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SeaWorld Announces End to Its Breeding of Captive Orcas

The marine park’s current generation of whales will be its last.

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After years of public scrutiny and declining profits, SeaWorld announced Thursday that it will no longer breed orcas in captivity. The marine theme park, infamous for its killer whale shows, ensured the public that the company’s current generation of whales will be its last, suggesting a brighter future for the animals as well as the parks.

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Watch Anohni’s Disarming Video for ‘Drone Bomb Me’

The Nabil-directed clip stars supermodel Naomi Campbell.

In the months leading up to Hopelessness, recording artist Anohni’s highly anticipated new album under her new name, we’ve seen a track on the creeping threat of global warming in “4 Degrees,” a powerful essay detailing her decision not to attend the 88th Academy Awards, and now a spellbinding video for the record’s lead track, “Drone Bomb Me.”

The Nabil-directed video stars a tearful Naomi Campbell lip-synching to Anohni’s powerful, soulful voice to tell a story from the perspective of a child whose family is killed by a drone strike. A crew of writhing black dancers join Campbell in a bleak, foggy setting resembling a cross between a dance club and an army base—perhaps striking a parallel between the threat of war zones and the militant brutality black Americans face at the hands of police.

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What Chris Rock’s Racist Asian Joke Reveals About Deeper Racial Tensions

The bit hinted at a history of tension between minority groups in the United States.

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In the week after the Oscars, I remained fairly silent on the issue of the disparaging jokes host Chris Rock made against Asians and Asian-Americans. I didn’t have the energy to direct attention toward yet another example of the ridicule Asian-Americans receive in the media because dwelling on such negativity often leaves me more exhausted and disillusioned than angry. Besides, other people had already taken to Twitter and other media outlets to express their discontent, and pretty much everything that I had to say had already been said.

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Icelandic Company Cancels Its Summer Hunt for the Endangered Fin Whale

The whalers point to regulatory differences with Japan, their primary customer.

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The endangered fin whale will be catching a lucky break this summer, at least off the shores of Iceland. Whaling company Hvalur, the Nordic country’s lone fin whale hunter, has called off its summer hunt because of “endless obstacles” in whale meat’s biggest market, Japan.

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Here’s Why Transgender Artist Anohni Won’t be Attending the Academy Awards

The musician and environmental advocate cites gender politics and corporate greed as part of her reasoning.

Of the thousands of people invited to the 88th Academy Awards this Sunday, one seat will be notably empty. Anohni, a Mercury Prize-winning musician and one of the nominees for best original song, will not be in attendance at the prestigious film awards.

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HPV Vaccine Proven to Dramatically Reduce Infection Among Teenage Girls

Rates of infection dropped by 64 percent among 14 to 19-year-old women.

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Since its introduction in 2006, the HPV vaccine has sharply cut the rate of infection in young women, a new study published on Pediatrics reports.

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