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Wednesday March 26, 2014    09:43 AM
Tomorrow, March 27, marks 16 years since the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approves use of the drug Viagra in 1998, an oral medication that treats impotence.

Sildenafil, the chemical name for Viagra, is an artificial compound that was originally synthesized and studied to treat hypertension (high blood pressure) and angina pectoris (a form of cardiovascular disease). Chemists at the Pfizer pharmaceutical company found, however, that while the drug had little effect on angina, it could induce penile erections, typically within 30 to 60 minutes. Seeing the economic opportunity in such a biochemical effect, Pfizer decided to market the drug for impotence. Sildenafil was patented in 1996


Wednesday March 26, 2014    09:38 AM
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Electric clocks on walls in Anchorage shut down at 5:36 p.m. on March 27, 1964. Time stopped at the start of the '64 Great Alaska Earthquake, the second largest ever recorded at magnitude 9.2.

The ground shook for four to five minutes, roughly twice through "I Want to Hold Your Hand," the Beatles No. 1 song that year. With the U.S. and the USSR facing off in the Cold War, some thought the Russians had attacked. The quake produced a tsunami that wreaked havoc along the West Coast. Overall damage was estimated at $2.3 billion in 2014 dollars. The quake and tsunamis killed 131 people.

Though now a distant memory, it helped make experts better prepared for future q


Monday March 24, 2014    08:52 PM
A St. Francis Prep student was killed when his head hit an overpass as he clowned around on a New Jersey-bound party bus and popped out of a hatch in the roof near the George Washington Bridge Friday night, authorities said.

Daniel Fernandez, 16, an incoming junior at the Queens Catholic school, died at Hackensack University Medical Center from severe head trauma shortly after the 6:45 p.m. incident, law enforcement sources said.

Sixty-five teens boarded the double-decker bus in at the school in Fresh Meadows and had reached Fort Lee, N.J., on their way to a Sweet 16 party when the accident occurred, police said.

“When the bus went under the Fletcher Ave. overpass, the boy’s head st


Monday March 24, 2014    09:49 AM
Fourteen-year-old Ke'onte is full of life and laughter — largely because of his new parents.

But his happiness is also thanks to a television news anchor who featured the boy's story in Dallas, Texas, not just once, but twice, after a failed adoption brought disappointment.

In 2007, when Ke'onte was just eight years old, Gloria Campos featured him as a "Wednesday's Child," a feature produced locally by five US television stations around the country which features children in foster care who need loving parents.

The boy, now happy and off medication wrongfully prescribed, wanted to thank Gloria for her persistence in finding him a home, and he surprised her on the air.


Monday March 24, 2014    09:28 AM
After 70 years of wedded bliss, Jean and Lawrence "Bud" Lyford have discovered the secret to a happy marriage -- and it's simpler than you think.

The couple -- who just celebrated their 70th anniversary on March 18 -- met in high school back in 1936, but didn't tie the knot until 1944, after Bud proposed the Christmas prior.

"We sat together in a special room. I had a diamond ring, and I asked her then if she would be willing to be my wife. And she accepted," Bud told WLBZ News in Bangor, Maine.

"I've got my diamond he gave me and I've got my wedding ring and I've never had my wedding ring off," Jean added.

The couple has been together ever since -- even enduring time apart durin


Monday March 24, 2014    09:24 AM
Annmarie Richards operates on unconditional love.

This became clear to Joel Robbins, Matthew Butler and Jenny Ljung when the trio was out to a business dinner with her in Aruba in February 2013. Richards, 54, is a salesperson for Unicity International, a company that sells products that "improve overall physical health and wellness," according to its website. But she only does this on the side for a supplemental income.

Her full-time job is "Mom." And she has 32 children to look after.

"When Jenny asked her how many kids she had and she said that, we all thought, 'What? What do you mean?'" Robbins, 28, who produced the short film above, told The Huffington Post. Together, he, Butler


Monday March 24, 2014    09:06 AM
An abandoned dog who's had the courage to love again is teaching us about the power of forgiveness.

In the video above, captured by Annie Hart, Gideon the pit bull undergoes a tremendous transformation after being rescued from starvation and sickness.

Hart, the executive director of animal rescue group Bill Foundation, told The Huffington Post in an email that Gideon, who was found with a registered microchip, had been in terrible shape when she went to rescue him in December. The pooch, who had deep lacerations around his neck, was starving and suffering from multiple bacterial and highly contagious fungal infections.

He was in "major pain," Hart said, adding that Gideon was "by fa


Tuesday March 18, 2014    09:09 AM
South African Girda McKenna asked her friends for just one thing after she was diagnosed with cancer. She wanted them to sit together for a photograph.

The portrait turned into something much more, and blessed her with a memory of true friendship. Luckily, photographer Albert Bredenhann documented the magical journey as all eleven ladies decide to shave their heads in solidarity.

"That is the least I can do," one woman said before a stylist took an electric shaver to her blonde locks. "If I can do just a little for her to feel better, I will do it with love."

"I am giving up my pride for a friend that is going through much, much more," explained another. When Girda walked onto t


Monday March 17, 2014    02:05 PM
Fashon designer and long time girlfriend of singer Mick Jagger, 49-year-old L'Wren Scott, was found dead in New York City Monday morning.

Police confirm that a 49-year-old woman was found dead at her apartment in West Chelsea, but would not confirm the name pending contact with family.

Although the medical examiner has not confirmed the cause of death, police said the death appeared to be a suicide.

A law enforcement official told the AP that Scott's assistant found her hanging from a doorknob. No note was found and there was no sign of foul play.

The BBC reports, in a statement from Jagger's spokesperson, that the Rolling Stone front man was "completely shocked and devastated" b


Monday March 17, 2014    09:17 AM
A dog that got stuck on cliff high above Portugese Beach in Sonoma County, Calif. was rescued Saturday afternoon after a sheriff’s deputy dangling from a helicopter plucked it off a sheer rock face and returned it unharmed to its owner.

The black and white Labrador named Oreo somehow made her way about 40 feet down a 90-foot high cliff, where there was no way of return.

Pilot Paul Bradley flew the chopper low over the cliff a couple times to make sure Oreo wouldn’t be spooked by the sight. She was fine. So Bradley landed nearby, and Deputy Henri Boustany strapped himself onto the end of a 100-foot long line.

It was decided that Boustany would bring a towel with him to throw over the


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