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  • Fishing boat’s close encounter with gray whales

    A couple of fishermen on a small boat off the coast of Dana Point, Calif., had a (very) close encounter with several enormous gray whales.

    One whale surfaced just a few feet away from the 15-foot boat, spraying water and waving its tale in the ocean breeze. According to ABC-6, one of the 50-foot whales actually rubbed up against the boat's engine.

    While the encounter is amazing to watch, the World Wildlife Fund explains that gray whales are known for being friendly. "They have an unusual tendency to approach whale-watching boats and even let whale-watchers touch them and scratch their tongues," the WWF says.

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  • The crowd funding website Kickstarter has been on a roll recently, with supporters helping to launch a Veronica Mars feature film and a countless series of other fun and interestingly projects.

    However, the limits of the site might be tested with a recent campaign launched by Cobra Commander, the head of the fictional terrorist organization from the world of G.I. Joe.

    “I’d like to set the record straight, we are not a deadly, terrorist regime hell bent on world domination,” Cobra Commander makes clear in the video released by comedy sketch group D.S.MTN.

    All he really wants is some startup cash to help rebuild Cobra Island, which was destroyed in a recent assault from the commandos over at team Joe. As Cobra Commander explains on the Kickstarter page:

    “We are COBRA, a worldwide organization devoted to making advancements in science and defense technology.”

    “Recently our home and secret base of operations was destroyed in an attack by the terrorist militia known as G.I. Joe.”

    “So after

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  • If you were a child of the 1990s, there’s a good chance you were a devout viewer of “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air,” the long-running NBC comedy that helped elevate Will Smith from rap artist to one of the most successful actors of his generation.

    Well, the Pet Collective has tapped into our mutual love of “Big Willie” and dogs to bring viewers "The Fresh Pup of Bel-Air."

    “Petodies based on current, modern songs have been hugely successful, so for Throwback Thursday we thought it would be fun to revisit one of our favorite sitcoms,” Tom Maynard, channel head of the Pet Collective, said.

    The video reimagines the famous opening credits sequence of the show, this time showcasing a dog, “Will Sniff,” who is rescued from an animal shelter and taken in by none other than James Avery, the actor who portrayed Uncle Phil on the "Fresh Prince.”

    “In a West County shelter born and raised, in a kennel is where I lived with most of the strays,” begins the video’s narration. “Panting, barking and

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  • Midday Glance: Railroad companies

    Shares of some top railroad companies are mixed at 1 p.m.: CSX rose $.14 or .5 percent, to $30.77. Canadian National Railway Co. rose $.35 or .5 percent, to $69.65. Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd. rose $.20 ...

  • Americans among 12,000 foreign fighters in Syria: US
    Americans among 12,000 foreign fighters in Syria: US

    Some 12,000 foreign jihadists from 50 countries, including Americans, have gone to fight in Syria since the conflict began, the US State Department said Thursday. A US official, speaking on condition of anonymity, estimated that more than 100 US citizens have traveled or tried to travel to Syria to join the conflict. They have traveled to join radical groups including the Islamic State (IS), militants fighting the regime of Bashar al-Assad in Syria who have expanded into neighboring Iraq. "We think that there are approximately 12,000 fighters from at least 50 countries in Syria -- foreign fighters, including a small number of Americans -- that may have traveled to Syria since the beginning of the conflict" more than three years ago, said deputy State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf.

  • Surprise: Obamacare is helping, not harming, traditional healthcare
    Surprise: Obamacare is helping, not harming, traditional healthcare

    Critics were very wrong about this one development.

  • What If We Couldn’t Get Divorced?
    What If We Couldn’t Get Divorced?

    How our lives would change if marriages really were forever.

  • Supreme Court case to shape Ferguson investigation
    Supreme Court case to shape Ferguson investigation

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The moment Ferguson, Missouri, police officer Darren Wilson shot an unarmed teenager, a 25-year-old Supreme Court case became the prism through which his actions will be legally judged.

  • Dempsey hits Islamic militant 'end-of-days' vision
    Dempsey hits Islamic militant 'end-of-days' vision

    WASHINGTON (AP) — America's top-ranked military officer says the surging Islamic State group has an "apocalyptic, end-of-days strategic vision" in the Middle East and cannot be defeated unless the United States and a coalition of partners confront it head-on in Syria.

  • FDA clears Eliquis for new use against blood clots

    Bristol-Myers Squibb and Pfizer said Thursday that federal regulators have expanded approval of their blood thinner Eliquis to treat two types of dangerous blood clots. The Food and Drug Administration ...

  • COUSIN'S TAG-ALONG KIDS PUSH THE LIMIT OF BRIDE'S GUEST LIST

    DEAR ABBY: I am being married later this year, and I'm planning my guest list. My cousin "Emily" has five young children who I'm making an exception to invite. She lives across the country, so she's starting to book her plane reservations. Emily just announced that she's being remarried and her fiance has three children he shares joint custody of. Am I obligated to invite three children I have never met? This is causing a lot of grief between me and my fiance because Emily assumes that they are all welcome. Please advise. -- D.C. IN NYC DEAR D.C.: Call Cousin Emily. ...

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