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Emily Ratajkowski on people being ‘so offended by breasts’: ‘It really bothers me’

Emily Ratajkowski rose to fame when she danced naked alongside Robin Thicke in his 2013 music video for “Blurred Lines,” but these days the 26-year-old model wants to change the way the world views sexuality onscreen. “It really bothers me that people are so offended by breasts…That’s when I realized how f—-d our culture is,” she told Allure for their August 2017 issue. “When we see breasts, we don’t think of beauty and femininity. We think of vulgar, oversexualized images.” Ratajkowski, the daughter of a former art teacher and a…

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Gay Marriage Backers Celebrate in Germany: ‘We Don’t Need to Hide’

“We don’t just want the same law. We want the same constitutional protections,” said Axel Hochrein, a board member of the Lesbian and Gay Federation in Germany. Continue reading the main story Activists have spent years lobbying for such a constitutional change, but it is unclear whether conservatives will allow it, said Volker Beck, a Green Party lawmaker and a longtime champion of gay rights. “Today, we celebrate our gay pride,” Mr. Beck said Saturday. A softening in conservative opposition to gay marriage enabled Parliament to legalize same-sex marriage in…

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Jim Vance, longtime D.C. news anchor, dies at 75

Jim Vance on August 6, 2009 in New York City. Michael Loccisano / Getty Images Veteran Washington, D.C., news anchor Jim Vance has died at 75, according to NBC Washington station WRC-TV. “Jim Vance was not only the soul of NBC4 but of the entire Washington area. His smooth voice, brilliant mind and unforgettable laugh leaves each of us with a tremendous void,” station president and general manager Jackie Bradford said in a statement Saturday. In May, Vance announced he would be undergoing cancer treatment but hinted he would still be…

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Traveling While Muslim to the United States

Among my circle of friends and acquaintances in London’s Muslim scene, especially those of us who have dual citizenship, traveling to the United States is now fraught with uncertainty, fear and insult because of President Trump’s travel ban, which was partly revived in June after a Supreme Court ruling. The temporary ban, which had been blocked for months by lower courts, has upended many lives, including those of vulnerable refugees from around the world. Some working professionals, like me in London, have had concrete plans to visit in the coming…

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Kenneth Jay Lane, Jewelry Designer Who Made a Fortune Faking It, Dies at 85

It was a persona that began forming when he fell in love with fashion as a boy; he once took an after-school job just so he could buy a camel’s-hair coat, and when he had earned the equivalent of the price tag, he quit. Soon, still a teenager, he left Detroit altogether, bent on a design career, and found his way to New York. To his languid Midwestern voice he soon added a slightly British overtone, acquired at the same time that he discovered British tailors, to whom he was…

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U.S. rice to be exported to China for first time

In this Aug. 18, 2016, photo, grain elevators ready for last year’s rice harvest tower above Lonoke, Ark.  AP Photo/Kelly P. Kissel For the first time, U.S. rice farmers will now be able to export rice to China, according to a new agreement announced today by Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue. The agreement comes after more than a decade of negotiations between U.S. Department of Agriculture officials and the Chinese government. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue called this agreement “an exceptional opportunity” with “enormous potential for growth” in a press release. …

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Congressional Memo: In a Cruel Summer for the G.O.P., ‘Things Are Starting to Feel Incoherent’

Some Republican senators, like Dean Heller of Nevada, should be gearing up for fights with Democratic challengers next year, but instead are trying to duck primary threats inspired at least in part by a president of their own party. The professional deficits have been topped with dejecting personal tragedies. Senator John McCain, the Arizona Republican who has spent the better part of the last six months racing around the world defending a generation of American international positions, announced Wednesday night that he had brain cancer. The third-most powerful House Republican,…

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Chester Bennington, Linkin Park singer, is dead at 41

87 Photos Chester Bennington of Linkin Park performs at the iHeartRadio Theater Los Angeles on May 22, 2017 in Burbank, Calif. Getty Linkin Park lead singer Chester Bennington has died, the Los Angeles County coroner confirmed to CBS News Thursday. He was 41. Early reports from TMZ claimed that Bennington’s death was the result of suicide and that he had hanged himself. His body was found at his home in Palos Verdes Estates, California. Phoenix native Bennington joined Linkin Park in 1999, and the group quickly rose to fame with…

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