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    IN some countries, unconventional baby names are off limits, with ones that push the envelope getting outright banned by the government. But in the United States, naming kids is a bit more of a free-for-all, with parents allowed to give their little ones monikers that are illegal in countries like France, China, and Australia. 1Some baby names allowed in the United States may be banned in other countriesCredit: Getty The name Jihad is banned in France, and there have been at least three pairs of French parents who have gone to court after naming their sons Jihad. The name refers to the struggle against evil in Arabic, but it is commonly associated with terrorist groups, as Nameberry reported. But in the US in 2021, there were at least 13 boys who were given the name Jihad. In New Zealand and Germany, naming your baby Lucifer is banned. Read more on baby namesWHAT'S IN A NAME? The VERY surprising boy name making a comeback in 2022 revealedTOT TIMETRAVEL I'm a baby naming guru & these 39 baby names...
    A couple have revealed how an at-home DNA testing kit saw them discover their 13-year-old son had a different father - after an IVF clinic mix-up years earlier.  Donna and Vanner Johnson, from Salt Lake City, appeared on This Morning today to tell the extraordinary story of how they found out their son's real genetic heritage - alongside them was Devin McNeil, their son's biological father, and his wife Kelly. The Johnsons told Holly Willougby and Philip Schofield how while their two sons, Vanner Jr and Tim, both now teenagers, are very different in character, they'd never really questioned their genetic heritage until they took the DNA tests 'for fun'.  Appearing on the show to urge others to 'ask more questions' about treatment at IVF clinics, the couple explained how their story has had a happy ending, with their son Tim greeting the news of his heritage with the words: 'Really? Well, you're still my Dad'. Scroll down for video  Donna and Vanner Johnson (pictured on This Morning today), from Salt Lake City, underwent IVF in 2007, after their first son...
    Team USA's women's beach volleyball team donned sports bras and bikini bottoms as they hit the court on Monday for a practice session ahead of the Summer Olympics in Tokyo. While the tiny, skin-baring uniforms have been around for Olympic Games past, this year they've proven controversial after Norway's team refused to wear them for the recent European Championship, claiming the revealing bikini bottoms make them feel uncomfortable and unnecessarily sexualized. Members of Team USA, however, don't appear to have objections to the skimpy sportswear, with team members photographed donning them for practice earlier today. Gettin' ready! Team USA's women's beach volleyball team donned bikini bottoms as they hit the court on Monday for a practice session ahead of the Summer Olympics in Tokyo Strong! Alexandra Klinema works on her game ahead of the Olympics in Tokyo Uniform: Her teammate April Ross (pictured) wore the same look to practice on Monday Revealing: While the tiny, skin-baring uniforms have been around for Olympic Games past, this year they've proven controversial after Norway's team refused to wear them for the recent...
    THEY may live in palaces, dine on royal banquets and enjoy star-studded balls, but behind closed doors, the royal family may be more down-to-earth than you think.  The likes of Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle have given royal fans a sneak peek inside their stunning homes, and revealed they love Ikea and Dunelm just as much as the rest of us…. ⚠️ Read our Meghan and Harry blog for the latest news on the Royal couple Kate’s £11 Penguin books 11Kate Middleton has an impressive book collection, which includes a number of £11 Penguin ClassicsCredit: Refer to Caption Just like many households, Kate has a number of Penguin classic books on display.  The Duchess of Cambridge showed fans inside her royal study, with her desk adorned with her collection of the clothbound classics.  Each of the books in the series have been individually designed by Corlie Bickford-Smith, and Kate’s collection includes Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility and Middlemarch by George Elliot. Each of the neatly-stacked books retails at around £11, if you buy them in a bundle of three for £33. It...
    Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports The Minnesota Vikings still have faint hope of making the playoffs with a defense that can keep games close and an offense with exciting weapons. The Minnesota Vikings looked dead in the water at the start of the 2020 season. After starting 1-5, playoff hopes were all but gone. Then they went off on a three-game winning streak and got their season on the right track. Even with a narrow loss to the Cowboys on Sunday putting them two games out of the wildcard race, the Vikings are still in the playoff hunt. Here’s why:Dalvin Cook is a beastThe Vikings have the second-leading rusher in the NFL in 2020 in Dalvin Cook, who is having the best campaign of his career thus far. Last year he put up career numbers with 13 touchdowns across 14 games. In nine games this year, he’s already matched that total. He leads the NFL in that mark too. With a 5.3-yards per carry average, he’s in a class by himself at running back. Any team with such an outstanding runner...
    Photo via Michael M. SinclairThis morning, Florida suspended alcohol consumption at bars statewide. The order from the state left the window open for establishments to still serve alcohol as long they derive 50% or less of gross revenue from the sale of on-site booze. Establishments that derive more than 50% of gross sales from alcohol, will not be able to continue to operate, but bars will be able to continue selling pre-packaged alcohol. The order undoubtedly has bar and live music venues owners frustrated beyond belief. Most of them—especially the ones that’ve continually done the right thing by following shutdown orders or temporarily closing after a COVID-19 exposure—aren’t mad about not being able to open though. They’re mad about the state’s haphazard, willy nilly, plan and approach to tackling coronavirus shutdowns. In Ybor City, Kevin Lilly, co-owner and operator of the Rock Brothers Brewing and The Attic music venue half-joked, “If I set up an Autonomous Zone around my bar in Ybor, can I open and do whatever I want then?” Another such frustrated owner is Tom DeGeorge, GM and...
    PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – “No police in schools” — that’s the message of a protest scheduled for Monday afternoon. As this idea is being proposed across the county, more than a dozen organizations will take this to the Pittsburgh Public Schools Board of Education. “They are there to protect us, but that’s not what they’re doing. Then there’s no purpose in having them in schools,” Jasmine Dupree with The Women and Girls Foundation’s GirlGov Program said over Zoom. Dupree is a 2020 graduate of Pittsburgh Public Schools and will be part of Monday’s protest. She said police have escalated minor situations and been misused when other professionals were needed to help a student in crisis. (Photo Credit: KDKA) “Police should not be handling the matters I’ve seen over four years or heard about from my peers,” Dupree said. “It’s completely ridiculous to hear what kids have had to go through with police or security officers.” A petition in connection with the protest is calling for several changes including removing all 22 Pittsburgh Public School police officers from inside and outside the...
    LEANING over her kids' beds to kiss them goodnight, Aimee Leanne Corbett struggled to keep her breathing steady through her tears - convinced it could be the last time she'd see them. The mum-of-two had been battling severe breathlessness for weeks, after first being hospitalised with suspected coronavirus in March - and rather than recovering quickly, she'd only deteriorated as the weeks had gone on. ⚠️ Read our coronavirus live blog for the latest news & updates 20 Aimee Leanne Corbett has been breathless now for 12 weeks following suspected Covid-19Credit: Supplied While Aimee, 33, couldn't be tested for the virus at the time, due to a shortage in tests at the start of the pandemic, she has since been told by her doctor that she was likely suffering not only from Covid-19, but pneumonia too. Her ordeal has lasted for three months now, with major fatigue, breathlessness that grew so bad she was left having to crawl to the bathroom, and more recently, panic attacks. Sadly, she's far from alone. Many Brits are struggling with post-viral fatigue and other...
    Some quaint small towns across the US possess whimsical features like castles, gingerbread houses, and windmills.Historic architecture like Victorian homes in Cape May, New Jersey, and brick storefronts in Wallace, Idaho, also give the towns a storybook feel.Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. There are lots of beautiful small towns in America. But some spots have a little extra charm that makes them feel like they came into being straight from the pages of a fairy tale. Here are 12 whimsical storybook towns across the US.
    President Donald Trump’s supporters in Tulsa, Oklahoma are already lining up outside the BOK Center ready to see him. When it comes to fears of the coronavirus, they’re not worried. Tulsa’s Republican mayor, GT Bynum, said “any rational person would have concerns,” but that Tulsa hospitals are prepared for the influx of coronavirus cases. Other Oklahoma residents are concerned that Bynum and GOP Gov. Kevin Stitt are putting politics before public safety. When interviewing Trump supporters outside the BOK Center, MSNBC found that they’re just not worried. Former Rick Santorum supporters who make folk songs about their candidates of choice have been waiting since early in the week for the Saturday rally. “If protesters are immune from it maybe Trump supporters are too,” said one of the singers. Neither group is immune. “365 times in the Bible it tells us not to live in fear,” said another man. “That’s a daily reminder not to live in fear.” When asked if he would put a mask on, another Trump supporter said that he doesn’t know until he gets into the arena, but as of right now...
    New York Police Department (NYPD) union officials on Tuesday tore into lawmakers both in New York and elsewhere for ongoing efforts to either defund, abolish or radically reform police departments in the wake of the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis -- warning that cops are being told to "walk away" from communities and that criminals are getting the message. “They’re asking us to pull back, they’re asking us to walk away from you,” New York City Police Benevolent Association (NYC PBA) President Patrick Lynch told New Yorkers at a news conference, speaking in front of more than 200 fellow officers. "They’re asking us to abandon our communities.” AOC WARNS OF DEMS TRYING TO 'REPACKAGE' PUSH TO 'DEFUND THE POLICE'  “The legislators, the press, everybody is trying to shame us into being embarrassed about our professions,” Michael O’Meara, the president of the New York State Association of PBAs, said, brandishing his shield. “Well you know what, this isn’t stained by someone in Minneapolis, it’s still got a shine on it, and so do theirs.” “Stop treating us like animals and thugs, and start treating...
    The New York Times' "delusional" apology over their decision to publish an op-ed by Sen. Tom Cotton -- which caused Gray Lady staffers to lash out at their employer --is "fully insane," and represents "absolute cowardice"  on behalf of their editorial board, Ben Shapiro asserted Friday. "The move toward 'America is evil, systemically racist and therefore the only way to fix that is to shut down all the voices we don’t like...' is being made by the whole staff at the New York Times," the "Ben Shapiro Show" host argued. NY TIMES ISSUES 'MEA CULPA,' SAYS TOM COTTON OP-ED ON GEORGE FLOYD RIOTS 'RUSHED,' FAILED TO MEET STANDARDS  In the piece published Wednesday, Cotton called on the federal government to "send in the troops" to quell violent uprisings over George Floyd's death. However, what was described as an "open revolt" took place among dozens of Times staffers with all of them tweeting in unison, "Running this puts Black @NYTimes staff in danger." "Put them in danger...why?" Shapiro responded. "Are they rioting and looting? Are they flinging Molotov cocktails at cop cars? If not, they probably shouldn’t feel super endangered by this....
    Hong Kong (CNN Business)American companies are nervous about a contentious national security law planned for Hong Kong and feel pessimistic about the city's medium term future, according to a new survey. But few are considering uprooting their operations in the Asian financial hub just yet.More than 80% of firms that responded to a survey conducted by the American Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong said they were either "very" or "moderately" concerned about the law, which is due to ban sedition, secession and subversion against Beijing. The organization said 180 of its members responded to the survey conducted Monday and Tuesday. That's about 15% of its membership, which is mostly made up of American companies.The US could end its special relationship with Hong Kong. But for western companies, its complicatedThere is still considerable uncertainty over the law, with even Hong Kong officials admitting they don't know exactly what it will cover. They have claimed that it will only affect a tiny number of people, but critics point to the way similarly broad national security legislation is used to crack down...
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