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New Zealand River Given Legal Status of Person (Video)

The longest-running litigation in the country's history is finally over. (AOL Screenshot)
The longest-running litigation in the country's history is finally over. (AOL Screenshot)

The Whanganui River is the third-longest river in New Zealand. And, as of Wednesday, it’s a legal person. Yep, I said “person.” If you’re really...




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    ‘Alien’ Shrimp Emerges in Australia After Heavy Rain (Video)

    A small, strange-looking creature has been spotted in increasing numbers around central Australia.…... Read more

  • Geographer Peter Rogerson has devised a rather precise method for finding the true center of North America. According to Rogerson, existing at the central point of the continent is a North Dakota town called Center. (AOL Screenshot)

    Geographer Finds That a Town Called Center is, in Fact, The Center of North America (Video)

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  • Record breaking rainfall has led to the closure of Australia’s famous Uluru-Kata Tjuta national park. Precipitation fell so forcefully and in such great volume that numerous waterfalls formed on Ayers Rock, the locale’s main attraction. (AOL Screenshot)

    Majestic Waterfalls Emerge at Ayers Rock After Record Rainfall (Video)

    Record breaking rainfall has led to the closure of Australia’s famous Uluru-Kata Tjuta national park. The park was officially closed on Monday at 9 a.m... Read more

  • Donald Trump's Cabinet nominations are worth more than $14.5 billion combined. (AOL Screenshot)

    Trump Cabinet is Richer Than the Poorest Third of Households (Video)

    President-elect Donald Trump’s Cabinet picks are richer than the bottom third of American households combined. His Cabinet is worth $14.5 billion so far. Almost all... Read more

  • Paris, Madrid, Mexico City and Athens all plan to do away with diesel cars by 2025. (AOL Screenshot)

    Four Major Cities Want to Ban Diesel Vehicles by 2025 (Video)

    Four of the world’s major cities want to nix diesel cars by 2025. It’s part of a plan the mayors of Paris, Madrid, Mexico City... Read more

  • Taiwan News is reporting that Chef Peng Chang-kuei, the man credited with inventing the iconic Chinese dish General Tso’s chicken in 1952, died at the age of 98 on November 30th. (AOL Screenshot)

    Chef Who Invented General Tso’s Chicken Has Died (Video)

    The man credited with originating the popular Chinese dish known as General Tso’s chicken has died, reports Taiwan News. According to the news outlet, the... Read more

  • Since it’s opening roughly 2 weeks ago, a skating rink in Japan's Space World theme park has been a popular attraction. However, in recent days, controversy erupted over the park's decision to freeze 5,000 dead fish into the ice. (AOL Screenshot)

    Japan’s Skating Rink Faces Backlash After Freezing Thousands of Fish into Ice (Video)

    Since its opening roughly 2 weeks ago, a skating rink in Japan’s Space World theme park has been a popular attraction. However, in recent days,... Read more

  • Donald Trump could become the first president since the 1800s not to have a pet in the White House. (AOL Screenshot)

    Trump Could Be First President With No Pet in Over a Century (Video)

    The upcoming Donald Trump presidency promises to throw a lot of political traditions out the window. Among them: Trump  doesn’t have a pet. For more... Read more

  • Ice levels in the Arctic have declined fairly consistently, but the Antarctic hadn't seen the same decline until recently. (AOL Screenshot)

    Record-Low Sea Ice Levels in Arctic and Antarctic (Video)

    Sea ice at both poles is at record lows for this time of year. That might not sound surprising, but it’s actually a first. While... Read more

  • Since May, an estimated 36 million trees have died in the state. (AOL Screenshot)

    California Trees Dying at ‘Unprecedented’ Rate (Video)

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  • California Gov. Jerry Brown passed the law months after SeaWorld pledged to stop breeding orcas and making them perform. (AOL Screenshot)

    California Bans Orca Breeding and Performance (Video)

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    Moped Man Leads Police on Slow Speed Chase

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    Parents Want Teens to Watch the Last Moments of Their Sons’ Lives

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    Woman Caught Shoplifting Takes out Dozens of Items From Her Clothes

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  • Harpa Reykjavík Concert Hall and Conference Centre  on April 20, 2012. (Rob Young/CC BY 2.0)

    Oops! Rhode Island Tourism Video Features Reykjavik, Iceland

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  • An unidentified woman pulling at the arms of a student at San Francisco State University (Nicholas Silvera/YouTube)

    Video: Woman Harasses White Student for Wearing Dreadlocks: ‘It’s My Culture’

    A video posted online on March 28 shows an African-American women blocking the path and pulling the arms of a white student at San Francisco State... Read more

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