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emirates boots passenger who complained about period pains

(paco campos/european pressphoto agency)a 24-year-old woman in the united kingdom said she and her boyfriend were removed from an emirates flight bound for dubai after an attendant overheard her complaining about menstrual cramps.beth evans and her boyfriend, 26-year-old joshua moran, said a flight attendant overheard evans’s conversation and expressed concerns about her health — even though she said she rated her pain “1 out of 10,” according to the times of london. just before the plane was scheduled to depart birmingham, england, on saturday afternoon, they said, they were booted from the flight, according to the sun.“to be kicked off for period pains, it was madness,” moran told the sun after the incident. “beth was in tears and getting upset when the hostess ...





sessions convenes cyber task force in part to explore election interference

attorney general jeff sessions on tuesday announced he is convening a task force that will focus on cybersecurity, including efforts to interfere in u.s. elections. the announcement from the country’s top law enforcement official comes on the heels of a special counsel indictment friday that alleged a group of russian internet trolls ran an extensive, years-long campaign to trick american voters in the run-up to the 2016 election. the indictment accused 13 individuals and three companies of engineering an online campaign to push voters against democratic candidate hillary clinton and toward her opponent, donald trump. in ordering the task force, sessions did not mention that indictment , but said that exploring digital efforts to interfere with elections would be a priority. a justice de...





jrotc members killed in florida school shooting receive medal of heroism; one is admitted to west point posthumously

parkland, fla. — the u.s. military is awarding medals to three junior reserve officers’ training corps cadets who were killed in last week’s high school shooting here, and one of them has received a rare posthumous admission to the u.s. military academy at west point. the three students — peter wang, 15, and alaina petty and martin duque, both 14 — were members of the jrotc program at marjory stoneman douglas high school, which came under attack on valentine’s day. police said 19-year-old nikolas cruz — a former jrotc member at the school — opened fire inside the school with an assault-style rifle, killing 17 people, and authorities have hailed the jrotc members for their bravery that day in helping other students reach safety.[‘selfless service’: jrotc remembers three ...





‘i would rather not be alone.’ behind their anger, florida students are still teens struggling with trauma.

hannah karcinell, 18, of parkland, fla., hugs her mother, jodi karcinell, after attending a rally protesting assault weapons. she and her classmates have presented a united front publicly: angry, motivated, political. behind that, they’re teenagers who have been through an unbelievable trauma. (jonathan newton/the washington post)parkland, fla. — she was tired of catching herself staring blankly at the wall, so hannah karcinell sent a group text to her friends: “hi, i’m thinking of having a thing at my house.” those friends invited their friends, and now she was waiting for everyone on her back patio, wearing a marjory stoneman douglas high school cheerleading tank top. she heard a thud. her whole body tensed. “should i put the food out now?” her mom called from the house. ha...





lesbian couple sues after catholic charities, hhs deny them as foster parents

(bigstock)a lesbian married couple from texas is suing the federal government after they say that a catholic nonprofit that receives taxpayer funding denied them the opportunity to serve as foster parents for refugee children because of their sexual orientation.fatma marouf, 41, and bryn esplin, 33, both professors at texas a&m university in fort worth, said they were beginning the process to become refugee foster parents last year when they were told by a local charity, catholic charities of fort worth, that they did not qualify after it became clear that they were a same-sex couple, according to a complaint filed tuesday in district court in washington.the catholic charities of fort worth receives taxpayer funding to help find foster parents for refugee children, in the form of sub-gr...





louisiana school board member apologizes after sharing noose meme

mike whitlow reportedly posted a meme featuring a noose to facebook. (matt rourke/ap)a school board member in a louisiana parish was harshly criticized after sharing an image of a noose on social media with a message calling for stricter punishment for “evil people.”“if we want to make america great again we will have to make evil people fear punishment again,” read the text superimposed over the image of a hangman’s noose on a black background.mike whitlow, a member of the school board of tangipahoa parish, north of lake pontchartrain, shared the image this week, according to the advocate.screenshots seen by the newspaper indicate that whitlow deleted the post and apologized “to anyone who was offended” by it. in an interview with action news 17, whitlow referred to the ...





louisiana school board member apologizes after sharing noose meme

mike whitlow reportedly posted a meme featuring a noose to facebook. (matt rourke/ap)a school board member in a louisiana parish was harshly criticized after sharing an image of a noose on social media with a message calling for stricter punishment for “evil people.”“if we want to make america great again we will have to make evil people fear punishment again,” read the text superimposed over the image of a hangman’s noose on a black background.mike whitlow, a member of the school board of tangipahoa parish, north of lake pontchartrain, shared the image this week, according to the advocate.screenshots seen by the newspaper indicate that whitlow deleted the post and apologized “to anyone who was offended” by it. in an interview with action news 17, whitlow referred to the ...





jrotc members killed in florida school shooting receive medal of heroism; one is admitted to west point posthumously

parkland, fla. — the u.s. military is awarding medals to three junior reserve officers’ training corps cadets who were killed in last week’s high school shooting here, and one of them has received a rare posthumous admission to the u.s. military academy at west point. the three students — peter wang, 15, and alaina petty and martin duque, both 14 — were members of the jrotc program at marjory stoneman douglas high school, which came under attack on valentine’s day. police said 19-year-old nikolas cruz — a former jrotc member at the school — opened fire inside the school with an assault-style rifle, killing 17 people, and authorities have hailed the jrotc members for their bravery that day in helping other students reach safety.the u.s. army cadet command said the jrotc meda...





why social media appeals after mass shootings have done little to change gun laws

tyra hemans, 19, left, and logan locke, 17, right, students who survived the shooting at marjory stoneman douglas high school, wait to board buses in parkland, fla., on tuesday. the students plan to hold a rally wednesday in hopes that it will put pressure on the state's republican-controlled legislature to consider a sweeping package of gun-control laws, something some gop lawmakers said monday they would consider. (gerald herbert/ap)a group of high school students who survived last week's school shooting in florida is attempting to break the political stalemate that typically follows mass shootings with urgent social media appeals for new gun laws, but to succeed they will have to outlast the entrenched resistance of gun-rights activists, experts say.the students from marjory stonem...





the 10 worst u.s. presidents: besides trump, who do scholars scorn the most?

presidents donald trump, james buchanan and andrew johnson. (jabin botsford/the washington post; istock)dead last. that’s where a group of presidential scholars placed donald trump in the pantheon of american presidents.the last time the presidents & executive politics presidential greatness survey was conducted four years ago, the bottom 10 — sans trump — looked pretty much the same, with some minor reshuffling within their inglorious grouping.history has been kind to only one of them — recent history, at that. this year, the 170 members of the american political science association’s presidents and executive politics section voted george w. bush out of that worst-of-the-worst group, boosting him from number 35 to number 30.otherwise, the presidents who led us into economic ...





'little miss flint' helps kids see 'black panther' movie

mari copeny, third from left, watches a free screening of the film “black panther” with more than 150 children. (jake may/the flint journal-mlive.com via ap)a 10-year-old girl who gained fame by encouraging president barack obama to visit flint, mich., in 2016 during the city’s water crisis is in the spotlight again, this time for helping several hundred underprivileged kids and their chaperones see “black panther” over the weekend.the girl, amariyanna “mari” copeny, worked with her mother and cousin to raise more than $16,000 through a gofundme campaign. they rented out a theater in flint that seated about 150 and then said they had enough money left over to buy tickets for 600 more kids, as well as “black panther” merchandise for them.“kids need to see themselves as...





west point posthumously admits peter wang, student killed in the parkland shooting

u.s. army capt. shahin uddin salutes during peter wang’s funeral tuesday. (courtesy of chad maxey)peter wang died in his military uniform, holding a door and helping people escape. he was 15 years old, a high school student who loved jrotc and dreamed of one day going to the u.s. military academy at west point.on tuesday, at his funeral, a u.s. army captain gave wang’s parents a letter admitting him to the class of 2025.it was a rare honor from the military academy, and one that brought both tears and a measure of comfort tuesday to some of those who mourned wang and the other 16 people killed when a man opened fire last week at marjory stoneman douglas high school in parkland, fla.wang did not run when the shooting began, classmates said afterward, but helped others get to safety.it ...





sessions convenes cyber task force in part to explore election interference

attorney general jeff sessions on tuesday announced he is convening a task force that will focus on cybersecurity, including efforts to interfere in u.s. elections. the announcement from the country’s top law enforcement official comes on the heels of a special counsel indictment friday that alleged a group of russian internet trolls ran an extensive, years-long campaign to trick american voters in the run-up to the 2016 election. the indictment accused 13 individuals and three companies of engineering an online campaign to push voters against democratic candidate hillary clinton and toward her opponent, donald trump. in ordering the task force, sessions did not mention that indictment , but said that exploring digital efforts to interfere with elections would be a priority. a justice de...





a longtime mattis adviser is resigning, leaving one fewer woman on his senior staff

defense secretary jim mattis, right, travels via a ch-47 chinook helicopter to the u.s.-led military headquarters in afghanistan while sitting next to sally donnelly, his senior adviser, and navy rear adm. craig faller, his senior military assistant, on april 24. (u.s. air force tech. sgt. brigitte n. brantley)a longtime adviser to defense secretary jim mattis is resigning, leaving the secretary without one of the first senior officials to join his staff after he was nominated as pentagon chief.sally donnelly, a former journalist who founded an influential consulting firm before joining the pentagon, is leaving the defense department, mattis said in a statement tuesday. he called her a “trusted and valued adviser” for more than a decade and said she played a critical role in the past y...





‘kill the nra’: vandals commandeer a billboard to redirect their post-parkland anger

days after a gunman killed 17 people and wounded dozens more at a florida high school, a billboard in louisville, was vandalized, tagged with the words ‘kill the nra.’the graffiti is signed by the anti-trump group resist 45, which has vandalized other billboards in the louisville area. in october, a keystone billboard encouraging beer-lovers to “grab life by the ’stones” was changed to “grab life by the p—-” — a jab at president trump’s comment in a 2005 “access hollywood” video, in which he bragged in obscene terms about kissing, groping and trying to have sex with women.the group’s threat to the nra surprised drivers heading north on i-65 near the fern valley road exit earlier this week. david watkins, a spokesman for outfront media, which owns the billboard,...





va chief shulkin’s job is safe, white house says, unless ‘other stuff comes out’

white house officials have told veterans affairs secretary david shulkin that his job is safe, according to people familiar with the matter who indicated tuesday that president trump decided to “stomach the story” about shulkin’s alleged misuse of taxpayer money during a 10-day trip to europe.the president’s decision was communicated to shulkin by white house chief of staff john f. kelly, according to an administration official who, like others interviewed, spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss the situation candidly. trump “personally likes shulkin,” the official said, cautioning, however, that “if other stuff comes out, this could change, but for now, he’s safe.” white house press secretary sarah huckabee sanders said tuesday that she has “no reason to believ...





immigrant rights group says lawyers no longer restricted from mentioning abortion to teens

a major legal services program for immigrant children says a federal agency has pulled back an earlier order prohibiting government-funded lawyers nationwide from discussing abortion rights with minors in custody.the restrictions on what attorneys could tell young detainees were communicated this month by the nonprofit vera institute of justice, which said it acted at the direction of a department of health and human services employee. the nonprofit group told its lawyers in an email that the legal services program, funded through a multimillion-dollar contract with the office of refugee resettlement (orr), was at risk if its attorneys answered questions about abortion rights. the instruction coincided with efforts in federal court by the head of orr to block access to abortion procedures ...





lesbian couple sues after catholic charities, hhs deny them as foster parents

(bigstock)a lesbian married couple from texas is suing the federal government after they say that a catholic nonprofit that receives taxpayer funding denied them the opportunity to serve as foster parents for refugee children because of their sexual orientation.fatma marouf, 41, and bryn esplin, 33, both professors at the university of texas a&m in fort worth, said that they were beginning the process to become refugee foster parents last year when they were told by a local charity, catholic charities of fort worth, that they did not qualify after it became clear that they were a same-sex couple, according to a complaint filed tuesday in district court in washington.the catholic charities of fort worth receives taxpayer funding to help find foster parents for refugee children, in the fo...





nra: dallas city official wants 2a group to take convention elsewhere.

guns on display at the nra annual convention in atlanta last april. (david goldman/ap)days after a gunman killed 17 people at a south florida high school, a city official more than 1,000 miles away has a message for the largest and most powerful gun rights group in the country: take your convention elsewhere.“i am saying to the nra, reconsider yourselves coming to dallas,” dwaine caraway, dallas’s mayor pro tem, told reporters monday. “there will be marches and demonstrations should they come to dallas.”the national rifle association’s annual convention — a spectacle of “more than 20 acres” of firearms exhibits — is scheduled to be held at dallas’s downtown convention center in may. for caraway, his position against the nra convention is a personal one, despite bein...





‘making a murderer’ subject asks for supreme court review

brendan dassey, whose conviction was highlighted in the popular netflixdocumentary “making a murderer,” asked the supreme court on tuesday to throw out the confession he made more than a decade ago, saying it was improperly coerced.the controversial interrogation of the then-16-year-old was featured inthe award-winning documentary,which premiered in 2015. his confession has been both affirmed and thrown out by lower courts, and his lawyers are now arguing that the supreme court should weigh in.dassey, now in his late 20s, was convicted in 2007 of the murder of photographer teresa halbach in manitowoc county, wis., and was sentenced to life in prison. two years earlier, dassey had confessed to authorities that he assisted his uncle, steven avery, in the rape and killing of halbach. her ...