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American Kennel Club Recognizes Four New Breeds

American Kennel Club Recognizes Four New Breeds

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Four new breeds of dogs have made it into the big league when it comes to dogs, the American Kennel Club.The Spanish Water Dog, Cirneco dell’Etna, Bergamasco, and Boerboel have each gained full recognition, the AKC announced on Wednesday.The four new breeds had to meet the requirements of having, “a minimum number of dogs geographically distributed throughout the U.S., as well as an established breed club of responsible owners and breeders,” in order to become AKC recognized, the organization reports.The breeds will become recognized breeds and be allowed to compete in AKC-sanctioned dog shows on Jan. 1, 2015.The Spanish Water Dog is described by the AKC as, “lively, hardworking, and very intelligent,” in addition to being “naturally protective.”The Cirneco dell’Etna is described as, “a hunter that works by scent, sight, and hearing.”The AKC calls the Bergamasco an, “athletic, sociable and intelligent dog that has a deep desire to please its owner.”The Boerbol is described as not the dog for first-time dog owners, but one that still has, “strong protective instincts and loves its family.”The four breeds' recognition means there will be 184 AKC-recognized dog breeds come Jan. 1.

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Ravens Preparing for ‘Physical’ Game Against Texans

Ravens Preparing for ‘Physical’ Game Against Texans

Rob Carr/Getty Images(BALTIMORE) -- The Ravens enter Sunday's game against the Texans holding onto the final spot in the AFC playoffs.

With the Chiefs and Chargers right behind them, Baltimore understands the importance of getting a win against Houston.

Ravens head coach John Harbaugh said he expects it to be a tough game on the body. "Every time we play Houston, it's always extremely physical," he said Wednesday.  "They're always committed to running the football; they have one of the best backs in football [Arian Foster]."

Baltimore is 4-3 on the road this season and Houston is 3-3 at home.

"We've played down there a good amount," Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco said.  "It's not going to be a new scene, we've played against most of those guys, how much that really matters, I don't know."

Houston Pro-Bowl defensive end J.J. Watt has recorded seven sacks in the last three games for a season total of 16 1/2, which is third in the league.

When asked what will happen if Watt gets to him on Sunday, Flacco said, "I'm going to pick myself up off the ground. I don't know who hits me; I hope it's not him. I hope it's not any of them."

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Watch Vladimir Putin Mistake Stroke Survivor for ‘Drunk’ Journalist

Watch Vladimir Putin Mistake Stroke Survivor for ‘Drunk’ Journalist

Sean Gallup/Getty Images(MOSCOW) —  During his annual marathon news conference, Russian President Vladimir Putin Thursday mistook a stroke victim for a drunk.He called on a reporter, thinking he was from Turkey, but who was instead from the Russian region of Kirov. The lively reporter, identified as Vladimir Mamatova, wanted to ask about why the traditional Russian drink, kvas, can’t compete with Coca-Cola and Pepsi for shelf space in stores.

Kirov is famous for its production of kvas, a lightly alcoholic beverage of fermented bread.“Kvas?” Putin asked. “I feel you’ve already drank kvas.”As the audience roared with laughter, Mamatova explained that he wanted to bring some in for Putin to taste, but that security would not allow it.“I got it. You do not have a taster,” Mamatova said. “My question is this. We make a lot of this kvas, we make it well and for long time.”“Yes, I see this,” Putin said, chuckling.But Mamatova had apparently suffered two strokes and was not drunk, according to Kremlin-friendly LifeNews.After the news conference, Mamatova stood outside the conference center that hosted the event smoking a cigarette and sipping a bottle of kvas.

 

Outside I found the kvas guy... sipping kvas pic.twitter.com/Hd0YKr9DWl

— Kirit Radia (@KiritRadia) December 18, 2014

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Top 10 New Year’s Destinations for Budget Travelers

Top 10 New Year’s Destinations for Budget Travelers

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- New Year's can be expensive, especially if you want to skip town and take a little vacation to ring in the new year.And with the ball drop just under two weeks away, those without plans might think a getaway is out of the budget. But it may not be: travel giant Kayak said people booking two weeks out for New Year's travel might actually score a deal. They've crunched the numbers to find the destination with the average lowest airfare to guide would-be travelers.And here's one more tip: Try flying on New Year's Eve or returning on New Year's Day to score the best prices. Airlines for America predicts those two days will be among the least-traveled of the holiday season. More empty seats equals lower fares.To go along with cheap airfare -- or perhaps to skip the airfare all together and drive to your New Year's Eve destination -- HotelTonight, the last-minute hotel booking app, will launch a 7 Days of New Years sale on Dec. 26 at 9 a.m. with $99 hotel rooms in the following cities: Atlanta, Austin (Texas), Boston, Chicago, Washington, D.C., Dallas, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Napa (California), New York, Orlando (Florida), Philadelphia, San Diego, San Francisco or Seattle. Select a check-in date of Dec. 31 to find the special $99 rooms.These rooms are limited and will go quickly.Here are Kayak's 10 cheapest New Year's Eve destinations (and about how much it will cost to fly there):

Chicago ($290) Atlanta ($325) Washington, D.C. ($327) Dallas ($341) Boston ($356) Denver ($376) Austin ($378) New Orleans ($391) Houston ($393) Las Vegas ($401)

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Why Drew Barrymore Waited to Lose the Baby Weight

Why Drew Barrymore Waited to Lose the Baby Weight

Mark Davis/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Drew Barrymore and her husband Will Kopelman welcomed their second child, a daughter Frankie, this past April and only now is she starting to worry about shedding the extra baby weight.“It took nine months to build. It should take nine months to get off,” she told People magazine of waiting to focus on dropping the weight. “I wanted fettuccini alfredo. I didn’t want a barbell.”As for those mothers that immediately get in the gym right after giving birth, Barrymore doesn't want to hear it.“I was like, ‘Don’t talk to me about how fast and fabulous you are or it came off.' That was not my experience. I’m having to work my ass off until I even think about getting it off,” she added.Frankie joins big sis Olive, 2, and with the family growing, the actress, 39, says she is working less and less."The acting has to be less and less because it’s too time-consuming. I love it and I don’t want to abandon it, but it can’t be at the forefront right now,” she said.

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Boston Marathon Bombing Suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Appears in Court

Boston Marathon Bombing Suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Appears in Court

FBI(BOSTON) -- With a slight, scruffy beard and long, tousled hair, accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev appeared in federal court Thursday -- the first time he’s been seen in public in a year and a half.The 21-year-old politely answered the judge’s questions in a final status conference, what is expected to be his last pretrial hearing before jury selection in his case begins in January.Tsarnaev has pleaded not guilty to a litany of charges connected to twin explosions that ripped through the finish line of the 2013 Boston Marathon, killing three, including an 8-year-old boy, and injuring more than 260 others.Investigators say that he and his older brother, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, planted the bombs and followed the horrific attack up with a series of other crimes. Four days after the explosions, investigators say, the Tsarnaevs murdered MIT Police Officer Sean Collier, carjacked a Mercedes SUV driver, and led police on a high-speed chase in Watertown where a bomb and bullet battle erupted in the street. Tamerlan was killed in the firefight.Dzhokhar fled the scene and hid for more than 16 hours until his capture on a dry-docked boat, where he appeared to explain his motive for the crime with a note written inside, according to prosecutors.“We Muslims are one body. You hurt one of us you hurt us all," read part of a note allegedly written by Tsarnaev on the wall of the boat amid bullet holes. “Know you are fighting men who look into the barrel [of] your gun and see heaven.”Court documents filed in March gave a potential hint of at least part of the defense strategy Tsarnaev’s legal team could use: saying Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was under the control of his older brother -- “an all-powerful force who could not be ignored or disobeyed.”

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How Rapper Rick Ross Lost 85 Pounds

How Rapper Rick Ross Lost 85 Pounds

Craig Barritt/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Rapper Rick Ross is a music industry heavyweight who has been known as much for his big hits as his imposing size. But he’s sporting a far slimmer physique these days.In an interview with ABC News’ Sara Haines, the “Hustlin’” rapper who was born William Leonard Roberts II said he’d lost about 85 pounds in the past year through lifestyle changes and CrossFit workouts.“I just feel like I was at the point in my life where, you know, so many other positive things were happening in my career, my life. And, you know, two years ago I suffered two seizures,” the 38-year-old said. “And, you know, I woke up from that. And I was like, ‘Wow.’”He added: “I was just like, ‘I really need to, you know, re-evaluate what I'm doing.’"The rapper had embraced his more rotund shape. He famously appeared on the cover of Rolling Stone showing off his large bare belly.He told Haines he had to change.“You know, I feel I'm fat boy forever. I'm going to always be a fat boy. But it most definitely was just something I had to do, you know, for the better, you know. And I always enjoy my size. I love taking my shirt off, running around, you know … it was really a health issue for me,” he said.He made some drastic changes, cutting back on his drinking, sleeping more and watching what he ate.“Sodas was the first thing I cut out. Most definitely. That was, majority of my sugar. The way I ate, you know, fast food,” he said.Now, on a typical day, he’ll have three eggs with turkey bacon for breakfast, then he’ll do a workout."That's RossFit, you know. I put a twist on that CrossFit,” he said, laughing.Ross said he gets in three to four CrossFit workouts per week, and admits that some people have questioned the change, which can go against the stereotype of rappers always living the high life.To those detractors, Ross has an answer.“I say, ‘Baby, you already know ... I still got it. Ain't nothing went nowhere. You just better with it, you know what I mean? And you know, everything really been going well,” he said.Ross is forging full-steam ahead musically, churning out album after album. His latest is Hood Billionaire, his second in seven months.He said it’s a result of his passion for music.When Haines asked him whether the weight loss affected his music or his life, he replied:“Not at all, you know. My music just comes … from the heart,” adding that he drew inspiration from all aspects of life, including the interview with Haines.He jokingly told Haines he might rap about her.“I may actually put your name, you never know, in a verse," he said. "But, you know, every day I wake up, there's something new for me to feed on, or I see something new that's going on around me that I could make not just a punch line, but an actual topic for an incredible record."

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Hillary Clinton Praises Obama’s Decision to Change Course on Cuba

Hillary Clinton Praises Obama’s Decision to Change Course on Cuba

JP Yim/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — What does possible 2016 presidential candidate Hillary Clinton think of the president's announcement Wednesday to normalize relations with Cuba? One day after she condemned the torture revealed in the Senate’s interrogation report, Clinton released a statement saying she "support[s] President Obama's decision to change course on Cuba policy while keeping the focus on our principal objective -- supporting the aspirations of the Cuban people for freedom." She said she was "deeply relieved" by Alan Gross' release, and noted when she was Secretary of State she "pushed for his release" and "stayed in touch" with his wife and daughters, while calling "for a new direction in Cuba." "Despite good intentions, our decades-long policy of isolation has only strengthened the Castro regime’s grip on power," Clinton said. "As I have said, the best way to bring change to Cuba is to expose its people to the values, information, and material comforts of the outside world. The goal of increased U.S. engagement in the days and years ahead should be to encourage real and lasting reforms for the Cuban people."

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Inside Donald Trump’s New Digs on Pennsylvania Avenue

Inside Donald Trump’s New Digs on Pennsylvania Avenue

Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — Donald Trump is coming to Pennsylvania Avenue, and he’s set to arrive in 2016.Washington’s iconic Old Post Office building, located just five blocks away from the White House, is the latest addition to Trump’s expansive real estate empire.“We're looking to do something really special,” Trump told Politics Confidential during an exclusive sneak peek as the building undergoes a $200 million transformation from a largely vacant old post office to a luxury Trump International Hotel. When complete, it will boast a 5,000-square-foot presidential suite and a luxury ballroom that can seat up to 1,000 people.“Washington has nothing like what we're going to build; it'll be open in July 2016, if not sooner, so in time for your wonderful ride down Pennsylvania Avenue,” he said in reference to the next presidential inaugural parade set for January of 2017.It may not be the White House, but in terms of “pure real estate,” Trump said, his new address at 1100 Pennsylvania Avenue may be even better than 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, because it’s located halfway between the White House and the Capitol building.“This may be better, because it's between the both,” Trump said. “This is where everyone should meet, you know, they should come from the White House and from Congress, they should meet right here and make their deals, because that's what has to happen.”But don’t think that means Trump is taking his sights off the White House down the road. He said he’s seriously considering mounting a presidential bid in 2016.“Look, I have great popularity, the polls all show great, great numbers,” Trump said. “I am looking at it very, very seriously. And If I decide to do it, I will do it.”To get a sneak peek at what Trump’s new hotel will look like, check out this episode of Politics Confidential.

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‘Classic’ Smartphone Maker Wants Its Customers Back

‘Classic’ Smartphone Maker Wants Its Customers Back

Ethan Miller/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Blackberry, formerly a staple of businesses worldwide, is looking to make a comeback with the release of the BlackBerry Classic next Wednesday.

The traditional keypad and rollerball smartphone once dominated 50 percent of the market, but has since fallen below 1 percent of worldwide smartphone sales amidst lagging innovation and the rise of Android and iOS devices.

The Classic is aimed at "loyal customers," according to BlackBerry CEO John Chen, and will retail for $449 in the U.S.

The company's stock rose 5 percent to just under $10 per share Wednesday, after trading as high as $230 a share in 2007.

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How Much Will “The Interview” Blunder Cost Sony?

How Much Will “The Interview” Blunder Cost Sony?

Sony(NEW YORK) -- Sony's The Interview blunder could cost the company $200 million, according to Bloomberg, although conservative estimates peg the losses closer to $100 million.

The costs include, among other things, lost revenue and spending associated with the film, costs related to protecting employees following leaked data, and any related lawsuits stemming from the initial data breach.

The comedy carried a $42 million production budget, and was scheduled for release next Thursday.

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Liberal Groups Kick Off Their ‘Run Warren Run’ Campaign in Des Moines

Liberal Groups Kick Off Their ‘Run Warren Run’ Campaign in Des Moines

US Senate(DES MOINES, Iowa) — A campaign without a candidate kicked off Wednesday night in the all-important state of Iowa. Progressive group MoveOn, joined by Democracy for America launched their effort to draft Elizabeth Warren at a coffee shop in Des Moines. Warren wasn't there, but about 80 people reportedly showed up to check out their "Run Warren Run" campaign. DFA officially joined the effort at the event pledging $250,000, which is on top of the $1 million MoveOn has already promised to put into the first phase of the campaign. They say they will set up offices in Iowa and New Hampshire, run ads, and assemble a "national volunteer army" on behalf of Warren. A release from DFA said 87.6 of their members are supportive of the draft Warren effort. According to the Des Moines Register, Iowa state senate president Pam Jochum was in attendance at the event. She praised Warren, but told the Register she isn't ready to back Warren over Hillary Clinton, saying, "Not yet." Warren has said repeatedly she won't run. These supporters are hoping to convince her to act to the contrary, even putting cash where their hopes are.

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New Cuban Diplomacy a Potential Boon for US Companies

New Cuban Diplomacy a Potential Boon for US Companies

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- President Obama’s decision to pursue normal relations with Cuba has many U.S. companies scrambling to consider opportunities in a brand new market that has been off limits for more than 50 years.

Banks, airlines, cruise lines, hotel operators and telecom firms are among the many that could benefit.

“U.S. companies from General Motors, to agribusiness giant Cargill to furniture retailer Ethan Allen Interiors applauded the White House move,” reports The Wall Street Journal.

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Theaters Now Pull “Team America” Movie One Day After “The Interview”

Theaters Now Pull “Team America” Movie One Day After “The Interview”

Kevin Winter/Getty Images(DALLAS) -- After a few theaters tried to replace The Interview with another movie highlighting North Korea, Team America has also been pulled from theaters.Paramount Pictures, the studios behind Team America, did not immediately respond to ABC News’ request for comment, but the theaters said the company yanked the film only hours after the independent theaters said they would show the 2004 movie in place of the James Franco and Seth Rogen satire."Due to circumstances beyond our control, the TEAM AMERICA 12/27 screening has been cancelled. We apologize & will provide refunds today," the Alamo Drafthouse in Dallas-Fort Worth tweeted Thursday afternoon.Two other theaters -- Capitol Theater in Cleveland and Plaza Atlanta -- did the same, saying Paramount canceled the showings.

Please note: Our Late Shift screening of Team America: World Police has been canceled by Paramount Pictures. pic.twitter.com/TlPVzIeICW

— Capitol Theatre (@CapitolW65th) December 18, 2014

Team America is the second movie pulled from theaters in two days after cyberhackers threatened theaters that planned to show Sony’s The Interview.Alamo Drafthouse Wednesday was the first to post the planned replacement movie, written by the creators of South Park.On its Facebook page, the theater wrote, "For the record, our plan was to still show The Interview ... unfortunately these decisions aren't always ours to make. But in light of these recent events, we only have one thing to say: 'AMERICA F*** YEAH!' ... Join us for a special showing of the TEAM AMERICA QUOTE-ALONG" with subtitles for the film's songs on Dec. 27 at 7 p.m.

"This show is FREE, because you can't spell 'FREEDOM' without 'FREE,'" the theater added.Now, that planned has been shelved.For those who have never seen the decade-old movie, Team America's plot involves Kim Jong-il, the late father of current North Korea Leader Kim Jong-un. It's another satire much like The Interview, but more violent as American forces battle terrorists led by the World Police. But it's filmed using puppets."We're just trying to make the best of an unfortunate situation," James Wallace, creative manager and programmer for the Texas theater, told The Hollywood Reporter about the plan to swap out the films.The Alamo Drafthouse did not return ABC News’ request for comment.As for The Interview, Sony pulled the plug on the release date of Dec. 25 after major movie chains like AMC and Regal all chose not to show the movie because of hacker threats."In light of the decision by the majority of our exhibitors not to show the film The Interview, we have decided not to move forward with the planned December 25 theatrical release," Sony said in a statement. "We respect and understand our partners’ decision and, of course, completely share their paramount interest in the safety of employees and theater-goers."The company added that it stands by the filmmakers and "their right to free expression."

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WATCH: Massive ‘Dustnado’ Forms in Australia

WATCH: Massive ‘Dustnado’ Forms in Australia

iStock/Thinkstock(SYDNEY) -- A "dustnado" was captured on tape Thursday in Australia.Video taken from a vehicle and posted online shows the swirl rising into the air, in the shape of a tornado, near Brisbane.Dustnadoes, sometimes called dirt devils or gustnadoes, are a weather phenomenon common in desert areas, and happen when wind lifts loose dirt or sand into a vortex.

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49ers Drop Ray McDonald Following Alleged Sex Assault

49ers Drop Ray McDonald Following Alleged Sex Assault

Christian Petersen/Getty Images(SAN FRANCISCO) — Amid allegations of possible sexual assault, San Francisco 49ers defensive lineman Ray McDonald was released by his team Wednesday.In a statement, 49ers General Manager Trent Balke said, "This is about a pattern of poor behavior. We expect a lot from our players, hold them accountable for their actions."Although no arrests have been made, the San Jose Police Department say that McDonald's home had been searched after a woman told detectives "she was possibly sexually assaulted."According to cops, the alleged victim sought treatment at a hospital Tuesday, which then notified authorities about her accusations against McDonald.Earlier this year, McDonald was arrested by Santa Clara police following an alleged domestic violence incident involving his fiancée. However, charges were never filed.Now a free agent, McDonald had played for San Francisco since 2007.

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Philip Rivers Expects the 49ers Best

Philip Rivers Expects the 49ers Best

Stephen Dunn/Getty Images(SAN DIEGO) -- The San Diego Chargers find themselves still in the thick of things in the AFC as they head into their game on Saturday against the San Francisco 49ers.

San Diego sits in the eighth spot with the Chiefs, Ravens, and Steelers ahead of them.  

Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers is expecting the 49ers to be in spoiler mode, having been eliminated last weekend.

"Not only can they embrace that role if they so choose. I also know that there's a lot of prideful, Pro-Bowl players on that team," Rivers said. "When they suit up they play."

San Francisco is allowing 20.4 points a game this year.

49ers safety Antoine Bethea said of Rivers is a "veteran quarterback one of the top ten, quarterbacks in the league. He's been doing it for a while and he's got a lot of weapons to get the ball to."

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Jobless Claims Drop to 289K

Jobless Claims Drop to 289K

iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — Jobless claims dropped lower last week, decreasing by 6,000, according to the latest figures released Thursday by the Labor Department. For the week ending Dec. 13, the number of people filing for unemployment benefits fell to 289,000. The previous week claims stood at 295,000, revised up from 294,000.The Labor Department said there were no "special factors" impacting that week's figures.The four-week moving average fell to 298,750 from last week’s revised average of 299,500.

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The Year 2014 in Space: Out of This World Moments

The Year 2014 in Space: Out of This World Moments

NASA/Twitter(NEW YORK) — 2014 has been a year of picture-perfect, out-of-this-world moments and incredible firsts in space exploration.The European Space Agency landed a probe on a speeding comet and NASA celebrated a successful maiden voyage of "America's spacecraft," Orion.Among the triumphs, there was also tragedy.

Here are seven moments from 2014 that defined the year in space travel, exploration and appreciation.1. Philae Lands on Comet 67PIt's an image billions of years in the making.After a decade-long journey spanning nearly 400 million miles, the Philae lander separated from the Rosetta spacecraft and landed on a speeding comet -- not once or twice but three times.After bouncing twice, the lander came to rest against a walled area, obstructing its solar panels from sunlight, said Philae Lander Manager Stephan Ulamec."The not-so-good news is that the anchoring harpoons did not fire, so the lander is not anchored to the surface," Ulamec said.However, the mission was still a resounding success, transmitting the first-ever photos from the surface of a comet and conducting new experiments that could yield insight about the origins of the solar system.2. Rosetta Spacecraft's Philae Probe Pulls Off Comet LandingNASA awarded contracts in September to Boeing and Elon Musk's SpaceX to ferry astronauts to and from the International Space Station, signaling the agency's return to manned spaceflight after the end of the space shuttle program.The winning designs will end U.S. dependence on the Russian Soyuz for transportation back and forth to the International Space Station."This is the fulfillment of the commitment President Obama made to return human space flight launches to U.S. soil and end our reliance on the Russians," NASA administrator Charles Bolden said.3. Virgin Galactic's Fatal CrashVirgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo broke up over the Mojave Desert in California after being released from a carrier aircraft at high altitude.It could be as long as a year before federal investigators have any answers about what caused the Virgin Galactic spacecraft crash, which killed one co-pilot and left another injured.Among the causes being explored are pilot error, mechanical failure and the design of the spacecraft.National Transportation Safety Board Acting Chairman Christopher Hart said in a November briefing that investigators found the feathering system that slows the spacecraft's descent was deployed before it reached the appropriate speed, however it was unclear how that factored into the crash.Sir Richard Branson, founder of the Virgin Group, said "safety has guided every decision" Virgin Galactic has made over the past decade and vowed that the company's dream of commercial space travel would continue.4. Antares Rocket ExplosionWithin seconds of launching, the Antares rocket, which was destined for a supply mission to the International Space Station, exploded into a fireball over Wallops Island, Virginia.Orbital Sciences, which owned the Antares rocket and Cygnus spacecraft, cited a "vehicle anomaly" for the failed launch.5. Orion Blasts Off on Test MissionWe're one step closer to sending a manned mission to Mars.Orion's maiden voyage on Dec. 4 was picture perfect from the moment it launched from Florida until it splashed down four and a half hours later in the Pacific Ocean.During its journey, the space capsule passed a series of milestones, flying through the Van Allen radiation belts and even managing to send live video of the entire globe back to Earth -- the first time this has happened since Apollo 17 in 1972.The spacecraft, which has seats for four astronauts, orbited Earth twice at an altitude of 3,600 miles before splashing down 600 miles off the coast of California, where it was recovered by the U.S. Navy.6. Astronauts Tweet Stunning Photos from International Space StationSocial media savvy astronauts at the International Space Station shared details of life in microgravity and some incredible snaps taken from their home in low Earth orbit.During his stay at the International Space Station, astronaut Alexander Gerst tweeted a photo showing what the conflict between Israel and Gaza looked like in July."My saddest photo yet. From #ISS we can actually see explosions and rockets flying over #Gaza & #Israel," he wrote.While Gerst's photo was somber, there were other lighter moments showing life at the ISS. For starters, we learned all about the chores schedule from Italian astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti.7. Incredible Year for EclipsesThe year brought a calendar packed with gorgeous eclipses -- including two gorgeous blood red moons.The special lunar eclipse happens when Earth positions itself between the sun and the moon, casting a majestic red hue.Here's something to look forward to in 2015: You'll have two more chances to catch a blood moon. The next total lunar eclipse will be on April 4, 2015, according to NASA.

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Pedestrians Struck in Deadly Crash in Redondo Beach, California

Pedestrians Struck in Deadly Crash in Redondo Beach, California

iStock/Thinkstock(REDONDO BEACH, Calif.) — At least one person is dead, with up to 12 others injured after a car slammed into a group of pedestrians Wednesday in Redondo Beach, California, police said.The crash occurred outside St. James Catholic Church where a Christmas service had just ended, according to the Los Angeles Times.Some of the pedestrians were rushed to hospitals with critical injuries, Redondo Beach police Lt. Joe Hoffman said. One adult died at a hospital, and the injured included at least one child.According to ABC station KABC-TV, police said that a woman was driving northbound on Pacific Coast Highway when she ran a red light, striking the pedestrians and hitting another car.The woman was taken in police custody to a hospital, where she was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence, authorities said.

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