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Super Bowl LII is set, with the Philadelphia Eagles facing off against the New England Patriots on Sunday, Feb. 4, in a rematch of the 2005 Super Bowl that the Patriots won 24-21. This will be the 10th Super Bowl appearance for the Patriots, setting a new NFL record, according to ESPN. After winning the Super Bowl last year, New England is the first team since the Seattle Seahawks to get to back-to-back Super Bowls.
The landmark Roe v. Wade case was decided on Jan. 22, 1973, with the highest court in the land affirming the right that women have to privacy, as granted by the 14th Amendment, which extends to medical decisions including abortions. "Roe is still the law of the land but because anti-choice politicians have enacted hundreds of laws that restrict access to abortion, the right to get an abortion isn’t a reality for many women," said Jen Dalven, the director of the American Civil Liberty Union's Reproductive Freedom Project. The Guttmacher Institute, a reproductive rights research group that previously operated under Planned Parenthood, notes that 43 states prohibit abortions after a certain point in the pregnancy, typically after a certain number of weeks into the pregnancy ranging from 20 to 24 weeks.
As the Syrian regime of Bashar al-Assad was accused of another chemical weapons attack, the Trump administration is trying to rally international condemnation of the regime and increase pressure on Russia to rein in its ally. According to activists and rescue teams, Assad's government launched an attack with suspected poisonous gas that affected at least 20 civilians in a rebel-held suburb near Damascus, the Associated Press reported. The area, known as eastern Ghouta, is an enclave of rebel support in a part of the country that Assad has long dominated during the country's near seven-year-old war.
Sharing her own #MeToo experience, 84-year-old U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg told a crowd at the Sundance Film Festival on Sunday that "it's about time" women speak up about sexual harassment. Speaking at a Park City, Utah forum, in advance of the premiere of a documentary about her titled "RBG" by filmmakers Betsy West and Julie Cohen, Ginsburg said she was encouraged that women have been speaking out about sexual harassment and marching in the streets of America.
One mother celebrated the upcoming anniversary of being diagnosed with alopecia with a heartwarming photo shoot that has since gone viral. Courtni Guevara was diagnosed with the autoimmune skin disease on Feb. 8, 2017. The Laurel, Maryland, physician’s assistant told ABC News that when her sister was curling her hair, she noticed several bald patches that made her worry.
It's been 10 years since the untimely death of Heath Ledger and many around the world are remembering him, including ex-girlfriend Naomi Watts. Watts, 49, took to Instagram to share a black-and-white photo of Ledger, who passed away in 2008 from an accidental overdose in his Manhattan home."Thinking about this beautiful soul today," she began in a caption.
New England Patriots’ tight end Rob Gronkowski absorbed a crushing tackle in Sunday’s game against the Jacksonville Jaguars -– a blow that led to him being immediately removed from the game and taken to the locker room for medical evaluation. Here are a few things you need to know about concussions and why they keep making headlines. Let’s get to the important point: Will Gronkowski be able to play in the “Big Game”?
Next time you're traveling northbound on I-95 and your navigation app tells you to exit in Leonia, New Jersey, to skip traffic on the George Washington Bridge, you may find yourself $200 poorer. Effective Monday, the city of Leonia is shutting down local streets to nonresident drivers during rush hour. The influx of vehicles creates a major headache for residents, according to Leonia Mayor Judah Zeigler.
Blizzard warnings are in effect today from Nebraska to Minnesota, as heavy snow and strong winds bring whiteout conditions to the Plains and Midwest. The heaviest of the snow is expected in eastern Kansas and Nebraska, southern Minnesota, northern Wisconsin, as well as the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, where the forecast calls for 1 foot of snow.
Ahead of the Oscar nominations, which celebrate the best in film, we have the nominees for this year’s Razzie Awards, which mark the opposite."Transformers: The Last Knight" has the most nominations with a total of nine, including worst picture and worst actor for Mark Wahlberg. Following close behind is "Fifty Shades Darker," with eight nods.Those two films are joined in the worst picture category by "Baywatch," "The Emoji Movie" and "The Mummy. ...
A 15-year-old girl was hospitalized after a shooting in a cafeteria at a Texas school this morning, local officials said. The suspect, a 16-year-old male student, fired several shots from a semi-automatic handgun shortly before 8 a.m. local time at Italy High School in Italy, Texas, located about 45 miles south of Dallas, the Ellis County Sheriff's Office said. No one else was injured, officials said, adding that all students have been accounted for.
"Dance Moms" star Abby Lee Miller, who was sentenced to a year and a day in federal prison for bankruptcy fraud among other charges, recently apologized to her fans and gave an update on prison life. The former reality star took to Instagram Sunday to share a photo of herself with friends inside Victorville Federal Correctional Institution in California.
A school principal has figured out how to make the announcement of a snow day cooler to his students and fun even for parents. Principal Chad Caddell of Union Pointe Academy in northern Kentucky near Cincinnati puts snow-day alerts to music and then posts the videos online. "Snow days are stressful for parents, man.
A nonprofit organization has stepped in to provide death benefits to families of two soldiers killed in an Apache helicopter crash over the weekend. Due to the government shutdown, the families did not receive the $100,000 death benefit provided for the death of a service member under any circumstance either stateside or overseas. The nonprofit organization Fisher House Foundation, which works with military families, announced it would provide the death benefits to the families of 1st Lt. Clayton R. Cullen, of Indiana, and Chief Warrant Officer 2 Kevin F. Burke, of California, who were both assigned to the 4th Combat Aviation Brigade, 4th Infantry Division.
Ksenia Sobchak, a former reality TV star-turned-journalist running against Russia’s President Vladimir Putin in the country's election this year, has gathered enough signatures to get on the ballot, her campaign said Monday. In a post on its website, Sobchak’s campaign said she had obtained over 101,000 signatures, putting her around 10,000 over the threshold required to be registered as a candidate by Russia’s central election commission.
The Philippines' most active volcano ejected an immense and thick gray cloud of lava, ash and steam on Monday, causing thousands of villagers in the Province of Albay to flee to evacuation centers for safety. The midday explosion at Mount Mayon "sent superheated lava, molten rocks and steam 3.5-5 kilometers (2 to 3 miles) into the sky," the Associated Press reported. The sudden eruption has forced nearly 27,000 people from Albay and neighboring communities to evacuate their homes.
It was an extra magical day at Tokyo Disneyland.The park was blanketed in snow after five to seven inches fell in Tokyo -- the most the city has seen in four years.Blizzard threatening Central Plains and Upper MidwestUpper Midwest and central Plains bracing for heavy snow, Northeast thaws outMoreover, this is the first time Tokyo has had a "heavy snow warning" since February 2014.The snow has disrupted trains, canceled flights and closed roads. ...
Former professional boxer Laila Ali shared her top tips and recipes for how to create healthier versions of comfort foods from her debut cookbook on "Good Morning America" today. In her book, "Food For Life: Delicious and Healthy Comfort Food from My Table to Yours," the four-time boxing champ turned two-time "Chopped" winner focuses on how you can swap out unhealthy ingredients in traditional recipes for more nutritious options that won't compromise the dish's flavor. The daughter of legendary boxer Muhammad Ali said she knows her late father would be proud that she is channeling her passion for cooking into a cookbook.
Actress Nicole Kidman drew a standing ovation at the Screen Actors Guild Awards Sunday as she called out ageism and sexism in Hollywood and praised the industry for finally embracing women who are older than 40. Fighting to hold back tears, Kidman acknowledged veteran actresses in Hollywood, including Susan Sarandon, Jessica Lange and Meryl Streep, whom she said she has “watched" and "learned from” over the years.
Saying it's time to "step up to the plate," music icon Cher encouraged a huge crowd at a women's march in Las Vegas on Sunday to be strong and keep fighting for their rights. The 71-year-old singer and actress, whose hit songs include "Believe" and "If I Could Turn Back Time," received rousing applause from the thousands of women who filled Sam Boyd Stadium at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas. "You know, I've been alive for 13 presidents and I have never seen anyone like the president we have -- can't even call him the president," Cher said.