North Korean Prisons Are Worse Than Nazi Concentration Camps, Says Holocaust Survivor

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Trump says Sen. Gillibrand 'would do anything' for campaign cash after she calls for his resignation

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How The Thomas Fire Could Affect An Already Struggling Economy In Ventura

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Charge dropped for 'It's OK To Be White' commentator

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Daredevil 'Rooftopper' Plunges To His Death From Chinese High Rise

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A Roy Moore victory would put Senate GOP in a tough spot

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39 Amazing Chicken Thigh Recipes

39 Amazing Chicken Thigh Recipes


Mario Batali Takes Leave of Absence Amid Sexual Misconduct Accusations

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Meghan Markle's former Toronto rental hits the market

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Charles Jenkins, American Held By North Korea For 40 Years After Defection, Dies At 77

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Bangladesh police question New York bomber's wife

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Iran will treat jailed aid worker as Iranian citizen: foreign ministry

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Photographer, Now Facing Felonies, Had Asked News Site For Inauguration Work

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The Latest: Celebrities among thousands fleeing wildfire

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Hezbollah Vows U.S. Decision on Jerusalem Will Mark the 'Beginning of the End' for Israel

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Sandy Hook families post video on how to spot signs of potential mass shooting

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After NYC Blast, Former NYPD Officer Shows What to Do If You're Caught in Subway Terror Attack

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Mario Batali Advocated Doing 'The Right Thing' Weeks Before Being Accused Of Misconduct

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Oxford Researchers Make Startling Discovery About Ancient St. Nicholas Relic

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Pistorius injured in prison brawl over phone

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14 Awesome Kitchen Gifts That Are Under $25

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White House Slamming Media’s Mistakes Is Height Of Hypocrisy

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Dying polar bear roams iceless land for food in 'soul-crushing' video

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Woman Wins Dallas Marathon With the Help of a Stranger After Falling Near Finish Line

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San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee Dies At 65

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MSC Seaside named best new ship of 2017 by Cruise Critic

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Man charged over jihadist murders of French police couple

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Alabama: Roy Moore's wife says he can't be antisemitic - he has a Jewish lawyer

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PolitiFact's Lie Of The Year: Donald Trump And 'This Russia Thing'

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Tasmanian tiger was 'doomed by poor DNA' long before it was wiped out by hunting, scientists say

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U.S. Treasury tax study slammed as 'fake math' by Democrats

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AP: Rohingya methodically raped by Myanmar's armed forces

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This Judge Isn't Buying The Trump Admin's Excuses For Holding A U.S. Citizen 'Incommunicado'

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Ryan Lizza fired by The New Yorker for alleged sexual misconduct

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The Rape and Murder of a 6-Year-Old Girl in India Has Reignited Outrage

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Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand Calls On Trump To Resign Over Sexual Assault Allegations

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Turtles trapped in plastic forced to drag lethal cargo through seas until they die, study finds

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In photos: The best Christmas markets in Europe of 2018

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Authorities: 2 dead after school bus fire in western Iowa

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Five years after Sandy Hook, U.S. gun-control advocates switch strategy

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The Saudi-UAE Alliance Could Be Weaker Than It Appears

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Japan picks 'North' as 2017 symbol amid N. Korea threat

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'Cruel and Vicious.' Woman Who Killed Pregnant Neighbor to Keep Baby Pleads Guilty

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North Korean Prisons Are Worse Than Nazi Concentration Camps, Says Holocaust Survivor

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Trump says Sen. Gillibrand 'would do anything' for campaign cash after she calls for his resignation

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Charge dropped for 'It's OK To Be White' commentator

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Daredevil 'Rooftopper' Plunges To His Death From Chinese High Rise

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A Roy Moore victory would put Senate GOP in a tough spot

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39 Amazing Chicken Thigh Recipes

39 Amazing Chicken Thigh Recipes


Mario Batali Takes Leave of Absence Amid Sexual Misconduct Accusations

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Meghan Markle's former Toronto rental hits the market

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Charles Jenkins, American Held By North Korea For 40 Years After Defection, Dies At 77

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Bangladesh police question New York bomber's wife

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Iran will treat jailed aid worker as Iranian citizen: foreign ministry

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Photographer, Now Facing Felonies, Had Asked News Site For Inauguration Work

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The Latest: Celebrities among thousands fleeing wildfire

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Hezbollah Vows U.S. Decision on Jerusalem Will Mark the 'Beginning of the End' for Israel

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Sandy Hook families post video on how to spot signs of potential mass shooting

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After NYC Blast, Former NYPD Officer Shows What to Do If You're Caught in Subway Terror Attack

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Mario Batali Advocated Doing 'The Right Thing' Weeks Before Being Accused Of Misconduct

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Oxford Researchers Make Startling Discovery About Ancient St. Nicholas Relic

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14 Awesome Kitchen Gifts That Are Under $25

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Dying polar bear roams iceless land for food in 'soul-crushing' video

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Woman Wins Dallas Marathon With the Help of a Stranger After Falling Near Finish Line

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San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee Dies At 65

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MSC Seaside named best new ship of 2017 by Cruise Critic

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Man charged over jihadist murders of French police couple

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Tasmanian tiger was 'doomed by poor DNA' long before it was wiped out by hunting, scientists say

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In photos: The best Christmas markets in Europe of 2018

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14 Awesome Kitchen Gifts That Are Under $25

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White House Slamming Media’s Mistakes Is Height Of Hypocrisy

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Dying polar bear roams iceless land for food in 'soul-crushing' video

Dying polar bear roams iceless land for food in 'soul-crushing' videoHeartbreaking footage of a starving polar bear desperately searching for food on iceless land highlights the “real face of climate change”, conservationists say. Photojournalist Paul Nicklen said his team were moved to tears as they captured the struggling animal’s battle to stay alive on Canada’s Baffin Island last summer. The “soul-crushing” scene, captured by marine conservationists SeaLegacy, shows the emaciated bear searching an abandoned Inuit camp for sustenance. “My entire SeaLegacy team was pushing through their tears and emotions while documenting this dying polar bear,” explained Mr Nicklen. “It’s a soul-crushing scene that still haunts me, but I know we need to share both the beautiful and the heartbreaking if we are going to break down the walls of apathy. This is what starvation looks like. The muscles atrophy. No energy. It’s a slow, painful death. Polar bears are listed as vulnerable due to a “loss of sea ice habitat from climate change” Credit: AP “When scientists say polar bears will be extinct in the next 100 years, I think of the global population of 25,000 bears dying in this manner. There is no band aid solution. There was no saving this individual bear. People think that we can put platforms in the ocean or we can feed the odd starving bear. “The simple truth is this - if the Earth continues to warm, we will lose bears and entire polar ecosystems. This large male bear was not old, and he certainly died within hours or days of this moment. But there are solutions. We must reduce our carbon footprint, eat the right food, stop cutting down our forests, and begin putting the Earth-our home-first.” His colleague Cristina Mittermeier said it was “one of the hardest shoots we have ever had to do”. “Through tears, we were able to capture this footage with the hope of awakening people to the realities of a climate change future,” she said. Polar bears are the poster child for climate change  Credit: AP SeaLegacy said though it couldn’t say with 100 per cent certainty what had caused the bear to starve to death, the group added: “We do know that he didn’t have any visible wounds and that he was not an old bear. “Many of you have asked whether we could have saved this individual bear, but the hard truth is that he was on his last legs and his muscles had atrophied beyond repair. It would also have been illegal to feed him, to approach him, or to do anything to ease his pain.” The group warned an increasing number of polar bears are likely to die in this way “as a result of our warming climate”. “As global temperatures rise, the amount of multi-year sea ice in the Arctic shrinks. Polar bears depend on that ice to travel large distances and to hunt for their food. Without sea ice this will become a common scene across the Arctic,” they said.  The World Wildlife Fund says polar bears are vulnerable due to a “loss of sea ice habitat from climate change”. A study published last year by University of Washington researchers found that polar bears across the Arctic are facing a shorter sea ice season, a surface they depend on for hunting, travelling and breeding.


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U.S. not granting loan relief to defrauded students: inspector general

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San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee Dies At 65

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MSC Seaside named best new ship of 2017 by Cruise Critic

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In photos: The best Christmas markets in Europe of 2018

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In photos: The best Christmas markets in Europe of 2018

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The Saudi-UAE Alliance Could Be Weaker Than It Appears

The Saudi-UAE Alliance Could Be Weaker Than It AppearsThe potential for tension between Riyadh and Abu Dhabi is illustrated by an increasing number of foreign-policy disagreements. On December 5, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Foreign Ministry announced the creation of a joint cooperation and coordination committee with Saudi Arabia. This committee provides an official forum for Saudi Arabia–UAE security collaboration outside the auspices of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC).


Japan picks 'North' as 2017 symbol amid N. Korea threat

Japan picks 'North' as 2017 symbol amid N. Korea threatJapan on Tuesday chose the Chinese character for "North" as its traditional "defining symbol of 2017" following a series of North Korean missile launches. Japanese TV stations went live to broadcast the annual announcement, in which Seihan Mori, master of the ancient Kiyomizu temple in Kyoto, wrote the character on a huge white panel using an ink-soaked calligraphy brush. "It was the year in which people felt threatened and anxious by North Korea following repeated ballistic missile launches and a nuclear test," said the Japan Kanji Aptitude Testing Foundation, the event organiser.


'Cruel and Vicious.' Woman Who Killed Pregnant Neighbor to Keep Baby Pleads Guilty

'Cruel and Vicious.' Woman Who Killed Pregnant Neighbor to Keep Baby Pleads Guilty22-year-old Savanna Greywind was 8 months pregnant when she disappeared