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Month: February 2018

They spoke out against immigrants. So she unearthed their own immigrant ancestors

(CNN)If you think the ongoing immigration debates don’t apply to you, Jennifer Mendelsohn has some news: They probably do. She calls it #resistancegenealogy, and it only takes a few online tools and some instinctive sleuthing for her to call out public figures who oppose common forms of immigration. “I think the first person I worked on was Steve King,” Mendelsohn says of the Iowa congressman who in March 2017 said “you cannot rebuild civilization with somebody else’s babies.” “I kept thinking, ‘This is ridiculous,” she told CNN. “How do these people think they have a leg to stand on,...

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Poison control calls ‘spike’ due to online laundry pod challenge

(CNN)It used to be that washing your kid’s mouth out with soap was seen as a punishment. Now, authorities are trying to keep teens from doing just that. Teens have been increasingly biting into laundry pods, with some posting the videos online as part of a “challenge,” according to a statement Tuesday by the American Association of Poison Control Centers. The results can be potentially harmful or even deadly. In the first 15 days of the new year, poison control centers received 39 such calls — the same number they received in all of 2016, the association said. In...

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