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Monday October 20, 2014    09:32 AM
King O the cockatoo's bald little head hints at how stressful his life used to be.

"He was very attached to his first person, and from all accounts he had a wonderful life with her. When she died, he grieved for her," says Jacqueline Johnson, who runs the bird department at Best Friends Animal Society. "His next home was with a family member who had no idea how to help him cope with his loss and grief. That is when he started pulling out his feathers with his feet."

The new owner reached out to Best Friends to see if the bird might be happier living at the group's massive sanctuary in the red hills of southern Utah, which is home to some 100 birds and 1,600 other animals, including dog

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Tuesday October 14, 2014    09:43 AM
Some guardian angels choose to look over us from close by.

And such help from two loving golden retrievers might be the reason Judy Muhe of Palmdale, Florida, is still alive today. When the 76-year-old woman, who suffers from Parkinson's disease and lives alone, fell in her kitchen, 10-year-old Higgins and 4-year-old Dodger clung to her side for two days until help arrived, reported ABC News.

Muhe bruised her head and shattered her shoulder when she fell, and spend the subsequent 48 hours drifting in and out of consciousness. Her two dogs, aware of her distress, laid down next to her, keeping her as warm and as comfortable as they possibly could.

"The main thing was they let me know

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Tuesday October 14, 2014    09:39 AM
David Cohen understands that mosquitoes aren't just pesky annoyances -- they're global killers, too.

That's why the 12-year-old from Dallas invented a robot that drowns the pests using a pump-jet system that traps them underwater using mesh. He submitted his work to the Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge earlier this year and is one of the competition's ten finalists.

The challenge, which is open for students who are in grades 5 through 8 at the time of submission, awards its winner $25,000, the title of "America's Top Young Scientist," and an all-expenses paid vacation. A victor will be decided after finalists present their work on Oct. 13 and 14 in St. Paul, Minnesota.

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Tuesday October 14, 2014    09:35 AM
Larry Hester, a 66-year-old tire salesman from Raleigh, North Carolina, has spent the latter half of his life blind, due to a degenerative condition called retinitis pigmentosa that destroyed his photoreceptor cells. But thanks to new "bionic eye" technology, and Dr. Paul Hahn and his team at Duke Eye Center in Durham, North Carolina, Hester is no longer entirely in the dark, reported Today.com.

"It was incredible," Hester says in the video from Duke Medicine about his new sense of vision. "It was bright and it was significant, and I just had to take a deep breath... It was hard to articulate what I was feeling, but I wanted to share it with everybody I could grab at the time and hug."

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Thursday October 9, 2014    08:53 AM
BEULAH, Mich. (AP) — A judge Wednesday sentenced the mother of an autistic Michigan teenager to 10-22 years in prison for what the woman described as a failed murder-suicide attempt brought on by despair after years of violent attacks by her child and failure to find affordable and effective treatment.

Kelli Rai Stapleton, 46, pleaded guilty last month to first-degree child abuse in a bargain with prosecutors who dismissed an attempted murder charge. She admitted driving her daughter Isabelle to an isolated spot in rural northern Michigan in September 2013, giving her a sleep-inducing drug and placing two charcoal-burning grills inside their van.

Both survived, although Isabelle, now 1

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Thursday October 9, 2014    08:46 AM
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Brittany Maynard will not live to see if her advocacy makes a difference.

The 29-year-old woman expects to die next month. If the brain cancer from which she suffers does not kill her in October, she plans to take advantage of Oregon's Death with Dignity Act and end her own life on the first of November — a few days after her husband's 43rd birthday.

Her birthday is Nov. 19.

"That would have been my 30th birthday," she said in an interview Wednesday. "As of right now, I don't know that I'm going to make it to my 30th birthday, and that's a really difficult thing to process emotionally."

Maynard and her husband, Dan Diaz, uprooted from Northern California and

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Thursday October 9, 2014    08:45 AM
The Hague (AFP) - One of the people on the Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 shot down in Ukraine in July was found wearing an oxygen mask, the Dutch foreign minister and prosecutors said, raising the possibility that some passengers might have known their plane was doomed.

"You know that somebody was discovered wearing an oxygen mask and had time to put it on," Foreign Minister Frans Timmermans told a talk show on national television late Wednesday.

Dutch prosecutors confirmed on Thursday they were investigating after the oxygen mask was discovered draped around the person's neck.

"How and when the mask ended up around the victim's neck is unknown," the prosecutors stressed.

"The Du

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Thursday October 9, 2014    08:42 AM
CHICAGO — Sarah Goldberg, who starred in the television series "7th Heaven" and the film "Jurassic Park III," has died. She was 40.

Goldberg died in her sleep of natural causes on Sept. 27 at her family's cabin in Wisconsin, her mother Judy Goldberg told the Chicago Sun-Times (http://bit.ly/1vMQ8c0 ). She said a heart ailment is suspected, although an autopsy failed to determine the exact cause of death.

"She went to sleep and didn't wake up," she said.

Goldberg's entertainment career started as a bumblebee in a Chicago City Ballet production of "Cinderella," her mother said, and gained momentum when she was asked to be an extra on the Julia Roberts movie "My Best Friend's Wedding.

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Wednesday October 8, 2014    09:03 AM
A bond between the best of friends means even more to Iris Grace Halmshaw, a 5-year-old British girl who was diagnosed with autism in 2011, reported ABC News. Her disorder prevents her from speaking like so many kids her age, so through the encouragement of her parents, she learned how to express her emotions through painting instead.

Her works of art are nothing short of incredible, and her family sells them for hundreds of dollars each, using the money to pay for her therapy treatments and art supplies, and to raise awareness about autism, according to their Facebook page.

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Tuesday October 7, 2014    09:32 AM
You cannot help but love this video. The baby bunny is simply adorable.

Though rabbits don't usually require full submersion in a tub, and spot cleaning is typically optimal, YouTube poster Bowen Smith points out why this bunny received a bath and the precautions that were taken taken:

Yes, her and her siblings (not pictured) were completely filthy and needed a bath. It should be noted however that cold bath water can very easily give rabbits hypothermia and measures should be taken to reduce that likelihood, preferably by measuring the temperature of the water and making sure it is between 101°F and 103°F (Average rabbit body temperature).? Paw Nation lists bunny bathing best practic

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