Opinion | Gina M. Raimondo, Mary Kay Henry: Women are bearing the brunt of the economic crisis. They have to lead our recovery plans.

Even before the pandemic exposed deep disparities in our economy and society, the gender wage gap persisted at every level of income and education. In 2019, two-thirds of minimum-wage workers were women. Women carry two-thirds of all student debt in the United States. Black women graduate with significantly more debt than White men and take longer to pay it off, as they earn just 62 cents for every dollar earned by White men. In 2019, nearly a quarter of female-headed households lived in poverty; for households headed by Black or Latina women, the rates were closer to 30 percent.

Only if our recovery is inclusive can we emerge from this crisis stronger.

Inclusivity requires state leadership as well as a comprehensive national strategy to ensure women’s economic security, health and safety. Front-line workers in the pandemic have struggled to keep patients safe amid inadequate staffing and insufficient protective gear such

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Sheriff’s office searches for owners of possibly stolen jewelry from decade ago

EL RENO, Okla. (KFOR) – A mystery in Canadian County. 

“After a period of time, we’ve got to do something with it and that time is now,” said Lt. Jerry Hendrick with the Canadian County Sheriff’s Office. 

Two years ago, Lt. Hendrick took over the evidence and property division for the county. 

One of his tasks is organizing the property room and working to return items that were stolen or lost. 

“We just find more and more stuff!” he said. 

It’s not an easy job, some of it has been around since the 70s. 

His most recent venture, finding the owners of 180 pieces of jewelry. 

The stash is worth about $4,000. 

“This over here it looks like it’s all costume, some gold chains, or gold colored chains along with some pearls and things of that nature,” said Lt. Hendrick. 

He thinks at least part of the haul came from

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Opinion | Kamala Harris’s facial expressions at the debate were her strength

Vice President Pence wasn’t following the rules — not about timing, not about interrupting — during Wednesday’s debate. Moderator Susan Page’s efforts at polite shushing, uttering repeated “thank you’s,” was about as effective as a cafeteria monitor trying to halt a food fight. It fell to Harris to remind the vice president, “I’m speaking” — something he already knew but chose to ignore.

If Harris had raised her voice in those moments, she would have been labeled shrill. If she had frowned, she would have been labeled a scold. If she had raised a hand, she would have been called angry or even unhinged.

So she smiled as she held her ground — and of course they called it a smirk, a grin that by definition comes off as irritating or smug. But it was more than that. Harris gave Pence “The Look” — and you don’t have to look

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Model Fran Summers Talks Beauty Treatments and Fragrance

Fran Summers broke into the world of high-fashion modeling and beauty almost on accident. When she was 15 years old, she took a trip to London to visit her sister. The two stopped into a makeup store, where a makeup artist asked if Summers had ever considered modeling. At the time, she had not, but the next day, she visited Storm Management, a modeling agency in the city, and in a whirlwind of events, she walked out with a contract.

“I was just [in the makeup store] to have a look at new products and look for a good primer,” she told POPSUGAR. “That is definitely my must-have beauty product if I had to only keep one.” Six years later, and the model was just recently announced as the new face of Burberry Beauty, where she will be starring in the Her campaign. This is her fifth campaign she’s done

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Why you should start your holiday shopping earlier

As your Smart Shopper, it’s my goal to help you save money.

I know — it’s not even Halloween yet, but we need to talk about holiday shopping. It’s vital to plan now if you’re buying gifts so you don’t run into inventory issues or shipping delays. Or shipping deadlines and surcharges.

Sarak Skirboll, the shopping and trends expert at RetailMeNot, a website known for its online coupons and codes, shared their recent survey findings.

Not only are more people planning to shop online this year, but what they’re shopping for is different.

“So, in the past, we’ve seen the rise of experiential gifts. Things like going to the spa, cooking classes, travel, and concert tickets. That’s not happening this year.” Sara said. “What we’re seeing this year are going to be the rise of tangible gifts. Think electronics, clothing, shoes and accessories.”

Themed gifts will also be popular, such

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Justices Say Women Can Get Abortion Pill by Mail, for Now | Health News

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Thursday said it would for now continue to allow women to obtain an abortion pill by mail during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The action came over the dissent of two conservative justices who would have immediately granted a Trump administration request to reinstate the requirement that women must visit a hospital, clinic or medical office to obtain a pill.

The court did little more than defer its first action on an abortion-related issue since the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg last month. The court called for a lower-court judge to take a new look at the issue and rule within 40 days. That would put any further high court action after the Nov. 3 election.

The court said in an unsigned opinion that it was holding the administration’s appeal “in abeyance.”

The administration is asking to be allowed to enforce a U.S. Food

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Bittersweet Gay Immigration Drama Finds Beauty in Real Life

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They say truth is stranger than fiction, but more often than not it’s much sadder too. Where fiction likes to wrap things up in a tidy bow, real life is all about calculated compromise. In the case of Iván Garcia and Gerardo Zabaleta, whose touching love story is dramatized in the timely drama “I Carry You With Me,” the choice between a life together in the U.S. or with family in Mexico has no clear-cut answers. The narrative feature debut of Oscar-nominated documentarian Heidi Ewing (“Jesus Camp”),

“I Carry You With Me” operates on three separate timelines, often jumping between with little rhyme or reason. Ewing intercuts footage of the real Iván, now in early middle age and a successful chef in New York City, alongside the talented actor (Armando Espitia) dramatizing his life as a young man in Puebla, Mexico, with occasional

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Holiday Shopping in the New Normal

The holiday shopping season seems to get bigger every year. The introduction of ecommerce has allowed consumers to shop the big sales from the comfort of their own home, avoiding the crowds and offering increased convenience and variety. As a result, online sales have grown consistently during the holidays. In 2019, Black Friday online sales totaled $5.4 billion, up more than 22% from the year before, and Cyber Monday sales increased $1.5 billion from 2018, totaling $9.4 billion. With so much revenue at stake, the holidays are a critical time for retailers. 

Now, amid the COVID-19 pandemic, online sales are likely to soar as consumers continue to be wary of crowded department stores and malls. Web performance will be more critical than ever before to retailers’ success, so they need to start preparing now to ensure they are ready for the onslaught of web traffic during big cyber holiday sales

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Megan Thee Stallion Scholarship for Women of Color Announced

Megan Thee Stallion is giving away scholarships to women of color in any field of study.

The artist shared the announcement via Twitter on Thursday morning. “2020 has brought so many obstacles, but we keep going,” the statement read. “Megan has partnered with Amazon Music’s rap rotation and will award two $10,000 scholarships to women of color that are pursuing an associates, bachelors or post-graduate degree in any field of study.”

Shortly after the announcement was made, the application portal crashed due to overwhelming interest. The server has yet to be recovered as of Thursday afternoon.

Megan’s most recent performance was on last weekend’s “Saturday Night Live,” during which she voiced opposition to Kentucky attorney general Daniel Cameron’s handling of the Breonna Taylor case.

During a performance of her hit “Savage,” the music paused while quotes from Malcolm X and activist Tamika Mallory played saying, “Daniel Cameron is no different

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H&M will let people convert old clothing items into new ones at Stockholm store

Fast fashion chain H&M wants to turn discarded clothes into something new to wear again — within five hours.

The Looop machine spins yarn from the old garment.

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The Looop machine spins yarn from the old garment.

The Sweden-based retailer is about to start giving consumers at its Stockholm store the option to turn in used garments that it will then transform into one of three different clothing items.


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Once the program begins Monday, customers will be able to bring in a garment they don’t want, which will be cleaned and put into a machine called Looop. The machine will disassemble it, shredding it into fibers that are then used to create new clothing.

The effort comes amid a rising volume of global clothing waste, and growing concern over fast fashion’s contribution to it.

The company said the recycling process, which can handle more than one garment at a time, doesn’t use water or chemicals

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