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5 inspiring quotes from iconic Muslim women to celebrate #MuslimWomensDay

Monday, March 27, marks the first-ever Muslim Women’s Day — a day for Muslim women to share their stories and for others to celebrate them during Women’s History Month.

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Created by MuslimGirl.com with the help of dozens of media groups and websites, the day is an opportunity to “hear from a community that’s often talked about, but rarely given the chance to speak.”

All day long, outlets such as Refinery29, Teen Vogue and Nylon magazine, as well as users on Twitter and several more outlets, have highlighted Muslim women from diverse backgrounds in different lines of work.

TeenVogue shared a Twitter thread of stories from and about Muslim women and their experiences.

In honor of the first Muslim Women’s Day, we rounded up some of our favorite inspirational quotes from iconic Muslim women around the world.

Social media users have also used their platforms to celebrate with the hashtag #MuslimWomensDay.

But the movement also invited its share of criticism.

The backlash is similar to the criticism Nike faced when the company unveiled a new product for Muslim women: the Nike Pro Hijab.

Some criticized the company for supporting the “oppression of women,” prompting tweets of dissent with the hashtag #BoycottNike, despite Nike saying the product was developed with Muslim athletes after some expressed frustration with competing while wearing a traditional hijab.

GameStop to close 150 stores

GameStop, a video game and consumer electronics retailer, will close at least 150 stores after reporting another year of declined sales.

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The Texas-based company released its report of sales and earnings for 2017 last week, and projected a grim 2017 for some stores. In the fourth quarter of last year, total global sales decreased nearly 14 percent, and new hardware sales declined 29 percent.

» STORE CLOSURES: 9 retailers closing stores nationwide this year

A spokesperson told Fortune that non-productive stores would close sometime in 2017. However ,specific locations were not announced. About 2 to 3 percent of the retailer’s total amount of stores will close.

USA Today reported that Game Stop plans to open 65 Technology Brands stores, which include cellphone retailers. It also plans to open 35 Collectibles stores, which sell apparel.

GameStop operates 7,500 stores across 14 countries.

Gator pit searched for remains of missing high school student in cold case

A federal investigation into the 2009 disappearance of a New York teenager has led FBI agents to gator-infested woods in South Carolina.

According to the Post and Courier, 17-year-old Brittanee Drexel sneaked away from her home in Rochester, New York, to spend spring break in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Drexel was last seen in security footage at a Myrtle Beach hotel on April 25, 2009. 

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In 2012, Drexel’s mother told a TV reporter she had learned her daughter had been “miserable” on the trip and had planned to leave anyway on the day she went missing.

After years of minimal progress in the investigation, authorities received a tip from an inmate identified as Taquan Brown, alleging that he learned what happened to Drexel while visiting a so-called “stash house” in McClellanville, according to the Post and Courier. 

Brown told investigators in August that Drexel was abducted, gang-raped, shot and thrown into an alligator-infested swamp. Brown also implicated then-16-year-old Timothy Taylor and his father, Shaun Taylor, in the crime, according to authorities.

The FBI told the Post and Courier that “several witnesses have told us Miss Drexel’s body was placed in a pit, or gator pit, to have her body disposed of. Eaten by the gators.”

The FBI is searching an area in Georgetown County, S.C., using an excavator to search a wooded area in Foxfire Court. Authorities have not provided any information on what they hope to find in the woods.

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No charges have been filed against Taylor, who maintains his innocence. 

Investigators said Sunday that they are closer to making an arrest in the case, and are offering a $25,000 reward for anyone with information that leads to an arrest.

 

'Little People, Big World' star Matt Roloff makes announcement about his love life

Matt Roloff is dating again.

On Sunday, the “Little People, Big World” patriarch shared a photo confirming he has a new woman in his life.

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“Broke away for a day of relaxing at the beautiful Oregon coast. Is anybody else doing something special this spring break? Love love to you all,” he shared alongside the post of himself with his new lady love.

In the comments section, Roloff even replied to a fan, confirming he is now dating again.

“Yes. Caryn and I are now dating. It’s very exciting to such a wonderful persons [sic] be a positive companion in my life,” he wrote.

RELATED: Ahead of Mother’s Day in the U.K., Duchess Catherine shared a powerful message all moms can relate to

Caryn reportedly helped manage the Roloff farm at one point, which means Roloff’s ex-wife, Amy Roloff, knows her, too. Amy Roloff has also moved on since splitting from Matt and recently confirmed she has been dating a real estate agent named Chris.

“We’re officially dating, yes. It’s been fun! Amy and I are getting along great,” Chris told Radar Online in January.

The Roloffs were married for nearly 27 years before deciding to end their marriage in 2015. Despite the demise of their relationship, they continue to work together on their family farm and film their reality series.

(H/T Inquistr)

Woman arrested on disorderly charge at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago

Police arrested a Florida woman Friday on a disorderly intoxication charge at Mar-a-Lago after Palm Beach police said she tried to rush toward a Secret Service-restricted zone inside the club and was talking to empty cars.

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Amanda Ayres Kerwin, 37, is charged with disorderly intoxication and resisting arrest without violence, both misdemeanors, according to a police report.

The report said a Mar-a-Lago security guard saw Kerwin stumble toward an exit and tried to escort her outside late Friday.

She insisted her friends were inside, and the guard brought her back inside.

Kerwin then rushed toward a Secret Service restricted area, “which was perceived as a danger to another person,” the report stated.

A few hours earlier, first lady Melania Trump made an appearance at the Palm Beach County Republican Party’s annual Lincoln Day fundraising dinner, which drew nearly 700 people to the club. The report didn’t say if Kerwin was attending the event or if she is a club member.

After Kerwin tried to rush into the security zone, Secret Service agents escorted her outside and police were summoned.

When Officer Alexander Tfank arrived shortly before 11 p.m., he smelled alcohol on Kerwin’s breath, according to the report. Kerwin was yelling profanity at one of the security guards, was talking to unoccupied vehicles and was making “incoherent statements,” the report said.

At 11:23 p.m., officers took Kerwin to the Palm Beach Police Department, where she refused to get into a holding cell, according to the report. They eventually shut the door and later took Kerwin to the Palm Beach County Jail.

According to jail records, Kerwin was released on her own recognizance Saturday. She could not be reached for comment.

Officer Killed After Stun Gun Fails To Subdue Fleeing Suspect

Officer Killed After Stun Gun Fails To Subdue Fleeing Suspect

Man stabbed during fight over loud music, police say

 An Ohio man has been accused of stabbing his roommate after an alleged fight over loud music.

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Wayne Skaggs, 53 of Springfield, appeared in Clark County Municipal Court on Monday on a felonious assault charge. He pleaded not guilty.

Police alleged he stabbed Doug Vance, also of Springfield, on March 16. According to court records, Skaggs allegedly became angry at Vance for playing music too loud at their home in the 1300 block of Cedarview Drive West in Springfield.

Officers were first called to the home shortly after midnight after Skaggs reportedly locked Vance out of the house they share. Skaggs then agreed to let Vance back in if he turned the music down, police said.

Officers were called back to the house a short time later and found Vance with stab wounds to his neck and arm. The men had begun arguing again shortly after officers had left, police said, and Skaggs allegedly stabbed Vance.

As Skaggs was being detained, he allegedly yelled to a neighbor that he had stabbed someone and was going to jail, police said.

Officers said they found a knife in an upstairs bedroom and another knife outside the home.

If convicted, Skaggs could face up to eight years in prison and a $15,000 fine.

Joe Biden says he could have won the 2016 presidential election

Former Vice President Joe Biden said he regrets not running for president in 2016 and he thinks he could have won the election if he had followed through with his plan to run.

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“I had planned on running for president, and although it would have been a very difficult primary, I think I could have won,” Biden said during a speech Friday at Colgate University in Hamilton, New York. “I don’t know, maybe not. But I thought I could have won. […] I had a lot of data, and I was fairly confident that if I were the Democratic Party’s nominee, I had a better than even chance of being president ... Do I regret not being president? Yes.”

Biden, 73, said he believes he was “the best qualified” for the position.

But Biden said he doesn’t regret the time that he spent with his son, Beau Biden, who died of brain cancer in 2015. Being on the campaign trail would have taken away from that.

In September 2016, Biden revealed that he had planned on running for president, but after his son was diagnosed with cancer in 2014, part of his “soul was gone.”

“No man or woman should run unless they are capable of giving every ounce,” Biden said. “I wasn’t healthy enough to pour my whole heart and soul into the effort.”

What is WhatsApp? 5 things to know about the popular messaging app

According to British press reports, the assailant involved in last week’s London terror attack that left three pedestrians and one police officer dead — and dozens more wounded — used WhatsApp just minutes before the rampage.

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But because the messages sent by and to attacker Khalid Masood are encrypted by the popular messaging app, officials are unable to access them.

“We need to make sure that organizations like WhatsApp — and there are plenty of others like that — don’t provide a secret place for terrorists to communicate with each other,” Britain's Home Secretary Amber Rudd said in multiple interviews Sunday.

>> Related: London terror attack: What we know

Whether you use the app or not, here are some things to know about WhatsApp and the encryption debate:

What is WhatsApp?

WhatsApp is a popular messaging app with end-to-end encrypted instant messaging that can be used on various platforms, including Android, iPhone and Windows smartphones, and Mac or Windows PCs.

Created in 2009 and later acquired by Facebook in 2014, the app uses your phone's internet connection to send messages so you can avoid texting fees.

What can you do with the app?

In addition to making calls, sending messages, photos, videos, files and voice messages to individuals or groups, WhatsApp rolled out some new features in 2017.

Now, the app includes a Snapchat story-like feature, which allows users to update their “status” using pictures, GIFs and videos.

You can also swipe up to reply to your friends’ statuses.

Who uses it?

According to Facebook’s earnings call on Feb 2, 2017, WhatsApp had 1.2 billion monthly active users, Statista reported.

The popular messaging app is used by people in more than 180 countries around the world.

What is end-to-end encryption?

End-to-end encryption is a security system in which only the sender and the recipient can read their own messages. In fact, even WhatsApp can’t access user messages.

Apple’s iMessage also uses end-to-end encryption.

What is the debate around ending end-to-end encryption?

Following the London terror attack, Home Secretary Amber Rudd called for WhatsApp and other encrypted services to offer a "back door" system for officials, AP reported.

In 2015, following the San Bernardino, California shooting that left 14 dead, the FBI requested Apple for the passcodes needed to unlock an iPhone used by one of the perpetrators.

But Apple and other tech industry giants, as well as privacy advocates, say creating security loopholes would be dangerous as it opens the door to cybercriminals, too.

>> Related: Apple CEO Tim Cook: We oppose this order 

While tech companies should help officials when possible, the help should be requested through warrants where the process is both properly regulated and monitored, Jim Killock, executive director of Open Rights Group, told Newsweek.

“Compelling companies to put backdoors into encrypted services would make millions of ordinary people less secure online. We all rely on encryption to protect our ability to communicate, shop and bank safely,” he said.

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