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Two Female Bachelor: Vietnam Contestants Leave Rose Ceremony Together in Surprising Twist

In a never-before-seen twist for The Bachelor franchise, two female contestants competing on the Vietnamese version of the show left the rose ceremony together.

After contestant Minh Thu was left without a rose by bachelor Nguyen Quoc Trung, she professed her love for fellow contestant Truc Nhu before asking her to ditch the show to be with her.

“I went into this competition to find love and I’ve found that love for myself, but it isn’t with you. It’s with someone else,” Thu tearfully told Trung before walking over to Nhu. “Come home with me. Come home with me. Yeah?”

Nhu then explained how she was feeling to Trung, who pleaded with her to stay. “I’m sorry. I really want to get to know you because you’re someone who made me feel special and I haven’t felt that way in a long time,” Nhu said.

“I want to ask, if you decide this, would you feel regretful? This doesn’t change my decision,” he replied. “I’m not going to give this rose to anyone else. You only get one chance in this life, and you need to take it. Only you, not anyone else. I want to let you know that I think you’ll have regret if you continue with what you are about to say.”

Thu and Nhu eventually walked out of the ceremony together. However, People reports that Nhu decided to return following a heart-to-heart with Trung. “After talking to Trung, I’ve changed my mind to accept this rose and continue this journey,” she said.

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Some tips before you leave for your vacation

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Going on vacation is the best, especially if it means taking time away from the stress of work. While you may think you’re ready to go soak up on the sun on your summer break, though, there are some things you should make sure to do before you go. Getting these out of the way will allow you to relax once the vacation starts.

Alert your neighbors

By this, we don’t mean make them jealous about the amazing vacation you’re about to go on. It’s important to keep your neighbors in the loop about your plans so that they’ll be more alert of any suspicious activity while you’re gone. Tell them the dates that you’ll be away and ask them to pick up your mail if possible. It’s a good idea to leave them a set of house keys, as well as contact information, so they know how to reach you quickly if something happens. You can always entrust a close friend with this stuff if you’d prefer, but a neighbor will be able to see if someone tries to break in.

Be cautious

Speaking of which, it’s ideal to take extra precautions when you’re going to be out of the house for more than a few days. While you’ll likely have some valuables with you, some will still be at home. Find somewhere safe to store these, ideally in a place that can be locked. A good way to give off the impression that you’re still home is to have your lights on a timer, so they come in the evenings. You could see if your neighbors will do this manually for you, but that might be asking too much.

Obviously, the most important thing to remember when it comes to taking precautions is to ensure that everything is locked before you go. There’s no such thing as being too paranoid when it comes to safety. Check every door and window before you leave for your vacation.

Save some energy

When you’re not going to be at home for a week or two, the last time you want is to waste money on things you aren’t using. Be sure to lower the thermostat so that you conserve energy, and check that everything is switched off at the wall. There’s no point leaving your television plugged in when you’re not watching it.

If you have any taps that drip, ensure that these are fully turned off before leaving. A few drops of water can build up quite a lot when you’re not at home for several weeks.

Clean out the kitchen

If you’re going to be away for a week, you don’t want to leave anything in your refrigerator that’s going to spoil. That’s just asking for trouble. Make sure to throw any fresh food in the trash and take the garbage out too (otherwise, your house is going to stink). If something needs tending to that can’t wait a week, be sure to deal with it before you leave.

That goes for your bathroom, too. Pour some baking soda down the drains and the toilet, so you’re less likely to have the scent of stagnant water filling your home. Your vacation ending is bad enough without having to deal with that as well.

Pay your bills

Bills are a huge stress that you don’t want to be worrying about when you’re on vacation. If you know that some will be due while you’re away, sort them out beforehand to avoid the hassle. It will give you peace of mind and also prevent you from coming back to any urgent notices.

Vacations are a time for relaxing, even if they usually end up causing us some stress. While navigating the airport or dealing with family dramas might put a damper on your summer break, worrying about your house doesn’t have to.

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White House Counsel Don McGahn to Leave After Kavanaugh Vote, Trump Says

White House Counsel Don McGahn will leave his job after the Senate votes on the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh for the Supreme Court, President Donald Trump said in a tweet.

The development comes as legal risks to the president rise, following the conviction of his former campaign chairman Paul Manafort last week on fraud charges and his former personal lawyer Michael Cohen’s guilty plea to charges of fraud and campaign finance violations.

McGahn “will be leaving his position in the fall, shortly after the confirmation (hopefully) of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the United States Supreme Court,” Trump said Wednesday. “I have worked with Don for a long time and truly appreciate his service!”

Donald J. Trump @realDonaldTrump White House Counsel Don McGahn will be leaving his position in the fall, shortly after the confirmation (hopefully) of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the United States Supreme Court. I have worked with Don for a long time and truly appreciate his service!

During his time as White House counsel, McGahn repeatedly butted heads with Trump and occupied a position rife with conflicts. He has met extensively with Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s team in its investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 election, and is an important potential witness regarding whether Trump obstructed justice when he fired FBI Director James Comey.

Because he’s a witness in the Russia investigation, McGahn has had little involvement in the White House’s response to the probe since at least August 2017, when lawyer Ty Cobb was brought into the West Wing to work directly with investigators. Lawyer Emmet Flood replaced Cobb earlier this year and could move into McGahn’s job.

Flood is well respected within the White House but no decision has been made on McGahn’s replacement, according to one administration official who asked not to be identified discussing a personnel matter.

McGahn also came under fire earlier this year for his office’s handling of a security clearance for former White House Staff Secretary Rob Porter, who was accused of domestic abuse by two ex-wives.

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Serena Williams Returns As Forbes’ Highest-Earning Female Athlete Despite Maternity Leave

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Despite being off on maternity leave for 14 months, Serena Williams has still managed to top Forbes’ list of the world’s highest-earning female athletes for the third straight year.

The 23-time grand slam champion earned just $ 62,000 in prize money during the last 12 months, but her $ 18.1 million in endorsements banked last year was enough to secure the No. 1 spot.

Australian Open champion Caroline Wozniacki is second with total earnings of $ 13 million, while reigning US Open champion Sloane Stephens ($ 8.7 million) is third.

The 36-year-old made twice as much off the court than any other female athlete, while only 16 male athletes have earned more than Williams over the past 12 months from sponsorship’s, according to Forbes.

The top 10 females earned a combined $ 105 million from June 2017 to June 2018 — down 4% from last year and 28% from five years ago. In comparison, the combined earnings of the world’s top 10 highest-paid sports stars, who are all male, tops a billion dollars.

Forbes’ rankings of the world’s top 100 highest earning athletes of 2018 did not feature a woman after Williams’ earnings fell as she revealed in January 2017 that she was pregnant with her first child.

Williams will be seeded 17th at the U.S. Open, which gets underway in New York on Aug. 27. That’s nine spots above her current ranking (which is lower than usual due to her maternity leave) and one spot behind her sister Venus at No. 16.

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Did Urban Meyer Know? Ohio State Football Coach on Leave Pending Investigation

Urban Meyer’s job appears to be in jeopardy.

Ohio State placed Meyer, one of the most successful coaches in college football history, on paid administrative leave Wednesday while it investigates claims that his wife knew about allegations of domestic violence against an assistant coach years before the staff member was fired last week.

Courtney Smith gave an interview to Stadium and provided text messages to former ESPN reporter Brett McMurphy between her and Shelley Meyer in 2015 and with the wives of other Buckeyes coaches. Courtney Smith also provided threatening texts she said came from her ex-husband, former Ohio State assistant Zach Smith.

“Shelley said she was going to have to tell Urban,” Courtney Smith told Stadium. “I said: ‘That’s fine, you should tell Urban.’”

Zach Smith was fired last week after an Ohio court granted a domestic violence protective order to Courtney Smith.

Meyer is heading into his seventh season at Ohio State, where he is 73-8 with a national title in 2014 and two Big Ten Conference championships. Shelley Meyer is a registered nurse and is employed as an instructor at Ohio State. Both Meyer and his wife could be in violation of Ohio State’s Title IX sexual misconduct policy on reporting allegations of domestic violence against university employees.

Violation of university’s policy could result in Meyer being fired with cause by the university, according to provisions placed in his contract when it was extended by two years in April. The new deal runs through 2022 and increases Meyer’s salary to $ 7.6 million in 2018, with annual six percent raises for the bulk of his compensation.

Hours after Courtney Smith’s interview was posted online Wednesday, Ohio State announced in a short news release it was conducting an investigation into the allegations and Meyer was being placed on leave.

Offensive coordinator Ryan Day will serve as acting head coach for the Buckeyes, expected to be one of the top teams in the nation again this season. Ohio State’s first preseason practice is scheduled for Friday. The season starts Sept. 1 with a game against Oregon State in Columbus, Ohio.

Meyer said in a statement he and athletic director Gene Smith agreed that his being on leave was best for the investigation.

“This allows the team to conduct training camp with minimal distraction. I eagerly look forward to the resolution of this matter.” Meyer said.

Zach Smith was charged in May with misdemeanor criminal trespass. At the time of the charge, Zach Smith’s attorney said Courtney Smith had accused him of driving to her apartment after she told him they would meet elsewhere so he could drop off their son. Zach Smith pleaded not guilty last month. A hearing has been scheduled for Friday.

Zach Smith was also accused of aggravated battery on his then-pregnant wife in 2009 while he was a graduate assistant on Meyer’s staff at Florida. The charge was dropped because of insufficient evidence. Urban Meyer brought Smith, the grandson of late Buckeyes coach Earle Bruce, to Ohio State in 2012. Meyer worked for Bruce and considers him a mentor.

Two police reports filed in 2015 in Ohio’s Powell County, after the Smiths separated in June of that year, accused Zach Smith of abuse. Charges were never filed.

At Big Ten media days, Meyer said he knew of the incident in 2009 and that he and Shelley Meyer addressed it with the Smiths. He was also asked about the 2015 incident alleged by Courtney Smith.

“I can’t say it didn’t happen because I wasn’t there,” he replied. “I was never told about anything and nothing ever came to light. I’ve never had a conversation about it. I know nothing about it. First I heard about that was last night. No, and I asked some people back at the office to call and say what happened and they came back and said they know nothing about it.”

The Smiths divorced in 2016.

Meyer is on the short list of most accomplished coaches in college football history, with three national championships and an .851 winning percentage in 16 seasons at Bowling Green, Utah, Florida and now Ohio State, the team he grew up rooting for in Northeast Ohio.

Meyer won national championships with Florida in 2006 and ’08, but his teams also had more than two dozen players get into trouble with the law. He resigned twice at Florida, citing health reasons. First in 2009 season after the Gators lost the Southeastern Conference championship game while trying to repeat as national champs. He changed his mind soon after and coached another season. The Gators went 8-5 and this time he stepped down for good.

Meyer was out of coaching for a season, but was hired by Ohio State in November 2011 to replace Jim Tressel, who was fired before that season for lying to the NCAA and university of about rules violation committed by some of his players.

Since returning to coaching, Meyer’s program has been one of the most dominant in college football and his players and coaches have mostly stayed out of major trouble.

Meyer did face some criticism in 2013 for allowing running back Carlos Hyde to return to the team after he was charged with striking a woman in a bar. The case was dropped by police when the woman chose not to pursue charges, but Hyde was suspended three games by Ohio State.

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Samira just opened up about villa life and why she chose to leave Love Island

‘Dani and Jack are going to get married, have kids and all of that’

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Love Island 2018 is getting dramatic, with the past week pushing the show to breaking point.

Tonight’s episode reached climax when Samira Mighty, one of the show’s originals, chose to leave the villa, just days after her ‘Prince Charming’ Frankie was voted off the show.

‘I finally got what I wanted and now I feel like I’m back at square one’ she told Dani, breaking the news to her fellow islanders the next morning.

‘This decision is so, so hard,’ she explained. ‘I’m devastated by it but I think that it is the right thing to do – just follow my heart because I’ve never done that before. I’ve always taken the back seat and now I need to go for it head on and leave and just go for Frankie. I’ve got to go with my gut feeling.’

So the 22-year-old left the villa, but how is she feeling now that she’s on the outside?

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How do you feel about leaving the villa?

‘I feel very confident and very proud of myself. I feel like it was the right time for me to leave. I’m obviously devastated to be leaving my best friends but this is the perfect time. I’ve found what I wanted to find and it was Frankie so I’m going to go and get him. I do see a future with Frankie, I’ve
never met anyone like him before. He is gorgeous and we did have a genuine connection. I wouldn’t change anything about my time in the villa, I have no regrets.’

Are you looking forward to seeing Frankie?

‘I am really excited and also really nervous. All we know is our villa relationship so I’m really excited to see how it’ll work on the outside world and if we are compatible and do like each other as much as we said. I’m a bit nervous but mostly excited. Just before he left he said “see you in three weeks, see you soon” and he said to a few of the boys that he was going to wait for me so it feels positive at the moment and good.’

Who did you click with the most in the villa?

‘I clicked with everyone. Everyone was my best friend! But I’d say Dani, she is the best, most amazing girl. She always kept me positive. I love Megan so much, we got really close and what she has with Wes is very genuine. I also got on really well with Wes too. Georgia is super confident and bubbly and that’s exactly what she’s always like. I love her, we got really close and I did feel for her with everything she went through with Josh but she is happy with Sam now. I love that girl.’

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What are your hopes for Dr Alex?

‘Alex is so unique. He is his own self, he has never changed and he needs a girl to come in for him and not have eyes for anyone else. I just hope that Alex finds love because he has waited long enough. I really like Alexandra, she does seem really nice. And she was genuine about her feelings for Alex when she came in. He really makes her laugh and crack up. There are other single guys in there and they want to take her out… It’s all up to Alexandra, she has the power.’

What is your take on villa life?

‘Villa life is a roller coaster. It is absolutely amazing, I walked around pinching myself that I was there. You go through ups and downs but mostly ups because you’re there with amazing people. You are meeting boys and girls and making friends. It is very intense but your emotions and feelings in there are all real. You completely forget about the cameras. You are so immersed in everyone else.’

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What was your standout Love Island memory?

‘I loved the Ministry of Sound party night. I also really enjoyed the stripping dance off challenge. I loved my outfit, my silver thigh high boots! It was nerve-wracking but so fun. The challenges were also amazing and finally meeting Frankie, that was a big milestone for me in the villa.’

Who do you think could be engaged by this time next year?

‘Definitely Dani and Jack. 100 per cent. They are going to get married, have kids and all of that. They are amazing together. And maybe Josh and Kaz, they are very close.’

Who do you think is going to win?

‘Dani and Jack because they have had such a journey from the start. They were coupled up on day one, then she had a little dip where she wasn’t sure how she felt about him. Then Hayley said she fancied Jack and then Jack tried to get a reaction out of Dani by speaking to Hayley. That was ages ago now, I’m even having to jog my memory! They are like magnets to each other now. I love them and I know they really love each other.’

We’re going to miss Samira!

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Porsha Williams’ Fans Are Worried She Might Leave The RHOA Show

Just like your other favorite celebrities, Porsha Williams also made sure to mark yesterday’s celebration with a gorgeous photo that she posted on her Instagram account. She used the occasion to wish all her fans and followers a Happy 4th of July. Take a look at the picture that she chose below.

🇺🇸Happy 4th of July Y’all ! Love thickums ❤’ Porsha captioned her photo.

‘Hey, Mrs. Porsha so quick question are you leaving the RHOA show bc if so I’m going to stop watching it Iove you,’ one concerned fan asked Porsha. We are not aware of something like this, and we hope that it’s not the case.

🇺🇸Happy 4th of July y’all ! Love thickums ❤

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‘Hey, Porsha. Stay Beautiful and Focus. You have a sweetheart. Blessings,’ another follower posted.

‘Omg…I love watching you succeed in what you doing….love your hustle…and you are a beautiful and smart individual,’ one fan wrote, praising the RHOA star as well.

‘You look so beautiful and happy 4th of July to you and your family. I am so proud of you and how you carry your self. I am glad that you’re not letting these people still your joy and good luck with Gary with the tea.😂😂’ one person gushed over Porsha.

‘Ok P please tell Gary that I love him and the Brett’s and I love you too I had fun watching you guys on dish nation yeah I know how to brighten up a girls day,’ someone else also praised her.

‘Porsha4real you are looking very pretty. Keep doing what you are doing. You are winning,’ another commenter posted next to her pic in which we have to admit she looks fantastic as always. She also knows how to show off her features. You go, girl!

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Suge Knight Not Permitted To Leave Jail For Mother’s Funeral

Suge Knight will not be leaving jail to attend his mother’s funeral, because his inmate categorization prevents him from such a privilege.

According to TMZ, the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department said Suge’s status as a homicide suspect falls under a category that makes him ineligible to attend funerals.

The Death Row Records co-founder is accused of intentionally ramming his red Ford F-150 pickup into two men in the parking lot of Tam’s Burgers at Central and East Rosecrans avenues following an argument on the set of the movie Straight Outta Compton in January 2015.

Family sources tell TMZ that Maxine Chatman, Suge’s 77-year-old mother, died Sunday, surrounded by family at a hospital in Paramount, CA. Chatman reportedly suffered a stroke last month and her health had been deteriorating since. Her lungs had recently collapsed and she had kidney failure.

All hope is not lost for Suge regarding his mom’s funeral. He could file a petition with the court for a day pass, however, the likelihood of a court going against the Sheriff’s Department is slim, notes TMZ.

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Keiynan Lonsdale on How Coming Out Affected His Decision to Leave the Arrowverse

When Love, Simon hit theaters back in March, it validated young members of the LGBTQ community and empowered them to proudly live their truth. But behind-the-scenes, it unexpectedly had the same effect on Keiynan Lonsdale, one of the stars of the groundbreaking film.

When production first began on the movie, Lonsdale hadn’t publicly revealed that he’s attracted to both men and women. But after working on the project, which was the first mainstream gay teen romance of its kind, he realized it was time to share his truth with the world.

The actor came out to the cast and crew on their final day on set, and then came out to the rest of the world in an Instagram post earlier this year. Lonsdale told FANDOM that his time working on Love, Simon was “100% a part” of his decision to let go of the secret he was holding on to for so long.

“I realized while I was filming that it felt like I was a contradiction to what we were fighting for,” he said. “I didn’t come out because of that, it just highlighted and sort of put up a mirror to myself and made me really think and start to realize that I’m not afraid of anything. I’m ready now to make this step. I guess working on a loving film set and having a gay director and playing the character I realized there was nothing holding me back but myself now. So I was super inspired.”

Luckily, when the film came out, it had the same effect on many audience members who were struggling with their sexual identity — something that Lonsdale is proud to be a part of.

“Every single time I hear someone say that they were able to accept themselves, I think it’s an amazing thing. And also that parents have been able to see it and gain such an understanding, a better understanding,” Lonsdale told FANDOM. “I think, most importantly, for an individual to go and see it and walk out of the theater and be like ‘Wow, I’m valid. I am valid. I do love myself and I’m excited to be myself.’ That always makes me really happy to hear.”

Earlier this week, it was announced that Lonsdale would be leaving his role as Wally West on Legends of Tomorrow, where he had the honor of being one of the only openly queer actors to play a superhero in mainstream media. The actor released another Instagram post explaining his decision to leave the Arrowverse, and while he says it wasn’t directly because of his coming out, he acknowledged that he changed a lot after revealing the truth about his sexuality.

“That was the thing I was most holding on to in terms of my life and being stuck personally, and then once I released that, I was able to just continue to grow as a human, just separate of everything, just as a human being,” Lonsdale explained about what triggered his decision to leave the series.

“So I think one of the things I realized was that I just couldn’t do a full-time job anymore,” he added. “I needed to be able to wake up and say, ‘Today I feel like going on an adventure and having no idea where I’ll land. If it ends up great, it ends up great. If I end up falling over, I end up falling over.’ And that’s just what makes me happy and that’s the kind of life I want to live. Until maybe my perspective changes again and then I’ll follow that.”

The possibility of that perspective change leaves hope for the many fans who were devastated by the news that Lonsdale was hanging up his Kid Flash speedster shoes. He promised fans on social media that “it’s definitely not a total goodbye or ‘see ya never’ situation, cause Wally West will still be around when you need him the most.”

But for now, fans of the Australian actor can watch him in the film that helped change his life forever. Love, Simon is available on Digital now and will be released on DVD and Blu-ray on June 12.

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Tennessee Waffle House Shooting Leave 4 Dead, 4 Others Injured

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A shooting at a Tennessee Waffle House restaurant left four people dead and another four suffering from injuries. The assault was stopped when a customer rushed the gunman, snatched away an assault rifle, which prompted the man to flee on foot with barely wearing any clothes.

Local outlet News Channel 5 reports:

It happened around 3:25 a.m. Sunday at 3571 Murfreesboro Pike near Hobson Pike.

Metro Nashville Police Department officials named 29-year-old Travis Reinking, from Illinois, as a person of interest in the shooting, saying the vehicle the gunman used was registered to him.

Police said Reinking drove his pickup truck into the Waffle House parking lot around 3:18 a.m.. He sat in the truck for a few minutes before getting out and immediately shooting and killing two people outside of the restaurant with an AR-15.

Officers said he then went inside and shot and killed another victim.

The outlet adds that the customer, also 29, was able to wrestle the gun from Reinking’s hands and tossed it away. Reinking left the area after she shed a coat and was not wearing any clothes in some reports. Reports say Reinking may have lived in the area and fled home after witnesses say they spotted the man walking near woods shirtless.

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The sudden death of Cranberries singer Dolores O’Riordan in January stunned her fans around the world.

Although O’Riordan had been open over the years about the mental-health challenges she had endured, friends were mystified by her apparent decision to take her own life as they believed she had been in a good place in the days and weeks before her death.

Now, TMZ has obtained what is believed to be a final voicemail from O’Riordan to her manager, and it will only deepen that sense of astonishment, as it appears to show O’Riordan in excellent form, bubbly and positive about a new cover version of her song “Zombie” that another band, Bad Wolves, was recording.

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Holding infants — or not — can leave traces on their genes

The amount of physical contact between infants and their caregivers can affect children at the molecular level. The study of DNA methylation patterns showed that children who had been more distressed as infants and had received less physical contact had a molecular profile that was underdeveloped for their age. This is the first study to show in humans that the simple act of touching, early in life, has deeply-rooted and potentially lifelong consequences on genetic expression.
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Can we please stop calling maternity leave ‘time off’?

In her first Friday column, Marie Claire’s entertainment editor Lucy Pavia tackles the language of maternity leave, Nepal’s period banishment and why Cameron Diaz should demand a ‘Reese’ rider

A friend of mine has quit his job to travel the world for a year. I feel little pangs of jealousy every time one of his gorgeous Argentinian waterfall shots pops up on my Instagram feed, usually timed to the second I’ve folded myself into the final air pocket of space left on the train to work. But really, why should he not enjoy some time off after a decade of working his socks off.

I recently heard the same words – ‘time off’ – used to describe a friend who is on maternity leave right now. Her baby is going through the 4-month sleep regression. I think she would quite like to be standing by a peaceful Argentinian waterfall right now, if only for the baby-free opportunity to lie down on the cold hard rock and sleep.

Is it time to call bullshit on using ‘time off’,  ‘a break’ or – as my colleague had it put to her once, ‘your holiday’ – when we’re talking about maternity leave? Not only do the words denote relaxation and me-time, things maternity leave definitely don’t involve, there’s the underlying suggestion that we’re not all part of the same cycle.

Were the people I’ve listened to moan about the ‘disruption’ caused by their colleague ‘going off to have a baby again’ raised by a stork? Or did they simply materialise, age 25, in a suit with adult social skills and a law degree, ready to take their place in the workforce?

Perhaps they believe the business of continuing the human race has nothing to do with them, even if many of those humans will one day be adults who work in an office and pay taxes like they do, or care for them when they’re old and infirm?

A man once told me quietly that he wasn’t entirely sure he was a feminist after seeing his brother run a small business that was ‘disrupted’ (that word again) by a woman having a baby. I argued that his problem wasn’t with women but with a system that sees child rearing as a women problem in isolation.

I know it’s a cliché to bang the Scandi drum when it comes to parental leave policy, but case in point is a work meeting my husband had recently with a group of Swedish men. They told him a man in their office had been nicknamed ‘the caveman’ because he only took three months of parental leave. They’d all taken six.

With uptake of shared leave in the UK still pretty low by comparison (according to research by law firm EMW just 1% took it up between April 2016 and March 2017) we’ll need seismic cultural shifts to get to this point. But adjusting our language is a good place to start.

‘Getting to know a baby looks like doing an awful lot of nothing, and that’s what it feels like too. It’s 24-hour, frequently lonely, often dull’, my friend Jules tells me on email. ‘It’s also life-changing, rewarding and magical. But what it is not, is a holiday.’

Or, as another friend Rachel puts it, ‘you know what is time off? Getting to go back to work!’

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Selma Blair has been forced to do some damage control after talking about her friend Cameron Diaz’s ‘retirement’ from acting. At the Vanity Fair Oscars pre-party, Blair said the pair would not be making a sequel of The Sweetest Thing because ‘Cameron’s retired from acting. She’s like “I’m done.” She doesn’t need to make any more films. She has a pretty great life, I don’t know what it would take to bring her back.’

Blair has now insisted the statement was a joke and her friend is still very much in the game. But if Diaz – whose last film Annie was released in 2014 – is privately a bit fed up with Hollywood, perhaps she could introduce a new clause.

Frances McDormand asked actors to insist on an ‘inclusion rider’ in her Oscars speech. Since some of the best and most inclusive TV and film is now being made by Reese Witherspoon under her production company Hello Sunshine (Big Little Lies with Meryl, A White Lie with Zendaya, Jennifer Aniston’s as-yet-untitled return to TV as a morning show anchor, Little Fires Everywhere with Kerry Washington) perhaps Diaz could take it one step further by demanding a Reese Rider. No Witherspoon? No deal.

The cups saving women in Nepal

Those imposing it now face jail time if caught, but the old practice of Chhaupadi – banishing women and girls to huts when they’re on their period – is still widespread in Nepal.

Chhaupadi can leave women exposed to the elements and malnourished, as they’re often also forbidden to consume fruit, vegetables and milk products. There was international outrage last year when an 18-year-old called Tulsa Shahi died after being bitten by a snake during her time in a menstruation hut.

But a wider use of menstrual cups are helping reduce the number of women isolated by their communities. ‘Because menstruation cups don’t produce any trash, they provide us with privacy’ Executive director of Nepal Communitere, Bahar Kumar, told ABC news, ‘I’ve bought all my nieces menstrual cups and implemented a “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy for myself in my family, slowly encouraging them to do the same.’

The solution isn’t perfect – Deputy Director of Women LEAD Nepal, Shreya Thapa, says a change in mentality is also badly needed – but the cups provide a level of privacy for women and girls in Nepal that could save their lives.

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We don’t leave home for date night, I’m guessing we’re not alone

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I almost broke my TV last week when a marriage therapist was on. She was giving advice to couples, especially busy parents, and she told them they should go on a date night once a week, have a weekend away once a quarter, and take a couples’ vacation (without kids) once a year.

HA HA HA HA HA HA HA.

I know she was giving us the best-case scenario. Advice for parents who have grandparents or aunts or uncles or nannies or other sitters on hand. If that is you, stop reading and go get these people lined up. Have your partner cling to their leg as you rev the getaway car and take advantage of that sitter right now. Go. Have fun. That grimace you see on my face is mostly me being happy for you, tinged by only the teensiest bit of jealousy.

This was a fun pre-kid Date Night…

But the rest of us… those of us who don’t have family nearby, and don’t want to ask a friend to watch four children for an entire weekend? We do what works for the season we’re in. For me and my husband, this means feeding the kids breakfast for dinner on Friday nights, putting them to bed, and then either grilling or ordering sushi at 9 p.m. We crack open a bottle of wine in the basement, and eat, and have an entire conversation without being interrupted. We don’t have to pay a sitter. We don’t have to plan too far ahead. We can treat ourselves to a nice steak, or an extra tuna roll without worrying too much because we’re saving on the sitter and other costs. It’s what we can do right now.

This was actually our anniversary dinner 

It took me a long time to realize this was okay. Everyone from our pastor to our friends to every expert I saw or read kept saying we needed a date night. The funny thing was, none of them offered to watch the kids. And instead of inspiring me, it made me feel guilty. Were my husband and I headed for trouble if we didn’t go out once a week? And overnights? We’ve been away for two weekends together in the last fifteen years. When your family lives out of state, that kind of thing requires a lot of planning.

I’m sure it’s good advice and I’m sure every marriage could benefit from a regular date night. It’s just that not everyone can manage one.

So what do you do instead? You do what you can. Know that this stage won’t last forever. We’re actually on the verge of freedom — our oldest is at an age where we can head out for an occasional date night now. It does happen eventually, and our late Friday night basement dinners were a good bridge to get us to this point.

So if you’re around next Friday night, let’s all raise a glass – to doing what works for this season of life we’re in.

Do you and your partner have regular date nights?

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President Trump told the U.N. General Assembly in New York that the U.S. may have no choice but to “totally destroy North Korea.” “The United States has great strength and patience but if it is forced to defend itself and its allies, we will have no choice but to totally destroy North Korea,” Trump said. He added, before the member states Tuesday, “Rocket Man is on a suicide mission for himself and for his regime. The United States is ready, willing and able, but hopefully this will not be necessary.”

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Leave It to Beaver Actor Jerry Mathers Lost 55 Pounds After Getting a Terrifying Health Diagnosis

Jerry Mathers owned a successful catering business in Hollywood in 1997 when he received a devastating diagnosis from his doctor.

Mathers, 69, told Fox News doctors told him he only had three to five years to live if he didn’t manage his Type 2 diabetes.

“I was living the good life,” he said. “I had side businesses and one of them was a catering business. And I was doing a lot of motion picture and television catering for crews, which is for about 100-200 people. It’s like setting up a whole restaurant.”

The Leave It to Beaver actor was eating five to six full meals a day while mingling among those working on sets.

“I was around food all the time and I was a very good cook,” he explained. “I was making a lot of money, everything was going great, and everyone around me was at least as fat as I was.”

In addition to being diabetic, Mathers was diagnosed with high blood pressure and bad cholesterol. He began working out and lost 55 pounds after selling his catering company.

“I’ve been controlling my weight with diet and exercise ever since,” he said. “I walk every day about 6-8 miles. And I am now pre-diabetic because of that… dying from diabetes is a terrible way to go. It’s a really horrible death. It basically burns different parts of your body.”

Mathers said it’s still difficult to maintain control and portion his food intake when he goes out to eat. Despite temptations, he is taking it one day at a time.

“It’s really tough,” he said. “But I think, ‘I can have this, but do I want to run further to get the weight off? Could I even get it off?’ It’s a daily struggle. I’m not cured. This is something I have to deal with all the time. And I’m hoping that by going out to educate people on diabetes, I can save my fans.”


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Vanessa Bayer To Leave ‘Saturday Night Live’ After 7 Seasons

Say goodbye to Jacob the Bar Mitzvah Boy.

Vanessa Bayer, currently the longest-serving female cast member on “Saturday Night Live,” is reportedly leaving the show, Deadline first reported Saturday, and other outlets later confirmed. HuffPost has reached out to the comedian’s representatives for comment.

The news comes just two days after Bobby Moynihan announced his departure from the long-running sketch comedy show after nine seasons. He’ll be starring in the upcoming CBS comedy “Me, Myself & I.”

Bayer has yet to announce her future plans.

Beyond Jacob, who made regular appearances on the show’s “Weekend Update” segment, Bayer was known for her impression of Jennifer Aniston’s “Friends” character, Rachel Green, after starting on “SNL” in 2010. She’s made several appearances as a guest star on other TV shows, including “Portlandia,” “Modern Family” and “The Simpsons.” Her film career has so far included roles in 2015’s hit comedy “Trainwreck” and 2016’s “Office Christmas Party.” 

The Season 42 finale of “SNL” is set to air Saturday night at 11:30 p.m. ET on NBC with host Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and musical guest Katy Perry.

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Maks Chmerkovskiy Says ‘Belligerent’ Former Owner’s 2 A.M. Intrusion Made Him Scared to Leave His Fiancee and Son at Home

Maksim Chmerkovskiy is detailing the eventful night that he endured after an intruder attempted to break into his family’s Los Angeles home.

Early Tuesday morning, officers responded to the 1500 block of Sunset Plaza Drive between 1:30 and 2 a.m. for a “civil dispute.”

Chmerkovskiy’s Dancing with the Stars partner, Heather Morris, initially broke the news during a Tuesday appearance on Good Morning America, revealing that Chmerkovskiy could not do the interview with her because of the alleged incident. “They had some sort of run-in with some man near their house trying to break in, but the police were there,” Morris, 30, said. “They took care of it. So they’re safe and Peta’s okay. That’s the most important thing.”

At the time of the incident, Chmerkovskiy’s fiancée Peta Murgatroyd and son, Shai Aleksander, were also home.

“Early this morning, there was a trespasser who attempted to break into our home,” Chmerkovskiy, 37, told PEOPLE. “The LAPD responded and my family and I are all okay.”

In an interview with Maria Menounos on Tuesday, the DWTS pro explained exactly what happened when he woke up to “full-out knocking” at his Hollywood home.

“That was some bulls—. I cannot believe this. Literally, in the last couple of months, it’s just been so much stuff that’s never happened to me before that happened. It’s just a pile of stuff. Yesterday, you know how it is, you get eliminated, you gotta fly to . This was so shocking to Heather and I that she wasn’t ready. I would have done whatever I needed to do, but because we both have kids now, it’s kind of like, okay, hold on a second, let’s figure this out. So GMA was kind enough to let us not have to fly, but we do the satellite interview at like 4 in the morning,” Chmerkovskiy explained to Menounos.

“So at like 2:20 a.m., I wake up to full-out knocking. I come down, there’s cops and they’re like ‘There’s a dude outside that’s claiming this is his house.’ I’m like, ‘Wait, what?’ It was pretty wild. But I guess it’s an ongoing thing with the ex-owner of this house who, by the way, talk about Hollyweird, used to be some rock singer, or rockband frontman or something,” said the DWTS pro.

According to Chmerkovskiy, he showed his renter’s agreement to prove that he rented the residence and also asked to see the two men — who he claims were “belligerent drunk” — in case they showed up in the neighborhood again.

“It was just funny to me, the whole thing,” said Chmerkovskiy. “It was at 2:30 in the morning — I couldn’t understand what’s happening and then I had to get in the car and drive to do the satellite, so I called Heather. I was like, ‘Babe, I’m sorry, I just can’t really. I don’t know how to leave the house.’ It’s my mom, Peta, our nurse and the baby. It’s like three chicks, half a human and me. This is a fun household.”

Despite the early morning incident that woke up the DTWS pro after a shocking elimination the night prior, he admittedly feels sorry for the intruder.

“The house is great,” said the new dad, who added, “I feel bad the dude lost it a long time ago in like unpaid bills or something like that.”

Dancing with the Stars airs Mondays (8 p.m. ET) on ABC.


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Michelle Obama Tells Vogue ‘It’s Time’ To Leave The White House

First Lady Michelle Obama’s days in the White House are numbered, and she’s savoring every last moment as she prepares to say goodbye.

“Looking out on the South Lawn and the Washington Monument and it had just rained and the grass was really green and everything popped a little bit more,” she told writer Jonathan Van Meter for Vogue’s December cover story. “It’s soooo beautiful. And for that moment I thought, I’m going to miss waking up to this, having access to this anytime I want.” 

Yet she’s ready for the next step, she said.

“On the flip side . . . it’s time. I think our democracy has it exactly right: two terms, eight years. It’s enough. Because it’s important to have one foot in reality when you have access to this kind of power. The nature of living in the White House is isolating. And I think Barack and I—because we’re kind of stubborn—we’ve maintained some normalcy, mostly because of the age of our kids. I go out to dinner with my girlfriends; I go to Sasha’s games; Barack has coached a little basketball with Sasha’s team. But at the same time, when you can’t walk into CVS?”

And while she admits that she doesn’t know what that step will be, she vows to continue fighting on behalf of the issues she cares about.

“I will always be engaged in some way in public service and public life,” she said. “I’ve always felt very alive using my gifts and talents to help other people. I sleep better at night. I’m happier.”

Van Meter spent a month by the first lady’s side, accompanying her to various engagements and speaking to her staffers.

He shows just how revolutionary her tenure has been. She took a “job with no salary, a platform with no power” and loaded it with significance and purpose, he wrote.

“Everything we do is by choice,” she said. “I could have spent eight years doing anything, and at some level, it would have been fine. I could have focused on flowers. I could have focused on decor. I could have focused on entertainment. Because any First Lady, rightfully, gets to define her role. There’s no legislative authority; you’re not elected. And that’s a wonderful gift of freedom.”

She is the perfect mix of substance and insouciance, Van Meter argued.

He highlights her accomplishments in the last eight years ― like Reach Higher and Let Girls Learn, two education initiatives ― as well as her impeccable style and penchant for SoulCycle and carpool karaoke with late-night host James Corden.

Particularly remarkable has been her choice to spend so much time learning from young people.

“It makes us want to live right and do right and be right—Every. Single. Day—so that we don’t ever disappoint these kids and they have something to hold on to, and so that they know—as I say all the time—I can do this. You can do this,” she said.

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Conan & Billy Eichner Join Grindr And Leave Nothing To The Imagination

Sorry, Tinder. You’ve been swiped left.

After Conan O’Brien’s crazy adventures with Dave Franco on Tinder, he decided to try out another popular dating app for one of his hilarious remote segments. This time around, the talk show host invited comedian Billy Eichner to help him navigate the world of Grindr: an app geared towards gay, bisexual and bi-curious men.

If anything, O’Brien took his Tinder experience and cranked it to 11. The talk show host has conversations that leave nothing to the imagination (you’ll never look at a birch tree the same way again), brings a bowl of condoms that makes it look like he’s passing them out as Halloween candy and rides around in a creepy van with another glorious paint job. And incredibly, he’s actually pretty successful.

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People of LA, Please Leave!

I moved to LA, or “The Dream Factory,” as I call it, fifteen years ago. Glad I did. Many of my dreams really have come true, like writing for television and performing my standup act on TV. That said, LA is a hard place to live. It’s expensive, rents are insane and only billionaires can afford to own a home. LA is also crowded and parking is always a pain and the traffic is truly horrific. Only in LA, can a driver get told to go do unnatural things to himself in so many forms of broken English. The constant traffic snarl just beats you down.

It occurred to me once while sitting in inert traffic on the Hollywood Freeway, “Why do regular people live in LA?” I mean, if you are out here to act or write or be in reality shows or hardcore porn, fine. But why would a teacher or a nurse or an assistant manager at a restaurant want to live in LA? It’s the worst deal in America! It’s like people are thinking, “Hey, where could I sleep on a futon and have roommates, into my forties?… I know, LA!… and I can clog up traffic on the 405 and prevent Phil Perrier from getting to his audition on time!”

So now when I’m driving I’m looking at these people and seething. I feel like saying “Hey, you, yeah you, in the Lexus, texting while you drive, did you know that in Phoenix waitresses own houses?”

But I don’t say that, because the person probably doesn’t speak English. And who the hell am I to interrupt her texting?

If anyone is reading this who has never been out of LA, listen, the rest of the country is MUCH CHEAPER! Really. Gas is like a nickel in Oklahoma. And you can buy a house in Detroit for whatever change you have on you. I’m not kidding. I lived in Athens Georgia before I moved to LA and my rent was less than three hundred a month. You can’t rent a cardboard box in LA for less than a grand a month. And there was no traffic, accept on game day, and parking was never a problem and the earth never shook. But hey, I love LA. Or at least, the San Fernando Valley. I avoid downtown LA the way some people avoid penniless relatives. In fact, if anyone wants to meet with me more than a mile from my house, I get a sad look on my face and say, “Maybe some other time.”

But my point in all this is, if you are reading this and you live in LA, and you are not here pursuing one of the above mentioned dreams, (acting, singing, dancing, writing, porn etc.) then please, leave as soon as humanly possible. Just pack up all your stuff, load it into your twelve year old minivan and move to Las Vegas, or Houston or Denver or San Diego or wherever the hell I’m not. Really, you’ll be glad you did. Everything will be cheaper and easier and the people will be friendly and not completely full of shoot. And everyone won’t be into runes and crystals and all sorts of post hippy, New Agey, California horse shoot.

But I digress. Bottom line, I’m not leaving this town until they pry it from my cold dead fingers. But all you others, please go.
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We’ve rounded up 23 of the worst moments for women in 2014 to remind everyone that gender equality has definitely not been achieved yet. Here’s to moving forward in 2015.

These are 23 moments we’re happy to leave in 2014, in no particular order:

Here’s hoping for a shorter list next year.

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Kathy Griffin’s Naked ALS Ice Bucket Challenge Will Leave You Speechless

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Former “My Life On The D-List” subject Kathy Griffin went nude for her stunt to benefit research for the ALS Association.

While she’s no stranger to partially undressing on television, this time she spared viewers of “Jimmy Kimmel Live” nothing, even spreading her legs at one point.

You do you, Kathy. You do you.

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