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Thursday, April 27, 2017

It seemed like business as usual on Wednesday when a routine cremation in Cincinnati, Ohio started a fire that got out of control.

But it wasn't due to faulty wiring – it was the amount of fat on a body employees were cremating.

"My operator was in the process of cremating remains and (the body) was overly obese and apparently it got a little hotter than the unit is supposed to get," owner Don Catchen told WCPO. "One of the cremation containers that we had close got caught on fire and that's what burnt."

The blaze took two hours for firefighters to get under control, according to WCPO, but there was little serious damage since crematoriums are built to withstand fire. Catchen called it a "freak accident," but it's not totally uncommon. read more

Nordstrom has lit the internet on fire with another expensive product that many are calling ridiculous. On its website, the department store is selling a $425 pair of jeans that is covered in fake mud. The Barracuda Straight Leg Jeans feature obvious splashes of what Nordstrom calls "caked-on muddy coating," giving the effect of being worn on a day in the dirt. read more

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Conservative commentator Ann Coulter told Fox News on Wednesday she would no longer give a planned speech at UC Berkeley after Young America's Foundation pulled its support for the event amid threats of violence.

The speech was originally scheduled to take place Thursday – but Berkeley asked to postpone it until next month after protests over the planned speech grew into a nationally-watched firestorm.

Coulter, YAF and the Berkeley College Republicans initially fought the school's decision, filing a civil rights lawsuit on Monday. But by Wednesday YAF had "actively" opposed Coulter's speech, she said, and "ordered the lawyer not [to] file for [a] court order" which would have mandated a room for the talk. The college republicans are bound by YAF's decision, Coulter said, "so there's nothing more I can do."

A man and a woman are about to have sex, and agree to do so while using a condom. But during the act, the man decides he'd rather not wear it and takes it off – without telling the woman.

It's more common than you may think, according to a study by Akexandra Brodsky published in the Columbia Journal of Gender and Law on April 20. Brodsky calls the practice "stealthing," and argues it's a form of sexual violence that needs to be specifically outlawed.

Brodsky interviewed several victims of the practice, who said it "feels like a violation of trust and a denial of autonomy, not dissimilar to rape," though they said they would not consider it equivalent to sexual assault. While not just limited to women, Brodsky focused on male-female sex partners in her research and found many women who said they feared sexually transmitted diseases and unwanted pregnancies and described it as a "consent violation."

Saturday, April 22, 2017

The Trump administration has denied ExxonMobil permission to bypass sanctions to drill for oil in Russia. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, in a statement Friday, said he consulted with President Trump on the decision. Exxon had applied for a waiver from sanctions imposed by the Obama administration in a bid to resume its lucrative joint venture with Russian state oil giant PAO Rosneft. Exxon did not immediately return a call for comment. There are powerful reasons why Exxon would want to get back into business with Rosneft: Their agreement to form a joint venture, signed in 2011, allowed Exxon to conduct offshore exploration in the Black Sea and the Kara Sea in Siberia. The undeveloped oil fields are thought to be the most promising in the Russian Arctic, according to S&P Global Platts.


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