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What's "up"? Sea level (giant ice melting); July hottest month; Chief calling arms to battle rising crime; Guardian Angels back

join NASA for an in-depth look at what's going on with sea level rise around the world

July 2015 was Earth’s hottest month in at least 135 years

coastal instruments have recorded sea level change at some locations for more than 200 years

Detroit Police Chief James Craig says legal gun ownership in his city can help stop crime

Guardian Angels: volunteers go on patrol nearly every day, watch out for trouble, break up fights and deter crime

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Antarctica's floating ice shelves are thinning at an accelerating rate. Many of Antarctica's ice shelves are huge. The one protruding into the Ross Sea is the size of France. They form where glacier ice running off the continent protrudes across water. At a certain point, the ice lifts off the seabed and floats. Eventually, as these shelves continue to push outwards, their fronts will calve, forming icebergs.  read more »

Kenya. Exceptionally large cheetah jumps into Jeep, just inches away fr Irishman's face, he's shocked but so cool (would you?)!

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"I've been living in Kenya all my life and I've never seen anything like this" - Surprise! Cheeky cheetah leaps into safari jeep, and crept toward Mickey McCaldin, inched less than a foot away from the face of the Irish man... This could have ended badly.

During a safari tour through the Masai Mara game reserve in Kenya, an exceptionally large cheetah jumped up onto the backseat of the tourists' Jeep and crept toward an Irish man, Caters News reports.

The cheetah inched less than a foot away from the face of Mickey McCaldin, who miraculously did not have a nervous breakdown.

"I've been living in Kenya all my life and I've never seen anything like this," said David Horsey, a family friend of McCaldin's who lives in Mombasa and was on the safari. "The cheetah just wasn't scared of getting up close and personal." Horsey, who captured the pictures of the incident in June, had been tracking the family of cheetahs, noting that they hadn't had a kill lately and "had been looking for a gazelle for a few days with no luck."

Turns out, the mother cheetah who hopped up first, named Malaika, wasn't looking for a kill – she was just snooping around.

the closest encounter - an exceptionally large cheetah jumped up onto the backseat of the tourists' Jeep and Irish tourist Mickey McCaldin Irish tourist Mickey McCaldin  read more »

Flying robots over Eiffel tower, Buckingham Palace, JFK Airport, landing at German Chancellor Merkel's feet, on White House lawn

2015 CeBIT technology event in Germany showcases remote-controlled and autonomous drones, some fitted with cameras and sensors

a drone flew within feet of German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Defense Minister, hovering briefly before crashing at Merkel's feet

2015: drone flights over Eiffel Tower, Queen Victoria Memorial at Buckingham Palace, Stonehenge, and crashed onto White House lawn

flying drone got attention of airline pilot on final approach to New York JFK Airport

*update* 05Aug2014
TorontoStar - A drone dropped a package of drugs into a prison yard while inmates were outside, sparking a fight The package was dropped July 29 at the Mansfield Correctional Institution in Ohio. It contained almost 7 grams of heroin, over 57 grams of marijuana and more than 140 grams of tobacco, JoEllen Smith, a spokeswoman for the Department of Rehabilitation and Correction, told the Mansfield News Journal.

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25 Feb 2015 - Second night of mysterious drone flights over Paris - The Eiffel Tower, site of drone flights on Monday and Tuesday nights  read more »

Be tall to be there: Boston covered by 6-feet snow; 60000 tons of salt dumped onto roads; NY, Vermont help dig Massachusetts out

boston buried under snow

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*update* 2015/02/10
Boston Police Commissioner William Evans: "I hope it snows every day!" Homicides and other major crimes in the city have dropped by a whopping 34 percent so far this year, compared with the same period last year. Vehicle theft decreased by 46 percent, larceny by 35 percent, and burglaries by 32 percent, according to data provided by the Boston Police Department.
'murder-free' record New York City has gone 11 days without a homicide, its longest stretch without any on modern record, the New York Police Department said Friday. The record was broken midnight Thursday. It was the 11th full day without a reported homicide. Police Commissioner Bill Bratton hushed talk of the streak Friday on "CBS This Morning." "Shh ... we don't want to jinx it," Bratton told host Charlie Rose. "We're into our 12th day now, Charlie. Eleven is a record and let's keep it going."

What Should Boston Do With All That Snow? Desperate for snow-disposal solutions, Boston has asked the public for ideas  read more »

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 »

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