Take a deep breath, forget about downgrades and spending cuts, and check out some of the week's best stories
So, it wasn’t exactly the best week, news-wise. But no more of that. Purge your memory banks — for just a moment, anyway — of all the legislative close calls and market dives and downgrades. Seriously. For now, just enjoy a reprieve from all the doom and gloom, and check out these life-affirming items:
- A couple from Seattle decided it was time for a change, so they gathered up their savings and traveled the world, recording their experiences in this breathtaking four-minute clip, “Wanderlust.” [The Atlantic]
- Watch in wonder as domesticated dogs go to battle against their longtime nemesis: bubbles. [BuzzFeed]
- Last June, Andre the turtle was found stranded and near death after what appears to have been two separate boat collisions. After a year of rehab, scientists released the “miracle turtle” back into the wild this week. [AP]
- In other aquatic news: As part of a religious ceremony, a group of Tibetan Buddhists released 534 lobsters from captivity, dropping them over the side of a whale-watching boat off the coast of Massachusetts. [Reuters]
- Those worried about the “robot apocalypse” can just relax for a second. Not only are the machines not violently overthrowing us — now they’re making us cookies. [Huffington Post]
- Benefactors in New York City, including Mayor Michael Bloomberg and billionaire George Soros, will contribute a total of $127 million to bolster programs for young black and Latino men. [AP]
- The Hollywood Foreign Press Association, bequeathers of the Golden Globes, donated $1.5 million to nearly four dozen arts-relate charities on Thursday. [AP]
- Last, but not least: It wouldn’t be a week in the life of the Internet without a little bit of YouTube-generated animal whimsy, now would it? [Huffington Post]
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- Amanda Bynes arrested after hurling bong from window
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Lisa Montgomery embraces her nephew Thursday after a tornado tore apart her home in Cleburne, Texas. The twister killed six people and destroyed entire swaths of the North Texas town.
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Jack McMahon, the defense attorney for abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell, speaks outside the Criminal Justice Center in Philadelphia Tuesday. His client was convicted of killing three babies in his clinic, and will serve multiple life sentences.
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A photo taken Monday captures Vice President Joe Biden's response to a Milwaukee second-grader's innovative proposal to end America's epidemic of gun violence. This guy!
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Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., flanked by a grouper-eyed Michele Bachmann, addresses the IRS' admission that it targeted Tea Party groups in advance of the 2012 election. In an op-ed for CNN Thursday, the Kentucky senator slammed the president for his faux outrage.
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Ousted IRS chief Steven Miller is sworn in on Capitol Hill Friday. Miller testified before the House Ways and Means Committee on the extra scrutiny the agency gave conservative groups applying for tax-exempt status.
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Attorney General Eric Holder pauses as he testifies on Capitol Hill before the House Judiciary Committee Wednesday. Holder is under fire, among other things, for the Justice Department's gathering of phone records at the Associated Press.
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O.J. Simpson sits during an evidentiary hearing at Clark County District Court in Las Vegas, Nev., Thursday. Simpson, who is currently serving a nine-to-33-year sentence in state prison for armed robbery and kidnapping, is using a writ of habeas corpus to seek a new trial.
Credit: AP/Las Vegas Review-Journal/Jeff Scheid
Major Tom to ground control: On Sunday astronaut Chris Hadfield recorded the first music video from space, a cover of David Bowie's "Space Oddity."
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When it rains it pours. President Barack Obama speaks during a news conference Thursday with Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, inexplicably inspiring an #umbrellagate Twitter meme.
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A smoke plume rises high above a road block at the intersection of County A and Ross Road east of Solon Springs, Wis., Tuesday. No injuries were reported, but the the wildfire caused evacuations across northwestern Wisconsin.
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