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Ringling Bros. acrobats hospitalized after circus fall
A support frame collapsed during an aerial hair-hanging stunt at a circus performance Sunday, sending eight acrobats plummeting to the ground. Nine performers were seriously injured in the fall, including a dancer below, while an unknown number of others suffered less serious injuries.
It happened about 45 minutes into the Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey Circus' 11 a.m. Legends show at the Dunkin' Donuts Center in Providence, Rhode Island.
A spokesman for Feld Entertainment, the parent company of Ringling Bros., said the accident happened during an act in which eight performers hang "like a human chandelier" using their hair.
The eight women fell 25 to 40 feet, landing on a dancer below. Amazingly, none of the injuries appeared to be life-threatening.
#BringBackOurGirls: Social media push for kidnapped girls
There is a global campaign to find more than 200 abducted school girls in Nigeria, and it started with the hashtag #BringBackOurGirls.
It happened in the middle of the night at a boarding school. The Associate Press reports armed members of the group confronted security guards during the pre-dawn hours of April 15 and forced the girls out of bed and into trucks.
Boko Haram, the terrorist network believed to be responsible, opposes the education of women. Their name translates to "western education is a sin."
The girls are reportedly being sold into marriage with the Islamic extremists for as little as $12 USD, with some taken across borders into neighboring countries.
According to the New York Times, the girls are ages 15 to 18 and knew the risks of seeking an education. Schools in the area closed in March for fear of terror attacks, but this school reopened so that the girls could take their final exams. They were expected to move on to become teachers, doctors, lawyers as "the stars of their families and villages."
Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Joe Biden skip White House Correspondents Dinner
The annual dinner of the White House Correspondents' Association, sometimes dubbed "Nerd Prom," was Saturday night and features a sometimes awkward mix of politicians, journalists, Hollywood stars and famous athletes.
President Barack Obama took his position as comedian-in-chief, cracking jokes at his own expense and even House Speaker John Boehner's tan got a quip.
"These days, the House Republicans actually give John Boehner a harder time than they give me. Which means orange really is the new black."
But first, HBO released an awesome 7-minute short featuring "Veep" star Julia Louis-Dreyfus, who plays the very ambitious vice president Selina Meyer.
It follows Meyer as she ditches the White House Correspondents' Dinner to spend the day with actual Vice President Joe Biden, and it mostly involves the fellow "vice presidents" zooming around D.C. in a bright yellow Corvette.
First Lady Michelle Obama makes a camio, there's a tattoo parlor rendezvous with Nancy Pelosi and even a phone call with John "J-Dawg" Boehner.
On your phone? Watch here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=da5tjfpKyac
Bow down to SNL's 'The Beygency' sketch
Saturday Night Live produced a standout sketch that shows what happens to people who don't like Beyonce (also known as The Queen Bey, Sasha Fierce, Yonce, etc.).
In this horrible and unimaginable scenario, Andrew Garfield is hunted down by government agency after he admits that he thinks Drunk in Love is only okay. "The Beygency" hunt him down and erase his life as he knows it along the way.
On your phone? Behold here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rGxe83lXgJg
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