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South Dakota bill would make trans health care for minors a felony

South Dakota Republicans introduced a bill this week that would make it a felony for medical professionals to provide transgender health care to minors — including the prescription of puberty blockers. State Rep. Fred Deutsch, who represents a northeast swath of the state, introduced the bill in the Republican-dominated legislature on Tuesday, the first day […]

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Rep. Ayanna Pressley reveals she has alopecia, debuts bald head

Rep. Ayanna Pressley, D-Mass., disclosed Thursday that she has alopecia areata, a condition that results in the loss of hair on the scalp and elsewhere. Pressley, who is known for sporting natural hairstyles, particularly Senegalese twists, also revealed her bald head for the first time in an interview with The Root. “My twists have become […]

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Police reveal evidence in New York serial killer case nearly decade after 11 bodies found

Police have released previously undisclosed evidence in the unsolved case of the Gilgo Beach murders, nearly a decade after the remains of 11 people were discovered along a stretch of highway on Long Island. During a news conference on Thursday, Suffolk Police Commissioner Geraldine Hart released a photo of a black leather belt she said […]

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ASOS rolls out augmented reality technology to make online shopping more inclusive

C. True Coleman faced a dilemma all too common for many brides in search of that perfect wedding dress. The bride-to-be wanted something they would feel special and comfortable in while celebrating their big day, but faced added difficulty finding the perfect gown because Coleman was up against a 3-month time crunch and is also […]

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Awkwafina lends her voice to New York City subway announcements

New York City subway riders got a surprise Thursday morning when the familiar stock voice making announcements was replaced by actress Awkwafina. “The Farewell” actress and native of Queens, whose real name is Nora Lum, can be heard on the MTA’s 7 Line to Flushing, adding humorous one-liners after announcing stops. At one stop, she […]

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Days before Virginia gun rally, FBI arrests 3 alleged white supremacists

Three suspected members of a white supremacist group face federal charges after the FBI apprehended them days before a gun rights rally in Virginia’s capital next week, federal prosecutors said Thursday. The suspects are allegedly part of a fringe group known as The Base, and law enforcement officials say the timing of their arrests is […]

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DHS asks Pentagon to fund hundreds more miles of border wall construction

The Department of Homeland Security has sent the Defense Department a new request to build hundreds more miles of border wall, according to a senior defense official. The request for funding, or RFA, which was made Wednesday, asks the Defense Department to use money earmarked for counternarcotics to build the wall along six sectors of […]