Sometimes a story makes you wonder: Why do we pay attention to anything else?
Luis Elizondo, who used to run a formerly secret government program called the Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program, this week told a number of news organizations, including NPR, "My personal belief is that there is very compelling evidence that we may not be alone."
By now, millions of people around the world have seen the video: A polar bear, gaunt and weak from starvation, pawing through garbage at an abandoned fishing camp on Baffin Island. The bear seems so exhausted from hunger, it can barely stand. The filmmakers believe the bear was just hours from death.
Dawn and Dana Ceniceros always enjoyed walking visitors through their artsy Ojai, Calif., home in the remote Matilija Canyon. But the couple never expected to tour what was left of it.
Caught in the path of the massive wildfire in Ventura and Santa Barbara counties — one of the largest fires in California history — their home is now mostly a pile of rubble and ash. It's one of more than 700 homes destroyed by the blaze that has already consumed more than a quarter of a million acres.
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