06:41 PM EDT 12/04/2013
Originally posted 11/28/2013 09:30AM
Born without arms, Abe Harris, 35, learned to write and eat with artificial limbs, but sometimes found they got in his way – so, when he learned to drive at age 16 without them, he put them away.
"They were more something between me and what I was trying to do,? Harris says.
By 2011, Harris, an art teacher and a soccer coach, had a 3-year-old daughter who happened to be learning to ride a bike.
Originally posted 11/26/2013 05:00PM
George Raynes and Carol Harris, both 83, have known each other since 1936. They played the leads in a class production of Sleeping Beauty, an event that would influence the rest of their lives.
Raynes told CBC News that he wasn't actually supposed to kiss Harris during the play, but "rascal that I was, I laid a big wet one on her. And she jumped up like a startled deer, you know ? So she's the first girl I ever kissed."
Originally posted 11/25/2013 08:30AM
In October 2009, Joseph McStay excitedly e-mailed a friend about the house he and his wife had purchased in the San Diego suburb of Fallbrook, Calif. He boasted it had a "loft/game room & big yard for kids to go crazy," referring to their rambunctious preschoolers, Gianni and Joe Jr. "Love it."
So when the family seemingly disappeared four months later without telling any relatives, friends or business associates, and their car turned up four days later at the Mexican border, many people who knew them feared the worst.
"My fear is that I'm looking for two adult shallow graves and ... my two nephews' crosses," Joseph's kid brother, Michael, told the Orange County Register a few weeks after the Feb. 4, 2010, disappearance.
Originally posted 11/25/2013 02:35AM
Growing up, Denver teen Lachlan Connors displayed no musical talent.
"I would say, 'Can't you hear what's next?' with something like 'Mary Had a Little Lamb' or 'Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star,' and he'd say, 'No,' " Lachlan's mother, Elsie Hamilton,told CBS Denver.
Instead, the boy's passion was sports. "I thought I might become a professional lacrosse player," he said. But a concussion sustained while playing in sixth grade changed that.
"I fell backwards and hit the back of my head on the ground," he said. "I didn't really understand something bad had happened."
Originally posted 11/24/2013 04:25PM
Want to know the secret to a long, happy marriage? Ask a couple who've been together for a long time.
And few people in the U.S. have been married longer than John and Ann Betar – the couple are set to celebrate their 81st wedding anniversary on Monday.
The Betars, who knew each other as teens in Bridgeport, Conn., eloped in 1932.
Originally posted 11/23/2013 09:45AM
When Austin Hatch, a 19-year-old, 6-ft., 6-in. senior at Loyola High School in Los Angeles, announced this month that he had accepted a scholarship to play basketball for the University of Michigan in 2014, it made national news.
It's not because of his skills on the court, which had once been formidable, but because of what Hatch has endured to make it back to the basketball court at all.
Hatch is the survivor of two horrific plane crashes that killed five family members, the first in 2003, killing his mother, older sister and younger brother. The second crash occurred in 2011, killing his father and stepmother. Both flights were in small single-engine aircraft piloted by Hatch's father, Dr. Stephen Hatch.
Originally posted 11/22/2013 12:45PM
He gives nerds a good name.
Magnus Carlsen was crowned the new world chess champion on Friday, ousting Indian champ Viswanathan Anand by a score of 6.5-3.5, which offered him the highest rating of all time.
At 22, Carlsen, of Norway, is the second-youngest world champion and has already earned the nickname as the game's Harry Potter from former chess master and coach Garry Kasparov, who called his talent "limitless" in a column for Business Insider.
Originally posted 11/21/2013 12:55PM
Kennedy cousin Michael Skakel was granted bail Thursday and expected to be released from prison while prosecutors in Connecticut appeal a ruling giving him a new trial in the 1975 slaying of neighbor Martha Moxley.
Skakel, the 53-year-old nephew of Robert F. Kennedy's widow, Ethel, touched his hand to his chest and looked back at his supporters in the courtroom, his brothers among them, as the judge set bail at $1.2 million. He has been in prison more than 11 years on a sentence of 20 years to life but his lawyers said bail would be posted immediately – meaning that he would be freed shortly after the hearing in Stamford Superior Court.
Originally posted 11/21/2013 11:55AM
Three traumatized women have been rescued from a London home after one called a charity to say she'd been held against her will for more than three decades, British police said Thursday.
Metropolitan Police said a 67-year-old man and a 67-year-old woman were arrested on Thursday at a home in south London as part of an investigation into slavery and domestic servitude.
The investigation comes after a charity contacted police in October to report that a woman had phoned to say she'd been held unwillingly for more than 30 years.
The catalyst for the call was a television documentary on forced marriages, according to police.
Originally posted 11/21/2013 07:50AM
Sylvia Celeste Browne, a celebrated psychic and New York Times best-selling author, died Wednesday at Good Samaritan Hospital in San Jose, Calif., her website announced. She was 77.
"For nearly six decades," said her site, "Sylvia Browne dedicated her life to helping others as a spiritual guide through private readings, past-life regressions and prayer groups that spanned the globe."
With her strong beliefs in God and reincarnation, the Kansas City, Mo., native often assisted authorities in criminal cases and, with her son, Chris Dufrense, offered personal psychic readings from their Northern California office, according to the San Jose Mercury News.
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