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Homina, Homina – Retired 9/11 Firefighter Wins $5 Million Scratch-Off Lottery Prize

Homina, Homina – Retired 9/11 Firefighter Wins $5 Million Scratch-Off Lottery Prize

Originally posted 07/03/2015 05:25PM

A 9/11 first responder just got 5 million reasons to smile.

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Gloria Estefan Funds Hospital Stay for 8-Year-Old Boy with Cerebral Palsy: 'I Felt a Very Strong Connection'

Gloria Estefan Funds Hospital Stay for 8-Year-Old Boy with Cerebral Palsy: 'I Felt a Very Strong Connection'

Originally posted 07/03/2015 04:20PM

An 8-year-old boy battling cerebral palsy just got a big boost from a music superstar.

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Utah Girl Bullied About Large Ears Gets Free Surgery From Big-Hearted Surgeon Who Was Also Teased as a Kid

Utah Girl Bullied About Large Ears Gets Free Surgery From Big-Hearted Surgeon Who Was Also Teased as a Kid

Originally posted 07/02/2015 12:10PM

At a time when every teenager at her junior high school just wanted to fit in, Isabelle Stark always felt that she stuck out. She tried wearing beanies, growing her hair long and strategically adding extra curls, but there was no hiding her protruding ears.

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Heroes Among Us

Nashville Songwriter Austin Atteberry Helps Kids Heal Through Music

Originally posted 07/02/2015 10:35AM

Austin Atteberry has dedicated his life to helping kids heal through musical expression – and it all started with a girl.

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47-Year-Old North Carolina Shark Attack Victim Hailed as a Hero: 'He Kept It from Getting Close to the Kids'

47-Year-Old North Carolina Shark Attack Victim Hailed as a Hero: 'He Kept It from Getting Close to the Kids'

Originally posted 07/01/2015 01:00PM

A 47-year-old man who was attacked by a shark off the North Carolina coast on Friday is now being called a hero.

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'Every Person Deserves a Home': Tina Fey and Jane Krakowski Lead Star-Studded Fundraiser for Older Foster Kids

'Every Person Deserves a Home': Tina Fey and Jane Krakowski Lead Star-Studded Fundraiser for Older Foster Kids

Originally posted 06/30/2015 11:35AM

Nineteen-year-old Justice Henry says hope is what gets him out of bed every morning.

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Los Angeles Man Who Built Tiny House for Homeless Neighbor: 'It Really Opened Things Up for Her Again'

Los Angeles Man Who Built Tiny House for Homeless Neighbor: 'It Really Opened Things Up for Her Again'

Originally posted 06/29/2015 03:10PM

Ever since Elvis Summers's good deed – building a tiny house for his homeless neighbor Smokie – went viral, his life has been "nothing but chaos."

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47-Year-Old North Carolina Shark Attack Victim Says He Punched Shark in the Head

47-Year-Old North Carolina Shark Attack Victim Says He Punched Shark in the Head

Originally posted 06/29/2015 01:55PM

Patrick Thornton was swimming in the ocean with his young son in Avon, North Carolina, on Friday when he thought he was bit by a crab.

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Artist Mark Barone Paints Portraits of 5,500 Euthanized Dogs to Raise Awareness About the Plight of Shelter Animals

Artist Mark Barone Paints Portraits of 5,500 Euthanized Dogs to Raise Awareness About the Plight of Shelter Animals

Originally posted 06/26/2015 05:00PM

Stacked ten high, they span the length of two football fields and outsize Michelangelo's famous Sistine Chapel ceiling paintings. But for Jacksonville, Florida, artist Mark Barone and partner Marina Dervan, the collective masterpiece of thousands of 12x12 portraits dubbed An Act of Dog is more than a work of art – it's a heartfelt call to action.

"A camera can't give an image soul," Barone says in the trailer for the upcoming PBS documentary on the project. "But an artist can."

To that end, Barone set out to paint the soulful faces of 5,500 shelter pets that were euthanized over the past few years – each portrait representing one of the 5,500 dogs lost to America's kill shelter system daily. That's 1.2 million dogs put down each year because shelters are simply out of space and the animals are out of time.

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Anonymous Deputy Buys Gas for Pregnant Woman in Need

Anonymous Deputy Buys Gas for Pregnant Woman in Need: 'The Smallest Things Can Turn Out to Be the Biggest Blessings'

Originally posted 06/26/2015 04:45PM

One Georgia deputy has given new meaning to the phrase, "to serve and protect."

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