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  • Weather prognosticating groundhog Punxsutawney Phil makes his annual prediction on Gobbler's Knob in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania.

    Early Spring Coming, Punxsutawney Phil Prognosticates

    Spring is coming! America’s most iconic weather forecaster, the Pennsylvania groundhog Punxsutawney Phil, “told” this to the president of the groundhog club after not seeing his shadow at Gobbler’s Knob in the town northeast of Pittsburgh. Legend dictates that if Phil does not see his shadow on Groundhog Day, there will be early springlike weather. Punxsutawney Phil announced his prediction in front of a crowd of thousands. Following three taps on the door to the burrow, Phil, the “Prognosticator of […]

  • Texas Sen. Ted Cruz has won the 2016 Iowa Republican caucuses, according to a CNN projection, a huge victory for him and a bitter defeat for Donald Trump in the country's first presidential contest.

    Iowa Caucuses: Ted Cruz Wins

    (CNN) — Texas Sen. Ted Cruz has won the Iowa Republican caucuses, according to a CNN projection, a huge victory for him and a bitter defeat for Donald Trump in the country’s first presidential contest. The victory for Cruz is the first time that the conventional laws of politics have applied to Trump, a billionaire businessman who has built his campaign around the perception that he’s a winner who can bring his unique skills to the White House. But Trump’s […]

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    Zika Virus Declared ‘Public Health Emergency of International Concern’ by WHO

    The World Health Organization declared a “public health emergency of international concern” Monday over the Zika virus and the health problems that doctors fear it is causing. The agency said the emergency is warranted because of how fast the mosquito-borne virus is spreading and its suspected link to an alarming spike in babies born with abnormally small heads. Reports of a serious neurological condition that can lead to paralysis have also risen in areas where the virus has been reported. […]

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    Virginia Tech Students Arraigned in Middle-Schooler’s Death

    It’s a story that seems to defy sense: A middle-schooler disappears. A student and accomplished athlete from the big-time college that dominates her town is accused of killing her. Then, another student at the school is accused of helping him dispose of the body. Though little is known, publicly at least, about how or why 13-year-old Nicole Madison Lovell died, the teenage Virginia Tech engineering student accused of killing her and the one accused of helping dispose of the girl’s […]

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    CIA Releases Actual ‘X-Files’, Documents Detail Investigations into Possible Alien Life

    The truth is out there: The CIA has released hundreds of declassified documents detailing investigations into possible alien life. The Central Intelligence Agency posted documents of reported Unidentified Flying Objects that range in date from the late 1940s to the 1950s. While playing off the hype of the TV show reboot “The X-Files,” the CIA broke down the cases into two categories, whether you side with Agent Mulder or Agent Scully. For believers in alien life, and those who want […]

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    Google reveals how much it paid the guy who paid $12 for Google.com

    NEW YORK — Google.com, one of the most valuable domains on the Internet, was mistakenly sold for $12 last fall. Google paid $12,000 to get it back. The buyer was a former Googler, Sanmay Ved, who discovered Google.com on the list of domains available for sale on September 29. He bought it, charging the $12 fee to his Discover card, never really expecting the transaction to go through. “I was hoping I would get an error at sometime saying transaction […]

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    99-Year-Old Woman Wakes Up to Find Exotic Animal Sleeping on Her Chest

    MIAMI, Fla. — An elderly woman in Miami woke up to quite a surprise when she found an exotic animal caressing her face. Late Monday night, the 99-year-old woman was startled when she woke up staring at a kinkajou, which looks like a cross between a raccoon and monkey. The woman, who has not been named in reports, screamed in panic and the animal scurried away into the attic, according to a Cathy Moghari, a family friend who helped rescue […]

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    30th Anniversary: How the Challenger Disaster Changed NASA

    Much like the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, or the morning of September 11, 2001, most Americans remember where they were when they heard the news of the Challenger disaster. It was NASA’s first in-flight tragedy. Challenger launched from Kennedy Space Center in Florida on January 28, 1986. Shortly after liftoff, the space shuttle’s external fuel tank collapsed, causing what looked like an explosion, and the shuttle broke apart and fell approximately 46,000 feet to the Atlantic Ocean, killing […]

  • PUNXSUTAWNEY, PA - FEBRUARY 2: Groundhog handler John Griffiths holds Punxsutawney Phil after he saw his shadow predicting 6 more weeks of winter during 126th annual Groundhog Day festivities on February 2, 2012 in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania.

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  • Ammon Bundy, 40, is leading the group of protestors in Oregon that took over a federal refuge center. He is the son of Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy, 67, who engaged in a protracted battled with the Federal Bureau of Land Management over grazing rights for his cattle.

    Oregon Protest Leader Ammon Bundy, Others Arrested; 1 killed

    The weeks-long armed occupation of a federal wildlife refuge in Oregon suffered two major blows when protest leader Ammon Bundy was arrested and another key figure was killed. Bundy and several fellow occupiers were pulled over Tuesday on Highway 395, a law enforcement official said. According to The Oregonian, they were headed to the city of John Day, where they planned to participate in a community meeting set up by local residents. Everyone obeyed orders to surrender except two people: […]

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    ‘Lazy’ Bloodhound Goes Out for Morning Walk, Finishes 7th in Alabama Half Marathon

    ELKMONT, Ala. – A “lazy” Alabama bloodhound out on her morning walk decided to join in the fun at a half marathon, and wound up finishing 7th overall. WHNT reports Ludivine the bloodhound finished in the top 10 in the Elkmont Half Marathon — The Trackless Train Trek on Jan. 16. She and her owners live on a farm near the race start line. When she was let out to take her morning walk, she decided to join the race and ended up running the entire […]

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    Oscars Make Sweeping Changes to Boost Diversity

    NEW YORK — The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the organization behind the Oscars, is taking sweeping measures to double the number of women and minority members by 2020. The action comes amid a backlash over all of the nominees in acting categories this year being white. In a unanimous vote that took place on Thursday night, the Academy approved several changes that it hopes will double “the number of women and diverse members of the Academy by […]

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