Manchester attack: Paramedic opens up about ‘harrowing night’

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Here’s What Hillary Clinton Thought About James Comey’s Firing

A new profile of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton published Friday reveals her initial reaction to President Donald Trump?s firing of FBI Director James Comey earlier this month.

The profile, written by New York Magazine?s Rebecca Traister, contains the first major interview the 2016 Democratic nominee has given since her narrow loss to Trump in November.

?I am less surprised than I am worried,? Clinton said of Comey?s firing. ?Not that he shouldn?t have been disciplined. And certainly the Trump campaign relished everything that was done to me in July and then particularly in October.?

?Having said that, I think what?s going on now is an effort to derail and bury the Russia inquiry, and I think that?s terrible for our country,? she added.

She also said she hopes ?this abrupt and distressing action will raise enough questions in the minds of Republicans for them to conclude that it is worthy of careful attention, because left unchecked ? this will not just bite Democrats, or me; this will undermine our electoral system.?

Read the full New York Magazine profile here.

Traister interviewed Clinton just one day after Trump fired Comey. Since then, multiple revelations have emerged during the FBI?s ongoing investigation into whether Trump associates actively colluded with Russian officials to sway the outcome of the election, including that Trump allegedly asked Comey to end the probe.

Clinton referenced those revelations during a commencement speech she gave at her alma mater, Wellesley College, on Friday. During her remarks, she spoke about the mood on campus when Richard Nixon was elected president, in an apparent jab at Trump. 

?We were furious about the past presidential election of a man whose presidency would eventually end in disgrace with his impeachment for obstruction of justice, after firing the person running the investigation into him at the Department of Justice,? she said.

While many of her former staffers had a lot to say about Comey?s firing, Clinton herself has largely stayed out of the ensuing debate.    

Under Comey?s leadership, the FBI investigated Clinton?s use of a private email server during her tenure at the State Department. In July, Comey announced he would not recommend charges against Clinton. But in October, less than two weeks before the election, Comey sent a letter informing Congress that the bureau was considering reopening its investigation after finding additional emails.

The FBI was eventually able to review those emails before the election and found that they didn?t change Comey?s previous recommendation against charges. However, many, including Clinton herself, felt Comey?s letter was partially to blame for her narrow loss to Trump. 

In a memo explaining why he recommended terminating Comey, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein said the handling of Clinton?s emails had caused ?substantial damage? to the FBI?s reputation and credibility.

?I cannot defend the Director?s handling of the conclusion of the investigation of Secretary Clinton?s emails, and I do not understand his refusal to accept the nearly universal judgment that he was mistaken,? Rosenstein wrote. ?Almost everyone agrees that the Director made serious mistakes; it is one of the few issues that unites people of diverse perspectives.?

However, Trump later told NBC?s Lester Holt that the decision to fire Comey was his own, and that he considered ?this Russia thing? while assessing Comey?s future at the Justice Department.

Comey addressed his handling of the Clinton investigation during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on May 3.

?It makes me mildly nauseous to think that we might have had some impact on the election, but honestly, it wouldn?t change the decision,? he testified. 

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Cavs Beat Celtics As LeBron James Tops NBA’s All-Time Playoff Scoring List

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FBI declines to provide Comey memos to House panel — for now

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DHS’ Kelly defends Trump budget, warns of more Manchester-type attacks

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Rough Treatment of Journalists in the Trump Era

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Rashad Jennings Is Your New ‘Dancing With The Stars’ Champion

Who needs a Super Bowl ring when you have a Mirror Ball trophy? 

After recapping the entire season like we haven?t been watching the whole time, ?Dancing with the Stars? finally announced the show?s new champion, as Season 24 came to a close on Tuesday night: NFL?s Rashad Jennings and his partner Emma Slater.

Hosts Tom Bergeron and Erin Andrews revealed the winners of the Mirror Ball trophy after the duo laid waste to the dance floor. With less than 24 hours to master a finale routine, Jennings and Slater received nearly perfect scores across the board from the panel of judges.

MLB star David Ross and partner Lindsay Arnold were the runner-ups, while Normani Kordei and partner Val Chmerkovskiy placed third, which surprised pretty much everybody, including her Fifth Harmony bandmates who were in the audience. 

?I just wanted people to enjoy watching me on the dance floor,? Jennings told People, reflecting on his journey throughout the season. ?I hope people get up on their couch and dance when they?re watching at home. I just wanted to bring fun to the dance floor.?

Season 24 of the hit ABC reality show was chock-full of twists, with early frontrunners actress Heather Morris and Olympian Simone Biles eliminated long before many fans expected. However, in recent weeks, Jennings gained momentum by infusing his footwork with a sense of fun and personality. 

Of course, Twitter was quick to weigh in on the outcome with many celebrating Jennings? win, while others lamented Kordei?s loss after a season of consistently high scores and expert dancing.

If the over two-hour finale didn?t satisfy all your dancing needs, then you can catch both Jennings and Slater on the ?DWTS? tour this summer. 

?Dancing with the Stars? will return for Season 25 this September on ABC.

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As the political crisis in Venezuela deepens, more parents choose not to send their children to school.

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Donald Trump Says ‘Evil Losers’ Behind Manchester Attack

President Donald Trump said Monday?s deadly explosion in Manchester, England was the work of ?evil losers.?

?I won?t call them monsters, because they would like that term… they?re losers, just remember that,? he said Tuesday during a press conference with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. Trump met with Abbas in Bethlehem after meeting with Israeli leaders in Jerusalem on Monday. 

?We stand in absolute solidarity with the people of the United Kingdom,? Trump said.

The blast at a concert by American pop singer Ariana Grande killed at least 23 people, including the attacker, and wounded over 50. Police said the incident is ?being treated as a terrorist incident.? 

Trump spoke to British Prime Minister Theresa May to offer ?condolences and support,? White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said.

First lady Melania Trump and first daughter Ivanka Trump also expressed sympathies for those affected by the attack.

Trump?s visit to Jerusalem and Bethlehem is part of his first foreign trip as president. On Monday, he became the first sitting U.S. president to visit the Western Wall. He also met with leaders in Saudi Arabia over the weekend.

The blast comes a little over two months after a deadly terror attack outside the Houses of Parliament in London that killed five people, including the assailant, and injured more than 40. 

Mollie Reilly contributed reporting.

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Caroline Wozniacki: Top seed pulls out of Strasbourg event with back problem

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From Bulgaria to East Asia, the making of Japan’s yogurt culture

One of Japan?s biggest food trends right now is Bulgarian yoghurt.

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Maria Yotova, Kwansei Gakuin University

Yogurt has travelled from Bulgaria to Japan and back, channelling identities and national pride as it goes. The the sixth article of our series Globalisation Under Pressure charts its course. The Conversation

Japan has a new food fad: yogurt. Its artful display is the latest craze on Japanese tables, and yogurt is one of the trendiest foods in the country.

Today, millions of Japanese include yogurt in their daily diet, and the market is growing steadily. And Meiji Holdings, a Japanese company that has a subsidiary specialising in dairy products, is the biggest domestic producer in an industry valued at 410 billion yen ($US3.7 billion) annually, according to a March 6 article in the online newspaper Shokuhin Sangyou Shinbun.

How did yogurt go from being a food alien to the Japanese, a substance often considered distasteful or even inedible just 35 years ago, to being a daily necessity and a symbol of health and well-being?



Plain Bulgarian yogurt has become a symbol of good health.

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A new superfood

That was the question underlying the fieldwork I conducted from 2007 to 2012, for which I examined both dairy companies and consumers (available here in English and also in Japanese). I traced this commodity through time and space ? from Bulgaria to Japan ? watching it transform.

I asked people: what do you think you?re actually eating when you consume yogurt? Is it a specific bacterium, a cool trend or a health-boosting substance?

Turns out, yogurt?s current standing in Japan as a scientifically proven, evidence-based health food was created by a sophisticated marketing campaign that brought consumers to this non-traditional product through mythologist branding.

Meiji?s yogurt commercials extol the Bulgarian origins of their product, presenting the eastern European nation as the sacred birthplace of yogurt. In Bulgaria, they tell consumers, dairy production is an old tradition, and ?the wind is different, the water is different, the light is different.?

Bulgaria, the sacred birthplace of Japanese yogurt.

What triggered the Japanese Meiji Bulgaria Yogurt company, which now boasts 43% market share and 98.9% brand awareness, to invest in this product?

The quest for longevity

Meiji started considering how to develop Bulgarian-style yogurt for the Japanese market in the late 1960s.

At the time, the only type of yogurt available in Japan was a sweetened, heat-treated fermented milk with a jelly-like texture. Brands such as Meiji honey yogurt, Snow brand yogurt and Morinaga yogurt were distributed in small 80-gram jars and consumed as a snack or dessert, according to Meiji?s company history.

Sweet Morinaga yogurt was around in the 1960s.

Morinaga Milk

Plain yogurt with living Lactobacillus bulgaricus, like what is popularly consumed in Bulgaria, did not exist. One member of Meiji?s Bulgaria yogurt project told me he still remembered the shock of trying the plain yogurt presented at the Bulgarian pavilion at the 1970 World Fair in Osaka. It was weird, he said, and astonishingly sour.

But plain yogurt had a powerful draw: the promise of increased longevity. At the dawn of the 20th century, Nobel Prize-winning Russian scientist Elie Metchnikoff (1845-1916), developed the theory that ageing was caused by toxic bacteria in the gut. He pinpointed lactic acid bacteria for its ability to neutralise these toxins and thus slow the ageing process.

Metchnikoff touted the unparalleled effectiveness of Lactobacillus bulgaricus, isolated from homemade Bulgarian yogurt, for this task and recommended eating it every day.

Metchnikoff feeding his good bacteria to the elderly.


That myth remains today. During my fieldwork in Bulgaria, I heard the same story many times: how powerful the local bacterium was; how it made delicious and healthy yogurt.

One elderly woman attributed her daughter?s recovery from breast cancer to homemade goat-milk yogurt.

?It is the bacillus that makes our milk, my girl?, she concluded. ?It is unique. When I was young I didn?t eat much yogurt, but now that I take it every day, my blood pressure has been normal and I feel so energetic!?

From inedible to irreplaceable

Meiji realised that, technologically speaking, it would not be difficult to produce plain yogurt with living Lactobacillus bulgaricus. In 1971, the company launched its innovative product in Japan, simply calling it ?plain yogurt?.

Consumers hated it. Some took its sourness to mean that the product had gone bad while others doubted its edibility.

Yogurt was associated with good health, before good taste.

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But Meiji persevered. In 1973, after making an agreement with the Bulgarian state-owned dairy enterprise to import yogurt starter cultures, the company received permission to rename its product Meiji Bulgaria yogurt.

The idea was to market authenticity, making full use of the Bulgarian rural idyll: pastoral scenery, herds of sheep and cows, bagpipers in traditional garb and healthy elderly people living in harmony with nature.

In the 1980s, the company combined this strategy with further microbiological research and closer cooperation with the Bulgarian side. In 1984, Japanese consumers saw a new Meiji Bulgaria yogurt with sleeker packaging, helping build its market presence.

Meiji Bulgaria yogurt in its nice new package.

LB Bulgaricum

Meiji got another boost when it acquired the right to put the government-issued Food for Specified Health Use (FOSHU) seal on the label of its Bulgarian yogurt in 1996. Health benefits have been the focus of its yogurt branding and marketing ever since.

Branding the holy land of yogurt

Imbuing their Bulgarian brand with new meanings, images and values, Meiji has not only turned a nice profit but also created in Japan a beautiful picture of Bulgaria as ?the holy land of yogurt?.

Back in Bulgaria, the media is fascinated by the popularity of a Japanese-made Bulgarian yogurt. In one 2015 article, Japanese consumers claimed that Meiji?s Bulgarian yogurt was more popular than Coca-Cola.

Almost every story about Japan, whether travelogues about dining or economics articles, mentions the Bulgarian yogurt success story. This narrative is even used by companies and politicians in post-socialist Bulgaria to invoke national pride.

In Bulgaria, preparing yogurt from goat?s milk.

Maria Yotova

To many Bulgarians I met, the new Japanese identity of their local yogurt embodies the very spirit of Bulgarian collective traditions. At the same time, they feel more connected to the modern world by its adoption as a symbol of health and happiness in one of the world?s great economic powers.

Globalisation may have shaken cultural values across the world, but yogurt?s transformation has been a miraculous one, becoming a source of health and nourishment for people in Japan and a salve for the Bulgarian national soul.

Maria Yotova, Lecturer in Food Culture, Kwansei Gakuin University

This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article.

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Pediatricians: No fruit juice before age 1

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Authorities investigating University of Maryland killing as possible hate crime

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Here’s How Long Your Trash Will Hang Around After You’re Dead

This story is part of a series on ocean plastics.

Some things you toss in the trash will have a longer life span on this planet than you will ? and that?s not good news for the environment.  

Americans generated 258 million tons of trash in 2014, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. While some of this trash gets recycled or composted, most of it ends up in landfills, where it releases greenhouse gases that contribute to climate change. A lot of it also ends up in the oceans, where animals can eat it or get harmed by it ? particularly if it?s plastic trash like bottle caps or fishing nets.

And while an apple core might take just two months to decompose, a plastic water bottle can take up to 450 years, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association. What?s more, plastics may never fully disappear, scientists say. When plastic trash is dumped into the ocean, for example, it breaks down into smaller and smaller pieces known as microplastics. Fish and shellfish eat these particles, and people who eat seafood are consuming them too. 

SaveOnEnergy, a company that helps people choose their power provider, recently created a pair of graphics that bring to life the problem of long-lasting trash. The group used NOAA and other government sources to find decomposition rates for everyday materials ? and the results will give you some food for thought:

?Bringing simple data like decomposition rates to the surface and manifesting the impact of mindless ?tossing? on generations to come is one small way to contribute,? SaveOnEnergy editor Heather Bailey told HuffPost in an email.

On the upside, there are some easy ways for you to fight pollution in your everyday life: You can try not to consume as many single-use items ? such as straws or takeout containers ? and recycle any items you do use. You can also volunteer to help at local beach clean-ups.

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