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Sinn Fein celebrates an historic election win in Northern Ireland

BELFAST, Northern Ireland — The Irish nationalist party Sinn Fein, which seeks unification with Ireland, hailed a "new era" Saturday for Northern Ireland as it captured the largest number of seats in the Northern Ireland Assembly for the first time in a historic win.

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All civilians have been evacuated from a besieged steel plant in Mariupol

ZAPORIZHZHIA, Ukraine — Russian forces fired cruise missiles at the southern Ukrainian city of Odesa on Saturday and bombarded a steel mill in Mariupol housing Ukrainian civilians and fighters, hoping to complete their conquest of the port city in time for Victory Day celebrations. Ukraine announced that all women, children and elderly had been evacuated from the steel plant, a key Russian war objective that has long been under siege.

Fred Savage is fired from 'The Wonder Years' over allegations of misconduct

Updated May 7, 2022 at 4:42 PM ET

Fred Savage has been dropped as an executive producer and director of the rebooted "The Wonder Years" TV series following an investigation into allegations of inappropriate conduct, the show's production company said.


Horse racing is on the cusp of major changes in the U.S. after years of scandal

After spending roughly a decade in the horse racing industry, Mary Cage's love for the animals wasn't enough to keep her in a job that she couldn't stomach anymore.

In recent years, headline-grabbing tragedy and scandal has dogged the horse racing industry.

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After the leaked Roe opinion, Justice Thomas says the Supreme Court can't be bullied

As reproductive-rights protests continue after a leaked draft Supreme Court opinion that would overturn Roe v. Wade, Justice Clarence Thomas says the court can't be "bullied" into making a decision that some would prefer.


The Taliban orders women to wear head-to-toe clothing in public

Updated May 7, 2022 at 3:43 PM ET

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan – Taliban officials announced that women and girls would be expected to stay home, and if they were to venture out, to cover in all-encompassing loose clothing that only reveals their eyes – preferably, a burka.


One of the men who killed Ahmaud Arbery spoke with the DA several times

Updated May 7, 2022 at 3:58 PM ET

Greg McMichael, a retired investigator convicted in the chase and fatal shooting of Ahmaud Arbery, allegedly spoke on the phone multiple times with the local district attorney in the days and weeks after the killing, according to a court document obtained by NPR.

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Mother's Day can be painful. These strategies might help

Holidays like Mother's Day aren't celebratory for everyone — and for many people, they can be a particularly painful time of year.

That can be true for those who are grieving the loss of loved ones, are estranged from family members or facing fertility issues, among other circumstances.

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'Mama's boy' is a flex, not an insult, for a new generation of men

It's a simple schoolyard insult.

For eons, people — often men — hurled "mama's boy" at each other as an emasculating put-down. To be called the son of a mother suggested an essential unmanliness. "Mama's boys" were comically inept, even pathological, in movies and television shows ranging from the pathetic Buster Bluth in Arrested Development to The Waterboy's Bobby Boucher to Norman Bates in Psycho.

Looking way, way back, Beowulf's Grendel could even be called the mother of literary mama's boys.


From stalkers to saints, moms run the gamut in kids' books

We bring our own, individual experiences, beliefs and aspirations to the stories we read. A parent might think Runaway Bunny is about a mother's unconditional love and protection. A child might think, "Will she ever leave me alone?"

This Mother's Day we asked a handful of children's book experts and writers which stories and characters come to mind when they think about motherhood. We didn't say they had to like the depictions. But we also asked for their recommendations.