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Amazon has released a new video showing off its new “Amazon Go” grocery stores, which feature a revolutionary innovation: “Just walk out technology.”

Essentially, an app on your phone automatically tracks what you put into your bag, and charges your Amazon account when you walk out the door.

It may sound futuristic, but Amazon is actually planning on opening the first one next year in Seattle with plans to build as many as 2,000 in the next 10 years.

The future is now. Discuss

Well, this was unexpected.

Former Vice President Al Gore just met with President-elect Donald Trump. There hasn’t been too much reported on the meeting, but Gore briefly spoke with the press afterward and said the meeting was a "sincere search for common ground."

He also claimed it was, "an extremely interesting conversation”—which isn’t too hard to believe given that during his campaign Trump dubbed Gore’s signature issue to be a hoax. Still, Gore said the meeting was “productive,” and that he also met with Ivanka Trump to talk through climate change issues.

Reportedly, this won’t be the last meet-up we see between Gore and Trump. Just before leaving, Gore said the conversation was "to be continued." Discuss

The group “American Atheists” has launched a billboard campaign just in time for a Christmas with an extremely blunt message: Don’t go to church. No, literally, one says, “Make Christmas Great Again. Skip Church!”

The other billboard shows a text conversation between two friends, with one telling her friend that she’s not going to church because “I don’t believe that stuff anymore” and that her parents will “get over it.”

According to the group (who provided the artwork in the images), the campaign is rolling out “nationwide” with the goal of showing “religion has nothing to do with being a good person.”

Unsurprisingly, it’s already caused somewhat of a stir among some media outlets, which is probably the intention.

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By now, you’ve probably seen some of the controversy surrounding Buzzfeed and a recent article they published about the church attended by Chip and Joanna Gaines, the stars of the series Fixer Upper.

The story, titled “Chip And Joanna Gaines’ Church Is Firmly Against Same-Sex Marriage” has been updated several times since it was first released on Nov. 29, but says their church “takes a hard line against same-sex marriage and promotes converting LGBT people into being straight.” The story poses the questions, “So are the Gaineses against same-sex marriage? And would they ever feature a same-sex couple on the show, as have HGTV’s House Hunters and Property Brothers?

In a statement in response to the piece, HGTV said, “We don’t discriminate against members of the LGBT community in any of our shows. HGTV is proud to have a crystal clear, consistent record of including people from all walks of life in its series.”

In an interview with Todd Starnes, the church’s pastor, Jimmy Seibert, said, "We are not only not anti-gay, but we are pro-helping people in their journey to find out who God is and who He has made them to be.

Now, for the first time since the story was published, one of the stars of the series has spoken out. Though it’s unclear if they will “make a statement” about the story or their personal beliefs, he called on fans to show respect to the writers behind it:

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President Barack Obama is going to visit Pearl Harbor with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at the end of the month as an act of reconciliation. The announcement was made today, only two days before the 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor.

This week also marks 6 months since Obama visited the memorial at Hiroshima for the victims of the U.S. atomic bombing.

The two leaders have been working to restore the relationship between the U.S. and Japan. The White House confirmed the meet-up stating, "the visit will showcase the power of reconciliation that has turned former adversaries into the closest of allies, united by common interests and shared values."

Abe apparently plans to pray for the war dead at the naval base as well as hold a final summit meeting with Obama when he visits Hawaii on December 26 and 27. He told the press, “This will be a visit to console the souls of the victims. I would like to show to the world the resolve that horrors of war should never be repeated.”

This will be the first time a leader from Japan has visited the site of the infamous attack since the end of World War II. Discuss

Yesterday was a huge victory for protesters of the Dakota Access Pipeline. The US Army Corps of Engineers announced that they will not grant Energy Transfer Partners permission to extend the project beneath the Missouri reservoir—which is on land on the Sioux Tribes Standing Rock reservation.

Hundreds of people have been camping out and standing against the construction of the pipeline, according to reports, because they think the whole project poses a major environmental threat to the Standing Rock Sioux tribe and its cultural sites. Many thought the announcement would prompt the protesters to pack up and head home, but this morning the people have made it clear that they aren’t going anywhere.

Many at the site have spent the morning celebrating and chanting "mni wichoni" which means "water is life" in Lakota Sioux. And though there is much to celebrate, protesters are continuing to stand their ground despite Monday's government deadline to leave. Mainly, protesters want to uphold the responsibility of exploring and ensuring alternate routes for pipeline construction. Discuss