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This NBA star has a LinkedIn profile - and his resume might surprise you

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Golden State Warrior Harrison Barnes Talks Tech

One of the many benefits of being a professional athlete is skipping the traditional job application process. No résumé, cover letter or LinkedIn profile necessary.

Harrison Barnes has one anyway.

And according to the NBA star's profile, he was a Strategic Planning intern for Facebook two summers ago.

Look at him and his basketball résumé. The 6'8" Dallas Mavericks forward was the seventh overall pick in the 2012 NBA Draft. He's hardly a candidate that needs an internship of any kind.

But the leading social media platform actually needed him.

Top athletes like Barnes are valuable resources, especially for a company looking to pave a way in the sports world. According to Mashable, he helped provide Facebook's development teams with the feedback it was lacking from high-profile athletes and celebrities.

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In turn, it gave Barnes a chance to understand the social media platform and placed priority on using it more effectively.

The self-proclaimed tech-enthusiast says he most enjoys the way tech intersects with his sport.

"I've always been interested in technology and there's a natural connection between technology and basketball," Barnes told Sports Illustrated.

From Brand Ambassador roles with major companies to various volunteer experiences, explore the rest of Barnes' LinkedIn profile here.

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Posted on 24 August 2016 | 5:25 pm

How gold medalist Lindsay Tarpley gives back

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Two-time Olympic gold medalist Lindsay Tarpley wants to pass on her knowledge to others -- her knowledge about soccer.

After winning two gold medals on the USA Women's soccer team, Tarpley knew that she wanted to pass on what she had learned during her time as an athlete. So, she looked back at her own childhood and decided to give back to the very soccer club that first inspired her as a child. Learn all about her inspiring experience below!

We also chatted with Tarpley about her soccer career and cosmetics line.

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How did coaching at a soccer camp first come about for you?

It came about from some friends from Kalamazoo, Michigan. After the Olympics, they were incredibly gracious with me. Now, I go back to my hometown and run a soccer camp through the club I grew up playing with. For me, it's like coming full circle. For me, I was extremely fortunate to receive the opportunity that I received. Being able to go back to a town that supported me throughout my whole career, but it also encourages me. I enjoy working with kids in that area to bring out the best in them and teaching them that they can accomplish whatever they want to accomplish as long as they set their mind to it.

Was there ever a specific moment at the soccer camp that touched you?

One of the best parts about going back home and running my camp is that I really feel like I can impact a young person's life, and give them the hope and the courage, a boost, whether or not it's on the soccer field, or through a leadership lesson. Some sort of encouragement that they can really tackle their dreams and figure out what they want to do, and coming up with a gameplan of how they're going to accomplish that. I think seeing kids go through that progression, and touching base with me a few months later and saying: hey you really made a difference -- things like that really touch me and mean a lot to me and give me the inspiration and energy to continue to do it.

Do your own kids play soccer?

I hope so! I have a 3 year old boy and a 1 year old girl -- so we'll see. Ultimately, I want them to be a part of a sport, particularly a team sport, because I think you learn so much by going through it. I'm definitely going to sign them up for soccer. My little one actually starts soccer this fall. But, one of the big messages I think is really important for people to realize is that just being a part of that environment gives kids the responsibility and knowing what being a part of a team is. Like I mentioned, there are parallels between my soccer career and now becoming a businesswoman -- I think it's a very important aspect to learn from a young age.

Where do you see the progression of your career going in the next few years?

Right now, I'm really enjoying being a part of Sweat Cosmetics, and we have a lot of exciting things happening this summer. I feel very fortunate to be apart of it. I feel blessed to be so passionate about it and inspired by it at the same time. With my soccer camp, I always enjoy working with kids. I think it's important to give back. I just experienced so much throughout my career -- from the success to the obstacles -- I think all of those messages are important, and I hope I have the opportunity to continue working with kids and sharing my messages.

What's the one piece of advice you've received over the course of your career that's really changed your life?

There have been bits and pieces throughout my career, but one thing that really sticks to me is adversity makes you stronger. Sometimes, when you're going through hard times, it's hard to see the light at the end of the tunnel. Also, when you experience these massive highs throughout your career it's important to find that middle ground and be balanced. I do look back on going through adversity throughout my career and it did make me a stronger. You can only control the things you can control.

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Posted on 24 August 2016 | 5:09 pm

This 9-year-old boy was held by TSA agents because of his pacemaker

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9-Year-Old Boy Held by TSA Agents Because of His Pacemaker

A 9-year-old boy and his family say they were held by TSA agents in Phoenix for more than an hour in what they're calling a traumatic and discriminatory ordeal.

And it was all because of the young boy's pacemaker.

"It was really terrible. I thought it was my fault," Chille Bergstrom told KMSP.

It all started when Chille Bergstrom and his mother, Ali, were heading through security at Sky Harbor International Airport in Phoenix Saturday morning.

See, Chille was born with a rare heart condition that has forced him to undergo 15 open-heart surgeries, and he needs a pacemaker to keep him alive.

Because of Chille's pacemaker, he can't go through the scanning equipment at security checkpoints. He normally presents his medical paperwork and gets an alternative screening, like a pat-down.

Which is exactly what the TSA's website says individuals with pacemakers and other internal medical devices must do.

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But Ali says when they asked for an alternative screening for Chille, TSA agents said they needed a special exemption.

From there, Ali says armed police officers and TSA agents subjected them to a lengthy and demeaning search.

In a Facebook post about the incident, Ali said one of the agents told them "some terrorist plots use children with pacemakers."

The Bergstroms were finally able to fly back home to Minnesota 14 hours later, thanks to the delay and bad weather conditions.

Chille says he hopes sharing their bad experience with the TSA will prevent it from happening to someone like him in the future. A TSA spokesperson said they are reviewing Saturday's incident.

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Posted on 24 August 2016 | 5:05 pm

Seth Meyers buys home near Washington Square Park

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"Late Night" host Seth Meyers and his wife Alexi Ashe welcomed their first child this spring, and now the family has another new addition: The couple shutterstock_199625714recently purchased a duplex in the heart of Greenwich Village for nearly $7 million.

The 5-bed, 4.5-bath apartment is situated on two levels and has iconic views from just about every window, including of the Empire State Building and the Hudson River.

Its proximity to Washington Square Park is sure to be a hit with Frisbee, Meyers' Italian Greyhound.

The home's 32 windows bathe the 3,000-square-foot duplex in light, making the home feel more like a Hamptons beach retreat than a city pad in the hustle and bustle of Manhattan.

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Classic details like oak stained floors, a beamed ceiling, arched doorways, and a solid wood staircase grace the home, which also features two generous living spaces, both with wood burning fireplaces for those cold New York nights.

The eat-in kitchen has all the bells and whistles that any chef would love, including a Wolf range, Sub-Zero refrigerator, and walk-in pantry. In addition to the duplex's five bedrooms, the apartment also has a home office - the perfect spot for Meyers to work on his monologues.

The master suite features a spa-like bathroom complete with large soaking tub, neutral stone tiles, a walk-in closet, and a dressing room. The home also has a true New York City luxury - a washer and dryer - on the second floor. The duplex's building includes several amenities such as an elegant lobby, a full-time doorman, an elevator operator, and a gym.

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Posted on 24 August 2016 | 5:04 pm

This startup thinks people will work out more if they can do it with their friends online

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When Daniel Freedman was selling cyber security software, he had to convince people to buy a solution to a looming problem they couldn't foresee.

Years later, Freedman is now tackling a problem that not only most people have, but one that's also top of mind to fix right away: going to the gym.

Unlike scaring people into cybersecurity, Freedman realized that most people have a common problem of wanting to be more in shape, but there's never a one-fits-all solution.

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Yet, Freedman isn't looking to totally replace a workout routine. Instead, his new startup BurnAlong, which he co-founded with PayPal veteran Mike Kott, is meant to plug the gaps on those days when you're too busy to make it to the gym with friends.

"Our message is not 'Forget your local gym, you can do everything at home.' We believe the two go hand-in-hand," Freedman told Business Insider.

BurnAlong works by having a local fitness instructor either record a class or host one live on the site. Then, you log in with your friends to watch it at the same time. You can see up to five people, instructor included, on the screen or you can just take classes by yourself. All of the videos are designed to be done with minimal workout equipment at home — a barre class, for example, can teach you how to use a chair instead.

"It's the same as when you're with friends in a class. You can look at them. you can joke with them. You can push each other. You can have a laugh together," Freedman said.

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Freedman is hoping to find a hit with people who normally do online workout videos but also with those gym-goers who rely on their friends to keep it fun and hold them accountable.

Beyond helping friends hold each other accountable, Freedman hopes BurnAlong will make people more eager to try their local gyms around them too.

"I think a lot of people don't go to the gym because they think 'I'm not going to get it,'" Freedman said. "With this, you get to familiarize yourself with a local gym and a local person. It's like you learn the dance moves. It doesn't matter whether you're wearing mascara or how high you're lifting your leg. It's like let's do this. And let's do it together."

BurnAlong was born out of Freedman's transition from living in Manhattan and always playing soccer with friends to starting a family in Baltimore and watching his windows of free time shrink. He wanted to work out with friends, but the schedule of classes no longer fit his schedule of life.

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BurnAlong is meant to fill the edges, when you might have a few minutes free after bed time or before the kids wake up to be able to squeeze in a work out with friends, Freedman says. And instead of popping in a workout DVD by yourself, BurnAlong is designed to make it feel natural to be working out with friends, either in person or online.

Thousands have already tried it through its beta program, and it's rolling out to the general public in September. Membership starts at around $10 a month and that includes all of the classes.

"When you look at a lot of things in the fitness industry, you see people who look like super models and guys who have six packs and look like they're off the cover of GQ magazine," Freedman said. "People want something that's more authentic. With our experience, it's not a Hollywood production. If someone slips, it's fine. It's a place where anyone is comfortable no matter how you look."

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Posted on 24 August 2016 | 5:02 pm

The Weeknd teases new music in Instagram post

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The Weeknd Wins Top Hot 100 Artist at the 2016 BBMAs

The Weeknd is approaching.

The Grammy award-winning singer looks to be in full third-studio-album mode, and thankfully, he blessed us all with a little glimpse of what sort of vibes we can expect from the project.

While we can't actually hear any lyrics in Abel Tesfaye's latest Instagram post, it's still a beautiful short clip of lush instrumentals and features what The Weeknd does best: deploy his vocals and usual sonic flair to build a mysterious atmosphere.

The singer is also rumored to be working with Daft Punk on the project. And if his Instagram is any indication, he's been putting in serious time at the studio. There's no official announcements regarding an album release date, but we'll be keeping our eyes peeled for more snippets.


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Posted on 24 August 2016 | 4:58 pm

Taylor Swift and Tom Hiddleston had their first 'major fight'; No, you're freaking out

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Taylor Swift & Tom Hiddleston: Inside Their First Fight

According to a new, exclusive report from the trusted newsroom of Us Weekly, Taylor Swift and Tom Hiddleston's long, public honeymoon is over. Because they got in a fight. A FIGHT! They had their first fiiiiiiiiggghhhhttttt aaahhhhhhhh.

They had their first fight.

A source "close" to Swift told the tabloid that the new couple had "a major argument" in the beginning of August, because "they weren't spending as much time together." In the beginning of their relationship, Swift and Hiddleston were photographed together every single day, which they seemed to enjoy. Now that Hiddleston is filming a Thor movie in Australia, they can't be photographed together as much, and that's upsetting to both of them.

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The "close Swift insider" — perhaps close enough to inhabit Swift's own body — explained, "There was so much going on so it was hard making their schedules work, and they were upset they couldn't see each other ... Tom is busier than her right now, so it's been hard. They've had some schedule issues, but things are otherwise fine. They are making it work."

The insider did not mention Swift's public feud with Kim Kardashian and Kanye West as a source of stress in the relationship. Things are otherwise fine.

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Posted on 24 August 2016 | 4:49 pm

Couple's magnificent engagement photoshoot in Iceland will give you the chills

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Couple Takes Incredible Engagement Photo Shoot In Sub Zero Weather

It's basically a scene out of Frozen.

A couple staged an engagement photoshoot in Iceland, and the photos are absolutely stunning.

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Though the photos were posted to social media in May, they're just gaining traction. Lovebirds Cici and Clement decided they wanted to document their love in the most unforgettable way.

And that's what they got.

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The Canadian couple posed on glaciers, ice caves and beaches, all with a professional camera crew in tow. The group, decked out in formal attire, trekked up mountains in extreme weather and freezing rain.

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The extravagant photos definitely set the bar for their wedding. But don't worry, their wedding shots were not upstaged.

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Posted on 24 August 2016 | 4:44 pm

Good Gods! Stars of 'Thor' show up at children's hospital to cheer up kids

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Stars of 'Thor' Surprise Little Boy Who Suffered Brain Injury By Saving Brother

Chris Hemsworth and Tom Hiddleston took a break from filming the upcoming Thor: Ragnarok in Australia and visited a children's hospital to make the patients there feel like real-life superheroes.

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The actors, who portray fraternal nemeses in the Thor films (as well as 2012's The Avengers), visited patients at Lady Cilento Children's Hospital in South Brisbane Tuesday, bringing along the hero's iconic hammer and their long locks to put a smile on the kids' faces.

The actors helped raise the spirits of the kids by taking photos and spending time with the patients and their families.

Hemsworth, 33, tweeted: "Met the real superheroes of the world at Lady Cilento Children's Hospital. A huge shout out to these brave kids!"

The stars also met with 9-year-old Calyn Hoad, who is a head trauma patient at the hospital.

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In 2013, he saved his younger brother's life when he pushed him out of the way of a car in traffic. Calyn was hit by the car and suffered massive brain injuries.

Calyn has been in the hospital ever since. A Facebook page set up by his family said: "Though all the odds were against him somehow he survived and is now going through the long hard recovery process unable to talk or walk and with minimal communication to everyone around him Calyn is still fighting with all he has to come back to us."

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After meeting the actors, his family posted on Facebook: "Nothing makes a real life superhero feel a little bit better than meeting another superhero!! Thor and Loki just got to meet our hero."

On Wednesday, Hemsworth returned to spend more time with the kids inside the hospital.

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Posted on 24 August 2016 | 4:32 pm

Tim Cook got a $100M present for his five-year anniversary at Apple

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Tim Cooks marks 5th anniversary at Apple

Five years ago today, Steve Jobs stepped down as CEO of Apple.

The world watched as the beginning of the Tim Cook era took off, and what an era that's been.

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Over the past five years, consumers have witnessed the launch of the Apple Watch, iPadPro and, not to mention, five new generations of iPhones (and iPads).

And though there are so many milestones and accomplishments to celebrate from the past five years, it looks like CEO Cook might have just been given the biggest gift to celebrate of all.

His five-year milestone comes with a pretty little incentive package attached – a package in the form of over $106M

According to MacRumors:

Cook's bonus includes 700,000 tenure-based restricted stock units that vested today as part of a larger compensation package of over 4.7 million shares awarded on August 24, 2011, in addition to his first of six annual installments of 280,000 tenure-based restricted stock units that vested today. The combined 980,000 shares are valued at nearly $106.7 million based on AAPL's closing price of $108.85 on Tuesday.

If only we received gifts that nice on our anniversaries!

Way to go, Tim Cook – we can't say it isn't (more than) well deserved.

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Posted on 24 August 2016 | 4:32 pm

Euphoric dog chills in giant container full of tennis balls

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Ecstatic Dog Chills in Container Full of Tennis Balls

This has to the happiest dog living creature we've ever seen in our lives.

With an unlimited supply of tennis balls, the canine cutie, named Chris, is clearly enjoying his stay at Barkhaus, the so-called "canine wonderland" in Miami, Florida.

Seriously, has anything made you this happy before in. your. LIFE?

Nope. It has not.

If only we could all be so easily pleased.

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Posted on 24 August 2016 | 4:19 pm

Teen plays beautiful music amid devastation after finding damaged piano in flood wreckage

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Teen Beautifully Plays On Damaged Piano Amidst Louisiana Flooding Destruction

As the people of Louisiana begin rebuilding following devastating floods, this teen instead wanted to rebuild the spirits of the victims after finding a piano that somehow survived the ordeal.

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During a volunteering effort to help Baton Rouge families clean up after the flood, Mark Chasuk, 16, took a moment out of the grim day for a moment of positivity.

In a ViralHog video, Chasuk could be heard playing "Tarantella" by Albert Pieczonka in the middle of a block lined with debris left by the flood.

"A friend of mine lived there," Chasuk told "He was really into music so that was his piano, and it took on four feet of water. They had to put it out onto the curb."

Even though the teen's rendition of "Tarantella" was nothing less than extraordinary, he said the piano was already damaged from the water, but once it dried, it would be impossible to play or restore.

"It was really wet below the keys," he explained. "Once it dries, all the wood would warp. Plus, all the metal inside was starting to rust, and the pieces inside the piano were basically lost.

"They lost everything in their house," he added.

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Chasuk, who said he has been playing the piano since he was 5 years old and often enters major competitions in his area, has been volunteering with The Holy Family Homeschoolers for the past few days cleaning up different homes that have been affected by the floods.

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He said out of the 120 families that make up the homeschool group, 16 were flooded out of their homes.

"A lot of them were really tired. Some of them were in good spirits, though for the most part, they were all pretty down," he explained. "I'd say we're all pretty happy to be together as a community, especially in times like these."

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Posted on 24 August 2016 | 4:07 pm

This girl is more excited about school than you have ever been about anything

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Back-to-school photos reveal jubilant parents (and despondent kids)

It's finally back-to-school season -- dress codes are being challenged, seniors are planning pranks and little kids are more excited than you could imagine.

Enter Zoe Broussard, the psyched-up, pro-school hero you never knew you needed. And surprisingly, this is a first day of school shot and not the cover of a mixtape.

Zoe's mom, Sharvonne Broussard, told BuzzFeed News that this iconic snap was captured on her brother's first day of high school.

"She was more excited than he was — she actually wanted to stay at school with him," her mom told BuzzFeed News. "I said, 'OK Zoe, let's take a first day of school picture,' and the pose you see is what she gave me."

Broussard sent the photo to her niece, who tweeted it and launched Zoe's viral stardom.

The best part of all of this is that Zoe's passion for school didn't fade by day two.

Broussard didn't expect the photo to be so successful, but for the sake of other kids, she's happy it is.

"Now that this picture has gotten such a huge response, I hope that other parents will show it to their small children in hopes that it will make their little ones excited about going to school just like Miss Zoe," she told BuzzFeed News.


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Posted on 24 August 2016 | 4:06 pm

Local plumber knows just how to advertise his business

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Plumbing is a dog-eat-dog kind of business and those with the strongest truck decals have the upper hand.

The Sault's Plumber, a plumbing business located out of Sault Sainte Marie, Ontario, Canada knows how to stand out.

The company recently posted a photo of their new truck decal. Take a look. Soak it in.

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Have you ever seen a decal that more perfectly captured the beautiful, singular essence of a brand?

The Sault's Plumber just gets it.

Yes, it's a plumber sitting atop what appears to be a toilet. But wait! You may (or may not have been) fooled! It's actually just an illustration.

Whatever you end up doing, esteemed plumber of Sault Sainte Marie, please don't *dump* this truck.

We'll never flush this memory away.

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Posted on 24 August 2016 | 3:59 pm

Controversial UK leader says he'll speak at Trump rally

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Donald Trump will continue to make his pitch to African-Americans on Wednesday night in deep-red Mississippi. But the venue isn't the most puzzling aspect of the event - he'll be accompanied by Nigel Farage, the former head of the nationalist UK Independence Party who was accused of racism during his successful campaign encouraging UK to withdraw from the European Union.

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Farage confirmed a Sky News report that he'd be appearing at Trump's evening rally in Jackson, Mississippi. Farage said he was already in Jackson, and would be attending a dinner before the rally, where he planned to tell the "story of Brexit."

The UK politician won't be endorsing Trump, however. Farage indicated in an interview he felt such a move would be hypocritical after he condemned President Obama for wading into the Brexit campaign by urging UK citizens to vote to remain in the EU.

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It's unclear how exactly his appearance at Trump's Mississippi event came about — Trump spokeswoman Hope Hicks told Sky News she would "highly doubt" there would be a joint appearance between the two and didn't know anything about it.

She did not respond to an NBC News request for comment.

But it's not entirely unexpected — Trump embraced the successful Brexit vote on a visit to Scotland shortly after, hailing it as a precursor to his own success this November.

"They took their country back, just like we will take America back," he tweeted at the time. And last week, he cryptically tweeted: "They will soon be calling me MR. BREXIT!"

Indeed, there have been many similarities between Trump's supporters and those who favored the Brexit. Both seized on deep dissatisfaction with politics as usual, the establishment, and failures of government to address their citizens' concerns. And both tapped the frustration, bordering on fear, of the influx of immigrants from outside the nation and concerns over their effects on citizens' safety and economic prospects.

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Farage drew fierce criticism in particular for his tactics to harness the latter, which opponents said amounted to racism. Farage commissioned a poster for the campaign that displayed a line of largely non-white migrants with the text: "The EU has failed us all. We must break free of the EU and take back control." He also argued UK employers should be able to discriminate between British citizens and migrants when hiring.

That could complicate Trump's already rocky attempt to broaden his appeal to minorities, part of an effort to make up for considerable lost ground to Democrat Hillary Clinton over the month of August.

With Trump singing a different tune from his stridently anti-immigrant message during the primary — he has softened his stance on immigration reform in recent days, moving away from advocating for mass deportations and allowing some leniency for law-abiding undocumented immigrants — Farage's appearance could be an awkward reminder of Trump's inconsistencies on the issue.


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Posted on 24 August 2016 | 3:54 pm

Contact lenses: The surprising ways they may actually be damaging your eyes

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Your Contact Lenses Could Soon 'Talk' to You About your Health

I have had contacts since I was about 13 years old. I've cleaned them, cleaned their case, and remembered to replace them as often as suggested.

But apparently, that's not enough.

There are so many things that you might not be told, or might not remember, that are horrible for your eyes if you're wearing contacts.

I was in complete shock when I found out about some of these dos and don'ts, and I definitely have to change some of my habits.

From where you wear them, to what you clean them with, there are some guidelines that might not be so apparent when trying to be a clean and healthy lens wearer.

While all of this germ talk may be making you want to wear your glasses more often, these tips are extremely easy to follow and can make a huge difference for your eyes!

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Posted on 24 August 2016 | 3:53 pm

Watch Chvrches' toned-down cover of Calvin Harris and Rihanna's 'This Is What You Came For'

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Chvrches tried its hand at one of pop's biggest dance tracks right now, "This Is What You Came For," for a BBC performance.

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Frontwoman Lauren Mayberry served up her signature sweet and smooth vocals, which were supported by more toned down, less explosive production from the band (at least when compared to the original from Calvin Harris and Rihanna).

The Glasgow outfit also performed "Bury It" off its latest album, Every Open Eye.

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Posted on 24 August 2016 | 3:52 pm

AOL's top 30 games you need to try

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Out of the thousands of fun games on AOL Games, we bring you the top 30 games you need to try! From running through caves to find missing idols, beating the clock in a trivia game and immersing yourself in a high stakes game of online poker, these games will have you hooked!

Flip through the pages of this slideshow and find your new favorite game! Whether you're an avid gamer, a beginner or even someone who is just looking for something fun to do, we promise we've got the perfect one for you.

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Posted on 24 August 2016 | 3:50 pm

Rangers release Josh Hamilton, could career be over?

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Texas Rangers release outfielder Josh Hamilton

The troubled big league career of Josh Hamilton could be at an end after the Texas Rangers asked for release waivers on him. The team has said it is still interested in him, releasing the following statement:

"We plan to monitor Josh's progress as he continues his rehab process and is medically cleared this winter," President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Jon Daniels said. "Given the rules in place, releasing him before the end of this month allows us to keep the door open to extending the relationship in the future."

The first overall selection in the 1999 draft by the then Tampa Bay Devil Rays, Hamilton has had an up and down career battling injuries and substance abuse, and has played just 139 games over the last two seasons. The Rangers put as positive a spin on his release as they could, but considering his recent production, it is hard to imagine them extending any relationship going forward.

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The North Carolina native had his best years in Arlington after the Rangers acquired him from the Reds in 2007. The Devil Rays took a chance by putting him up for the Rule V Draft, where he was taken by the Cubs and then shipped off to Cincinnati. He hit .292/.368/.554 in 98 games with 19 homers and 47 RBI in his first year in the Queen City, an astonishing feat considering he had never played above Double-A and had only 14 games under his belt from 2003-06 at Single-A Hudson Valley.

The Rangers were able to harness that talent while providing a solid support system for his addictions, and even though he had a perfect home, he bolted for the Angels as a free agent — where everything seemed to fall apart, including more issues with dependence. The Halos had their fill of him and sent him back to Texas, covering a bulk of his salary. He still has another year left on a five-year, $115 million deal that will pay him a reported $25 million with the Rangers only having to pick up about $2M whether he plays or not.

At the time it was thought to be a good deal for the Rangers, but unfortunately, it has not worked out as planned. Hamilton has appeared in just 50 games the last two seasons and none this year. His multiple knee injuries and continued battle with drugs and alcohol may prove to be too much for him to land another major league contract.

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Posted on 24 August 2016 | 3:39 pm

Facebook knows if you're liberal or conservative

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Facebook knows if you're liberal or conservative

You can probably tell that Facebook generates ads based on the pages you like.

But the social media site may know even more about you than you think, particularly about your political views.

Whether you agree with it or not, Facebook has already put you in a political box and categorized you as liberal, moderate or conservative.

Luckily, there's an unobvious but easy way to check which label you fall under.

Simply head over to:

There, you'll see a list of categories and topics that Facebook's new algorithm has decided you care about.

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You can also edit these interests that Facebook uses to generate ads relevant to you.

Find and click on the "Lifestyle and culture" tab.

From the dropdown list, find the section that says "US politics".

And voila! In parenthesis, you'll see either Liberal, Conservative or Moderate.

Even if you haven't liked Trump or Clinton's Facebook pages, the site will determine your political standing based on the brands, celebs, TV shows, and pretty much anything and everything you like.

Facebook may not be able to tell you who to vote for, but it probably already know who it will be.

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Posted on 24 August 2016 | 3:37 pm

Mexican style caprese salad

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I've made lots and lots of different kinds of caprese salads over my cooking life, but this one sort of takes the cake. It's become one of my new favorites.

Initially I wanted to do a caprese that showed off more of my glorious local fresh mozzarella, but... I think I bought them out over the past few weeks because there wasn't any available to purchase this week. Argh!

I had made this salad as a test run a few weeks back while my grandmother was still here. We pretty much ate lunch in silence that day because it was just so darn good! This salad is light, fresh, full of bold flavor and so easy to toss together for a quick lunch.

I sprinkled a little extra of my homemade taco seasoning over the mozzarella and the avocado, because... yum.

I used heirloom cherry/grape tomatoes here, but you could use and cherry/grape tomato that tickles your fancy. I just love the colors and flavors that come in the little variety pack that I get. You eat with your eyes first!


  • 2 1/2 C. Chopped Butter Lettuce
  • 6 Heirloom Cherry Tomatoes, Halved or Quartered
  • 1 Oz. Fresh Mozzarella
  • 1/2 Avocado, Pitted & Sliced


  • 2 Tbsp. Fat Free French or Catalina Style Dressing
  • 1 Tsp. Hot Sauce (Such as Valentina.)
  • 1/8 Tsp. Taco Seasoning


  1. Plate the lettuce and top with tomatoes, cheese, and avocado.
  2. Combine the ingredients for the dressing together in a small bowl.
  3. Drizzle the dressing over the top of the salad.
  4. Enjoy right away!

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Posted on 24 August 2016 | 3:34 pm

'Extremely dangerous' tornado near Indianapolis

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Tornado Flattens Starbucks in Indiana

The National Weather Service said on Wednesday a "confirmed large and extremely dangerous tornado" was located near Indianapolis, Indiana, and was moving east at 20 miles per hour (32 kmh).

A tornado was reported east-northeast of downtown Indianapolis on Interstate 70, the NWS said in a bulletin, citing law enforcement sources.

Local television station WTHR reported a large tornado in Kokomo had flattened a Starbucks coffee shop at a shopping mall.

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Footage on the broadcaster's website showed a dark swirling storm with flashes of lightning and thunder as cars drove along wet roads in the area.

Howard County emergency management and sheriff's office officials said they were gathering information on the extent of damage in the area and whether there were any casualties.

"Please avoid any areas affected by the tornados - do not drive to look at damage - allow emergency crews to do their work," the county tweeted.

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Posted on 24 August 2016 | 3:33 pm

Dwight Howard said 'of course' he would like to get in a WWE ring

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Dwight Howard: I'd Beat LeBron in MMA Fight

Dwight Howard has already gone on record as saying he would beat LeBron James in an MMA fight. (We remain unconvinced.) But when TMZ caught up with him recently (literally caught up with him; they were probably sprinting as he got out of a car), he said he'd love to follow in Shaq's footsteps and mix it up for WWE.

Although Shaq and Dwight share the same agent and Shaq is his "dogg," Howard said that he thinks Big Show has the edge at next year's WrestleMania, since Show has the experience as a wrestler. Pretty sound, although that didn't work for him when he went up against Floyd Mayweather.

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When asked if he'd ever get in a WWE ring, Howard had an immediate answer:

"Of course. I like to entertain people. I'll get down there and scream and yell and suplex somebody, RKO outta nowhere."

NBA fans have been "entertained" by Dwight for years and years, of course. Honestly, I can't think of anybody better suited to be our generation's nWo Dennis Rodman. (Let us never speak of Karl Malone's wrestling career.) Come on, WWE, make this happen. We already know this is going to be fun.

See? It says it right there on that magazine cover! And that was super fun, right, NBA fans?

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Posted on 24 August 2016 | 3:28 pm

Jennifer Holliday to return to Broadway in 'The Color Purple'

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Tony- and Grammy-winning actress Jennifer Holliday will return to Broadway for the first time in 15 years in the hit revival of the musical "The Color Purple," the show's producers announced on Wednesday.

Holliday, who earned a Tony in 1982 for originating the brassy Effie White in "Dreamgirls," will take over the role of Shug Avery in John Doyle's Tony-winning production.

The casting offers an interesting synergy: Jennifer Hudson, who won an Oscar playing Effie in the 2006 film version of "Dreamgirls," first played Shug in the revival of "The Color Purple" when it opened last fall.

Heather Headley stepped into the role last May when Hudson left the show and will continue until October 2. Holliday's first performance will be on October 4.

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"I was deeply moved by this truly uplifting production of 'The Color Purple' and I am highly honored and absolutely thrilled to be joining this extraordinary cast," Holliday said in a statmeent. "Nothing compares to performing before a Broadway audience and I can't wait to return to the Broadway stage, where I started my career over 35 years ago."

"There is a rich and significant legacy to the line of women who have been part of 'The Color Purple,' and I am very honored and excited to work with another major actress as she assumes one of its iconic roles," said Tony-winning director John Doyle. "I am very taken with Ms. Holliday's approach to the character of Shug and I look forward to sharing how her integrity and experience will enrich this production of 'The Color Purple.'"

Holliday was discovered at age 17 while singing in her church choir in Houston, Texas by Broadway dancer Jamie Patterson, who persuaded and guided her to New York, where she made her Broadway debut in Vinnette Carroll's "Your Arms Too Short To Box With God" as a featured soloist.

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Beyond Broadway, Holliday appeared as cast regular Lisa Knowles on Fox's "Ally McBeal." She has also enjoyed a successful recording career, winning her first Grammy Award for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance for her torch-ballad signature song, "And I Am Telling You, I'm Not Going."

Most recently, Holliday received rave reviews and top soul-music charts recognition for her latest CD, "The Song Is You."

Her last Broadway appearance was in 2001 for a brief run as the Matron in the long-running revival of "Chicago."

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Posted on 24 August 2016 | 3:27 pm

Should you wear your engagement ring to a job interview?

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If you are a woman who happens to have a sizable engagement ring, a male recruiter and career counselor has some cold, hard advice for you: "When interviewing for a job, lose the ring!" This is the title of a veritable gem of a LinkedIn essay written by Bruce Hurwitz last week that's going viral (by LinkedIn blog standards, anyway). Calling on his extensive experience, Hurwitz says he's seen that when women come to job interviews wearing big engagement rings, they tend not to get the job. But when they leave their rings at home, they are more likely to be hired. He cites the example of a qualified woman sporting a "Hope Diamond" who lost out on several interviews; after she heeded Hurwitz's sage advice to stop wearing the ring, she called him to report that she finally got a job.

Hurwitz has a point here: If a woman shows up to a job interview wearing a 4-carat ring, or similarly expensive statement jewelry, like an armful of Cartier Love cuffs, her perspective employer might assume she's very wealthy, which could negatively (albeit unfairly) impact her salary negotiations. Or, her giant ring might even lead the employer to presume they can't afford to hire her at all, and not bring her back for a second interview, which, again, would be unfair, but may be a reality, like pretty people faring better in interviews, rather than everyone being judged on their résumés alone.

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But Hurwitz's advice to women interviewees to "lose the rock" is not financial advice; on the contrary, it's social, and decidedly sexist. Women with large engagement rings are doing themselves a disservice, he says, because "when a man sees that ring, he immediately assumes you are high maintenance," Hurwitz, in his infinite wisdom, writes. Not to mention: "When the woman at the office who has the largest diamond on her finger sees that ring, she will realize that if you are hired she will fall to second place and will, therefore, not like you."

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Oh, Bruce Hurwitz, you are a wise one. We working women, 40 percent of sole or primary American breadwinners, (still) fighting for equal pay and paid leave, while raising children, often with no viable options for affordable childcare, are concerning ourselves with the size of our prospective women colleagues' engagement rings, and subsequently hating those women who have bigger rings than we do. We are that shallow (despite outnumbering men in college enrollment) and have so much ample time on our hands that we are sniffing out the ring sizes not even of our colleagues, but of interviewees, at our companies. Nailed it!

Hurwitz, as one might imagine, caught some flak for his essay: What about men wearing expensive jewelry, like Rolexes, critics asked? Surely the same rule would apply—that men wearing expensive pieces would be deemed "high maintenance" and categorically, instantaneously hated by other men at the office, right? According to Hurwitz, nope; he perceives no "moral equivalency."

"When a man gives a woman an engagement ring, he buys the least expensive ring that he believes it will take to get her to agree to the proposal," Hurwitz explains in a follow-up essay (read: anyone with a large engagement ring would accept nothing less and is therefore a demanding nightmare to work with). "He may be willing to have a high-maintenance woman in his personal life; he doesn't necessarily want one in his office," Hurwitz says of potential bosses. A male candidate wearing a Rolex, on the other hand, might hurt his salary negotiations—but a flashy watch could also help boost his status and, especially if he's a salesman, prove he's a smashing success. "You see this watch. It's a Rolex. Look outside, you'll see my BMW in your parking lot. I like expensive things. I work on commission. I'm good enough to afford this lifestyle. Any questions?" Hurwitz imagines a male candidate saying.

The same couldn't possibly apply to women with large engagement rings. They couldn't be hardworking or successful saleswomen like their male counterparts, engaged to similarly hardworking and successful fiancés who might have independently decided to purchase them a large ring, or pluck one from their grandma's jewelry box. No, a large ring is an automatic sign of a she-devil—a woman who, according to Hurwitz's own crack logic, drives a hard bargain and would accept nothing less than the best in exchange for her hand. Let's pretend he's right. A tough woman with high standards and a keen sense of her worth? Sounds like a great hire to me.

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Posted on 24 August 2016 | 3:10 pm

At least 120 killed as quake flattens towns in central Italy

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At least 73 people killed in Italy earthquake

ACCUMOLI, Italy, Aug 24 (Reuters) - An earthquake flattened towns in central Italy in the early hours of Wednesday, killing at least 120 people and burying some alive in their sleep, with volunteers and firefighters racing to free those trapped under mounds of rubble as darkness fell.

The quake razed mountain homes and buckled roads in a cluster of communities some 140 km (85 miles) east of Rome. It was powerful enough to be felt in Bologna to the north and Naples to the south, each more than 220 km from the epicenter.

"I was blown away by what I saw. We haven't stopped digging all day," said Marcello di Marco, 34, a farmer who traveled from the town of Narni some 100 km away to help with emergency services' rescue efforts in the hamlet of Pescara del Tronto.

In the nearby village of Accumoli, a family of four, including two boys aged 8 months and 9 years, were buried when their house imploded.

As rescue workers carried away the body of the infant, carefully covered by a small blanket, the children's grandmother blamed God: "He took them all at once," she wailed.

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The army was mobilized to help with special heavy equipment and the Treasury released 235 million euros ($265 million) of emergency funds. At the Vatican, Pope Francis dispatched part of the Holy See's tiny firefighting force to help in the rescue.

Rescue workers used helicopters to pluck survivors to safety in more isolated villages cut off by landslides and rubble.

Aerial photographs showed whole areas of Amatrice, last year voted one of Italy's most beautiful historic towns, flattened by the 6.2 magnitude quake. Many of those killed or missing were visitors.

"It's all young people here, it's holiday season, the town festival was to have been held the day after tomorrow so lots of people came for that," said Amatrice resident Giancarlo, sitting in the road wearing just his underwear.

"It's terrible, I'm 65 years old and I have never experienced anything like this, small tremors, yes, but nothing this big. This is a catastrophe," he said.

Scores of people are believed unaccounted for, with the presence of the holidaymakers making it difficult to tally.

Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, who gave the latest toll figure after visiting the area, called for national unity.

"We Italians are very good at arguing and being polemical but now let's stand in solidarity and pride alongside those who are rescuing others," he said. "Today is a day for tears. Tomorrow we can talk of reconstruction."


Patients at the badly damaged hospital in Amatrice were moved into the streets and a field hospital was set up.

"Three quarters of the town is not there anymore," Amatrice mayor Sergio Pirozzi told state broadcaster RAI. "The aim now is to save as many lives as possible. There are voices under the rubble, we have to save the people there."

Accumoli's mayor, Stefano Petrucci, said some 2,500 people were left homeless in the local community of 17 hamlets.

Residents responding to wails muffled by tonnes of bricks and mortar sifted through with their bare hands before emergency services arrived with earth-moving equipment and sniffer dogs. Wide cracks had appeared like open wounds on the buildings that were still standing.

The national Civil Protection Department said some survivors would be put up elsewhere in central Italy, while others would be housed in tents that were being dispatched to the area.

Most of the damage was in the Lazio and Marche regions, with Lazio taking the brunt of the damage and the biggest toll. Neighboring Umbria was also affected. All three regions are dotted with centuries-old buildings susceptible to earthquakes.

The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake struck near the Umbrian city of Norcia. Italy's earthquake institute INGV registered it at 6.0 and put the epicenter further south, closer to Accumoli and Amatrice.

It was relatively shallow at 4 km below the earth's surface.

INGV reported 150 aftershocks in the 12 hours following the initial quake, the strongest measuring 5.5.

Residents of Rome were woken by the tremors, which rattled furniture, swayed lights and set off car alarms in most of central Italy.

"It was so strong. It seemed the bed was walking across the room by itself with us on it," Lina Mercantini of Ceselli, Umbria, about 75 km away from the hardest hit area, told Reuters.

Italy sits on two fault lines, making it one of the most seismically active countries in Europe.

The last major earthquake to hit the country struck the central city of L'Aquila in 2009, killing more than 300 people.

The most deadly since the start of the 20th century came in 1908, when an earthquake followed by a tsunami killed an estimated 80,000 people in the southern regions of Reggio Calabria and Sicily.


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Posted on 24 August 2016 | 3:05 pm

WATCH LIVE: Donald Trump rallies in Tampa, Florida

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Trump Holds Campaign Rally In Tampa 1

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is scheduled to speak at 1 p.m. at the Florida State Fairgrounds in Tampa on Wednesday.

The billionaire businessman is down in most recent polls to Democratic rival Hillary Clinton, but he continues to campaign and spend money on ads in the Sunshine State.

Photos of Trump and Pence on the campaign trail since the RNC

Trump is expected to make an appeal to minority voters during his speech. He currently only carries 8% of the African American vote and 22% of the Latino vote.

Immigration protesters are planning to hold a demonstration outside of the venue.


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Posted on 24 August 2016 | 3:00 pm

Stripe cutout dress

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This stripe cutout dress is the cutest summer dress that pairs perfectly with blush! Oh, and it's marked down to a great SALE price with a price tag that's 30% off! I received so many compliments when I wore this dress — not only because it's so flattering on any body type, but it also has a great flirty backside too.

Your closet needs this stripe cutout dress because it can be worn to any events coming up {perfect for late summer weddings and showers}, or it would be great for date night, etc. It's one of those items that can be dressed up or down, which is the perfect thing to have in my book!

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Posted on 24 August 2016 | 2:57 pm

Blonde, brunette, or redhead? Here's the real story behind your hair

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When it comes to beauty, I think we all know by now that it's what on the inside that counts.

To quote Roald Dahl, "If you have good thoughts they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely."

Still, there's a lot to be said for taking pride in your physical features too. If you have great eyes or killer curves, that's always something to celebrate, as we saw with this beautiful lady who gave a bad date when he insulted her figure.

And there's one feature in particular that I think all of us have a bit of a love-hate relationship with: our hair.

Hair comes in a million different textures and colors, and no two heads of hair are alike.

Lots of us end up entering into complicated relationships with perms and curlers and hair dye, without totally understanding just how cool our hair really is!

That's why we're here today with some awesome facts about hair and hair color that you may never have realized.

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Posted on 24 August 2016 | 2:56 pm

Mom shares video of baby daughter with whooping cough to spread awareness about vaccinations

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Mom Shares Video of Infant with Whooping Cough to Raise Vaccination Awareness

A concerned mom in Australia learned the importance of vaccinations for young children in a nightmare no mother should experience, and is using her heartbreak to bring awareness to others.

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Sandra Tee began to worry when she heard her five-week-old baby, Heidi, cough softly from inside the nursery. The cough seemed minor, however, Tee's worry soon turned to fear.

"It seemed like a small and insignificant cough," Tee told "But when my daughter became really sick with apneas, it happened extremely quickly."

When Tee entered her daughter's room moments later, Heidi's skin color was a deep-purple shade.

"Heidi's episodes of apneas happen quietly, so if we don't watch her constantly, we wouldn't hear it," said Tee.

Heidi was suffering from a severe whooping cough she contracted from her 3-year-old brother, Lincoln, who also caught it at daycare.

Whooping cough is a contagious bacterial disease that typically affects children. The disease is characterized by violent coughs followed by a whoop.

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Tee and her husband, Tug, rushed their daughter to a local hospital where doctors administered round-the-clock care. They placed an oxygen mask on the baby to help her breathe.

It is common for parents to overlook their child's slight cough. According to Tee, ignoring the warning signs of whooping cough can be fatal for an infant.

She recorded her daughter's hospital visit and posted the video to Facebook to educate others on the importance of vaccinations.

Tee told that she urges all parents to get their children vaccinated as soon as possible as it is imperative for their health.

"Heidi is too young to be vaccinated and relies on others not to spread this disease," said Tee. "If everyone, at any age, is vaccinated, we may eradicate certain illnesses altogether."

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Posted on 24 August 2016 | 2:50 pm


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