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Utah Father Dramatically Convinces Kidnapper to Set His Daughter Free

Utah Father Dramatically Convinces Kidnapper to Set His Daughter Free

Originally posted 11/11/2014 06:00PM

When Stephanie Edson woke up at 4:07 on Friday morning, her suburban home near Salt Lake City was still. She hadn't heard any noises, yet she knew something was amiss.

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It's 'a Miracle' Anyone Survived the Virgin Galactic Crash, Says Legendary Test Pilot

It's 'a Miracle' Anyone Survived the Virgin Galactic Crash, Says Legendary Test Pilot

Originally posted 11/06/2014 07:15PM

There are a handful of men who know exactly what Virgin Galactic test pilot Peter Siebold endured on Oct. 31 as the company's SpaceShipTwo rocket plane disintegrated around him over 10 miles in the sky, killing his co-pilot, Michael Alsbury.

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Heroes Among Us: Lisa Freeman Offers Teddy Bears and Scholarships to Grieving Siblings

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Mom of Fallen Marine Comforts Grieving Families with Teddy Bears Sewn from Soldiers' Uniforms

Originally posted 11/06/2014 03:35PM

It was Aug. 7, 2009, the first day of school. Math and science teacher Lisa Freeman was assembling packets of pens and paper in her classroom at Richmond Hill Middle School in Georgia when she saw two Marines somberly walking down the hall.

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Heroes Among Us: Doctor Makes 'House' Calls to the Homeless – and Finds Them Homes

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Pittsburgh Doctor Heads to the Streets to Treat the Homeless – and Finds Them Homes

Originally posted 10/30/2014 05:20PM

For the past 22 years, Dr. Jim Withers has been putting an entirely new spin on the concept of house calls.

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How One Teacher Helped Stop the Washington School Shooter from Taking More Lives

Hero Teacher Confronts Washington School Shooter, Who Then Turns Gun on Himself

Originally posted 10/26/2014 07:15PM

A newly hired teacher confronted a gunman and was being hailed as a hero on Saturday after a deadly shooting rampage in the cafeteria of a Washington state high school.

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Man Shoots Intruders Attempting to Rape His Granddaughter During Home Invasion

Man Shoots Intruders Attempting to Rape His Granddaughter During Home Invasion

Originally posted 10/25/2014 05:05PM

Kenneth Byrd and his family were settled in their North Carolina home Monday night when there was a knock at their door.

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Heroes Among Us: Man with Cystic Fibrosis Runs Marathons 'Because I Can'

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Man with Cystic Fibrosis Runs Marathons to Raise Money for the Cause

Originally posted 10/09/2014 02:30PM

Steve Bell loves marathons.

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Parents Close In on Goal to Raise $2.5 Million to Save Their Sick Daughter's Life

Parents Close In on Goal: Raise $2.5 Million to Save Their Sick Daughter's Life

Originally posted 10/08/2014 11:55AM

At first glance, Eliza O'Neill looks and acts like a typical 4-year-old girl – except that with every passing day, she is slowly losing her ability to speak, eat and walk.

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Heroes Among Us: Washington Couple Feeds the Homeless – Under a Bridge!

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Heroes Among Us: Mike and Jessica Kovac Serve Meals to the Homeless – Under a Bridge!

Originally posted 10/02/2014 04:00PM

Eight years ago, high school sweethearts Mike and Jessica Kovac were on the verge of divorcing after 17 years of financial hardship, medical problems and dealing with personal issues from adultery to alcoholism.

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