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HC Wake-Up Call: 50+ Dead In Afghan Suicide Bombing, Kellyanne Conway Lashes Out At CNN, & Verne Troyer Is Dead

Good morning Her Campus! With a break-neck news cycle, there is no possible way for you to stay on top of every story that comes across your feeds—we’re all only human, after all.

But, life comes at you fast. So grab a cup of coffee and settle in for this quick and dirty guide to stories you might’ve been sleeping on (like, literally. It’s early.)

At Least 57 People Are Dead After A Suicide Attack in Afghanistan

As people in the Afghan capital of Kabul were lining up at a government office to register to vote on Sunday, a suicide bomber detonated explosives that killed at least 57 people. 119 others were injured. According to The New York Times, the attack is “raising new concerns about the potential for violence to undermine Afghanistan’s long-delayed parliamentary elections.” 

The Islamic State claimed responsibility for the bombing, reports the NYT. There was also a separate explosion near another voting registration center, which killed five people and wounded four others. 

Kellyanne Conway Lashed Out At CNN For Talking About Her Husband’s Tweets

In an appearance on CNN’s State of the Union, the White House counselor berated the network for asking about her husband’s criticism of President Trump on Twitter (he’s since deleted the tweets). According to The Hill, Conway insisted that her husband “writes a lot of things that are also supportive” of Trump.

“It’s fascinating to me that CNN would go there, but it’s very good for the whole world to have just witnessed … that it’s now fair game how people’s spouses and significant others may differ with them,” Conway said to CNN’s Dana Bash.

Bash said that the question about her husband still would’ve been asked, even if she were a man — to which Conway replied, “No you wouldn’t.”

Actor Verne Troyer Died At 49

Troyer, best known for his role as “Mini-Me” in the Austin Powers films, passed away at the age of 49, according to posts on his social media accounts Saturday. No cause of death has been announced, though he was hospitalized in early April, CNN reported

 

It is with great sadness and incredibly heavy hearts to write that Verne passed away today. Verne was an extremely caring individual. He wanted to make everyone smile, be happy, and laugh. Anybody in need, he would help to any extent possible. Verne hoped he made a positive change with the platform he had and worked towards spreading that message everyday. He inspired people around the world with his drive, determination, and attitude. On film & television sets, commercial shoots, at comic-con’s & personal appearances, to his own YouTube videos, he was there to show everyone what he was capable of doing. Even though his stature was small and his parents often wondered if he’d be able to reach up and open doors on his own in his life, he went on to open more doors for himself and others than anyone could have imagined. He also touched more peoples hearts than he will ever know. Verne was also a fighter when it came to his own battles. Over the years he’s struggled and won, struggled and won, struggled and fought some more, but unfortunately this time was too much. During this recent time of adversity he was baptized while surrounded by his family. The family appreciates that they have this time to grieve privately. Depression and Suicide are very serious issues. You never know what kind of battle someone is going through inside. Be kind to one another. And always know, it’s never too late to reach out to someone for help. In lieu of flowers, please feel free to make a donation in Verne’s name to either of his two favorite charities; The Starkey Hearing Foundation and Best Buddies. Photo by @paulmobleystudio

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“Verne was an extremely caring individual. He wanted to make everyone smile, be happy, and laugh,” said a statement posted to Troyer’s social media. “Anybody in need, he would help to any extent possible. Verne hoped he made a positive change with the platform he had and worked towards spreading that message every day.”

Troyer’s Austin Powers co-star Mike Myers released a statement on Saturday, calling him the “consummate professional and a beacon of positivity.”

What to look out for…

Today marks National Movie Theater Day. Certain theaters around the U.S. are celebrating by offering discounted or free showings!

Follow Allison on Twitter @AllisonMCrist.
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