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90-year-old US veteran faces jail for feeding homeless


Arnold Abbott, a 90-year-old veteran who lives in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, ia a champion of civil rights and has served meals to the homeless on a public beach every week for the past 23 years… an activity that the city has just declared illegal. Despite threats of arrest, this veteran is determined to keep on serving. Read more...
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Hawaii lava flow creates 'slow-motion disaster'

It took four months, but the lava flow from the June eruption of Kilauea volcano, on Hawaii’s big island, has reached an inhabited area: the village of Pahoa, where it is expected to swallow up at least a dozen homes over the next few days. The lava river, which is over 1,000 degrees celcius, will slowly destroy the heart of this small community of 950 residents. Read more…

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Hawaiians battle telescope threatening ‘sacred volcano’

Astronomers had planned to celebrate the groundbreaking on the biggest telescope in the world in Hawaii last week. But activists opposed to its construction had other ideas. Read more...

Photo of ‘American soldier fighting with IS group’ is fake

In this low-quality photo, a fighter for the Islamic State group (IS) bears a tattoo that says “United Sates Army”. The photo rapidly went viral; however, it isn’t real. This manipulated image is just one example of many online efforts to try to get people to believe that the United States is behind the rise of the IS group. Read more...

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White cop fatally shoots black teen, reviving protests in St. Louis


Hundreds of protesters took to the streets Wednesday night in St. Louis after a white police officer shot and killed an 18-year-old black teenager. While the circumstances of this shooting are still being investigated, it has raised the spectre of the killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson, just 16 miles away. The unarmed black teenager’s death in August had sparked weeks of protests. Read more...
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'Graphic' Muslim Day Parade displays confuse some in NYC


This year’s annual Muslim Day Parade in New York City featured local community leaders and Girl Scouts marching, but included a mannequin hanging from a noose, women locked up in a cage and a man on a golden chariot whipping others dressed in military garb, to the surprise of some onlookers. Read more...

Gay youths help one another by posting coming-out videos online


A disturbing video of a 19-year-old man being physically and verbally abused by his family after admitting he was gay caused a stir in American LGBT social media circles when it surfaced online two weeks ago. But it’s far from the only one – many young LGBT youth are sharing videos of their coming-outs, whether they encounter negative or positive reactions, in an effort to help others muster the courage to come out too. Read more...
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