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Why 2017 is going to be a super-sized year for Laura Dern

Laura Dern has been a clutch hitter for dozens of filmmakers going back to the 1980s.

The innocence and vulnerability she portrayed in dark, moody David Lynch films like “Blue Velvet” and “Wild at Heart” did nothing to prepare audiences for her wildly different roles in Steven Spielberg’s big-budget “Jurassic Park,” or Alexander Payne’s withering satire “Citizen Ruth.”

But among her four-plus decades on screen —  which include a pair of Oscar nominations for 1992’s “Rambling Rose” and 2014’s “Wild” — the year 2017 might prove to be Dern’s most high-profile yet.

U.S. scientists declare 2016 the hottest year on record. That makes three in a row.

By Chris Mooney, The Washington Post

In a powerful testament to the warming of the planet, two leading U.S. science agencies Wednesday jointly declared 2016 the hottest year on record, surpassing the previous record set just last year – which, itself, had topped a record set in 2014.

Colorado-based rafting team just misses Grand Canyon speed record when raft gets punctured

The raft was lined up perfectly for the massive rapid.

The Colorado-based team — eight accomplished paddlers on sliding seats atop a 48-foot custom raft designed to fly down the Grand Canyon — was on pace for a record.

Suddenly the boat was vertical. Then it was broken.

“It sounded like a gunshot,” said Ian Anderson.

“Followed by the sound of a jet engine,” said Seth Mason.

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