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Sunday August 23, 2015    11:08 AM
Manzanita, Oregon — The first trip to the coast 5-year-old Golden Retriever Dood will also be his last. This first and last trip will be to attend his owner's wedding,

Cassidy Williams, friend and owner of Dood, said Dood was diagnosed with terminal bone cancer on his skull in July.

Williams said she had plans to get married on Aug. 7 and that her dog Dood had planned to stay with family in Utah while she and her future husband got married on the Oregon Coast.

Because of Dood’s diagnosis, they both decided to change her plans so the Dood could be with them at the wedding.

Williams’ dad canceled his flight and drove Dood from Utah to Manzanita so he could be the ring bearer in th


Thursday August 20, 2015    06:00 AM
Like any world-class athlete, 18-year-old swimmer Katie Ledecky can swim hundreds of meters and make it look easy.

And, a mere 30 minutes later, she can make it look easy again.

The American won back-to-back races in the 1500-meter and 200-meter individual freestyle events at the FINA World Championships in Kazan, Russia, earlier this month. And she went right on winning.


Thursday August 20, 2015    01:02 AM
After a sinkhole swallowed and killed a man as he dozed in his bedroom, another opened in the same suburb, forcing residents to evacuate.

Authorities say a sinkhole opened between two homes in Seffner on Saturday night and the houses have been evacuated as a precaution.

Hillsborough County Fire Rescue spokeswoman Jessica Damico told The Miami Herald the hole was estimated at 3m across and more than 3m deep.

The new hole is about 3km from where Jeff Bush was swallowed up by a hole on the night of February 28 this year.

Bush, 37, was in the bedroom of his home at Seffner, that night when the earth opened and took him and everything else in his room.

The sinkhole - one of hundr


Sunday August 16, 2015    08:34 AM
Today marks the 38th anniversary of rock and roll star Elvis Presley’s death. The King was found dead August 16, 1977, at his “Graceland” home in Memphis, Tennesse, at age 42.

Presley became a legend with his baritone voice and songs such as "Hound Dog," "Heartbreak Hotel" and "Blue Suede Shoes." By the time Presley was 30, he had become the highest-paid singer in the history of the business at the time. In his obituary, the New York Times noted that his "blatant sexuality redefined popular music."

Presley was born in Tupelo, Mississippi as a twinless twin, and when he was 13 years old, he and his family relocated to Memphis, Tennessee. His music career began there in 1954, whe


Saturday August 15, 2015    09:49 AM
A Michigan mother was stunned when she got a phone call telling her a complete stranger was buying her a new wheelchair accessible van–and it’s all thanks to her son’s essay praising his deserving mom.

Michelle Garn had been struggling to start her van so she could get it to a mechanic for more repairs, even though it was a rust-bucket, 15-years-old, and falling apart.

Since a stroke 13 years ago, the mother of three has been confined to a wheelchair and, lately, has tried to come up with the money for a new vehicle that would accommodate her physical disability.

Her son Brendan had entered an essay contest during National Mobility Awareness Month because first prize was a new, whee


Tuesday August 11, 2015    09:59 AM
A four-year-old girl made a wish and her mom devised a brilliant plan to make it come true. It would involve a fancy dress, a basket of flowers, and a sign that read: “Can I be your flower girl?”

Don’t worry. Her mother didn’t suggest she stand in the streets–not this clever parent.

Annabelle whispered her wish to Yoko Ono’s “Wishing Tree” at the Smithsonian Institution’s sculpture garden earlier this year. When her mother, Kim Earl, asked what it was, Annabelle told her it was to be a flower girl in a wedding.

The problem was that none of her parents’ friends or relatives were planning weddings anytime soon, but Kim hit on an idea when the family got home to New York.

She took A


Tuesday August 11, 2015    09:57 AM
Mayli and Brooklyn -- two best buddies, both with spina bifida -- give us a new take on the viral whip and nae nae, with a sweet dance routine in their wheelchairs. And with hair flips, spins, and even a stanky leg -- they turn it out!

The pint-sized divas were born just six months apart with the same diagnosis, ABC News reported, and have become best pals who love to groove.

“We have frequent sleepovers and kitchen dance parties,” Mayli’s mother, Sami Gibson, told the news outlet. “God knew these two were meant to be friends.”

Because her daughter loves to boogie, Gibson started a dance class for children in wheelchairs called Ayita, which is a Cherokee name meaning “first to dance


Tuesday August 11, 2015    09:54 AM
Andy Gregory didn't set out to live with 26 rescue pigs. They just sort of found him, one by one.

Sherry, for example, was discovered wandering around a retirement home before a friend of a friend brought her to Gregory's 11.5-acre home in southwest Florida.

Sheldon had been owned by a teacher, who realized she couldn't take care of her big, smart porcine pet. (The teacher now comes by for regular visits.)

Barbecue -- yes, that's the pig's name; no, he's not headed toward that fate -- is a wild pig who'd been chasing tennis players around a local court, before his dispatch to this new, comfortable, albeit tennis player-free life.

It's a comfortable life for Gregory, too.



Thursday August 6, 2015    12:35 PM
America's teenagers are starting school too early, in spite of a flurry of studies showing they need more sleep and national recommendations that school days start later, government health experts said Thursday.

A survey of U.S. school districts shows fewer than one in five middle and high schools rang the first bell at 8:30 or later -- the time recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP).

"Among an estimated 39,700 public middle, high, and combined schools in the United States, the average start time was 8:03 a.m. Overall, only 17.7 percent of these public schools started school at 8:30 a.m. or later," the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention wrote in the agency's we


Thursday August 6, 2015    12:28 PM
With public opinion continuing to turn sharply against the safari hunting escapades of American trophy hunters and a cascade of major airlines announcing they won’t transport trophies from the African Big Five, there was other big news on other fronts – in particular, on factory farming and puppy mills. At the top of the list is a federal court ruling earlier this week striking down Idaho’s ag-gag law, which criminalized whistleblowers who record animal cruelty or other abuses in factory farms. It’s the first judicial ruling on the merits of a series of statutes manufactured by the agribusiness lobby to stop undercover investigators from exposing harsh and sometimes illegal practices toward


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