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Image: Aurora borealis is seen in the night sky over Cumbria in northwest England
The aurora borealis is seen in the night sky over Cumbria in northwest England in this picture provided by Jonathan Cooper February 27, 2014. Picture taken February 27, 2014. REUTERS/Jonathan Cooper/Handout via Reuters (BRITAIN - Tags: ENVIRONMENT TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY) ATTENTION EDITORS - NO SALES. NO ARCHIVES. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS. THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. IT IS DISTRIBUTED, EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTSHANDOUT / Reuters

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Image: Aurora borealis is seen in the night sky over Cumbria in northwest England
The aurora borealis is seen in the night sky over Cumbria in northwest England in this picture provided by Jonathan Cooper February 27, 2014. Picture taken February 27, 2014. REUTERS/Jonathan Cooper/Handout via Reuters (BRITAIN - Tags: ENVIRONMENT TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY) ATTENTION EDITORS - NO SALES. NO ARCHIVES. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS. THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. IT IS DISTRIBUTED, EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTSHANDOUT / Reuters

WATCH: Northern Lights Create Spectacular Show

Stunning colors including pink, purple and green stretched across the sky from South Wales to Scotland and west to Ireland.

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WATCH: Strongest Storm in Four Years Hammers West Coast

In California a massive storm is hammering the state, bringing the threat of widespread flooding and dangerous mudslides. Meteorologist Fritz Coleman has the forecast.

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Armed masked men who call themselves members of Ukraine's disbanded elite Berkut riot police force stand at their checkpoint under a Russian national (L) and Russian naval (R) flags on a highway that connect Black Sea Crimea peninsula to mainland Ukraine near the city of Armyansk, on February 28, 2014. The spiralling tensions in a nation torn between the West and Russia took today a severe new turn when Ukraine's interim president Oleksandr Turchynov accused Russian soldiers and local pro-Kremlin militia of staging raids on Crimea's main airport and another base on the southwest of the peninsula where pro-Moscow sentiments run high. AFP PHOTO / VIKTOR DRACHEV (Photo credit should read VIKTOR DRACHEV/AFP/Getty Images)AFP/Getty Images

WATCH: Armed Invasion: Russia’s Strong Message to Ukraine’s New Leaders

Russian troops arrived by land, sea and air, descending on Ukraine for what they described as security reasons. But whose security are they protecting?

Person applies flu patch
Georgia Institute of Technology

WATCH: Skin Patch Could Replace Flu Shot

A stick-on patch is now able to deliver the flu vaccine through tiny needles that allow it to flow through the skin.

Image: Jennifer Lawrence
This photo released by Sony Pictures shows Jennifer Lawrence as Rosalyn Rosenfeld in a scene from Columbia Pictures' "American Hustle." Francois Duhamel / Sony Pictures via AP

WATCH: 2014 a Tough Year for Oscar Predictions

When filling out Oscar ballots, sometimes it’s clear who will win certain categories -- but this year, it could be anyone’s game.

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