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Europe’s patchwork of abortion laws is absurd. Rights must be made universal | Prune Antoine

I was stunned to discover that abortions, strictly speaking, are still not legal in Germany

When I was 30, in 2011, I had an abortion. I was living in Berlin, a city known, since the fall of the Wall, for championing freedom. Or at least it was until attention turned to my womb. Born in France in the 1980s, and brought up on the internet, the Erasmus European studies programme and love without borders, I was under the happy illusion that everything relating to women’s bodies – from abortion to assisted reproduction – was covered by rights secured after long, hard struggles.

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Taylor Swift says Scooter Braun is banning her from performing her old material
Sources tell us Swift owes Braun and Borchetta $7 million.
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New Epstein accuser says he asked for nude photos just a month before his arrest
Jeffrey Epstein harangued one of his victims for nude photos a mere month before his arrest on sex-trafficking charges, according to a new lawsuit filed against his estate Thursday. Juliette Bryant says in her Manhattan federal court lawsuit that she was an aspiring 20-year-old model in South Africa when she was introduced to the financier....
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NYPD revamps vacation policy in push to improve cops’ mental health
Top NYPD brass are making it easier for cops to take off for vacation — the department’s latest push to address officers’ mental health, The Post has learned. “In order to address the mental health and morale, The Police Commissioner’s Office and the Deputy Commissioner of Labor Relations have decided it is best for MOS...
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Why this 2019 Nobel physics winner says we should stop calling it a ‘Big Bang’
The Big Bang Theory remains the most convincing and popular estimation on the origin of universe, but that doesn’t mean it’s true. James Peebles, a one-half winner of the 2019 Nobel Prize for Physics (he split the award with a duo comprised of Michel Mayor and Didier Queloz), is a bit of a curmudgeon when it comes to early-universe theories. According to him, the events surrounding the “Big Bang” are still unknown, and he really wishes his colleagues would stop referring to it as a “big bang.” According to a report from Agence France-Presse (AFP), Peebles told an audience at… This story continues at The Next Web
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‘This touched everyone’: Walmart store reopens months after mass shooting
The border city in eastern Texas continues to recover from the racially-driven attack that targeted Mexicans and killed 22 peopleThree months after one of the deadliest mass shootings in modern US history, the Walmart store in El Paso, Texas, where 22 were killed in an August rampage reopened on Thursday amid tears and smiles from customers and staff as the border city continues to reel from the racially-driven tragedy.The 9am opening began with the raising of the American flag – which had been flown at half-staff since the attack – and the unfurling of an “El Paso Strong” banner, a slogan which is now found on bumper stickers, shirts, and buildings throughout the city. Continue reading...
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MLB MVP 2019: AL and NL Award Winners, Voting Results and Reaction
Southern California reigned supreme in Major League Baseball awards voting with the announcement that Cody Bellinger of the Los Angeles Dodgers and Mike Trout of the Los Angeles Angels were named the MVP of their respective leagues...
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Boosted rolls out squishier wheels for smoother, faster rides
Images: Boosted Electric skateboard and scooter company Boosted has launched a new set of urethane wheels for its longboards that will offer smoother, faster rides. The new wheels are called Boosted 105s, and they cost $169 for a set of four. The wheels are 30 percent bigger than the ones that Boosted ships on its longboards, measuring 105mm in diameter (hence the name), 65mm wide, and 72 durometer — a measure of hardness. They should add about 2 miles per hour to the top speed, meaning the Boosted Plus would be able to reach 24 miles per hour, and the Boosted Stealth can hit 26 miles per hour. The wheels are also compatible with Boosted’s second generation longboard, but the company says there’s only “limited compatibility” with the Boosted Mini short board. (The company recommends users who want to try to adjust the tightness of the Mini’s trucks to avoid wheel bite.) Boosted also announced Thursday a headlight / taillight combo pack called Beams, which costs $199. The headlights reach 600 lumens of brightness, and the taillights illuminate any time the user brakes the skateboard. Both are powered by the board’s battery, and the headlight even has a pass-through USB port for charging devices, which is neat. The lights appear to be compatible with both the newer longboards and the Boosted Mini. Boosted has sold accessories in the past, but the two new products are the most full-throated attempt by the California company to take a bite out of the ancillary market that exists around its products. While there’s a wealth of Reddit threads and YouTube how-tos dedicated to swapping wheels or adding lights to Boosted’s boards, the pitch here is obvious: spend some more money, and you won’t have to put in as much of the work. Considering the high price tags of Boosted’s boards, that’s probably not the worst bet.
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What Not To Do the First Day in Prison
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University of Florida's student president facing impeachment for Trump Jr. visit
A separate impeachment process related the Trump family is happening outside of Congress. Megan Reeves, an education reporter for the Tampa Bay Times, joins "Red and Blue" to discuss the effort to oust the University of Florida's student body president.
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Notorious ‘Potomac Park Rapist’ busted for string of DC attacks in the ‘90s
Giles Warrick was busted in South Carolina after investigators used DNA evidence to link him to the 1998 murder of a National Academy of Sciences intern who was walking near the Potomac River in Georgetown and several other attacks in the area, officials said.
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Disaster declared as Venice deals with historic flooding
One of the world's most popular tourist destinations was declared a disaster on Thursday. Venice, Italy, has been swamped by the worst flooding in a half-century. As Holly Williams reports, the damage has left the city in deep trouble.
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NFL teams commit to attend workout with Colin Kaepernick
New details are emerging about Colin Kaepernick's possible return to the football field. The quarterback, sidelined since protesting the national anthem, has now been invited to try out for NFL teams. James Brown spoke with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.
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At least 2 dead in shooting at California high school
Gunshots rang out at the start of classes at Saugus High School in Santa Clarita, California. At least two students are dead and three others wounded. As Jonathan Vigliotti reports, the suspect is a 16-year-old student.
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Esper says military academy athletes can delay service to go pro, reversing Mattis decision
Athletes attending U.S. military academies can now delay entry into the armed forces upon graduation to play professional sports if they make the cut.
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"CBS Evening News" headlines for Thursday, November 14, 2019
Here's a look at the top stories making headlines on the "CBS Evening News with Norah O'Donnell."
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Russia establishes new foothold in Syria amid recent violence
Russia confirmed it's setting up a new base in the Syrian city of Qamishli. Yet, for all the security forces now jostling for control, they've been unable to ensure security for the local population. Charlie D'Agata reports from northeast Syria.
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On 16th birthday, California student opens fire at his high school, killing two
A Southern California high school student pulled a .45 caliber semiautomatic handgun from his backpack and fired on fellow classmates on Thursday morning, killing two and wounding three others.
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Teenager Who Killed His Father and a 6-Year-Old Is Sentenced to Life Without Parole
Jesse Dewitt Osborne was 14 when he killed his father in 2016 before driving to an elementary school in Townville, S.C., and shot three people, killing one.
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In Praise of Washington Insiders
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Bloomberg apologizes for sexist remarks as he plots presidential bid
Bloomberg -- who is expected to soon declare his candidacy in the Democratic primary, issued a rare apology through a spokesman in a New York Times piece about his lurid statements.
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Rep. Jordan On Giuliani's Role In Ukraine Strategy: Trump Can 'Have Who He Wants'
The Ohio Republican fiercely defended President Trump, arguing the he has the right to involve his personal lawyer in diplomacy. Rudy Giuliani has become a key figure in the impeachment inquiry.
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Nancy Pelosi accuses Trump of bribery
Heading into the next round of televised impeachment hearings, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is now publicly accusing President Trump of bribery in Ukraine. The U.S. Constitution says a president can be impeached or removed specifically for that crime. Nancy Cordes reports.
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Long Island woman charged with killing lover, torching house to cover her tracks
A 54-year-old Long Island woman was charged on Thursday with beating her 75-year-old lover to death in his home in Centre Island in 2018 and torching the place to cover her tracks. Jennifer Gross faces murder, robbery and arson charges for allegedly beating James Coppola to death with a pot or a pan after he...
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Vape Detectors in Schools, Mental Health on Pinterest, and More News
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Mike Trout is the MVP of MVP voting
Photo by Steve Nurenberg/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images Angels star outfielder finished 1st or 2nd in MVP voting 7 times in his 8 full seasons Mike Trout won the 2019 American League Most Valuable Player award, his third career MVP honor. Though it was his first such award in three years, Trout has been at the forefront of the MVP discussion for each of his eight full seasons, befitting his status as the best player in baseball. Trout set a career high with 45 home runs this season, even more impressive considering he missed the final three weeks with a foot injury. Trout from 2012-19 leads baseball in times on base, runs scored, extra-base hits, total bases, slugging percentage, OPS, OPS+, and wRC+. His lead in Wins Above Replacement is 60 percent more than second place in the Baseball-Reference version, and 54.4 percent more in the FanGraphs version. He just happens to be challenged by different players each year, with Trout the lone constant. In his eight full seasons, Trout has won three MVP awards and finished second a record-tying four times, the latter shared with inner-circle legends Stan Musial, Ted Williams, and Albert Pujols. Barry Bonds, with seven awards, is the only player to win more MVPs than Trout. Bonds won his third MVP in his age-28 season (1993), a year older than Trout. The only time Trout didn’t finish first or second in MVP voting was in 2017, when he missed over six weeks with a torn ligament in his thumb. Though limited to just 114 games that year, Trout still managed to finish fourth for the AL MVP. There are 10 slots on an MVP ballot. Players get 14 points for a first-place vote, then nine points for second place, eight points for third place, all the way on down to one point for a 10th-place vote. Trout in his eight full seasons (2012-19) has been named on every single MVP ballot, 238 out of 238. To give you an idea of how remarkable that is, the only other player to be named on every single MVP ballot from 2016-18 was Nolan Arenado in the National League, a perfect streak broken this year when he appeared on only 27 of 30. Mookie Betts came close too from 2016-18, appearing on 86 out of 90 ballots. But that’s only three years. Trout is at eight years running. These aren’t low placements or token votes for Trout either. He’s only receive five votes lower than fifth place in his eight years — Trout was voted seventh by one voter in 2013 and again in 2016, then in his injury-shortened year he got two ninth-place votes and a 10th-place vote. Every other vote has been in the top five, including a whopping 80.7 percent (192 out of 238) either first or second. Trout received 355 points in the 2019 vote, out of a possible 420, or 84.5 percent. Baseball-Reference tracks this as an 0.85 award share. Trout now has 5.91 career MVP award shares, which ranks sixth all-time. He also just completed his age-27 season. Let’s see how he compares with the folks ahead of him on the list. Win or lose, Mike Trout is always a part of the MVP discussion.
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Day 1, Part 9: Final rounds of questioning on first day of impeachment hearings
Democrats and Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee took turns lobbing questions at the first two witnesses in the impeachment hearings: William Taylor, the top U.S. diplomat in Ukraine, and George Kent, the deputy assistant secretary of state for European and Eurasian affairs. Republicans continued to blast the process, while Democrats pressed for answers about the conduct of President Trump, Rudy Giuliani and their allies.
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Manhunt intensifies for Marine deserter accused of murder
Police in Roanoke, Virginia, are searching for a Marine deserter accused of murder. The manhunt prompted schools and some businesses to close. Chip Reid reports.
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Childline reports 16% increase in victims of sexual exploitation
Service attributes rise from last year to greater awareness among children and increase in online targetingThe number of child sexual exploitation victims counselled by Childline has risen by 16% in a year, with perpetrators believed to be increasingly preying on targets online.The NSPCC’s round-the-clock service delivered 4,500 counselling sessions in 2018-19 to children and young people who were coerced or forced into sexual activity, with the youngest victim aged just nine. Continue reading...
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Victims of bank transfer scams risk being left unprotected
Industry fails to agree on compensation plan after current scheme expiresBank transfer scam victims risk being left unprotected from January after the industry failed to agree a plan to compensate people.More than £1m a day is being lost to scams in which people are duped into authorising a payment to an account controlled by a criminal. The failure to agree a protection plan may make it more likely that the next government will step in. Continue reading...
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Amazon unhappy Microsoft won $10 billion 'war cloud' Pentagon contract
Donald Trump has long made a sport of mocking Amazon founder and Washington Post newspaper owner Jeff Bezos, and Jeff Bezos is well aware of this. Microsoft just won a $10 billion so-called “war cloud” contract with Donald Trump's administration for Pentagon cloud-based computing. Amazon wanted that $10 billion Pentagon contract. Amazon, the company founded by Jeff Bezos, plans to dispute the contract process, claiming “unmistakable bias.” Amazon filed a formal protest in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, which deals with financial claims against the federal government, reports the Associated Press on Thursday: Amazon’s competitive bid for the “war cloud” project drew criticism from President Donald Trump and its business rivals. The project, formally called the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure, or JEDI, pitted leading tech titans Microsoft, Amazon, Oracle and IBM against one another In a statement, Amazon said that “numerous aspects” of the bidding process involved “clear deficiencies, errors, and unmistakable bias.” It did not elaborate. Amazon added that “it’s important that these matters be examined and rectified.” Microsoft has not yet commented on the matter. Amazon to protest $10B Pentagon contract won by Microsoft [apnews.com] Read the rest
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Make flawless sous vide meals with this simple device
Sous vide cooking: It sounds fancy, but it's actually one of the easiest and most reliable ways to cook. It's the reason why many restaurants are able to put out delicious dishes with a consistent flavor. All you need is the right equipment, and that hasn't always been available to those outside the resto crowd. Now that the secret is out on sous vide, gadgets like the Curtis Stone Sous Vide Cooker & Beverage Chiller are letting home chefs prepare their meals in a whole new way. Sous vide is French for "under vacuum," and that's the secret to the consistency. To use this device, all you do is put your beef, poultry or seafood into an airtight bag, then drop it into a pot of water. Clamp the cooker onto the side, select your temperature on the LED display, and wait. It's that easy to get your entrees cooked evenly and all the way through, the same way every time. With a simple switch, you can even turn this one into a beverage chiller for impromptu party coolers. Best of all, the Curtis Stone Sous Vide Cooker & Beverage Chiller is available now for 20% off the retail price. Read the rest
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Report: Montae Nicholson Cooperating in Death Investigation of 21-Year-Old Woman
Washington Redskins safety Montae Nicholson is cooperating with the Loudoun County Sheriff's Office in the investigation into the death of a 21-year-old woman who died in an emergency room in Virginia on Thursday, according to TMZ Sports ...
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Day 1, Part 8: Questioning of impeachment witnesses gets heated
As House Intelligence Committee members took turns questioning William Taylor, the top U.S. diplomat in Ukraine, and State Department official George Kent, several Republican members forcefully denounced the impeachment inquiry. Watch this portion of Wednesday's public hearing.
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All-black Women's Army Corps unit still fighting for recognition
Nearly 900 women went to Europe during the war, and delivered mail to the troops, while bombs dropped around them
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Day 1, Part 7: Democrats and Republicans pose follow-up questions to Taylor
"I'm not here to take one side or the other," said William Taylor, the top U.S. diplomat in Ukraine, as he answered a second round of questions from House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, ranking Republican Devin Nunes and fellow Republican Jim Jordan. They focused on President Trump's interest in having Ukraine investigate Joe Biden and his son Hunter Biden.
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U.S. 'getting close' to trade deal with China: White house economic adviser
The United States is getting close to a trade agreement with China, White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow said on Thursday, citing what he called very constructive discussions with Beijing.
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Day 1, Part 6: Devin Nunes begins Republican questioning of Taylor and Kent
Rep. Devin Nunes, the top Republican on the House Intelligence Committee, and counsel Steve Castor spent 45 minutes questioning the top U.S. diplomat in Ukraine, William Taylor, and State Department Deputy Assistant Secretary George Kent in the first day of public impeachment hearings. Watch this full portion of the hearing.
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Jeffrey Epstein’s Estate Turns to Experts to Pay Accusers
The estate would have no role in evaluating claims under a program developed by victim compensation experts including Kenneth Feinberg, who oversaw the 9/11 victims fund.
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Amazon Protesting Pentagon’s $10 Billion JEDI Contract
The company said there should be an examination of whether political bias helped Microsoft win the bid.
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Mike Trout Wins 2019 AL MVP Award over Alex Bregman, Marcus Semien
Los Angeles Angels outfielder Mike Trout was named the 2019 American League MVP on Thursday, marking the third time in his career he has earned the recognition...
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De Blasio tears into MTA for spending and mismanagement
Mayor Bill de Blasio launched a fusillade of criticism against the MTA on Thursday — telling the state-run agency that it “should clean up its own house” before asking the city for more Access-A-Ride funding. “We’ve got to have a blunt chat here about the MTA,” de Blasio said after a reporter asked the mayor...
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Former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine to testify tomorrow
Marie Yovanovitch, the former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine who was ousted earlier this year, will testify in a public hearing Friday. Multiple witnesses have accused President Trump's personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani, of engaging in a smear campaign against her. Political contributors Antjuan Seawright and Leslie Sanchez join CBSN to discuss the messaging tactics of both parties in the impeachment inquiry.
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Trump hotel brochure uses 'government business' to lure buyers
The Trump Organization has put together a glossy investor brochure for the Trump International Hotel complete with pictures showcasing the hotel's grandiose architecture, central location and it's ability to capitalize on "government related business." CNN's Brian Todd reports.
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2020 Daily Trail Markers: After Kentucky win, Dems look to Louisiana
This Saturday, Louisiana will hold an election between incumbent Democrat Governor John Bel Edwards and Republican businessman Eddie Rispone
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'Lack of leadership' led to Kansas college football player’s death, report says
A 19-year-old Kansas college football player died of heatstroke during his team’s first practice of the season in 2018 because of “a striking lack of leadership,” according to a new report following an independent investigation.
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Trump asks Supreme Court to stop release of his tax returns
A federal appeals court ruled Monday that Trump's tax returns can be turned over to state criminal investigators
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Flood-Ravaged Venice Declares State of Emergency as Mayor Blames Climate Change for ‘Dramatic Situation’
Venice's archbishop said St. Mark’s Basilica had suffered "irreparable damage"
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