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  • After Avery Lynn Canahuati was born last November with spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) type 1, her parents wrote a "bucket list" for their newborn, citing things she would like to do if she led a normal, healthy life. Her doctors had said Canahuati wasn't expected to live more than two years.

    Unfortunately, 6-month-old Canahuati passed away on Monday after pulmonary complications related to her condition.

    "In short, one of her lungs collapsed and she went into cardiac arrest," Mike Canahuati wrote on the Facebook page he set up for his daughter. "I immediately performed CPR on her and was able to bring her back to life, but only for a brief period of time before she passed away shortly after arriving at the hospital."

    "Avery's passing this quickly came as a complete shock to all of us, as she had just been given a thumbs up at her last doctors appointment only three days ago," Canahuati wrote Tuesday morning.

    At first, Canahuati said he started writing the bucket list blog in his daughter's name as a way of helping family and friends stay updated on Avery's condition. But the Facebook bucket list page almost immediately became a viral sensation, with more than 100,000 fans and a blog set up in her name, "Avery's Bucket List" has more than  2.5 million page views.

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  • Do not be alarmed, but the cannibal shrimp invasion has begun.

    The influx of the jumbo-sized shrimp (which look more like a small lobster than the little pink crustaceans you see at the grocery store) has increased 10 times in the last year, according to a report from the U.S. Geological Survey—from 32 in 2010 to 331 in 2011. The shrimp-eating shrimp have been spotted in waters from North Carolina to Texas.

    Tony Reisinger of the Texas Sea Grant Extension Service, told CNN that the tiger prawn "are cannibalistic as are other shrimp, but it's larger so it can consume the others."

    The black-and-white-striped sea creatures have shown up in the Gulf of Mexico and Southeast coast and, unlike their bottom-feeding cousins, are big enough—up to 13 inches long and up to a quarter-pound—to gobble up smaller shrimp.

    Researchers worry that the Asian cannibal species is preying on the smaller, native sea life, competing for resources and carrying disease.

    The increase "is the first indication that

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  • Meghan McCainMeghan McCain (Lucas Jackson/Reuters)

    Meghan McCain isn't afraid to mix it up with fellow members of the media. The MSNBC contributor and daughter of Arizona Sen. and 2008 presidential candidate John McCain called out Fox News' Greta Van Susteren for inviting Lindsay Lohan to the White House Correspondents' Dinner.

    McCain took to Twitter to convey her dismay. "Let me get this straight," she wrote. "Greta Van Susteren is bringing Lindsay Lohan to the WHC Dinner but has a moral offense to Louie C.K?"

    Indeed, Van Susteren is no fan of comedian Louis C.K. Earlier this year, she wanted to boycott the Radio and Television Correspondents Association Dinner, an event that was being headlined by the comic.

    On her blog, she wrote: "Another pig....and a media association has hired the pig, Louis C.K., to be their headliner for the big media dinner? Really? I am not going. I refuse to go. Everyone in the media should join me in this boycott." Louis C.K. later pulled out of the event and was replaced by Wayne Brady.

    McCain seems to be

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  • For stocks, Dow 20,000—then a crash?

    Famed asset manager Jeremy Grantham predicts short-term gain and long-term pain for stocks, writes Brett Arends.

  • End comes for notorious Venezuelan vertical slum
    End comes for notorious Venezuelan vertical slum

    CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — The beginning of the end came for the world's tallest slum Tuesday as officials began evicting thousands of squatters from a haphazard community inside the half-built Caracas skyscraper known as the Tower of David.

  • Swimwear designer, age 19, debuts in Miami Beach
    Swimwear designer, age 19, debuts in Miami Beach

    MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (AP) — It was nearly show time as designer Francesca Aiello snapped pictures backstage of models in her latest swimwear designs. This was Frankie's Bikinis' debut show for the 19-year-old designer at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim in Miami Beach, but Aiello is a pro when it comes to social media.

  • With sales sputtering, Apple's iPad looks to IBM alliance
    With sales sputtering, Apple's iPad looks to IBM alliance

    By Christina Farr SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Apple Inc's iPad is losing steam just four years after its release, but an alliance with International Business Machines Corp could rejuvenate a flagging product by entering into a largely untapped corporate market. Apple shipped 13.2 million iPads in the June quarter, 8 percent fewer than a year earlier and lagging Wall Street's forecast for 14 million or more. Apple helped create the tablet market in 2010 with its first iPad. Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook described iPad sales as "very bifurcated" - they continue to grow at 50 percent or above in emerging markets such as the Middle East and China, but in developed countries like the United States, the "market is weaker."     Research firm IDC lowered its forecast for 2014 worldwide tablet demand growth to 12.1 percent - a fraction of the 51.8 percent expansion of 2013.

  • Dow poised to drop 3,000 points
    Dow poised to drop 3,000 points

    Komal Sri-Kumar on why the markets may be poised for a dip

  • Son of British singer Adele wins privacy case

    LONDON (AP) — British singer Adele's toddler son has won a five-figure sum in damages after paparazzi photographed private family moments.

  • BlackBerry says its square phone is already stealing back iOS and Android users
    BlackBerry says its square phone is already stealing back iOS and Android users

    A lot of people who now use iPhones and Android phones once used BlackBerry devices many years ago, and now BlackBerry says that its new square BlackBerry Passport is bringing some of them back into the fold. In a new post highlighting consumer response to its newest smartphone, BlackBerry picks up on several comments left on different websites of people who say that they can’t wait to dump their current smartphones for the BlackBerry Passport. “I  like it,” wrote one man named Hassam Mirzai. “The phone is small enough to carry in my pocket and large enough to read text comfortably. I currently have a Samsung Note II. When I bought my Note II, it looked weird too. After 2 or

  • Ukraine says pro-Russia rebels shoot down two fighter jets
    Ukraine says pro-Russia rebels shoot down two fighter jets

    Pro-Russian rebels shot down two Ukrainian fighter jets on Wednesday, not far from where a Malaysian airliner was brought down last week in eastern Ukraine, killing all 298 passengers on board. A spokesman for Ukraine's military operations said the planes were downed near Savur Mogila, a burial mound in the Shaktersky region where a memorial marks ambushes by the Soviet army on occupying Nazis during World War Two. Igor Strelkov, who is now in charge of the rebel ranks in the eastern city of Donetsk, said the separatists had brought down one plane and that the pilot had ejected. Fierce fighting raged near the rebels' two main centers in Donetsk and nearby Luhansk, where they have been pushed back by Ukrainian government forces, who have taken control of villages and suburbs around the cities.

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