03:21 PM EDT 12/06/2013
Originally posted 12/06/2013 10:35AM
When Patricia and Richard Logan agreed to foster a blind 11-year-old girl with cerebral palsy 22 years ago, it was an easy decision.
"We got really attached to Michelle," says Patricia, 60, of Warren, Mich. "I wanted to give her the best life she could ever have."
It went so well that not only did they adopt her, they later adopted four more children with cerebral palsy.
"Everyone needs a loving home," says Patricia, who worked at a nursing home before deciding to care for their special-needs children full time.
"If I had a bigger home I would adopt even more," she says.
Originally posted 12/04/2013 05:15PM
Originally posted 12/04/2013 04:55PM
One week before the one-year anniversary of the shooting that took 26 lives at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Conn., the release of 911 calls from the first anguished moments has revived the pain of families who fought to prevent them from being made public.
"It will affect our community, certainly, and it will affect our families," Nicole Hockley, whose 6-year-old son Dylan was murdered, told MSNBC. "And I think as parents it's just down to us to ensure our children and families are protected from hearing those for as long as possible."
Indeed, prior to the release, Newtown School Superintendent John Reed sent an email to parents Tuesday to prepare them for the "emotional trigger" the tapes could represent. And just one week ago, an investigative report left additional questions unanswered as it concluded that gunman Adam Lanza's motive "may never be answered."
Originally posted 12/04/2013 02:50PM
Steven King II and Angela Steinfurth pleaded guilty Tuesday in the killing of her 18-month-old daughter, whose remains were found in a box in a garage three months after she was reported missing.
Prosecutors said the mother tossed the toddler across her bedroom in early June because she wouldn't stop crying, severely injuring the girl.
King, the 24-year-old ex-boyfriend, told a Toledo judge that he had found the girl, Elaina Steinfurth, injured in her bedroom and that he tried to resuscitate her. He said he then covered her mouth until she stopped breathing and put her in a bag.
The girl's remains were found in September in the rafters of a garage that belongs to King's family.
Originally posted 12/04/2013 07:30AM
David Allen Welsh says he's been on the streets and in shelters since the time he was 6.
He's 50 now, and the years show in his face and his numb, frostbitten fingers. But when he sits down to play a second-hand piano in a Vancouver thrift shop, all that goes away.
"It's a joy that surpasses all understanding," local resident James Maynard told CNN affiliate KATU.
Originally posted 11/30/2013 04:00PM
It was a motionless baby bear that caught Eduardo Garcia's attention during a hike in the Montana backcountry in 2011. Curious, Garcia nudged the animal with his knife and realized too late that the bear was covering a live power line that carried 2,400 volts.
"There is no way to describe the warm symphony of noise that fills your body when being electrocuted," he says. "The next thing I remember was looking down at my left hand and seeing a charred mess."
The classically trained chef – luckily a right-handed one – then spent 48 days recovering in a burn trauma unit, wondering what was next for his career.
Originally posted 11/30/2013 02:20PM
A 6-month-old pit bull that was buried under a pile of rubble for more than a week after a tornado ripped through a central Illinois has been coaxed to freedom with hot dogs and reunited with his owner.
Jacob Montgomery, a member of the Illinois National Guard, was separated from the dog, Dexter, when the Nov. 17 tornado destroyed his third-floor apartment in Washington, Ill. Montgomery combed through the wreckage multiple times but turned up no sign of Dexter.
Nine days after the storm, a neighbor who was looking for his cat, also missing, with the help of a group called Rescuing Animals in Need sent Montgomery a Facebook message to tell him Dexter had been found partially buried in debris where the apartment building used to stand.
"He said, 'I've got your dog right here,'" Montgomery recalled in a statement released by the Illinois National Guard. "As soon as Dexter saw me, his tail started going."
Originally posted 11/30/2013 11:00AM
Josh Harding peers through the metal cage of his facemask during a recent morning practice as pucks fly at him like bullets, slamming against his thick mitts and leg pads while he moves with lightning-fast precision, trying to block each shot.
A few hours later back at his home outside of St. Paul, Minn., a less intimidating-looking Harding sips a soda and quietly recounts that awful moment in October 2012 when his life was turned upside down after being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. "It was scary," he says softly. "I didn’t know if I could continue playing hockey or if I'd be in a wheelchair."
The past year has been a bumpy one for the 29-year-old star goaltender for the Minnesota Wild, who has battled his way back onto the ice after sitting out a portion of last season while doctors struggled to fine-tune his medications. This season, however, Harding has emerged as one of the top goalies in the NHL. Says Wild head coach Mike Yeo: "He's playing the best hockey of his career."
Originally posted 11/26/2013 04:40PM
Pope Francis's embrace of a disfigured man made an impact far beyond the Catholic Church, and now, Vinicio Riva, the recipient of that kind act, is opening up about the personal effect it had on him, reports CNN.
"When he embraced me, I quivered. I felt a great warmth," says 53-year-old Riva, who since the age of 15 has suffered from neurofibromatosis, a genetic condition that causes painful growths and tumors throughout the body. His mother and sister were similarly affected.
Earlier this month, Riva and his aunt, Caterina Lotto, traveled from Vicenza, in Northern Italy, to Saint Peter's Square in Vatican City to see Pope Francis speak. Francis approached Riva and kissed and hugged him, placing his hand on Riva's head.
Originally posted 11/25/2013 12:25PM
A school superintendent and three more people have been charged by a grand jury that investigated whether other laws were broken in the rape of a 16-year-old West Virginia girl last year in eastern Ohio.
Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine announced the charges Monday in Steubenville, Ohio.
The grand jury had investigated whether adults like coaches or school administrators knew of the rape allegation but failed to report it as required by state law.
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