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Commercial airliners had their safest year ever, flight trackers say

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| There were no fatalities on commercial passenger jets anywhere in the world in 2017, according to two groups that track airplane crash data. Air travel has grown steadily safer in the past decades.

NBC names Hoda Kotb as Lauer replacement on 'Today'

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Kotb has subbed for Matt Lauer since the day he was fired over sexual misconduct charges. Her appointment bucks the trend of morning news shows to have male and female co-hosts.

2017's biggest international stories in photos

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From the agony of Myanmar's stateless Rohingya people to the battle to retake Mosul to the Catalan fight for independence, we look at some of the year's most important stories.

There's no easy answer to the growing number of stray dogs

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"People are often surprised when I tell them that the picture of dogs running on highways is not just a third world problem. That exists here in the U.S."

Black Lives Matter activist Erica Garner dies

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She became a prominent figure calling for an end to police brutality after her dad, Eric Garner, died while New York police officers had him in a chokehold.

Definition mission: A rhyming limerick for each English word

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One man's wisecrack has since become the very real Omnificent English Dictionary in Limerick Form, or OEDILF for short. Since 2004, it has published more than 97,000 rhyming definitions.

For Puerto Ricans displaced by Hurricane Maria, a Christmas far from home

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Thousands who fled the island after the massive storm are celebrating the holidays elsewhere this year — and adjusting their tropical traditions for frigid winter.

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These 7 women show why it's the year of feminism

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These extraordinary women from around the world didn't let poverty, war or prejudice keep them from pursuing their goals.

3 Miss America officials resign after email scandal

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The top leaders have been implicated in a scandal that targeted past pageant winners for abuse based on their appearance, intellect and sex lives.