The First-Ever Homeless Girl Scout Troop Just Crushed Their Cookie Sales Goal

The First-Ever Homeless Girl Scout Troop Just Crushed Their Cookie Sales Goal

A girl scouts troop in New York has sold more than 32,000 boxes of cookies in one week.
While plenty of troops sell thousands of boxes of Girl Scout Cookies each spring, what makes this troop particularly unique is that the group is made up of approximately 300 children living in homeless shelters.
Troop 6000 Girl Scout Troop 6000’s goal was to sell 6,000 boxes of cookies at their first ever sale.
The troop received special permisson to set up shop at Kellogg’s NYC Café in Union Square.
Some customers stood in line for an hour to purchase cookies, but many made monetary donations to the troop, totaling more than $15,000, to help pay for activities and trips, according to the organization.
Troop 6000 “I’m so excited that I got a chance to sell cookies, just like any other Girl Scout,” Sanaa, a 10-year-old from the troop, told NBC News.
This is the first time the troop participated in the annual cookie sale since the group was formed in 2016 by Girl Scouts of Greater New York, Mayor de Blasio and the City Department of Homeless Services. “We’re doing what we do best: give girls courage, confidence and character to make the world a better place,” Girl Scouts of Greater New York CEO Meridith Maskara told ABC News. “They’ve really bonded together as a unit, immensely.
It’s beautiful to see the transformation.”

Woman Gets In Harrowing Car Accident, Leaves Hilarious 5-Star Review For Her Eyeliner That Stays Intact

Woman Gets In Harrowing Car Accident, Leaves Hilarious 5-Star Review For Her Eyeliner That Stays Intact

After something as horrific and devastating as a car crash, small crumbs of comfort suddenly take on a much greater importance.
When your world has collapsed around you and your face and body is all beat up, the fact that your makeup still looks boss can be enough to lift the spirits, just a little!
“I was treated in the ER for a cervical strain, closed head injury, knee contusion and forehead lacerations,” she wrote.
“I consider myself lucky to have walked away from the accident relatively unhurt and alive.” After taking a picture of herself for police to use as evidence, she was pleasantly surprised by the durability of her eyeliner.
After all, if an eyeliner can survive post-crash sobs and hospital treatment, it’s definitely doing its job!
Her hilarious review was boosted by Twitter user Lahari Manchikanti, who spotted it and had to share.
People have even started sharing their own post-accident makeup pics!
Scroll down below to check out how it unfolded for yourself, and let us know what you think in the comments!
Meet 25-year-old nurse from Boston, Shelby Pagan Her witty posts on social media have attracted thousands of fans But one of her posts caught followers off guard when she shared a selfie from the Emergency Room And if you hadn’t noticed already, during all the chaos one thing remained intact – her eyeliner.
So much so that she decided to leave a review of it And surprisingly, she wasn’t the only one who had the same experience There were plenty people who could relate Others plain loved her review And to those, who found it offensive, Shelby had this to say

18 Free Ways to Be a Better Person

18 Free Ways to Be a Better Person

Bring in your neighbor’s trash cans Sometimes it’s the simplest acts of kindness that can make a huge difference.
Pick up trash at a local park Have you ever looked around your city or local park and thought it looked a bit dirty?
Volunteer at a school or library Ask your local schools and libraries about volunteer opportunities.
Donate books that you and your family are done reading to local libraries, schools, or to organizations like Books For Africa and Books to Prisoners.
Bring them a meal.
Play with pets Contact your local animal shelter to donate your time caring for animals.
Donate blankets and towels to animal shelters If you don’t have time to play with pups and kittens, you can still help out through donating old blankets and towels.
Serve food at a soup kitchen Many individuals will volunteer time to pass out food during the holidays, but soup kitchens and food banks need help year-round.
Donate your miles Like gift cards, sometimes you end up with unused air miles that aren’t enough to cash in for travel or items.
Instead of trading your miles for a subscription to a magazine you won’t read, donate them to a worthy cause.

10+ Women Share Hilarious Comparison Of Themselves To Kate Middleton After Giving Birth, And Pics Say It All

10+ Women Share Hilarious Comparison Of Themselves To Kate Middleton After Giving Birth, And Pics Say It All

After the birth of their third child, Prince William and The Duchess of Cambridge did what royal parents are expected to do and presented the new member of the family for the world to see.
Kate Middleton was, as you would expect from a royal, well-groomed and putting on her best face, despite giving birth just hours previously.
Some people were shocked however, by just how amazing she looked, flawless and glowing in full makeup and heels.
This has prompted a variety of responses, from sympathy for the amount of pressure she must experience to look her best at all times, to criticism for creating impossibly high expectations for other women.
But the best responses are from those women who are sharing their own hilariously real and disheveled post-birth pics.
Not everyone has the luxury of a team of makeup and hair professionals at their disposal!
Obviously, the Duchess was just doing her job and probably loves these tongue-in-cheek comparisons.
Scroll down to check out the hilariously real post-natal comparisons for yourself, and let us know what you think in the comments!
Kate Middleton is known for looking flawless on all occasions and giving birth is no exception.
Here’s how she looked just hours after giving birth to her third child Naturally, people started wondering what sorcery this is While other moms started sharing their own pics, proving the reality was much different for them Image credits: mix969 Some wished they looked that good after years of taking care of their children, not even hours

Turns Out Washing Machines Do Eat Socks, But There Were More Surprising Things That We Found…

Turns Out Washing Machines Do Eat Socks, But There Were More Surprising Things That We Found…

My husband and I are property managers, currently we are managing a manufactured home park.
Most parks, like apartment complex’s have laundry rooms, ours is no different.
Today, my husband got tired of fooling with one of the washing machines that was just not working properly and decided to take it apart, starting with the bottom panel.
To his shock, this is what he found.
Socks, underwear, a credit card… and that is just what was in the bottom of the machine.
When he removed the water pump that removes the water from the machine, he found about $7.00 in change.
Now, for those of you that SWEAR, your machine eats your small things, and have been told by “professionals” and others that this fable just is not true… Here is the proof!
I don’t know what to say!
25 years he has been doing this job, and for 25 years he has been working on appliances, including washers and dryers.
So next time you are missing socks, just remember!

8 Questions to Ask Before Hiring a Credit Counselor

8 Questions to Ask Before Hiring a Credit Counselor

Credit counselors offer budgeting and financial education services.
They can also help you create a plan to get out of debt by paying off your debts, often at reduced interest rates, through a long-term debt management plan (DMP).
(See also: 4 Ways to Negotiate Credit Card Debt) Even though “nonprofit” credit counselors can charge hidden fees, you’ll still want to know if you’re working with a nonprofit organization, says Martin.
Since a nonprofit credit counselor offers free advice that you can use even if you decide not to move forward with their services, seeking out a nonprofit is a solid first step.
If you’re talking to an accredited nonprofit credit counseling organization, services like budgeting and receiving general financial advice should always be free.
Before you decide to work with a credit counselor, make sure you know what services they offer and if they’re services you actually want.
The FTC also says you should avoid organizations that only offer a debt management plan (DMP) or push a DMP without fully analyzing your situation.
Or will you meet in-person to go over your budget and financial situation?
Whether you’re receiving credit counseling in-person or over the phone, Krieger says it should be a family affair.
The FTC says that you should ask any credit counselor you’re thinking of working with how their advice will help you in the future.

4 Affordable Destinations That Are Safer Than You Think

4 Affordable Destinations That Are Safer Than You Think

Here are four affordable destinations that are actually less dangerous than you might think.
Though this war ended over 20 years ago, for many it’s still the first thing that springs to mind when Rwanda is mentioned, deterring some potential visitors.
It’s now widely regarded as one of the safest and most politically stable countries in Africa.
Rwanda is also rated as one of the most affordable countries to visit in the region.
Potential visitors still sometimes fear accidentally getting caught up in the drug trade, being kidnapped by guerrilla fighters, and becoming the victim of organized gang violence.
Colombia is also one of the most affordable countries in South America.
That’s one reason it’s currently enjoying a wave of popularity among young backpackers.
Jordan The Middle East is widely regarded as a no-go zone by many people who view the entire region as dangerous.
Because of this, the Middle East in general is not considered your typical vacation destination, and there’s a lot of fear around visiting.
The main reason that people come to Jordan is to visit the famous archaeological wonder and UNESCO World Heritage site, Petra.

Meghan Markle Ends Acting Career Ahead of Her Royal Wedding… with a TV Wedding!

Meghan Markle Ends Acting Career Ahead of Her Royal Wedding… with a TV Wedding!

On Wednesday, Markle, who has previously said that she would be retiring from acting to focus on her royal duties, made her last appearance as an actress on the season 7 finale of Suits.
The pair accepts, but there’s a catch.
It’s in Seattle.
So the couple quickly moves up their special day, and finally tie the knot.
Following news of Markle’s engagement to Prince Harry, USA Network announced back in November that Meghan would be leaving the hit legal drama.
“From all of us at USA Network and Universal Cable Productions, we want to send our most heartfelt congratulations to Meghan Markle and Prince Harry on their engagement,” the statement read.
“Meghan has been a member of our family for seven years and it has been a joy to work with her,” continued the statement.
“We want to thank her for her undeniable passion and dedication to Suits, and we wish her the very best.” RELATED: Meghan Markle Officially Leaving Suits After Season 7 Following Engagement News, Says USA Network Meghan, who was one of the original cast members of the show (featured in 107 episodes) since it first aired in June 2011, also confirmed that she would no longer be acting.
And also, keep in mind, I’ve been working on [Suits] for seven years.
While she will be stepping away from TV roles, Meghan will continue to further her passion for humanitarian work.

Prince William, Kate Middleton Will Likely Have A Fourth Child, Source Says

Prince William, Kate Middleton Will Likely Have A Fourth Child, Source Says

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Prince William and Kate Middleton are likely to have another child after welcoming their third baby.
Princess Diana’s former royal butler, Paul Burrell, also believes that Prince William and Middleton will have another child after their third.
However, according to Kay, the prospect of Prince William and Middleton having another baby might not sit well with Prince Charles.
Prince Charles and Prince William have a rocky father-and-son relationship.
According to Tom Bower, a royal biographer, in his book “Rebel Prince: The Power, Passion and Defiance of Prince Charles,” the Prince of Wales and the Duke of Cambridge have a strained relationship due to his affair with Camilla Parker Bowles.
There was also a time when Prince William was reportedly infuriated with his royal father after the palace aides snubbed his mother-in-law, Carole Middleton.
Prince Charles and Prince William do not share the same interest too.
​ Prince William wants to follow Queen Elizabeth II and have four children with Kate Middleton.

How to Uninstall Emoji on Ubuntu

How to Uninstall Emoji on Ubuntu

If you don’t want to see emoji in messaging apps, on the web, and elsewhere, you can remove them from your system.
To open the emoji panel on Ubuntu 18.04, press Ctrl+.
or Ctrl+; in almost any app.
You can uninstall the fonts-noto-color-emoji package with a single command, if you like.
To get started, open a Terminal window.
Type the following command into the terminal window, and then press Enter to uninstall the package: sudo apt remove fonts-noto-color-emoji You’ll have to type your user account’s password, and then enter “y” to confirm the change when prompted.
After you uninstall the emoji font, you can press Ctrl+.
or Ctrl+; to open the emoji panel and you’ll see the simple set of black-and-white emoji included with previous versions of Ubuntu.
These are part of the standard Ubuntu system font.
If you decide you want those fancy color emoji back, just open a Terminal window and run the following command to reinstall the package: sudo apt install fonts-noto-color-emoji

Kanye West’s Relationship With Trump Vs. Obama Is Actually Really Baffling

Kanye West’s Relationship With Trump Vs. Obama Is Actually Really Baffling

He just tweeted up a storm praising Donald Trump, but Kanye West’s relationship with Trump versus with Barack Obama is somewhat confusing.
Kanye told Darden he was disappointed with Obama because he had supposedly reached out to Obama for years and “couldn’t get anything done.”
Trump, on the other hand, gave Kanye a meeting and the two were pictured together in Trump Tower in 2016.
Kanye’s comments on Trump and Obama go further back, however, like way before he was sporting a “Make America Great Again” cap.
As for Obama, Kanye gave the fellow Chicagoan one mention and it doesn’t sound that effusive.
An ABC reporter had accidentally tweeted (and then deleted) the off-the-record portion of an interview with Obama.
I told y’all I didn’t vote, right?
In his recent Twitter activity, amid his praise for Trump, Kanye turned his attention to Obama too. “Obama was in office for eight years and nothing in Chicago changed,” the rapper said critically according to Complex.
But just as his music has evolved over the years, his opinions on Trump and Obama may one day change too.

Chris Hemsworth, Chadwick Boseman, Josh Brolin Surprise ‘Avengers’ Fans in Hollywood

Chris Hemsworth, Chadwick Boseman, Josh Brolin Surprise ‘Avengers’ Fans in Hollywood

Jimmy Kimmel Live! ‘s “Avengers Week” continued on Wednesday as Chris Hemsworth, Chadwick Boseman, Karen Gillan, Sebastian Stan and Josh Brolin joined the ABC host to surprise fans of the Avengers franchise on Hollywood Blvd.
Promising people who were in line for a Marvel movies marathon a “sneak peak” at the upcoming film, Live! “I’m literally lost for words right now,” one woman, who was dressed in a Thor outfit, said when she took off her Thor helmet and peeked through the hole.
The cast also talked about “mementos” they had taken from set. “He already took my costume,” Brolin, who plays Thanos, said, pointing at Hemsworth, who was wearing a purple suit. “You dropped the ball, man, I don’t know what you’re doing,” Hemsworth joked.
Brolin then joked that he stole a leopard-skin thong from set that he was wearing.
Boseman also pointed out that he was wearing the beads from Black Panther.
On Monday, cast members showed off an exclusive clip from the movie.

Fortress of Suomenlinna

Fortress of Suomenlinna

There are thousands of fortresses across the world, but Suomenlinna, in Finland, is different than most in several ways.
The fascinating history of the Fortress of Suomenlinna, also known as Sveaborg, begins in the mid 18th century.
Spread across six different islands, this unusually shaped naval fort was initially built by the Swedish on the Susiluodot islands near the Helsinki harbor, following a period of war between Sweden and Russia.
In 1808, during the Russo-Swedish war, the fortress fell to the Russians, and was under the rule of the Russian Imperial Government.
Finland became an autonomous Grand Duchy of Finland the following year, but Viapori remained under Russia’s military rule.
During the Crimean war, it also suffered heavy bombardment.
At the end of the war, Finland achieved independence, and in 1918 Viapori was taken over by the newly founded Finnish government and renamed Suomenlinna (Castle of Finland).
Under Finnish rule, renovations on the fortress began, and it was used to defend the country during WWII.
In 1991, Suomenlinna was added to Unesco’s World Heritage List.
The Fortress of Suomenlinna is vast, with six kilometres of defensive walls stretching over six islands.

Barquilleros of Madrid

Barquilleros of Madrid

For decades, men and women have wandered Madrid’s streets selling their barquillos.
The barquillos are simply waffle-like dough pressed flat into a checked pattern, then rolled into tubes, cones, or other shapes.
But the barquillero’s sales ritual elevates the treat into something truly special.
When you encounter a barquillero, the vendor will take a massive red tin off his back and engage you in a game of roulette using a wheel at its top.
You can pay once to spin for either one or two barquillos or pay more and spin as many times as you want, racking up waffles until you stop or the ticker lands on one of the four golden markers, at which point you lose everything.
The barquillo was almost brought to extinction by food shortages during Francisco Franco’s dictatorship.
On weekends, Cañas and his sons also roam Madrid’s plazas and parks with baskets of waffles under their arms and roulette-tins on their backs.
Today, you can try several varieties of barquillos dusted with cinnamon or vanilla and covered or stuffed with chocolate and other flavors.
Because of their similarity to the waffle cones used with ice cream, they’re frequently sold with frozen treats or in one of the many pastry shops that can be found throughout Madrid.
If you want fresh barquillos, you can usually find them only on weekends or at special festivals.

Ex-stripper scores six-figure inheritance from dead customer

Ex-stripper scores six-figure inheritance from dead customer

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An ex-stripper scored the six-figure inheritance left by an HBO executive she’d met just months before his death — beating back a challenge from his family, court records show.
Her “everlasting friendship” with the diabetic, heart-diseased, chronic alcoholic is why, Beckham says, he named her the beneficiary of his retirement accounts and a life-insurance policy worth a combined $223,000.
Micky’s sister, May Liu, however, claims “Beckham, as a professional exotic dancer, was adept at applying and using coercion and manipulation upon men.” Beckham “preyed upon Micky Liu’s vulnerability by exerting influence over him in the form of moral coercion,” May Liu charged in her Manhattan Surrogate’s Court suit.
He signed off on the transfers between October 2014 and January 2015.
“I miss you,” he wrote her in a Jan. 20 e-mail.
“Why is it taking you so long to get your phone replaced?
Money?
I’m not used to not being able to contact you.” Despite the sister’s accusations, Beckham claimed in a deposition they never had a sexual relationship: “We had more of an everlasting friendship.’’ Justice Rita Mella said there was nothing she could do because only prior beneficiaries — in this case, the exec’s former girlfriend — could sue for the funds.
Beckham denied that she was a gold digger.

Who Keeps Track of All the Craters on the Moon?

Who Keeps Track of All the Craters on the Moon?

The crater itself is named Blagg, after amateur astronomer Mary Blagg.
Though her work is largely forgotten today, Blagg was a pioneer in the ever-expanding field of naming every little thing in the solar system.
Women have worked in astronomy for centuries, often without recognition, as observers, number-crunchers, and innovators.
From the 1880s to the present, women have helped define, describe, and organize the our solar system, from long-visible features on Mars to topographical features that have only recently come into view on a Jovian satellite.
The researchers had grown frustrated, in part because the craters they were interested in—and other features on the Moon’s surface—went by a slew of different names.
Over the next few years, Saunder and Blagg studied previous maps of the Moon to create a master list of names, noting overlaps and divergences.
Gaither and Hayward check to see whether it already has a name and, if the researchers proposed a name, that it’s not already taken.
As for our Moon?
“We pretty much have that well covered—humans have been looking at the Moon for centuries,” Gaither says.
Researchers are sometimes disappointed to hear that they can’t name their discovery for their hometowns because other countries are due for a turn, Hayward says.

Jellied Eels

Jellied Eels

In the 1700s, Londoners ate jellied eels as a cheap, nutritious meal.
Cockneys grew to love the taste of the creatures, which were readily available by way of the River Thames.
In response, pie-and-mash shops (hubs for inexpensive mutton pie and mashed potatoes) added eel to their offerings.
As the mixture cooled, the cooked animal’s gelatinous proteins solidified into savory jelly surrounding the meat.
By the war’s end, London alone boasted more than 100 eel-and-pie shops.
But in the subsequent decade, Londoners began to lose interest as supply waned—a result of the increasingly polluted Thames.
In 1957, the Natural History Museum declared the river biologically dead.
Newspapers called it “a badly managed open sewer.” Shopkeepers kept the tradition alive by serving whatever jellied eels they could.
River fish populations have fluctuated ever since, but the Thames isn’t expected to return to its once-infested state of glory.
Despite no longer serving as a poor man’s convenience food, sweet jellied eels continue to attract fans to the traditional outposts that remain.

Patton Oswalt Celebrates Michelle McNamara’s Legacy After Arrest In ‘Golden State Killer’ Case

Patton Oswalt Celebrates Michelle McNamara’s Legacy After Arrest In ‘Golden State Killer’ Case

Tuesday night, Patton Oswalt joined the family of his late wife, crime writer Michelle McNamara, at a promotional event north of Chicago to promote I’ll Be Gone in the Dark, a new book about McNamara’s scrupulous hunt for a serial killer who terrorized California in the late 1970s and early 1980s.
Hours later, his line read as prophecy.
“I think you got him, Michelle,” Oswalt wrote on Twitter on Wednesday alongside a news article on the suspect’s arrest.
McNamara’s book has become a bestseller since its Feb. 27 release.
Oswalt suspects otherwise, writing on Twitter that his late wife’s book did, in fact, play a part.
Evidence from a “discarded DNA” sample provided the evidence needed, they said, without elaborating.
Show us your face.
But was DeAngelo ever actually on McNamara’s list of suspects?
He is thought to have committed about 50 rapes and 12 murders, in addition to more than 100 home burglaries from 1976 to 1986 across California.
Patton Oswalt Celebrates ‘Bittersweet’ Grammy Win After Difficult Year Authorities Arrest Ex-Cop In ‘Golden State Serial Killer’ Case The Book Michelle McNamara Wrote Before She Died Includes ‘Letter To The Golden State Killer’

Kanye West Seemingly Supports Tristan Thompson Amid Khloe Kardashian Cheating Scandal

Kanye West Seemingly Supports Tristan Thompson Amid Khloe Kardashian Cheating Scandal

Kanye West ended his controversial Twitter rant on Wednesday, April 25, by expressing support for Tristan Thompson.
West, 40, made headlines on Wednesday for expressing his support for President Donald Trump on the social networking platform.
The 21-time Grammy winner wrapped up his rant by writing, “That’s the last tweet of the day … Now ima go watch the Cavs.” The “Famous” rapper’s support for the Cleveland Cavaliers comes at a tumultuous time as the team’s Tristan Thompson recently cheated on West’s sister-in-law, Khloé Kardashian, days before the pair welcomed their first child, daughter True Thompson.
The NBA star, 27, made headlines earlier this month when it was revealed that he was unfaithful to the Good American designer, 33, on many occasions — and with many women — throughout her pregnancy.
Although the Kardashian clan has remained mum about the infidelity, a source exclusively told Us Weekly that, “If there wasn’t a child involved, Khloé would have kicked Tristan to the curb.” West’s wife, Kim Kardashian, supported the Revenge Body host while she gave birth.
Earlier this month, the “Gold Digger” rapper praised ex-brother-in-law, Lamar Odom, who was married to Khloé from 2009 to 2013.
“My favorite moment of walking into MSG to play Saint Pablo,” West captioned a photo of himself and the former NBA player, 38.
“I used to go to the hospital and play Lamar the album when he was leaning to walk and talk again.
He returned to the spotlight in February 2016 by supporting West at his Yeezy Season fashion show release party in New York City.
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Kanye West Ends Twitter Spree to Go Watch Tristan Thompson’s Team Play Despite Cheating Scandal

Kanye West Ends Twitter Spree to Go Watch Tristan Thompson’s Team Play Despite Cheating Scandal

The rapper, 40, concluded his tweet spree by declaring, “That’s the last tweet of the day.
… Now ima go watch the Cavs.” West shared the message just minutes before tipoff between the Indiana Pacers and the Cleveland Cavaliers – the team sister-in-law Khloé Kardashian‘s boyfriend Tristan Thompson plays on.
Thompson, once again, did not come off the bench, marking his third NBA playoff game with zero minutes.
(The power forward was previously benched during the April 18 and April 20 games.)
After Wednesday’s victory, the Cavaliers advance to the semifinals of the NBA playoffs, meaning Thompson will be on the road with his team in the near future.
RELATED: Everything Kanye West Has Been Up to in 2018 Ahead of This Week’s Tweet Storm Though West did not specifically mention Thompson in the tweet, attention on the Cavaliers has intensified amid allegations that Thompson cheated on Kardashian throughout her pregnancy.
Four days after Kardashian gave birth, a source told PEOPLE that West and wife Kim Kardashian were angry at Thompson for allegedly cheating.
“They can’t believe that Tristan has been going behind everyone’s back.
They find his behavior disgusting.” West also seemed to shade Thompson on April 15 when he tweeted a photo of Khloé’s ex-husband Lamar Odom at the 2016 listening party for West’s album The Life of Pablo, writing, “My favorite moment of walking into MSG to play Saint Pablo, I used to go to the hospital and play Lamar the album when he was learning to walk and talk again Then we walked into the arena together.” However, his latest tweet suggests the rapper is a supporter of Thompson or, at least, a supporter of his team.
Meanwhile, Khloé is staying Thompson’s home in Cleveland “indefinitely,” an insider told PEOPLE on Wednesday.

Ban Napia Spoons

Ban Napia Spoons

The United States never formally declared war on Laos, but they still dropped more than 270 million cluster bombs on the country during the Vietnam War era.
It is estimated that one-third of these did not explode.
Nearly 50 years later, people in Laos are still killed or maimed when they encounter unexploded bombs or “ordnance” (UXO).
These munitions also keep much of Laos in poverty because clearing land for agriculture or development is hazardous.
Children are killed or injured when they mistake UXO for toys.
Even the simple act of lighting a fire to cook a meal can set off a weapon buried underneath.
The northeastern province of Xieng-Khouang was one of the most heavily bombed areas of Laos, and it is littered with unexploded munitions.
Some residents in the village of Ban Napia have turned this problem into a curious and hazardous occupation: They collect UXO, melt it down in a kiln, and fashion it into spoons and other household items using wooden molds.
The work has not been without its hazards, though: People have been killed collecting and processing the UXO.
But for many, the reward is worth the risk, as the trade brings much-needed income to the impoverished region.

The Bygone Baguette Mailboxes of French Polynesia

The Bygone Baguette Mailboxes of French Polynesia

All around the world, millions of people wake up every morning, pour themselves a cup of coffee or tea, and go fetch the newspaper.
Traditionally perched on roadsides, they aren’t like ordinary mailboxes.
Some are short and squat, perfect to house smaller breads or pastries.
Others are long enough to shield a baguette from the elements.
Jean-Louis Delezenne, who previously lived on Moorea, says that he used to go out to his mailbox and pick up his baguette and coconut croissant daily—which was delivered rain or shine.
If someone wanted to get their actual mail, they had to go to a P.O.
box in town.
The bakery where Pomare works doesn’t deliver to people’s homes, yet Teremoana remembers this system well from his childhood.
The baguette delivery system has all but disappeared throughout the countryside in French Polynesia’s larger islands, such as Tahiti—though empty bread mailboxes still fleck the roads.
Some rural parts of smaller islands still use the delivery system, notes Tahiti Tourisme, as they may not have a bakery close by.

Grandma Has Arrived! Carole Middleton Checks in on Kate and the Royal Baby at the Palace

Grandma Has Arrived! Carole Middleton Checks in on Kate and the Royal Baby at the Palace

Grandma Middleton is reporting for royal baby duty!
Carole Middleton arrived at Kensington Palace on Wednesday to meet her newest grandson and to check in on daughter, Kate Middleton.
The famously hands-on grandmother also picked up Prince George from school, while Kate tended to her newest arrival.
Dad Prince William took part in Anzac Day memorial service on Wednesday at Westminster Abbey before heading back home to be with his family.
“A lot of this comes from her mum.
Carole’s lovely, and she just doesn’t let anything faze her.” “She adores being a granny and always tells people, ‘I’m loving it.’ ” Kate’s dad, Michael, and her younger brother, James Middleton, also paid a visit to the palace, following Pippa Middleton’s lead (the pregnant royal sister was one of the baby’s first visitors on Tuesday).
The royal baby’s great-grandmother, Queen Elizabeth, is currently at Windsor Castle, where Prince Philip is still recovering from hip surgery.
After the baby’s birth, the palace released a statement on behalf of the royal family: “The Queen, The Duke of Edinburgh, The Prince of Wales, The Duchess of Cornwall, Prince Harry and members of both families have been informed and are delighted with the news.” Prince Charles is expected to meet his grandson when he returns from France, where he is marking Anzac Day.
“We are both so pleased at the news,” Charles said in a statement.
“It is a great joy to have another grandchild, the only trouble is I don’t know how I am going to keep up with them.” The new baby, whose name has not yet been announced, also had some visitors before leaving the hospital: Big brother Prince George, 4, who was still donning his school uniform, and big sister Princess Charlotte, who turns 3 in May and adorably showed off her royal wave for the crowd of well-wishers.

Meghan Markle’s Departure From ‘Suits’ Was Art Imitating Life. But Not in the Way You Might Think.

Meghan Markle’s Departure From ‘Suits’ Was Art Imitating Life. But Not in the Way You Might Think.

In a strange twist of art and life imitating each other, the final episode of “Suits” features Meghan Markle walking down the aisle in a wedding dress.
The appearance doubled as the capstone on Ms. Markle’s career.
She has said she has given up acting to be a full-time royal, which will become official with her marriage to Prince Harry on May 19.
At first glance it seems like a scant acting legacy.
With the departure of Rachel and Mike, gone to start a do-gooder firm in Seattle, “Suits” not only loses a fan favorite (Ms. Markle) and one of its leads (Mr. Adams, who is also leaving the show), it also risks sacrificing the nuanced themes of class, race and corporate outsiders that their characters came to represent.
Despite this implausible premise, the show’s lasting appeal for me was something equally unbelievable: “Suits” rarely called attention to the prominent roles that its African-American actresses played on the show.
And while “The Good Wife” (another legal drama I watched until the very end), would eventually address the absence of African-Americans in both its fictional Chicago law firm and its real cast in its final two seasons, “Suits” began with Ms. Torres and Ms. Markle as two of its three female leads.
Torres.)
Speaking at a conference on the gender pay gap in 2014, Ms. Markle shared her own story of having to fight for women in the workplace, in this case her own character, Rachel.
In February, when she was asked at a Royal Foundation charity event if she would continue as an activist for women in her new life, she responded, “Right now with so many campaigns like #MeToo and Time’s Up there’s no better time to continue to shine a light on women feeling empowered and people supporting them.” It’s another trait that she shares with her character.

How to Maximize Family Time? 13 Simple Ways You Can Try Immediately

How to Maximize Family Time? 13 Simple Ways You Can Try Immediately

But what about family time, family events and kid’s activities?
You need to make sure you have time for your family.
Making time for your family means making things a priority before they come up.
Don’t allow your work to over-run your family time.
Make sure time away from work is time off Are you taking your work home with you every night?
Can you begin to wean yourself from bringing home work and doing work activities after work hours?
Making a commitment to things like dinner as a family several nights a week can make a huge impact on family relationships in the long run.
Family dinners are a wise investment of your time If you can make one thing a priority in family time, it should be doing family dinners at least several times a week.
The key is making meaningful bonds and loving relationships that are built on positive experiences and quality time interacting together.
Doing activities together, having meaningful conversations, having quality weekly family times and doing life intertwined together makes you a family with bonds connecting you for a lifetime.

How to Make Positive Changes Now (And Start Living a Fulfilling Life)

How to Make Positive Changes Now (And Start Living a Fulfilling Life)

When that is how life is, how do you make changes then?
Before I do that we need to look at why we need to change.
Let’s look at how you can create positive change in your life.
How to create positive change in your life One of the reasons we don’t create positive change in our life is because we don’t have a big enough desire to do it.
And they were able to feel the full pain that the credit card was bringing to their lives and their families.
Once you’ve felt the pain and realize powerfully why you want to get away from it, now consider the opposite emotions.
My book Fight the Fear – How to Beat Your Negative Mindset and Win in Life helps people to deal with 12 of the top fears that impact on success — whether it’s the fear that you can’t really change, or that you will never have the confidence to say or do that, or the fear that you set the wrong goals or worry constantly about what other people think.
That makes fear smile.
For instance, I had a client advise me that they felt our plan of action we had created was going to be hard work.
Change is powerful and change is natural but it does take some effort on your part.

Patton Oswalt speaks out on news of Golden State Killer suspect’s arrest

Patton Oswalt speaks out on news of Golden State Killer suspect’s arrest

On the day news broke that the primary Golden State Killer suspect was arrested after more than 40 years, Patton Oswalt sat down with EW and opened up about the complex emotions he’s feeling.
Her book on the Golden State Killer, I’ll Be Gone in the Dark, was published earlier this year to great acclaim and a top spot on the New York Times best-seller list.
(Read our review.)
On Wednesday, he spoke on the subject of the arrest while being interviewed for PeopleTV’s Couch Surfing.
The case struggled to gain traction until McNamara began digging into it, helping brand it (she dubbed him the “Golden State Killer”), and publishing initial thoughts and compilations of research on her website, True Crime Diary.
Oswalt tells Couch Surfing this is slightly misleading, and doesn’t give McNamara the proper credit she deserves.
“But they kept saying ‘Golden State Killer,’ so just by that act alone, her work affected the case…The new name is what helped get interest in this thing.” Oswalt clarifies that it became his “mission” to finish McNamara’s project, if only because it was what he needed to do at the time to keep living his life in the wake of her death.
He encountered 7,000 pages of police reports on a thumb drive, and more than 40 boxes worth of documents that McNamara had left behind.
As Oswalt puts it, “It was a massive undertaking that she did.” As for what McNamara might have made of this moment?
She would have way too many emotions, and they would be very complicated.

49ers’ Reuben Foster’s Ex-Girlfriend Recants Domestic Violence Allegations

49ers’ Reuben Foster’s Ex-Girlfriend Recants Domestic Violence Allegations

Ex-GF Now Says … San Francisco 49ers linebacker Reuben Foster might be off the hook soon for felony domestic violence charges … because his ex-girlfriend just recanted her story.
Elissa Ennis released a statement through her lawyer Wednesday, essentially taking back her accusations against Foster stemming from a February incident.
Ennis reportedly claims Foster “did not strike her, injure her or threaten her,” and adds that her injuries were “the result of a physical fight with another woman, and that Foster tried to end his relationship with Ennis after he learned of the fight.”
She also claims there’s video of the fight that proves Foster is innocent of the charges against him.
Her lawyer adds that Ennis “was extremely upset and told him if he broke up with her she would ‘trash his career.'”
As we reported, Foster was charged with felony domestic violence for allegedly dragging Ennis by her hair, physically throwing her out of the house, and punching her in the head 8 to 10 times … which hospitalized her.
He was also hit with a charge of possession of an assault weapon.
It’s unclear at this time how Ennis’ recanting her story will affect the charges.

How Prince William and Kate Middleton Paid Tribute to Princess Diana on Their Wedding Day

How Prince William and Kate Middleton Paid Tribute to Princess Diana on Their Wedding Day

Each week in April, Vanity Fair will flash back to a different British royal wedding in the lead-up to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s May 19 nuptials.
“It was very important for William to take Kate to visit his mum just before their wedding day,” a source told The Mirror at the time.
(It has been rumored that Meghan Markle might wear the tiara as a nod to Princess Diana on her wedding day.)
Inside Westminster Abbey on the morning of April 29, 2011, there were more nods to Diana.
Speaking about the uncanniness of being present at Westminster Abbey for both Diana’s funeral and William’s wedding, Elton John told press, “I can’t imagine at that young age having to walk in the public, following your mother’s coffin.
And the next time we’re in the Abbey it’s to see him walking up the aisle with a beautiful woman, the love of his life.
Once back at Buckingham Palace, bride and groom made an appearance on the balcony.
When the couple left, they did so in Prince Charles’s Aston Martin—which Prince Harry had customized with balloons and a “JU5T WED” license plate.
Reception Revelry The day was capped with an intimate reception at Buckingham Palace, with a three-course meal prepared by Prince Charles’s favorite chef Anton Mosimann: crab layered with fresh langouistine, followed by herb-stuffed Welsh lamb, and a dessert of chocolate mousse, honeycomb ice cream and traditional sherry trifle.
The bride and groom were the first to take to the dance floor, to a rendition of Elton John’s ‘Your Song’ by Ellie Goulding, whom they had specifically requested for the evening.

9 Questions We Have About Blake Shelton’s Eyebrow-Raising ‘Karma’ Tweet

9 Questions We Have About Blake Shelton’s Eyebrow-Raising ‘Karma’ Tweet

This tweet (and two subsequent retweets) have his followers speculating that he’s responding to reports that his ex-wife Miranda Lambert is dating the Turnpike Troubadours’ Evan Felker.
Given the lack of explanation, we have some questions after Shelton’s tweet: Shelton woke up and dropped a Twitter bomb on Wednesday.
Most of the replies to his tweet assume that Shelton is referencing his marriage to, and divorce from, Lambert.
Karma would be if Anderson East cheated on Lambert.
We’re gonna need some popcorn for this day!
Could this be related to something other than the Miranda Lambert dating rumors happening right now?
Let’s be fair: What happened on The Voice this week?
There are other possibilities worth considering, people!
Shelton is busy with the live shows on The Voice.
See 12 of Country Music’s Most Shocking Breakups!

What Amazon’s New Headquarters Could Mean for Rents

What Amazon’s New Headquarters Could Mean for Rents

To some locals, Amazon represented something else: more people, more traffic and, most of all, higher rents in a city where a rising share of residents were already struggling to afford a place to live.
Atlanta and Chicago, big cities that have made it relatively easy to build new housing in recent decades, would see only a small rent increase if they won the Amazon project.
Image And Indianapolis, where population growth has been slow and housing is plentiful, would see no effect on its rents at all, according to Zillow’s model.
Even in those cities, however, neighborhoods near the Amazon campus would most likely see significant rent increases.
But there are also reasons to think Zillow’s analysis could understate Amazon’s potential impact.
Aaron Terrazas, a Zillow economist who led the rent analysis, said Amazon’s growth caught Seattle by surprise, and the city struggled to build enough housing to accommodate the influx of young, affluent tech workers.
Residents in many cities said they were concerned that Amazon’s arrival would increase the cost of living and opposed offering special incentives to attract the company.
A recent study commissioned by the mayor’s office found that the city had lost 18,000 affordable housing units since 2000.
“Wage growth is critical in this conversation.” Affordable-housing groups, however, worry that current Nashville residents won’t be, for the most part, the beneficiaries of the high-paying jobs that Amazon promises.
Amazon, Ms. Schuetz added, should also take housing costs, traffic congestion and related issues into account.

YouTube Kids, Criticized for Content, Introduces New Parental Controls

YouTube Kids, Criticized for Content, Introduces New Parental Controls

Image YouTube Kids, which has been criticized for inadvertently recommending disturbing videos to children, said Wednesday that it would introduce several ways for parents to limit what can be watched on the popular app.
The Google-owned app said in a blog post on Wednesday that parents would also have the option to restrict video recommendations to channels that have been “verified” by YouTube Kids, avoiding the broader sea of content that the app pulls from the main YouTube site through algorithms and other automated processes.
More recently, Business Insider reported that the app was suggesting conspiracy theory videos to children, including claims that the world is flat and that the moon landing was faked.
Image Later this year, parents will be able to handpick every video and channel that children can view through the app, YouTube Kids said in its blog post, even restricting them to, say, 10 videos or a single channel.
The changes announced Wednesday provide “a more robust suite of tools for parents to customize the YouTube Kids experience,” James Beser, product director for the platform, said in a statement.
“From collections of channels from trusted partners to enabling parents to select each video and channel themselves, we’re putting parents in the driver’s seat like never before.” The announcement is part of a broader conversation around how Google, the world’s biggest seller of digital advertising, uses human oversight for the enormous volume of content on YouTube.
CNN recently found hundreds of advertisers, including The Times, on inappropriate YouTube channels promoting conspiracies, white nationalism and pedophilia.
YouTube has faced other issues around children.
This month, a coalition of consumer advocacy groups contended that YouTube had been aware that children 12 and younger have been watching the main site and that, therefore, it had been violating a privacy law that requires parental consent before collecting and mining their data.
YouTube said it planned to read the complaint “thoroughly” but noted that “because YouTube is not for children, we’ve invested significantly in the creation of the YouTube Kids app to offer an alternative specifically designed for children.”

How Fake Mark Zuckerbergs Scam Facebook Users Out of Their Cash

How Fake Mark Zuckerbergs Scam Facebook Users Out of Their Cash

At least 51 of the impostor accounts, including 43 on Instagram, were lottery scams like the one that fooled Mr. Bernhardt.
A day after The Times informed Facebook of its findings, the company removed all 96 impostor Mark Zuckerberg and Sheryl Sandberg accounts on its Facebook site.
After several messages between The Times and a fake Sheryl Sandberg account on Instagram last week, the impostor offered $950,000 and a new car via the “Facebook splash promotion 2018.” When asked for proof the account was Ms. Sandberg, the scammer sent a Photoshopped identification.
In March 2016, an account with the name Linda Ritchey messaged Ms. Keithley “on behalf of the Facebook C.E.O Mark Zuckerberg” to pass on word of her good fortune: $650,000 in lottery winnings.
According to a 28,000-word transcript of a Facebook Messenger conversation between Ms. Keithley and the account, the scammer repeatedly played on Ms. Keithley’s Christian faith to get her to send more money.
“Can you trust me and also have believe in me?” Over the next month, Ms. Keithley received not only Facebook messages but a call from a Mr. Zuckerberg impostor who assured her the lottery was real.
Ms. Keithley’s scammer ordered her to open new credit cards and bank accounts, and even to get a loan using her husband’s 2001 Ford Taurus as collateral.
She said she has since been barraged by scammers and regularly reports them, including in messages to the real Mr. Zuckerberg.
One Facebook account named Mary Williams recently messaged Ms. Schwartz, saying it would help her claim her winnings.
Years of posts before that depicted a man in Nigeria.

Watch: Tesla Model X rudely interrupts man’s workout by plowing into gym

Watch: Tesla Model X rudely interrupts man’s workout by plowing into gym

A trip to the nail salon nearly turned into a harrowing experience for a woman and a gym of go-getters anxious to get their Sunday swole on.
The car first crashed into a karate studio — which would normally be full of kids, but had recently relocated — before plowing right through that building and into a second wall at a neighboring Anytime Fitness.
In security footage obtained by ABC Action News, we see the black Tesla Model X crashing through the wall and nearly mowing down a local man exiting a treadmill.
The woman behind the wheel, according to authorities, claims to have been pressing on the brakes while the car continued to accelerate — ultimately ending up on the wrong end of not one, but two walls.
No one was hurt in the incident.
We take the safety of our customers very seriously and we’re glad our customer is safe.
Accidents involving “pedal misapplication,” in which a driver presses the accelerator pedal by mistake, occur in all types of vehicles, not just Teslas.
The accelerator pedals in Tesla vehicles have two redundant sensors that clearly show us when the pedal is physically pressed down, such as by the driver’s foot.
What the spokesperson is describing is a number of built-in fail-safe measures designed to prevent exactly this type of incident.
If left to speculate, there appear to be two likely causes: mistaking the gas and brake pedal in a panic, or underestimating the real-time acceleration due to Tesla’s (and other electric cars) instant torque.

Facebook’s Privacy Scandal Appears to Have Little Effect on Its Bottom Line

Facebook’s Privacy Scandal Appears to Have Little Effect on Its Bottom Line

The social network is undergoing its worst crisis in its 14-year history as it faces a torrent of criticism about its privacy practices and the way it handles user data.
The Silicon Valley company reported a 63 increase in profit and a 49 percent jump in revenue for the first quarter, driven by continued growth in its mobile advertising business.
Mobile advertising now represents more than 90 percent of Facebook’s advertising revenue.
The company also said that it added 70 million monthly active users last quarter, bringing it to 2.2 billion monthly active users as of March.
The results sent Facebook’s shares up more than 7 percent in aftermarket trading on Wednesday, reflecting Wall Street’s willingness to shrug off the company’s privacy issues as long as the money keeps flowing in.
“All the data privacy issues, the congressional hearings, none of that will get as much scrutiny from investors as the bottom line,” said Brian Wieser, an analyst at Pivotal Research.
“All investors are looking for is a change in user metrics.” The earnings report followed weeks of tumult for Facebook, after a controversy erupted last month when The New York Times and other news outlets reported that millions of Facebook users’ private information had been harvested by Cambridge Analytica, a political firm with ties to the Trump campaign.
The revelations drew alarm from regulators and lawmakers and Mr. Zuckerberg appeared at two congressional hearings in Washington this month to answer questions about Facebook’s role and responsibilities.
On a conference call, Mr. Zuckerberg nodded at the controversy, saying that the company hopes to “keep moving forward” to make its products “good for people and good for society.” But he had little reason to apologize to investors.
“A bigger worry for investors is what’s around the corner,” Mr. Ives said, noting that Facebook will need to prove that it is able to “navigate a more treacherous regulatory environment.” In January, Facebook tried to soothe investors after announcing changes to its News Feed that demoted news in favor of updates shared by users’ friends and family.

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