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Photos of beautiful people who are losing so much of what makes them beautiful

Photojournalist Sean Gallagher visited the Tibetan Plateau to take pictures of the natural and cultural beauty of the region. And it seems he got there just in time. Catch a glimpse of what Gallagher saw below.

For a little context, the Tibetan Plateau is like a climate controller for basically the entire Asian continent. But climate change is throwing off the whole system and making it harder to live for Tibetans like those of this nomadic herding community.

And to make matters worse, the Chinese government — which forcefully invaded Tibet in 1950 (but that's a whole other story) — is forcing tens of thousands of these people off the land they've roamed and inhabited for 5,000 years and into stagnant prefab towns where earning a living and preserving their culture are growing challenges. They say it's to restore the ecology of the region by giving it a break from livestock grazing, but they don't have science to back it up.


What we do know is that China's rapid industrial growth has pushed them to the top of the list on global carbon emissions (the U.S. is #2), and they don't show any real signs of slowing down. We also know that Tibet is a very resource-rich land.

This is a lot to process, but the point here is ... come on, really?

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Meet Eva, the hero dog who risked her life saving her owner from a mountain lion

Wilson had been walking down a path with Eva when a mountain lion suddenly appeared.

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A sweet face and fierce loyalty: Belgian Malinois defends owner.

The Belgian Malinois is a special breed of dog. It's highly intelligent, extremely athletic and needs a ton of interaction. While these attributes make the Belgian Malinois the perfect dog for police and military work, they can be a bit of a handful as a typical pet.

As Belgian Malinois owner Erin Wilson jokingly told NPR, they’re basically "a German shepherd on steroids or crack or cocaine.”

It was her Malinois Eva’s natural drive, however, that ended up saving Wilson’s life.

According to a news release from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Wilson had been walking down a path with Eva slightly ahead of her when a mountain lion suddenly appeared and swiped Wilson across the left shoulder. She quickly yelled Eva’s name and the dog’s instincts kicked in immediately. Eva rushed in to defend her owner.

It wasn’t long, though, before the mountain lion won the upper hand, much to Wilson’s horror.

She told TODAY, “They fought for a couple seconds, and then I heard her start crying. That’s when the cat latched on to her skull.”

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Jada Sayles got both a newborn baby and her college degree.

You know what they say about the best laid plans? Well, it's true. And no one knows that better than Jada Sayles. On May 15, Sayles was all set to graduate from Dillard University, a historically Black university in New Orleans. Around 4:30 a.m., she realized that her plans were about to change in a big way. Instead of getting ready for her graduation, she was in labor and being admitted to the hospital.

"I thought I was gonna walk across the stage to get my degree, instead I got my baby," Sayles tweeted, along with a series of photos. "My sweet face decided to make his way on MY big day (now his). Shoutout to my university for still bringing my graduation and degree to me."

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Sandy Hook school shooting survivors are growing up and telling us what they've experienced.

This story originally appeared on 12.15.21


Imagine being 6 years old, sitting in your classroom in an idyllic small town, when you start hearing gunshots. Your teacher tries to sound calm, but you hear the fear in her voice as she tells you to go hide in your cubby. She says, "be quiet as a mouse," but the sobs of your classmates ring in your ears. In four minutes, you hear more than 150 gunshots.

You're in the first grade. You wholeheartedly believe in Santa Claus and magic. You're excited about losing your front teeth. Your parents still prescreen PG-rated films so they can prepare you for things that might be scary in them.

And yet here you are, living through a horror few can fathom.

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