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article imageTopFinds: White House photos of the year; 'Blue Hole of Belize'

By Michael Thomas     Jan 3, 2015 in Internet
The White House's annual year in photos shows some candid moments. A mysterious blue hole in Belize may explain the demise of Mayan civilization. Hawaii sees a rare, invasive coconut crab. Welcome to this week's TopFinds.
As we do every week, we've collected the top news stories and compiled them on one page. Digital Journalists this week reported on rare discoveries, interviewed musicians, analyzed big sports stories and 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.

Top Digital Journal Reports

Mark Burik talks beach volleyball, Saint Francis Prep and future (Includes interview) by Markos Papadatos
Professional beach volleyball player Mark Burik chatted about his career in the sport, his future plans, as well as his high school, Saint Francis Prep.
Buddy Melton from Balsam Range talks IBMA wins and future plans (Includes interview) by Markos Papadatos
Buddy Melton from Balsam Range was named "Male Vocalist of the Year" at the IBMA awards, and his group was honored as "Entertainer of the Year."
Op-Ed: Microbiology in the news, the top stories of 2014 (Includes interview and first-hand account) by Tim Sandle
The website Pharmaceutical Microbiology has reviewed the top ten microbiology stories and events that have made the news during 2014.
Review: Get the Led Out rocks the Paramount in Huntington, New York (Includes first-hand account) by Markos Papadatos
Get the Led Out performed a concert at The Paramount in Huntington, New York, on December 26. They are a Led Zeppelin cover band.
Video: Walking backwards in 2014 on Fiction Frenzy TV show (Includes first-hand account) by AR Vasquez
"Walking backwards to count down the new year", "Behind the Scenes", "The Descended" and "Authors pour their hearts out" are a few of the tongue-in-cheek fun topics on the latest episodes of Fiction Frenzy TV VLog show.

Top Images

 Sometimes a unique angle makes all the difference. Lawrence Jackson scouted out a balcony position ...
"Sometimes a unique angle makes all the difference. Lawrence Jackson scouted out a balcony position in the New Executive Office Building to photograph the President as he signed H.R. 3547, the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2014, which at the time provided fiscal year 2014 appropriations." (Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson)
Lawrence Jackson
 Despite the haphazard framing  I love the expressions on the President and one-year-old Lincoln Ros...
"Despite the haphazard framing, I love the expressions on the President and one-year-old Lincoln Rose Smith as she learns to walk in the Oval Office. This moment happened when former Deputy Press Secretary Jamie Smith and her family stopped by for a departure greet and photograph with the President." (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
Pete Souza
 The President sits for a 3D portrait being produced by the Smithsonian Institution. There were so m...
"The President sits for a 3D portrait being produced by the Smithsonian Institution. There were so many cameras and strobe lights flashing but the end result was kind of cool." (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
Pete Souza
  Help me up!   the President beckoned after posing for a photograph with children at the U.S. Embas...
"'Help me up!', the President beckoned after posing for a photograph with children at the U.S. Embassy in Manila, the Philippines." (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
Pete Souza
 This is one of those photographs that needs some explanation. The President had been meeting with C...
"This is one of those photographs that needs some explanation. The President had been meeting with Communications Director Jennifer Palmieri, left, and Senior Communications Advisor Tara McGuinness, to prep for a radio interview. At one point, the President made a comment so humorous that Jenn and Tara bent over in laughter." (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
Pete Souza
US President Barack Obama watches Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razzak prepare to putt as they play...
US President Barack Obama watches Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razzak prepare to putt as they play golf at Marine Corps Base Hawaii on December 24, 2014
Nicholas Kamm, AFP
US President Barack Obama cheers musician Al Green (L)  actor Tom Hanks (2L)  ballerina Patricia McB...
US President Barack Obama cheers musician Al Green (L), actor Tom Hanks (2L), ballerina Patricia McBride (3L), musician Sting (3R) and actress Lily Tomlin during an event in the East Room of the White House December 7, 2014 in Washington, DC
Brendan Smialowski, AFP
President Obama sings a duet with blues legend B.B. King
President Obama sings a duet with blues legend B.B. King
The White House
Barack Obama says he see North Korea's hacking of Sony as "cyber vandalism " not war
Barack Obama says he see North Korea's hacking of Sony as "cyber vandalism," not war
Brendan Smialowski, AFP
US President Barack Obama speaks during a press conference in the briefing room of the White House D...
US President Barack Obama speaks during a press conference in the briefing room of the White House December 19, 2014 in Washington, DC.
Brendan Smialowski, AFP
US President Barack Obama waves during the annual National Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony on the E...
US President Barack Obama waves during the annual National Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony on the Ellipse in Washington on December 4, 2014
Nicholas Kamm, AFP
Pakistani civil society activists hold candles during a vigil for the victims of AirAsia Flight 8501...
Pakistani civil society activists hold candles during a vigil for the victims of AirAsia Flight 8501 in Lahore on January 2, 2015
Arif Ali, AFP
Indonesian officers carry coffins of passengers of the AirAsia Flight QZ8501 in Surabaya on January ...
Indonesian officers carry coffins of passengers of the AirAsia Flight QZ8501 in Surabaya on January 2, 2015
Juni Kriswanto, AFP
Indonesian officers carry the coffin of Grayson Herbert Linaskita during a ceremony in Surabaya on J...
Indonesian officers carry the coffin of Grayson Herbert Linaskita during a ceremony in Surabaya on January 2, 2015, as the remains of some victims from AirAsia Flight QZ8501 were returned to relatives
Juni Kriswanto, AFP
Indonesian crew members scan the surface of the sea during the search for AirAsia flight QZ8501 on J...
Indonesian crew members scan the surface of the sea during the search for AirAsia flight QZ8501 on January 1, 2015
Bagus Indahono, Pool/AFP/File
Indonesian military officers examine a piece of wreckage from AirAsia Flight QZ8501  at the military...
Indonesian military officers examine a piece of wreckage from AirAsia Flight QZ8501, at the military base in Pangkalan Bun, in Central Kalimantan on January 2, 2015
Adek Berry, AFP
An Indonesian search and rescue team carry the body of a victim recovered from wreckage of AirAsia F...
An Indonesian search and rescue team carry the body of a victim recovered from wreckage of AirAsia Flight QZ8501, in Pangkalan Bun, in Central Kalimantan on January 2, 2015
Adek Berry, AFP
Indonesian security guards and a relative carry a coffin with the remains of Hayati Lutfiah -- a vic...
Indonesian security guards and a relative carry a coffin with the remains of Hayati Lutfiah -- a victim of AirAsia Flight QZ8501 that crashed into the Java Sea -- during her funeral in Surabaya, on January 1, 2015
, AFP
An Indonesian military officer and search and rescue crew arrive with newly recovered items from Air...
An Indonesian military officer and search and rescue crew arrive with newly recovered items from AirAsia Flight QZ8501 at the military base in Pangkalan Bun in Central Kalimantan on January 1, 2015
Adek Berry, AFP
Members of an Indonesian search and rescue team transport the body of a victim from AirAsia Flight Q...
Members of an Indonesian search and rescue team transport the body of a victim from AirAsia Flight QZ8501 recovered from the Java at Pangkalan Bun in Central Kalimantan on January 1, 2015
Adek Berry, AFP
Members of an Indonesian search and rescue team transport the body of a victim from AirAsia Flight Q...
Members of an Indonesian search and rescue team transport the body of a victim from AirAsia Flight QZ8501 recovered from the Java at Pangkalan Bun in Central Kalimantan on January 1, 2015
Adek Berry, AFP
Members of an Indonesian search and rescue team sit in a vehicle as they ttransport a victim of AirA...
Members of an Indonesian search and rescue team sit in a vehicle as they ttransport a victim of AirAsia Flight QZ8501 that crashed in Indonesian sea in Kumai on December 31, 2014
Adek Berry, AFP
Family members of passengers onboard Malaysian air carrier AirAsia flight QZ8501 pray together insid...
Family members of passengers onboard Malaysian air carrier AirAsia flight QZ8501 pray together inside a holding room at Juanda International Airport in Surabaya, on December 31, 2014
Manan Vatsyayana, AFP
A coffin of a victim of AirAsia flight QZ8501 is transferred from a local hospital in Pangkalan Bun ...
A coffin of a victim of AirAsia flight QZ8501 is transferred from a local hospital in Pangkalan Bun -- the town with the nearest airstrip to the crash site in Central Kalimantan -- on December 31, 2014
, AFP
Members of an Indonesian search and rescue team prepare to carry a dead body during the recovery of ...
Members of an Indonesian search and rescue team prepare to carry a dead body during the recovery of victims who were onboard the crashed AirAsia flight QZ8501 in Pangkalan Bun on December 31, 2014
Yanuar, AFP
Members of the Indonesia marines unload their diving equipment as they arrive at Pangkalan Bun air b...
Members of the Indonesia marines unload their diving equipment as they arrive at Pangkalan Bun air base in Central Kalimantan on December 31, 2014, to join the operation to find AirAsia flight QZ8501
Yanuar, AFP
Members of an Indonesian search and rescue team carry a dead body during the recovery of victims who...
Members of an Indonesian search and rescue team carry a dead body during the recovery of victims who were onboard the crashed AirAsia flight QZ8501 in Pangkalan Bun on December 31, 2014
Yanuar, AFP
Indonesian air force pilots pictured during search operations for the AirAsia flight QZ8501 in Pangk...
Indonesian air force pilots pictured during search operations for the AirAsia flight QZ8501 in Pangkalan Bun, Central Kalimantan on December 30, 2014
Bay Ismoyo, AFP
Family members of passengers onboard AirAsia flight QZ8501 react after watching news reports showing...
Family members of passengers onboard AirAsia flight QZ8501 react after watching news reports showing a body floating in the Java Sea, while waiting at a crisis-centre set up at Juanda International Airport in Surabaya, on December 30, 2014
Manan Vatsyayana, AFP
Indonesian air force CN295 crew members during the search operation for missing AirAsia flight QZ850...
Indonesian air force CN295 crew members during the search operation for missing AirAsia flight QZ8501 over waters near Pangkalan, Central Kalimantan, on December 30, 2014
Bay Ismoyo, AFP
Indonesian air force CN295 crew members during the search operation for missing AirAsia flight QZ850...
Indonesian air force CN295 crew members during the search operation for missing AirAsia flight QZ8501 over waters near Pangkalan, Central Kalimantan, on December 30, 2014
Bay Ismoyo, AFP
Family members of passengers on missing AirAsia flight QZ8501 gather at the airport in Surabaya  Eas...
Family members of passengers on missing AirAsia flight QZ8501 gather at the airport in Surabaya, East Java, on December 29, 2014
Juni Kriswanto, AFP
Indonesian Army personnel keep watch during the search for missing AirAsia flight QZ8501  over the w...
Indonesian Army personnel keep watch during the search for missing AirAsia flight QZ8501, over the waters of the Java Sea on December 29, 2014
Juni Kriswanto, AFP
A member of the Indonesian military reads a map during the search for missing AirAsia flight QZ8501 ...
A member of the Indonesian military reads a map during the search for missing AirAsia flight QZ8501, over the waters of the Java Sea on December 29, 2014
Juri Kriswanto, AFP
Members of an Indonesian search and rescue team prepare to set off to search for missing AirAsia fli...
Members of an Indonesian search and rescue team prepare to set off to search for missing AirAsia flight QZ8501 from Manggar in East Belitung on December 30, 2014
Adek Berry, AFP
Indonesian Air Force personnel look at a map showing the target area to be covered by a C-130 Hercul...
Indonesian Air Force personnel look at a map showing the target area to be covered by a C-130 Hercules aircraft over the Java Sea during search and rescue operations for missing AirAsia flight QZ8501 on December 29, 2014 in Jakarta
Bay Ismoyo, AFP
Indonesian Air Force officials show the search area for missing AirAsia flight QZ8501 at a press con...
Indonesian Air Force officials show the search area for missing AirAsia flight QZ8501 at a press conference at the airport in Surabaya on December 29, 2014
Juni Kriswanto, AFP
An Indonesian woman breaks down while holding a family picture of passengers onboard the missing Air...
An Indonesian woman breaks down while holding a family picture of passengers onboard the missing AirAsia Flight QZ8501, outside the crisis-centre set up at Juanda International Airport in Surabaya on December 29, 2014
Manan Vatsyayana, AFP
A family member of a passenger onboard missing Malaysian air carrier AirAsia flight QZ8501 reacts du...
A family member of a passenger onboard missing Malaysian air carrier AirAsia flight QZ8501 reacts during a briefing session at the crisis-centre set up at Juanda International Airport in Surabaya, on December 30, 2014
Manan Vatsyayana, AFP
A serviceman of the Republic of Singapore Air Force onboard a C-130 aircraft takes part in the searc...
A serviceman of the Republic of Singapore Air Force onboard a C-130 aircraft takes part in the search operation for AirAsia flight QZ8501 over the Java sea on December 30, 2014
Roslan Rahman, AFP
Capilano Suspension Bridge in North Vancouver  full of visitors walking back and forth.
Capilano Suspension Bridge in North Vancouver, full of visitors walking back and forth.
Long lineup of people before crossing Capilano Suspension Bridge in North Vancouver.
Long lineup of people before crossing Capilano Suspension Bridge in North Vancouver.
Live band playing music at Capilano Suspension Bridge in North Vancouver.
Live band playing music at Capilano Suspension Bridge in North Vancouver.
Christmas lights show at Capilano Suspension Bridge in North Vancouver.
Christmas lights show at Capilano Suspension Bridge in North Vancouver.
Cliffwalk platform at Capilano Suspension Bridge in North Vancouver
Cliffwalk platform at Capilano Suspension Bridge in North Vancouver
Cliffwalk platform at Capilano Suspension Bridge in North Vancouver
Cliffwalk platform at Capilano Suspension Bridge in North Vancouver
Totem poles at the entry to Capilano Suspension Bridge in North Vancouver decorated with Christmas l...
Totem poles at the entry to Capilano Suspension Bridge in North Vancouver decorated with Christmas lights.
Toronto s St. Lawrence Market
Toronto's St. Lawrence Market
The new recruits.
The new recruits.
Beautiful variety of salts.
Beautiful variety of salts.
Meats of many wildness-es.
Meats of many wildness-es.
Some seriously exotic  pure maple syrups.
Some seriously exotic, pure maple syrups.
There are days where I eat 100 of these olives.
There are days where I eat 100 of these olives.
Toronto s St. Lawrence Market: Another market corridor.
Toronto's St. Lawrence Market: Another market corridor.
The Art Deco style is most apparent in the tea room. Much of the room is mirrored.
The Art Deco style is most apparent in the tea room. Much of the room is mirrored.
Afternoon tea taken at Claridge s. Here a selection of cakes and champagne is on display.
Afternoon tea taken at Claridge's. Here a selection of cakes and champagne is on display.
Blue Hole: Aerial view of the 400-ft-deep oceanic blue hole (Lighthouse Reef Atoll Blue Hole) locate...
Blue Hole: Aerial view of the 400-ft-deep oceanic blue hole (Lighthouse Reef Atoll Blue Hole) located east of Belize
U.S. Geological Survey

In the Media

Seven shot at New Year's Eve party in Calgary, 2 critical by Marcus Hondro
Alberta is again the scene of large-scale violence as seven people were shot at New Year's Eve house party in the city, Calgary Police Services said. It has now been reported one person has died.
Worker at Regina seniors' home charged with assaulting old man by Marcus Hondro
For the second time since Christmas a Regina, Sask. seniors home is in the news and this time it's for an assault charge. A woman who works at the Santa Maria Senior Citizens Home in the city has been charged by police with assaulting a male resident.
Huge crab caught walking down road in Hawaii by Stephen Morgan
Cars braked when a giant "coconut crab" sauntered down a main road in Hawaii. According to a local resident, Holly Cantere, surprised drivers stopped in their tracks upon seeing the thing.
Video: Teen dies as teacher looks on while prank goes wrong by JohnThomas Didymus
A bullying prank went horribly wrong in a classroom in Moscow. Footage of the incident shows class bullies tormenting a teenager in the presence of their teacher. The teen collapses, hits his throat against a desk and dies while classmates stood laughing.
Bill Cosby hires private investigators to dig up dirt on accusers by Kev Hedges
The allegations of sexual assault seem to keep on coming for the beleaguered television show host, but Bill Cosby is now fighting back.
Spectacular Roman finds under Europe's oldest public theatre by Paul Bradbury
Renovation of a building housing Europe's oldest public theatre in Hvar, Croatia, reveals layers of secrets from the past.
White House's photos of the year include 'Veep,' Bill Murray by Michael Thomas
Just in the nick of time, the White House has released its annual "year in photos," featuring a slew of candid moments involving the president, his staff and more.
Pitbull-Rottweiler badly mauls 16-day-old baby, dog put down by Marcus Hondro
A 16-day-old baby girl is in hospital in Victoria, B.C. after being mauled badly by the family's pitbull-Rottweiler pet dog. The Victoria Times-Colonist reports the girl has non-life threatening facial injuries that may require plastic surgery.
Blue Hole of Belize may explain demise of Mayan civilization by Stephen Morgan
The mystery of the demise of the 3,000 year old Mayan civilization has baffled historians and archaeologists for decades. However, new research at the Blue Hole of Belize lends weight to the idea that catastrophic drought brought the empire to its knees.
Convicted sex offender wins lottery, then sued by alleged victims by Marcus Hondro
A convicted sex offender won $3 million in a Florida lottery jackpot but will have to spend some of it on lawyers, and may lose all of it. He's being sued by two brothers for pain and suffering allegedly caused when he sexually abused them.
6 months in 6 mins: Astronaut's timelapse video of Earth from ISS by Sravanth Verma
Alexander Gerst, a German astronaut on the International Space Station (ISS) offered humanity a special gift on Christmas, with 12500 photos of the planet sequenced into a stunning six-minute timelapse video.
MLB Trade Rumors: Jonathan Papelbon to Toronto Blue Jays? by Larry Seely
With the start of spring training just around the corner, several MLB clubs are still looking to make some moves to their roster in hopes of making the post-season in 2015.
Wikileaks: CIA's Brennan on 'witch hunt' when Hastings was killed by Ralph Lopez
A 2010 email released by Wikileaks from a top-level CIA contractor asserts that CIA Director John Brennan, the subject of a story by now deceased journalist Michael Hastings, was on a "witch hunt" against "investigative journalists" perceived as hostile.
Top 5 obstacles to hurdle in Mayweather-Pacquiao showdown by Leo Reyes
At least five major roadblocks are standing in the way to the long-delayed Mayweather-Pacquiao fight and each one requires careful handling and expertise.

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