• Muslim mum wants women to try wearing a hijab for 15 minutes to understand exclusion
  • ‘Please offer me a seat’ badges launched on TfL network – BBC News
  • House punts health care vote on eve of shutdown deadline
  • GOP’s health care push tests Democratic resistance
  • Palestinians highlight prisoners’ strike with ‘Salt Water Challenge’

Muslim mum wants women to try wearing a hijab for 15 minutes to understand exclusion

A Muslim mum is asking other women to wear the hijab for 15 minutes so they can see what it’s like to experience exclusion and abuse. She says she finds it hard to make friends with other mums because people can’t see past her hijab. In a video posted by Channel Mum a YouTube community for mothers Nilufa Dahlia, from Brighton, UK, said that she was verbally abused for wearing…

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‘Please offer me a seat’ badges launched on TfL network – BBC News

The scheme was created, TfL said, in response to comments from its customers who struggled to get a seat because their need was not obvious. During the trial last year 72% of journeys were said to be easier as a result of the badge, while in 86% of trips participants reported feeling more confident when asking for a seat. Related Topics Labour Party Pregnancy Transport More From this publisher :…

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House punts health care vote on eve of shutdown deadline

Washington (CNN)The House of Representatives will not vote on health care this week, despite a White House attempt to revive a health care reform package ahead of President Donald Trump’s 100th day in office. “We are not voting on health care this week,” House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy told reporters late Thursday. Hours before a Friday deadline, Congress was working to pass a short-term spending bill to avoid a government…

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GOP’s health care push tests Democratic resistance

Washington (CNN)The most conservative congressmen in the country were a major roadblock in President Donald Trump’s first push to replace Obamacare. Now, a second attempt’s fate is in the hands of a moderate Republican faction — putting to the test the power of Democratic resistance. If they’ve convinced those lawmakers in swing districts their passion is real — and could cost them their seats in the 2018 midterms — it…

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Palestinians highlight prisoners’ strike with ‘Salt Water Challenge’

(CNN)Palestinians across the world are posting videos of themselves on social media drinking salt water, as part of a new online challenge intended to draw attention to Palestinian prisoners on hunger strike in Israeli prisons. The challenge involves saltwater because that’s what the hunger strikers are drinking to stabilize their health while abstaining from food. More than 1,000 Palestinians in eight Israeli prisons launched a “Hunger Strike for Freedom and…

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An unusually large number of humpback whales died last year

(CNN)The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) launched an investigation Thursday into a large number of humpback whale deaths from Maine to North Carolina. The agency declared the deaths an unusual mortality event, the first one observed in humpback whales in nearly a decade. An unusual mortality event (UME) is defined under the Marine Mammal Protection Act as “a stranding that is unexpected; involves a significant die-off of any marine…

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Plain tobacco packaging ‘may cut smokers by 300,000 in UK’ – BBC News

The findings were backed up by a report from the Australian government, which showed a similar drop in smoking prevalence – 0.55% – following the introduction of plain packaging there in 2012. Currently, about 17% of the UK adult population are smokers. ‘Trying to give up’ The review looked at new evidence from 51 studies, involving 800,000 people, on the impact of standardised packaging on smokers’ attitudes and behaviour. It…

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‘My vision is like looking through a straw’ – BBC News

“The worst case scenario for any deaf person is to lose their sight. Usher syndrome is not a death sentence but it is incredibly challenging. Without awareness and appropriate support, it is easy to fall into depression and despair – I’ve been there.” The loss of Molly’s sight was rapid, and within two years of being diagnosed she was registered blind. “My parents knew about my Usher syndrome diagnosis on…

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Texas: FDA should release impounded execution drug

(CNN)The Texas Department of Criminal Justice’s battle against the US Food and Drug Administration over an impounded shipment of drugs to be used for lethal injections continued Wednesday with the state filing an amended court complaint. The motion follows the FDA’s decision last week to rule that sodium thiopental cannot be imported into the United States, blocking states from using the drugs in executions. The agency has not approved the…

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CNN/ORC Poll: At 100 days, Trump approval rating shows no sign of growth

WASHINGTON (CNN)As the 100-day mark of Donald Trump’s presidency approaches, a new CNN/ORC poll finds the President reaches this milestone holding on to the lowest approval rating of any newly-elected president at this stage, amid sharp partisan divides and a failure to capitalize on post-election strengths. Overall, 44% say they approve of Trump’s handling of the presidency, 54% disapprove. That’s about the same as in each of the two previous…

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Manhattan man pleads guilty to ‘Producers’ scheme

New York (CNN)A Manhattan resident on Wednesday pleaded guilty to conning several investors into giving him money intended to fund the production of a fake Broadway play, according to Manhattan district attorney spokesman Justin Henry. Roland Scahill pleaded guilty to three counts of grand larceny in the third degree and one count of scheme to defraud in the first degree, according to court documents. The former talent agent owes $189,885…

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Prosecutor: ‘Brutal’ genital mutilation won’t be tolerated in US

(CNN)Two Michigan doctors and a medical office manager were indicted Wednesday by a Detroit grand jury in the first federal female genital mutilation case in the United States. Detroit emergency room physician Dr. Jumana Nagarwala, internal medicine physician Dr. Fakhruddin Attar and his wife, Farida Attar, face one count of conspiracy to commit female genital mutilation, two counts of female genital mutilation and one count of conspiracy to obstruct an…

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NHS contaminated blood was ‘criminal cover-up’ – Burnham – BBC News

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionBurnham: ‘I want to refocus everybody on giving victims what they’ve never had – the truth’ A “criminal cover-up on an industrial scale” took place over the use of NHS contaminated blood products in the 1970s and 1980s, former Health Secretary Andy Burnham has claimed. More than 2,000 deaths have been linked to the scandal in which haemophiliacs and others were infected…

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Republicans aim to revive health care with new amendment

(CNN)House Republicans are hoping they can revive Obamacare negotiations once again. GOP lawmakers in the House have taken the crucial step of putting their latest hope for a health care compromise on paper, circulating legislative text that could launch yet another round of health care talks just in time for the last of President Donald Trump’s first 100 days in office. A draft amendment obtained by CNN, first reported by…

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Why hasn’t North Korea conducted its sixth nuclear test?

(CNN)The world is anxiously waiting for North Korea’s sixth nuclear test. With every nuclear or missile test, North Korea gets closer to its stated goal of developing a nuclear weapon that can be mounted on a missile capable of reaching the United States. So what’s with the delay? USS Carl Vinson Navy strike group: What to know The pattern Domestic affairs and geopolitics are carefully considered when the secretive communist…

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FDA cracks down on ‘illegal’ cancer treatments

(CNN)The US Food and Drug Administration calls it “cruel deception”: companies promising desperate consumers that their products can cure cancer. On Tuesday, the agency responsible for policing the American food and drug market issued warning letters to 14 companies that it says are “illegally selling more than 65 products that fraudulently claim to prevent, diagnose, treat or cure cancer.” “There’s a couple of issues here,” Jason Humbert, a regulatory operations…

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Caitlyn Jenner doesn’t regret voting for Trump despite LGBT ‘mistakes’

(CNN)Caitlyn Jenner may not like everything US President Donald Trump’s administration has done so far — especially when it comes to actions affecting transgender Americans like her. But she does not regret her decision to vote for Donald Trump, she told CNN’s Don Lemon on Tuesday. “As far as LGBT issues, yes, he’s made some mistakes,” she said. “I don’t support him in everything that he does. But we needed…

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Exercise ‘keeps the mind sharp’ in over-50s, study finds – BBC News

Brain boost Physical activity has long been known to reduce the risk of a number of diseases, including type-2 diabetes and some cancers, and it is thought to play a role in warding off the brain’s natural decline as we enter middle age. The theory is that through exercise the brain receives a greater supply of blood, oxygen and nutrients that boost its health as well as a growth hormone…

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Christie gives Trump a ‘B,’ says WH staff need to ‘get their act together’

Washington (CNN)With a few days left of his first 100 days in office, President Donald Trump’s friend Gov. Chris Christie graded his performance so far as a “B.” “The reason I’d give him a B is first and foremost because of (Supreme Court Justice) Neil Gorsuch,” the New Jersey governor said on CNN’s “The Lead with Jake Tapper.” Christie, a Republican Trump supporter, said the impact of the successful Supreme…

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Female genital mutilation procedure ‘hurted a lot,’ child says

(CNN)A 7-year-old girl who underwent a painful genital mutilation procedure told federal investigators that after a doctor completed the process, she was rewarded with a piece of cake for “doing good.” Court documents obtained by CNN contain that account, along with other details in the cases of three medical professionals now facing charges in the first federal female genital mutilation case in the United States. The father of the girl…

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Glenn Beck: Trump ‘doing a really good job of misdirection’

(CNN)Nationally syndicated radio host Glenn Beck said Monday he believes President Donald Trump is “doing a really good job of misdirection.” An ABC News/Washington Post poll released Sunday showed 42% of people approve the President’s performance so far. The poll also showed Trump retaining support among his base, with 96% of people who said they voted for him saying they would do so again. “He’s done a good job of…

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