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Mike O'Sullivan
January 30, 2015 11:04 PM
Residents of the small town of Pahoa on the Big Island of Hawaii face an advancing threat from the Kilauea volcano. Local residents are keeping a watchful eye on creeping lava. Mike O’Sullivan reports.

Video Threat of Creeping Lava Has Hawaiians on Edge

Residents of the small town of Pahoa on the Big Island of Hawaii face an advancing threat from the Kilauea volcano. Local residents are keeping a watchful eye on creeping lava. Mike O’Sullivan reports.

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Novak Djokovic of Serbia kisses the trophy after defeating Andy Murray of Britain in during the men's singles final at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Feb. 1, 2015.

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People watch a march in celebration of the 162nd birth anniversary of Cuba's independence hero Jose Marti beside an image of Cuban revolutionary hero Ernesto 'Che' Guevara on a wall in downtown Havana, Jan. 27, 2015. Thousands of members from the Cuban Communist Youth Union (UJC) and student organizations participated in the march.

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Les Paul's Original 1954 Black Custom 'Black Beauty" (Photo: Courtesy Guernsey's Auction House)

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