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Seahawks Running Back Takes Girl with Autism to Prom

Seahawks' Christine Michael Takes Texas Girl with Autism to Prom

Originally posted 04/18/2014 07:30AM

Many girls go to the prom with a football player. But how many get to go with a Super Bowl champion?

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It's National High Five Day! Meet the Man Who (Probably) Invented the Celebration

UpdatePosted 04/17/2014 01:55PM

It's National High Five Day! Meet the Man Who (Probably) Invented the Celebration

Originally posted 04/17/2014 11:00AM

If a stranger approaches you with a raised arm on Thursday, don't be alarmed – it's just National High Five Day, an unofficial holiday during which participants raise money for charity by engaging in an all-day high-five-a-thon.

The holiday began on the campus of the University of Virginia in 2002, when a group of students set up a stand giving away free high-fives in the middle of a quadrangle.

"We discovered two things," Greg Harrell-Edge, executive director of the National High Five Project and one of the original UVA group, told PEOPLE. "One, it's real fun to give away high fives all day. Two, we got to see it spread virally in real time."

The event became a yearly tradition, and soon the likes of Jimmy Kimmel and Today were showing up to cover UVA's high-five fest. After graduation, the friends used the day as an opportunity to stay in touch, and a few years ago they added a charitable giving component – they've since raised nearly $50,000.

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Three Sisters Over 100 Years Old? Find Out Their Longevity Secrets!

Three Sisters Over 100 Years Old Share Their Secrets to a Long Life

Originally posted 04/17/2014 11:00AM

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Missing Boy, 3, Found in Claw Machine in Bowling Alley

Missing Boy, 3, Found in Bowling Alley Toy Claw Machine

Originally posted 04/16/2014 05:45PM

A 3-year-old Nebraska boy who disappeared from his apartment turned up at a bowling alley across the street happily playing with stuffed animals inside a claw machine.

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Parents Hold Star Wars Funeral for 4-Year-Old Son Who Died of Cancer

UpdatePosted 04/16/2014 01:25PM

Parents Hold Star Wars Funeral for 4-Year-Old Son Who Died of Cancer

Originally posted 04/16/2014 12:00PM

When 4-year-old Jack Robinson was diagnosed with a brain tumor in January, his parents knew that he might not have very much time left. The tumor was inoperable, and he had only a 5 percent chance of survival.

So Marie and Terence Robinson set about trying to make their son's final days as memorable as possible. They helped Jack make a bucket list: See a meerkat, ride in a fire engine and meet British celebrities, like X Factor judge Gary Barlow and Doctor Who star Matt Smith.

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Phoenix Fire Department Loses 850 Keys, Which Access Thousands of Local Businesses and Apartments

UpdatePosted 04/15/2014 06:30PM

Phoenix Fire Department Loses 850 Keys, Which Access Thousands of Local Businesses and Apartments

Originally posted 04/15/2014 02:00PM

The Phoenix Fire Department said Monday it can't account for hundreds of keys for lock boxes that allow firefighters responding to fires or alarms to enter thousands of businesses and apartment complexes when they are closed.

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UpdatePosted 04/15/2014 04:00PM

Southwest Flight Attendant's Gut-Busting Comedy Routine Goes Viral: WATCH

Originally posted 04/15/2014 12:00PM

Fasten your seat belts, put your tray table in an upright position, and don't forget to tip your waitress.

One Southwest Airlines flight attendant had her passengers rolling in the aisles recently with her irreverent take on the traditional in-flight safety demonstration.

"Position your seat belt tight and low across your hips, like my grandmother wears her support bra," Marty Cobb began. The routine only got better from there, as Cobb cracked jokes about annoying babies, airplane life jackets and the chances of the cabin experiencing a loss of pressure. As they say, comedy should be relatable.

She finished up with a spin on the customary invitation: "If there's anything at all we can do to make your flight more enjoyable, please tell us ... just as soon as we land in Salt Lake City. And if there's anything you can do to make our flight more enjoyable, we'll tell you immediately. We're not shy in Southwest."

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Boston's Still Strong, 1 Year Later: See Why

Boston Strong Spirit Reflected on Social Media One Year After Bombing

Originally posted 04/15/2014 03:15PM

It started as a celebratory scene in Boston's Copley Square on April 15, 2013, as thousands gathered to cheer on runners crossing the finish line at the Boston Marathon, a proud New England tradition for 117 years.

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Man Wearing Superman Hoodie Rescues Baby from Burning Building

Man Wearing Superman Hoodie Rescues Baby from Burning Building

Originally posted 04/15/2014 02:00PM

Move over, Man of Steel. There's a new superhero on the loose – and he's even a fan of your wardrobe.

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Boston Marathon Bombings One Year Later: Inspiring Stories of Perseverance

Boston Marathon Bombings One Year Later: 5 Inspiring Stories About Survivors

Originally posted 04/15/2014 12:15PM

var brightcovePhotoVideoID = '3472179635001'; var PhotoVideoButtonCaption = 'PLAY'; A year ago on Tuesday, three lives were tragically ended and hundreds more changed forever when two powerful bombs exploded seconds apart near the finish line of the Boston Marathon.

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