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Animals

How Does A Tiger Keep Cool In This Heat? One Word: Bloodsicles

In the sweltering summer heat of Washington, D.C., the National Zoo gets creative in order to keep its guests and animals happy. That means things like popsicles made of cow blood for the big cats.

How Does A Tiger Keep Cool In This Heat? One Word: Bloodsicles

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At Ulva Island Bird Sanctuary on Stewart Island, New Zealand, a sign warned visitors in 2008 to check their bags. The fight against invasive predators continues. Wolfgang Kaehler/LightRocket via Getty Images hide caption

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Call The Pied Piper: New Zealand Wants To Get Rid Of Its Rats. All Of Them.

New Zealand has no native land mammals, except for bats. For decades it's waged war on invasive predators that threaten local species. Now the government has a more ambitious goal than containment.

Firefighters battle part of the Sand Fire after flames jumped across a road in Santa Clarita, Calif. on Sunday. As the blaze changed direction multiple times over the weekend Firefighters were forced to retreat and thousands of people have been evacuated from their homes. David McNew/Getty Images hide caption

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California Fires Threaten Homes, Force Hundreds Of Evacuations

The body of a man was found in an area burned by a 33,000 acre wildfire north of Los Angeles. The Sand Fire has destroyed more than a dozen homes and is one of 19 major fires burning in California.

Soprano Marni Nixon, shown above in June 1988, was dubbed "The Ghostess with the Mostest" in TIME magazine. "Bad rhyme, but that sort of stuck," she said. Jack Mitchell/Getty Images hide caption

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'Ghost' Soprano Marni Nixon, Who Voiced Blockbuster Musicals, Dies At 86

You might not know Marni Nixon's name, but you've probably heard her. Nixon dubbed the voices for Audrey Hepburn in My Fair Lady, Natalie Wood in West Side Story and Deborah Kerr in The King and I.

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Newport Folk Festival

Violent Femmes, Live In Concert

The off-again, on-again rock band from Milwaukee, Wis., built a careening, playful set around mainstays like "Blister in the Sun" and new songs like "I Could Be Anything."

Violent Femmes, Live In Concert: Newport Folk 2016

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Syrian Suicide Bomber Injures 12 In Southern Germany

The man's request for asylum had been rejected; he was supposed to be deported to Bulgaria, according to German media reports.

Syrian Suicide Bomber Injures 12 In Southern Germany

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"Nobody can soldier without coffee," a Union soldier wrote in 1865. (Above) Union soldiers sit with their coffee in tin cups, their hard-tack, and a kettle at their feet. Lincoln Financial Foundation Collection/Flickr The Commons hide caption

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The Salt

If War Is Hell, Then Coffee Has Offered U.S. Soldiers Some Salvation

"Nobody can soldier without coffee," a Union cavalryman wrote in 1865. Hidden Kitchens looks at three American wars through the lens of coffee: the Civil War, Vietnam and Afghanistan.

If War Is Hell, Then Coffee Has Offered U.S. Soldiers Some Salvation

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