March 18, 2013 |
Two female mannequins with more meat on their plastic bones than the standard department-store dummy are causing a social media ruckus - and not just because they're clad only in lingerie. A photo of the fuller-figured pair, rocking purple panties and matching bras, appeared last week on the Facebook page of Women's Rights News and soon went viral. “Store mannequins in Sweden,” the caption noted. “They look like real women. The US should invest in some of these.” As of Monday, more than 61,000 people liked the image and more than 3,000 visitors had commented.
January 30, 2014 |
MANILA - The Philippines, no stranger to the culture wars over contraception and abortion, will soon learn whether a controversial new law that requires the government to subsidize birth control for the poor is constitutional. The Filipino Supreme Court's decision is expected in March, but could come earlier. The new law makes no mention of abortion, which remains forbidden under almost all circumstances, but the Roman Catholic bishops of the Philippines have sought to frame it as such by arguing that any form of contraception other than church-approved “natural” methods or abstinence is tantamount to abortion.
January 26, 2013 |
Under a bill introduced this week in Arizona, hospital staffs would be compelled to check whether uninsured patients are in the country illegally. If the patients can't provide proof that they are in the country legally, hospital staff would have to call federal immigration officials or local law enforcement. The bill by state Rep. Steve Smith also would require hospital officials to file annual reports of how many people they treated who were in the country illegally. Smith, a Republican from Maricopa, was not available for comment, but has said that H.B. 2293 is designed to track how many people who are in the country illegally receive free medical care in the state.
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March 24, 2014 |
Michelle Obama, who has been an effective if tamped-down first lady, took her daughters and mother to China this week. The seven-day trip, which ends Wednesday, is not much different from other most traditional first lady trips, where highly choreographed appearances and interactions centering on the importance of education unfurl predictably. Obama's conversations and statements are friendly, inspirational and anodyne. The Obamas have also taken in the sights, and if you'd like to see what they have seen, you can read her official blog . Their itinerary includes the Forbidden City, the Summer Palace, the Great Wall and the Chengu Panda Base, home to dozens of the magical creatures.
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June 20, 2013 |
Wearing purple and carrying picket signs, hundreds of abortion rights advocates demonstrated Thursday night outside Hoag Hospital Newport Beach to protest a recent decision to eliminate elective abortions at the facility. They were met by a robust crowd of counter-demonstrators, many of whom made clear they were on board with the hospital's decision to stop providing the service after it affiliated with a Catholic healthcare system. Signs proclaiming “Our bodies, ourselves” mixed in with placards thanking Hoag for saving “babies.” Alternating chants of “Shame on Hoag!
January 18, 2014 |
CAIRO -- More than 98% of Egyptians voted in favor of a new constitution heavily promoted by Egypt's military-backed government, according to final official results released Saturday. Results of the referendum held Tuesday and Wednesday were depicted by the military-backed interim government as a public repudiation of the Muslim Brotherhood, the Islamist movement that Egyptian authorities have spent the last six months trying to crush. The tally of 98.1% in favor tracked with unofficial results that had been released two days earlier, which suggested overwhelming backing.