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Hard to look at: Dogs survive porcupine attack

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Three dogs playing outside in Canada found a porcupine, and one of them, in particular, is lucky to be alive after the porcupine responded with a defensive attack.

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The porcupine's quills punctured all three dogs, but Mahalo took the most, with some barbs affecting her heart and lungs. 

She has  had extensive surgeries to save her life, but is reportedly recovering.

Nestah's injuries also required surgery, but he's recovering well, with no permanent damage despite taking quills in the spine and cheeks. 

Soljah had only a few barbs to the chin, and they were removed without surgery. 

A friend set up a GoFundMe account to help with the veterinarian bills, and more than $15,000 was raised. The fundraising page remained open after donations were closed, to keep people up to date on the dogs' recovery.

Gap Kids breaks barriers, features model with Down syndrome

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Gap Kids has a new model and who is making headlines as she walks the catwalk.

Kayla Kosmalski is only 9 years old, but she has a big fashion show under her belt. Kayla just walked the catwalk in Miami for the Gap Kids fashion show, WPVI reported. 

Kayla has Down syndrome.

But the show wasn't the only big event for Kayla. 

She also saw a law passed under her name to allow people with disabilities to establish college savings accounts and she made the dance team for the Delaware 87ers.

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Notable deaths in 2014

Report: Sony emails show U.S. officials blessed Kim Jong-Un killing in 'The Interview'

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According to multiple media reports Wednesday, emails indicate the Sony CEO showed a rough cut of “The Interview” to U.S. government officials before moving ahead with the movie’s release.

The Daily Beast and Reuters claim to have seen several emails that reveal two U.S. officials in June screened and OK’d the movie in which North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is assassinated. Sony was the victim of a massive computer system hack and the hackers have been releasing sensitive emails on the Internet.

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The fallout from the Sony Pictures Entertainment hack that began four weeks ago exploded Tuesday after the shadowy group calling themselves Guardians of Peace escalated their attack beyond corporate espionage and threatened moviegoers with violence reminiscent of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.

According to the Daily Beast, the claim that the State Department played a role in the decision to include the film’s death scene is likely to further upset Pyongyang. The Daily Beast is reporting it has seen emails between Sony CEO Michael Lynton and a security consultant that appear to suggest the U.S. government saw "The Interview" as a useful propaganda tool against the North Korean regime.

Speculation about a North Korean link to the Sony hacking has centered on that country's angry denunciation of the film. Over the summer, North Korea warned that the film's release would be an "act of war that we will never tolerate." It said the U.S. will face "merciless" retaliation.

The Department of Homeland Security has said that there is no credible intelligence to indicate a threat, but is still investigating the message.

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Gorge contains bodies of new mom, infant who went missing from hospital in England

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The body of an infant girl was found in an English gorge Thursday, not far from where the body of her mother was found after the mother mysteriously walked out of a nearby hospital.

According to the BBC, the body of the mother, Charlotte Bevan, was found in Avon Gorge in Bristol Thursday. Hours later the body of her baby, Zaani, was discovered by searchers.

The new mother went missing Tuesday after walking out of St. Michael’s Hospital in Bristol. Video footage shows she was wearing only hospital slippers and Zaani, who was four days old, was wrapped in blankets.

According to SkyNews, police say they are confident the body of the infant that was discovered Thursday is Bevan's baby daughter.

The BBC reports that Charlotte Bevan’s body was discovered by a member of the public who spotted hospital slippers near the gorge.

SkyNews tweeted that the mother of Charlotte Bevan said Thursday "my beautiful daughter and granddaughter are now at peace."

#RubbleBucketChallenge: Palestinians' gritty response to #icebucket

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The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge hit its high water mark this summer, dousing millions of Americans and raising millions of dollars for medical research. 

And although its intentions are noble, the sight of a nation pouring out an estimated 5 million gallons of water has rubbed some people the wrong way. 

Take the 1.7 million Palestinians in the Gaza Strip, who couldn't take the challenge if they wanted to. (Video via Euronews)

"Israeli occupation is using all Palestinian water resources ... Hundreds of thousands of Palestinians are living in water crisis."

What they do have is rubble — and lots of it, due to Israel's intense bombing campaign, which has leveled entire neighborhoods. 

​So, one Palestinian journalist decided to take lemons and turn them into social media lemonade. He filled a bucket with rubble, poured it on his head and asked others to do the same.

So far, it seems to be catching on: in two days the video has amassed 30,000 views and international media coverage 

Rubble. Destruction. Cement with sand. Small rocks. Dramatic image there. His Facebook page for the challenge is already up to over 2,000 likes.

But like its icy predecessor, the rubble bucket isn't for laughs. 

Activists are trying to make a point, mainly that news coverage has, well, evaporated as thousands of civilians continue to suffer and die in the Gaza Strip. (Via Facebook/Dalia Dayekh, Sawt El Ghad, Abu Yazan, Youtube/Mohammad Assaf

And in a part of the world where American opinions have an outsized influence on public policy, the Rubble Bucket challenge could be an important tool to win back media outlets who've turned to Michael Brown, Ebola and the sight of former presidents getting wet.    

But with or without media coverage, there will certainly be enough rubble to go around in Gaza. 

“Wherever you look, buildings have been either hit or they’ve got bullet holes in them, windows have been blown out, and there is rubble all around me."

The United Nations estimates that so far in 2014's conflict, four Israeli civilians have been killed, along with 1,444 Palestinians.

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Children witness parents fall to death while taking photo on cliff

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A tragic story is emerging out of Portugal, where it’s being reported that a Polish couple fell hundreds of feet to their deaths while attempting to be photographed by their children on a scenic cliff.

According to The Portugal Resident, the couple’s children saw their parents fall off of the cliffs at Cabo da Roca while the family was on vacation. 

The website reported that the couple ignored safety barriers at the popular tourist spot in an attempt to get an “end of Europe” photo, which is a common practice, but one that has repeatedly ended in tragedy.

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Some websites are reporting the couple were taking a ‘selfie’ when the accident occurred, however The Portugal Resident reported that couple gave the camera to their children, ages 5 and 6, to take the photo.

Cabo da Roca is on the far western edge of the European continent and is a popular tourist destination.

The accident happened Saturday but emergency crews were unable to recover the bodies until Sunday because of high tides.

The Daily Mail reported that according to Monika Dulian, Poland's consul in Lisbon, the family had lived in Portugal for several years.

According to the Daily Mail, the children were with Polish diplomats undergoing psychiatric care and relatives were on their way to Portugal.

The Independent has video of the Portuguese rescue operation.

Child’s deathbed thoughts focused on helping others

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The parents of 11-year-old Liang Yaoyi were stunned by his request.

As cancer ravaged his body, the fifth grader from the Chinese city of Shenzhen focused on how he could save others if he could not survive his own battle.

"There are many people doing great things in the world," he said from his sickbed according to the ChinaDaily.com. "They are great, and I want to be a great kid too."

He told his parents he wanted to donate his organs so others could live.

On Friday, the brave young boy who dreamed of becoming a doctor lost his battle with brain cancer. Immediately, doctors went to work removing his organs for transplant.

Hospital officials said his kidney and liver were transplanted into other patients who were suffering from life-threatening ailments.

As his body was wheeled for the surgery room, the medical team stopped and formed an honor guard, bowing to the gurney carrying Yoayi’s remains in honor of the brave boy.

The photo triggered social media responses from around the world.  In his final hours, Liang Yaoyi's choice and life had touched the lives of millions. 

Legos washing up on English beaches

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In 1997 a shipping container filled with 4.8 million Lego pieces fell from a cargo ship off the coast of Cornwall in southern England. 

The BBC reports that pieces are still floating to shore 17 years later.

The Tokio Express captain described the wave that hit the ship as a "once in a 100-year phenomenon." The ship tilted 60 degrees one way, then 40 degrees back, sending more than 60 containers into the water.

Tracey Williams has started a Facebook page to track the Lego pieces. Take a look at some of what's washed ashore.

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Boy, 9, marries 62-year-old mother of five for second time

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At an age when most boys would be the ring bearer at a wedding, South African 9-year-old Sanele Masilela was the one walking down the aisle … to marry a 62-year-old woman for the second time.

A video from the U.K.-based Barcroft Media shows Masilela, dressed in a silver tuxedo, going through the wedding ceremony with mother-of-five Helen Shabangu in Bushbuckridge, South Africa.

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According to the South African Sunday Times, both families claim the wedding is simply a "ritual" after Sanele said he was told by his dead ancestors to wed last year.

Masilela and Shabangu originally wed in a similar 2013 ceremony, but South African tradition calls for a second ceremony in order to make the union official.

The Mirror reports villagers described the ceremony as "sickening," but Sanele's family says the union is just a ritual and not legally binding. Masilela and Shabangu do not live together.

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Shabangu is already married. Abel Shabangu, 66, attended both ceremonies.

"My kids and I are happy because we don’t have a problem with her marrying the boy," the Mirror was quoted Alfred as saying. "I don’t care what other people say."

According to the Mirror, Masilela says he wants to marry a bride his own age when he grows up.

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