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BANYUWANGI, INDONESIA - MAY 25: A worker carries a shark at Muncar Port on May 25, 2014 in Banyuwangi, Indonesia. Indonesia has become one of the major exporters of meat and shark fins in the world, producing 640 thousand tons per year. The Indonesian government is tightening regulations for the fishing of sharks and manta rays, which are now included in the list of Appendix II of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES). (Photo by Robertus Pudyanto/Getty Images)
BANYUWANGI, INDONESIA - MAY 25: A worker carries a shark at Muncar Port on May 25, 2014 in Banyuwangi, Indonesia. Indonesia has become one of the major exporters of meat and shark fins in the world, producing 640 thousand tons per year. The Indonesian government is tightening regulations for the fishing of sharks and manta rays, which are now included in the list of Appendix II of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES). (Photo by Robertus Pudyanto/Getty Images)
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Friday Fun Facts About Sharks

Confession time. The movie “Jaws” scared the heck out of me and I lived in the middle of the US at the time. I was nowhere near the ocean.

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WASHINGTON - JULY 12: John Walsh, host of TV show 'America's Most Wanted' and co-founder of the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC), speaks during a news conference to announce the creation of a wireless Amber Alert solution that extends the reach of Amber Alerts to mobile phone users through the Emergency Alert System (EAS) July 12, 2004 at the National Press Club in Washington, DC. Nextel is the first wireless carrier to work with the alert coordinators and NCMEC towards the development of a wireless text message alert. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON - JULY 12: John Walsh, host of TV show 'America's Most Wanted' and co-founder of the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC), speaks during a news conference to announce the creation of a wireless Amber Alert solution that extends the reach of Amber Alerts to mobile phone users through the Emergency Alert System (EAS) July 12, 2004 at the National Press Club in Washington, DC. Nextel is the first wireless carrier to work with the alert coordinators and NCMEC towards the development of a wireless text message alert. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
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The “Amber Alert”

We’ve all heard the term “Amber Alert.,” but you might not know exactly what determines when an Amber Alert is issued and who issues it.

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Cashman Nursery Christmas Trees
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Christmas Traditions In America

Traditions are the nuts and bolts that hold families and communities together. Our family had many traditions growing up. What are some of yours?

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Road Work
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War Internment Camps: Racial Lessons From Our Past

Over 110,000 people of Japanese heritage, sixty-two percent being American citizens, were ordered to report to internment camps.

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U.S. Prepares To Set Clocks Back As Daylights Saving Time Ends
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Is Daylight Savings Time Really Necessary?

Twice a year the same debate is hashed out around water coolers and breakfast tables across America. Do we really need this twice-yearly clock changing?

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Columbus Day Parade Held In New York
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Did Columbus Really Discover America?

Columbus landed on the islands of Cuba and Hispaniola convinced that these were the outer islands of China.

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Fake "BBC News" Website Claims Britney Spears Died
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Don’t Be The Victim of An Online Hoax

You might find this hard to believe but a Nigerian prince does not really need your help in getting millions of dollars safely into America.

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After Fiscal Cliff Standoff, Obama Returns to Hawaii

President Barack Obama is back in Hawaii for vacation after a tense, end-of-the-new-year standoff with Congress over the fiscal cliff.

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Hawaii Makes Surfing a High School Sport

Surf’s up.

Hawaii became the first state to officially recognize surfing as a high school sport, which will take effect by the spring of 2013. Funding for the program will come from the private sector and the community.

“Surfing has been a really big part of my life and has taught me a lot of valuable lessons: what hard work and perseverance can do, time management and how to stay organized,” said Carissa Moore, 18, Association of Surfing Professionals women’s world champion.

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Hawaii Remains the Nation’s Happiest State, But What’s the Unhappiest One?

Just like it did last year, Hawaii snagged the top spot in Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index, which ranks the happiness level of each state.

The index bases happiness on a combination of six factors: emotional health, physical health, healthy lifestyle, job satisfaction, access to health care and safe places to exercise, and, finally, life evaluation — which includes a self-evaluation about your present life situation and your anticipated life situation in five years.

About 177,000 Americans 18 and older took the survey, which was administered between January and June of this year. North Dakota and Alaska took second and third, respectively, while West Virginia rated the unhappiest state. Check out where your state landed below.

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