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Monday February 27, 2017 @ 06:14:19 PM mt

8 tell-all books to read from 'The Bachelor' and 'The Bachelorette' alums




The reality TV datingshowsThe Bachelor and The Bachelorette aren't exactly known for their fairytale happily-ever-after romances. Most of the pairings end in separation, if not divorce, after the final episode.

Behind the scenes, the contestants' lives aren't as picturesque as they might seem: Being on the showisn't exactly lucrative for the contestants, especially the women, many of whom quit their jobs and even go into debt in order to compete.

Even though the hit programs are rarely sources fortrue romanceor healthy representation of sexuality, their alumni haven't shied away from offering advice. Many of them have published self-help and advice books, as well as some slightly scandalous tell-alls. Read More

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Monday February 27, 2017 @ 05:50:53 PM mt

'Overwatch' gets a lot right about diversity but totally fails with Symmetra




Since its release in May, Overwatch, Blizzard's massively popular competitive first-person shooter, has paved the way for diversity and representation in the gaming world. To the dismay of angry Gamergaterswho rail against political correctness, Overwatchfeatures playable characters who are queer, nonwhite and non-male.Fifteen countries (and the moon) are represented in the hero roster. The game routinely makes headlines for, well, "getting it right" in a way similar titles never seem to emulate.

For how explicitly forward-thinking Overwatchis, there's one area where it still falls short: its use of language. Even there, Blizzard has done an admirable job. Sombra speaks and even sprays graffiti in Spanish. Ana speaks in Arabic with a clear Egyptian accent. Read More

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Monday February 27, 2017 @ 05:50:53 PM mt

Israeli Holocaust memorial asks Amazon to stop selling Holocaust-denying literature




A director at Israel's official Holocaust memorial,Yad Vashem, has reached out to Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos to ask that the online retail giant stop selling materials that deny or spread lies about the Holocaust, the Associated Press reported Sunday.

Robert Rozett, a director oflibraries at the memorial, where the walls are lined with testimonies from Holocaust survivors and photographs of the Nazi camps where millions were killed, said he sent a letter offering Amazon his help in curbing "the spread of hatred."

A visitor at Yad VashemSource:Tsafrir Abayov/APAccording to a report earlier this month from the Jewish Telegraphic Agency, Amazon U.S. and U.K. Read More

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Monday February 27, 2017 @ 05:50:52 PM mt

Ciara McElveen transgender woman killed in New Orleans




Ciara McElveen, a black transgenderwoman, was stabbed to death in New Orleans on Monday. The New Orleans Police Department found McElveenin New Orleans' 7th ward, according to theNew Orleans Times-Picayune. According to a press release from the NOPD, she wastransported to University Medical Center, where she died.

Her death comes only two days after news of the killing of Chyna Doll Dupree, another black transgenderwoman, in New Orleans. This is the sixth reported murder of atransgenderwoman in 2017.

"I'm so thrown right now," said Syria Sinclaire in a phone interview. Sinclaire's a member of the New Orleanstransgendercommunity and a program coordinator at the Tulane Drop-In Wellness Center. Sinclaire and McElveen had worked together doing outreach to New Orleans' homeless population. Read More

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Monday February 27, 2017 @ 05:50:52 PM mt

Donald Trump is now taking credit for the Oscars' best picture mix-up




President Donald Trump, one of the nation's foremost practitioners in the field of taking creditfor things, thinks the mix-up over best picture at the Oscarson Sunday was his own doing.

In an exclusive interview with Breitbart, the far-right site whose gushing coverage of Trump has sometimes earned it the sobriquet of "Trump's Personal Pravda"and former chief Stephen Bannon now works in the White House, Trump posited Hollywood was paying too much attention to criticizing him and not on planning the event.

The result, in his telling, was a confused Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway announcing La La Landhad won when in fact rival contender Moonlightwon the Academy Award.

"I think they were focused so hard on politics that they didn't get the act together at the end," Trump told Breitbart. "It was a little sad. It took away from the glamour of the Oscars. It didn't feel like a very glamorous evening. I've been to the Oscars. Read More

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Monday February 27, 2017 @ 04:43:57 PM mt

Roatns divers are protecting their paradise




ROATN, Honduras "Welcome to Paradise! What took you so long?"

That's how the cheerful immigration officer at the airport greets you when you arrive in Roatn. And it doesn't take long for this Caribbean island 40 miles off the northern coast of Honduras to prove that's more than clich.

The view from Coconut Tree Divers.Source:Wesley VerhoeveWith its turquoise and teal waters, hammock-strung palms and chill vibes, Roatn has all the trappings of paradise. It's also located off the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef System, home of the second-largest barrier reef in the world. And with more than a million travelers venturing to the island each year to explore the wonders of the marine world, Roatn's diving community is committed to protecting its underwater paradise.

That's the mission of Roatn Marine Park, a community-based, non-profit organization founded in 2005 by a group of concerned dive operators and local businesses. Read More

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Monday February 27, 2017 @ 04:43:56 PM mt

A running list of Democrats using their joint address guest invite to troll Donald Trump




President Donald Trumpwill deliver a joint address to Congress Tuesday night, his first major speech since his inauguration a little more than a month ago.

Members of Congress are each allowed to bring a guest with them to the address. And Democrats are using that invite to draw a contrast with Trump, bringing people with them who have either been hurt by Trump's policies or stand to be threatened by potential futureactions.

At least two members of Congress are bringing immigrants directly impacted by Trump's travelban to the address.

Others are bringing Dreamers:immigrants who came to the U.S. Read More

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Monday February 27, 2017 @ 04:43:56 PM mt

What is Fat Tuesday aka Mardi Gras The history and traditions behind the start to Lent




Get your beads ready.

This Tuesdayis Mardi Gras or Fat Tuesday, if you don'tparlez franais. And while it's celebrated as the kickoff to Lent all over the world, the party is most closely associated with New Orleans, which is holding its 160th Mardi Gras paradethis year.

But how did the tradition start?

The history of Mardi GrasA Mardi Gras celebration in New OrleansSource:Gerald Herbert/APKing cakes, beads, parades where did all this stuff come from?

When you think of the colorful celebration we know Mardi Gras as today, you might not think about medieval Europe. But that's where the story of the holiday begins. In France, it was the last chance to feast and celebrate before the beginning of Lent the 40-day period of fasting for Christians before Easter. Read More

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Monday February 27, 2017 @ 04:43:56 PM mt

How to Get Special Items in 'Pokmon Go': Evolution items drop rates for the Gen 2 update




The latestPokmon Go update brought more than just Gen 2 pocket monsters to the game. A select handful of those Pokmon, require rare and special evolution items to reach their highest potential meaning more work for you.

Or maybe not. Pokmon Go's evolutionary items drop rates offer some insight into how lucky you have to be to obtain Metal Coat, the Sun Stone, Upgrade and more.

How to get special items in Pokmon Go: The trick for getting evolutionary itemsGetting evolution items to evolve Scyther, Sunkern, Porygon and more isn't easy but it's also not impossible. Most Pokmon Go players have had the best luck in acquiring a rare item during their seventh-day bonus.

Daily bonusesprovide more items the more days in a row players visit a PokStop. Once you've reached your seventh day in a row the count will start over, but not before awarding you a plethora of items. Read More

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Monday February 27, 2017 @ 04:43:56 PM mt

Netflix March 2017 Releases: 4 new Netflix originals to check out this month




While this year's Oscarsproved that live television can be highly unpredictable sorry, La La Land you can always count on Netflixto provide new original programming every month. So this shouldn't be all that surprising: The slate for March is pretty great.

The streaming service will debut its latest Marvel superhero series, along with one of its highly anticipated pickups from the Sundance Film Festival (Netflixpicked up a lot of films, the eager buyers they are). Read More

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