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Russian lawmaker wants to ban Nike's #betrue line because it's 'too gay'Open in a New Window


If one Russian lawmaker has his way, any and all apparel that suggests or promotes homosexuality will be made illegal

The brand that sparked controversy? Nike's own #BeTrue line, launched in 2012, which supports the LGBT community with clothing and accessories that come in a rainbow of shades

"This is another move to impose upon our people perverted values," said Vitaly Milonov in Russian newspaper Izvestia. Milonov is the conservative Russian member of Parliament behind the country's gay propaganda law that passed in 2013

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10 delicious watermelon recipes to make all summer longOpen in a New Window


As far as fruits go, watermelon is synonymous with summer. It's light, sweet and refreshing — and, at an impressive 92% water, it will help keep you hydrated on even the hottest days of the year.

But watermelon is packing more than just H2O. In fact, it's full of nutrients, including Vitamin A, Vitamin B6, Vitamin C, lycopene, fiber and even a little potassium. So why not upgrade watermelon from an off-the-rind treat to a summer staple?

From sorbet to salsa, we've rounded up 10 simple watermelon recipes for your seasonal pleasure. And if you're a real melon-head, try hosting a watermelon-themed dinner party — water you waiting for? Read more...

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Summer foot stench is 100% preventable, so what's your excuse?Open in a New Window


Good man: You've learned man sandals are a no-no. Instead, you're reaching for loafers or sneakers

But it's summer. If you want to go sockless, things can get a little dangerous. Those smelly, sweaty feet are impossible to ignore, especially when the shoes come off

And if you're out to dinner at a sushi restaurant, where going sans shoes is sometimes a requirement, or sleeping over at a lady friend's place, the sour stench is completely unavoidable.

So what's a man with good intentions to do? Go back to barbaric flip flops? No way

The first step in fighting stinky feet is knowing why they smell in the first place. Unlike common lore, foot stench doesn't come from sweat alone — which is virtually odorless. Rather, bacteria eats away at dead skin cells. They thrive in hot, enclosed environments and create a putrid scent similar to that of rotting cabbage Read more...

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Inspiring women beat poverty by translating for the sick in hospitalsOpen in a New Window


When she was only six years old, Maria Vertkin had to become the voice of her Russian Jewish family. She was the one who spoke English the best

She remembers having to translate medical information for her parents — an enormous, potentially dangerous responsibility for someone so young. In hospitals and clinics, one word can be the difference between life and death. When that word is in a language the patient doesn't speak, trained interpreters need to fill in the gap.

"If you're a kid in an immigrant family, you are the de facto interpreter and translator," Vertkin tells Mashable. "Because kids learn so much faster, and acculturate so much faster." Read more...

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Breathtaking photos capture rare blue moonOpen in a New Window


Friday night's blue moon wasn't blue, but its grandeur still prompted many to look up to the night sky in awe. People from all over the world gawked at the lunar rarity

A blue moon is when two full moons rise in one month and on Friday night, we saw the second full moon of July. We don't often get two full moons in one month. In fact, the next double feature won't be until 2018. The last was in 2012

For breathtaking photos of the blue moon from New Jersey to Brazil, keep scrolling.

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July's #MashPics show how our community is surviving summerOpen in a New Window


At the end of each month, we round up our favorite photos from the rapidly growing #MashPics collection

Your July Instagram pics featured the most beautiful outdoor weddings, day trips to the shore, cold treats and all of the other things that make summertime so great

It's always awesome to see what our global audience is up to, and there's no better way to share moments than in photos. From epic nature walks and extreme summer sports to delicious home cooking, we've seen it all. Scroll through the featured images below. Read more...

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Face first is the best way to smash a skydiving world recordOpen in a New Window


A group of 164 talented skydivers from Spain, Australia and the U.S. smashed the vertical skydiving formation world record set by a 138-person team in 2012. We can only imagine the sense of elation these skydivers had upon completion.

It's probably just the same as zooming in really fast on Google Earth surrounded by a bunch of friends. Probably.

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Mozilla lashes out at Microsoft, says Windows 10 deters user choiceOpen in a New Window


Mozilla, the company behind the web browser Firefox, is accusing Microsoft of discouraging users from changing default applications in Windows 10.

Microsoft's latest operating system, released this week, changed the way to set preferred applications for Internet browsing, calendar and other apps. Now a user has to work through more options and pages to make basic changes.

The move drove Mozilla CEO Chris Beard to pen an open letter to Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, urging the company to respect user choice

"It now takes more than twice the number of mouse clicks, scrolling through content and some technical sophistication for people to reassert the choices they had previously made in earlier versions of Windows," he said in the letter. "It's confusing, hard to navigate and easy to get lost." Read more...

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Twitter also wants iOS users to 'favorite' tweets with hearts instead of starsOpen in a New Window


Some Android users since June have seen a small, but significant tweak to Twitter: more hearts and fewer stars. Now it's iOS users' turn

The social network has begun rolling out an experimental feature to some iOS users that largely swaps out stars for hearts when users "favorite" or save tweets. However different users are seeing different things. For example, some report seeing hearts only in the Notifications area, while others are seeing the symbols pop up in their feeds, too


Even the heart symbols vary — they're either circled or standalone Read more...

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Here's why Grizzly Bear's Ed Droste has bad blood with Taylor SwiftOpen in a New Window


Edward Droste is the lead singer of acclaimed indie rock band Grizzly Bear, a talented Instagrammer and an occasional Vogue columnistTaylor Swift is a pop star, Diet Coke salesgirl, cat person and friend collector. They do not get along.

Just after TSwift seemed so totally done with Twitter feuds for the time being, Droste went up to bat attacking the "Bad Blood" singer for being "calculating" and prompting her army of supermodels to defend her honor

It might seem random, but Droste and Swift have more in common than you might initially guess. They're both vocal advocates for fair music streaming for artists and — here's where there's a real connection — they're both honorary fourth Haim sisters. Read more...

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College Board gives in and adds 'American exceptionalism' to AP U.S. historyOpen in a New Window


College Board, the nonprofit organization in charge of Advanced Placement U.S. history courses for high school students has revised its standards to focus on the more positive points in American history.

After conservative groups criticized last year's course redesign for not being patriotic enough, College Board has implemented an amended framework that will include a section titled "American exceptionalism."

Last year's standards, implemented in the fall of 2014, made waves around the country — Georgia, Texas, and Oklahoma all introduced bills to completely ban the courseGeorgia and Oklahoma both passed resolutions to ban the subject completely if it did not undergo changes, and Texas voted to teach a state-mandated version of U.S. history instead of teaching to the AP exam Read more...

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Three dead, dozens sick with Legionnaires' disease in NYC outbreakOpen in a New Window


New York City officials are investigating an outbreak of Legionnaires' disease in the South Bronx, after thedeath toll rose on Friday.

A third person was confirmed dead from the disease, according to NBC, citing local officials. More than 50 others have contracted the severe form of pneumonia

The infection causes inflammation in the lungs and is known to be especially lethal, particularly in older adults, smokers and people with weakened immune systems.

3rd death in NYC #Legionnaires outbreak in person with "underlying medical issues." Total number of cases is 57.

— Jarrett Murphy (@jarrettmurphy) July 31, 2015

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Wrestling star 'Rowdy' Roddy Piper dies at 61Open in a New Window


LOS ANGELES — "Rowdy" Roddy Piper, a pillar of professional wrestling in its 1980s heyday who always wore a kilt into the ring to trumpet his Scottish heritage, has died, TMZ reported Friday. He was 61.

Piper, a Canadian whose real name is Roderick George Toombs, was diagnosed with Hodgkins Lymphoma in 2006 but was declared cancer-free late last year. TMZ said he died of cardiac arrest sometime Thursday night.

Mashable's messages and emails left with listed representatives for Piper were not immediately returned Friday.

Intense, brash and loud but affable, quick-witted and always willing to indulge fans with handshakes and autographs, Piper was a mainstay of the WWF (which would eventually become the WWE) at the height of its popularity, and was always a fan favorite despite his usual “villain” mantle. Though he was from Canada he was billed as coming from Glasgow, Scotland, and during matches would often fly into a "Scottish rage." Read more...

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Hacker discovers major vulnerability in GM cars, hijacks vehicle functionsOpen in a New Window


As vehicles get high-tech upgrades, car hacking has become a much larger issue.

Samy Kamkar, a hacker who runs YouTube channel Applied Hacking, recently demonstrated a device which allows him to take control of a 2013 Chevrolet Volt equipped with General Motor's OnStar concierge service. The vulnerability, which theoretically impacts all OnStar-equipped vehicles with the RemoteLink mobile app, allows the hacker to take control of various vehicle functions.

Kamkar built a small $100 device with a Wi-Fi hot spot that spoofs familiar Wi-Fi networks (for example, "attwifi," commonly used at Starbucks). If a driver's phone connects to the hot spot and the RemoteLink app is then opened, the hacker will gain access to the app. Read more...

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Whole Foods plans to open 5 lower-priced stores in 2016Open in a New Window


Whole Foods knows you work hard for the money. It remains to be seen how much it cares.

Facing slowing growth due to competitors and claims of overcharging, Whole Foods has created a new, lower priced branch of stores called 365 by Whole Foods Market, a hat tip to its own lower-priced brand

The first five store destinations have been announced, reports Reuters


All of these products and more at a fraction of their current prices - say it's true.

The store announced the initiative via a press release in May 2015 and promises "a convenient, transparent and values-oriented experience geared toward millennial shoppers, while appealing to anyone looking for high-quality fresh food at great prices." Read more...

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Not using body cameras should be punishable, NYPD report saysOpen in a New Window


This week, police body camera footage led to the murder indictment of a former University of Cincinnati officers

One day later, the New York Police Department's Office of the Inspector General released a report detailing why body cameras are important, and why the NYPD needs to do them right

The NYPD started a body camera pilot program in December with 54 devices but may expand to thousands in coming years.

You can read the full report at the bottom of this article. Here are five of the most notable recommendations Read more...

Officers shouldn't be allowed to view video, if under investigation

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Myanmar has seen more than 3 feet of rain in past week, with deadly floodsOpen in a New Window


Myanmar and Bangladesh continue to see staggering amounts of rainfall as a tropical low pressure system that formed in the Bay of Bengal spins overhead, seemingly intent on taking up permanent residence in the area. A specialized NASA satellite detected rainfall rates of nearly 6 inches per hour when it passed overhead on July 30

The Global Precipitation Measurement Mission scanned the storm to produce a 3D view, finding that some of the storm tops were nearly 10 miles up, or about 50,000 feet high. At that time, the storm was known as Tropical Storm Komen, but that storm has since dissipated into a tropical low Read more...

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Making the case to reopen college access for prisonersOpen in a New Window


US Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and US Attorney General Loretta Lynch are expected to make a momentous announcement on Friday on the experimental reopening of Pell grant eligibility for some people in custody in federal correctional facilities.

Federal Pell grants provide money for college that, unlike loans, does not need to be repaid. Pell eligibility for prisoners was closed down in 1994, when then-President Bill Clinton signed what was arguably the toughest crime bill in the history of the United States. Soon thereafter, most college-in-prison programs closed their doors as well.

The few that remained in operation during the intervening 21 years were able to do so only through their continuous efforts to raise funds from generous private donors and a handful of philanthropic foundations. Read more...

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The only 'Little Women' remake question that matters: Who will play Jo March?Open in a New Window


It's official: There's a modern, gritty take on Little Women in development at The CW, according to Deadline.

While we're all wondering why someone would ever do this to such a classic, there's only one question that truly matters: Who will play Jo March, the baddest boss lady in all of literature?

After all, Jo March has been slaying the game since the 1860s. This is the woman who helped her impoverished parents by rocking a pixie cut long before millennials started doing it. This is the woman who casually got a book deal and used the money to send her stressed mother and sick sister on a vacation. This is the woman who refused to do anything other than achieve, declaring, "I want to do something splendid before I go into my castle, —something heroic, or wonderful, —that won't be forgotten after I'm dead." Read more...

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8 vacations to help you relive the magic of summer campOpen in a New Window


It’s the first day of camp. The car pulls up to the green pastures of your sacred summer home, a place of many firsts — when you snuck away from evening program to share your first kiss, when your brave attempt to climb the ropes course without a helmet landed you your first concussion. Your first signs of puberty, your first feeling of complete acceptance. Because of camp, you lived ten months for two

Camp doesn’t have to end after graduating from camper status. Many, like myself, will continue on to work as counselors, instructors and unit heads far into their college years. As a counselor you experience your first dose of leadership and responsibility. But then you grow older, and summer camp is just another thing you have to give up. For me and for many others, saying goodbye to your years at camp is a loss that stays with you forever. Read more...

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14 best TV shows to watch while you're stonedOpen in a New Window


Sometimes after smoking the ganja you just want to crawl up on the couch and zone out to some TV for a few hours — okay, most of the time you smoke weed you probably want to do this

The last thing anyone wants to do when attempting to find TV to watch is fight with Netflix or Hulu. Sure, dramas are great forms of TV, but not always welcomed when your stoned senses are their most vulnerable.

So to ease the frustrations of finding something to watch, we rounded up some of our favorite shows to veg out to.

BONUS: Colorado's farm-to-table marijuana

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Lauryn Hill's powerful Nina Simone cover will give you chillsOpen in a New Window


Lauryn Hill stopped by The Tonight Show Thursday to sing Nina Simone's "Feeling Good," and her performance will make you feel everything.

Hill recently recorded covers of some of Simone's music for Nina Revisited: A Tribute to Nina Simone, an album released in conjunction with Netflix's documentary What Happened, Miss Simone.

The doc paints a portrait of the iconic singer and activist through archival footage and interviews with Simone's friends and family. Directed by Liz Garbus, it's currently available to stream

Have something to add to this story? Share it in the comments. Read more...

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JC Penney employee sent home for wearing shorts she bought in store's career sectionOpen in a New Window


Who wears short-shorts? Not JC Penney employees, apparently.

Sylva Stoel, a 17-year-old sales associate at JC Penney in Sioux Falls, North Dakota, was sent home for wearing shorts that were apparently not work-appropriate. The ironic part? She purchased the shorts at JC Penney in the store's "career department."

JC Penney

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Stoel tweeted about the incident, saying she was expected to go home and change out of the shorts, despite the fact that the store evidently deemed them work-appropriate for customers.

Boss sent me home for wearing "too revealing" shorts that I bought from the store I work at in the career

— Sylva (@queenfeminist) July 24, 2015

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Actual queen Helen Mirren poses with not one, but three wax figures at Madame TussaudsOpen in a New Window


Most of us don't get wax figures from Madame Tussauds for our birthdays — but then again, most of us are not Helen Mirren

In celebration of her recent 70th birthday, the Madame Tussauds wax museum in London unveiled two additional life-like wax figures of the great Dame, adding to the one they'd already presented in 2010

During the unveiling ceremony Thursday night, Dame Helen came face to face with three different versions of herself. She posed with each of them, joking, "Spot the fake!”

First of all, you have The Queen Helen Mirren (the role for which she won an Oscar), immortalized in all her regal glory Read more...

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Starz is letting subscribers binge-watch two of its new showsOpen in a New Window


Starz is joining the growing list of networks offering entire seasons of a show at once, Netflix-style.

The premium cable network is going to give Starz Play and Starz Now subscribers special access to two of its original series, Da Vinci's Demons, and Flesh and Bone

Starz, following up NBC's release of the whole of its David Duchovny thriller Aquarius online on its first day, is allowing subscribers exclusive access to the widely-anticipated limited series Flesh and Bone as well as Da Vinci's Demons

Subscribers who have access to Starz Play and Starz on Demand will be able to stream all episodes of the third and final season of Da Vinci’s Demons as well as all eight episodes of Flesh and Bone, in advance of their respective official episode premieres Read more...

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'Doctor Who' boss just blew up your theory about Maisie Williams' characterOpen in a New Window


LOS ANGELES — All is not as it appears with Maisie's Williams' character on Doctor Who

While executive producer Steven Moffat wouldn't say much about the Game of Thrones favorite's visit to the show, he did take time on Friday to bust a fan theory that emerged with the first trailer for the upcoming season: She's not someone from the Doctor's past.

"I think it's worth saying, as it keeps coming up as an issue: she's not playing a returning character," said Moffat, speaking at a panel for the show during the Television Critics Association press tour. "She's a brand new character." Read more...

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McDonald's may serve up 'gourmet' breakfast (like avocado toast) in AustraliaOpen in a New Window


Breakfast-related reports are continuing to bubble up around McDonald's.

Earlier this month, we learned that the fast food chain may be rolling out all-day breakfast in the United States — and now, it is reportedly testing gourmet breakfast offerings in at least one Brisbane suburb in Australia.

This isn't just syrup-infused pancakes or egg white sandwiches we're talking about. According to the website Burger Business, McDonald's is trying out items like avocado smash with crumbled feta; Belgian waffles with yogurt and berries; and a signature cafe breakfast with sourdough toast, two types of bacon, chipolata sausages, scrambled eggs, wilted spinach, grilled tomatoes and hash brownsBurger Business is a news, opinion and data collection site revolving around burger restaurants. Read more...

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Mark Zuckerberg is right: We need to talk about miscarriageOpen in a New Window


Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan announced Friday that they're expecting a baby girl. But alongside the happy news, Zuckerberg revealed that the couple had suffered three previous miscarriages.

Though miscarriages are incredibly common — they occur in about 15% of known pregnancies — they're often an isolating experience for hopeful parents struggling to have children.

In the deeply personal message he shared with his 25 million followers, Zuckerberg spoke of his own loneliness following the miscarriages Read more...

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The next Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch will be easier to navigate with new bezelOpen in a New Window


Rumors have been circulating about Samsung’s next smartwatch for weeks, but it looks like we know a bit more about one key detail.

Samsung reportedly confirmed its next Galaxy Gear smartwatch will have a round, rotatable bezel, according to SamMobile. The rotatable bezel, or a term for the metallic outlines around the watch face, will be used to navigate the interface easier and zoom in and out of photos. The device is also believed to have a circular face, so a user could then (in theory) be able to rotate the attached bezel to better that access content.

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Game of Thrones Risk: The easiest way to unexpectedly kill all your friendsOpen in a New Window


Game of Thrones and the board game Risk are both things that appeal to a certain type of person — a segment of the population that's far larger than a lot of non-geeks may realize

Both belong to the widest possible circle of casual geekdom. These are people who may follow sports or fashion during the week, but don't mind geeking it up with a good fantasy show or a bout of world conquest with friends at the weekend

So what happens when you put Game of Thrones and Risk together is just what you might expect: the two get along famously. The board game is now available on HBO's website and going into wider release in August — and it is a War of the Five Kings (up to Seven Kings, in fact) that even your grandparents would happily spend an afternoon fighting in Read more...

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