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Originally posted 11/19/2013 05:00PM
Opal Phelps is the wrong senior citizen to mess with. The 92-year-old resident of Jasper County, Texas, recently fended off a masked man who broke into her home.
Phelps awoke last Monday night to find a masked intruder looming over her bed.
"He tried to make me shut up, but he didn't have no luck at it," Phelps told KHOU-TV.
Originally posted 11/14/2013 08:30PM
Bao Tran still remembers an old man shuffling onto the bridge to hand him a tiny bundle tucked into a straw hat.
It was May 1972 and Tran was in the South Vietnamese Army fighting alongside the Americans. His company was about to blow up the bridge outside Quang Tri.
"The man said the baby was trying to nurse on its dead mother," Tran, now 65, recalls.�
He carried the baby in that hat for 60 miles – "I�was in full combat gear, with explosions all around," he says – to an orphanage, where he left her with the name he'd planned for his own daughter someday: Ngoc Bich.
Originally posted 11/14/2013 12:45PM
Prince Harry's goodbye kiss will have to last Cressida Bonas for five weeks as he treks across Antarctica to raise awareness for wounded soldiers.
The prince, 29, heads for Cape Town, South Africa, on Sunday to take part in Walking with the Wounded's South Pole Allied Challenge – a race that spans over 200 miles in temperatures that can dip to 50 degrees below zero. The competition will involve three seven-man teams from the U.K., the U.S., Australia and Canada. During that time, none of the participants will be calling home.
"He won't get to speak to his girlfriend for about four weeks, which is tough, but it's the same for everyone," Walking with the Wounded's cofounder Ed Parker tells PEOPLE. "There's no airs and graces. He's a soldier, he really gets who we are and what we are trying to do, and we're lucky to have him on board, especially for the whole five weeks."
Originally posted 11/13/2013 04:30PM
In the horrific aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan, at least 2,000 are dead and 600,000 more left homeless as Philippine survivors begin to grasp the full and devastating impact of one of the worst storms on record.
Amid stories of both horror and hope, relief efforts are now under way, with organizations from around the world stepping up to help the island nation in its efforts to care for survivors and rebuild.
Here is a list of organizations that have pledged to help victims and survivors of Typhoon Haiyan – and which are accepting donations to aid in their efforts.
Originally posted 11/13/2013 10:00AM
It was only last summer that 13-year-old Devin Kohlman of Port Clinton, Ohio, was diagnosed with brain cancer. But by fall, he was already making his last wish: to be home in time for Christmas.
Ultimately, the story that unfolded is an inspiring example of a town pulling together when a young resident needed support the most.
Devin, who was receiving treatment in Cincinnati, flew back home on Oct. 27 to be greeted by a police escort and, later, friends, neighbors and strangers who would rally around him. They sent toys, teddy bears and good wishes – though Devin gave away most of his presents, gifting the stuffed animals to classmates who came to visit him, family friend Roseann Hickman told the Associated Press. Hickman also noted that thousands of cards, some from as far away as France and Ireland, had filled the Kohlman home when Devin returned.
Originally posted 11/12/2013 12:30PM
There's just something about Beyoncé that inspires people.
A few days after her single "Get Me Bodied" soundtracked an emotional operating-room dance party, the pop star once again warmed hearts all over the globe this weekend when she let a legally blind fan sing with her during a concert in Australia.
At the Perth stop of her The Mrs. Carter Show world tour, Beyoncé picked 13-year-old Sophie Kotkis out of the crowd and let her sing the famous hook to the 2006 hit "Irreplaceable": "To the left, to the left."
Originally posted 11/12/2013 12:20PM
At just 16, she has experienced enough pain and struggle to fill a lifetime. Yet she remains defiant – and above all, fearless.
On Monday, before a rapt and adoring audience at Glamour's Women of the Year awards in New York, Pakistani activist Malala Yousafzai shared her dream for a better world for children through education – preaching bravery against the forces of oppression that just a year ago tried to murder her.
"We must not be afraid of anything. We must not be afraid of anything!" Yousafzai said. "I believe that a gun has no power at all. Because a gun can only take life. But a pen can save lives."
Originally posted 11/11/2013 03:10PM
Veterans Day is a time to pay tribute and say thanks. And just as families across the country today are honoring those who have served and sacrificed, we too are reminded of the brave men and women we've met through the years.
PEOPLE's ongoing series Heroes Among Us profiles everyday Americans who are going the extra mile to help neighbors and strangers, and the seven amazing men highlighted below – all retired from, or affiliated with, the armed services – deserve another round of applause for their inspiring acts of kindness.
Originally posted 11/08/2013 01:45PM
This is Jim Wolf. He's a U.S. Army veteran, and sadly, like many veterans, he's struggled with poverty, homelessness, and alcoholism for decades. And while clothes may not make the man, you're about to see just how much a shave, haircut, and new suit can mean to someone who's gone without for a long time.
This video, produced by Rob Bliss Creative with help from Design 1 Salon & Spa, Kevin Budzynski of Whiskey Neat, John Boros, and Green Frog Photo, shows what a few hours of grooming can do to a person. While helping someone rarely boils down to getting them a haircut, the change in Jim seems to go far deeper than his roots: Watch his expression at the end of the video and try to keep it together.
Originally posted 11/07/2013 08:30PM
John Shear is 92. He's about 5-feet-tall, he's worked as a guard at the Santa Anita racetrack in California for 51 years, and he can still do 30 pushups at the gym every day – which is 30 more than we've ever done.
One day two years ago, Shear heard someone shout out that there was a loose horse in the paddock. "I went to one side and when I looked down, there was a little girl standing there," he told ABC News. The little girl was Michael Key's five-year-old daughter Roxy. Shear didn't even take a beat before deciding to jump in front of Roxy.
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