Sexy “Handmaid’s Tale” Halloween costume sparks outrage

It turns out maybe oppression isn’t sexy after all. Online retailer Yandy listed a “Brave Red Maiden” Halloween costume for nearly $65, referencing the garb women forced into surrogacy wear in Hulu’s series “The Handmaid’s Tale.” The provocative rendition includes a red cape, mini dress and white bonnet. “An upsetting dystopian future has emerged where women no longer have a say,” the description reads. “However, we say be bold and speak your mind in this exclusive Brave Red Maiden costume.” The Halloween costume instantly sparked outraged across social media. One Twitter user shared…

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Machine Gun Kelly says he won’t make peace with Eminem in ongoing feud

Machine Gun Kelly may be finished releasing Eminem diss tracks, but he’s keeping his feud with the rapper alive. Appearing on the Power 105.1 radio show The Breakfast Club on Thursday ahead of his new EP out Friday, MGK said he had another song aimed at Eminem ready for release but shelved it after he heard “Killshot,” Eminem’s latest diss track he released last week. “I had a clip ready,” MGK said. “I heard ‘Killshot,’ and I put that (expletive) back in the holster.” Why? MGK was offended by Eminem calling him a “mumble…

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Ticketmaster denies mass ticket-scalping reports as 'categorically untrue'

In this May 11, 2009 file photo, Ticketmaster tickets and gift cards are shown at a box office in San Jose, Calif.(Photo: AP) Ticketmaster is calling reports of collusion with ticket-scalpers “categorically untrue.” CBC News and the Toronto Star allege a company executive acknowledged to undercover reporters at a Las Vegas ticket convention that some resellers have hundreds of TradeDesk accounts, a program Ticketmaster developed that helps scalpers buy and immediately resell large quantities of tickets at a higher price. “We do not condone the statements made by the employee as the conduct described clearly violates our…

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Nordstrom’s taped, dirty-looking shoes on sale for a mere $530; shoppers outraged

The Golden Goose Superstar Taped Sneaker is sold on nordstrom.com. (Photo: Nordstrom.com screengrab) Buying “Dad shoes” is one thing. But purchasing new shoes with dirt and tape already on them – for more than $500 – is quite another. At least that’s according to plenty of shoppers who are sharing their anger on social media in response to a pair of shoes being sold on Nordstrom’s site for $530. The Golden Goose sneakers, dubbed the “Superstar Taped Sneaker,” boast “Crumply, hold-it-all-together tape” and “a grungy rubber cupsole.” In other words, the shoes look as though they’re…

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Report: Benedict defends ’emeritus pope’ title to critic

BERLIN –  A German newspaper that quoted letters by Benedict XVI hitting back at criticism of his 2013 resignation said Friday that he was responding to a conservative German cardinal who took issue with his decision to take the title “emeritus pope.” The Bild daily, which first reported on the letters Thursday, gave more details of November correspondence it said it obtained between the German-born Benedict and Cardinal Walter Brandmueller — a prominent critic of Benedict’s successor, Pope Francis. Many conservative critics long for Benedict’s more doctrinaire papacy and question…

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300,000 sign petition backing bus driver who slapped child, 12, for running into street

A French bus driver for Paris transit authority RATP faces disciplinary action for slapping a boy who walked in front of his bus. A petition in support of him has gained over 300,000 signatures as of Friday.  (Facebook via RATP) A petition supporting a French bus driver who faces disipline for slapping a 12-year-old boy who ran into the street has gained more than 300,000 signatures as of Friday, reports said.  The bus driver was forced to “sharply hit the brakes and rough up customers inside” to avoid striking the…

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Melania Trump says Blue Room furniture has been restored and will be returned this fall

The White House Blue Room is getting a new old look. Melania Trump has announced the restoration of a collection of furniture made for the White House by Frenchman Pierre-Antoine Bellange. The first lady says a team of curators has spent more than a decade restoring the furniture. The Committee for the Preservation of the White House approved the restoration project. President James Monroe bought the Bellange suite in 1817. Almost all of it was auctioned off in 1859. Former first lady Jacqueline Kennedy began reacquiring original pieces in 1961,…

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Vietnam’s President Tran Dai Quang dies of illness at 61

next FILE – In this Sept. 13, 2018, file photo, Vietnam’s President Tran Dai Quang meets with Myanmar’s leader Aung San Suu Kyi at the Presidential Palace during the World Economic Forum on ASEAN in Hanoi, Vietnam. Official media say Vietnamese President Tran Dai Quang has died at age 61 due to illness on Friday, Sept. 21, 2018. (Kham/Pool Photo via AP, File) prev FILE – In this March 23, 2018, file photo, Vietnamese President Tran Dai Quang greets journalists as he waits for arrival of Russian Foreign Minister Sergei…

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A New Soccer Statistic Tries to Place a Value on the Invaluable

Perhaps more incisive than just looking at the overall packing number is focusing specifically on bypassed defenders, who are after all the last outfield players with a chance to stop a goal. Lionel Messi is on top this season with 18 bypassed defenders per game. The method can also help draw comparisons between teams that play very different styles. “Bayern, P.S.G. and Barcelona have a lot of ball possession,” Keppler said. “Other teams counterattack and press high. Packing would measure the value of their overall method.” Four games into the…

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Burkina Faso cracks down on motorbike-riding extremists

OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso –  Growing attacks by motorbike-riding extremists who flee into the forest have led Burkina Faso’s government to ban the use of motorbikes and bike carts from sunset to sunrise in its troubled east. The West African nation also announced this week it will monitor cars and trucks in the area near the border with Niger, which is fast becoming a hideout for extremist groups linked to al-Qaida and the Islamic State organization. The government says some 20 members of security forces were recently killed in the region.…

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