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A Few Unexpected Wedding Guests Resulted In One Magical Photo 23.9.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Oh deer! We bet the bride and groom didn't expect to see these guys in their wedding photo: Ian Christmann / Catalyst Photography This incredible pic -- which racked up over one million views in just under five hours -- was posted to Reddit Monday with the caption, "My brother shot a wedding this weekend, they had some unexpected guests." Photobombs don't get much cuter than that! Keep in touch! Check out HuffPost Weddings on Facebook , Twitter and Pinterest . Sign up for our newsletter here ...
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Dolores Huerta Says Obama Made The Right Decision On Deportation Relief 19.9.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Labor leader and civil rights activist Dolores Huerta is standing by President Barack Obama on his decision to delay executive action on immigration and is asking the immigrant community to have patience. “We have to look at the big picture and don’t get caught up in saying we want it now,” she said, referring to action on immigration. “We’ve been waiting—we are a community that can wait. And we have to have faith in our president, because the Republicans have shown their hand. We know what they want to do.” Many Latinos have been critical of Obama’s move to delay executive action to reform portions of the nation’s immigration system until after the November elections, but not Huerta. She said in an interview with VOXXI on Tuesday that an immigration announcement by the president before the midterm elections could possibly cripple Democratic efforts to maintain control of the Senate. Currently, Democrats hold 53 seats in the Senate and Republicans hold 45. There are also two independents who caucus with ...
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5th Grader Found With Loaded Gun Had List Of Names: Cops 18.9.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
KINGSLEY, Mich. (AP) — Authorities say a fifth-grade boy found with a loaded pistol at a middle school in Michigan's northern Lower Peninsula had created a list of classmates' names.

The Traverse City Record-Eagle and MLive.com report that the title of the list, found on the back of a homework assignment belonging to the boy, suggested he wanted to harm those on the list. The boy, however, told authorities he didn't intend to harm anyone.

The Grand Traverse County sheriff's department says another student at Kingsley Middle School told a teacher the boy had the gun Monday afternoon. No one was injured. Authorities say the boy said that he took the .25-caliber pistol from his grandfather's house on Friday.

The student has been suspended for 10 days. He could face charges and be expelled.
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These Architect-Designed Cat Cribs Are Seriously Classy 18.9.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
You've never seen cats chill in cribs like these before. No one had until last weekend in Los Angeles, when top architects with local offices showcased a series of cat houses they'd designed for display at a fundraiser for FixNation , a non-profit working to control cat populations the humane way: trapping, neutering and returning kitties to where they were found . The architects' creations, which were donated to FixNation, are truly fantastic. Plus, the kitties seem to love them: Studio: NAC Architecture. Photo: Grey Crawford Studio: Formation Association + Edgar Arceneaux. Photo: Grey Crawford Studio: DSH Architecture. Photo: Grey Crawford Studio: HOK. Photo: Grey Crawford Studio: Space International. Photo: Joshua White Studio: Standard Architecture Design. Photo: Grey Crawford Studio: Abramson Teiger Architects. Photo: Grey Crawford Studio: Wolcott Architecture Interiors. Photo: Grey Crawford Even though these cribs appeared for a one-night-only event, they'll help more feral cats lead happy, healthy ...
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Joe Biden Apologizes For Using Term Some Deem Offensive Toward Jews 18.9.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Vice President Joe Biden apologized on Wednesday for using the term "Shylocks," which some Jews deem offensive, in a Tuesday speech for the Legal Services Corporation's 40th anniversary campaign. Biden talked about how his son Beau visited Iraq while he was Delaware's attorney general and found that one of the things veterans and service members needed most was legal help for those who had been victims of unfair banking practices. "When he was over there in Iraq for a year, people would come to him and talk about what was happening to them at home in terms of foreclosures, in terms of bad loans that were being, I mean these Shylocks who took advantage of, of these women and men while overseas," he added . "Shylock" is a Jewish moneylender in Shakespeare's "The Merchant of Venice" who demands a pound of flesh from a man who fails to repay a loan. Abraham Foxman, the national director of the Anti-Defamation League , a group whose mission includes fighting anti-Semitism, chided Biden for using the term in ...
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Ayaan Hirsi Ali Draws Criticism From Fellow Atheists At Yale 16.9.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
(RNS) A campus appearance by Ayaan Hirsi Ali, the outspoken Muslim-turned-atheist activist, is being challenged again, this time at Yale University where she is scheduled to speak Monday night (Sept. 15). While her previous campus critics have included members of religious groups, especially Muslims, this time the critics include Ali’s fellow ex-Muslims and atheists. “We do not believe Ayaan Hirsi Ali represents the totality of the ex-Muslim experience,” members of Yale Atheists, Humanists and Agnostics posted on Facebook Friday (Sept. 12). “Although we acknowledge the value of her story, we do not endorse her blanket statements on all Muslims and Islam.” Those statements include calling Islam “the new fascism” and “a destructive, nihilistic cult of death.” She has called for the closing of Muslim schools in the West, where she settled after immigrating from her native Somalia, and is a vocal advocate for the rights of women and girls in Islam. The students’ statement continued: “We believe Ayaan Hirsi ...
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New York Times Casts Doubt On Obama's ISIS War Plan 12.9.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
NEW YORK -– President Barack Obama, the fourth U.S. president in a row to drop bombs in Iraq, vowed Wednesday to destroy Islamic State militants there and in Syria, a country mired in a three-years-long civil war. Under Obama's new strategy, the U.S. would strengthen the Syrian opposition, currently fighting both President Bashar Assad's forces and the Islamic State, while also working with an international coalition against the militants. Obama stressed the urgency of fighting the Islamic State, or ISIS, by noting 16 times that the extremist group presents a “threat” to U.S. or regional allies. In scanning the New York Times front page in the two days since, a counter-narrative can be found: The U.S. doesn't need to act immediately to confront the Islamic State, and both America's Middle East allies and the Syrian opposition appear unwilling or unprepared to fight the militants on the ground. The Times’ recent coverage of yet another U.S. military intervention in the Middle East has been markedly ...
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Crowdfunding Site GoFundMe Won't Let Crowds Fund Abortions 11.9.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
A crowdfunding site touted as "Kickstarter for the rest of us" has decided that the rest of us doesn't include people who are pro-abortion rights. GoFundMe, a site that allows people to solicit money online for personal causes like medical bills, house repairs and scholarship funds, is coming under fire after it censored fundraisers related to abortion. On Tuesday, the company issued an update to its guidelines saying it wouldn’t fund projects linked to “termination of life,” “weapons & violence,” “adult material” and other topics. On GoFundMe's Facebook page , several people responded in outrage: The company will now review projects to make sure that hosting a campaign is best for the GoFundMe “brand and community,” a spokeswoman wrote in an email statement. “GoFundMe makes no distinction and places no restrictions on a pro-life or pro-choice group’s ability to fundraise for rallies or protests,” she said. But as Salon points out , the projects that come up when you type “abortion” into the site’s ...
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Thirteen Years After September 11, 2001, Terrorism Financing Remains Our Biggest Challenge 11.9.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Today marks the thirteenth anniversary of the brutal attacks of September 11, 2001. While we honor and remember those we loved and lost, much still remains secret about who financed the 19 hijackers who were responsible for the worst terrorist attack on American soil. Not withstanding the horrific death and destruction of that day, followed by endless wars with mounting human losses and taxpayer costs already in the trillions, why has the truth about who was behind these attacks been withheld from the American people? Since the war in Afghanistan began, there has rarely been as bleak a picture about the future of that region of the world as now. Terrorist organizations like al Qaeda, ISIS, al Nursra and countless others rely on vast sums of money for their daily operations of feeding, clothing, sheltering and supplying weapons, vehicles and ammunition to the tens of thousands terrorists who carry out heinous acts of violence and murder against innocent men, women and children all over the globe. ...
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The Last Summer 'Supermoon' Of 2014 Is Also A Harvest Moon 8.9.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Skywatchers, you're in for a treat. Tonight's "supermoon" is a pretty special one. When the moon turns full on Monday, Sept. 8 at 9:38 p.m. EDT , it not only will become the last supermoon of the summer, but also this year's Harvest Moon -- which is a full moon that occurs closest to the autumnal equinox. (Story continues below.) Supermoons are full moons that coincide with "lunar perigee," when the moon's orbit brings it closest to Earth . This moon appears bigger and brighter than a typical full moon. Though Monday's supermoon won’t be the largest of the summer's trilogy of supermoons (that distinction went to the full moon of Aug. 10 ), the coming lunar event is unique in its own way -- it coincides with the Harvest Moon. For several nights around the time of the Harvest Moon, the moon rises around the same time that the sun sets, giving the moon a reddened, swollen, pumpkin-like appearance. According to NASA, the name comes from the days before the invention of the lightbulb, when moonlight helped ...
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Graphic Anti-Terrorism Coloring Books Introduce Kids To ISIS 5.9.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
A man crucified by militants of the Islamic State group, his bowed head covered in wounds; a depiction of Osama bin Laden’s last few moments alive; and the faces of the five Taliban prisoners who were exchanged for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl earlier this year. All these images can now be found in the pages of a coloring book meant for kids. Last week, Really Big Coloring Books -- a St. Louis-based publisher that ignited a firestorm of controversy a few years ago when it launched a graphic 9/11-themed coloring book for children -- announced that it was releasing new material for its anti-terrorism coloring book series that would provide kids with a “ terror update on global jihad .” In an Aug. 25 YouTube video, company founder Wayne Bell said the publisher was re-issuing its two terrorism-themed coloring books : “ We Shall Never Forget 9/11: The Kids’ Book of Freedom ” and “ The True Faces of Evil Terror (with trading cards) .” The books, said the company, will now come with new supplemental pages. These ...
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Health Care Workers Struggle To Enroll People Who Have No 'Concept Of Insurance' 3.9.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
DEARBORN, Mich.--Signing people up for health insurance is the easy part of Rawha Abouarabi’s job ministering to immigrants and Arab Americans in this manufacturing hub along the Rouge River. But many of those she’s enrolled are surprised and indignant when they go to the doctor and are asked to a pay a bill— perhaps a copayment. They insist they’ve already paid their monthly insurance premium. “They call us and say, ‘it’s a scam’,” says Abouarabi, an insurance navigator for the Arab Community Center for Economic & Social Services (ACCESS), a nonprofit agency that specializes in helping the largest Arab-American population in any U.S. city. That’s just one example of the confusion immigrants face as they try to navigate the U.S. health care system. Even after signing up for insurance through the Affordable Care Act, advocates find that explaining to clients that they will still have to pay out of their own pockets each time they go to the doctor or get lab tests requires more than translating words like ...
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Does the American Public Want More War? 3.9.2014 Commondreams.org Views
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America's Snowiest Ski Resorts Must Be On Your Winter Bucket List 3.9.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
If you're sick of summer's heat and are itching for some snow, don't fret: Ski season is just a few months away. That means you should start planning your winter jaunts now. In order to know which American slopes you should head to this year, it might be helpful to know which ones had the best season last year. The ski resorts below had the highest percentage of their average seasonal snowfall, according to data from weathertoski . No one can say for sure how these spots will fare this season, but we'd guess there will be plenty of snow to go around. Check out the snowiest ski resorts in America below. 1. Arapahoe Basin, Colorado (128% of average seasonal snowfall) 2. Big Sky, Montana (127% of average seasonal snowfall) 3. Loveland, Colorado (120% of average seasonal snowfall) 4. Aspen, Colorado (116% of average seasonal snowfall) 5. Cannon Mountain, New Hampshire (114% of average seasonal snowfall) 6. Jackson Hole, Wyoming (109% of average seasonal snowfall) 7. Grand Targhee, Wyoming (102% of average ...
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Safety Board Final Report On Lac Mégantic Disaster Is Sharply Critical of Railway Regulation, But Federal Government Unmoved 3.9.2014 Truthout.com
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Penn State Student Gains Reputation As The Squirrel Whisperer 2.9.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) -- A Penn State student is gaining an Internet reputation as a "squirrel whisperer" for befriending, feeding and dressing up a furry little friend she has named "Sneezy."

Junior Mary Krupa tells WJAC-TV ( http://bit.ly/1B9IvPf ) that she's able to dress up the squirrel in party hats, or get Sneezy to hold doll-sized props, simply by feeding the animal.

Krupa and Sneezy's exploits are chronicled in a Facebook page titled "Sneezy the Penn State Squirrel."

So far, the squirrel is proving quite popular as its Facebook page has more "likes" that a page dedicated to the school's official mascot, the Nittany Lion.

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Meet Xander The Cat, Who Was A Test Subject In A Lab Before Becoming A Pet 2.9.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
You know those tearjerking videos of beagles rescued from research labs, walking on grass for the first time ? Xander the cat -- known as Jax at the time of his rescue -- has one of those, too. Saved from his former life as a lab test subject, Xander now lives with a loving owner and has found his place among a her small family of rescue cats. Here is Xander (formerly Jax) in his first moments of freedom after leaving the lab. He is seen in this video along with another rescue cat, a mostly white feline named Shira. "Xander was legally rescued from a lab in New York, on the condition of anonymity, by Beagle Freedom Project in January 2014," says Rachel Gruen, his new owner. "He lived in a windowless lab in a tiny wire cage for the first three years of his life, and he was done being a test subject." A lab employee had contacted the Project about Xander, so that he wouldn't be euthanized at the end of his tests. Gruen happened to see a link to the group's cat rescue page while "browsing around a ...
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Darren Wilson Fundraisers End With Little Explanation 1.9.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
A fundraiser for a Ferguson, Missouri police officer who shot and killed an unarmed black teenager has vanished, the LATimes pointed out. There had been two major GoFundMe pages raising money for Darren Wilson, who fatally shot 18-year-old Michael Brown earlier this month. Combined, the fundraisers had pulled in almost $500,000. This weekend, seemingly out of nowhere, the campaigns stopped. Matt Pearce, who covered the unrest following the shooting on the ground for more than a week, first noticed the shutdown. A spokesperson for GoFundMe told Pearce that they didn't pull the campaign. In a Facebook post, the Support Darren Wilson confirmed that their online fundraiser had ended but vowed to continue raising money for the St. Louis County cop. According to the page's moderators, the decision to end the fundraiser was "made by those closest to Officer Darren Wilson looking out for his best interest." The group said that any donations that were already made would go directly to Wilson. Earlier this month, ...
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St. Louis County Police Officer Dan Page Retires Following Inflammatory Video 30.8.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
The St. Louis County police officer who pushed a CNN journalist on live television in Ferguson, Missouri , and was earlier suspended from duty after a videotape surfaced in which he threatened to "kill everybody," has retired . St. Louis County police officer Dan Page, a 35-year police veteran, had his last day with the force on August 25th , MSNBC reported on Friday night. A representative of the St. Louis County Police Chief told MSNBC that Page is expected to receive a his full pension. Page fell into the national spotlight when he pushed CNN's Don Lemon who was in Ferguson covering the unrest stemming from the killing of unarmed teen Michael Brown by a police officer. The engagement between Page and Lemon was shown on CNN. Lemon would later uncover a video of Page where he threatens violence and also says disparaging things about President Barack Obama, Muslims, and LGBT people. Page was suspended from duty on August 22, St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar saying that the comments Page made in ...
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Most Parents Like Their Child's Education, But Not The Common Core, Poll Shows 29.8.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Even as American students continue to post underwhelming results on international exams , most parents are pleased with the education their child is receiving. A poll from Gallup released Thursday found that 75 percent of parents would describe themselves as somewhat or completely satisfied with their child's education. Last year, 67 percent of parents said the same, the lowest since 1999. In another recent poll conducted by PDK/Gallup, 62 percent of parents said they oppose the standards being taught in their community. Reasons for opposition to the standards vary. Some conservative-leaning parents have called the Common Core an example of federal overreach , since the federal government incentivized states to adopt the standards. Others take issue with high-stakes standardized tests associated with the Common Core . Forty-seven percent of parents from another recent Gallup poll said they had heard a great deal or a fair amount about the Common Core. Only 19 percent said they had heard nothing at all. ...
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