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Happy goat savors a spoonful of peanut butter



Stephie the goat is ending 2014 right — with a giant spoonful of peanut butter and the resolve to savor each lick.

The happy goat is one of many residents living at the Manning River Farm Animal Sanctuary in New South Wales, Australia. There, she resides peacefully with cows, pigs, chickens and, of course, peanut butter-wielding humans.

From the 1930s to present: New Year’s Eve in New York’s Times Square



Every year hundreds of thousands of revelers descend upon the gleaming intersection of Seventh Avenue and Broadway in New York City to celebrate the turn of the new year.

Famously, Times Square plays host to musical performances, celebrity guests and 2,000 pounds of falling confetti. Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve began in 1974, and has hosted the ball drop party in Times Square ever since, but people were filling the square to ring in the new year for decades before Clark’s televised…

Ukraine volunteers bring support to soldiers



In the wake of the ongoing crisis in Ukraine, volunteers across the country have united to support Ukrainian soldiers.

The movement is expansive and wide-ranging, with volunteers providing everything from food and warm clothes to bulletproof vests and camouflage tents. In addition to donations, they also care for injured soldiers, offer patriotic lessons at school and send family photos to the trenches.

Volunteers often work through the nights after finishing their day jobs, and many are…

GoPro captures dog’s heartbreaking reaction to his owner leaving the house



Get ready to never leave your pet home alone again

Curious about the antics his dog gets into after he leaves the house, YouTube user Mike the Intern strapped a GoPro onto his pet to capture his dog’s reaction

Unfortunately, Mike’s overly attached dog doesn’t handle separation very well

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Same-sex couples seek gay-friendly wedding services



Elizabeth calls her upcoming marriage to Julie, her partner of 12 years, “the amazing moving wedding.”

The South Carolina women initially planned to marry in Connecticut, where same-sex marriage has been legal since 2008. They scheduled their wedding around their oldest son’s graduation there, on Memorial Day weekend. But when gay marriage bans were struck down closer to home, their plans changed

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Seth Rogen and James Franco live-tweet ‘The Interview’



James Franco and Seth Rogen celebrated The Interview‘s swift comeback by live tweeting the movie start to finish, for our benefit.

When Sony Pictures originally pulled The Interview from theatrical release following anonymous threats in the wake of Sony’s very public hack, the likelihood of a massive comeback for the flick seemed slim. But thanks to independent theaters across the U.S. and streaming platforms including Google Play, YouTube, Xbox Video, Sony’s own and, as…

Twitter users reporting bug that dates every post as one year old



The world’s new year date change is still a few days away, but on Sunday a number of Twitter users began reporting that TweetDeck, which is owned by Twitter, was showing their posts as 365 days old

The bug appears to affect both direct posts and retweets of other user posts

There have also been reports from users that the Twitter app on Android is locking users out of their accounts, although other users report no problems on…

Sony says ‘The Interview’ has already raked in $15 million



Despite an ongoing hacking scandal and a launch that was canceled and only recently rescheduled, The Interview has managed to rake in $15 million since its online debut on Wednesday

The film’s sales numbers were revealed in an official statement from Sony released on Sunday

“Through Saturday, December 27, including all of its online distribution platforms, The Interview has been rented or purchased online more than 2 million times,” read a…

24 hours on, search resumes for missing AirAsia Flight 8501



What we know so far:

  • AirAsia Flight 8501 vanished Sunday en route to Singapore from Indonesia.

  • The plane lost contact at 7:24 a.m. after requesting to change course due to poor weather.

  • Seven crew members and 155 passengers were on board, including 17 children and one infant.

  • Search operations, which are being led by Indonesia’s National Search and Rescue Agency, have resumed this morning just after 6:30 a.m. Indonesia local time.

As daylight breaks on Monday morning in the Indonesia…

China is reportedly blocking access to Gmail



China is blocking access to Google’s popular Gmail service, according to data from Google and analysis from Dyn Research.

Traffic has dropped to nearly zero, per Google’s transparency reports, which provides real-time information about usage of its services.

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Dyn Research, an Internet analysis firm, said it confirmed that an “IP-level” block of Gmail had occurred

“China has a number of ways they can block content. One…