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AP Exclusive: Hair weaves from Chinese prison camps seized

AP Exclusive: Hair weaves from Chinese prison camps seized 1Federal authorities in New York on Wednesday seized a shipment of weaves and other beauty accessories suspected to be made out of human hair taken from people locked inside a Chinese internment camp.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials told The Associated Press that 13 tons (11.8 metric tonnes) of hair products worth an estimated $800,000 were in the shipment.

“The production of these goods constitutes a very serious human rights violation, and the detention order is intended to send a clear and direct message to all entities seeking to do business with the United States that illicit and inhumane practices will not be tolerated in U.S. supply chains,” said Brenda Smith, executive assistant commissioner of CBP’s Office of Trade.

Source: AP Exclusive: Hair weaves from Chinese prison camps seized

Woman, 72, gored by bison at Yellowstone after getting too close for photos, park says

Woman, 72, gored by bison at Yellowstone after getting too close for photos, park says 2A 72-year-old California woman trying to take photos of a bison was gored by the animal at Yellowstone National Park, park officials said Monday.

The woman, who was not identified by the park, “sustained multiple goring wounds” and was flown to an Idaho hospital Thursday, the National Park Service said. Requests for more details on the woman’s condition were not immediately returned Monday night.

She “approached within 10 feet of a bison multiple times to take its photo,” the park service said in a statement.

The bison most likely felt threatened after being repeatedly approached, Yellowstone Senior Bison Biologist Chris Geremia said in the statement.

Source: Woman, 72, gored by bison at Yellowstone after getting too close for photos, park says

Saharan Dust Could Spread to Caribbean, Gulf of Mexico and U.S. Into Next Week | The Weather Channel

Saharan Dust Could Spread to Caribbean, Gulf of Mexico and U.S. Into Next Week | The Weather Channel 3An expansive plume of dust from the Sahara Desert has surged into the tropical Atlantic Ocean.

This dust plume is forecast to reach the Caribbean by later this week.

Some of the dust could reach the Gulf of Mexico and the United States next week.

Dust generally hampers tropical cyclone development.

Source: Saharan Dust Could Spread to Caribbean, Gulf of Mexico and U.S. Into Next Week | The Weather Channel

‘Why Is a White Woman Worth So Much More?’: Inside the Porn Industry’s Overdue Reckoning

'Why Is a White Woman Worth So Much More?': Inside the Porn Industry's Overdue Reckoning 4Late last month, several porn companies’ statements of support for Black Lives Matter were met with intense skepticism from black performers.

In response to a statement of solidarity sent by the porn site Brazzers to “black talent, members, colleagues and fans,” performer Kristi Maxx responded, “Cool! Thanks. We would love for y’all to diversify your talent and shoot more black women.”

Performer Lasha Lane responded similarly to a tweet from Vixen: “Start by hiring more black models instead of just tweeting perhaps.”

The next day, performer Ricky Johnson started a thread detailing his and other black performers’ experiences of racism in the business. Soon, performers across the industry were weighing in with accounts of discriminatory hiring practices and pay, including white women being rewarded with lucrative contracts for their first so-called “interracial” scene.

The conversation quickly moved beyond Johnson’s popular thread, as performers deconstructed industry-wide racism, from white performers’ racism to race-based pay disparities and racist film tropes.

Source: ‘Why Is a White Woman Worth So Much More?’: Inside the Porn Industry’s Overdue Reckoning

Daycare Lady Hanged Her Client’s Toddler in the Basement, Gets Probation

Daycare Lady Hanged Her Client's Toddler in the Basement, Gets Probation 5MINNEAPOLIS — A former day care provider convicted of hanging a toddler has been sentenced to probation.Nataliia Karia received 10 years probation on Monday for hanging a toddler in her daycare and running over two men with her minivan, before attempting suicide. She had faced 13 years in prison. All of the victims of the November 2016 incident survived their injuries.Through an interpreter, Karia asked for forgiveness.

“I apologize and I don’t know if you will be able to forgive me. I have no excuse for what I did,” she said.

Judge Jay Quam said this is one of the hardest cases he’s ever had adding if this was a normal case, given everything that happened, he would give the most severe sentence that he could.

Minneapolis, I’m convinced you’re just filled with evil law enforcement and judges. You kinda suck.

Source: Daycare provider who hanged toddler sentenced in Minneapolis