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Exploring a kingdom of water: A journey along the Amazon River


After we catch and release a few piranhas, our guide Rany leads us to a bed of caimáns. He spots a baby caimán and swoops his hands into the water, emerging with the caimán in tow. Bewildered, the caimán gives in to Rany's grip, the animal's thick skin rising and falling with every breath as it waits to be released once again into the black waters. We navigate downstream, heading north. The next morning we board skiffs and navigate the Rio Yarapa area until we reach a field of blanketed water lettuce, the main source of nourishment for manatees resting just below the water's surface.


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Martin's book series "A Song of Ice and Fire" may have finally gotten a release date after months and months of uncertainty. A mysterious listing appeared on Amazon France suggesting that "Winds of Winter" will be listed on the site for purchase on March 9, 2017. The publication also notes that it would not be the first time Amazon has misled fans with placeholder dates for Martin's "A Song of Ice and Fire" books. Martin, photographed at SundanceTV's screening of "Hap & Leonard" on Feb. 23, 2016, in Santa Fe, New Mexico, may have finally settled on a release date for "Winds of Winter."



The new version comes as Amazon announced that it will now be making its voice controlled speaker and digital assistant available in the United Kingdom and German for the first time. The new version of the Dot is more powerful than before and contains the same seven microphone array that the Echo, making it a more fully-fledged companion to the Echo. Amazon's digital assistant Alexa now has over 3,000 "skills," the equivalent of voice-controlled apps. The new products will begin shipping in the coming weeks in the United Kingdom, Amazon said.

'A Taste of the Kingdom'

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"Most people don't know who he is or where he came from. They think of St. Nick (Santa Claus). He was a fourth-century saint and was really quite beloved and known for his generosity. It's quite meaningful to us to know he's looking out for us and praying for us."