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A blind penguin gets airborne in a New Zealand marine haven

FLEA BAY, New Zealand Blindy the little blue penguin was born without functioning eyes and developed the unusual habit of swimming in tight circles.

So to prevent the bird from continually crashing into the side of the small pond where it swims, Shireen Helps began tossing it out into deeper water. Penguins are flightless but Blindy, for a few moments anyway, gets to be airborne.

Fiji scrambles to restore power as ferocious cyclone kills 6

WELLINGTON, New Zealand Fijians were finally able to venture outside Monday after authorities lifted a curfew but much of the country remained without electricity in the wake of a ferocious cyclone that left at least six people dead and destroyed hundreds of homes.

Officials were scrambling to restore services and assess damage in remote parts of the Pacific Island chain.

Dirty politics in Dixie: South Carolinians say sleazy reputation’s now unfair

CHARLESTON, S.C. The American presidential race is now being fought in a state so renowned for below-the-belt, tire-iron-to-the-kneecap politics that its most famous political operative wound up writing a death-bed mea culpa.

Welcome to South Carolina.

“We play hardball,” says David Woodard, a campaign veteran who now teaches at Clemson University.

Pope vs. Trump: ‘Not Christian’ to only build border walls

Thrusting himself into the heated American presidential campaign, Pope Francis declared Thursday that Donald Trump is “not Christian” if he wants to address illegal immigration only by building a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.

Trump fired back ferociously, saying it was “disgraceful” for a religious leader to question a person’s faith.