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At Ramadan, An Online Petition For Female Reciters

Antonia Blumberg | July 3, 2015 | Religion
(RNS) To many non-Muslims, Ramadan is about fasting, and later, feasting. But Muslims know Ramadan as the month of the Quran, a time when the sacred scripture is recited, read and rehearsed. Many Muslims attempt to listen to the Quran in its entirety during the month of fasting, either by...

21 LGBTQ-Related Netflix Titles To Keep The Pride Going

Lily Karlin | July 3, 2015 | Entertainment
Last week, the nation celebrated the Supreme Court's historic decision legalizing same-sex marriage. Keep the pride going this holiday weekend with these LGBTQ-related titles, available on Netflix. This list is subject to change. The Huffington Post will attempt to keep it as current as possible. "You Will Be...

Jon Stewart Slams Donald Trump Supporters For Defending 'Mexican Rapists' Comments

Julia Brucculieri | July 3, 2015 | Comedy
Donald Trump has found himself in the center of controversy since he first announced his bid for presidency, and Jon Stewart is having a field day. On Thursday night's show, "The Daily Show" host told viewers he wanted to thank one person "who’s been there really throughout this whole run,...

World Leaders Nearing The Finish Line On Iran Nuclear Deal

Reuters | July 3, 2015 | Politics
* Talks set to run until July 7 * China and Russia optimistic on prospects for deal * Zarif wants more flexibility from six powers * Concerns still remain over Iran's past activities By John Irish and Louis Charbonneau VIENNA, July 3 (Reuters) - A year and half of nuclear...

Could Company's Sonars Have Missed Wreckage Of Missing Malaysia Airlines Plane?

Eline Gordts | July 3, 2015 | World
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Amid rising frustrations over the expensive, so-far fruitless search for vanished Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, experts are questioning the competence of the company in charge, including whether crews may have passed over the sunken wreckage without even noticing. Such carping in a small, fiercely competitive and...

Hispanic Leaders Tell Republican Party To Stand Up To Donald Trump

AP | July 3, 2015 | Politics
WASHINGTON (AP) — Hispanic leaders are warning of harm to Republican White House hopes unless the party's presidential contenders do more to condemn Donald Trump, a businessman turned presidential candidate who's refusing to apologize for calling Mexican immigrants rapists and drug dealers. Trump's comments, delivered in his announcement speech last...

Tips For Comforting Your Frightened Dog This 4th Of July

Ryan Buxton | July 3, 2015 | HuffPost Live 321
HuffPost Live's Nancy Redd gets the scoop on how to keep your dog calm amid the fireworks and other potentially distressing elements of Independence Day celebrations.

'The Other NRA': This Influential Restaurant Lobby Fights Pro-Worker Policies

Mollie Reilly | July 3, 2015 | Politics
The National Restaurant Association is perhaps the largest trade group that you have never heard of.

Hilary Swank Discusses 'Boys Don't Cry' And The 'Beautiful' Progress Of LGBT Rights

Ryan Buxton | July 3, 2015 | HuffPost Live 321
Back in 1999, Hilary Swank's portrayal of real-life transgender man Brandon Teena became one of the first mainstream depictions of a largely marginalized sector of the LGBT community. Nearly 16 years later, the Oscar-winning actress marvels at how far America has come in recognizing and supporting those who aren't afraid...

Why The Greek Orthodox Church Is Weighing In On The Referendum

Paul Brandeis Raushenbush | July 3, 2015 | Religion
The sermon at the Church St. Paul Thessaloniki ended abruptly one day recently when one of Greece’s most important religious leaders informed the congregation that he was going to vote "yes" on an economic bailout referendum taking place on Sunday. The Metropolitan Anthimos told the congregation they had the right...

Celebrity Bikini Selfies, Because The Paparazzi Need Days Off, Too

Lauren Zupkus | July 3, 2015 | Entertainment
Celebrities are used to being photographed in their swimsuits, but what happens when they look fabulous and *gasp* no one's around to capture the moment? These celebs aren't going to let a good beach day go unnoticed. Sometimes they just have to be their own photographers and snap a...

Fort Bragg Soldier Bryan Wolfinger Was Heavily Armed Man At NC Mall: Police

David Lohr | July 3, 2015 | Crime
FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — Authorities say a Fort Bragg soldier has been charged with creating a panic at a North Carolina mall after appearing there with an assault rifle and other military gear. Fayetteville police say Bryan Scott Wolfinger, 25, was arrested and charged with "going armed to the terror...

ISIS Destroys 6 Archaeological Pieces In Ancient Syrian City Of Palmyra

Eline Gordts | July 3, 2015 | World
BEIRUT (AP) — Islamic State group militants have destroyed six archaeological pieces from the historic town of Palmyra that were confiscated from a smuggler, the group said. An IS statement released late Thursday said the six busts were found when the smuggler was stopped at a checkpoint. The issue was...

Greece's Prime Minister Tsipras: Vote Against Europe's ‘Blackmail'

Eline Gordts | July 3, 2015 | World
By Lefteris Karagiannopoulos and George Georgiopoulos ATHENS, July 3 (Reuters) - Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras rejected European warnings that Greeks will be deciding on their future in the euro zone in a referendum on Sunday, saying negotiations would continue for a better deal with international creditors after the vote. In...

The Most Patriotic Songs For All Your 4th Of July Plans, According To Spotify

Julia Brucculieri | July 3, 2015 | Entertainment
Fireworks, BBQs and beer might come to mind when thinking of the 4th of July, but really, what better way to celebrate the long weekend than with some patriotic music? Lucky for you, Spotify has compiled the best America-themed songs for all your weekend events. The list...

Jeremy Ringquist, Jailed On Suspicion Of Killing Parents, Dies After Suicide Attempt

David Lohr | July 3, 2015 | Crime
July 2 (Reuters) - An Oregon man accused of killing his parents and storing their bodies in a freezer in the family home has died a day after a suicide attempt in his jail cell, police said on Friday. Jeremy Daniel Ringquist, 38, has been held since June 25 at...

Scientists 'Virtually Certain' Climate Change Boosts European Heat Waves

Eline Gordts | July 3, 2015 | World
By Laurie Goering LONDON July 3 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - As Germany and Spain sweated and London sweltered through its hottest July day on record this week, scientists said it is "virtually certain" that climate change is increasing the likelihood of such heat waves in Europe. In real-time data analysis...

Questions Of Who Is 'Truly American' Still Plague USA This 4th Of July,Poll

Antonia Blumberg | July 3, 2015 | Religion
(RNS) We’re gung-ho for the idea that the U.S.A. has a special status with God, and we’re almost always proud of our nation. But a new survey finds our flag-waving, All-American Fourth of July celebrations are also tempered by concerns that the nation isn’t the moral leader it once was,...

8 Things You Didn't Know About 'Back To The Future'

Madeline Kaplan | July 3, 2015 | Entertainment
"Back to the Future," the ultimate action-comedy-romance-sci-fi flick, turns 30 on July 3. The classic film invented its own form of time-travel (if you watch the movie 88 times in a row, you will have traveled 10,208 minutes into the future), but even the most dedicated fans may not know...

Sonja Farak, Ex-Mass. Lab Chemist May Have Tainted Thousands Of Cases

David Lohr | July 3, 2015 | Crime
BOSTON (AP) — Newly released court documents indicate that a former chemist at a Massachusetts drug lab convicted of stealing drugs to feed her addictions may have tainted as many as 10,000 criminal prosecutions, not just a few dozen as first thought. The Boston Globe ( reports that...