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ACLU Opposes Kavanaugh Nomination In Rare Break From Own Policy

ACLU Opposes Kavanaugh Nomination In Rare Break From Own PolicyThe American Civil Liberties Union, which typically does not endorse



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Rare triple whale breach close to boat stuns onlookers

Rare triple whale breach close to boat stuns onlookersWhale watchers squeal with delight as three surfacing humpbacks leap out of the water almost simultaneously in rare triple breach right next to their boat.



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Trump’s Hurricane Maria Tweets Get Rare Republican Pushback In Florida

Trump’s Hurricane Maria Tweets Get Rare Republican Pushback In FloridaWASHINGTON – President Donald Trump's false claim Thursday about Hurricane



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Rare teeth from ancient mega-shark found on Australia beach

Rare teeth from ancient mega-shark found on Australia beachA rare set of teeth from a giant prehistoric mega-shark twice the size of the great white have been found on an Australian beach by a keen-eyed amateur enthusiast, scientists said Thursday. Philip Mullaly was strolling along an area known as a fossil hotspot at Jan Juc, on the country’s famous Great Ocean Road some 100 kilometres (60 miles) from Melbourne, when he made the find. The shark, which stalked Australia’s oceans around 25 million years ago, feasting on small whales and penguins, could grow more than nine metres long, almost twice the length of today’s great white shark.



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Amateur fossil hunter finds rare teeth from ancient mega-shark on Australian beach

Amateur fossil hunter finds rare teeth from ancient mega-shark on Australian beachA rare set of teeth from a giant prehistoric mega-shark twice the size of the great white have been found on an Australian beach by a keen-eyed amateur enthusiast, scientists said on Thursday. Philip Mullaly was strolling along an area known as a fossil hotspot at Jan Juc, on the country's famous Great Ocean Road some 100 kilometres (60 miles) from Melbourne, when he made the find. "I was walking along the beach looking for fossils, turned and saw this shining glint in a boulder and saw a quarter of the tooth exposed," he said. "I was immediately excited, it was just perfect and I knew it was an important find that needed to be shared with people." He told Museums Victoria, and Erich Fitzgerald, senior curator of vertebrate palaeontology, confirmed the seven centimetre-long (2.7 inch) teeth were from an extinct species of predator known as the great jagged narrow-toothed shark (Carcharocles angustidens). The shark, which stalked Australia's oceans around 25 million years ago, feasting on small whales and penguins, could grow more than nine metres long, almost twice the length of today's great white shark. Fossil enthusiast Philip Mullaly holds a giant shark tooth Credit: WILLIAM WEST/AFP "These teeth are of international significance, as they represent one of just three associated groupings of Carcharocles angustidens teeth in the world, and the very first set to ever be discovered in Australia," Mr Fitzgerald said. He explained that almost all fossils of sharks worldwide were just single teeth, and it was extremely rare to find multiple associated teeth from the same shark. This is because sharks, who have the ability to regrow teeth, lose up to a tooth a day and cartilage, the material a shark skeleton is made of, does not readily fossilise. Mr Fitzgerald suspected they came from one individual shark and there might be more entombed in the rock. So he led a team of palaeontologists, volunteers, and Mr Mullaly on two expeditions earlier this year to excavate the site, collecting more than 40 teeth in total. Most came from the mega-shark, but several smaller teeth were also found from the sixgill shark (Hexanchus), which still exists today. Museums Victoria palaeontologist Tim Ziegler said the sixgill teeth were from several different individuals and would have become dislodged as they scavenged on the carcass of the Carcharocles angustidens after it died. "The stench of blood and decaying flesh would have drawn scavengers from far around," he said. "Sixgill sharks still exist off the Victorian coast today, where they live off the remains of whales and other animals. This find suggests they have performed that lifestyle here for tens of millions of years."



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Vets ready for rare efforts to save ailing endangered orca

Vets ready for rare efforts to save ailing endangered orcaSEATTLE (AP) — Experts are preparing rare emergency efforts to administer antibiotics or feed live salmon to try to save a young emaciated orca that's part of a critically endangered pod of killer whales.



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Baby Boy, 1, With Rare Skin Condition Has to Bathe in Bleach: 'It Is Something I Dread'

Baby Boy, 1, With Rare Skin Condition Has to Bathe in Bleach: 'It Is Something I Dread'He has defied the odds for his condition.



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Rare bipartisan agreement on ending separating families at the border

Rare bipartisan agreement on ending separating families at the borderCongressional leaders from both parties have expressed outrage over the administration's policy of separating migrant parents from their children at the border.



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Netanyahu meets King Abdullah in Jordan for rare talks

Netanyahu meets King Abdullah in Jordan for rare talksJordan and Egypt are the only Arab countries to have peace treaties with Israel, and Monday’s visit was Netanyahu’s first to the kingdom since 2014. The king stressed “the need to advance in the efforts to find a settlement to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict on the basis of a two-state solution”, the Jordanian royal court said, referring to the creation of a Palestinian state.



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Kim Jong Un’s former teacher gives rare look inside his past

Kim Jong Un’s former teacher gives rare look inside his pastIn an exclusive interview with NBC News’ Keir Simmons, Kim Jong Un’s former teacher remembers his student as being “friendly” and having “a good sense of humor.”



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