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Iran bans women's Zumba aerobics classes

Iran has banned women from dancing, cycling, watching soccer matches, listening to certain music and now … Zumba. That’s right. The Islamic Republic’s Shiite leaders announced this week that, under religious law, the 17-year-old Colombian dance aerobics craze is forbidden. Ali Majdara, the head...
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Ghost of Justice Scalia looms as Supreme Court debates religion and civil rights law
Mon, 11 Dec 2017 12:00:00 +0100
The ghost of Justice Antonin Scalia often hangs over the Supreme Court, perhaps never more so than as the justices struggle with the case of the Christian baker who refused to make a wedding cake for a same-sex marriage. Scalia often spoke of his strong...
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For tenants on the edge, paying the rent often takes more than half their income
Sun, 03 Dec 2017 16:00:00 +0100
Even before their latest rent increase, Barbie Thompson and her husband, Juan, could barely afford the Rancho Santa Margarita apartment where they raised two children. The company that paid her around $13 an hour to distribute samples at Costco often...
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LeBron James poised to reach new heights in 15th season
Sat, 16 Dec 2017 02:45:00 +0100
Most of the NBA’s greatest players never even reached a 15th season, having gone to college in years that LeBron James spent scoring his first 8,000 points. Some of the greats who sustained excellence, like Tim Duncan and Charles Barkley, were no longer...
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NFL: Panthers owner Jerry Richardson under investigation for workplace misconduct
Sat, 16 Dec 2017 01:30:00 +0100
The Carolina Panthers founder and owner Jerry Richardson is under investigation for workplace misconduct. The team said Friday former White House Chief of Staff Erskine Bowles is overseeing the investigation by a Los Angeles-based law firm. Team spokesman...
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From Hillary Clinton and Kamala Harris to 10,000 teenage girls: 'Speak up'
Sat, 16 Dec 2017 01:15:00 +0100
At the annual Girls Build L.A. leadership summit, two of the nation's most prominent political women offered advice to young girls: Be more prepared than everyone else, and take on tough challenges.
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Chargers facing a do-or-die game for first time in three seasons is a chief concern
Sat, 16 Dec 2017 01:10:00 +0100
The goal during the past five days for the Chargers was to make things as normal as possible. Forget the shortened week, forget the cold weather, forget the lights on Saturday night. It’s just a football game — one of 16. “If you’re preparing...
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Female Kansas congressional candidate drops out over sexual harassment claim by male subordinate
Sat, 16 Dec 2017 01:00:00 +0100
Given the months-long stream of allegations of sexual harassment by powerful people, the big political news in Kansas on Friday sounded numbingly familiar: A prominent Democratic congressional candidate quit the 2018 race after journalists unearthed a...
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GOP tax plan builds momentum as Rubio, Corker announce support ahead of next week's vote
Sat, 16 Dec 2017 00:55:00 +0100
Key holdouts on the GOP tax bill fell in line Friday, boosting momentum for passage as Republicans released the final version of their tax overhaul ahead of next week’s expected vote. Leaders won over Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), who had been the Senate’s...
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South Africa's long-dominant African National Congress risks split in choosing new leader
Sat, 16 Dec 2017 00:30:00 +0100
President Jacob Zuma came to power in South Africa as a populist, a traditional Zulu man with a common touch and a mighty singing voice that could lift a crowd. As the ruling African National Congress meets this weekend to choose the 75-year-old president’s...
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Letters: Dodgers don't appear willing to pay the price to the next step
Sat, 16 Dec 2017 00:20:00 +0100
How can the Dodgers not afford Giancarlo Stanton? I’m reminded of how much money they have every time I can’t watch their games on TV. Jack Wishard Los Angeles :: The Dodgers' Friedman and Zaidi are becoming the Penn and Teller of Major League Baseball....
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NLRB overturns rule that made companies liable for franchisees' and contractors' workers
Fri, 15 Dec 2017 23:55:00 +0100
The National Labor Relations Board overturned a landmark Obama-era rule this week that had left companies vulnerable to lawsuits filed by employees of franchisees and contractors over labor violations. Groups representing companies in industries such...
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A decade into Mexico's deadly drug war, lawmakers give the military more power
Fri, 15 Dec 2017 23:45:00 +0100
Thousands of protesters marched against it. Hundreds of human rights groups implored lawmakers to reject it. Even the United Nations warned of its dangers. But on Friday, Mexico’s Congress hastily approved the Law of Internal Security, which gives the...
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USDA balks at tougher rules for organic eggs
Fri, 15 Dec 2017 23:45:00 +0100
The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced Friday that it plans to withdraw Obama-era rules that would have made it tougher for large-scale egg farms to earn organic certification. The withdrawal would leave intact a loophole that allowed massive factory...
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GOP tax plan builds momentum as Rubio and Corker say they will support the bill
Fri, 15 Dec 2017 23:40:00 +0100
Key holdouts on the GOP tax bill fell in line Friday, boosting momentum for passage as Republicans released the final version of their tax overhaul ahead of next week’s expected vote. Leaders won over Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), who had been the Senate’s...
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Stocks rise broadly as GOP tax plan moves forward
Fri, 15 Dec 2017 23:35:00 +0100
Wall Street capped the week with broad gains, propelling the major stock indexes to a new set of milestones Friday. Investors welcomed signs that congressional Republicans were solidifying support for a major overhaul of the nation's tax laws. A vote...
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