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The Spirit of Essaouira at the Heart of Judeo-Arabic Culture - http://www.huffingtonpost.com/bernard...
The Spirit of Essaouira at the Heart of Judeo-Arabic Culture
The 11th Edition of the Festival des Andalousies Atlantiques The autumn evening is still balmy and Essaouira's large sports hall is packed on this last Thursday, Oct. 30. Rabbi Haïm Louk has now taken his seat at the center of the Temsamani Orchestra from Tetuan conducted by Mohamed Amine El Akrami. At his right is seated another great Moroccan musical figure, the Arab singer Abderrahim Souiri. At the age of 72, Haïm Louk continues to be a spectacular tenor, with a voice full of refined colors and hues. Born in Morocco, already early on in his career he took part in the renewal of Moroccan music by developing its relations with the Arab-Andalusian tradition. After an instrumental prelude that introduces the chosen mode, Haïm Louk's voice softly starts on a Hebrew melody in the medium register. It then takes off towards a higher register, swirls around a few pivotal notes in a phrase that seems virtually infinite, and then comes down again, elaborating on a series of melismata. Souiri...
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Starbucks Will Bring Back Eggnog Lattes The Week Of November 17 - http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014...
Starbucks Will Bring Back Eggnog Lattes The Week Of November 17
Everybody knows it's not quite possible to usher in the holiday season without a little eggnog. Everyone except Starbucks, that is. The coffee chain found itself in hot water when it pulled the Eggnog Latte and from its holiday menu, sparking outrage across all social media outlets and a barrage of complaints. Starbucks spokesperson Linda Mills told HuffPost Taste via email that Starbucks "originally made the decision to discontinue the beverage this holiday season to try to simplify our expanding menu, and we only offered it in the Pacific Northwest." Luckily, the brand was quick to respond to the complaints and will reinstate the drink. "We made a mistake," Mills admitted in a statement to USA Today. "We are very sorry." The Eggnog Latte has been on the Starbucks menu since 1986, and will return to all U.S. and Canada locations the week of November 17. And for those freaking out about Gingerbread Lattes, the drinks should return to British Columbia and the Pacific Northwest shortly...
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Fawzi Al-Odah, Long-Held Guantanamo Prisoner, Sent Home To Kuwait - http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014...
Fawzi Al-Odah, Long-Held Guantanamo Prisoner, Sent Home To Kuwait
MIAMI (AP) — One of the longest-held prisoners at the U.S. detention center at Guantanamo Bay was sent home to Kuwait on Wednesday, the first release based on the determination of a review panel that has been re-evaluating some men previously classified as too dangerous to release. Fawzi al-Odah had been told his release was imminent but didn't know the date until shortly before he boarded the flight back to his country from the base in southeast Cuba, his lawyer, Eric Lewis, said. The 37-year-old al-Odah had been the focus of an arduous battle to secure his release that had the support of his government. Lewis, who spoke to him about a week before the departure, said the prisoner just wanted to get on with life. "There's no bitterness, there's no anger," Lewis said. "There's just excitement and joy that he will be going home." Al-Odah faces a minimum of one year at a militant-rehabilitation center on the grounds of a Kuwaiti prison under the transfer agreement. Lewis said that after...
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There Was A Time When Water Beds Were Considered Sexy And We're Revisiting It - http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014...
There Was A Time When Water Beds Were Considered Sexy And We're Revisiting It
If you're of a certain age, you probably remember water beds. Perhaps your parents owned one when you were a kid and you have vague, nausea-inducing memories of being lulled to sleep on a huge mattress full of water. Or maybe you owned a water bed yourself, because, well, at the time you thought it was the coolest thing around. Whatever the reason, water beds were definitely the thing to have in the '70s and '80s, so we decided to revisit this beloved relict for a better understanding of why so many of us wanted them. The water bed was invented in 1968 as a thesis project. Credit: YouTube user: tinfoiltiger Charles Hall invented the water bed for his Master's Thesis project while he was in design school at San Francisco State University. And even though the water bed's popularity has declined, Hall told SF State Magazine that he still only sleeps on water beds. "In each house I have a water bed," he said. "And you know what? I wouldn’t sleep on anything else. They are the most...
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Cyber Retaliation: A Byte for a Byte? - http://www.huffingtonpost.com/rebecca...
Co-authored by Dr. Stephen Bryen, Founder & CTO Ziklag Systems The Pentagon has Plan X --a scheme to retaliate against cyber attacks. No one knows what the warfare rules are for Plan X, but the fact that the Defense Department thought it necessary to put Plan X in place tells us that the attacks on the US critical infrastructure are rising to a level that threatens America's security directly. Exactly what would trigger a counter-attack, a cyber war, can only be guessed. Would an attack on America's banking system that threatened our economy, or an attack on a nuclear power plant that could set off another Three Mile Island or Chernobyl type incident be enough to trigger a counter attack from the United States? Are we entitled under the rules of war to destroy an adversary's nuclear power plants or banking system? For the past decade the US has tolerated cyber attacks on the critical infrastructure. Government agencies have tried to help private sector companies and organizations, but...
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4 Sandy-Damaged NYC Hospitals To Get $1.6 Billion In FEMA Funds - http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014...
4 Sandy-Damaged NYC Hospitals To Get $1.6 Billion In FEMA Funds
NEW YORK (AP) — Four public hospitals in flood-prone parts of the city are getting at least $1.6 billion in federal money to protect them from the kind of harrowing damage wrought by Superstorm Sandy, officials announced Thursday. The Federal Emergency Management Agency money will create a new, storm-resilient building to house the emergency room and such key equipment as X-ray machines at Coney Island Hospital in Brooklyn, where the 2012 storm inundated the basement and came into the first floor. The water plunged the hospital into darkness and sent staffers scrambling to move patients on stretchers to higher floors before ultimately evacuating. Manhattan's Bellevue Hospital Center, which also was evacuated after flooding and losing power, is getting money to build a big floodwall and flood-proof elevators, among other improvements. Coler Specialty Hospital on Roosevelt Island and Metropolitan Hospital Center in Manhattan are getting funding for flood barriers and other...
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Five Career Strategies for Women in Tech - http://www.huffingtonpost.com/alison-...
Five Career Strategies for Women in Tech
It seems as if every day someone in my network is sending me an article about challenges facing women in technology. If I had to summarize all the articles into a six word story, it might read, "75 percent pay, 25 percent women, 5 percent CEO." On nearly every dimension that can be calculated, women are coming up short. I have been loving my work in Silicon Valley since graduating from Harvard Business School in the late '90s -- first as an entrepreneur, next as a researcher, and now as a venture capitalist. For the last several weeks I have been thinking about the best way to channel my positive Silicon Valley experiences into useful advice for women who are building careers in technology. I thought it might be helpful to share five strategies that have helped me build my career. 1. Invest in relationships in all dimensions of your life. While there is often discussion about "work life balance," in reality, I think "work life integration" might be a better term. When I was writing...
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7 Ways Data Currently Being Collected About You Could Hurt Your Career or Personal Life - http://www.huffingtonpost.com/frank-p...
7 Ways Data Currently Being Collected About You Could Hurt Your Career or Personal Life
Your data is telling a story about you. Maybe the story's a good one: you vote at every election, you pay your bills on time, you do your job well and get to work on time each day. But there are now so many data brokers -- buyers and sellers of data -- that databases may be defaming you without you even knowing it. Consider the following examples: 1) You could get classified as a meth dealer ChoicePoint is a data broker that maintains files on nearly all Americans. It mistakenly reported a criminal charge of "intent to sell and manufacture methamphetamines" in an Arkansas resident's file. ChoicePoint corrected the information when notified about the error, but other companies that had bought Taylor's file from ChoicePoint did not automatically follow suit. The free-floating lie ensured rapid rejection of her job applications, and she could not even obtain credit to buy a dishwasher. Some companies corrected their reports in a timely manner, but Taylor had to nag others repeatedly and...
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Peer Influence, Shaming Drives Green Behavior - http://www.huffingtonpost.com/carol-p...
Peer Influence, Shaming Drives Green Behavior
A recent column on "groundbreaking innovation" from Fast Company was titled "If Your Neighbor Gets a Solar Panel, You're Going to Want One Too: Whether your neighbor has a solar installation is more likely to influence your decision than politics or income level." The articles' author Ben Schiller cites studies which mapped 3,843 solar units installed in Connecticut between 2005 and September 2013. What they found was "'considerable clustering of adoptions' in 'wave-like centrifugal' patterns. When they looked at the dates of the installs, they found one decision in a neighborhood tended to lead to another." Pretty cool, but isn't this old news? Back in 2005, a study in San Diego compared the influence on energy consumption between potential money savings vs concern for the environment vs peer pressure. The results clearly supported social influence, which reduced consumption by 10 percent." Influence guru Robert B. Cialdini weighed in on the remarkably effective tactic of adding a...
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BP Is Liable For Clean Water Act Damages From Gulf Oil Spill, Appeals Court Reaffirms - http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014...
BP Is Liable For Clean Water Act Damages From Gulf Oil Spill, Appeals Court Reaffirms
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A federal appeals court panel has reaffirmed its ruling that BP is liable for federal Clean Water Act damages stemming from the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill, the latest loss for the oil giant as it fights court decisions that could ultimately bring $18 billion in penalties. The three-judge panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals rejected arguments that there were errors in its June 4 ruling on BP's Clean Water Act liability. The ruling released Wednesday night is not the final say from the court. BP and its minority partner in the Macondo well, Anadarko Petroleum Corp., have a request pending for the full 15-member court to reconsider the issue. The June order and Wednesday's follow-up were issued by Judges Fortunato Benavides, Carolyn Dineen King and James Dennis. They upheld U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier's ruling holding the well owners are liable. BP and Anadarko had argued they were not liable because equipment failure on the leased rig Deepwater...
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Colbert: If Obama's Presidency Is Up In Smoke After Midterms, It's Only Because D.C. Legalized Pot - http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014...
Colbert: If Obama's Presidency Is Up In Smoke After Midterms, It's Only Because D.C. Legalized Pot
Aww yeah, tear up Michelle's kale patch, Mr. President, and plant some "Skunk Force One." Washington, D.C., went to the polls on election night Tuesday and voted to legalize marijuana for personal use. On his show Wednesday, Stephen Colbert pointed out that this might be the best thing for President Obama, who will probably need to take the edge off after those damaging midterm elections. "You're looking at two years of a Republican House and Senate," said Colbert. "What's the worst that could happen? You get high, and nothing gets done." You may now commence referring to D.C. as our nation's "Dank Chronic." "The Colbert Report" airs Monday through Thursday at 11:30 pm ET on Comedy Central.
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The Kenyan Muslim Cleric Whose Love Of Peace May Have Gotten Him Killed - http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014...
The Kenyan Muslim Cleric Whose Love Of Peace May Have Gotten Him Killed
(Reuters) - A Kenyan Muslim cleric, who supported government efforts to stamp out radicalism among youths in the country's restive coastal region, was shot dead by unknown assailants on Tuesday, police said. Sheikh Salim Bakari Mwarangi was shot while returning home from evening prayers at a mosque in the Likoni area of Mombasa, the local police chief said. "He was rushed to a nearby local hospital, but succumbed to his injuries," the Mombasa County police commander, Robert Kitur, told Reuters. Kenya's coastal region, a tourist hub where most of Kenya's Muslims live, has been hit by a spate of bomb attacks over the past months blamed on Islamists linked to Somalia's militant al Shabaab group. Haki Africa, a local Muslim rights group, said the slain cleric was a peace activist and that his killing may have been tied to his stand against extremism in Mombasa. "He was a member of the Mombasa peace committee and was helping the government a lot in dealing with radicalization and guiding...
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This Chinese City Is Becoming The Silicon Valley Of Hardware - http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014...
This Chinese City Is Becoming The Silicon Valley Of Hardware
SHENZHEN, China -- Chinese technology is chock-full of awkward analogies and misfit metaphors. The social network formerly known as "the Facebook of China" (Renren) turned out to be a flop, "the Twitter of China" (Weibo) is slowly sliding toward irrelevance, and e-commerce behemoth Alibaba has burst out of several rhetorical straitjackets. But recently, international tech circles have been buzzing about a new analogy, one that doesn't pigeonhole its subject as "the [insert U.S. tech giant] of China" but instead embeds it firmly in global innovation networks. They're talking about the city of Shenzhen, and they're calling it the Silicon Valley of hardware. After two decades of astronomic growth in the digital world, some entrepreneurs and engineers are turning back to the world of real stuff -- wearable tech, robots, smart health devices -- and many of them are beating a path to Shenzhen, the mainland Chinese metropolis that borders Hong Kong. Long viewed as the go-to region for...
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More Than 700,000 Tell Congress: Fast Track Is the Wrong Path - http://www.huffingtonpost.com/ilana-s...
More Than 700,000 Tell Congress: Fast Track Is the Wrong Path
Photo courtesy of Teamsters The saying goes: The more things change, the more they stay the same. This couldn't be more true for the two largest trade agreements currently in negotiation, the contentious Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). While the Obama administration and congressional supporters of the pacts have rekindled timeworn talking points that describe these deals as "21st century" trade agreements, in reality, they strongly resemble the failed North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) that went into effect more than two decades ago. That's why today, representatives from environmental, labor, food and farm, consumer rights and other fair trade allies delivered to Congress more than 700,000 petitions opposing "fast track" -- a piece of legislation that would push these harmful trade agreements through Congress without any meaningful oversight or assurances that the trade pacts would actually benefit workers,...
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Biosimilars: Another Untold Story of the Affordable Care Act - http://www.huffingtonpost.com/rep-bob...
Biosimilars: Another Untold Story of the Affordable Care Act
As the 2014 mid-term election season nears its final days, the American public has been saturated by a flood of campaign advertisements and literature attacking and promoting the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Were it not the political lightning rod that it has become, many more Americans would have a much clearer understanding about the ACA's wide breadth and how some of the law's policy changes, which are not featured in those campaign ads, will benefit them and their loved ones. In addition, a good number of these changes will significantly advance healthcare quality and science in our country. One sweeping policy and regulatory innovation under the ACA, of which most Americans are unaware, is the role that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) now plays in the regulation and approval of biological medicines and their biosimilar counterparts. This past summer, the first biosimilar applications were submitted to FDA for approval. These pending applications mean that patients and...
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A School Housed In A Tent Is Only Hope These Syrian Refugee Kids Have To Beat Illiteracy - http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014...
A School Housed In A Tent Is Only Hope These Syrian Refugee Kids Have To Beat Illiteracy
SURUC, Turkey (AP) — It's only a blue tent at the back of a refugee camp in the Turkish border town of Suruc. But for dozens of children who study in the makeshift school, it's a glimmer of hope. Inside, brightly colored drawings are pinned to the plastic walls, and wooden desks stand in two neat rows. For some of the Kurdish kids who fled with their families from the besieged Syrian town of Kobani, this is the only school they've known. "The whole world was collapsing, how could they go to school," said Ghazi Mammo Darwesh, father of 7-year-old Diyala. The shy, brown-eyed girl says she like learning Kurdish writing and drawing pictures of flowers and girls. Her father is overjoyed that, at last, she is learning something. "How can I not like it? I can fly for happiness. I hope that my children will study abroad," said Darwesh, who has seven children. School also provides some psychological support for traumatized youngsters, who have lost their homes and often family members during a...
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James Manning, ATLAH Church Pastor, Claims Starbucks Uses 'Sodomites' Semen' - http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014...
James Manning, ATLAH Church Pastor, Claims Starbucks Uses 'Sodomites' Semen'
Here we go again. The leader of the vehemently anti-gay Harlem ATLAH Missionary Church, James Manning, is once again making outrageous claims against the gay community. This time he might have outdone himself. Last week, Manning asserted that Starbucks is "ground zero for Ebola" after the company released it's first LGBT commercial starring Bianca Del Rio and Adore Delano of "RuPaul's Drag Race" fame. Now, Manning has released another video in which the religious leader claims that Starbucks has been using the "sodomites' semen" in their flavored coffee drinks. He states in the video: “Starbucks is a place where these types frequent and a lot of body fluids are exchanged there. But the thing that I was not aware of is that there has been information that has been released… what Starbucks was doing, is they were taking specimens of male semen, and they were putting it in the blends of their lattes. Now, this is the absolute truth." ATLAH Missionary Church has a long history of anti-gay...
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Feds Arrest Alleged Silk Road 2.0 Operator Blake Benthall - http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014...
Feds Arrest Alleged Silk Road 2.0 Operator Blake Benthall
WASHINGTON -- Federal authorities on Thursday announced the arrest of Blake Benthall, the man they say was behind the website Silk Road 2.0, which allowed users to buy and sell drugs online. The website, described by authorities as "one of the most extensive, sophisticated, and widely used criminal marketplaces on the Internet today," popped up in November 2013 after an earlier version of the site was shut down. As of September 2014, authorities believed the website was "generating sales of at least approximately $8 million per month and had approximately 150,000 active users," according to a Justice Department press release. The site has since been shut down. Benthall was taken into custody in San Francisco on Wednesday, but is being charged in the Southern District of New York. The investigation was run by the New York FBI and the office of Homeland Security Investigations, which had an undercover agent who "successfully infiltrated the support staff involved in the administration...
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Diner Forced To Spend Thousands On Wine After He Asks Waitress For Recommendation - http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014...
Diner Forced To Spend Thousands On Wine After He Asks Waitress For Recommendation
This is WINE you have to be careful when you go out to dinner. Joe Lentini went out for dinner at Bobby Flay Steak at the Borgata Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City last week. The Star-Ledger reports that Lentini, who said he's no wine expert, asked a waitress for a wine recommendation. "I asked the waitress if she could recommend something decent because I don't have experience with wine," Lentini said. "She pointed to a bottle on the menu. I didn't have my glasses. I asked how much and she said, 'Thirty-seven fifty.'" It turns out that the wine was a bottle of Screaming Eagle, Oakville 2011, which cost $3,750. Lentini and his two fellow diners were able to get the restaurant to agree to a discounted price of $2,200, which is obviously still an incredible amount of money. The Ledger reached out to the Borgata for the resort's side of the story. "As the leading culinary destination in this region, we consistently serve as many, if not more high-end wine and spirits without incident,"...
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Living, Breathing History and Morality Through Design at Greenbuild 2014 - http://www.huffingtonpost.com/rick-fe...
Living, Breathing History and Morality Through Design at Greenbuild 2014
The U.S. Green Building Council recently concluded the 2014 Greenbuild International Conference & Expo, which took place Oct. 22-24 in New Orleans. The following is an excerpt from USGBC CEO Rick Fedrizzi's blog covering the event and details two of his personal highlights of the conference. Living, Breathing History While admittedly biased on the subject, as great as Greenbuild 2014 was, I'm not sure any aspect of this year's conference moved me any more than the magical moment in the closing plenary when new USGBC President Roger Platt introduced eight seminal figures in the green building movement - Bob Berkebile, David Gottfried, Scot Horst, Martha Jane Murray, Tom Paladino, Peter Templeton, Kath Williams and Alex Wilson. They came up on stage and stood, tableau style, stretching shoulder to shoulder across the stage. You can only imagine how I felt as each spoke very briefly about not just where we were as a movement 20 years ago, but where we are today, and most importantly,...
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The Weather Channel Lays Off Another 40 Employees - http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014...
The Weather Channel Lays Off Another 40 Employees
The Weather Channel laid off 40 more employees this week in another round of cuts, just a month after dozens of staffers at the network were given pink slips. “After a careful analysis of our business, we made the difficult decision today to eliminate roles across all functions and levels,” TWC told The Huffington Post in a statement. “The television business is shifting and in order for us to compete in the future, we need to reallocate and better focus our resources on what we know our audiences want. The changes we are making today are necessary, difficult and the responsible way for us to move forward.” Staffers cut from the Atlanta-based network on Wednesday included senior producers, show producers and weather producers, TVNewser reports. In an internal memo obtained by FTVLive which details the layoffs, TWC President David Clark wrote that "one of the people we will say goodbye to is Scot Safon, our chief marketing officer." Safon, formerly the chief marketing officer at CNN...
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Is This the Ultimate Grilled Cheese? - http://www.huffingtonpost.com/tasting...
Is This the Ultimate Grilled Cheese?
Tasting Table | Jillian King Childhood lunch staple. Best friend to tomato soup. Rainy-day indulgence. An affection that started way back with those simple orange slices melted between white bread has morphed into an all-out obsession for our team. So we decided to examine the humble sandwich a little closer. Which cheeses melt just right? Should you use white bread or sourdough? Fry it in butter, oil or something else altogether? Is bacon sacrilegious? Herewith, our answers to all those very important questions and more. The Only 12 Bottles Your Bar Needs this Fall First things first: the cheese. What you need is a semi-firm variety, which will melt into those dreamy ribbons as you pull the sandwich apart. Our favorites are taleggio, fontina, cheddar and Gruyère--or any combination therein. Avoid soft cheeses: They're difficult to layer and don't melt well. Though it may seem like an obvious choice, skip mozzarella; it has unfortunate rubbery tendencies when heated. And though we...
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Denmark's Smart Lighting Lab Offers A Glimpse At The Streetlights Of The Future - http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014...
Denmark's Smart Lighting Lab Offers A Glimpse At The Streetlights Of The Future
At the Danish Outdoor Lighting Lab, or DOLL for short, the streetlights are anything but ordinary. From brightening when cars and people pass to turning on and off with an iPad, these lights promise to help city officials save electricity and cut carbon emissions in the future. Check out the video above to tour the lab's urban facility yourself. The "living lab" is really just an industrial park outside Copenhagen that has been fitted with different smart lighting systems from 18 different companies. 9 kilometers of roads and bike paths serve as a testing ground and a place for cities to see the technology in action. In the future, the lights could perform other "smart" functions, like managing parking or transmitting information about traffic, weather or air quality. Denmark's ambitious climate goals, including eliminating the use of fossil fuels by 2050, will require improving energy efficiency by a significant amount as well as switching to renewable sources. Kim Brostrom, chief...
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5 Horrible Things Heartbreak Is A Whole Lot Like - http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014...
5 Horrible Things Heartbreak Is A Whole Lot Like
You don't have to be a scientist to conclude that breaking up sucks. But it may comfort you to know that your urge to go into post-breakup hibernation while listening to Lana Del Rey on repeat is actually a scientifically reasonable reaction to having your heart broken. In fact, according to the science, heartbreak is a whole lot like: 1. A minor burn. The same part of your brain lights up when you think about a lover who rejected you as when you suffer a minor burn wound, according to a 2013 study from the University of Michigan. The scientists behind the study explain that the emotional pain of rejection can have a direct physical effect on the body. Basically, your post-breakup aches and pains are so not all in your head. 2. Drug withdrawal. "Intense romantic love seems to function much like an addiction," according to Arthur Aron, Ph.D., a professor at Stony Brook University. Aron found that broken-hearted people have similar brain activity to drug addicts going through chemical...
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CNN Wins Award For Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 Coverage - http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014...
CNN Wins Award For Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 Coverage
You might not have liked CNN's Malaysia Airlines plane coverage this year, but the network just brought home an award for it. CNN received the award for best "Live Television Journalism" for its coverage of the Malaysia Airlines flight 17 at the 2014 Association for International Broadcasting awards in London Wednesday night. The network was praised for its aggressive reporting on the downing of MH17 over Ukraine, often being first to the scene of disaster and conducting powerful interviews on Russia's role in the investigation. But CNN attracted a herd of media critics in March for its coverage of missing Malaysia Airlines flight 370, which the network obsessively followed round-the-clock. News anchors, comedians, journalists and other media personalities bashed the network for its exhausting, frequently over-the-top coverage of the plane while offering very little new information at times. The Washington Post's Erik Wemple called it "a no-news news story" and BuzzFeed's Dorsey Shaw...
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Former Illinois Congressman Lane Evans Dies At Age 63 - http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014...
Former Illinois Congressman Lane Evans Dies At Age 63
(Adds details of service, quotes from guardian, veterans group) Nov 6 (Reuters) - Former Illinois congressman Lane Evans, who had battled Parkinson's disease for years, died late on Wednesday in East Moline, Illinois, his guardian said. He was 63. Evans, a Democrat who represented the Quad Cities in northwestern Illinois, was first elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1982 and served until 2007. Mike Malmstrom, who was on Evans staff and later served as his legal guardian, said Evans died at Hope Creek Care Center where he had been living for nearly two years. "The disease itself had come to the point that it took its toll," Malmstrom said in a telephone interview. Evans was born in Rock Island, Illinois, and served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1969 to 1971. He was a lawyer in private practice. "Lane Evans was a true champion for veterans. He was a tireless advocate for our community and a strong leader for us in Washington," Paul Rieckhoff, chief executive of the Iraq and...
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Former Sunday Mirror Editor Graham Johnson Pleads Guilty To Phone Hacking - http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014...
Former Sunday Mirror Editor Graham Johnson Pleads Guilty To Phone Hacking
LONDON (AP) — A former journalist with British tabloid the Sunday Mirror has pleaded guilty to hacking into voicemails in pursuit of an exclusive story. Graham Johnson admitted guilt Thursday and will be sentenced Nov. 27. The 46-year-old had turned himself in to police after learning of the arrest of colleagues on similar charges. Johnson said he was taught how to hack into voicemails by a supervisor and had used the technique in 2001 while investigating a possible affair between a soap opera actress and a gangster. He told the court he didn't know the hacking was illegal when he did it. District Judge Quentin Purdy praised Johnson for confessing his crime. Britain's long-running phone hacking scandal has led to the closure of the News of the World tabloid and numerous arrests.
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When This Man's Girlfriend Gave Him An Ultimatum, He Chose The Dog - http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014...
When This Man's Girlfriend Gave Him An Ultimatum, He Chose The Dog
From dividing up belongings to moving out of a shared apartment, breakups can be tough. But what do you do when you have a furry friend to further complicate matters? For Scott Ladauti, the decision was easy. When it came to choosing between salvaging his relationship and keeping his dog, he didn’t hesitate. "When [my girlfriend] gave the ultimatum, it really wasn’t a question," he told HuffPost Live host Nancy Redd. "I lived in my car for, like, four days with my dog before my parents would let us come back to their house. But I would have been homeless with her forever." As Laudati explained, his relationship had been on the rocks for a while. "I sort of got the dog, I guess, to try to save the relationship," he said. "I mean, I’d always wanted a dog, and we were living in a terrible area, so I thought getting a dog was probably the best idea. I mean, we would have fallen apart anyway. This definitely accelerated it." Laudati said he saw the warning signs of a breakup long before... - pb:
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Myanmar's Security Forces Profit Off Rohingya Exodus - http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014...
Myanmar's Security Forces Profit Off Rohingya Exodus
MYIN HLUT, Myanmar (AP) — The small wooden boats leave the shores of western Myanmar nearly every day, overloaded with desperate Rohingya Muslims who are part of one the largest boat exoduses in Asia since the Vietnam War. Helping them on their way: Myanmar's own security forces, who are profiting off the mass departure of one of the world's most persecuted minorities by extracting payments from those fleeing. A report to be released Friday by the Bangkok-based advocacy group Fortify Rights, and reporting by The Associated Press, indicate the practice is far more widespread and organized than previously thought, with Myanmar naval boats going so far as to escort asylum seekers out to sea, where larger ships operated by transnational criminal networks wait to pick them up. "Myanmar authorities are not only making life so intolerable for Rohingya that they have to flee, but they're also complicit in the process — they're taking payments and profiting off their exodus," said Matthew...
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In Praise Of The Wandering Mind - http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014...
In Praise Of The Wandering Mind
With smartphones as a constant companion, we rarely find ourselves out of touch. With television switched on for five hours per day in the average American household, breaking news follows us around at home. Friends will also send us links to must-see YouTube videos of a skateboarding dog or a sneezing panda. On-board communication systems patch phone calls through, interrupting us even while we’re behind the wheel. I’m not the first to call this avalanche an “information overload,” nor the first to feel bombarded.
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