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April 3, 2014
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Is it the Blackfish backlash? SeaWorld Entertainment Inc. just reported a 13 percent drop in attendance in the first quarter of 2014, falling to 3.05 million visitors January through March, from 3.5 million in the same quarter of 2013.

SeaWorld has been pushing back against claims made in the 2013 documentary film Blackfish that the company mistreats its killer whales. The Los Angeles Times could not reach the company for comment, but notes that during a conference call in March, SeaWorld officials rejected the notion that the movie had anything to do with declining attendance.

So what does SeaWorld believe is the reason behind the drop in visitors? An increase in ticket prices last year, and the calendar: Holidays like Easter and spring break fell earlier in 2013. Catherine Garcia

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The 18-year-old gunman who killed 10 people, including himself, in an attack on a Munich shopping mall Friday evening was fixated on mass murder, local authorities have revealed.

"Documents were found about mass shootings," said Hubertus Andrae, Munich police chief. "The perpetrator was obviously obsessed with the issue." A search of the attacker's home located multiple books on the subject, including one titled, Rampage in Head: Why Students Kill.

The gunman's name has yet to be released, but early investigations suggest the German-Iranian man was not motivated by Islamic extremism and had no ties to the Islamic State. Bonnie Kristian

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At least 130 people have died and dozens more remain missing after torrential rains caused flooding and landslides throughout China since the extreme weather began on Monday.

Hit hardest is Hebei Province, located near the capital city of Beijing in the northeast of the country, where 300,000 people have been evacuated and about 80 of the deaths occurred. Photos of drowned children purported to be from this area are circulating online.

Meteorologists say additional rainstorms are expected in coming days, and authorities estimate some 8 million people have been affected already. Some Hebei residents have accused the government of causing the disaster by opening a nearby reservoir, but officials insist the reservoir drains into a different river and did not cause these deadly floods. Bonnie Kristian

7:58 a.m. ET
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A mass shooting at the Munich shopping center Olympia Einkaufszentrum Friday evening left 10 people dead, including the gunman, who has since been identified as an 18-year-old German-Iranian whom authorities say had no apparent ties to an outside terrorist organization.

"Based on the searches, there are no indications whatsoever that there is a connection to Islamic State," said Munich police chief Hubertus Andrae in a press conference Saturday. Andrae noted that his officers had not found evidence tying the shooter to refugee communities or to past criminal activity, but did uncover a history of psychiatric care.

Nearly all of the victims were teenagers, with three just 14 years old. Another 16 people were wounded before the attacker killed himself and three remain in a life-threatening condition. Bonnie Kristian

July 22, 2016

Hillary Clinton has officially selected Sen. Tim Kaine, a Spanish-speaking former governor from the battleground state of Virginia, as her 2016 running mate.

The two are expected to appear together at an event on Saturday. Ben Frumin

July 22, 2016
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A cashier at a Taco Bell restaurant in Alabama refused to serve two police officers, CNN reports. The unidentified worker said she would not take the deputies' order, and when they asked if she was kidding, she said, "No, I'm not serving you." Another customer allegedly thanked her, saying she "didn’t want to eat somewhere with a cop." The company apologized and said the cashier had been fired. The Week Staff

July 22, 2016
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"How often do you get to buy a fossilized T. rex skeleton?" Keep that in mind, LuxuryLaunches.com says, when you see the price tag on the Mounted Tyrannosaurus Rex Skeleton ($2,390,000) currently available as catalog number TE-036 from a Texas-based commercial paleontological company. Roughly 45 percent of the theropod's bones are real, making it more complete than many museum specimens. Three fossil sites, in Montana and Wyoming, contributed those bones, and the rest are high-quality replicas. The mounted skeleton is 38 feet long and stands 12 feet tall. "As much as it belongs in a museum, we're kinda hoping it's snapped up by an eccentric billionaire."
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July 22, 2016
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"Until now," The Washington Post editorial board writes, Donald Trump was "a Republican problem." But after he officially accepted the Republican nomination for the presidency Thursday night, "he became a challenge the nation must confront and overcome."

So begins an editorial published by The Washington Post on Friday, wherein the paper's editors make the case for why, just a single day after Trump officially took the helm of the Republican Party, they are already positive they will not be endorsing him:

We cannot salute the Republican nominee or pretend that we might endorse him this fall. A Trump presidency would be dangerous for the nation and the world. Why are we so sure? Start with experience. […] There is nothing on Mr. Trump's résumé to suggest he could function successfully in Washington. He was staked in the family business by a well-to-do father and has pursued a career marked by some real estate successes, some failures and repeated episodes of saving his own hide while harming people who trusted him. Given his continuing refusal to release his tax returns, breaking with a long bipartisan tradition, it is only reasonable to assume there are aspects of his record even more discreditable than what we know. The lack of experience might be overcome if Mr. Trump saw it as a handicap worth overcoming. But he displays no curiosity, reads no books, and appears to believe he needs no advice. [The Washington Post]

Read the Post's entire takedown of Trump here. Kimberly Alters

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