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Kristen Bell Welcomes Second Child With Dax Shepard

Leigh Blickley | December 19, 2014 | Entertainment
Congrats go out to Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard! The couple welcomed their second child, a daughter named Delta Bell Shepard, they announced on Twitter Friday. Bell and Shepard's little bundle of joy joins big sister Lincoln, 1. The estrogen has now hit critical mass!...

This Is The Magical Process Behind Making A Ballet Tutu

Katherine Brooks | December 19, 2014 | Arts
A tutu is a magical piece of clothing that transforms ballerinas into black swans and sleeping beauties. So it's fitting that the process of making the ruffled skirts is just as sensationally beautiful as the final product. LA Weekly recently profiled a tutu seamstress by the name...

19 Of The Best Snow Scenes In Art

Katherine Brooks | December 19, 2014 | Arts
Today marks the official start of winter in the Northern Hemisphere, otherwise known as the Winter Solstice. Or, if you prefer, the most wonderful time of the year. 'Tis the season of rosy cheeks, icy sidewalks and hot chocolate, all the makings of a spectacular Bing Crosby holiday movie. But...

You Can Now Go To Art School At Hogwarts

Priscilla Frank | December 19, 2014 | Arts
This article originally appeared on artnet News. By Zoe Li Hebei Academy of Fine Arts Photo via: Shanghaiist A new art school in China has been drawing attention for its bizarre architecture, which is an almost exact knock-off of the...

Panel To Advise Against Penalty For C.I.A.'s Computer Search

Andrew Hart | December 19, 2014 | Politics
A panel investigating the Central Intelligence Agency’s search of a computer network used by staff members of the Senate Intelligence Committee who were looking into the C.I.A.’s use of torture will recommend against punishing anyone involved in the episode, according to current and former government officials.

Rolling Stone Fact-Checker Didn't Ask About Alleged Rape Victim In Emails With UVA Officials

Michael Calderone | December 19, 2014 | Media
NEW YORK –- A Rolling Stone fact-checker didn't ask University of Virginia officials via email about an alleged 2012 gang rape described in an explosive and now unraveling article published last month. Under a Freedom of Information Act request, The Huffington Post obtained 104 pages of email...

The Big Showdown Episode 4: HBCUs Continue Their Quest In Trivia Challenge At Circle City Classic

Brennan Williams | December 19, 2014 | Black Voices
Comedian Jordan Rock challenges two rival HBCUs to "The Big Showdown" trivia challenge at the 2014 Circle City Classic. Check out episode four to see which HBCU is crowned the winner. The above is custom editorial content that is sponsored by marketing partners. The sponsoring partners do not exert editorial...

State Department Issues Worldwide Travel Alert

Andrew Hart | December 19, 2014 | Politics
WASHINGTON (AP) — The State Department is warning Americans traveling abroad to be extra cautious over the holidays. In a worldwide travel alert issued Friday, the department says an attack this week in Australia highlights the need to be vigilant. The alert says U.S. citizens traveling abroad should be mindful...

Oklahoma Executions To Use Same Drug As In Botched Execution

Andrew Hart | December 19, 2014 | Crime
Oklahoma's prison system chief says the state has the drugs it needs to execute four inmates early next year and plans to administer the same three drugs used in a botched execution this spring. Department of Corrections Director Robert Patton told a federal judge Friday the agency plans to use...

NYC Police Violence Protests Compete With Police Supporters

Reuters | December 19, 2014 | Black Voices
By Sebastien Malo NEW YORK, Dec 19 (Reuters) - Scores of protesters denouncing police violence against non-whites rallied alongside dozens of supporters of New York City police officers on Friday in a tense standoff outside City Hall that comes amid weeks of mostly peaceful protests. It was one of the...

James Flacco Is Not An Elite Quarterback But Might Now Be An Enemy Of North Korea

Chris Greenberg | December 19, 2014 | Sports
The Baltimore Ravens may want to double check the security of their emails after President Barack Obama sort of named the team's quarterback, Joe Flacco, while discussing an international controversy involving Sony, North Korea, hackers and actor James Franco. "I think it says something interesting about North Korea...

What An Entrepreneur, A Singer And A President's Nephew Wish They'd Known Ages Ago (VIDEO)

Lisa Capretto | December 19, 2014 | OWN
It's something Oprah loves to ask during her interviews: What advice would you give to your younger self? When Arianna Huffington, Grammy-winning singer Alanis Morissette and JFK's nephew Timothy Shriver appeared on recent episodes of "Super Soul Sunday," Oprah asked each of them this...

The Feeling To Ignore When You're On An Emotional Roller Coaster (VIDEO)

Lynn Okura | December 19, 2014 | OWN
When we're feeling stressed, it's easy to spin out of control and let our emotions take over. Is it your ego talking? Is it fear? Progressive pastor and spiritual thinker Rob Bell, star of the new series "The Rob Bell Show," explains which feelings to trust -- and...

Little Girl Makes The Case For Strong Female Characters By Listing What They've Taught Her

Leigh Weingus | December 19, 2014 | Parents
Frustrated by the lack of strong female characters in literature? So is this little girl. On Wednesday, military officer and author Myke Cole tweeted a page from his 10-year-old niece Mia's scrapbook in which she details the important things female literary protagonists have taught her. ...

The Big Showdown Episode 3: HBCUs Continue Their Quest In Trivia Challenge At Circle City Classic

Brennan Williams | December 19, 2014 | Black Voices
Comedian Jordan Rock challenges two rival HBCUs to "The Big Showdown" trivia challenge at the 2014 Circle City Classic. Check out episode three to see which HBCU is crowned the winner. The above is custom editorial content that is sponsored by marketing partners. The sponsoring partners do not exert editorial...

Who Is Jesus For Us This Christmas?: All Together Podcast Featuring James Carroll, Rob Bell And Lisa Sharon Harper

Paul Brandeis Raushenbush | December 19, 2014 | Religion
Welcome to this week’s ALL TOGETHER, the podcast dedicated to exploring how religious ideas and spiritual practice inform and shape our personal lives, our communities and our world. All Together is hosted by Paul Raushenbush, the Executive Editor of HuffPost Religion and is available on iTunes and Stitcher. Christmas is upon us, the trees are up, the lights are on, and stores are open. Yet even as the radio plays a rotation of Christmas favorites, the news tells the story of individuals suffering and communities and nations in conflict. As Martin Luther King, Jr. preached in his Christmas Sermon in 1967: "This Christmas season finds us a rather bewildered human race. We have neither peace within nor peace without." Christmas is meant to be a joyful and hopeful time celebrating the birth of Jesus, but how does Jesus birth and life relate to the lack of peace and justice in the world? How do we find hope amidst the challenges people are experiencing in this moment. In order to better understand Jesus, and what his birth means, Raushenbush invited James Carroll, author of Christ Actually: The Son of God for the Secular Age, Rob Bell, whose special on the Oprah Winfrey Network debuts on December 21st, and Lisa Sharon Harper who is the Director of Mobilization at Sojourners to explain who Jesus is to them, and why Christmas should be seen as a powerful opportunity for personal and societal transformation.

Gay Marriage In Florida To Proceed After Supreme Court Refuses To Block

Andrew Hart | December 19, 2014 | Politics
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday refused to block gay marriages in Florida, the latest of about three dozen states allowing same-sex weddings. In a one-paragraph order, the court decided not to step into the Florida case. A federal judge previously declared Florida's ban on gay...

City Life May Be To Blame For Rising Diabetes Rates

Anna Almendrala | December 19, 2014 | Healthy Living
Aesop's fable about the dangers of urban life goes something like this: A City Mouse visits his cousin in the country and is shocked at the humble meal they eat. The City Mouse invites the Country Mouse to his home in town, where he promises to serve a delicious feast....

Israel Airstrike Hits Hamas Site In Gaza

Andrew Hart | December 20, 2014 | World
JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's military struck a Hamas site in the Gaza Strip early Saturday in its first airstrike on the Palestinian territory since this summer's war. The Israeli military said the airstrike on what it called a "Hamas terror infrastructure site" in the southern Gaza Strip was in response...

Bloomberg Rescinded Offer To Writer Jessica Pressler After New York Magazine Hoax

Michael Calderone | December 20, 2014 | Media
NEW YORK -- Bloomberg News rescinded a job offer this week to New York magazine writer Jessica Pressler after her profile of a teenage stock-picking multi-millionaire proved to be a hoax, according to a source familiar with the matter. The student had lied about making tens of millions of dollars...