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December, 7, 2016

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Man who inspired ice bucket challenge to receive NCAA award
The NCAA is honoring the former Boston College baseball captain who inspired people around the world to dump buckets of ice water over their heads to raise millions of dollars for Lou Gehrig's Disease research.
 
Workers pry gold 'Trump Place' off buildings
What's in a name? For three New York City apartment buildings, it's no longer "Trump."
 
Ancient Ten Commandments tablet sold at auction for $850,000
The world's earliest-known complete stone inscription of the Ten Commandments, described as a "national treasure" of Israel, sold at auction in Beverly Hills for $850,000.
 
Members of a New York City synagogue have sifted through 300 tons of garbage at an upstate landfill in an unsuccessful search for a religious item that fell into a trash can.
 
Iceland breaks taboo with world's largest penis museum
Size doesn't matter at the Icelandic Phallological Museum, home to the world's largest collection of penises -- an eye-watering array of specimens carefully collected from hundreds of different animals.
 
Oxford dictionary editors have chosen their word of the year: "post-truth," a term sometimes used to describe the current political climate.
 
A New York school district paid an 11-year-old child advocate $6,500 plus expenses for serving as keynote speaker for staff and hosting a student workshop last week.
 
A fundraising campaign has been launched to save the damaged gravestone of Benjamin Franklin at the Christ Church Burial Ground in Philadelphia.
 
An Olympic fencing champion whose Rio Games gold medal was stolen as he slept on a train was celebrating Sunday after receiving news of its discovery by a stranger via a message on Facebook.
 
British man sets off on swim from Senegal to Brazil
Former British police officer Ben Hooper hopes to make history by swimming every mile of the Atlantic Ocean from Africa to South America. After more than three years of preparation, he set off on Sunday.
 
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