Judge slams USA Gymnastics doctor for saying victim statements about abuse hurt his mental health

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More than 100 women have made sexual assault accusations against USA Gymnastics team physician Larry Nassar, including athletes Gabby Douglas, Aly Raisman, Simone Biles, and McKayla Maroney.

But apparently he doesn't want to hear about it — it's too "mentally" hard to listen to their testimonies, according to a six-page letter Nassar wrote to Judge Rosemarie Aquilina, who's presiding over his sentencing. Nassar pled guilty to 10 sexual assault charges, and as part of a plea deal he agreed to let women and girls who reported abuse give statements, or have them read through a proxy, during his sentencing hearing, according to the Lansing State Journal in Michigan, where the proceeding is being held. More than 100 are expected to do so.  Read more...

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Hijab-wearing hair model featured in L’Oreal Paris ad campaign

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Amena Khan doesn't show her hair from under her hijab when out in public, but that hasn't stopped her from starring in a L'Oreal Paris hair campaign.

SEE ALSO: This nonprofit is selling tiny $6 hijabs for children to put on their dolls

Khan, a fashion and beauty blogger, announced earlier this week she was repping the beauty company for its new Elvive product line. "When I take off my scarf, I want my hair to be more radiant," she said in an Instagram post.

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Insane video shows tree falling just inches from woman and her baby in a stroller

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A woman and her baby came just inches from certain death after a tree fell during a major windstorm in the Netherlands

Security cam footage timestamped on Thursday from a snack cart in Horst shows a woman pushing her child in a stroller next to a large tree. Suddenly, as the woman is passing, the tree can be seen tipping over, and eventually falls just inches away from the woman and the stroller that was protecting her child. It appears the tree also knocked over a few signs in the process.

Bad winds battered the Netherlands on Thursday, felling trees like the one in the video, and even toppling trucks and tearing roofs off buildings, according to the Washington Post.  At least three people were killed in the Netherlands as a result of the winds, which reached speeds of 75 mph, according to Dutch NewsRead more...

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You can watch a new trailer for 'Super Troopers 2' right meow

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Better pour yourself a liter of cola, because Super Troopers 2 is around the corner.

The crowdfunded sequel is set to be released in cinemas on Apr. 20 (4/20, geddit), and the film's newest trailer gives us a better look at the story to come, which seems to be centered on the Vermont state troopers' new digs in Quebec. 

It also features an appearance by Rob Lowe, who was announced as one of the cast members back in 2016. Prepare for more shenanigans. Read more...

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City advertises for a graphic design job, and damn they need help

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Calling all creatives: the City of LA is looking for graphic designers, and they need all the expertise they can get. 

The Facebook-verified "City of Los Angeles - Job Opportunities" account posted this stunning call for applications Thursday: 

Yes, it's an actual city government account. Some LA locals were skeptical of the post.

But the City of Los Angeles had the best responses to comments.

They're so supportive!

The account has had some fun with pun-loaded job postings in the past. Here's its call for carpenters.

And the ad for city electrical repairers.

Know any designers? Here's the official job posting - they really do need help. Notice the wildly huge salary bracket though: the job pays anything between $46,000 and $100,000.  Read more...

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'Paddington 2' is the best-reviewed film of all time on Rotten Tomatoes

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In officially the best story of 2018, Paddington 2 — a movie about a polite CGI bear who wears a raincoat — has critics eating out of the palm of his furry hand. 

Maintaining its 100 percent score with 165 reviews, it has officially surpassed Lady Bird, which held the same title until 1 out of the 164 critical reviews deemed it rotten. But in a delicious twist on the assumptions of what critics eat up, the feel-good children's movie wiped the floor with Spielberg's most Oscar grabby Oscar grab, The Post (which clocks in at 88 percent from 256 reviews).

In a write up announcing the new record-breaking milestone, director Paul King told Rotten Tomatoes that: Read more...

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Michael Douglas' sexual harassment accuser tells her side of the story

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A few days ago, Michael Douglas continued a recent trend for powerful men on the cusp of having sexual misconduct allegations exposed: He got ahead of the story.

Douglas went on the offensive. In an interview with Deadline, he denied the woman's account and  attacked her. 

Now, Hollywood Reporter editorial director Matthew Belloni has published the woman's side of the story. Susan Braudy, a novelist and journalist, who worked at the production company Douglas founded at the height of his career in the '80s, accused Douglas of multiple instances of sexual harassment, one of which included him masturbating in front of her.   Read more...

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Astronaut expected to be the 1st African-American Space Station crewmember won't fly in 2018 after all

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Jeanette Epps, who was set to become the first-ever African-American astronaut to be a crewmember on the International Space Station, will not fly to space in 2018 as scheduled, NASA announced late Thursday. 

It's not clear why Epps was reassigned from her flight. The decision pulls her from her slated mission, which was expected to launch in June. 

"A number of factors are considered when making flight assignments; these decisions are personnel matters for which NASA doesn’t provide information," NASA spokesperson Brandi Dean said via email.

SEE ALSO: NASA's first African-American Space Station crewmember is your new role model Read more...

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Watch a rescue drone save 2 swimmers in distress

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New Zealand's prime minister is pregnant, and that's a big deal for working mothers

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New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is having a baby.

Ardern made the announcement via Twitter on Friday morning, writing that she and her partner Clarke Gayford will "join the many parents who wear two hats."

SEE ALSO: Why everyone's talking about New Zealand's next Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern

"I'll be PM & a mum while Clarke will be 'first man of fishing' & stay at home dad. There will be lots of questions (I can assure you we have a plan all ready to go!) but for now bring on 2018," she added.

We thought 2017 was a big year! This year we’ll join the many parents who wear two hats. I’ll be PM & a mum while Clarke will be “first man of fishing” & stay at home dad. There will be lots of questions (I can assure you we have a plan all ready to go!) but for now bring on 2018 pic.twitter.com/nowAYOhAbF

— Jacinda Ardern (@jacindaardern) January 18, 2018 Read more...

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