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While Their Own Country Is Torn Apart By War, Syrians Are Giving Aid To Yazidis

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Fleeing approaching Islamic State militants, tens of thousands of members of the Yazidi community in Iraq have found refuge in an unlikely place — war-torn Syria. The United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) said Thursday that at least 15,000 Yazidi refugees are sheltering in Syria’s Kurdish north, after fleeing from Iraq in early August when the Islamic State captured Yazidi towns. Wounded, weak and deeply traumatized by their flight through barren mountains in…

Police: Mom helped son partake in ‘fire challenge’

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A Charlotte woman is facing charges after police say she helped her son set himself on fire in a videotaped stunt known as the “fire challenge” that’s gaining popularity on social media and has left at least two other children with severe burns. The video taken in late July was posted on Facebook and made its way around the Internet. The 16-year-old boy is seen in the shower with shorts…

Sugar Hill homes in Harlem remodeled as art galleries, welcome new visitors

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The industrial-looking charcoal gray building that sits in Harlem on 155th Street and St. Nicholas is reintroducing itself to its neighbors in a creative new way. The David Adjaye designed mixed-use building has met staunch criticism over its aggressively modern aesthetic in the historic Sugar Hill community, which is dotted with 19th century row houses and early 20th century apartment buildings. The Silver LEED certified building  will include 124 apartments (70%…

22 Candid Photos That Show How Beautiful Breastfeeding Really Is

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Inspired by her reluctance to nurse in public, one photographer and mother of four is seeking to normalize the sight of breastfeeding and show support for other nursing moms. Leilani Rogers is a Texas-based photographer who has launched an initiative called the Public Breastfeeding Awareness Project (PBAP). In anticipation of World Breastfeeding Week this year, she recruited over 50 photographers in the U.S., Canada, and Ireland to take pictures of…

’72 Percent’ Documentary Confronts The Black Community’s Single-Parent ‘Epidemic’

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There is one number that is always mentioned in the discussion of black children born out of wedlock: 72 percent. Estimations place the growing number of children born to unwed mothers in the 70th percentile of the black population in America. The documentary ‘72 Percent,’ “takes a hard look at the single mother phenomena in the African American community.” The documentary aims to analyze “beyond catastrophic” statistics through a discussion of the effect…

Wall Street Journal Editorial Scolds Republican ‘Deportation Caucus’

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The Wall Street Journal editorial page excoriated Republicans on Saturday for positioning themselves as the party of maximum deportations. House Republicans late Friday night had succeeded in passing two immigration bills — one measure that would strip protections from the young undocumented immigrants known as Dreamers and a funding bill meant to address the influx of 57,500 unaccompanied minors who have crossed the U.S.-Mexico border illegally. Republican leaders pulled a…

GOP Admits It’s Hypocritical To Sue Obama Yet Urge Him To Act Alone On Border Crisis

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A pair of House Republicans admitted on Friday that it made little sense to sue President Barack Obama over executive overreach and, at the same time, urge him to act without Congress to solve the border crisis. “Look, you can’t say on the one hand that the president is overreaching by acting without legislative authority and direction and then refuse to give him legislative authority and direction in another area,”…

Concentrate on Africa’s Children

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President Obama is convening the first-ever U.S.-Africa Leaders’ Summit with over 50 African leaders in Washington D.C. next week. The event will have a strong focus on Africa’s long-term economic growth, under the theme of “Investing in the Next Generation.” To us, the next generation is, quite simply, Africa’s children. Some may think that concentrating on the economic well-being of Africa has little to do with children, but we strongly…

House Scraps Vote On Bill To Address Border Crisis

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WASHINGTON — The House abruptly removed a bill from its schedule that would provide $659 million in funding to address the ongoing border crisis, after initially planning to vote on the measure Thursday. After meeting Thursday afternoon, House Republicans are set to meet again Friday morning to discuss the next steps for a border bill, delaying a planned congressional recess. The bill had significant opposition from Democrats, but GOP leadership decided to add a…

The Perfect Way To Keep A Sexy Bod And Still Enjoy Your Vacation

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So many of us focus our energy on getting to the gym in preparation for that beach bikini moment when we let the sarong fall and bare our abs, two piece and a sun hat. All of that work ethic goes out the door when we find ourselves overeating, drinking and indulging in rich local fare and tourist restaurant attractions. When you’re on vacation there are a few things that…

Central American Leaders Blame Immigration Crisis On ‘Coyotes’

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WASHINGTON — Three Central American leaders are in Washington, D.C., this week to discuss ideas to slow migration from their countries to the U.S. The presidents of Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador will meet with President Barack Obama on Friday to talk about options to stem the influx of unaccompanied minors at the border. Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez and Guatemalan President Otto Perez Molina talked with House Democrats and…

Democrats And Republicans Complain Obama Is Too Aloof With Congress

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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama’s request for billions of dollars to deal with migrant children streaming across the border set off Democrats and Republicans. Lawmakers in both parties complained that the White House — six years in — still doesn’t get it when it comes to working with Congress. Top GOP leaders got no notice of the $3.7 billion emergency request. The administration sent contradictory messages about what it…

House Votes To Boost Well-Off Kids, Cut Out Poor Kids

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WASHINGTON — The House of Representatives voted Friday to change a tax credit in a way that would add $115 billion to the deficit and hurt poorer parents while aiding the well-to-do. By a vote of 237-173, mostly along party lines, the House decided to make permanent the child tax credit and expand it to families earning up to $205,000 a year. The credit, which is worth up to $1,000…

Children Exposed To Religion Have Difficulty Distinguishing Fact From Fiction, Study Finds

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Young children who are exposed to religion have a hard time differentiating between fact and fiction, according to a new study published in the July issue of Cognitive Science. Researchers presented 5- and 6-year-old children from both public and parochial schools with three different types of stories — religious, fantastical and realistic –- in an effort to gauge how well they could identify narratives with impossible elements as fictional. The study found…

Joaquín Castro: Rick Perry ‘militarizing’ border

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Texas Rep. Joaquín Castro on Monday said Gov. Rick Perry is “militarizing our border” with his decision to deploy state National Guard troops there. “We should be sending the Red Cross to the border not the National Guard to deal with this humanitarian crisis,” the Democratic congressman said in an email. “The children fleeing violence in Central America are seeking out Border Patrol agents. They are not trying to evade…