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DeAngelo Williams: Former NFL star covers cost of 500 mammograms to honour late mother

A former NFL player has paid for the costs of mammograms for more than 500 women, after his mother passed away from breast cancer in 2014. DeAngelo Williams lost his mother Sandra Hill to the disease when she was just 53 years old, after losing four of his aunts to breast cancer as well. → Read More

These are the most-searched Halloween costumes for this year, according to Google

Halloween is still a few weeks away, but that hasn’t stopped people from already beginning to plan their costumes. According to Google’s new Frightgeist study, it looks like horror will be a popular theme again this year. → Read More

California becomes first US state to ban fur products

California has become the first US state to ban the sale and manufacture of new fur products. On Saturday, California’s governor Gavin Newsom signed a bill into law to prohibit residents from making or selling items such as clothing, shoes or handbags made of fur. The bill, which will go into effect in 2023, was applauded by animal rights advocacy groups, who have long been → Read More

California becomes first US state to ban fur products

California has become the first US state to ban the sale and manufacture of new fur products. On Saturday, California’s governor Gavin Newsom signed a bill into law to prohibit residents from making or selling items such as clothing, shoes or handbags made of fur. The bill, which will go into effect in 2023, was applauded by animal rights advocacy groups, who have long been → Read More

Jane Fonda arrested during climate change protest at Capitol Hill

Jane Fonda has been arrested while taking part in a climate change protest. On Friday, the actress, 81, was arrested on the steps of the US Capitol in Washington, DC, after announcing on Twitter that she would be participating in the protest. → Read More

Heston Blumenthal says fewer female chefs reach top of industry because 'the body clock starts working'

Michelin-starred chef Heston Blumenthal has claimed that female chefs aren’t reaching the same career heights in the industry as men because of “evolution”, their biological clocks and the difficulty of lifting “heavy pots and pans” after childbirth. Blumenthal, who has five Michelin stars across two restaurants, explained his theory after being asked why there aren’t more → Read More

Columbus Day: Do Americans get the day off from work?

Federal holidays may mean highly anticipated long weekends for some, but the same is not true for all Americans. On October 14, Americans will celebrate Columbus Day, an annual holiday honouring Christopher Columbus’ arrival in America. → Read More

Aliens will likely be discovered within 30 years, Nobel Prize-winning astronomer says

A Nobel prize-winning astronomer has predicted that humans will find evidence of alien life in the next 30 years. On Tuesday, Professor Didier Queloz, from Switzerland, said he was “convinced” of the existence of extraterrestrial life after winning the 2019 Nobel Prize in Physics. → Read More

Author Adele Parks says there is 'nothing more romantic' than a husband taking his wife's surname

Author Adele Parks has revealed that she believes there is “nothing more romantic” than when a man takes his wife’s name, a gesture her own husband made on their three-year wedding anniversary. → Read More

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez fires back at article about her haircut: 'They're just mad we look good doing it'

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has defended herself after a newspaper criticised the congresswoman for spending $300 (£244) on a haircut. → Read More

Jameela Jamil rows back on defence of Ellen DeGeneres' friendship with George W Bush

Jameela Jamil is embroiled in controversy after revealing she just learned the “full extent” of George W Bush’s time in office, after previously defending Ellen DeGeneres for sitting next to the former US president. → Read More

High school crowns two female students 'homecoming royalty' as it announces end to gendered titles

A high school is now using gender-neutral titles instead of homecoming king and queen, and has just crowned two female students “homecoming royalty”. On Friday, Milford High School in Milford, Ohio, added female seniors Abbey Stropes and Trinity Miller to the homecoming court during a football game. → Read More

Drake says he is 'so hurt' after his father accuses him of faking estranged relationship to sell music

Drake has revealed that he feels “so hurt” after his father Dennis Graham accused him of lying about their relationship to sell music. Earlier this month, the rapper’s father appeared on Nick Cannon’s radio show, where he said that Drake pretended their relationship was estranged in his song lyrics so he could “sell records”. → Read More

Tory Burch offers $10,000 for return of missing dog Chicken

Tory Burch is offering a $10,000 reward for the return of her miniature poodle Chicken, who has gone missing. The designer shared an emotional plea for the seven-month-old puppy’s return on social media, where she wrote: “We are heartbroken, please help us find Chicken.” According to the designer’s post, Chicken was last seen on 56th Street and Madison Avenue in New York → Read More

Victoria's Secret features first size-14 model in lingerie campaign

Victoria’s Secret has hired its first size 14 model after years of criticism over the brand’s refusal to be more size-inclusive. As part of a new collaboration with female-founded UK-based lingerie brand Bluebella, Victoria’s Secret has launched a campaign featuring plus-size model Ali Tate-Cutler. → Read More

YouTuber Trisha Paytas faces backlash for coming out as transgender despite identifying with her 'natural born gender'

YouTuber Trisha Paytas has revealed she identifies as transgender and feels like she is a “gay man” in a new video uploaded to her channel. → Read More

Jennifer Lopez sued for $150,000 by paparazzi for posting photo of herself

Jennifer Lopez is being sued for copyright infringement for posting a photo of herself taken by paparazzi to her Instagram account. The federal lawsuit was filed by Splash News and Picture Agency for $150,000 over a picture of Lopez holding hands with Alex Rodriguez in New York City, which the singer shared to her Instagram account in 2017. → Read More

Teenager denied entry to homecoming dance for wearing jumpsuit

A teenager who wore a black jumpsuit for her senior homecoming dance was denied entry because her outfit did not meet the dress code. For the Tampa Bay Homeschool homecoming dance, Darcy Krueger, from Florida, chose a belted jumpsuit she already owned and paired it with heels, jewellery and an updo. → Read More

Homeless subway opera singer Emily Zamourka performs concert after going viral

A homeless subway singer who became an internet sensation after a video of her singing opera went viral has given her first public performance. → Read More

Foods to avoid during an acne breakout, according to dermatologists

As we age, we’re often told that an acne outbreak is the result of our unhealthy food choices, whether they be pizza, processed foods, or chocolate. But, although junk food isn’t good for your body, there is no link between consuming crips or chips and experiencing acne. → Read More