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VENEZUELA. Caracas. May 12, 2017. Opposition supporters confront riot security forces while rallying against President Nicolas Maduro.

Since April 1, daily anti-government  protests across Venezuela have frequently devolved into clashes with riot police, leaving thousands arrested, hundreds injured, and 43 dead. Opposition activists are protesting against the government of President Nicolas Maduro, blaming him for a crippling economic crisis that has caused widespread food shortages for years. Venezuelan opposition leaders are demanding immediate presidential elections, accusing Maduro of political repression and trying to cling to power.

Photograph: Carlos Garcia Rawlins/Reuters

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Plus: Styles may set a Nielsen-era record for the biggest sales launch for a U.K. male act’s debut album.

Harry Styles is heading for a No. 1 bow on the Billboard 200 chart with his self-titled debut album, according to industry forecasters. Though it’s early in the tracking week (the album was released on May 12 through Erskine/Columbia Records), sources suggest the set could earn over 250,000 equivalent album units in the U.S. in the week ending May 18. Of that sum, perhaps 200,000-210,000 (or more) could be in traditional album sales.

The Billboard 200 chart ranks the most popular albums of the week based on multi-metric consumption, which includes traditional album sales, track equivalent albums (TEA) and streaming equivalent albums (SEA). The top 10 of the new June 3-dated Billboard 200 chart (where Styles could debut at No. 1) is scheduled to be revealed on Billboard’s websites on Sunday, May 21. (In the meantime, the May 27-dated list’s top 10 is still waiting in the wings, and Logic’s Everybody is on course to bow at No. 1. That chart’s top 10 is due to be unveiled on May 14.)

Considering Styles’ current sales forecast, the British-born act is on track to score the largest debut sales week for a U.K. male artist’s first full-length album since Nielsen Music began tracking sales in 1991. (Sam Smith’s In the Lonely Hour has the current record, with 166,000 sold in its first week, back in 2014, according to Nielsen. The album debuted and peaked at No. 2.)

If Styles debuts at No. 1, he will be just the second U.K. male artist to bow atop the list with their first album in the 61-year history of the Billboard 200. He would follow his former One Direction bandmate, Zayn, who entered at No. 1 with Mind of Mine on the list dated April 16, 2016 (with 157,000 units and 112,000 in traditional album sales). -Billboard

5 Times Astronaut Jack Fischer Said Something in Space Was “Awesome”

Meet astronaut Jack Fischer…

He was selected as a NASA astronaut in July 2009, and is currently living and working in space for his first time. As you can imagine, going to space for the first time is both nerve-wracking and exciting. You may or may not know just how excited he actually is to be 250 miles above the Earth…To communicate his elation, he has frequently used some version of the word “awesome”.

FYI, that’s a picture of Fischer about to eat a coffee ball on station. For more on his opinion of coffee balls, check THIS out.

Let’s take a look at a few times astronaut Jack Fischer said something in space was “awesome”…

1. Burrito Smothered in Awesomesauce 

Immediately following the hatch opening to the International Space Station and Jack Fischer arriving at his new orbital home, they had the chance to speak to their families. During this time, he explained to his wife what it was like to be in space…obviously using the word awesome in the process: “It’s a burrito of awesomeness, smothered in awesomesauce baby, it’s so beautiful!”

2. Awesome Views from Space

Astronauts commonly say that one of the best parts of being on space station is the view. Earth from 250 miles above can look stunning…or as Fischer puts it…awesome!

3. Tornado of Awesomeness 

Fischer shared this video on his Twitter account on May 6 saying, “Sometimes, on a weekend, you have to spin about wildly…we can call it a tornado of awesomeness—because weightlessness is awesome!”

4. Awesome #SpaceSelfie

This selfie, taken during Fischer’s first-ever spacewalk is AWESOME and shows his cheesing smile from behind his spacesuit helmet. Check out a recap of Fischer’s first spacewalk, conducted on May 12, HERE

5. Fondue Pot Bubbling Over with Awesome Sauce

In this video, also taken during Fischer’s first spacewalk on May 12, you can hear his real-time reaction to seeing the Earth from outside the space station. Describing it like a “Ginormous fondue pot, bubbling over with piping hot awesomesauce.”

Why the Burrito References?

You might be wondering where all this burrito talk comes from. In a pre-flight interview, Fischer explained that he doesn’t particularly like sweets…so for his birthday, his wife will commonly make him bean burritos smothered in green chili and cheese! Watch the full video for 5 facts you may not know about Fischer HERE.

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Today is National Fibromyalgia Awareness Day!

Fibromyalgia (FM) is a medical condition characterised by chronic widespread pain and a heightened pain response to pressure. Other symptoms include feeling tired to a degree that normal activities are affected, sleep problems, and troubles with memory. Some people also report restless leg syndrome, bowel or bladder problems, numbness and tingling, and sensitivity to noise, lights or temperature. Fibromyalgia is frequently associated with depression, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress disorder. Other types of chronic pain are also frequently present (Wikipedia)