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iStock/Thinkstocki(HARTLEY BAY, British Columbia) — A killer whale was saved with what rescuers called a “[MacGyver-]type water pump” and plenty of manpower after it was left stranded on rocks along the Canadian shore.

Officials from the whale research facility, Cetacea Lab, in Canada rushed to the orca’s side after seeing the animal was stranded by a low tide, according to CTV.

The team “put together a [MacGyver-]type water pump, we grabbed as many sheets as we could,” they wrote in a Facebook post. “It was a team effort, and fortunately on some level this transient orca understood that we were trying to help.”

For six hours, the team put drenched sheets on the orca and ran water over the animal to try to keep it hydrated until the tide came back in.

“She cried often, which tore at our hearts,” they wrote on Facebook. “But as the tide came up there were many cheers as this whale was finally free after [six-plus] hours of being stuck on this rock.”

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Amazon’s first homepage. Amazon.com(NEW YORK) — Amazon set up shop as an online book seller when the idea of buying anything from the Internet was a radically new idea for many Americans — and two decades later, the company Friday became more valuable than Walmart.

A surprise second quarter profit announced on Thursday gave Amazon’s stock a 17, which held Friday morning when trading opened — giving Amazon a market cap of $263.2 billion. The valuation surpasses Walmart, which has a cap of $232.7 billion.

Amazon’s spectacular quarter included a sales spike of 20 percent. That number does not includes sales from the Amazon’s July 15 Prime Day, which the company said was a success and had sales outnumbering Black Friday.

While Walmart is still the world’s biggest retailer in terms of revenue, Amazon’s evolution from a start-up in a modest office building to a retail juggernaut employing more than 97,000 employees has changed the shape of the retail industry.

Here’s a look at key moments in Amazon’s journey from starting as a book selling start-up bootstrapped by CEO Jeff Bezos’ parents to becoming one of the world’s most admired companies.

Cadabra

Seeing an opportunity to harness the reach and power of this mystical place called the World Wide Web, Jeff Bezos decided to start an e-commerce site selling books, first calling it Cadabra but later changing the name to Amazon after realizing the name sounded too much like “cadaver.”

His parents were his first investors, despite Bezos recalling in an Academy of Achievement interview his father having to ask him to explain what the Internet is. Bezos said he warned them there was a 70 percent chance they could lose their investment but the Bezos’ smartly made the right choice.

Amazon made its first sale in July 1995, shipping one very curious customer the book Fluid Concepts & Creative Analogies: Computer Models of the Fundamental Mechanisms of Thought.

Amazon’s Initial Public Offering

In May 1997, Amazon announced its IPO and began trading on NASDAQ Under “AMZN.” Later that year, the company introduced one-click shopping, allowing customers to expedite their online shopping experience.

Going Global

Amazon launched its first international sites, Amazon.co.uk (UK) and Amazon.de (Germany) in October 1998. The company today serves customers through at least 11 different retail websites spanning the globe.

Person of the Year

Amazon was of course one of the companies to survive the dot com bubble of the late 1990s. At its peak, Bezos was named Time Magazine’s Person of the Year.

Free Shipping

Shipping costs can be a deciding factor between a person buying something in a brick and mortar store or purchasing online. Amazon made a huge grab for more customers in August 2002 with one of its super saving shipping offer. The threshold was lowered from $100 to $25. Amazon today offers free shipping for people who buy $35 or more of eligible merchandise.

Becoming a Super Store

Amazon had come a long way from being just a book store. In 2003, the company added new categories, including sporting goods, outdoor equipment, gourmet food, health and personal care products.

Amazon Prime

Amazon debuted its Prime service in 2005, giving customers who pay an annual fee free two-day shipping. The program continues to go strong a decade later. Amazon said on Thursday the $99-a-year Prime loyalty program played a role in driving growth for its spectacular second quarter.

Amazon Studios

Launched in 2010, Amazon Studios develops television shows, movies and comics based on crowd feedback. “Transparent,” has been the biggest hit to come out of Amazon Studios. The show, which won Golden Globe awards earlier this year racked up 12 Emmy nominations earlier this month.

Amazon Web Services

One of the key drivers of this quarter’s results is Amazon Web Services, a cloud-based suite of business tools. Revenue from the service was reported at $1.82 billion — up 81 percent from the last quarters when Amazon began breaking out the business in its earnings report.

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Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) — The 2015 Special Olympics World Games, kicking off this weekend in Los Angeles, will be the largest sporting and humanitarian event on the planet this year, with 7,000 extraordinary athletes competing.

Robin Roberts, co-anchor of ABC’s Good Morning America, is hosting the opening ceremony Saturday night. She sat down with Maria Shriver, her brother, Tim Shriver, and some of those incredible athletes to talk about the games’ humble beginnings and its remarkable, nearly five-decade evolution.

In 1962, Maria Shriver’s mother, Eunice Kennedy Shriver, opened a summer camp for children with intellectual disabilities right in her own backyard, which can be seen in Maria Shriver’s new ESPN documentary, Brave in the Attempt.

“This population of people really needed something like the Special Olympics and they needed a champion like Mommy who didn’t take no for an answer, who had a vision,” Shriver told Roberts about her mother’s legacy. “Mothers came to her and said, ‘We have nowhere for our children to go in the summer. No camp will accept our kids. No school will accept our kids.’ And she’s like, ‘Bring them here.’”

Just six years later, the very first Special Olympics World Games were held at Chicago’s Soldier Field, with Eunice Shriver center stage at the opening ceremony.

“I think she felt that if she showed that people with intellectual disabilities could compete against you on the playing field, they could run better than you, do gymnastics, you would have to adjust what you thought people with intellectual disabilities were capable of,” Maria Shriver, 59, said.

Tim Shriver said his late mother is never far away.

“Being around the athletes of Special Olympics, I feel like I get to see my mom in some ways every day,” he said. “I get to be reminded why she believed in them so much, why she fought so hard, why she trusted sports to be a revolutionary tool.”

It’s a tool for athletes like 31-year-old Chevi Peters, of Pittsburgh, Kansas. At just 114 pounds, he can deadlift two and a half times his body weight.

“This is where I belong,” said Peters.

It’s that incredible strength that defines these competitors, reminding everyone what it really means to be an athlete.

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Aaron P. Bernstein/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Health care company Anthem announced Friday it is acquiring Cigna Corporation in a transaction worth $54.2 billion.

Anthem will acquire all outstanding shares of Cigna at approximately $188 per share based on Anthem’s closing share price on May 28, 2015.

Anthem President and CEO Joseph Swedish said the company believes the deal with Cigna will “allow us to enhance our competitive position and be better positioned to apply insights and access of a broad network and dedicated local presence to the health care challenges of the increasingly diverse markets, membership, and communities we serve.”

The agreement is expected to close in the second half of 2016, pending regulatory approvals.

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Sony/Columbia(NEW YORK) — Here’s a look at the new movies opening nationwide Friday:

Pixels — Classic arcade game characters like Pac-Man and Donkey Kong are on the rampage, thanks to an alien invasion, and it’s up to some old-school gamers to take them on. Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Michelle Monaghan, Peter Dinklage, Josh Gad and Brian Cox star. Rated PG-13.

Paper Towns — A boy and his friends embark on an adventure to track down his female neighbor, who’s disappeared and has left behind clues for him to solve in order to unravel the mystery. Nat Wolff and Cara Delevingne star in the film, which is an adaptation of the best-selling novel by The Fault in Our Stars authorJohn Green. Rated PG-13.

Southpaw — Jake Gyllenhaal is a boxer whose life goes into a downward spiral after he loses his wife and then custody of his daughter. Training Day director Antoine Fuqua helmed the drama, which also starsCurtis “50 Cent” Jackson, Forest Whitaker and Rachel McAdams. Rated R.

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iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — A U.S. airstrike has killed a high-ranking al Qaeda commander in eastern Afghanistan, the Department of Defense confirmed in a statement.

U.S. military forces initiated the strike that killed Abu Khalil al-Sudani in Dermal district, Patika province, Afghanistan on July 11, 2015.

Al-Sudani was one of three extremists killed in the strike, the Defense Department said.

“This operation underscores the work that General Campbell and all of our forces in Afghanistan do each day to take the fight to Al-Qaeda,” Defense Sec. Ash Carter said in a written statement. “We will continue to counter violent extremism in the region and around the world, including coalition efforts to deliver a lasting defeat to ISIL.”

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Sony/Columbia(NEW YORK) — Here’s a look at the new movies opening nationwide Friday:

Pixels — Classic arcade game characters like Pac-Man and Donkey Kong are on the rampage, thanks to an alien invasion, and it’s up to some old-school gamers to take them on. Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Michelle Monaghan, Peter Dinklage, Josh Gad and Brian Cox star. Rated PG-13.

Paper Towns — A boy and his friends embark on an adventure to track down his female neighbor, who’s disappeared and has left behind clues for him to solve in order to unravel the mystery. Nat Wolff and Cara Delevingne star in the film, which is an adaptation of the best-selling novel by The Fault in Our Stars authorJohn Green. Rated PG-13.

Southpaw — Jake Gyllenhaal is a boxer whose life goes into a downward spiral after he loses his wife and then custody of his daughter. Training Day director Antoine Fuqua helmed the drama, which also starsCurtis “50 Cent” Jackson, Forest Whitaker and Rachel McAdams. Rated R.

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iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — A U.S. airstrike has killed a high-ranking al Qaeda commander in eastern Afghanistan, the Department of Defense confirmed in a statement.

U.S. military forces initiated the strike that killed Abu Khalil al-Sudani in Dermal district, Patika province, Afghanistan on July 11, 2015.

Al-Sudani was one of three extremists killed in the strike, the Defense Department said.

“This operation underscores the work that General Campbell and all of our forces in Afghanistan do each day to take the fight to Al-Qaeda,” Defense Sec. Ash Carter said in a written statement. “We will continue to counter violent extremism in the region and around the world, including coalition efforts to deliver a lasting defeat to ISIL.”

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Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Things are going pretty well for Selena Gomez. Her new album has an official title and release date, she turned 23 on Wednesday and now her fall/winter collection for Adidas NEO has arrived.

“So happy! My Fall #adidasneo collection is finally out!” Selena tweeted. “Follow @adidasneolabel to find out where to get it.”

In a behind-the-scenes video of her photo shoot for the collection, she models sweatshirts, leggings, windbreakers and sporty bralets in shades of peach, navy blue and grey. The line also includes an arctic parka. You can shop the collection online at Adidas.com/Selena.

Selena’s been the face of Adidas NEO since 2012. Back in April, she launched her summer collection for the brand.

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Weinstein Company(NEW YORK) — Just the name of Jake Gyllenhaal’s character in Southpaw — Billy Hope — tells you this film has no intention of pulling punches when it comes to time-honored boxing movie clichés.

But sometimes, clichés work, especially when the filmmakers are clear about their intentions. That’s exactly what writer Kurt Sutter (Sons of Anarchy, The Shield) and director Antoine Fuqua do at the very beginning of Southpaw.

We get a boxing match, with the ring announcers providing exposition. Billy Hope is the light heavyweight champion of the world, he’s from Hell’s Kitchen, his beautiful wife and childhood sweetheart Maureen (Rachel McAdams) and promoter Jordan Mains (50 Cent) root him on from ringside. The announcers also point out, as if we can’t see for ourselves, that Billy is taking a beating, but that’s Billy’s way.

Now, think really hard. Know of any other cinematic pugilists who would also take a beating until they got their opponent right where they wanted them, then BOOM! Knockout! That’s pretty much what happens here. At a post-fight press conference, contender Miguel “Magic” Escobar implores Hope to give him some hope and grant him a shot at the title. Again, it’s a scene reminiscent of just about every boxing movie you’ve ever seen.

Later, at their palatial estate, we see Billy bond with his daughter, Leila (a wonderful young actress named Oona Laurence), which is adorable, and then we see Maureen beg Billy to quit the boxing game. She thinks it’s starting to take him too long to win fights and fears he’s destined to become “punch drunk.”

Then tragedy strikes. Billy loses everything, including his home, his boxing title and his boxing license — but most importantly, he loses custody of Leila. That’s when he turns to boxing trainer Tick Wills (Forest Whitaker), who owns a gym in Harlem and specializes in helping troubled kids.

Tick has his troubles. Billy has his. Seeing Gyllenhaal and Whitaker butt heads as they breathe life into those issues is the real fight worth watching here. Everything else is the undercard. These two are heavyweights — an Oscar-winner in Whitaker and, I believe, a future, multiple Oscar-winner in Gyllenhaal.

I’m telling you, Gyllenhaal is the next Daniel Day-Lewis. He has become that good. I don’t care if they were reciting Rocky line-for-line, Gyllenhaal alone is more than worth the price of admission here.

Antoine Fuqua (The Equalizer) also does what Fuqua does best — present a palpable, gritty realism that keeps your eyes glued to the screen and your heart tethered to the story.

Southpaw isn’t a great movie but it is a great performance piece, not just for Gyllenhaal and Whitaker but also for young Laurence, who practically upstages Gyllenhaal’s remarkable work with her earnest, heartbreaking presence.

Four out of five stars.

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