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barbara bush was 'first lady of the greatest generation'

(houston) — barbara bush was the “first lady of the greatest generation.”historian jon meacham bestowed the title on barbara bush while speaking to former presidents, ambassadors and hundreds of other mourners inside the nation’s largest episcopal church during her funeral saturday. he recalled the former first lady’s quick wit, as well as her devotion to promoting literacy, bringing awareness to aids patients and to her husband of 73 years.former president george h.w. bush., the historian noted, was the “only boy she ever kissed.”meacham, who wrote a 2015 biography on george h.w. bush, joined some 1,500 people on a gray, rainy saturday to honor the wife of the 41st president and the mother of the 43rd. the private funeral fill...




newnan, georgia, prepares for neo-nazi, anti-fascist groups

arrests have already been made in newnan, ga., as police gear up for a possible clash between neo-nazi demonstrators and counter-protesters on saturday.before a rally planned by the neo-nazi, white supremacist group the national socialist movement (nsm) had even begun, police had arrested anti-fascist counter-protesters who were blocking roads and wearing face masks, fox 5 atlanta reports. images posted on twitter also show heavily armed police officers pointing weapons at seemingly unarmed counter-protesters.a cop points a gun at a protester #newnanpic.twitter.com/wsquy6lqvx— christopher mathias (@letsgomathias) april 21, 2018the nsm rally, which was scheduled to begin at 3 p.m., got started around 4 p.m., when a small group of nsm member...




even mild brain injuries may increase parkinson's risk

time healthfor more, visit time health.even relatively mild brain injuries may increase your risk of developing the neurodegenerative condition parkinson’s disease, according to a new study.the research, which was published wednesday in the journal neurology, found a strong connection between traumatic brain injuries such as concussions and a heightened risk of parkinson’s, regardless of the severity of the injuries. the findings specifically pertain to veterans whose data had been recorded in veterans health administration databases between 2002 and 2014.compared to those who had never suffered a tbi, the increase in parkinson’s risk — while still relatively low overall — ranged from 56% for veterans who had sustained mild injurie...




george h.w. bush wore book socks to his wife's funeral

former president george h.w. bush paid a subtle tribute to his late wife, barbara bush, at her funeral on saturday.the former president wore a pair of socks decorated with stacks of colorful books, in a nod to his partner’s longstanding commitment to advancing literacy.george h.w. bush wore socks with books on them in dedication to barbara at her funeral today. barbara raised over $110 million over 30 years for family literacy. pic.twitter.com/wqzvgb4j0q— caleb hull (@calebjhull) april 21, 2018aides to george hw bush say the former president is sporting what he calls “book socks” today — an ode to the former first lady’s lifelong advocacy for literacy. ????— jesse rodriguez (@jesserodriguez) april 21, 2018the barbara bush found...




chemical weapons inspectors collect samples in syria

(beirut) — chemical weapons inspectors collected samples from syria’s douma on saturday, two weeks after a suspected gas attack there followed by retaliatory strikes by western powers on the syrian government’s chemical facilities.the site visit, confirmed by the organization of the prohibition of chemical weapons, would allow the agency to proceed with an independent investigation to determine what chemicals, if any, were used in the april 7 attack that medical workers said killed more than 40 people.douma was the final target of the government’s sweeping campaign to seize back control of the eastern ghouta suburbs of damascus from rebels after seven years of revolt. militants gave up the town days after the alleged attack.the u.s.,...




4 former presidents among hundreds at barbara bush's funeral

(houston) — four former presidents joined ambassadors, sports stars and hundreds of other mourners on a gray, rainy saturday at the private funeral for former first lady barbara bush, filling the nation’s largest episcopal church a day after more than 6,000 people paid their respects to the woman known by many as “america’s matriarch.”former president george h.w. bush was helped into the cavernous sanctuary with a wheelchair behind his sons, former president george w. bush and former florida gov. jeb bush, and other bush relatives to remember his wife of 73 years. barbara bush died at their home in houston on tuesday at age 92.seated near the front of the church, in the same pew, were two other former presidents — bill clinton an...




newnan, georgia, prepares for neo-nazi, anti-fascist groups

the city of newnan, ga., is steeling itself for a possible clash between neo-nazi demonstrators and counter-protesters on saturday.anti-fascist counter-protesters are planning to gather in response to a rally planned by the national socialist movement (nsm), a neo-nazi, white supremacist group, the newnan times-herald reports. the dueling gatherings bring to mind a similar face-off between the two groups last year in charlottesville, va., which left a woman dead and sparked outrage and protests across the country.the nsm is expecting between 50 and 100 people to gather in newnan’s greenville street park — which has been surrounded by barricades and a chain-link fence — on saturday afternoon, usa today reports. counter-protesters, inclu...




colin kaepernick wins amnesty international top honor

colin kaepernick may not have a job on the football field, but much of the world is still cheering for him.amnesty international, the global human rights organization, gave kaepernick its highest honor — the 2018 ambassador of conscience award — in amsterdam on saturday. past winners of the award, which “celebrates individuals and groups who speak out for justice,” include former south africa president nelson mandela, malala yousafzai, the education activist from pakistan who survived an assassination attempt by the taliban, and rock group u2.the organization recognized kaepernick for his protest against police violence: his action, kneeling during the national anthem before nfl games, sparked a movement replicated across america and...




north korea: missile tests suspended, nuclear site closing

(seoul, south korea) — north korea announced that it will suspend nuclear tests and intercontinental ballistic missile launches ahead of its summits with seoul and washington, but stopped short of suggesting it has any intention of giving up its hard-won nuclear arsenal.the announcement, which sets the table for further negotiations when the summits begin, was made by leader kim jong un at a meeting of the north korean ruling party’s central committee on friday. it was reported by the north’s state-run media early saturday.kim justified the suspension to his party by saying the situation around north korea has been rapidly changing “in favor of the korean revolution” since he announced last year that his country had completed its n...




earth day 2018: plastic waste could build 19 skyscrapers

plastic has been plagued with some bad press in the weeks leading up to earth day, which takes place sunday, april 22, from a sperm whale that washed ashore in spain with 64 pounds of plastic in its body to a 600,000 square mile area in the pacific ocean rife with trash.both headlines drew an outcry from concerned citizens calling for measures to protect the affected sea life. but as sad as the news may be, it is far from surprising. plastic consumption has increased 20-fold in recent decades, with nearly a third of the material consumed bypassing waste collection systems and eventually winding up as pollution. that plastic debris often finds its way to the planet’s oceans, rivers and lakes, creating problems for aquatic species and, by ex...




starbucks will host unconscious bias training. will it work?

a starbucks manager in philadelphia called the police on two black men on april 12, leading to their arrest. the two men, who had been waiting for a friend at the store, were released without being charged.starbucks has since apologized and announced it will close more than 8,000 of its stores in the united states to provide “racial bias” training for its 175,000 employees. starbucks’ coo roz brewer said the sessions would focus on “unconscious bias training,” a form of diversity education that focuses on the hidden causes of everyday racial discrimination.unconscious bias training has become a popular approach to diversity education. the trainings often begin with demonstrations of how the mind operates in ways that are outside of...




westworld season 2: revisiting the story of the man in black

in one of westworld season 1’s most highly anticipated twists, we find out that william (jimmi simpson) and the ruthless man in black (ed harris) are the same guy, separated by three decades.and according to the westworld season 2 trailer, the man in black is determined to burn the theme park down. whether or not he gets to fulfill his vacation dreams is anyone’s guess. but let’s pull back for a moment and remember how his character — a white-hatted good guy as pure as they come — went full black hat.before you dive into the westworld season 2 premiere on april 22, here’s a refresher on how william became the man in black.jimmi simpson in westworldjohn p. johnson—hbowilliam the newbiewhen he first shows up at the park in the se...




donald trump says michael cohen won't 'flip' despite 'dishonest media'

(west palm beach, florida) — president donald trump says he doesn’t expect personal lawyer michael cohen to “flip” as the government investigates cohen’s business dealings.trump is accusing the new york times and a reporter of “going out of their way to destroy michael cohen and his relationship with me in the hope that he will ‘flip'” — a term that can mean cooperating with the government in exchange for le...




obamas, clintons expected at funeral for barbara bush

(houston) — some 1,500 guests are expected saturday at a private funeral for barbara bush at the nation’s largest episcopal church.first lady melania trump, former president bill clinton and his wife, hillary, and former president barack obama and his wife, michelle, are among those expected to attend the by-invitation-only service at st. martin’s episcopal church in houston. burial will follow at the bush library at texas a&m university, about 100 miles northwest of houston.the burial site is in a gated plot surrounded by trees and near a creek where the...




queen elizabeth ii to attend concert for 92nd birthday

(london) — queen elizabeth ii is marking her 92nd birthday with a saturday night concert in london featuring british singers such as sting, tom jones and jamie cullum.kylie minogue, shaggy and craig david also are set to perform for the “queen’s birthday party” at royal albert hall.elizabeth — the world’s longest-reigning living monarch — will be in the audience along with other members of the royal family. prince harry is expected to lead tributes to his grandmother in his new role as president of the queen’s commonwealth trust.earlier in the day, honorary gun salutes were staged in hyde park, the tower of london and t...




anti-trump books like comey's 'higher loyalty' sell better

donald trump has made america read again. since the beginning of the year, every new york times bestseller has been about the 45th president, according to cnn. and that’s not to mention the classic dystopian novels that shot up the list in 2017.but if you’re an author writing about president trump, would you do better with a book praising him or one critical of him?to answer that question, we gathered data from the times nonfiction list of bestsellers on every book explicitly about trump since his election in 2016.that gave us a list of seven books supporting trump, including books like “understanding trump” by newt gingrich and “billionaire at the barricades” by laura ingraham, and ten that were more critical, such as “fire an...




e. coli outbreak: cdc expands warning to all romaine lettuce

time healthfor more, visit time health.american consumers are urged to stay away from salad for the time being, after an e. coli outbreak linked to romaine lettuce has spread to 16 states.the centers for disease control and prevention warned against eating any kind of romaine lettuce grown in the yuma, arizona region, including whole heads and hearts of the green, and any chopped salads or salad mixes that contain it, in its latest update on the e. coli outbreak. the warning, which expanded from a prior notice urging buyers to throw out any store-bought chopped romaine lettuce, comes after new cases of e. coli were reported in alaska.alaska’s department of health & social services said eight inmates at the anvil mountain correctional cente...




north korea: missile tests suspended, nuclear site closing

(seoul, south korea) — north korea said saturday it has suspended nuclear and long-range missile tests and plans to close its nuclear test site.the north’s official korean central news agency said the country is making the move to shift its national focus and improve its economy.the north also vowed to actively engage with regional neighbors and the international community to secure peace in the korean peninsula and create an “optimal international environment” to build its economy.the announcements came days before north korean leader kim jong un is set to meet south korean president moon jae-in in a border truce village for a rare summit aimed at resolving the nuclear standoff with pyongyang.a separate meeting between kim and u.s. ...




edm star avicii dies in oman at age 28

new york (ap) — the swedish-born producer and dj known as avicii has been found dead in oman.publicist diana baron said in a statement that the 28-year-old dj, born tim bergling, was in muscat, oman.“the family is devastated and we ask everyone to please respect their need for privacy in this difficult time,” the statement said.avicii was a pioneer of the contemporary electronic dance movement and a rare dj capable of worldwide arena tour. he won two mtv music awards, one billboard music award and earned two grammy nominations. his biggest hit was “le7els.”his death comes just days after he was nominated for a billboard music award for top dance/electronic album for his ep “avicii (01).”his hits include “wake me up!” ”the...




god of war: the inspiration behind the new kratos and atreus

there are many characteristics that make santa monica studios’ new god of war game different than any other. but the most obvious of them is the introduction of kratos’ son atreus, who accompanies his father on a trying and treacherous pilgrimage to the top of a mountain where they plan to scatter the ashes of his deceased mother.the father-and-son dynamic between kratos and atreus is a central to both the plot and the gameplay in the new god of war, and it’s partially inspired by creative director cory barlog’s real parenting experiences. in the new god of war, launching on april 20 for the playstation 4, kratos is learning what it means to be a father — a gradual process that occurs over the course of the story. kratos is distant...