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Friday February 28, 2014    09:18 PM
To the unfamiliar passerby, Dobri Dobrev, 99, may come off as a haggard beggar who depends on the kindness of strangers to get by in life.

But, for the residents of Sofia, Bulgaria, Dobrev is nothing of the sort. Rather, the area’s fixture has been called a "saint" and a "divine stranger," according to a website dedicated to Dobrev.

Dobrev lost most of his hearing during World War II, according to Yahoo News Canada. He lives more than 15 miles outside of Sofia, a distance he used to trek by foot, but he now relies on the bus, according to He spends his days asking people for money, but he doesn’t keep a cent.

The generous guy lives off of his monthly pension of 80 eu


Friday February 28, 2014    09:15 PM
Jf Pryor raised his hand in the air -- shot it up, really -- when he first saw a picture of Thor, a 2-year-old boxer-bulldog mix who was left to die on the streets of Rosarito, Mexico.

"It was like I was the biggest nerd sitting in front of the teacher, saying, 'Pick me! Pick me!'" Pryor told The Huffington Post. "I wanted that kid. I had to save him."

Thor is paralyzed in his hind legs. When a young woman first came across him on Jan. 15, he was dragging himself along a road, "infested, sick, and dying," Pryor said. She took a picture of him and sent it to a friend in animal rescue, who forwarded the email to Pryor. He, along with Nikki Audet, run The Mutt Scouts, a nonprofit dog resc


Friday February 28, 2014    09:13 PM
He lived on the same San Paulo street corner for 18 years. The black plastic bags wrapped around him and long tangled hair and beard protected him from the elements. Atop a small stool, this 75-year-old man could be seen every day, hunched over and writing.

Though homeless for 34 years, Raimundo (Portuguese for Raymond) was very well-read and loved to read.

In April 2011, he was befriended by a young woman named Shalla Monteiro, who was impressed by his poetry and wanted to help him realize his dream of publishing a book of his "mini-pages," as he calls them.

She created a Facebook Page to feature the writings of Raimundo Arruda Sobrinho, who signed every poem with a nickname he gav


Friday February 28, 2014    09:12 PM
Nearly 25 years after the Exxon Valdez oil spill injured wildlife off the coast of Alaska, a new report issued today by the U.S. Geological Survey indicates that sea otters have returned to pre-spill numbers within the most heavily oiled areas of Prince William Sound.

Sea otters in the path of the oil incurred heavy mortality when 42 million liters of Prudhoe Bay crude oil were spilled in Prince William Sound in March 1989, with an estimated loss of several thousand otters. Through long-term data collection and analysis, scientists found that sea otters were slow to recover, likely because of chronic exposure to lingering oil. Other studies documented persistence of oil in the sea otter’s


Friday February 28, 2014    09:11 PM
If you’ve run out of drinking water during a lakeside camping trip, there’s a simple solution: Break off a branch from the nearest pine tree, peel away the bark, and slowly pour lake water through the stick. The improvised filter should trap any bacteria, producing fresh, uncontaminated water.

In fact, an MIT team has discovered that this low-tech filtration system can produce up to four liters of drinking water a day — enough to quench the thirst of a typical person.

In a paper published this week in the journal PLoS ONE, the researchers demonstrate that a small piece of sapwood (the youngest wood of a tree which serves to move water up from the roots) can filter out more than 99 perc


Wednesday February 26, 2014    09:31 AM
While simply walking their dog in their backyard, a Northern California couple found $10 million in rare, mint-condition gold coins buried next to an old tree in their backyard. One of the rare coins is worth close to 1 million dollars.

Apparently in the gold rush of the 1800's, someone dug holes and buried their gold lute for safe keeping. The person may have died and the treasure lay for decades, waiting for someone to discover it after all those years.

A married couple in their middle years were walking their dog on their rural property in Northern California. They noticed a buried can sticking out of the ground near a tree.

They dislodged the unusually heavy can with a stick the


Wednesday February 26, 2014    09:28 AM
A U.S. based group called Wello has reinvented the wheel to help families in the developing world who don't have easy access to water.

Many people, including children, are spending a quarter to half of every day, hauling water on their heads. But, instead of carrying the heavy load, the Wello water wheel provides a way for anyone to easily transport 50 liters by rolling it.

Wello in 2011 worked in close collaboration with village residents in Rajasthan, India, to develop the concept, which won a $100,000 prize from Grand Challenges Canada.

"We designed our business model around extreme affordability. While similar products retail in the $75 to $100+ range, the WaterWheel will retail


Tuesday February 25, 2014    08:58 AM
SANTA ANA, Calif. (KABC) -- Thanks to Santa Ana police, a local man has been reunited with his stolen camera and the priceless photos of his wife who passed away.

Dave Lacey walked out of a Santa Ana pawn shop, clutching the camera stolen from his home more than a year ago.

"I'm super excited. I had written it off that it was gone and stolen forever," said Lacey.

Lacey recognized the camera by the unique strap made by his wife, Erica, who passed away from cancer at age 30.

"She was a super, super strong woman, super talented," said Lacey. "Right before we were married, she was diagnosed with cancer."

On the camera were more than 300 priceless snapshots of her funeral and celeb


Tuesday February 25, 2014    08:55 AM
It took Inga Duncan Thornell, a Seattle life coach, one appointment per month with tattoo artist Tina Bafaro for over two and a half years to complete the piece. Since then, it's spread like wildfire around the Internet.

Even before her mastectomy, Inga Duncan Thornell knew she didn’t want to have her breasts reconstructed.

She didn’t want to go through more surgery and didn’t like the idea of implants. So when her husband brought home a book showing a woman with a rose tattoo on her chest where a breast used to be, Thornell was intrigued.

She had a double prophylactic mastectomy in 1993, not long after her mother was diagnosed with breast cancer and her stepmother died of it. After


Tuesday February 25, 2014    08:50 AM
Working as an Arizona State Park Ranger isn't just a job for Army veteran Carlos Garcia, it's a second chance.

Under a program the state launched in partnership with a host of public and private agencies to put homeless veterans to work, he is earning $12 an hour and living in a FEMA trailer. He is taking part in the Arizona Action Plan to End Homelessness Among Veterans, and he said it has changed his life.

“I was homeless,” Garcia said. “I was out of work for about two years and I had gotten into a little bit of trouble so this program boosted me, my morale -- it's just helped me out a lot. I'm glad to be working again.”

Garcia is one of four veterans participating in the pilot pr


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