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Officer uses tourniquet to save 66-year-old man with dementia after train severs his leg

On Saturday night, police in Slidell, Louisiana, were alerted to an accident in which a train hit a person who had been on the tracks. The train engineer told police that the man appeared to have been sleeping on the tracks when the train hit him at around 9:30 p.m., according to WWL-TV. Officers searched in the dark, and one…

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Firefighters make heroic rescue after kids get trapped in 16-inch storm drain

With the technological takeover that has happened in many young people’s lives, it has become rarer to see kids outside exploring and doing “normal” kid things. Many school-age children are indoors watching television, scrolling through social media or playing video games — which all have their place — but not as many are running around outside, terrorizing neighborhoods on bicycles…

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Woman panics when strange man approaches her in parking lot, then her German shepherd starts 'going mad'

It was around 4:50 in the morning on Sunday when Lorraine Scott arrived at a familiar dog-walking spot with her 3-year-old German shepherd, Toby. Though she’d been to Leasowe beach before, this time something different was waiting for her. “I turned into the car park for the beach, and I spotted this maroon car on my right hand side,” Scott,…

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Woman battling cancer mauled by black bear in her own home: 'I should be dead'

Laurel-Rose von Hoffman-Curzi has had a rough time lately. Battling stage 4 non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, she retreated to the family home in Tahoe Vista, California, to rest, recover and distance. That cabin was a refuge until the morning of Oct. 30, when an unexpected guest made himself comfortable in her kitchen. It was around 6:00 a.m. when Von Hoffman-Curzi heard strange…

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Real-life fairy tale: Princess gives up royal status to marry a commoner

They say that love conquers all. That seems to be the case for Japan’s Princess Mako of Akishino, daughter of Prince Akishino and Princess Kiko, who has officially chosen love over her title. In the Japanese imperial family, only men are in the line of succession. If a female marries a commoner she forfeits her status by default. Mako met…

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After young boy gets bullied for Halloween costume, he makes inspiring decision

As the year turns to October, stores start offering a wild assortment of fantastical outfits in all shapes and sizes. Enterprising parents and partygoers start pinning costume ideas like mad, and everyone seems to be on the hunt for that perfect, unique, recognizable get-up. One young man had his sights set on the ultimate cool: Tony Stark. With the help…

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When fire breaks out in home, 3-year-old boy hides under covers until deputy makes heroic rescue

When a 3-year-old boy in Flagler County, Florida, woke up from a nap to a house filled with smoke and smoke alarms blaring, he did what many children his age would do: He got scared. An older child might know to exit the home, call 911 or run to a neighbor, but the youngster hunkered down under the sheets on…

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Watch: Plane crashes into suburb, demolishes newlyweds' dream home

On Monday, cardiologist Dr. Sugata Das was flying from Yuma, Arizona, to San Diego, California, in his Cessna C340. He’d made many similar journeys before, but this time something went wrong. Around 12:15 p.m., the plane nose-dived into a Santee neighborhood, the wing clipping a UPS truck and killing the driver. The body of the plane then slammed into two…

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French diplomat picks up Afghan refugee's pet bird, now it's speaking another language

Xavier Chatel is a French ambassador to the United Arab Emirates, a job that has increased in complexity as of late. But one thing that he’s now well-known for is something he certainly didn’t expect to be part of the job description: bird caretaker. It all began on Aug. 26 during the frenzied rush to get around 3,000 Afghan refugees…

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Four men push elderly woman in scooter nearly a mile after it breaks down in the rain

You never know when you’re going to be in the right place at the right time to help someone, but being ready and willing to help is the best way to prepare. Four young men in Seminole County, Florida, seized the opportunity to help last month when they realized an elderly woman was struggling with her mobility scooter. She was…

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Age 7 girl battling deadly, incurable condition made honorary firefighter: 'This was my dream all along'

Plenty of children are in awe of firetrucks and firemen. The lights, the sounds, the excitement, the heroism — all of it dazzles young hopefuls. Hanford Fire Department Chief Steve Pendergrass has no doubt met many of these young men and women who are eager to join the cause and has given them words of encouragement. When he met the…

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22-year Navy veteran gets amazing kidney donation from last person he expected

Natalie Luvaas understands what it means to see loved ones struggle with health issues, weather countless procedures and hope for better times. A corrections officer in Des Moines, Washington, and mom of four — two of whom have rare genetic conditions — she’s got a lot on her plate, but that didn’t stop her from looking for another way to…

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Football fans make daring rescue after noticing cat dangling from ledge

The recent University of Miami-Appalachian State University game had some heart-stopping moments that didn’t involve anything happening on the field. Some fans who attended the game on Saturday were treated to front-row seats to an amazing save that happened when a cat somehow got into the stadium and ended up dangling by a paw from the upper deck. It’s unclear…

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Mom visiting Disney World with disabled son gets vicious note after double-parking to accommodate him

Disney World is known for its lifelike characters, the heroes we love and the villains we’ve come to fear — but one mom and her son got a little more than they bargained for in the villain department when they returned to their car after a day of enjoyment. Tricia Proefrock and her 13-year-old son, Mason — residents of Palm…

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Woman dies after dog's leash gets stuck on subway car

A tragedy occurred in San Francisco Monday afternoon when a woman died after being dragged by a Bay Area Rapid Transit train. According to footage and eyewitness accounts, 41-year-old Amy Adams boarded the train with her dog, whose lead was apparently tethered to her waist. It was about 3:15 p.m. when Adams boarded the Dublin/Pleasanton-bound train from the Powell Street…

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Bank that lost 66 employees on 9/11 pays for all their children to go to college

After Sept. 11, 2001, one of the businesses that was located on the 104th floor of the World Trade Center wanted to do something to combat the evil that had taken place. Investment banking firm Sandler O’Neill & Partners lost 66 employees in the attack, people whose families would now be without the love, support and financial stability those employees…

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Young girl saves neighbors' puppy after noticing something strange coming from house

On the evening of Sept. 4, 11-year-old Mackenzie Jenkins was sitting on a swing outside her Cape Coral, Florida, home when she spotted something suspicious going on at her neighbor’s house. “I came outside to play on my swing and then I saw smoke coming out of the roof, and the front door and the bedroom window,” Mackenzie told WINK-TV.…

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Fin-tastic: Sea creatures miraculously help save swimmer stranded for hours

On Aug. 22, 24-year-old Ruairí McSorley from Londonderry, Ireland, went for a swim in Tralee Bay on the southern Irish coast. And he kept swimming. And kept swimming. McSorley was in the water for 14 hours in total, all because he’d decided to challenge himself. “I looked over the bay at the lighthouse and said ‘that’s my kingdom!’ and swam…

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People ecstatic as mass secret admirer leaves personal surprises for dozens of people

Over the past year, dozens of people started receiving packages that contained a note and a small jar with their name on it. “Hi, I’m a compliment jar,” the note read. “When you are feeling sad, angry, lonely, or just need a boost, pick out a piece of paper from inside to read. “I hope you enjoy and get a…

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