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California Gay Couple's Unexpected Journey to Parenthood: 'It's like a Dream Come True'

California Gay Couple's Unexpected Journey to Parenthood: 'It's like a Dream Come True'

Originally posted 07/27/2015 01:45PM

Trystan Reese and John Chaplow of Los Angeles knew they wanted to have a family one day; they just weren't in a rush – until a phone call catapulted the young couple into parenthood.

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5-Year-Old Dressed as Batman Comes to Rescue of Toddler Trapped in Hot Car: 'I Always Feel Like a Superhero'

5-Year-Old Dressed as Batman Comes to Rescue of Toddler Trapped in Hot Car: 'I Always Feel Like a Superhero'

Originally posted 07/20/2015 05:25PM

When a toddler trapped in a hot car in Sussex, England, couldn't be helped by police last week, an unlikely hero came to her rescue: Five-year-old Zavi Ahmed, who had dressed up as his favorite superhero, Batman, for a trip with his mom to the grocery store.

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Oregon Teen Saved Woman Trapped in Burning Car – While Everyone Else Was Recording on Their Phones

Oregon Teen Saves Woman Trapped Inside Burning Car at Gas Station

Originally posted 07/20/2015 01:35PM

In a horrific scene in which a woman was trapped inside a burning car, a group of onlookers grabbed their phones to capture the moment, but one 19-year-old seized it – jumping into action to rescue her from the flames.

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12-Year-Old Terminal Brain Cancer Patient Brings Hope – and Legos – to Other Sick Kids

12-Year-Old Terminal Brain Cancer Patient Brings Hope – and Legos – to Other Sick Kids

Originally posted 07/17/2015 02:30PM

Joseph Dees was just nine years old when he was diagnosed with a glioblastoma, a deadly brain tumor with no cure.

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Heroes Among Us

Former Marine Ian Michael Travels Across the Country Giving Out Free Hugs to Veterans: 'Love Heals Us'

Originally posted 07/16/2015 10:55AM

Ian Michael knows the anxiety and isolation faced by combat veterans who have returned home from war – because he's faced it himself.

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Connecticut Teen Completes Bucket List by Sacrificing Her Life to Save Her Friend

Connecticut Teen Completes Bucket List by Sacrificing Her Life to Save Her Friend

Originally posted 07/15/2015 12:15PM

Kiss in the rain. Fly to Spain. Save a life.

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Felon-Turned-Plumber Helps Kids with Incarcerated Parents Go to College

Felon-Turned-Plumber Helps Kids with Incarcerated Parents Go to College

Originally posted 07/14/2015 10:25AM

During his 17 years behind bars at the Utah State Prison for shooting and wounding a police officer, Karl "Willy" Winsness watched his two young daughters, Lisa and Jamie, struggle emotionally and financially with his incarceration.

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Baltimore Restaurant Owner Ditches Restaurant Week to Feed Homeless: 'These People Are Really Forgotten'

Baltimore Restaurant Owner Ditches Restaurant Week to Feed Homeless: 'These People Are Really Forgotten'

Originally posted 07/10/2015 03:25PM

Instead of offering a prix-fixe menu to local foodies, one Baltimore restaurant owner has decided to feed the homeless during Restaurant Week.

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California Cop Designs Simple Tool to Help Disabled Man Get to Work

California Cop Designs Simple Tool to Help Disabled Man Get to Work

Originally posted 07/10/2015 11:55AM

Patrick Kelley has been struggling to get to work about a mile from his Southern California home since last October.

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Pro Skateboarder Nyjah Huston Brings Clean Water and First-Ever Skate Park to Ethiopia (with Help from Tony Hawk!)

Pro Skateboarder Nyjah Huston Brings Clean Water and First-Ever Skate Park to Ethiopia (with Help from Tony Hawk!)

Originally posted 07/09/2015 04:00PM

Professional skateboarder Nyjah Huston knows the importance of access to clean water – because he's lived without it himself.

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