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Monday September 22, 2014    08:59 AM
It wasn't the crown that stole the spotlight at a North Texas high school's homecoming ceremony last week, but rather the friendship between three very special young women.

Anahi Alvarez was named Grand Prairie High School's Homecoming Queen on Friday, but the 17-year-old didn't bask in the limelight for even a moment. That's because she and her friend Naomi Martinez, who had also been nominated for the honor, had promised each other that if they won they'd give the crown to a very important person in their lives: their best friend, Lillian Skinner.

According to NBC Dallas-Fort Worth, Skinner -- a beloved student who is known for her cheerful energy and kind spirit -- had been bullied

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Monday September 22, 2014    08:53 AM
Amanda Jaramillo is happy today for what at first might seem like an odd reason: She decided not to attend a sold-out One Direction concert in Phoenix Tuesday night, even though she's a huge fan and earned tickets by scouring Albuquerque in a four-day-long, city-wide scavenger hunt.

Instead, Jaramillo -- who could have sold her hard-won tickets for a sizable profit -- called CBS 5 in Phoenix and asked if they could find someone at the local children's hospital who should attend in her place.

That's how Estefania Canales, a 12-year-old girl who was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in May, ended up in Jaramillo's seats. Canales told CBS 5 she's always been a big One Direction fan, but knew

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Monday September 22, 2014    08:50 AM
One of the best ways to earn a person's trust is to lend them a helping hand when they least expect it and need it most.

While Kim Washington hesitated when police officers approached her parked car in a St. Paul, Minnesota, neighborhood earlier this month, she is grateful for their eventual interaction. The 46-year-old had been living in Florida with her boyfriend until recently, when she decided to flee from domestic violence occurring in her home, reported KMSP. Washington packed her three children, two grandchildren and their necessary belongings in her SUV, and returned to Minnesota, her home state, in search of a fresh start.

Upon arrival, the family of six remained in the SUV be

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Wednesday September 17, 2014    09:11 AM
Some things must be lost for decades in order for us to appreciate their real value later in life.

That was the case for Pekka Nummelin, a carpenter born and rasied in Mekkeli, Finland, and his first car that he abandoned in the woods behind his parents house, 40 years ago. He originally bought the seafoam green 1967 Ford Anglia to help him get to and from his first job while still living at home in his early 20s, his son Tommi Nummelin told HuffPost in an email.

However, the car struggled through the cold Finnish winters as Pekka drove 20 miles each day on dirt roads. When the upper radiator hose came lose, spraying anti-freeze all over the road one night, he assumed it was leaking an

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Wednesday September 17, 2014    09:08 AM
SEATTLE -- A woman in South Seattle got the shock of her life when she opened up her power bill this month and saw that she owes more than $2,000.

Linda White says she's used to seeing $20 power bills, so she thought the latest bill was a mistake. But she soon realized her $2,113.56 electric bill was not a misprint.

"That's a lot of money, and a lot of money I don't have," she said.

It turns out the meter on her rented home had been broken as far back as June of 2010, according to Seattle City Light. It was only recently that Seattle City Light realized the meter was stuck. Even the meter reader didn't catch the fact that White was being undercharged.

Seattle City Light averag

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Monday September 15, 2014    09:04 PM
The two dogs in the photo below were dropped off at a central Florida animal shelter within a day of each other. They became instant best friends.

"They are still connected at the hip. They walk side by side," says their new mom, Ronda Chewning. "They even eat side by side."

Chewning says she'd never been involved with the animal rescue community before seeing the photo of the boys -- the tan one was called Darby at the time; the black-and-white dog hadn't been named yet -- on the Second Chance Rescue Facebook page.

It was the end of August, and the 3-year-old dogs' situation was described as "urgent." They were scheduled to be euthanized in early September if no one were to take th

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Monday September 15, 2014    09:01 PM
Looks like George the goldfish will get to float around its pond and munch on fish flakes for much longer.

Over the past year, the 10-year-old goldfish in Melbourne, Victoria, developed a brain tumor, affecting its ability to eat, swim and even interact with the other fish in his pond, according to KTRK.

"[The] fish was having trouble eating, getting around, getting bullied by the other fish," Dr. Tristan Rich, a veterinarian at Lort Smith Animal Hospital, said according to the outlet.

Dr. Rich offered the fish's owners, Lyn Orton and Pip Joyce, the option of putting the animal to sleep or paying for a life-saving operation to remove the tumor in its head, according to the Herald Su

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Monday September 15, 2014    08:58 PM
Off the coast of Bar Harbor, a humpback whale is finally free after rescuers took hours to disentangled the fishing gear so it could swim away.

The Department of Marine Resources arrived Saturday afternoon with the proper tools after a whale watching boat spotted the disabled whale. After daylight faded they returned on Sunday morning to finish the tail. The mammal swam away without injury.

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Monday September 15, 2014    08:57 PM
An Oregon City family is calling their pit bull a hero after it saved an 8-year-old boy from a swarm of bees.

A group of children were playing near a creek and one of them unleashed a swarm of bees by stepping on a rotten log. Most of the kids got away but Jesse Shaver was being repeatedly stung and had trouble making it up the hill.

Fortunately, his dog Hades dragged the boy up the slope to the grass and, once there, let him mount her. “She let me crawl on her back and took me to my mom,” Jesse told Fox 12.

“I’m so glad we adopted her,” said Jesse’s mom, who was “astonished to see the dog dragging her son to safety.”

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Thursday September 11, 2014    08:01 AM
he Oregon Public House began as a dream to bring the individual charitable experience into the social space of a community. They wanted to transform the solitary act of quietly donating to a good cause and give it some bravado — and some beer.

It took three years to renovate the building at 700 NE Dekum Street in Portland. Today the “family-friendly” pub, with its delicious-looking menu of sandwiches, pastas and salads, is open every day at noon. It serves as a “community center for change” with 100% of all profits going to a variety of charities on the menu — just pick your favorite.

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