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Tuesday June 24, 2014    10:47 AM
This is Kathy Holick. She's a dance-aholic; and if you saw her boogie, you'd be sure to crack a smile.

Holick is a crossing guard in the Newtown, Connecticut, village of Sandy Hook. But directing traffic is just one of the ways she's is making an impact in her community.

According to the Hartford Courant, Holick -- who dances while directing traffic near Newtown High School -- has become a symbol of hope and positivity in Sandy Hook.

"She takes her responsibility seriously but has fun in the process," longtime Newtown resident John Bergquist told the Courant. "Everyone seems to love her and she has put smiles on many faces. If she was directing traffic in any town across the coun


Monday June 23, 2014    09:23 AM
Judging by the grandfather of Dutch soccer star Robin Van Persie, talent runs in the family.

After Van Persie scored a high-flying, last-minute header of a goal last Friday, the Internet exploded with pictures of people replicating the athlete's unique mid-air pose. Among those identifying with the nascent meme, called "Persieing," was Van Persie's 93-year-old grandfather.

In an interview with Dutch News Service Omroep Brabant, Van Persie's grandfather said that as a former gymnast, he was happy to strike the pose, though he admitted: "The falling part was fine but getting up was more difficult. Obviously, because it's not a position you get into every day."

For perspective, here's


Monday June 23, 2014    09:20 AM
Thanks to a kind homeless man, a preschool class in Oregon has been reunited with their beloved pet bunny.

Amos the bunny went missing from Great Beginnings Childcare and Preschool in Rogue River earlier this month, only to be returned to them a few days later, according to KOBI. He was found inside a cardboard box containing food and water, in a trash can by the a public library. Ralph Rowden, a homeless man, found the bunny and returned him to the class who had dearly missed their fluffy friend.

"We missed him so much! Somebody taked him," Ella Bale, a 3-year-old preschooler at Great Beginnings, told the outlet.

For his good deed, Rowden was given a small cash reward and a sweet t


Thursday June 19, 2014    09:39 AM
A desperate and heart-wrenching Facebook post may have saved the life of one father in Logan County, West Virginia.

Last Tuesday, Gregory Vance was sitting on his porch with two friends as a violent storm swept through their neighborhood. The strong winds felled a large tree, and it landed on the three men, trapping them under the trunk, according to WOWK.

Vance's girlfriend and his two children, who were sheltered inside their home, frantically called out to him but received no answer, the outlet reported.

The family's cell phone service was down due to the storm and they don't have a landline. It seemed like they had no way to get help.

That's when Vance's 10-year-old daughter,


Thursday June 19, 2014    09:33 AM
BOSTON (AP) — Ihor Lakatosh struggles to describe his life before the surgeries, when his severe burns went untreated for years in his native Ukraine, leaving him with one arm fused to his body, unable to walk and abandoned by his mother.

The 11-year-old boy, however, smiles widely and repeatedly makes the sign of the cross when he describes how he feels now, after a series of surgeries and physical therapy at a Boston charity hospital. "Thank you I can walk. Thank you I can walk. Thank you Lord, I can walk," he said recently through an interpreter.

Ihor returned to Boston early this year for a second round of procedures, and has been spending time showing off his newfound ability to w


Thursday June 19, 2014    09:32 AM
The Texas multimillionaire art prankster who paid people to plant 10 Cadillacs in the Texas dirt in the 1970s as “a monument to the American Dream” has passed away.

Beyond the Route 66 landmark known as “Cadillac Ranch,” Stanley Marsh 3 also commissioned a series of 200 crazy street signs around his hometown of Amarillo. Examples: “Road Does Not End”; “I Have Traveled a Great Deal in Amarillo”; “I Don’t Suppose Anyone Has a Tomato?”; “It Begins With a Hanging”; “What Is a Village Without Village Idiots?”and “My Grandmother Can Whip Your Grandmother.”

More on Wikipedia.


Wednesday June 18, 2014    11:11 AM
WASHINGTON - A group of independent experts who prodded authorities to release satellite data on Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, says it thinks it knows the approximate location of the missing aircraft.

Five separate computer models all place the plane in a tight cluster of spots in the south Indian Ocean — hundreds of miles southwest of the previous search site.

"We recommend that the search for MH370 be focused in this area," the group said in a statement late Tuesday. MH370: 100 days of very little progress

"While there remain a number of uncertainties and some disagreements as to the interpretation of aspects of the data, our best estimates of a location of the aircraft (is) nea


Wednesday June 18, 2014    08:52 AM
A Case Study in Maternal Mental Illness

Cindy Wachenheim was someone people didn’t think they had to worry about. She was a levelheaded lawyer working for the State Supreme Court, a favorite aunt who got down on the floor to play with her nieces and nephews, and, finally, in her 40s, the mother she had long dreamed of becoming.

But when her baby was a few months old, she became obsessed with the idea that she had caused him irrevocable brain damage. Nothing could shake her from that certainty, not even repeated assurances


Wednesday June 18, 2014    08:44 AM

WASHINGTON — American commandos operating under the cover of night seized the man suspected of leading the deadly attack on the United States Mission in Benghazi, Libya, the government announced on Tuesday, ending a manhunt that had dragged on for nearly two years and inflamed domestic and international politics.

With drones hovering overhead, about two dozen Delta Force commandos and two or three F.B.I. agents descended on the outskirts of Benghazi just after midnight local time on Monday; grabbed the suspect, Ahmed Abu Kha


Wednesday June 18, 2014    08:29 AM
A Georgia man who served ten years for manufacturing cocaine is being credited with saving a 15-month-old baby he found alongside a highway.

Bryant Collins, an auto repair man who says he has been free and clean for five years, spotted the girl crawling alongside a Madison County highway, east of Atlanta.

“I had seen something out of the corner of my eye, and I thought it was a baby,” he said. “I just stopped and, when I got out, there was a baby…almost in the highway.”

Collins waited two hours until authorities concluded their questions, and played gospel music from his iPhone when the baby cried.