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For Trump, new week brings series of especially steep tests

For Trump, new week brings series of especially steep testsThis could be another big week for President Trump. The context is crucial: Time is beginning to work against the White House. There are reports the president has told Chief of Staff Reince Priebus he has until the holiday to get the White House staff straightened out and end internal bickering – or else he’ll be fired.



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Series of bombings kill nearly 40 people across Baghdad

Series of bombings kill nearly 40 people across BaghdadBAGHDAD (AP) — A massive bombing by the Islamic State group outside a popular ice cream parlor in central Baghdad and a rush- hour car bomb in another downtown area killed at least 31 people Tuesday, Iraqi officials said.



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Breathtaking photography series showcases beauty of night sky in areas with no light pollution

Breathtaking photography series showcases beauty of night sky in areas with no light pollutionTwo photographers have made a set of images exploring the magnificent night skies still found in North American and the grave threat of light pollution.



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Trump Slams Clinton In A Series Of Tweets

Trump Slams Clinton In A Series Of TweetsTrump, who is being investigated over alleged ties to Russia, asked why the Clintons are not being probed for their various ties to Moscow.



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Childhood TV Series Actor Faces Six-Year Sentence

Childhood TV Series Actor Faces Six-Year SentenceTV actor Ricardo Medina actor was most notably known for his role as Cole Evans, the Red Wild Force Ranger, killed his roommate with a sword in 2015.



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Durst of 'The Jinx' HBO series faces more testimony in murder case

Durst of 'The Jinx' HBO series faces more testimony in murder caseAn old friend of Robert Durst, a real estate icon tied to slayings explored in HBO’s series “The Jinx,” acknowledged on the witness stand on Friday in Los Angeles that he has been inconsistent in describing what he called Durst’s private confession to murder. Nick Chavin, 72, a New York advertising executive who was a longtime friend of Durst, returned to the witness stand a day after testifying Durst told him that he killed mutual friend Susan Berman in 2000. Prosecutors have asserted Durst killed Berman because of what she knew about his wife’s unsolved disappearance in 1982.



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This Woman Made a Photo Series to Capture Every Stage of Her Mastectomy Recovery

Last October, just three days before her appointment to schedule a preventative double mastectomy, Aniela McGuinness was diagnosed with stage 1 breast cancer. As a carrier of the BRCA 1 mutation, the actress from Hollywood, Fla., knew she was at high risk for the disease. Still, the news came as a shock: “I have to admit that I didn’t think it would happen to me, especially at 31,” she wrote on her blog.

McGuinness began googling before-and-after photos of mastectomies, and found “a heartbreaking array of faceless women’s maimed breasts under fluorescent lighting,” as she put it. “You see your future, and it’s scary,” she explained in a video announcement on her YouTube channel. “I did not want other women to have those as the only images they saw of “>mastectomies.”

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So, as she explains above, she decided to create her own photo project, chronicling the stages of her treatment and recovery. The result is four very unexpected and empowering images. Shot by Blast ’Em Photography, each one captures how McGuiness actually felt, from the the week before her mastectomy through her chemotherapy and finally, her reconstruction surgery.

First up: her before picture—an inspirational ode to Rosie the Riveter.

McGuiness wanted to remember what her breasts looked like—and “to capture the ‘We CAN Do It’ spirit going into the biggest battle of my life,” she wrote.

A few weeks after her mastectomy, McGuinness dressed up as the Bride of Frankenstein. The stitches on her shoulders and chest are part of her costume. But the four-inch wounds on her breasts are very real. There are tissue expanders implanted in each breast to gradually make room for her future implants. But they felt “weird, and hard, and oddly shaped,” she said in her video. “I wanted women to see the beauty and the pain and “>what the moment felt like.”

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Photographer: Blast 'Em, Hair and Makeup: Aniela McGuinness, Model: Aniela McGuinness

Photo: Blast ‘Em,  Makeup: Tiffany Alfonso

With all of the hair on her body gone, thanks to the chemo, and her tissue expanders fully inflated, McGuinness felt like a mannequin—a notion that inspired this third image, which she pulled off with the help of make-up artist Tiffany Alfonso.

The last picture—shot two months after her reconstruction—shows McGuinness cancer-free, goofing around with a pair of stick-on prosthetic nipples for her tear-drop shaped gummy silicon implants.

The joyful way McGuinness embraced her new breasts isn’t meant to belittle or distract from the pain and grief cancer causes. McGuinness is painfully aware of how serious and terrible this disease can be. In addition to her own health scare, she lost her mother to ovarian cancer in 2013. But she chose to focus her photo project—and the documentary she’s currently shooting—on a different aspect of her experience, and managed to convey an incredibly powerful message: that even in the most frightening and darkest of times, there can be humor and light.


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