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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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