One woman could be the first to join the Navy SEALs

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The Navy SEALs are one group that’s still lagging when it comes to gender equality, but one woman has put herself in a position to change that.

The unidentified enlistee is the first woman to step forward and apply to join the Navy’s elite special operations force, CNN reported. She’s joined by another woman, also unidentified, who’s hoping to land with another spec ops force: the Navy’s Special Warfare Combatant-Craft Crewmen (SWCC).

Their identities are confidential to protect their hoped-for future careers as special operators, a spokesman told CNN. 

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UK officials lay down new drone rules for amateur users

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Operating a drone in the UK just got a little tougher, and safer. 

On Saturday, the UK government posted new rules governing the use of drones weighing over 250 grams (about half a pound), with input from the Department for Transport, the Civil Aviation Authority, and the Military Aviation Authority. 

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The guidelines state that drone users will have to register their devices and undergo safety awareness testing to ensure that they’re aware of UK security, privacy, and safety rules. 

Part of the impetus for the new guidelines is linked to a recent study by the collective agencies that found that drones weighing nearly one pound (400 grams) might cause damage to the windshield of a helicopter, an airborne vehicle that frequently occupies the same low altitude space as many drones in large city areas.  Read more…

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Business witches of Instagram: How sorcery found a commercial home on social media

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Katie Karpetz is a business witch.

No, really. Karpetz, a Canadian who identifies as a bog witch because of her unruly hair, is literally in the business of selling products marketed specifically for other witches.

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She sells everything from vintage amethyst tower wands designed to soothe insomnia, to custom-made “witch bottles” whose recipes are top secret. For the uninitiated, a witch bottle acts as a “recharging” agent for different parts of the psyche.

Her preferred medium for displaying and advertising her inventory? Her Instagram account, @WitcheryWay. Read more…

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Parents turn to Craigslist after son forgets where he parked his car

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One New York family was left in a bit of a spot when their son forgot where he parked his car following a Metallica concert. Luckily, they had a few clues to go on — they just needed some local help.

Nineteen-year-old Gavin Strickland was forced to park his Nissan Versa sedan in a garage several miles away from Toronto’s Rogers Center (presumably due to congestion) and take a cab to the venue. 

When the show ended, though, he couldn’t remember where the garage was. After searching for hours, he finally took a Greyhound bus back home.

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Trump is, um, thinking about pardons already

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President Donald Trump wakes up on Saturday mornings thinking about all the presidential pardons he could issue. 

His latest tweetstorm, about the unfairness of the investigation into his associates’ ties to Russia, Anthony Scaramucci and Democratic obstruction, included an interesting tweet that’s getting some attention. 

While all agree the U. S. President has the complete power to pardon, why think of that when only crime so far is LEAKS against us.FAKE NEWS

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 22, 2017

Journalists, politicians, and others on Twitter were quick to chime in about the tweet seemingly related to the ongoing Russia investigation.  Read more…

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Jimmy Kimmel tweets update on 3-month-old son, calls for action on healthcare

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Months after revealing his newborn son’s diagnosis with a serious heart condition, Jimmy Kimmel says that little Billy is “doing great.”

The Jimmy Kimmel Live host shared an extremely cute photo (that smile!) of the 3-month-old baby on Friday. He also encouraged fans to call their representatives and senators — a particularly urgent request as Republicans continue to blather on about repealing the Affordable Care Act.

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“Thx for the love & support,” Kimmel tweeted. “Please remind your Congresspeople that every kid deserves the care he got.” Read more…

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John Heard, beloved ‘Home Alone’ dad, is dead at 72

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John Heard, the popular character actor who was perhaps best known as Kevin McAllister’s dad from Home Alone, has died. He was 72.

Heard was found in his hotel room, where he was recovering after back surgery, Variety confirmed after speaking with the Santa Clara Medical Examiner’s office. 

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The hotel reportedly alerted police to a medical emergency after the facility’s maid service found an unresponsive Heard in his room, according to “family sources” who spoke to TMZ (which first reported the news). He was pronounced dead at the scene, and the cause of death is still being investigated. Read more…

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Trans artist destroys period stigma with one seriously bold Facebook post

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That infamous “time of the month” has always been difficult for Cass Clemmer. 

Clemmer, who is transgender and uses they/them pronouns, doesn’t fit into the common “womanhood” narratives of menstruation. And that makes dealing with their period especially hard.

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Though menstruation is an annoying inconvenience for many, periods can be traumatic for trans people. And that’s not just because of cramps and headaches.

“Every time I get my period, I deal with severe gender dysphoria,” Clemmer says. “I end up going exclusively into women’s restrooms because it’s honestly safer during the days I’m bleeding.” Read more…

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This mayor is leaving politics to fight climate change full-time

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Like many communities skirting the U.S. coastline, Hoboken, New Jersey, wasn’t built on solid ground. 

Many of its charming brick buildings, historic piers, and apartment towers stand atop what was once a low-lying tidal marsh — a grassy, muddy buffer along the Hudson River, designed by nature to absorb high tides and storm surge like a sponge.

Early developers drained the marshlands in the 1800s to make way for modern Hoboken: the birthplace of singer Frank Sinatra, the location of TLC’s Cake Boss, and home to 53,000 people packed within the 1.25-square-mile city limit. Across the river, Manhattan’s glassy skyscrapers sparkle in the summer sunlight. Read more…

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How to get all of your text messages on your Mac

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There’s nothing worse than missing out on a text message because you didn’t see it. Luckily, you can now start getting your texts sent to iMessage on your Mac, but the setup process is a little tricky. Here’s how to do it.

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First of all, you’ll need to have OS X Yosemite on your Mac. If you bought a computer in 2014 or after, you should be all set. You can check your version of macOS by click the Apple icon in the top left of your desktop screen, then clicking “About This Mac.”

Next, you’ll need to sync your iPhone and Mac via your iCloud account. Be sure to register both devices under the same email to make this process is as easy as possible — this just means you’ll use the same Apple ID for both. This signals to your phone and computer that they should pull information from the same account.  Read more…

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