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Saturday January 16, 2016    12:26 PM
John O'Malley was so impressed and inspired by the hospice nurses who tended to his wife, he abandoned retirement and went back to school to become one.

O'Malley began taking classes to become a nurse just two months after his wife passed away in 2010.

Five years later, O'Malley is dispensing the same compassionate care to dying patients and their families that he received; easing pains both literal and figurative, transforming death from a dark and frightening experience into a peaceful and sometimes even spiritual one.

Many people like O'Malley have been moved by the illness of friends or family to make nursing a career, and many do it as a late or second career, say observers and

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Sunday January 10, 2016    01:22 PM
He may only be six years old, but Lyle Drummonds is already a gentleman.

Lyle's mother, Nikkole, posted a photo on Facebook that shows Lyle sitting across the table from her, opening a wallet and pulling out some cash. In the text that accompanied the photo, she explained that once a month, Lyle takes her out on a "dinner date," and the six-year-old pays for the bill with his allowance.

She wrote:

"Once a month my 6 year old son takes me out on a dinner date. He opens doors for me, pulls out my chair, talks about his day & asks me how mine was, pays the bill with money he earned by doing chores, and even tips the waiter/waitress. By doing this I am teaching him how to treat a lady &

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Sunday January 10, 2016    01:19 PM
Recess is more than just a free break for kids to play. That free, unstructured play time allows kids to exercise and helps them focus better when they are in class. A school in Texas says it took a risk by giving students four recess periods a day, but the risk has paid off wonderfully

According to Today, the Eagle Mountain Elementary in Fort Worth, Texas, has been giving kindergarten and first-grade students two 15-minute recess breaks every morning and two 15-minute breaks every afternoon to go play outside. At first teachers were worried about losing the classroom time and being able to cover all the material they needed with what was left, but now that the experiment has been going o

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Tuesday January 5, 2016    12:26 PM

If it's cheaper, they will come. That thinking has been behind a major real estate boom in Oregon, as workers flee California, where housing is among the priciest in the nation. The question is, how long will Oregon, especially its largest city, be cheaper? Demand is outstripping supply, and pushing both home values and rents significantly higher.

Portland in the early fall replaced Oakland, California, as the local market with the highest annual effective rent growth among the nation's top 50 housing markets, according to Axiometrics, a real estate analytics company. Rents were 12 percent higher in the fourth quarter of 2015 compared to 2014. Sacramento, California; Seattle; and

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Friday January 1, 2016    05:24 PM
Natalie Cole, the Grammy-winning singer whose hits included a cover of "Unforgettable" and "Pink Cadillac" and who overcame battles with substance abuse and the long shadow of her famous father to earn worldwide success of her own, has died at age 65.

Natalie Cole died Thursday night at Cedar Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles "due to complications from ongoing health issues," according to a statement from her family.

The family's statement said Cole died on Thursday night at Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles from "ongoing health issues."

Cole's career spanned five decades in the R&B, soul, jazz and pop genres. In 2015, she had canceled appearances citing medical reasons.

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Wednesday December 30, 2015    09:08 AM
After months of stalling, the owners of a Portland-area bakery have paid a hefty fine stemming from a 2013 incident in which they refused to create a cake for a lesbian couple.

This past spring, after an investigation spanning two years, the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries ruled that Aaron and Melissa Klein, co-owners of the Gresham, Oregon-based Sweet Cakes bakery, had violated that state’s anti-discrimination law by refusing to bake a wedding cake for Rachel and Laurel Bowman-Cryer because of the couple’s sexual orientation. As a result, the bureau had ordered the bakers to pay $135,000 in damages to the (since-wed) Bowman-Cryers for emotional suffering. According to Portland NBC

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Tuesday December 29, 2015    12:52 PM
A veteran was forced to give up his dogs after having a heart attack and a prolonged stay in the hospital.

The First State Animal Center and SPCA cared for his two dogs, but had to put them up for adoption after several weeks. At the time, his family believed he would not make it through the operation.

He first came by the shelter, located inside a PetSmart, on Wednesday.

"The dogs couldn't contain their excitement. They greeted him with massive kisses and wagging tails," said Lindsay Carrothers, adoption counselor.

But the veteran still needed $250 to cover adoption fees to get his dogs back.

"This man was willing to sell his car to get the money," Carrothers said.

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Tuesday December 29, 2015    12:43 PM
The Ellis family received the Christmas present of their dreams — a place to call home for the holidays.

Latoya Ellis, a single mother who lives with her three kids in Chicago, fell on hard times after she was laid off and eventually evicted from her apartment in August. Ellis' story was covered by local TV station ABC7 in November, and after learning about the single mother and her family, many viewers felt compelled to help.

Among those who reached out to the family, one thoughtful donor, who wishes to remain anonymous, gave them a life-changing gift — an entire year of rent paid in full.

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Tuesday December 29, 2015    12:38 PM
The popular idea that Mark Zuckerberg is giving away a majority of his fortune seems to be true, worth approximately $45 billion. But the idea of giving money to those who share a "thank you" message, is simply a hoax.

The Facebook post claims that Zuckerberg is giving out $4.5 million to 1,000 Facebook users as long as they copy and past a status on their profile.

Here is one version of the hoax:

"According to Good Morning America, Not a hoax! Mark Zuckerberg has announced that he is giving away $45 billion of Facebook stock. What you may not have heard is that he plans to give 10% of it away to people like YOU and ME! All you have to do is copy and paste this message into a post I

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Tuesday December 29, 2015    11:54 AM
A deaf man was driving over a bridge when he noticed a lone deer struggling to survive in the icy river below. He pulled over, walked through the woods, then crawled out onto the ice to save her.

After several attempts, he was able to get the rope around the deer, then sat next to the exhausted deer and recorded a quick video to share his experience while the deer sat by his side.

The man explains in sign language how he came to rescue the deer:

"I was driving along when I see this deer struggling to survive. I felt obligated to help her, so I pulled over, trekked through the woods, and crawled out onto the ice. I used a rope to pull her out. I am so glad she is safe. Now we nee

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