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Cold War kids Merkel and Putin square off over Crimean crisis

Could a fateful meeting between a doughty physicist, a steely ex-KGB agent and a slobbery black Labrador retriever hold the key to defusing Ukraine’s Crimean crisis?
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The Amazing Body

Did you know that over the next thirty minutes your body will generate enough heat to boil a half-gallon of water? Or that right now millions of dead skin cells are falling off your body and being replaced with new ones?We may live in the computer age but the human body is still the world’s most…
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NYC building explosion leaves 3 dead, 60 injured

An explosion followed by a fire at a pair of apartment buildings in upper Manhattan on Wednesday has left three people dead and at least 60 injured, officials say.
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Crushing it: Arnold Schwarzenegger (and a tank) vs. everything

Arnold Schwarzenegger is carving out a new niche for himself as a viral video sensation. On Wednesday, the action star and ex-governor released his fourth online video in just two months.
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Photos of the day - March 12, 2014 (45 photos)

A New York City firefighter climbs on top of rubble from a building that collapsed following an explosion in New York City , fireworks thrown by anti-government protesters explode behind riot policemen near central Taksim square in Istanbul and Tibetan women are detained as they try to reach the…
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School loops Justin Bieber in hallways until students hit charity goal

The creative way to raise money for a charity plays on the pop singer's famous, and sometimes infamous, status.
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Man on a mission: Big issues Michael Bloomberg tackled as NYC mayor (21 photos)

During Former NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg's three term run, he championed many causes including, the unsuccessful ban on large sodas and the ban on smoking in public spaces. He also sought to end the use of styrofoam and pushed hard for the ban on assault weapons and let's not forget "Stop and…
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Hey, Teach: What's 7 times 9? What's DNA stand for? How do you spell 'zucchini'?

Teachers are generally pretty smart people. But they're human, and humans make mistakes. Like, for example, forgetting there are seven continents or that "pneumonia" begins with a "p."
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Little Boys Get Clumsy When the Ice Cream Van Comes Around

A new YouTube video with over three million views shows one child screaming, falling, and then screaming again for ice cream. Selina O’Meara of Nenagh, Ireland was babysitting her godchild Liam and his older brother Luke. The professional photographer decided to snap a few photos of the kids as…
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Meet the Girl Who Can Imitate Anything, from Languages to Pop Music

Sara Maria Forsberg has become an overnight YouTube sensation. Her videos have received over 10 million views in the span of less than a week and a half. It all started nine days ago, with the upload of “What Languages Sound Like To Foreigners.” Forsberg tells us that she was always fascinated…
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Skier Captures Footage of Daring Rescue of Brother Trapped by Avalanche

A GoPro video of a man skiing off a cliff to save his brother is going viral again thanks to Reddit.
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Building collapse in NYC (59 photos)

Two New York City buildings collapsed on Wednesday in an explosion believed to be caused by a gas leak, killing two people, injuring at least 36, and setting off a search for more victims feared trapped in the rubble, officials said. The blast, which scattered debris across nearby rooftops,…
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Ping-pong-pow! Over-the-top ad shows robot playing table tennis at human level

Hollywood has taught us that robots are better that humans at a lot of things including war ("Terminator"), love ("A.I."), policing post-apocalyptic Detroit ("Robocop"), and cracking wise with Steve Guttenberg ("Short Circuit").
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Obama's low job approval could cost Dems in midterms, poll shows

President Barack Obama's low job-approval rating could cost the Democratic Party in midterm elections, a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll shows.
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Surge in luxury shooting ranges caters to new gun culture

While the $12 million Frisco Gun Club near Dallas bills itself as the “nation's premiere indoor shooting range,” it is certainly not alone. In gun-friendly locales from the Rocky Mountains to Miami and Vegas to Virginia, more than a dozen “guntry clubs” have gone into business in the past three…
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San Francisco firefighters stop big blaze spread (13 photos)

San Francisco firefighters prevented a five-alarm fire from spreading from a condominium construction site to nearby buildings on Tuesday. The fast-moving blaze, which sent an enormous plume of black smoke into the sky, began around 5 p.m. in the city's Mission Bay neighborhood, a onetime…
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Parents of George Zimmerman sue Roseanne Barr

Gladys and Robert Zimmerman Sr., parents of George Zimmerman, filed a lawsuit against Roseanne Barr, claiming that their lives were harmed after Barr allegedly posted their home address on Twitter in 2012.
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Celebrity Twins

Good news, ladies! Next time you catch your boyfriend staring at a picture of Scarlett Johansson, you can get even by looking at a picture of her twin brother, Hunter. Hunter appeared with Scarlett in the 1996 film “Manny & Lo” and has also been active in politics, working for Barack Obama’s…
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Florida's special election wasn’t a bellwether; it was an Obamacare messaging test

The Republican victory in Florida's special election Tuesday serves as an example for future battles over Obamacare.
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Flames shoot 40 feet in air in 5-alarm S.F. blaze

A five-alarm fire in an apartment building on San Francisco's waterfront sent flames 40 feet in the air, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.
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Photos of the day - March 11, 2014 (40 photos)

An Afghan refugee girl, looks at men trying to clear sewage paths so rainwater can drain on the outskirts of Islamabad, Dallas Seavey gets a kiss from one of his dogs after winning the 2014 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race in Nome, Alaska and a passenger jet flies past the setting sun in Shanghai are…
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Girl Flawlessly Sings 14 Genres of Music

It was a mere eight days ago that a Finnish teenager named Sara posted a video to her YouTube account called, “What Languages Sound Like To Foreigners.” Since then, the video has been viewed 7.2 million times. A sequel video is on pace to hit a million views. Sara is now enlisting the help of a…
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Work until you die: Lifelong labor becomes new normal

There’s an interesting paradox happening in the U.S. labor market: Today there are more incentives than ever for a healthy, prosperous retirement. Yet over the same time period since investment options like 401(k)’s become available, people have been choosing to work further into their golden years.
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Indian's celebrate Lathmar Holi (33 photos)

In a Holi tradition unique to Barsana and Nandgaon villages, men sing provocative songs to gain the attention of women, who then "beat" them with bamboo sticks called "lathis". Holi, also known as the Festival of Colors, heralds the beginning of spring and is celebrated all over India. (Reuters)…
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Flight Attendant's Dance Routine Delights Online Viewers

A flight attendant and trained figure skater is turning the friendly skies into a fired-up dance party. Michael Tongko became a YouTube star after the first of the year. In December, the flight attendant began entertaining passengers with choreographed moves during the opening safety…
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Amazing video captures hippo saving a gnu from a crocodile

Score one for Team Mammal. In addition to their reputation for being hungry (HUNGRY!), hippos are also known being rather ruthless. But let it never be said that the hippopotamus doesn't have a heart.
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Hippo saves gnu from crocodile (12 photos)

This is the amazing moment a heroic hippo saved a gnu from certain death. After being bitten by a crocodile, the large antelope is seen being dragged slowly under the water. Captured whilst on safari in Masai Mara in Kenya, the exhausted antelope later managed to escape to safety. But in a…
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The children of Japan's Fukushima battle an invisible enemy (18 photos)

Though the strict safety limits for outdoor activity set after multiple meltdowns at the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant in 2011 have now been eased, parental worries and ingrained habit mean many children still stay inside. And the impact, three years on, is now starting to show, with children…
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World's 100 'selfiest cities' ranked

According to Time magazine, which published a list of the "top 100 selfiest cities in the world," Makati City in the Philippines is the most popular among selfie-takers, with 258 per 100,000 people.
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Video of store clerk refusing 'armed' robber is mesmerizing

Crime doesn't pay, especially for the man who tried and failed to rob a convenience store in Victoria, Australia.
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Obama sits 'Between Two Ferns' with Zach Galifianakis

In a bid to get young people to sign up for health care, President Barack Obama became the first sitting president in U.S. history to appear on "Between Two Ferns," Funny or Die's intentionally awkward interview show hosted by comedian Zach Galifianakis.
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Japan marks third anniversary of quake-tsunami disaster (11 photos)

Japan observed a moment of silence Tuesday to mark the third anniversary of the quake-tsunami disaster which swept away thousands of victims, destroyed coastal communities, and sparked the nuclear emergency that forced a re-think on atomic power. Survivors bowed deeply and joined hands at…
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Boom in luxury gun ranges (13 photos)

While the $12 million Frisco Gun Club bills itself as the "nation's premiere indoor shooting range," it is certainly not alone. In gun-friendly locales from the Rocky Mountains to Miami and Vegas to Virginia, more than a dozen "guntry clubs" have gone into business in the past three years. Frisco…
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U.S.-Russian space trio lands safely despite bad weather (11 photos)

An American astronaut and two Russians who carried a Sochi Olympic torch into open space landed safely and on time on Tuesday in Kazakhstan , defying bad weather and ending their 166-day mission aboard the International Space Station (ISS). "We have a landing!" read a huge TV screen at Russia's…
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Ten years after – Remembering the Madrid train bombings (29 photos)

Ten years ago, on March 11, 2004, 10 blasts on the Madrid commuter rail network killed 191 people and wounded more than 1,500. Spain's worst terrorist attack was claimed by Muslim militants who said they had acted on behalf of al-Qaida to avenge the presence of Spanish troops in Iraq. (AP) Here's a…
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Crowd Not So Happy to Hear "Happy"

Pharrell Williams has the entire world dancing along to his hit song, “Happy.” Well, almost the entire world.
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CPAC after dark

A report from the party scene inside the Conservative Political Action Conference.
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Man Surprises Bride-to-Be with Same-Day Wedding

Imagine waking up on the day of your engagement party to find out that you're actually getting married. For some brides, it might be their worst nightmare. For Carly Butler, it was a dream. The Windsor, Ontario, native married Adam Verheyen last August in front of family and friends. Verheyen…
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20 years after being told he had just two weeks to live, a Nebraska man looks back

Twenty years ago, doctors told Don Brouillette he had about two weeks to live. Decades later, he's still going strong thanks to a heart transplant that gave him another chance at life, KETV reports.
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Cache of posters from iconic movies found in Ohio garage up for auction (22 photos)

Dracula. Godzilla. Bela Lugosi. Orson Welles. And Bond galore! More than 1,200 vintage posters that would send any movie buff into orbit were discovered in an Ohio garage, including the only known copy of an almost 7-foot-tall creation for the 1947 reissue of "Dracula" that could sell for $40,000.…
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Snowden at SXSW: The NSA is 'setting fire to the future of the Internet'

The National Security Agency contractor-turned-leaker told attendees at the South By Southwest Interactive Festival in Austin, Texas, on Monday that they are "firefighters" against mass surveillance.
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For Youth Abroad, American-Themed Parties Are All the Rage

If there's one thing Americans love to do, it's throw a theme party. From toga to black light to bring your own potato dish, if it can be turned into a reason for a celebration, chances are it will.
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Everglades National Park (22 photos)

The park protects unique landscapes that are home to numerous rare and endangered species including the manatee, American crocodile and the elusive Florida panther. It's also a paradise for wildlife photographers and nature enthusiasts. Yahoo News photographer Gordon Donovan has been exploring the…
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Boy's call to 911 during fire helped save mom, brother

A 9-year-old boy's quick thinking may have helped to save the lives of his mom and brother after a fire broke out in their New Bedford, Mass. home this past weekend, WCVB.com reports.
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Photos of the day - March 10, 2014 (43 photos)

An Afghan honor of guard stands next to pictures of late Afghan Vice President Field Marshal Mohammed Qasim outside his house in Kabul, revellers carrying lanterns parade through the streets at the Morgestraich carnival procession in Basel, Switzerland and a humanoid robot gestures at the computer…
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Venezuela protests turn violent (117 photos)

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden calls Venezuela's situation alarming in remarks published Sunday, suggesting its government is using "armed vigilantes" against peaceful protesters and accusing it of "concocting false and outlandish conspiracy theories" about the United States. Biden's remarks,…
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After audit reveals corruption, Florida town's days could be numbered

After a state audit revealed massive corruption, the Florida town of Hampton may be completely wiped off the map, if state lawmakers have their way, CNN reports.
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Peter Lanza: 'Adam would have killed me in a heartbeat'

The father of the Newtown shooter believes his son would've killed him, too.
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Sheryl Sandberg on why you should never call your daughter bossy

Lean In and the Girl Scouts are launching a public service campaign to encourage girls and women to lead.
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Famous Drug Lords

Last month, authorities in Mexico arrested one of the most powerful drug lords in the world: Joaquin Guzman Loera. Nicknamed “El Chapo,” which means “shorty,” he had escaped from a Mexican prison 13 years ago and ruled a multi-billion dollar drug empire that supplied cocaine and marijuana to the…
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Pope Francis wants church to study civil unions, Cardinal Dolan says

Pope Francis wants the Catholic Church to study same-sex unions, Cardinal Timothy Dolan said on NBC's "Meet The Press" on Sunday.
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American father Philip Wood confirmed as passenger on missing Malaysia Airlines jet

One of three Americans aboard the missing Malaysia Airlies flight MH370 is a longtime IBM executive who raised his family in North Texas before moving to East Asia.
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Pope Francis (23 photos)

The first Pope of the Americas Jorge Mario Bergoglio hails from Argentina. The 76-year-old Jesuit Archbishop of Buenos Aires is a prominent figure throughout the continent, yet remains a simple pastor who is deeply loved by his diocese, throughout which he has travelled extensively on the…
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Cheney: 'No question' Putin thinks Obama is weak

Former Vice President Dick Cheney said there is "no question" that Russian President Vladimir Putin believes President Barack Obama is weak, and that the United States should not take military options off the table in its response to Russia's military intervention in Ukraine.
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Photos of the day - March 9, 2014 (21 photos)

Hindu men from the village of Nangaon throw colored powder at each other as they play holi at the Ladali or Radha temple before the procession for the Lathmar Holi festival, a Canadian Sphynx cat is evaluated during an international feline beauty show in Bucharest and a Russian honor guard soldier…
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'SNL' skewers Putin

"Saturday Night Live" skewered the U.S. response to the crisis in the Ukraine during its cold open Saturday, with President Barack Obama enlisting actor Liam Neeson to negotiate with Russian President Vladamir Putin.
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Photos of the day - March 8, 2014 (37 photos)

A farmer shouts while running alongside his oxen as they race through a paddy field during the Kakkoor Kalavayal festival in the southern Indian state of Kerala, newly graduated soldiers of the Jammu and Kashmir Light Infantry march during their commencement parade at a military base on the…
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Missing Malaysia Airlines jet (51 photos)

Malaysia's military has traced what could have been the jetliner missing for almost five days to an area south of the Thai holiday island of Phuket, hundreds of miles from its last known position, the country's air force chief said on Wednesday. (Reuters) Find more news related pictures in our…
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'Women's Day – Mothers and Daughters': Portraits and stories from around the world (33 photos)

On March 8th activists celebrate International Women's Day, which dates back to the early 20th century and has been observed by the United Nations since 1975. In the run-up to the event, Reuters photographers in countries around the globe took a series of portraits of women and their daughters.…
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Here's all the weird stuff people did at CPAC when the speeches got boring

Get weird at the Conservative Political Action Conference.
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Fighter Pilot Takes Selfie While Firing Sidewinder Missile

It’s time for Ellen and her bevy of A-list friends to have a seat. This picture might be the self-portrait to end all selfies. It started with an image released by the Royal Danish Air Force of a pilot flying a F-16. The photo was taken during an air-to-air training mission. The exercise involves…
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Behind the scenes with Doug Benson on the first talk show for celebrity pot smokers

The creators of a talk show putting famous pot smokers on camera says this is the new normal.
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Meet the Volunteers Willing to Go to Mars and Never Come Back

Over 200,000 people have applied to take a one-way trip to Mars. A new digital short interviews five of those prospective Mars astronauts to find out who they are and why they would want to become a part of history. "Mars One Way" documents the thought process of Cody Reeder, Casey Hunter, Will…
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Hawk Attacking a Water Balloon in Slow-Mo Makes for Awesome Footage

There are many things that look very cool in slow motion. A hawk attacking a water balloon is definitely one of those things.
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Photos of the day - March 7, 2014 (25 photos)

Ukraine's Paralympic chief threatens to Sochi games if Russia invades, a 50ft snowman in Minnesota and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un supervises flight drills are just a few of the photos of the day for March 7, 2014. Find more news related pictures in our photo galleries and follow us on…
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Incidents of airliners hitting turbulence seem to be increasing, say experts

Despite technological advances in detecting and avoiding turbulence, it remains a threat to anything that flies, including civil, military and commercial aircraft of any size, and some experts believe we’ll be encountering more such episodes, thanks to the effects of climate change.
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Criminal lawyer's ad is subversive, sarcastic and pretty awesome

Daniel Muessig is a criminal defense attorney not a judge. In an over-the-top online video that's making the rounds, Muessig says, "I’m the Pittsburgh criminal defense attorney Pittsburgh criminals hire when they commit crimes."
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Crisis in Ukraine (120 photos)

Ukraine's acting president said the country would not use its army to stop Crimea from seceding, the latest sign that a Russian annexation of the strategic peninsula may be imminent. Oleksandr Turchynov's comments came after the Crimean parliament voted for independence ahead of a Sunday…
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Writers Behind Hit Songs

Pop music fans know Katy Perry can sing. But did you know she can write? Perry has co-written many of her own songs including “California Gurls” and “Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F).” She’s also written for Kelly Clarkson, co-authoring Clarkson’s 2009 song “I Do Not Hook Up.” In fact, many famous faces…
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It's not over for Chris Christie and Marco Rubio

Chris Christie and Marco Rubio have had a shaky relationship with the conservative movement. But there's hope for them yet.
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Dad Sings 'Let It Go' Parody to End All 'Let It Go' Parodies, Literally

Idina Menzel’s “Let It Go” from the Disney movie “Frozen” won Best Original Song at The Academy Awards last weekend. We’ve seen everyone from kids to traffic reporters both cover and parody it. Jimmy Fallon and The Roots even gave it their trademark classroom instruments treatment, complete with…
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Photographer Captures World's First Sunset Hyperlapse from Airplane

Matthew Vandeputte captured a world’s first on a flight in Australia recently. Using a Canon 5D camera, the photographer snapped a sunset hyperlapse from the airplane. He then uploaded the stunning footage to YouTube in 4K quality. A hyperlapse is similar to a time-lapse but with a lot more…
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Explore The ‘Seinfeld' Apartment With This Virtual Reality Demo

The sitcom “Seinfeld” continues to live on in a number of incarnations. However the latest involves transporting in to a virtual world.
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Anderson Cooper in Kiev: 'It almost feels like something out of World War II'

CNN's prime-time host talks to Yahoo News about the situation on the ground in the Ukraine capital, his approach to storytelling, and the time he slipped into Burma with a fake press pass — and found his calling.
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Charity shop paintings revived with a modern twist (16 photos)

For this artist one mans junk really is another mans treasure - as he transforms old paintings given away to charity shops into £500 ($800 US) masterpieces. Dave Pollot spends his time injecting life back into the unwanted paintings that he finds in charity shops and at garage sales, blending…
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Putin is not crazy. Frustrating, unpredictable. Not crazy.

Is the judo-loving former KGB colonel with the nuclear arsenal and the unsettling fondness for being photographed shirtless insane? No.
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John Bolton's address to conservatives was heavy on 2016 talk

Former U.N. Ambassador John Bolton stokes rumors of a presidential run in 2016.
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Simple sticks contain potential answer to cleaner drinking water

A lack of clean drinking water is a major problem in many parts of the world. A scientist from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology thinks he may have come up with a low-cost solution: sticks.
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Photos of the day - March 6, 2014 (51 photos)

Riot policemen detain a protester during a demonstrator against austerity measures in Athens, a woman shows a Great Dane during the first day of the Crufts dog show in Birmingham and an installation piece titled "1.26" by artist Janet Echelman is suspended over the Marina Bay Sands in Singapore are…
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Australian man selling 'luscious and captivating' beard for $1M

Sydney's Scott Maggs is selling "the most valuable fields of facial follicles known to man" for $1 million to raise money for skin cancer research after his friend died from the disease.
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Why the SAT had to change

Earlier this week, high school students were given a surprise gift — the dreaded essay portion of the Scholastic Aptitude Test would be going optional in spring 2016.
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What you should hear at CPAC — but won’t

The annual Conservative Political Action Conference gets underway Thursday morning at National Harbor, just across the Potomac River from Ronald Reagan National Airport. Thanks to events in Kiev this week, you can bet there will be a lot of rumbling from the lectern about turning back Russian…
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RT reporter quits on air in protest of Russian occupation of Crimea

An anchor for the state-owned Russian news agency abruptly announced she was quitting the network in protest during a live broadcast.
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Frowning on George Smiley: Real-life spy ‘detested’ portrayal in le CarrĂ© novels

The man who inspired author John le CarrĂ©’s most famous character, George Smiley, says he completely disagreed with the author’s portrayal of the British intelligence service MI5 during the Cold War.
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Biden touts money for rape kit testing in White House budget

Vice President Joe Biden proposed $35 million in grant funding on Wednesday afternoon to help clear the hundreds of thousands of backlogged rape kits off the shelves of police stations and labs.
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With 'film' series, GOP looks to tell Senate candidates' personal stories

Republicans want to set the narrative on their Senate candidates early — before Democrats define them first.
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'Banished Once A Month' - Nepal's Chaupadi tradition continues on (19 photos)

Chaupadi is a tradition observed in parts of Nepal, which cuts women off from the rest of society when they are menstruating. Women who practice traditional chaupadi have to sleep in sheds or outbuildings while they are on their period, often with little protection from the elements. They are not…
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Powerful video ad aims to create a connection to Syrian conflict

A haunting new video from the U.K.-based Save the Children charity asks viewers to remember that although the Syrian conflict is happening a long way away, that doesn't mean it isn't really happening.
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Dancing Police Officer Gets Into The Mardi Gras Spirit

At Mardi Gras celebrations in New Orleans, even the police officers know how to have a good time.
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Britain's underground wonders (14 photos)

A photographer has captured these eerie images showing the scale of some of Britain's deepest darkest wonders. Mike Deere , from Reading, Berks, heads to daunting locations such as abandoned mine shafts, London's miles upon miles of sewers and even disused cooling towers. He revealed that even…
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A look inside China's National People's Congress (29 photos)

The 12th National People's Congress (NPC) is underway at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China. The NPC has over 3,000 delegates and is the world's largest parliament or legislative assembly though its function is largely as a formal seal of approval for the policies fixed by the leaders…
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YouTube Video Demonstrates How Foreign Languages Sound to Nonspeakers

A Finnish YouTube user might not know how to speak many languages, but she sure sounds like she can. In a video uploaded on Monday 19-year-old Sara mimics what different dialects sound like to her. As she moves from language to language, she makes absolutely no sense yet sounds as if she speaks it…
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Sydney thunderstorms (9 photos)

A powerful thunderstorm rolled into Sydney on Wednesday, March 5, 2014. The ominous clouds that accompanied it were captured by photographers and social media users who shared plenty of dramatic images. The area was soon pounded by thunder, lightning and rain. Find more news related pictures in our…
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Satellite captures massive storm swirling off Antarctica

A European satellite that flew over Antarctica on Wednesday captured a massive storm churning in the ocean off its northern coast.
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Alexis Rockman's "Rubicon" - epic paintings of apocalyptic scenarios (11 photos)

For almost three decades, painter Alexis Rockman has depicted a darkly surreal vision of the collision between civilization and nature. The artist's epic paintings of apocalyptic scenarios, once described as "toxic sublime," demonstrate his signature subject matter as well as his meticulous…
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Photos of the day - March 5, 2014 (49 photos)

Storm clouds and dust can be seen in the sky above a woman as she walks at dusk along Mollymook Beach, Australia, a young oriental small-clawed otter at the zoo in Neumuenster, Germany and a frontier soldier from the People's Liberation Army jumps through a ring of fire as part of training in…
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Ukraine or the Ukraine? Leaders, media put it both ways

Since crisis in the Crimean peninsula began, world leaders, pundits and the media at large have been flip-flopping on how to refer to the country that's currently at the center of a global tug-of-war and focus of Russia's military intervention.
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Adorable photo of baby waiting to meet her father goes insanely viral

Seven-month-old Harper meets father for the first time with an assist from a catchy Carley Rae Jepsen tune.
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IBM's Watson Returns With Exciting New Project — a Food Truck

Emeril and Wolfgang might have a new companion in the kitchen: Watson, IBM's "Jeopardy!" whiz computer.
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3 years and 120 miles later, a missing dog is found

If dogs could talk, this one would have quite a story.
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#SydneyStorm produces dramatic images down under

A powerful thunderstorm rolled into Sydney on Wednesday. And the ominous clouds that accompanied it were captured by social media users, who shared plenty of dramatic images.
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Democratic senators who filed an amicus brief in Hobby Lobby birth control case (20 photos)

In a brief to be filed with the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday, 19 Democratic senators are siding with the Obama administration against evangelical Christian businessmen who argue that paying for their employees’ birth control, a requirement under Obamacare, violates their company’s religious…
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Why gay rights groups care about a Supreme Court birth control case

Access to hormonal birth control hasn’t typically been a goal of the gay rights movement. But after a near miss on an anti-gay bill in Arizona last week, LGBT advocacy groups are rallying around a Supreme Court birth control case, arguing that gay people’s rights will be collateral damage if the…
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Failed Proposals

During a UCLA basketball game in 2012, one male fan decided to propose to his girlfriend while they were being shown on the Jumbotron. It was a memorable night…for all the wrong reasons. The girlfriend said no, and, in so doing, reminded men everywhere how elaborate marriage proposals can sometimes…
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Rock the bells: Stonehenge pieces may have been chosen for acoustic properties

A new study finds that the rocks at Stonehenge may have been chosen because of their acoustic properties.
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Cookie monsters: Counterfeiters cheat Girl Scout troop out of money

A pair of counterfeiters took petty crime to a new low when they used fake money to buy Girl Scout cookies. Even worse, they reportedly received real cash after paying with fake $50 bills, leaving the girls stuck with the bill on both ends.
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Photos of the day - March 4, 2014 (31 photos)

A Brazilian Carnival participant in Rio de Janeiro, U.S. Sec of State John Kerry visits memorials in Kiev and boys play soccer in Kabul are just a few of the photos of the day for March 4, 2014. Find more news related pictures in our photo galleries and follow us on Tumblr! .
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High school senior lands date with Texans cheerleader, thanks to Twitter

It's a tale as old as time. Boy sees photo of beautiful NFL cheerleader. Boy asks for date over Twitter. Tweet goes viral. Cheerleader says yes. The date is on.
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Impatient Dog Puts Manners Aside When Offered Ice Cream

Adorable puppy videos are always in season on YouTube, but the latest to go viral is drawing mixed reviews. Cooper and Daisy are two dogs from Coopers Dogpatch in Oregon. The dog resort features dog-friendly parks with ponds, custom play structures, and a ton of space. As a treat, Cooper and Daisy…
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U.S. activist says Egyptian police beat her: 'They stomped on me'

Anti-war activist Medea Benjamin charged Tuesday that she suffered a dislocated left arm and severe trauma after being detained on arrival in Egypt and then forced by security officials from a jail cell at the Cairo airport onto a Turkey-bound flight.
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Prankster Appears on Morning Shows as Terrible Chef

A prankster posed as an expert chef and took advantage of a few unsuspecting Midwest morning TV shows. The result yielded live TV segments that you would expect to see in “Anchorman.”
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Bear wakes early from hibernation, wanders onto ski slope

Occasionally Yahoo Sideshow invites outside voices to offer their own takes on current events. Today's guest editorial comes from a bear who was spotted wandering around Heavenly ski resort at Lake Tahoe.
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Serious samba stuff as Rio elite schools open duel (22 photos)

After two days of heady street parties, Rio's Carnival added a sultry yet competitive edge Sunday as the city's elite samba schools readied to dance off at the famed Sambadrome. A dozen of the best schools, each consisting of several thousand scantily-clad dancers and drummers, were going up…
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''Slave' becomes master': Newspaper's Oscar headline a major misstep, editor says

The Torrance, Calif., Daily Breeze published a front-page headline that, given the best picture's subject matter, some deemed insensitive.
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Father-Daughter Workout Video Goes Viral

There is a new workout craze that is going viral on YouTube. However, this one doesn't involve a 90-day routine or a six-month payment plan.
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Russia Today anchor speaks out against invasion of Crimea, now faces assignment in Crimea

Abby Martin, a news anchor with RT (also known as Russia Today), gave a brief editorial on Crimea during the conclusion of the English language news program "Breaking the Set."
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New York Times publishes '12 Years a Slave' story correction 161 years later

The New York Times printed a correction on Tuesday to an article about Solomon Northup, subject of the Oscar-winning film "12 Years a Slave," after a Twitter user noticed the paper had misspelled his name — in 1853.
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Sam Brownback: The possible GOP presidential contender no one's talking about

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback is flying under the radar. Is he considering another presidential run?
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The Cost of Riots

The past few weeks have seen violent demonstrations in both Venezuela and the Ukraine. In Venezuela, riots over economic conditions have led to the deaths of more than 10 people. And in the Ukraine, where over 70 people have died, the battle is over whether the country will have stronger political…
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Charles Harbutt's 'Departures and Arrivals' on exhibit(13 photos)

The Center for Creative Photography is celebrating Charles Harbutt’s photographic work, and its relationship to the printed page. The exhibition features a complete set of prints from Harbutt’s newest publication, Departures and Arrivals , sequenced as they appear in the book, along with a short…
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TV news reporter pummeled by wave of snow

After being absolutely blasted by a passing snowplow's wall of slush on live television, most people would be in no mood to see the lighter side of the situation. Bless his heart, Fox 29's Steve Keeley isn't one of them.
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Pope Francis: Potty mouth

Pope Francis dropped the Italian equivalent of an F-bomb during Sunday's address from the Vatican's Apostolic Palace.
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Photos of the day - March 3, 2014 (26 photos)

Putin vows to use Russian military in Ukraine, Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast surfing underway in Australia, and Spring lambs in England are just a few of the photos of the day for March 3, 2014. Find more news related pictures in our photo galleries and follow us on Tumblr! .
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Film Editor's 1,001 Movies Everyone Should See Supercut Goes Viral

Trending Now interviews Jonathan Keogh, a film editor whose supercut of 1,001 movies everyone should see in their life is currently going viral.
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Ukrainian soldiers speak with friends and family (7 photos)

Ukrainian soldiers at the Belbek military base talk friends and family members through the gates of the base entrance on March 3, 2014 in Lubimovka, Ukraine. Tensions at the base, where between 100 and 200 Ukrainian soldiers are stationed, are high as a 4pm deadline reportedly given by Russian…
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Artist Shows Potential Future of Automobile Travel

Not only is this sculpture in Los Angeles far from the average toy car set, it also may provide a peek into the future of automotive transportation.
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Sushi and sleep: World's oldest person offers tips for a long life

Seeking advice on how to live a long time? You could do a lot worse than Misao Okawa. The Japanese woman will turn 116 on Wednesday.
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Giant Wave Crashes Through Windows of Santa Barbara Restaurant

Sunday night at the Academy Awards, host Ellen DeGeneres joked about the rain that was depressing Southern California. There was probably one restaurant in Santa Barbara that didn’t find anything funny about the storm and the high surf that came with it. According to KNBC TV in Los Angeles and…
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Charles Harbutt, a photographer captivated by magic in pictures

A retrospective at the Center for Creative Photography at the University of Arizona in Tucson pays tribute to the long career of a legendary New York photographer.
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