DePaula reports.Over in China, Jimmer Fredette just unveiled his own signature shoe with Chinese brand 361, and they're kinda fire. read more

Hulu made internet streaming history.

Hulu made internet streaming history.

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At Sunday's 2017 Emmy Awards, a show originally created to honor television, studios that don't even air their shows on TV continue to command center stage. Netflix and Amazon may have generated the bulk of the buzz, but by the end of the night, it was Hulu and its hit "The Handmaid's Tale" that came out the big — and historic — winner. Hulu became the first internet streaming serv read more

Kim Jong Un's missiles may be final nail for Japan's pacifism

Kim Jong Un's missiles may be final nail for Japan's pacifism

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TOKYO — The two ballistic missiles that North Korea fired over Japan in the past three weeks sent ordinary Japanese citizens scrambling for cover, rattled financial markets and shocked a region long accustomed to a tense peace. But amid the crisis, one man’s stock appears to be rising. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s public approval ratings have surged along with his prospects for revi read more

Tillerson's State Department is adrift, diplomats say

Tillerson's State Department is adrift, diplomats say

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WASHINGTON — On his first day as secretary of state, Rex Tillerson vowed to try to get to know everyone at the State Department. But senior diplomats say they never saw him again. As President Donald Trump faces a collection of world leaders at his first United Nations General Assembly this week, U.S. officials are working behind the scenes to allay fears among foreign delegations that America' read more

Big brands set up college programs to teach students how to work for them.

Big brands set up college programs to teach students how to work for them.

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So long white collar and blue collar. Now it's all about the "new collar" job. In the current technological economy, where factories and production plants are closed or workers are replaced by computers, those computers need to be maintained and programmed. Enter "new collar" jobs — positions that require some specialized education (typically in a technical field), but not a read more

Fraternity formally suspends LSU chapter after suspected hazing death

Fraternity formally suspends LSU chapter after suspected hazing death

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A Louisiana State University fraternity chapter has been formally suspended four days after the organization launched an investigation into the suspected hazing death of a student. Preliminary results from an autopsy showed that prospective Phi Delta Theta member Maxwell Gruver, 18, had a "highly elevated" blood alcohol level and the chemical found in marijuana in his system when he die read more

Fraternity formally suspends LSU chapter after suspected hazing death
Fraternity formally suspends LSU chapter after suspected hazing death

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A Louisiana State University fraternity chapter has been formally suspended four days after the organization launched an investigation into the suspected hazing death of a student. Preliminary results from an autopsy showed that prospective Phi Delta Theta member Maxwell Gruver, 18, had a "highly elevated" blood alcohol level and the chemical found in marijuana in his system when he die read more

Victim of Cuba embassy 'attacks' frustrated by response
Victim of Cuba embassy 'attacks' frustrated by response

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Staffers at the U.S. embassy in Cuba who have been victims of suspected health attacks include both top officers and lower-level employees whose duties range from diplomacy and security to medical services and maintenance, according to a list of the personnel obtained by NBC News. At least 21 Americans have suffered headaches, hearing loss, memory issues and other symptoms after the baffling soni read more

This discovery may change the history of the world's most popular beer
This discovery may change the history of the world's most popular beer

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TEMUCO, Chile — Unearthed 1,000-year-old pottery remains could settle a bubbling debate and prove lager beer has its origins in South America. Archaeologist Dr. Alberto Perez excavated ceramic pottery remains in southern forests near the Chile-Argentina border in 2016, just north of Patagonia. A new genetic analysis of the ceramics has shown they contain traces of a yeast called Saccharomyces read more

Apple's iOS 11 update is here. Check out these key features.
Apple's iOS 11 update is here. Check out these key features.

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Apple's free iOS 11 update launches on Tuesday, packed with some cool new features, ranging from augmented reality apps to a more natural Siri and improved navigation. While some Apple customers may still be deciding whether to order the new iPhone 8 or the premium iPhone X — and the 10th anniversary edition is reportedly way ahead in that race — iOS 11 will be available as of 10 a.m. PT for read more

Toys 'R' Us files for bankruptcy ahead of holiday season
Toys 'R' Us files for bankruptcy ahead of holiday season

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Toys 'R' Us, the largest U.S. toy store chain, has filed for bankruptcy protection in the latest sign of turmoil in the retail industry struggling with the growth of online shopping and discount chains. The Chapter 11 filing is among the largest ever by a specialty retailer and casts doubt over the future of its about 1,600 stores and 64,000 employees. It comes just as Toys 'R' Us is gearing up f read more

Puerto Rico's economy is already on life support, can it survive another hurricane?
Puerto Rico's economy is already on life support, can it survive another hurricane?

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Puerto Rico, already trying to dig itself out of a historic financial crisis, is now facing a direct hit by a major hurricane that could destroy any progress the U.S. territory has made under a year-old economic rehab plan ─ and set it back further. Hurricane Maria is forecast to hit Puerto Rico early Wednesday, testing the local government's ability to respond to a humanitarian disaster. While read more

Senate cancels meeting with Trump lawyer Cohen
Senate cancels meeting with Trump lawyer Cohen

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WASHINGTON — Senate investigators probing Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election canceled an interview on Tuesday with longtime Trump lawyer Michael Cohen because they believe Cohen broke an agreement by speaking with the media. The committee will now subpoena Cohen, a source with direct knowledge of the matter told NBC News. By mutual agreement, according to the source, neithe read more

Obamacare is suddenly in grave danger. Here's why.
Obamacare is suddenly in grave danger. Here's why.

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WASHINGTON — A last-ditch Republican effort to repeal Obamacare picked up steam on Monday as a key senator opened the door to supporting the bill, which is popularly known as Graham-Cassidy. The GOP got a boost when Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., who was one of three Republican "no" votes in July that derailed the last GOP health care effort, said he might "reluctantly" vote for read more

Fox Business guest says rape allegation got her kicked off air
Fox Business guest says rape allegation got her kicked off air

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A former Fox Business Network guest analyst has accused the network in a lawsuit of removing her from air after alleging over the summer that she was raped by host Charles Payne four years ago. Scottie Nell Hughes, who had appeared on Fox Business and Fox News and was at one point hoping to join the Trump administration, filed the suit two weeks after Fox cleared Payne of any wrongdoing and retur read more

Hurricane Maria batters islands with 'storm of their lifetimes'
Hurricane Maria batters islands with 'storm of their lifetimes'

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Hurricane Maria left a trail of destruction as it hit the Caribbean island of Dominica as a Category 5 storm and then battered Guadeloupe with powerful winds early Tuesday. Forecasters warned that the storm could leave some parts of Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands uninhabitable for months. Roosevelt Skerrit, the prime minister of Dominica, wrote on Facebook that his roof was gone, that h read more

Piers Morgan Is Livid Jeremy Corbyn Spoke Spanish In Front Of Him

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Jeremy Corbyn has scored a late winner in his footballing feud with Piers Morgan after confirming he snubbed the TV presenter in a conversation with an Arsenal star.The Labour leader took to Twitter to ridicule the Good Morning Britain host over the encounter with Spanish fullback Hector Bellerin at last week’s GQ Man of the Year Awards.Corbyn revealed that he had deliberately spoken Spanish to read more

The Matildas Beating Brazil 3-2 Equalled Their Longest-Ever Winning Streak

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They've done it.The Australian Matildas battled to a 3-2 victory over Brazil in the second leg of an International friendly match against at Macdonald Jones Stadium in Newcastle on Tuesday night.FULL TIME | What a game. What a result. What a team. We make it three wins in a row against Brazil in front of a record crowd in Newcastle! pic.twitter.com/VkXO2ekkC3 The win for the Aussies marked their read more

What The Hell Is Going On With Lara Croft's Neck In This 'Tomb Raider' Poster?
What The Hell Is Going On With Lara Croft's Neck In This 'Tomb Raider' Poster?

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There's no greater Hollywood curse than video game adaptations. The entire genre is full of terrible, underwhelming or downright awful movies (remember 'Street Fighter'? 'Mortal Kombat'? That insane 'Super Mario Bros.' movie?).Hoping to break the curse is the new adaptation of 'Tomb Raider', based on the relaunch of the classic Sony games following adventurer Lara Croft. The original games, first read more

Trump Threatens To ‘Totally Destroy’ North Korea In Speech At UN

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President Donald Trump forcefully defended the United States and condemned North Korea and Iran in his first speech before the United Nations General Assembly, hailing “strong, sovereign nations” and urging fellow world leaders to “put your countries first,” while trying to strike a cordial tone on the international alliances he had previously criticized.“As president of the United State read more

Quiz: Are You A Risk Taker or A Planner? Find Your Style Of Progress
Quiz: Are You A Risk Taker or A Planner? Find Your Style Of Progress

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We've always been taught that with great risk, comes great reward. But what if you're not a natural risk taker. Or if you don't mind mild risk, but anything too risky is off the table? The reality is that no two people are the same when it comes to charting their behaviour patterns, risk taking or planning. Luckily for you, we've designed a little quiz that can help you learn more about the person read more

The Best Ways To Boost Your Collagen Production For Better Skin

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Over the past few years, collagen-boosting products have popped up in the form of powders, supplements, lotions, serums, gummy bears and even beer.More and more people are spending money on collagen, seeking out fillers or buying special creams in the hopes of minimizing wrinkles and achieving more supple skin. But what’s actually the best way to make sure you’re getting all of the added colla read more

When Should You Give Your Child Sugar?

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Sugar. At the moment, it's a complex subject, particularly when you add children to the mix.There's no denying Australia has an issue with obesity that needs to be addressed (two thirds of Australian adults and a quarter of Aussie children are classified as overweight or obese), and there's no point in trying to pretend sugar isn't a contributing factor.Should we try to reduce our sugar intake to read more

A Writer Whitesplained Chopsticks And Asian People Are Not Having It

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A writer for Lifehacker, a popular tech and lifestyle blog, has issued an apology after running a short article about chopsticks that stirred up some feelings within the Asian community.Claire Lower published the article for Skillet, a blog that operates under the Lifehacker umbrella, on Monday. Her piece, “Chopsticks Are an Underrated Kitchen Tool,” attempted to introduce chopsticks as a do-i read more

How Long Does It Take To Absorb Nutrients From Food?

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When you think of the digestive process, you might picture the (pretty creepy) plastic human body in the Healthy Harold van with their stomach lighting up. Or perhaps you see a diagram of a mishmash of worm-like intestines, like the image below.Although we eat (and get rid of waste) every day, not everyone has a clear idea of what's actually happening in the digestive system, if at all. In reality read more

The Wage Suppression 'Time Bomb' Eating Your Future

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Haven't had a pay rise in a few years? You could also be one of the three million Australian workers who've fallen victim to wage suppression, and it's digging a massive hole in your superannuation.With wages growth currently at two percent, the lowest in decades, many Australians are feeling the squeeze.But by the time you retire, downward pressure on wages caused by wage theft, wage freezes, red read more

Motherhood Is Tough Enough Without Being Isolated

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When I gave birth to my first child in 2015, I knew nothing about parenthood. I had never changed a nappy, I had never babysat an infant, I had never cleaned them or bathed them or fed them.Naively, I wasn't concerned about learning these seemingly basic skills, because what I did know was that I would get linked in with a local, community operated Mothers' Group, supported by a qualified nurse, w read more

Iceland’s Government Just Collapsed Amid A Paedophilia Scandal

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REYKJAVIK, Iceland ― Iceland's government has collapsed amid uproar over Prime Minister Bjarni Benediktsson's father helping expunge the criminal record of a convicted child rapist. The centrist Bright Future party dropped out of the three-party, conservative coalition, eliminating its one-seat parliamentary majority. Benediktsson called a snap election on Friday as protesters gathered near the read more

The Public Holiday That Not Even The Fans Really Want

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There's a big kerfuffle in Melbourne this Monday over the public holiday the day before the grand final, which is technically known as Grand Final Eve.Premier Daniel Andrews introduced the holiday in 2015, and it proved an instant hit with fans. Record numbers of kids and adults lined the streets of the Melbourne CBD for the traditional Grand Final parade. read more

Alec Baldwin Burns Trump While Accepting Emmy For Playing Trump

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Alec Baldwin's Donald Trump impression for "SNL" just got the yuuugest stamp of approval.At Sunday's Emmy Awards, the actor's portrayal of the president earned him the statue for Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series.Alec Baldwin deserves this award. #Emmyspic.twitter.com/a7qnBXNJINDuring his acceptance speech, he burned Trump a couple times, saying, "At long last, Mr. President, read more

Soviet Colonel Who Once 'Saved The World' From Nuclear War Is Apparently Dead

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You're might be alive today because on day in 1983 lieutenant colonel Stanislav Petrov decided to do nothing.The Soviet officer who averted a nuclear crisis between the United States and Russia in 1983 died this year at the age of 77, RT reports. News of his death, in May, only became public on Monday when it was discovered by his friend and political activist, Karl Schumacher, who tried to contac read more

Don't Vote NO Because Of What Might Happen If The YES Vote Passes

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So you're voting NO.You've seen the ads, you've heard the talkback radio, you've read the Facebook posts, and you're not going to change your mind.No way. It's your right to vote NO. It's okay to say NO.Can I ask, how would you feel if the situation was reversed?How would you feel if you and the person that you are attracted to through your particular mix of biology were asking to be treated equal read more

This Energy Boss Is Blowing The Winds Of Revolution Towards A Coal-Free Future
This Energy Boss Is Blowing The Winds Of Revolution Towards A Coal-Free Future

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From unleashing plumes of polluting carbon dioxide into the atmosphere to power bill price hikes, energy companies are getting a bad rap from consumers and environmentalists alike.But the winds of change are blowing in the sector.Even as the Turnbull Government puts pressure on energy giant AGL to keep its aging Liddell coal-fired power station running beyond its use-by-date -- or sell it to a com read more

Here's How We Can Keep Schools Accountable When It Comes To Bullying

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All schools have a legal responsibility to provide their students with a safe environment in which to learn. However, this does not appear to be the case with Nathan Whitmore -- a 16 year old who, last year, tried to end his life after allegedly being repeatedly bullied at school for being gay.Nathan is now suing Victoria's education department, claiming that the emotional trauma he suffered has i read more

There's Now A 1-In-20 Chance Climate Change Could Wipe Out Humanity

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Researchers have identified that there is now a 1-in-20 chance of global warming causing catastrophic damage to the planet by 2050.A new study that evaluates the models of future climate change scenarios has resulted in the creation of two new risk categories “catastrophic” and “unknown”.The study was carried out by Veerabhadran Ramanathan a distinguished professor of climate and atmospher read more

How A Huge, Beautiful Snail Could Save The Great Barrier Reef
How A Huge, Beautiful Snail Could Save The Great Barrier Reef

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Australia's Great Barrier Reef is under threat from a myriad of aggressors -- coral bleaching and climate change, pollution from proposed nearby developments, the crown of thorns starfish -- but help on one of those fronts may be coming from a huge, beautiful, mysterious snail.Invasion of the crown of thorns starfish is an ever-present hazard for the reef, as the spiky organism feeds exclusively o read more

New Report Offers Proof Of Rise In Hate Crime Since Trump Took Office

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The number of hate crimes rose across the United States in 2016, marking the first time in over a decade that the country has experienced consecutive annual increases in crimes targeting people based on their race, religion, sexuality, disability or national origin.Data collected by the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at California State University, San Bernardino, and provided exclusiv read more

Photo Of Rohingya Woman Mourning Her Dead Infant Underscores Crisis

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The bloodshed overtaking Myanmar’s Rakhine state forced Hamida, a Rohingya Muslim, to run from her homeland last week. She, her husband Nasir Ahmed, their two young sons and about a dozen other refugees boarded a small fishing boat crossing the Bay of Bengal to the Bangladesh village of Shah Porir Dwip, Reuters reported.The photo below was taken when the family arrived in Teknaf, Bangladesh afte read more

Around The World In 78 Days: Endurance Cyclist Smashes Record
Around The World In 78 Days: Endurance Cyclist Smashes Record

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PARIS, Sept 18 (Reuters) - A British endurance cyclist has smashed the Guinness World Record for the fastest circumnavigation of the planet on a bicycle, riding 18,000 miles (29,000km) in under 80 days.Mark Beaumont cycled for 18 hours a day and burned more than 9,000 calories every 24 hours as he crossed Poland, Russia, Mongolia, China, Australia and the United States."It's literally about r read more

Connie Johnson's Fight Matters More Now Than Ever Before
Connie Johnson's Fight Matters More Now Than Ever Before

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On the day of his sister Connie Johnson's funeral, Gold Logie winning actor Samuel Johnson has said the significance of her fight against cancer and the lessons she lived by "have become most profound" in the ten days since her death.Speaking to 'The Project' on Monday night, Johnson said he considers himself a "student" of Connie's and appointed himself "head of cancer va read more

Two DACAmented Dreamers, In Alaska And Texas, On Fighting To Stay Home

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Welcome to "The Story We Share," a series of Q&As that profile two people with similar identities ― but who live in very different places. As part of HuffPost's Listen To America tour, we're exploring how people's lived experiences overlap and diverge depending on their zip codes. What is the "American experience"? It depends where you look. ***The Trump administration's read more

How Jumbo Executive Salaries Lead To Income Inequality

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The salary package of Alan Joyce, the Qantas boss, has almost doubled to $24.6 million, according to The Sydney Morning Herald. This is more than four times Ahmed Fahour's annual salary of $5.6 million at the Australia Post, which caused so much fury a few months ago.If Ahmed Fahour's salary package was seen as 'too high' and 'unjustified', shouldn't one be outraged at this obnoxious pay package o read more

The Government Is Cutting Taxes With One Hand And Raising Them With The Other

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There are two pieces of legislation the Turnbull Government has on the books for Parliament to debate in the next sitting. The first is the corporate tax cut for companies bigger than $50 million. At a time when the budget is under real pressure, this is the second half of the Government's company tax cuts which represents a hit to the bottom line of $65 billion over the next decade.But last week read more

Islands Slammed By Irma Now Brace For Category 3 Maria

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Hurricane Maria “rapidly” intensified and slammed into the Caribbean island of Dominica as a powerful category 5 hurricane late Monday evening. The hurricane made landfall around 9:15 p.m. local time, with maximum sustained winds of 160 mph, according to the National Hurricane Center. The storm’s eye passed over the island of 73,000 people about 11 p.m. before moving on about 12:20 p.m.In a read more

Dedicated Foster Carers' Home Raided After Link To Parsons Green Explosion

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An elderly couple who are believed to have fostered two suspects in the Parsons Green bomb attack have been revealed as decorated carers to hundreds of children.Armed police raided the home of Penelope and Ronald Jones, aged 71 and 88 respectively, in Sunbury-on-Thames on Saturday morning. The couple, who have taken in 268 children over four decades, including at least eight refugees, are staying read more

Son To Face Court Over Mother's Murder In Supermodel's Home
Son To Face Court Over Mother's Murder In Supermodel's Home

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The man charged over the murder of his mother in a home on Sydney's northern beaches home is expected to front court on Tuesday, as tributes flow for popular hairdresser and "beautiful soul" Lanell Latta.Latta's son, 25-year-old Joel Woszatka, has been charged with her murder after her body was found inside the $1.6 million beach house Avalon house she was was renting, owned by model Gem read more

How Australian Sport Is Supporting Marriage Equality
How Australian Sport Is Supporting Marriage Equality

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Big business, tech giants and the entertainment community have already pledged their support, and now Australia's biggest sporting codes are throwing their weight behind the push for marriage equality in Australia.In recent weeks, some of our most popular sporting organisations have added their voices to the debate as Australia endures a postal survey on the right for same-sex couples to marry.The read more

Health Experts Call For 20 Percent Soft Drink Tax To Fight Obesity
Health Experts Call For 20 Percent Soft Drink Tax To Fight Obesity

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A coalition of health groups is demanding the Federal Government put a 20 percent tax on all sugary drinks as part of a suite of measures to reduce the strain obesity and poor diets are having on the nation's health and hip pocket.The 34 community, public health, medical and academic groups on Tuesday mounted the call for urgent Federal Government action, and released an eight stage 'Tipping the S read more

This Is What It's Like To Hear Voices When You Have Schizophrenia

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Despite growing public awareness of mental health issues, schizophrenia remains a widely misunderstood illness.According to a new survey from Rethink Mental Illness, 50% of people mistakenly think that schizophrenia means you have a 'split' personality while 26% believe that schizophrenia definitely makes you violent.What more, 23% incorrectly think that someone with schizophrenia needs to be moni read more

Voting 'No' On Marriage Equality Is A Dismissal Of My Relationship
Voting 'No' On Marriage Equality Is A Dismissal Of My Relationship

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A gay, Australian-born, Chinese 'Q&A' audience member confronted Coalition MP Michael Sukkar on Monday night over his decision to vote 'No' in the postal survey on marriage equality, labelling the decision a reflection on same-sex relationships.Questioner Alexander Lau originally told the panel that his mother, who holds traditional Chinese views, will only vote 'Yes' in the survey out of love read more

Sean Spicer Regrets His First Move As White House Press Secretary

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Former White House press secretary Sean Spicer said he regrets his first move in his old job working under President Donald Trump.Speaking to The New York Times less than a day after his much-criticized Emmys appearance, Spicer said he regrets that he yelled at reporters about the size of the crowd at Trump's inauguration during his first official appearance in the White House briefing room." read more

Angry Viewers Are In No Mood To Laugh At Sean Spicer's Emmy Jokes

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Sean Spicer joked about lying to the American people in a surprise appearance at Sunday's 69th annual Emmy Awards.Unsurprisingly, viewers were not enthused.As the former White House press secretary made his way onto the Emmy Awards stage rolling the podium that looked similar to the one "Saturday Night Live" used to mock him, tweets poured in from viewers at home, accusing the show of tr read more

Kellyanne Conway Has Some Thoughts On Sean Spicer's Emmys Appearance

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Sean Spicer's Emmys appearance was one of the most-talked about moments of the night ― for better or worse ― and Kellyanne Conway has her two cents to offer.The White House advisor appeared on "Fox & Friends" Monday morning and was asked for her thoughts on Spicer's surprise appearance during Sunday's event. Spicer resigned from his role as White House Press Secretary back in Jul read more

Trump's Childhood Home Rented By Oxfam To Highlight Refugee Hardship
Trump's Childhood Home Rented By Oxfam To Highlight Refugee Hardship

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LONDON, Sept 18 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) -- A group of refugees stayed at U.S. President Donald Trump's childhood home in New York over the weekend as part of a stunt to highlight the plight of people feeling conflict and persecution around the world, a charity said on Monday.Aid agency Oxfam said it rented the house and invited refugees from Somalia, Vietnam and Syria as guests to call on Tru read more

Kids Should Not Have To Listen To A ‘Debate’ About (Marriage) Equality

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I chatted to a friend the other day, who confessed that he was utterly ashamed that the Australian Parliament had failed in its duty to resolve marriage equality, as it should have. And now my (rainbow) family would have to continue to endure a very public 'debate' about my family.A debate about whether some Australian adults, not all, should be afforded this privilege, and thanks to people like L read more

Dramatic Satellite Images Show Green Turn To Brown After Record Warm, Dry Winter
Dramatic Satellite Images Show Green Turn To Brown After Record Warm, Dry Winter

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So dry. Just so, so dry. And warm, too.Average maximum temperatures were 1.9ºC above average across Australia this winter, which meant they were the warmest on record. Perhaps even more remarkable is the lack of rain. Almost 200 locations set new rainfall lows this winter.But few places have been as dry (compared to normal) as the area around Sydney. The prolonged, ongoing east coast dry spell is read more

Three Promises Kept Clinton Pryor Walking Across Australia
Three Promises Kept Clinton Pryor Walking Across Australia

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When Clinton Pryor was 15, he made three promises to his father as he lay dying.He swore to his dad he would protect his family; fight for his people's lives and keep his people's culture alive."I just wanted to make a difference and bring out the truth about what's really happening in Australia," Pryor, now 27, told HuffPost Australia.This is still one of Admin Gee's favourite pics of # read more

Haven't Received Your Marriage Survey Letter? Don't Worry (Yet)
Haven't Received Your Marriage Survey Letter? Don't Worry (Yet)

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Social media has been flooded with people worried that their marriage equality postal survey papers haven't arrived, pushing the Bureau of Statistics to reassure voters that their mail is indeed on the way.The paperwork for the marriage survey started going out last week, and seven days on, a bunch of people have received their letters and quickly sent back their letters -- but many haven't yet.We read more

How To Lose An Unloseable Grand Final With Zero Seconds Left On The Clock
How To Lose An Unloseable Grand Final With Zero Seconds Left On The Clock

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You know the old sporting cliche about "snatching victory from the jaws of defeat"? The grand final of the Newcastle & Hunter Rugby League's Tier B Tag competition on the weekend was more dramatic than that.This was thrusting your arm all the way down defeat's throat, pulling out the half-digested contents and reassembling them, somehow, as the most unlikely win you'll ever see, ever read more

Look Out For These New $10 Notes From Tomorrow
Look Out For These New $10 Notes From Tomorrow

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Keep an eye on what you get in your change tomorrow -- there could be something new and unexpected in there.New $10 notes will be released into circulation from Wednesday, with new security features and a new updated design. The notes will remain blue, and famous Aussie writers Dame Mary Gilmore and AB 'Banjo' Paterson will still feature on the front and back. You'll also spot a few more things on read more

Good Night's Sleep Makes Us Happier Than A 50% Pay Rise

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Getting a good night’s sleep has a greater impact on our happiness than getting a significant pay rise.That’s according to new research, which suggests the most content Brits feel well-rested “most of the time”.The Living Well Index, created by leading researchers at Oxford Economics and the National Centre for Social research, also found that sexual satisfaction, health of relatives and f read more

Businesswoman Sacks Contractor For Saying 'It's OK To Vote No'
Businesswoman Sacks Contractor For Saying 'It's OK To Vote No'

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Entertainment company owner Madlin Sims fired a contractor on Sunday after they expressed their view that it's OK to vote 'no' in the current same-sex marriage survey."It's not okay to vote no. It's not okay to be homophobic. This isn't a matter of opinion or even religion," Sims wrote on Facebook.Sims said she didn't want anyone who publicly represented her business posting 'hate speech read more

Scary Number Of Americans Think Muslims Don't Have Constitutional Rights

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Nearly a quarter of Americans ― 22 percent ― either don’t know or don’t believe that U.S. Muslims are granted the same constitutional protections as other citizens. Roughly 20 percent don’t know or don’t think that atheists are protected under the First Amendment.These are among the findings of a new study by the University of Pennsylvania’s Annenberg Public Policy Center, released a read more

Powerful Post-Birth Photo Shows The Important Work Of Nurses

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A photo highlighting the sweet relationship between a nurse and her patient as they interacted post-birth has struck a chord with thousands online.On September 2, Katie Lacer of MommaKT Shoots Photography took a photo of a mom who had just given birth accepting help from her nurse. The photo was taken in a bathroom at Clark Memorial Hospital in Indiana. Lacer, who was documenting the mom’s birth read more

The Matildas Beat Brazil 3-2 In A Tense Second Friendly Match

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They've still got it.The Australian Matildas battled to a 3-2 victory over Brazil in the second leg of an International friendly match against at Macdonald Jones Stadium in Newcastle on Tuesday night.But it didn't start too well for Australia's national women's team -- after just one minute, the South American opposition made its intentions for the match very clear.A perfectly picked cross from Br read more

'Straight Lives Matter' Protest Against Marriage Equality Planned For Sydney

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Supporters on both sides of the marriage equality debate are expected to face off in Sydney's CBD on Saturday, with a 'Straight Lives Matter' protest and same sex marriage counter-rally planned for the same time and location.Organised by far right conservative group Party For Freedom, who were also responsible for a 10-year Cronulla Riots reunion in 2015, the 'Vote No' protest is expected to occur read more