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Eiffel Tower dims, 3.7mil people march across France as world leaders join arm in arm in Paris for moving tribute to 17 slain

as thousands gathered to mourn the 12 people killed in the Charlie Hebdo attack, lights on the Eiffel Tower went dark in an emotional tribute

world leaders are joined in Paris for moving tribute to 17 victims

~3.7million people marched across France, the majority gathering in Paris to pay tribute to those killed in a swathe of attacks

demonstrators wave pencils and flags at Place de la Nation and sign spelling out the word Solidarity

record crowds seen in Paris as an estimated two million people took to the streets in protest against the massacres

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DailyMail: 3.7 million people march across France as world leaders are joined in Paris for moving tribute to 17 victims
* An estimated 3.7million gathered in shows of solidarity across France today in tribute to those killed
* Unprecedented crowds were seen in Paris where millions walked the capital's streets chanting 'Je suis Charlie'
* World leaders linked arms to lead the proceedings
* President Francois Hollande began the march, poignantly telling crowds: 'Today, Paris is the capital of the world'
* Elsewhere crowds gathered in major world cities, with famous monuments illuminated in the Tricolor  read more »

Scotland: Big Roman Week; Knights of Thistle; Doors Open Days; longest golf club; 4th Road Bridge 50th anniv; Sept2014 vote


*update 20 Sept 2014* National Geographic: BBC: Scotland's staying put
*update 14 Sept 2014* National Geographic: Scotland’s Independence Vote, Exploring the Country Behind the Clichés

Procession: Princess Anne and Prince William walk ahead of the Queen and Prince Philip at the service


If you ever wondered what the longest usable golf club looks like, now is your chance to catch a glimpse of it in action! Karsten Maas from Denmark has made a super-sized 4.37-m-long (14-ft 5-in) club and has used it to achieve a drives of over 165 metres.


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Jimmy Fallon: "genius comedian and actor Robin Williams...He's one of a kind. He's one in a million. He's unbelievable"

August 13, 2014 Jimmy Fallon Pays Tribute to Robin Williams to honor the late comedian, choking back tears, before doing his best impersonation of the legend -

*update* 21 August 2014 Robin Williams's Ashes Scattered in San Francisco Bay near his home just one day after his death, per his official death certificate

*update* 20 August 2014 2014 Emmys: Billy Crystal to pay tribute to Williams, his longtime friend and fellow comedian, at next week's Emmy Awards. At 2013 Emmys, Williams honored his friend and mentor Jonathan Winters.

Unbreakable bond. Christopher Reeve: the greatest gift from Robin Williams is laughter

Robin Williams - Inside The Actors Studio - FULL Video


young Robin Williams (credit: childhood-images1)

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Super-moon ("perigee moon"), first of three expected in summer 2014, rising this moment, visible in the sky overnight


Super Moon rises over the hills tonight near Los Angeles. (Credit: Craig DeMartini)


The supermoon captured over Mount Rainier. (Credit: Tommy McPharlin)



A bright light will soon be visible in the sky as "Supermoon" begins rising. (Credit: TKTLA)


The first spectacular "supermoon" of the summer peaks this Saturday. (Credit: Huffington Post)


A supermoon rises behind the scaffolding-wrapped Washington Monument, Sunday, June 23, 2013. (Credit: NASA)

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Spectacular ‘Supermoon’ Visible in the Sky Overnight
The moon will seem a little bit bigger and brighter Saturday morning when a “supermoon” — the first of an expected three this summer — will be visible, according to NASA. The occurrence, also called a “perigee moon,” takes place when the moon becomes full at the point of orbit when it’s closet to earth, making the moon “seem extra big and bright,” NASA reported on its website.  read more »

Photos: fans having fun at FIFA World Cup 2014 in Brazil


2014 FIFA World Cup: a tournament for the men's football world championship. Brazil: June 12 to July 13


opening ceremony: World Cup 2014 in Sao Paulo, Brazil, June12

World Cup 2014 Mexico vs. Cameroon
Rafael Marquez (C) and Javier Hernandez (R) of Mexico go for a header: Mexico vs Cameroon

World Cup 2014 Greece vs Columbia
France's Karim Benzema scores a goal during the 2014 World Cup Group E soccer match between Switzerland and France.


German fans before the game against Portugal


U.S. fans during the match with Germany


Belgian fans celebrate during the 2-1 win over Algeria.


Mexico fans before the game against Croatia


Dutch fans prior to the match against Australia

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Surviving sailor's book: "Out of the Depths". WWII, Pacific. USS Indianapolis torpedoed by Japanese submarine I-58

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USS Indianapolis was a Portland class heavy cruiser of the US Navy, flagship for Admiral Raymond Spruance while he commanded the Fifth Fleet in battles across the Central Pacific. On 30 July 1945, the ship was torpedoed by the Japanese submarine I-58, sinking in 12 minutes. Of 1,196 crewmen aboard, 300 went down with the ship. The remaining 900 faced exposure, dehydration, saltwater poisoning, and shark attacks. Her sinking led to the greatest single loss of life at sea in the history of the U.S. Navy.

On 30 July 1945, the ship was torpedoed by the Imperial Japanese Navy submarine I-58, sinking in 12 minutes. Of 1,196 crewmen aboard, approximately 300 went down with the ship.

The remaining 900 faced exposure, dehydration, saltwater poisoning, and shark attacks.

Out of the Depths: A WWII Vet's Miracle of Survival Edgar Harrell, survived the sinking of the USS Indianapolis in 1945.
Harrell saw fierce combat on the ship - events that shook him to the core. The 89-year-old vividly recalls one harrowing incident when a Japanese kamikaze plane struck the Indianapolis in the battle for Okinawa. "I can remember seeing that plane, thinking that life is over," Harrell shared. "This is the end of life because he's diving for the fantail."  read more »

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