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Tuesday January 28, 2014    09:38 AM
If you want to know what pure joy looks like, watch 22-month-old Dylan Lipton-Lesser hearing clearly for the first time.

In the video above, posted to YouTube by his mothers, India Lipton and Shirley Lesser, he tests out his new hearing aids at the Children's Hospital of Richmond at Virginia Commonwealth University.

Dylan's experienced hearing loss for most of his life, Lipton told The Huffington Post. But now, two months after getting his hearing aids, he loves listening to and playing music. Here he is on the piano:

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Tuesday January 28, 2014    09:32 AM
When burglars in San Bernardino County, Calif., realized the computers they'd stolen were from a nonprofit that helps victims of sexual violence, they returned them -- along with an apology note that may restore your faith in humanity.

The thieves broke into the San Bernardino County Sexual Assault Services office on the night of July 31, according to a press release from Cal Governor's Office of Emergency Services (OES). Candy Stallings, the nonprofit's executive director, said the burglars had shimmied between floor boards and walls to get past the building's high security system.

They also clipped multiple alarm wires, CBS Los Angeles reported. Within minutes, six computers with har

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Monday January 27, 2014    09:40 AM
On Sunday, three nuns from Nyack, N.Y., walked into Hi Tor Animal Care Center with one intention: to adopt a dog that no one else wanted.

When the women met Remy, a 9-year-old pit bull who'd been at the shelter in Pomona, N.Y., since October, they knew she was the animal for them.

"I wanted to bring a dog home that might get euthanized if we didn't take her," Sister Veronica Mendez told News 12. "And when I noticed the sign said '9 years,' I said, 'Virginia, we want this one, because nobody else is going to want her.'"

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Monday January 27, 2014    09:35 AM
This 10-year-old may have been born without arms, but nothing has stopped him from pursuing his dream of playing the trumpet.

Just four months ago, fifth-grader Jahmir Wallace played his first note on the brass by using his toes, and now the New Jersey student is playing in Green Street Elementary School's band.

Administrators and a local music store collaborated to customize a trumpet stand to hold the instrument in position for Wallace to maneuver the valves with his toes, WFMZ reports.

“To see how he moves his toes like we move our fingers,” Principal Raffaele LaForgia told the news outlet. “It’s amazing.”

The trumpet wasn’t Wallace’s first foray into the music world, either.

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Monday January 27, 2014    09:33 AM
A 104-year-old Winnipeg man swam his way into the record books, finishing two races and becoming the world's oldest masters swimmer.

Pan Am Pool was packed with family members, friends and swimming fans who cheered on Jaring Timmerman as he completed the 50-metre backstroke and 50-metre freestyle races at a masters swimming meet Friday night.

Simply by finishing, Timmerman — who turns 105 in February — has established two world records and created a new competition category for swimmers aged 105 to 109.

Until now, the oldest age group recognized in masters swimming has been 100 to 104 years old.

"I'll be the only one that will have a world record at 105 because no one else has it

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Saturday January 25, 2014    08:29 PM
More than 300 people on a Royal Caribbean cruise ship have become ill during a voyage, the Centers for Disease Control said on its website.

According to the statement, 281 of the 3,050 passengers and 22 of 1,165 crew members of Explorer of the Seas reported vomiting and diarrhea.

In a statement to CNN, Royal Caribbean International said those who fell sick have responded well to over-the-counter medication being administered on board the ship.

Janet Diaz, spokesperson for Royal Caribbean International, told CNN that the ship skipped a planned stop in Haiti on Saturday and sailed directly to San Juan, Puerto Rico, where it underwent an extensive sanitizing.

The agency said the ca

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Thursday January 23, 2014    10:09 AM
Officer Jeremy Walsh has gotten to know a homeless man named "AJ" pretty well. When he saw AJ walking around with trash bags on his feet, Walsh took quick action.

Jeremy Walsh is a Texas police officer and his simple act of kindness toward AJ when he thought no one was watching has made him something of an Internet celebrity.

A Facebook user sent the city of Odessa a photo of Corporal Jeremy Walsh giving a pair of his boots to a homeless man outside of a local bakery. The city posted the picture on its Facebook page Monday, and the image has since gone viral.

"The response has been very positive," Lesueur told HLN. "Corporal Walsh is a genuinely good guy.”

AJ, the homeless man, i

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Thursday January 23, 2014    10:06 AM
Ben Cornick is a miracle man.

The 31-year-old skydiver from the U.K. somehow survived a jump-gone-wrong on Jan. 14 in Fiji, when he plummeted about 12,000 feet and landed on a parked van, according to ABC.

Cornick, an experienced skydiver, sustained serious injuries, Wales Online reported, including breaking his right femur in three places. Doctors in Fiji said he'd need to take an emergency flight to a hospital in Auckland, New Zealand, according to the news outlet, which cost roughly £20,000 ($33,126). Cornick is uninsured, according to the Western Daily Press.

Then a second miracle occurred. Friends set up a Facebook donation page. Together -- and with the generosity of complete

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Tuesday January 21, 2014    08:28 AM
Guide dogs aren't only for people who have difficulty seeing, they're also for those "who have seen too much."

That's the premise illustrated in a powerful new ad from the Royal Dutch Guide Dog Foundation, a nonprofit in the Netherlands that trains and places assistance dogs where they're needed -- including with veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder.

The spot highlights one veteran enduring a nightmare on an unknown battlefield, and the touching response of a canine companion in helping him cope.

Though research on how service animals help veterans deal with PTSD is still in its early stages, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs acknowledges the presence of a tr

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Tuesday January 21, 2014    08:24 AM
Meet little Pistol -- or Pistolet, if you will. He was rescued by Wonder Dog Rescue in San Francisco, but don't expect to see him among the available dogs. That's because Pistolet has special needs and will be in the loving care of Wonder Dog for the rest of his life as a mascot for the organization.

If you can get past the cuteness, you'll see that Pistolet's nose is not quite like the noses of most Boston Terriers. That's because, like Lentil the French Bulldog, Pistolet has a severe cleft palate. For many puppies, such a deformity would be a death sentence, but the folks at Wonder Dog decided to give Pistolet a second chance. He had surgery in June to allow him to live an easier life.

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