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Bolton to Russia: 'Don't mess with American elections'

U.S. national security adviser John Bolton says Russian meddling in U.S. elections had backfired on Moscow, providing a lesson to the Kremlin: "Don't mess with American elections."

Speaking during a visit to Moscow, Bolton said there was no evidence that the meddling — which Russia has denied — materially affected the outcome of the 2016 presidential election, but that it did create mistrust toward Russia.

U.S. intelligence agencies say Russia carried out a campaign of hacking and propaganda targeting the 2016 poll in an attempt to sow discord, discredit Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton and boost support for Republican Donald Trump.

The U.S. Department of Justice and Congress are investigating the interference and any possible collusion by Trump's campaign. Trump has repeatedly denied collusion.

Quitting nuclear pact

Washington is also pressing ahead with its plan to quit a nuclear arms control pact, Bolton said on Tuesday, signalling that a meeting with Russia's President Vladimir Putin had not deflected the White House from its plan.

Bolton had a 90-minute meeting in the Kremlin with Putin, at which the Russian leader had taken the White House to task over what he said were a series of unprovoked steps against Moscow.

Bolton says the U.S. is going ahead with its plan to pull out of the nuclear arms pact, calling it outdated. (Maxim Shemetov/Reuters)

Russia has said that if Trump makes good on his threat to pull out of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF), Moscow will be forced to respond in kind to restore the military balance.

But speaking at a news conference after his talks with Putin, Bolton gave no indication of any change of course on the INF treaty.

"There's a new strategic reality out there," Bolton said, saying that a Cold War-era treaty no longer met the demands of the world as it is now.

"In terms of filing the formal notice of withdrawal, that has not been filed but it will be filed in due course."

Signed by then-U.S. President Ronald Reagan and reformist Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev in 1987, the INF treaty required the elimination of all short- and intermediate-range land-based nuclear and conventional missiles held by both countries in Europe.

Its demise could raise the prospect of a new arms race and of Europe once again hosting U.S. land-based ballistic and cruise missiles.

Gorbachev, now 87, has warned that unravelling it could have catastrophic consequences. Countries such as Poland have, however, backed Trump's move.

Bolton has said he thinks the treaty is outdated because it does not cover countries such as China, Iran and North Korea, which he says remain free to make intermediate-range ballistic missiles and cruise missiles.

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Mandy Moore Shares a Regrettable Red Carpet Flashback: 'Don't Dye Your Eyebrows'

Everyone has those moments when we look at old photos and go “Oh, no!” — even Mandy Moore.

The This Is Us star took to Instagram on Friday to share a regrettable red carpet photo from the Original Sin movie premiere in Los Angeles in 2001. In the pics, Moore, now 34, rocks a sheer top over a black bra, blue jeans, an oversized belt and carries a Burberry purse.  

“Rolling into the weekend like….. #fbf #dontdyeyoureyebrows #2001,” Moore captioned the flashback pics.

The photos caught the attention of her former Walk to Remember co-star Shane West, who commented, “This. Is. Everything.” Moore replied, “It was right after ‘Walk’ and I went blonde again and my poor bangs,” adding four smiley faces.

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It’s been a while fans have seen Moore in her full blonde “Candy” look. However, she does like to change up her style every now and then. 

Earlier this year, Moore shared her best beauty tricks. “My skin is super sensitive, and having to wear makeup every day, especially the old-age makeup on the show, is really hard,” she told New Beauty magazine. “I try to get a lot of sleep, drink water and wear sunscreen — all the cardinal rules of skin care. I’m not a particularly big drinker, so that helps because I don’t have to contend with completely dehydrating my skin.”

“If I’m going about my day or if I have a day off then I use moisturizer, sunscreen, maybe a little bit of Wonderglow and some clear eyebrow gel,” she added. “I usually add a pop of color to my lips — that’s sort of my go-to. It makes me feel instantly polished without having to go through a whole routine. Just keeping it really simple, that is important to me.”

Get more of Moore’s beauty tips and secrets in the video below.

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'Don't boo — vote!': Democrats hope anger will drive Puerto Ricans to the polls in Florida

A voter registration drive in hotly contested Florida has signed up thousands of Puerto Ricans, as organizers — and the Democratic Party — hope anger over the Trump administration's response to Hurricane Maria translates into votes in the midterms.

Tens of thousands of people fled the island and settled in Florida since last September's devastating storm, joining what was already a huge Puerto Rican community in the southernmost state.

It's a community that holds a great deal of anger over what many view as the U.S. government's inadequate response during their island's time of need.

For some, November's midterms represent payback time.

"One sentiment that gets more people to the polls than anything else is anger," says Jose Calderon, president of the Hispanic Federation in New York, a group that surveys attitudes within the Puerto Rican community.

Ricardo Lockwood left Puerto Rico and settled in Florida after Hurricane Maria hit the island last September. He was not impressed with the Trump administration's response to the crisis. (Jason Burles/CBC )

He says his surveys show Puerto Ricans in Florida are motivated to vote and "know very clearly what [Trump] failed to do on their behalf, and the way he was so dismissive of the people of Puerto Rico and the island."

"I think Puerto Ricans will make a difference in November," he says.

'It was inhumane'

In a busy café not far from his new home in Kissimmee, south of Orlando, Ricardo Lockwood sips a black coffee and thinks back to Maria and its aftermath, which crippled the island's infrastructure and led to the deaths of hundreds of people.

He focuses on the scenes of devastation, but if there's another image from those terrible days that he can't shake, it's of Donald Trump.

U.S. President Donald Trump tosses paper towels into a crowd as he hands out supplies at Calvary Chapel on Oct. 3, 2017, in Guaynabo, Puerto Rico. Trump was in Puerto Rico to survey the damage from Hurricane Maria. (Evan Vucci/Associated Press)

Under pressure to boost federal aid to Puerto Rico, the U.S. president visited the island a few weeks after the storm. As the trip neared its end, Trump stood before a large crowd of Puerto Ricans who were desperate for massive amounts of help — and tossed rolls of paper towel into the crowd.

"It was inhumane," Lockwood says. "He treated us indifferently. He showed us his racism."

The Trump administration was fiercely criticized for being slow off the mark with its emergency response and falling short overall. The paper towel episode seemed to symbolize that perceived failure.

Ultimately, many billions of dollars in federal aid were pledged to the American territory, but many on the island said the damage far exceeded the amount promised.

'Are you registered to vote?'

Although Puerto Ricans are American citizens, they cannot vote for Congress or for president while living on the island. But voting-age Puerto Ricans like Lockwood who move to the mainland become eligible to cast ballots as soon as their feet touch the ground. All they have to do is register.

Outside the Unidos Grocery store in Kissimmee, volunteers with the group Mi Familia Vota (My Family Votes) stop shoppers in the parking lot.

Clipboards in hand, they ask in Spanish: "Are you registered to vote?" If the answer is no, they arrange it on the spot.

In a state where elections are historically closely contested, where even a small number of ballots cast can make a difference, the volunteers had signed up 21,240 new voters in four counties in central Florida by mid-August — more than half of them Puerto Ricans.

'The first opportunity'

Across town, inside another grocery store, volunteers with the group Boricua Vota, which promotes Puerto Rican engagement in U.S. elections, staged its own voter drive.

Banging drums and parading amid bemused shoppers who danced alongside them, they sang in Spanish: "Don't stay home come election day. Don't let them take your vote away."

Jimmy Torres of voter-engagement group Boricua Vota makes some noise about the importance of voting in November's midterm elections. (Jason Burles/CBC)

Trump isn't on the ballot in the midterms, but Boricua Vota's Jimmy Torres, who led the band through the store, emphasizes that the president's party sure is.

"This is the first opportunity … after Maria to really make sure that people in this state — the people who can — vote for Congress," he says.

"We can send a clear message to the Republican Party that what they did to Puerto Rico was not acceptable."

But will Puerto Ricans turn out come November?

People use their cellphones on the street in San Juan during a blackout after Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico. (Alvin Baez/Reuters)

Ever since last year's exodus from the island, Democrats have wondered whether their frustration with the Trump administration's response to Maria would actually translate into votes.

Many expected a stronger turnout from Hispanics broadly in the 2016 presidential election, given Trump's campaign calls to curtail Mexican migration and build a border wall. But it didn't turn out that way.

Data from the U.S. Census Bureau after the election showed voter turnout by Hispanics across the country was less than 50 per cent. Instead of an expected upsurge, it declined slightly (0.4 per cent) compared with the 2012 election.

Battle for votes

Still, it is clear politicians of all stripes in Florida are keenly aware of the potential power of Puerto Rican voters in these midterms. 

Last month in Orlando, Puerto Ricans staged a raucous event they called "political salsa" at a downtown conference centre.

It was aimed at bringing together politicians and Puerto Rican voters in a kind of festive meet-and-greet.

Amid Stars and Stripes balloons, blaring music and even a Donald Trump impersonator, voters mingled with Republican and Democratic candidates and pressed them on various issues.

Among the high-powered candidates who turned out was Florida Gov. Rick Scott. He's a Republican but gets credit from many Puerto Ricans for helping those who fled the island get themselves settled in Florida. 

Scott is now in a tight race for the U.S. Senate, and makes a point on the campaign trail to emphasize his work in helping newly arrived Puerto Ricans.

A worker uses a backhoe loader to remove damaged electrical installations from a street in Yabucoa, Puerto Rico, after the area was hit by Hurricane Maria in September 2017. (Carlos Garcia Rawlins/Reuters)

But not far away from him at the event was Democratic Congressman Darren Soto, determined to link Scott and other Republicans with what played out last year in Puerto Rico.

"It's our job to make sure the Puerto Rican community understands Republicans are supporting Trump, who was disastrous for the island," Soto says.

"That message needs to be crystal clear."

Back at the grocery store with that marching band, Torres works to spread the same message.

"As President Obama used to say, 'Don't boo — vote!'"

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Ashley Iaconetti Goes Wedding Dress Shopping and Tells Fiance Jared Haibon 'Don't Look!'

Ashley Iaconetti can’t wait to say “I do!”

The 30-year-old reality TV star got engaged to Jared Haibon, a fellow Bachelor in Paradise alum, back in June after a Ross and Rachel-style, will-they-won’t-they situation that plagued the couple for years. Over the weekend, Iaconetti came to New York City to find her perfect wedding dress. 

The bride-to-be was clearly over the moon to be finding her gown! She posted an adorably giddy snap outside her hotel before heading to Kleinfeld’s to try on dresses with Diane from Say Yes to the Dress. “I’m going wedding dress shopping today!!!” she captioned a shot of her grinning ear to ear in a white structured top, light wash jeans and clear, chunky heels. 

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Iaconetti also posted a pic of one of her reject dresses — “it felt like curtains” — on Instagram too. “Jared, don’t look! Just kidding,” she teased in the caption. “I did not say yes to this dress. But it’ll be a ball gown for sure.”

She later took to her Instagram Story to share one more dress that definitely didn’t work — and a few that may have made the cut. “This upcoming satin ball gown is what I always imagined wearing on my wedding day,” Iaconetti shared of one of the dresses. “When I saw it, I thought I was going to say yes to the first dress I picked out. But then I tried it on and felt very meh about it.”

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The next pics only show pieces of dresses, since Iaconetti hasn’t ruled out wearing them on her big day.

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Though 29-year-old Haibon wasn’t invited to the dress fitting, he was there in spirit — in cupcake form!


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ET caught up with the couple earlier this month, where they spilled all about what makes their relationship so strong.

“It is easy,” Haibon said. “I have never been in a friendship or a relationship that has ever been easier and we never get tired of each other.”

“We never get tired of each other. That is definitely one of the big things because I get tired of my best friends. Like, if I am with them for 24 hours I’m like, ‘Get out of my house,'” Iaconetti joked. “With him, I think we have only been separated for a maximum of, like, 16 hours since being engaged. That was one night apart and I haven’t been tired of him at all. I haven’t been thinking, like, ‘Oh, I am craving alone time right now.’ I don’t crave alone time with him, which is so nice.”

Watch the video below to hear more about their upcoming wedding:

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'Don't use cannabis when you are pregnant or breastfeeding,' doctors warn

Women who are pregnant or breastfeeding should bear in mind the potential harmful effects of cannabis use, Canada’s obstetricians say.

The Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (SOGC) said evidence-based studies point to how cannabis could harm growth and development if used while pregnant or breastfeeding.

Potential effects include:

  • Pre-term labour.
  • Low birth weight.
  • Lower IQ scores.
  • Impulsivity and hyperactivity in childhood.

In a U.S. study, about 70 per cent of pregnant and nonpregnant women who were surveyed believed there was slight or no risk of harm from using marijuana once or twice a week. 

THC, the main psychoactive component of cannabis, crosses the placenta into fetal tissue and can also accumulate in breast milk — whether from vaping, smoking, eating or smearing it doesn’t matter.

The group launched its public awareness campaign on 420, the annual protest against marijuana prohibition. It was not a coincidence that the campaign is starting on 420, a spokeswoman said.

“In light of the current research, our message is simple, don’t use cannabis when you are pregnant or breastfeeding, and please talk to your doctor.”

The campaign includes educational videos and social media material that’s been made possible with financial support from Health Canada.

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