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Paul Walker’s cause of death was revealed by the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office on Wednesday (Dec. 4).

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2013’s top baby names: Sophia and Jackson

For those of you who aren’t fans of unconventional baby names, there’s good news - the top three girls’ names (Sophia, Emma and Olivia) and boys’ names (Jackson, Aiden and Liam) are pretty traditional picks.

And come to think of it, Sophia Jackson isn’t such a bad first and middle name combination.

Check out the full list here.

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DEVELOPING: Rescue underway for 20-30 whales stranded in shallow waters of Everglades National Park

Details: http://nbcnews.to/1cb59Ir

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NASA Might Stop Exploring Other Planets: Here’s Why That’s Terrible

In the fall of 1997, a massive, unmanned rocket—one of the largest ever—took off on American soil, bound to Venus. It swung around that planet, entering deep-space so it could take advantage of the sun’s gravitational pull. Then it took a tour of the solar system, passing Venus again, Earth, and, a day before the new millennium began, Jupiter.

It kept flying and flying—until, on the first of July, 2004, its payload arrived in the orbit of Saturn.

And there the Cassini probe remains, taking observations, collecting data. Launched over a decade and a half ago, the spacecraft still works. It continues its mission of advancing science and informing us of our planetary neighborhood.

Except … except. If sequestration of the U.S. federal budget continues into 2014, NASA’s budget will lose hundreds of millions in funding. Today, according to early reports, agency leaders suggested to their employees that those cuts would come from the planetary sciences division. NASA might have to terminate the Cassini mission while it is still scientifically productive.

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Investigators believe the motorman at the controls in the deadly Metro-North Railroad derailment in the Bronx Sunday dozed off for a few fateful moments and woke up too late to stop the speeding train from hurtling off the tracks, DNAinfo New York has learned.

President Barack Obama has announced a new initiative at the National Institutes of Health in pursuit of a cure for HIV. Obama says his administration is redirecting $100 million into the project to find a new generation of therapies.

The must-have item at Wal-Mart on “Black Friday” wasn’t a mega TV, sleek tablet or the latest giggling Elmo. It was towels.

(via nbcnews)