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Extinction Threat for Giraffes

The giraffe is now "vulnerable" to extinction following a population decline due to a slew of different human activities, according to a new report. The giraffe population in southern and eastern Africa has declined by as much as 40% in the past three decades

Donald Trump Is TIME’s Person of the Year

Every December, TIME names the person who had the greatest influence, for better or worse, on the events of the year. So which is it this year: Better or worse? The challenge for Donald Trump is how profoundly the country disagrees about the answer

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China Welcomes Nomination of 'Old Friend' as U.S. Envoy

The Chinese government has praised Donald Trump’s nomination of Iowa Governor Terry Branstad — described as an "old friend" — as the next U.S. ambassador to China, in a move seen as a conciliatory gesture. The appointment is subject to Senate confirmation

Deadly Earthquake Strikes Indonesia's Aceh Province

Indonesia: Aceh Earthquake Death Toll Reaches 102

Humanitarian organizations descended on Indonesia's Aceh province Thursday as the government in Jakarta promised tons of emergency aid and officials raced to assess the full extent of damage from an earthquake that killed more than 100 people.

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France's Le Pen Says No Free School for Undocumented Kids

France's far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen says children of immigrants who are in the country illegally should be denied the free schooling afforded to French nationals. "No more playtime," the National Front leaders said

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Federal Judge Halts Recount, Sealing Trump's Michigan Win

A federal judge who ordered Michigan to begin its recount has ended it, citing a state court ruling that found Green Party candidate Jill Stein had no legal standing to request a recount. The ruling seals Donald Trump's narrow electoral victory over Hillary Clinton in the state

50th anniversary Of First American to Orbit Earth

Former Astronaut John Glenn Hospitalized in Ohio

John Glenn, the first American to orbit the Earth, has been hospitalized for more than a week, an official from Ohio State University said. Glenn, 95, is at the James Cancer Hospital, Hank Wilson, of OSU's John Glenn College of Public Affairs, told the Associated Press on Wednesday.

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Oakland Warehouse Fire Victims Trapped by Smoke and Flames

The fire that killed 36 people during a party at an Oakland warehouse started on the ground floor and quickly raged, with smoke billowing into the second level and trapping victims whose only escape route was through the flames, federal investigators said Wednesday

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Conspiracy Theorists Are Targeting a Pizzeria in New York

Workers at popular Brooklyn pizzeria Roberta's have received threats from people who believe the restaurant is connected to Pizzagate — the fake story that claims Hillary and Bill Clinton run a pedophile sex ring out of a Washington, D.C., restaurant