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North America is a continent in the Earth's northern hemisphere and western hemisphere. It is bordered on the north by the Arctic Ocean, on the east by the North Atlantic Ocean, on the southeast by the Caribbean Sea, and on the south and west by the North Pacific Ocean; South America lies to the southeast. It covers an area of about 24,709,000 square kilometers (9,540,000 square miles), about 4.8% of the planet's surface or about 16.5% of its land area. As of July 2008, its population was estimated at nearly 529 million people. It is the third-largest continent in area, following Asia and Africa, and the fourth in population after Asia, Africa, and Europe. North America and South America are collectively known as the Americas or simply America.

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North and South America are generally accepted as having been named after the Italian explorer Amerigo Vespucci, who explored South America between 1497 and 1502, and was the first European to suggest that the Americas were not the East Indies. Scientists have several theories as to the origins of the early human population of North America. The indigenous peoples of North America themselves have many creation myths, by which they assert that they have been present on the land since its creation. Before contact with Europeans, the natives of North America were divided into many different polities, from small bands of a few families to large empires. They lived in several "culture areas", which roughly correspond to geographic and biological zones and give a good indication of the main lifeway or occupation of the people who lived there.

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Territories, dependencies, and subnational entities of a country not located primarily in North America are italicized.

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The Order of Canada comprises the highest civilian honours within the Canadian system of honours, with membership awarded to those who exemplify the order's Latin motto, taken from Hebrews 11:16, desiderantes meliorem patriam, meaning "They desire a better country."

Created in 1967, the three-tiered order was established as a fellowship that recognizes the achievement of outstanding merit or distinguished service by Canadians, through life-long contributions in every field of endeavour, and who made a major difference to Canada, as well as the efforts made by non-Canadians who have made the world better by their actions. The Canadian monarch, at present Elizabeth II, is Sovereign of the order, and the serving Governor General, Michaëlle Jean, is its Chancellor and Principal Companion. Appointees into the order are selected by an advisory board and formally inducted by the Governor General; as of April 2008, 5,479 people have been appointed to the Order of Canada, including musicians, politicians, artists, athletes, television and film stars, benefactors, and others.

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Bryce Canyon
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Bryce Canyon located in southwestern Utah in the United States. Despite its name, this is not actually a canyon, but rather a giant natural amphitheater created by erosion along the eastern side of the Paunsaugunt Plateau.

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Pewee Valley Confederate Cemetery

  • ... that the Valley of Mexico has been one of the most heavily populated places on the planet for almost two millennia?

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Ryan White
Ryan Wayne White (December 6, 1971 – April 8, 1990) was an American teenager from Kokomo, Indiana who became a national poster child for HIV/AIDS in the United States after being expelled from school because of his infection. A hemophiliac, he became infected with HIV from a contaminated blood treatment and, when diagnosed in 1984, was given six months to live. Though doctors said he posed no risk to other students, AIDS was poorly understood at the time, and when White tried to return to school, many parents and teachers in Kokomo rallied against his attendance. A lengthy legal battle with the school system ensued, and media coverage of the struggle made White into a national celebrity and spokesman for AIDS research and public education. He appeared frequently in the media with celebrities such as singer Elton John, pop star Michael Jackson and talk show host Phil Donahue. Surprising his doctors, White lived five years longer than predicted and died in April 1990, shortly before he would have completed high school.

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Bobcat Stalks a Pocket Gopher | North America

Catching a pocket gopher is no easy task for this bobcat. The slightest misstep can spoil the task, but this cat's patience pays off. | For more North Americ...

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International Business Times

International Business Times
Fri, 29 Aug 2014 13:55:09 -0700

Nintendo will launch a new version of its handheld console, the 3DS and 3DS XL, targeted at the hardcore gamer market, but it won't launch in North America until 2015. The updated device will have a second analog stick and additional shoulder buttons, ...

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WDIV Detroit
Thu, 28 Aug 2014 12:16:40 -0700

Evrod: THEY CAN, ABOUT 20,000 PEOPLE WILL BE HERE FOR THE ISLAMIC SOCIETY OF NORTH AMERICA HOSTED RIGHT HERE IN DETROIT. IT'S THE FIRST TIME IT WILL BE IN OUR CITY. AND GETTING IT HERE, WELL, IT WASN'T EASY.

International Business Times AU

International Business Times AU
Sun, 31 Aug 2014 20:33:45 -0700

The Cafe des Chats in Montreal opened last Saturday, Aug 30. Even though it may look like a regular café, there are eight cats in the coffee house. The regular décor is ornamented with plush toys, scratching posts as well as a special window perch for ...
 
WPTZ The Champlain Valley
Sun, 31 Aug 2014 16:26:15 -0700

THROUGHOUT THE WEEKEND, 48 TEAMS FROM THE UNITED STATES AND CANADA MADE THEIR WAY TO THE BURLINGTON AREA RINKS FOR THE 13TH ANNUAL NORTH AMERICAN HOCKEY ACADEMY LABOR DAY CLASSIC.

Nintendo World Report

Nintendo World Report
Sun, 31 Aug 2014 14:44:35 -0700

"The game features over-the-top battles with wild weapons that take place in gorgeous set pieces" the press release states. "A new snake transformation lets Bayonetta better navigate underwater. The original Bayonetta game, complete with some Nintendo ...

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Sat, 23 Aug 2014 21:06:26 -0700

Ronald Reagan intuitively believed in the notion of a North America, distinct in history, geography, shared identity, values and destiny. His announcement in November 1979 that he was a candidate for the presidency included the surprising aspiration ...
 
Globalnews.ca
Sat, 30 Aug 2014 14:33:45 -0700

Watch above: It was the grand opening of North America's first cat cafe in downtown Montreal. Sarah Volstad has more. MONTREAL – The Café des Chats on Saint Denis street is Montreal's newest, and perhaps most unique, coffee house yet. It's home to ...

Yahoo!7 News

Yahoo!7 News
Sun, 31 Aug 2014 13:03:45 -0700

Los Angeles (AFP) - Science-fiction superhero flick "Guardians of the Galaxy" was on course to claim top spot at the North American box office this weekend as the worst summer blockbuster season in nearly a decade limps to a close. The critically ...
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