Pandas arrive at Edinburgh

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Two giant pandas arrived at Edinburgh, Scotland from China recently, according to BBC News.

The pandas' names are Sweetie and Sunshine, and arrived in Edinburgh after a 5,000 mile non-stop flight from China.

After five years of negotiation with China, it was decided that the pandas will be staying at Edinburgh Zoo for the next 10 years.

Sweetie and Sunshine are the first pandas to be loaned to Britain in more than 17 years, and they are costing Edinburgh Zoo 600,000 pounds a year, but the Zoo hopes that because of the pandas, Zoo attendance will increase over the years.

West recovering from storms

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Western United States, particularly California, got hit with severe wind storms recently, according to ABC News.

These violent winds left nearly 200,000 people without power in parts of California and Utah after the worst wind storm in a decade, reported ABC.

Power lines were downed, fires raged throughout the night, and lights on all terminals at the Los Angeles airport went out at the same time.

Winds of over 150 miles per hour devastated parts of Utah and Colorado, destroying houses and toppling trees all over the West.

The Red Cross has opened stations in parts of California that saw the worst damage, providing people with food and shelter if needed.

The mayor of Los Angeles, Antonio Villaraigosa, told ABC News that crews from all over the West have been called to help clear the streets of fallen trees and debris.

School rejects student due to HIV

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Pennsylvania's Milton Hershey School recently rejected entry to a student because of the fact that he was HIV positive, according to CNN.

The circumstances of this situation were ironic, given that the school's decision was made during the week of World Aids Day and because the school was founded over 100 years ago for the purpose of providing education to disadvantaged students.

The denied student, who wished not to show his face on the broadcast, said he was put under emotional stress because of this and wished that no other teenager would have to go through something similar.

The Aids Law Project of Pennsylvania filed suit on the student's behalf, claiming that the Hershey School violated the Americans with Disabilities Act, reported CNN.

The school believed that they made the right choice because they felt the student would prove to be a direct threat to the health of others, saying that he might engage in sexual intercourse with fellow students.

Vaccines for Kids

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An increasingly large number of Minnesota parents are opting out of vaccines for their children, according to


A new Associated Press analysis shows that Minnesota has the third highest rate of skipping out on required immunizations in the United States at 6.5 percent, reported 5 Eyewitness News.

Many parents have opted out of immunization for their children due to religious, medical or philosophical reasons.

Patsy Stinchfield, Director of Infectious Disease at Children's Hospitals and Clinics in Minnesota, told 5 Eyewitness News that even one family opting out of immunizations could be harmful to an entire community if they would happen to then contract that disease for which they opted out for the shot.

However, Stinchfield reminded 5 Eyewitness News that the majority of parents are taking the responsibility to obtain the immunizations for their children.

Cargill cuts 2000 employees

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In the midst of the lowest United States unemployment rate since March 2009, a Minnesota-based company has recently laid off 2,000 employees, according to Kare 11 News.

Cargill is a food and agricultural giant with headquarters in Minnesota that employs 138,000 people worldwide and has declined the opportunity to comment on the situation.

Recently laid off employees told Kare 11 that this letting go of workers has been widespread in the company during this holiday season, beginning on the first of the month.

Employees had to sign a confidentiality form stating that they wouldn't speak publicly about what happened, and Cargill has yet to release a statement about its recent activities.

Chateau du Gros Chesnay

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Frenchman Alain Passard, according to the Australian, bought the Chateau du Gros Chesnay a few years ago through a unique French process.

The process is when a younger person buys the property of an older person when that older individual is still alive, reported the Australian.

Francemag said that Passard grows produce on the Chateau with no chemicals and no mechanical machinery.

According to the Australian, Passard bought the Chateau from a French grande dame who is happy tending to the house while Passard works on the grounds.

Passard grows produce to supply a restaurant and said that he learned the importance of his techniques from his grandmother, reported Francemag.

He enjoys observing his garden and has made quite an agreeable living from doing what he loves.

Alice Sara Ott

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Alice Sara Ott, a 23-year-old German-Japanese woman, is feeling the pressures of early success, according to the Telegraph.

Ott is a pianist who is considered one of the best interpreters of Chopin, even at such a young age, reported the Telegraph.

The young pianist is happy with her success, but doesn't want to have burn-out syndrome, reported Zimbio magazine.

The Telegraph reported that she has won several awards since becoming a pianist, and is currently on an international concert tour.

She has been self-motivated to learn the piano since the age of five and has succeeded every since, said the Telegraph.


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Kolkata is India's cultural bedrock, according to the New York Times.

The Times reported that although Kolkata is filled with slums and endless traffic, it is also responsible for some of India's greatest writers, thinkers, artists and filmmakers.

The Wall Street Journal also reported that Kolkata is one of the cities in India that attracts quite a bit of attention from cricket fans.

Kolkata is a city that takes a while to get used to, according to the New York Times, but once travelers do so, they find that they grow affectionate for the place.

Travelers can find talkative strangers, tiny bookstores and other unique aspects that will make them fall in love with the city, said the New York Times.

The Library

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The Library bar in Dinkytown is your cliche college campus bar, according to the Minnesota Daily.

The Library bar, located off of Fourth Street on the edge of Dinkytown, attracts a lot of attention from college students looking for cheap drinks and loud music, reported the Daily. reported that the Library bar is usually full of "party animals of the fratty type".

While some students are all about this type of atmospere, the Daily reported that not everyone was smiling at the Dinkytown hot spot.

"There are too many bros here. And all the music sucks," University of Minnesota student Jennifer Maes told the Daily. "I get why people come here, but I can't stand it."

Amsterdam Bar and Hall

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A new music venue that also doubles as a restaurant has been attracting a lot of attention from the indie rock crowd in St. Paul, according to the City Pages.

The new music venue is called the Amsterdam Bar and Hall, and its restaurant menu includes a variety of unique foods, reported City Pages.

The owners of the joint pulled inspiration from the city of Amsterdam's flag, which displays three red X's, a theme which is seen throughout the new club in St. Paul.

According to the Star Tribune, the Amsterdam Bar and Hall had a good turnout on its opening night.

They reported that St. Paul mayor Chris Coleman was also there celebrating his birthday, which was a good sign for the city's addition because he'll likely keep them around.