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People Top HeadlinesJan 20, 2018
'What's at Stake Couldn't Be More Serious': Women Marching in N.Y.C. Speak Out Against Trump
On the anniversary of Donald Trump''s inauguration one year ago, tens of thousands of people took to the streets Saturday from New York to Los Angeles in hundreds of Women''s Marches to protest his presidency.

In the shadow of Trump International Hotel on Manhattan''s Central Park West, Lisa Topol, a 46-year-old advertising copywriter, said she came to 'stand up and protect democracy.'

'I could not imagine not coming, what''s at stake couldn''t be more serious,' said Topol, of Manhattan, who there with her sister and a friend who came up from Florida to march. 'It breaks my heart to see what is happening in this country to a degree I''ve never seen before. It''s terrifying.'

A sea of tens of thousands of protesters lined up for over a mile behind the march''s start at 62nd and Central Park West, just a block from the Trump International Hotel. Many wore the pink pussy hats made famous last year when millions marched across all seven continents.

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Holding a sign that said 'We Are All Dreamers,' Roxana Roja, 54, of Chester, New York, said she decided to march in honor of her nephew, a 27-year-old who came to the U.S. from Peru when he was 13 and now lives in daily fear of deportation since Trump got rid of DACA protections last year.

'It makes me upset,' says Roja, crying. 'My nephew pays taxes, he works, he has a child who is an American citizen. He knows of no other country. The president chose to rescind the DACA status for no reason.'

Actress and View co-host Whoopi Goldberg gave an animated speech, telling the crowd: 'We have started a movement that is still moving. We are here as women to say we''re not going to take it anymore.'

Rosie Perez also gave a stirring speech that beseeched protesters to take their power to the polls in 2018 to 'flip the house' from Republican to Democrat. 'This is our time, this is our moment,' she said.

She also called out Harvey Weinstein and other men who have been publicly accused of sexual misconduct.

'We need to do the same to Trump,' said Perez, referring to the 19 women who have accused him of sexual misconduct, charges he''s vehemently denied. 'There is no difference.'

Janie Sacks, 9, of Westfield, New Jersey, drew 'Girl Power!' on pink poster board that she hoisted next to her mother, Sara Sacks.

'I love it,' says Janie of her first march. Sara took Janie, a third grader, 'to become aware of the message of women''s equality and fighting for her rights. And to be a part of a historical moment.'

Along the parade route as people passed by the Trump International Hotel, and then several blocks later Trump International Realty NY on Central Park South, they burst into chants of 'Hey hey, ho ho, Donald Trump has to Go' and 'F-k Donald Trump.'

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During last year''s women''s march, Ashley Bennett told the crowd she was at work, unable to attend a women''s march, when an Atlantic County freeholder, John Carman, posted on Facebook: 'Will the women''s protest be over in time for them to cook dinner?'

The post so enraged Bennett, a Democrat, that she ran for office for the first time against Carman, a Re


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People Top HeadlinesJan 20, 2018
Donald Trump Responds to Nationwide Protests at Women's March: 'Get Out There Now to Celebrate'
Donald Trump has shared his thoughts on the numerous Women''s Marches being held nationwide this Saturday — and it''s not what you would expect.

'Beautiful weather all over our great country,' the president wrote on social media Saturday afternoon, adding that it was 'a perfect day for all Women to March.'

'Get out there now to celebrate the historic milestones and unprecedented economic success and wealth creation that has taken place over the last 12 months. Lowest female unemployment in 18 years!' he continued, as he chose not to acknowledge the fact that the Women''s March is a protest against his policies, and not a celebration of his claims of 'economic success.'


People Top HeadlinesJan 20, 2018
12-Year-Old Boy Dies One Day After Flu Screening Turned Up Negative Despite Showing Symptoms
A sixth-grader who received the flu vaccination in December suddenly showed symptoms of the virus in early January, and tragically passed away just days later.

After 12-year-old Michael Messenger vomited while eating dinner with his family on Jan. 9, his mother, Jessica Decent-Doll, took him to an urgent care center near there home when he still felt ill the next evening. Physicians screened Michael for the flu, and tests for the virus came up negative. With his vitals coming back normal, doctors gave Michael fluids and prescribed anti-nausea medication to ease his vomiting.

'The doctor said to keep an eye on him and keep giving him fluids,' Decent-Doll, from Sterling Heights, Michigan, told the Times-Herald.

Michael''s symptoms worsened by Jan. 11, and when Decent-Doll''s husband entered their son''s room that morning, he found him lying on the floor with his eyes open, but almost entirely unresponsive. He was struggling to breathe.

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Decent-Doll immediately ran to the room to help revive her son, and with emergency dispatchers on the phone, Michael''s father performed CPR as they waited for paramedics to arrive. Michael was then transported to St. John River District Hospital, where he was pronounced dead about an hour and a half later.

'It''s indescribable, it really is,' Decent-Doll told the publication of her son''s death.

The family buried Michael a week later on Jan. 18, and Decent-Doll said they are awaiting an autopsy report to determine what exactly killed their son.

Decent-Doll also confirmed that Michael did receive a flu vaccination in December. The Centers For Disease Control (CDC) reports that the flu vaccine lessens the chance that someone catches the virus by 10 to 60 percent and doesn''t guarantee that someone will not catch the flu. However, the annual vaccine is highly recommended by the CDC for everyone 6 months and older and the more people that get vaccinated can limit the disease''s spread throughout the community.

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This year''s flu season has been devastating for children across the country. The CDC currently lists the 2017 to 2018 flu season as 'moderately severe,' and warns it could get worse. Thirty children have succumbed to the virus across the nation so far, PEOPLE confirmed with the CDC.



A GoFundMe account has been started for Michael''s family to help with funeral expenses, and more than $10,000 has been raised so far.

' just a little guy,' Decent-Doll told the Times-Herald. 'But he was so mighty, he really was.'



People Top HeadlinesJan 20, 2018
The 10 Most Gut-Wrenching Episodes of Dawson's Creek That Still Stick with Us, 20 Years Later
It''s almost impossible to believe that it''s been two decades since we first met Dawson, Joey, Pacey and Jen in the fictional, sleepy-yet-tumultuous town of Capeside, Massachusetts. But alas, it was Jan. 20, 1998, that Dawson''s Creek splashed onto screens in its debut on The WB (which was eventually replaced by The CW).

From the first time Katie Holmes‘ Joey Potter scaled a ladder that led to the Steven Spielberg-adorned bedroom of the titular character, played by James Van Der Beek, tweens and teens within five miles of a television were instantly hooked. Next-door-neighbors-turned-BFFs forced to grapple with their maturing hormones using vocabulary years ahead of the norm? It was the perfect storm for kids during a time when the internet was just starting to pick up steam and the hardest parts of life were figuring out how to get Sun-In to actually work in their hair, how to time cassette players just right to record songs off the radio, and how not to make Discmans skip.

Tag-teaming with a ''90s soundtrack featuring the likes of Jewel, Edwin McCain, Billie Myers and Sixpence None the Richer, the drama-filled plot lines of Dawson''s Creek‘s six seasons defined an era in a way no series before or since it has. It had kids asking their parents awkward questions like, 'Why would someone use leather straps and Crisco at the same time?', 'Why can''t I go spend the night in so-and-so''s bed?' and 'Why does Dawson walk his dog every morning?' (It was a euphemism for masturbation. Yes, really.)

With a main-event cast featuring the destined-for-greatness Michelle Williams as Jen Lindley and Joshua Jackson (a long way from his Mighty Ducks days) as Pacey — who sleeps with a teacher within the blink of an eye but eventually captures every heart with his roguish charm — plus supporting love from Kerr Smith, Meredith Monroe, Mary-Margaret Humes, Broadway vet Mary Beth Peil and more, Dawson''s Creek delivered a bevy of lessons on first love, creating your own destiny, figuring out how to make the most out of life, friendship and everything in between.

The payment for this beautiful blip in sharp-scripted pop-culture history? A fated lifelong search to find our own soulmates and a huge heaping of tears — every single one worth it to experience this show following the chorus of Paula Cole''s 'I Don''t Want to Wait' every week for five and a half glorious, angst-ridden years. (And thanks to Hulu, over and over again until the end of time.)

Here are our 10 most heartbreaking and emotional episodes of Dawson''s Creek, 20 years later.

1. Season 1, Episode 1: 'Pilot'

If there was an episode that could predict Williams as the breakout big-award winner for acting later in life, 'Pilot' is the furthest one had to look. Initially entering the series as something almost out of a dream (so much so it is used again in a tran


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Yahoo! BooksJan 20, 2018
Turkey launches offensive against Syrian city held by US-backed Kurdish forces
Turkish warplanes stuck residential parts of Syria''s Afrin on Saturday, forcing people to hole up in their homes and shelters, as Ankara launched an offensive to smash positions held by US-backed Kurdish forces. Hevi Mustafa, a top member of the civilian administration that governs the city in the northwest of Syria, said several wounded people had arrived in the hospitals. "As of this moment our brave armed forces have started the aerial offensive to eliminate the PYD and PKK and Daesh elements in Afrin," said Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said, referring to the Kurdish Democratic Union Party and the Kurdistan Worker''s Party respectively, and using an Arabic acronym for the Islamic State group. Associated Press journalists at the Turkish border saw at least five jets heading toward Afrin. They also witnessed a convoy of buses, believed to be carrying Syrian opposition fighters, traveling along the border across from Afrin. The convoy included trucks mounted with machine guns. A senior Turkish official said the jets hit positions held by US-backed SDF militias. The militias had said any attack would be 'sudden and unjustified' and 'breathe new life' into Islamic State. Turkey has been shelling the area for two days, while Syria had warned it would shoot down any Turkish planes over its territory. Ankara, which claims the offensive will provide safety to its Turkey''s borders and the region, informed foreign governments involved in Syria about the attack, which began at 5pm local time and has been codenamed Operation Olive Branch. A military aircraft of Turkish Air Force lands at the Incirlik 10th Tanker Base Command in Saricam district, in Adana after Turkish military started the''''Operation Olive Branch'''' in Afrin on January 20, 2018. Credit: Anadolu Agency  Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu has discussed Turkey''s military offensive in Syria with US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. Separately, Turkey''s chief of military staff Hulusi Akar spoke with his US and Russian counterparts, Turkish media reports said. Ministry officials said Saturday Tillerson requested a telephone conversation with Cavusoglu. They did not provide further details. Graphic: Areas of control in Syria Saturday''s attack follows Turkish anger at a US announcement of plans to create a 30,000 Kurdish-led "border security force" along the border of Turkey. Tillerson later said the US plans were "misrepresented," in an apparent bid to appease Turkey. Russia has removed its military observers  from the Kurdish-run city. Moscow has said it will demand Turkey halt military operation in Afrin in support of its Syrian allies. At 7.30pm local time, Russia pulled back troops deployed close to Afrin to Tell-Afjar, which is within the de-escalation zone established in September. The Defence Ministry said the decisions was made 'to prevent possible provocations' and to 'exclude the threat to life and health of Russian servicemen'. Rojhat Roj, a spokesman for the Syrian Kurdish militia group, confirmed that a Turkish plane struck Afrin city. Smoke rises from the Syria''s Afrin region, as it is pictured from near the Turkish town of Hassa, on the Turkish-Syrian border in Hatay province Credit: Osman Orsal/Reuters  


People Top HeadlinesJan 19, 2018
The Chicago Connection: All About Kanye West's Ties to His Native City
Chicago will always be Kanye West‘s baby.

On Friday, the 'Famous' rapper and his wife Kim Kardashian West, 37, revealed via her app and website that they''d named their newborn daughter Chicago, but many fans have been wondering why? Their third-born child''s name proudly pays homage to the city where Kanye, 40, grew up and pursued his dreams.

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