Western publishers veil Muslim women, a girl gang rocks Chile, a New York doctor plots the nation's first womb transplant and more.
New York Times: Journalist, feminist and cultural critic Ellen Willis died of cancer yesterday. Her writing was at once anti-authoritarian and broad-minded. During the Lewinsky scandal she was one of the first to note the wider implications for the culture, and for journalism, in particular: “Just as Victorian repression produced a thriving pornography industry, the exclusion of sex from ‘serious’ news media produced tabloidism,” she famously wrote.
Times Online: Dr. Giuseppi Del Priore of New York Downtown Hospital says he plans to perform the nation’s first uterus transplant. The news spread fast, but the procedure will be costly and dangerous — womb to spare jokes will likely be more common than actual transplants for the foreseeable future.
BBC: Police in Chile have arrested two members of the notorious all-girl burgling gang the Spider Girls. “We like to buy new clothes,” one ex-member explains.
ABC News: Former “World News Tonight” co-anchor Elizabeth Vargas describes her first week back to work after maternity leave, and ponders the “Can Working Mothers Have It All” question. (Spoiler: Not so much.)
Slate: Who’s putting Muslim women into veils in the West? The media!
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Lisa Montgomery embraces her nephew Thursday after a tornado tore apart her home in Cleburne, Texas. The twister killed six people and destroyed entire swaths of the North Texas town.
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Jack McMahon, the defense attorney for abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell, speaks outside the Criminal Justice Center in Philadelphia Tuesday. His client was convicted of killing three babies in his clinic, and will serve multiple life sentences.
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A photo taken Monday captures Vice President Joe Biden's response to a Milwaukee second-grader's innovative proposal to end America's epidemic of gun violence. This guy!
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Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., flanked by a grouper-eyed Michele Bachmann, addresses the IRS' admission that it targeted Tea Party groups in advance of the 2012 election. In an op-ed for CNN Thursday, the Kentucky senator slammed the president for his faux outrage.
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Ousted IRS chief Steven Miller is sworn in on Capitol Hill Friday. Miller testified before the House Ways and Means Committee on the extra scrutiny the agency gave conservative groups applying for tax-exempt status.
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Attorney General Eric Holder pauses as he testifies on Capitol Hill before the House Judiciary Committee Wednesday. Holder is under fire, among other things, for the Justice Department's gathering of phone records at the Associated Press.
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O.J. Simpson sits during an evidentiary hearing at Clark County District Court in Las Vegas, Nev., Thursday. Simpson, who is currently serving a nine-to-33-year sentence in state prison for armed robbery and kidnapping, is using a writ of habeas corpus to seek a new trial.
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Major Tom to ground control: On Sunday astronaut Chris Hadfield recorded the first music video from space, a cover of David Bowie's "Space Oddity."
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When it rains it pours. President Barack Obama speaks during a news conference Thursday with Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, inexplicably inspiring an #umbrellagate Twitter meme.
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A smoke plume rises high above a road block at the intersection of County A and Ross Road east of Solon Springs, Wis., Tuesday. No injuries were reported, but the the wildfire caused evacuations across northwestern Wisconsin.
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