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article imageTopFinds: Children killed in U.S. shooting, Russia's alien files

By David Silverberg     Dec 14, 2012 in Internet
A brazen shooting has left 27 people dead in Connecticut, 20 of them children. A former SeaWorld trainer reaches out to a girl bitten by a dolphin. Does Russia have secret documents about existing aliens? These are the top stories on Digital Journal.
As we do every week, we've collected the top news stories and compiled them on one page. Digital Journalists reported on shocking breaking news, animal-rights updates, reports on viral videos and much more.
We also highlight some of the major topics Digital Journalists have been covering recently. Note you can see the trending topics at the top of any page on our news network, in the black bar. They are changing constantly to react to what people are reading on the site. We wanted to include this feature to let you know the topics people want to read about on Digital Journal.

Hot topics on Digital Journal

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Hurricane Sandy news

Top Digital Journal Reports

Dr. Visser says park suing her over report submitted in court (Includes interview) by Elizabeth Batt
Two days before presenting a comprehensive report on the condition of orca Morgan in an Amsterdam court case, scientist Dr. Ingrid Visser said she received a letter threatening legal action from the park, if the report was not retracted.
Former SeaWorld trainer reaches out to girl bitten by dolphin (Includes interview) by Elizabeth Batt
Jillian Thomas was feeding a dolphin at SeaWorld Orlando when it partially launched out of the water and grabbed the girl's hand. Now a former SeaWorld trainer is reaching out to the 8-year-old.
Op-Ed: Is this the worst Christmas tree in the history of the holidays? (Includes first-hand account) by Andrew Moran
Late last month, the Eaton Centre shopping mall in Toronto unveiled this year's Christmas tree and it's quite unique to say the least. Veering away from traditional Christmas trees we see, this just might be one of the ugliest I've ever seen.
The latest Christmas tree in Toronto for the holiday season at the Eaton Centre.
The latest Christmas tree in Toronto for the holiday season at the Eaton Centre.
Republicans turn their backs on disabled citizens (Includes interview) by Greta McClain
It seems hard to believe that a United Nations treaty that calls for those with disabilities to be treated equally could be something the US Senate would be against, but the unimaginable became a reality on Tuesday.
Cup immediately alerts you to presence of date rape drugs (Includes interview) by Greta McClain
"Date rape" drugs have been around for at least a couple of decades, but new products in development may make it easier for people to protect themselves.
'Dickens' Women' triumphs in its overdue Toronto premiere (Includes review) by Jeff Cottrill
Miriam Margolyes' one-woman show “Dickens' Women” brings the wit and emotion of Charles Dickens to the stage so vividly, it makes his writing sound almost contemporary. Even if you hate Dickens, chances are good that you'll enjoy this show.

Top Images

Mildred B. Cooper Memorial Chapel.  Bella Vista  Ark.
Mildred B. Cooper Memorial Chapel. Bella Vista, Ark.
A small market. Note the man striking a pose dressed in a stylish  Dansiki  robe
A small market. Note the man striking a pose dressed in a stylish "Dansiki" robe
A security guard tries to stop photos being taken at the Sydney offices of 2Day FM at 50 Goulburn St...
A security guard tries to stop photos being taken at the Sydney offices of 2Day FM at 50 Goulburn Street next to World Square.
Selling fresh caught fish directly from the fishing boat  with its coils of fishing nets at Stevesto...
Selling fresh caught fish directly from the fishing boat, with its coils of fishing nets at Steveston Fish Market, Richmond, BC.
Aeriosa performance on the walls of Water Street building in Gastown  Vancouver International Jazz F...
Aeriosa performance on the walls of Water Street building in Gastown, Vancouver International Jazz Festival.
Fuengirola port.
Fuengirola port.
Toronto Christmas Market at the Distillery
Toronto Christmas Market at the Distillery
A rare moment of sunshine sets these icicles sparkling.
A rare moment of sunshine sets these icicles sparkling.
 Louise  by Linda and Ed Blackburn (2005). Floor medallion in stone. Located near gates 28-31  Termi...
"Louise" by Linda and Ed Blackburn (2005). Floor medallion in stone. Located near gates 28-31, Terminal D, DFW.
A bowl with rice and juicy stew goes very well with hot Japanese green tea.
A bowl with rice and juicy stew goes very well with hot Japanese green tea.
Agodi-NTA Intersection
Agodi-NTA Intersection
Aurolyn Rush  a phone operator at the Grand Hyatt who has worked there for 16 years  was among the w...
Aurolyn Rush, a phone operator at the Grand Hyatt who has worked there for 16 years, was among the workers that rallied outside the hotel at San Francisco's Union Square on Dec. 13.
Photo by Julia Wong, courtesy of Unite Here labor union, Local 2
Spectacular winter sunset near Radnor Lake in Nashville  TN
Spectacular winter sunset near Radnor Lake in Nashville, TN
United Voice & ACTU hold a rally outside the Philippine Center in Sydney.
United Voice & ACTU hold a rally outside the Philippine Center in Sydney.
Rescuing sunk boats after a storm  Fuengirola port.
Rescuing sunk boats after a storm, Fuengirola port.
The American Atheists were reportedly the only group to apply for approval to have a display on the ...
The American Atheists were reportedly the only group to apply for approval to have a display on the courthouse's grounds in 2012 under a new mandate. Here two members of the group are in the midst of putting up their information canopy and podium.
Santa arrived in a classic car waving to crowds that lined up and down both sides of Leesburg s King...
Santa arrived in a classic car waving to crowds that lined up and down both sides of Leesburg's King Street.
Elephants playing next to the pond at the Zoo at Grassmere.
Elephants playing next to the pond at the Zoo at Grassmere.
Nubbi enjoying a roll in the grass on a nice spring day.
Nubbi enjoying a roll in the grass on a nice spring day.
One of the turrets of Windsor Castle.
One of the turrets of Windsor Castle.

In the Media

27 killed in Connecticut school shooting, including 20 children by Brett Wilkins
Connecticut state police are responding to a shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, 50 miles southwest of Hartford. Twenty children and the school's principal have been killed in Friday morning's shooting.
Video captures largest iceberg break-up ever filmed by Greta McClain
A video clip of a new film captures the moment an iceberg in Greenland begins to calve, making it the largest iceberg calving ever to be captured on film.
Barcelona: Woman busted with 3 lbs of cocaine in breasts by Larry Clifton
Wednesday, Spanish border police who arrested a Panamanian woman for smuggling cocaine at the Barcelona airport found 3 pounds of cocaine in her breasts.
NASA video debunks Mayan Apocalypse predictions by JohnThomas Didymus
NASA is so confident that the Mayan Apocalypse will fail on Dec. 21 that it has released ahead of its Dec. 22 schedule, a video titled, "Why the World didn't End Yesterday." But some ask, is it unsure that anyone would see the video on Dec. 22?
Video: UFO sightings over Brooklyn and San Francisco by JohnThomas Didymus
Skeptics are now wondering whether the Mayans were right after all, following sightings of UFOs over two US cities. Last week, residents of both San Francisco and Brooklyn witnessed glowing objects in the sky. A sighting was also reported in England.
Op-Ed: Asteroid nears as geophysicists predict more earthquakes by Eliot Elwar
Geophysicists believe that major earthquakes are coming. A huge asteroid nears Earth tonight, potentially triggering more earthquakes and tsunamis. More geophysical activities could be headed for Japan and America's west coast region.
Video: Caroline Wozniacki spoofs Serena Williams — was it racist? by JohnThomas Didymus
It seems that for the former tennis number one Caroline Wozniacki, the maxim is: If you can't beat 'em you spoof 'em. At a recent exhibition match against Maria Sharapova in Sao Paulo, she did a hilarious impersonation of Serena Williams.
Strange creature found in cocoon dates to 200 million years by Owen Weldon
Researchers in Antarctica discovered a bizarre creature in an ancient cocoon. Researchers say that this creature is unlike anything ever seen before.
Costa Concordia's company rebounding by building giant liner by Marcus Hondro
Costa Cruises, the owner/operator of the Costa Concordia, which went down nearly a year ago with the loss of 32 passengers and crew, is building a replacement. The construction of the 132,500 ton Costa Diadema began in Italy Monday.
Billboard showing support for Bradley Manning.
Billboard showing support for Bradley Manning.
savebradley/flickr
The Guardian 'Person of the Year 2012' is Bradley Manning by Anne Sewell
Each year the Guardian's editors and readers nominate and vote for the person they consider to be most important and a headline-maker for the year. This year the winners were Bradley Manning, followed by Malala Yousafzai.
Mens leggings, meggings, are the latest fashion hit by Katerina Nikolas
The latest fashion trend for men is meggings, leggings for men, a natural winter progression for men who like to wear tights, the mantyhose that became the must have summer style look.
PM Dmitry Medvedev: Russia has top secret files on aliens by JohnThomas Didymus
Russian PM Dimitry Medvedev may have set conspiracy theorists in a rut of excitement two weeks to the Mayan Apocalypse when he said in a footage recorded after a TV interview that Russian presidents get to see secret files about aliens living among us.
Watch magician Yann Frisch perform amazing sleight-of-hand trick by JohnThomas Didymus
Watch this unbelievable sleight-of-hand trick by French magician Yann Frisch, with open-mouthed amazement. Frisch is a specialist in the genre of stage trick he calls "Baltass," and he has spent years perfecting his routine.
Mother, daughter plan to be 'filthy rich' with online porn site by Greta McClain
Just when you thought the Internet could not get any more strange, or creepy, in walks "The Sexxxtons", an online show featuring a mother and daughter adult entertainment duo.

Top Blogs

Creative Commons photos available at 500px by David Silverberg
As many of you know, photos uploaded to Digital Journal should either be your own images, published with permission, in...
Undelivered registered letter by Canada Post costs me two hundred bucks by Ismai Warsame
In November 19, 2012, I sent a registered letter to an address in the US City of Minneapolis...
Green Amber giving lessons to rococo in design by Paul Wallis
I found some fantastic stuff while looking for decent jewelry for my Amazon store. This stuff is something else. If you...

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