President Obama’s final year in the White House

President Barack Obama has called 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue home for the past eight years, and 2016 has been a year full of lasts for him — his last State of the Union, his last Medals of Freedom, his last turkey pardoning. He spent also a lot of time traveling, becoming the first sitting president to visit both Hiroshima and Cuba (since 1928).

On November 10, Obama met with President-elect Donald Trump at the White House, beginning the transition of power.

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Scenes from the final week along the campaign trail

After a long and hard-fought battle, Election Day 2016 is here — likely a relief for the candidates, their campaigns and citizens across the country.

As national polls showed the candidates’ numbers getting closer and closer in the last week, both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton amped up their campaigning. Notable names like Katy Perry and Steve Aoki stepped out for Clinton, while Trump and the Secret Service faced a brief scare in Nevada and a final FBI investigation into Clinton’s emails was closed.

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The best photos from the 2016 election year

Bernie Sanders and his bird. Khizr Khan’s pocket Constitution at the DNC. Questionable photoshopping of Ted Cruz. The past 10 months of this election year have certainly provided us with plenty of memorable moments.

Now, we’re down to the final hours of the election. By the end of the night, the country will have a new president-elect, likely either Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump, who represent the two major political parties.

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How did newspapers cover the attacks of September 11, 2001?

The entire world seemed to be watching as the events of September 11, 2001 unfolded — first the attacks on the World Trade Center, then the Pentagon, then the crash of United Airlines Flight 93 in rural Pennsylvania. It was a day full of ongoing horror that was covered in the media unlike any day before it.

After the initial shock of the day’s events wore off, people began demanding answers: How did this happen? How many were killed? Now what?

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Looking back: 15 iconic images from 9/11 and its aftermath

Fifteen years have passed since the attacks of September 11, 2001 killed nearly 3,000 people and forever altered the world as we knew it.

From the instant President George W. Bush was informed of the attacks to the raising of the American flag by firefighters among ground zero’s wreckage, photographers were there to document what had in an instant become one of the most important days in history.

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(Photo by Alexandre Fuchs/AP)

Alternative views from the sidelines of the Rio Olympics

Every other year, the spectacle of the Olympics captures the attention of people from every corner of the globe. This year, we were treated to the Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, where record-setting swims, incredible gymnastic feats and the world’s fastest man entertained us for over two weeks.

The action on the tracks, balance beams and diving boards wasn’t all that went on, though — events like the Olympics take plenty of time to prepare and maintain.

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(Photo via REUTERS/Kevin Coombs)

What the Islamic State leaves behind in abandoned strongholds

Armies around the world are continually making strides against the Islamic State, forcing the group out of their strongholds located around Iraq and Syria — but what is left behind once the extremists are gone?

A look into the abandoned buildings, which include schools and prisons, give a chilling glimpse at what may have gone on within their confines.

(Photo via REUTERS/Rodi Said)

The luckiest stray dogs in the world live at this sanctuary in Costa Rica

Picture this: You’re on a grassy hillside in Central America, cloaked by the soft warmth of the sun, surrounded by hundreds of dogs who want nothing more than to lick your face. That’s the dream, right? Well, guess what — for just the price of a plane ticket to Costa Rica, all your dreams can come true.

Territorio de Zaguates (‘Land of the Strays’) in the middle of Costa Rica is home to more than 750 stray dogs who have been saved from the streets. Funded totally by donations, the massive sanctuary serves as a place for these dogs to roam safely and freely while being provided with food, medical care and love.

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Mets closer Jeurys Familia has one of the most animated celebrations ever

Thursday night, the ever-loyal and consistently frustrated Mets fanbase was finally rewarded, as their beloved team secured its first trip to the NLCS since 2006. The champagne was popped, hugs were aplenty, and Terry Collins even kissed a fan.

Well, we’re happy for them and all, and we’re gonna let them finish, but Jeurys Familia had one of the best celebrations of all time.

After recording the first six-out save of his career and clinching the series for his team, Familia started yelling and jumping around in a purely childlike way that we think everyone can relate to on several levels.

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