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CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- John Glenn joined the proud, surviving veterans of NASA's Project Mercury on Saturday in celebrating the 50th anniversary of his historic orbital flight.

The first American to orbit the Earth thanked the 125 retired Mercury workers, now in their 70s and 80s, who gathered with their spouses at Kennedy Space Center to swap stories, pose for pictures and take a bow.

"There are a lot more bald heads and gray heads in that group than others, but those are the people who did lay the foundation," the 90-year-old Glenn said at an evening ceremony attended by NASA officials, politicians, astronauts and hundreds of others.

"We may be up on the point of that thing and g


TIFTON, Ga. - It's a very special Valentine's Day for two people in Tifton, Ga--whose love has stood the test of time.

A South Georgia man, 87-year-old Jack Grosh, and his sweetheart, 85-year-old Betty Hove, have reunited after nearly 70 years of being apart.

Jack and Betty were sweethearts back in the early 1940s. He left for WWII; but, before he did, he went to Betty's house and left her a photo. He didn't leave an address.

Betty gave up on the relationship, not knowing where Jack was -- or if he was even alive.

Both Betty and Jack eventually got married to different people and had children. Their spouses have since passed away.

On a whim, Betty's friend did an online se


When Jasmine the abandoned greyhound arrived at a wildlife sanctuary shivering and desperate for food, she needed all the love in the world to nurse her back to full health.

Now it appears the kindness and patience shown to her has rubbed off - for the rescue dog has become a surrogate mother for the 50th time.

Seven-year-old Jasmine is currently caring for tiny Bramble, an 11-week-old roe deer fawn found semi-conscious in a nearby field.

She cuddles up to her to keep her warm, showers her with affection and makes sure nothing is matted in her fur. In short, the perfect foster mum.

But then again, she has had plenty of practice, having cared for five fox cubs, four badger cubs, 1


On Nov. 18, 1995, Itzhak Perlman, the violinist, came on stage to give a concert at Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center in New York City. If you have ever been to a Perlman concert, you know that getting on stage is no small achievement for him. He was stricken with polio as a child, and so he has braces on both legs and walks with the aid of two crutches. To see him walk across the stage one step at a time, painfully and slowly, is an awesome sight. He walks painfully, yet majestically, until he reaches his chair. Then he sits down, slowly, puts his crutches on the floor, undoes the clasps on his legs, tucks one foot back and extends the other foot forward. Then he bends down and picks up t


Two kayakers in Bonita Springs came across what they thought was a dead manatee Tuesday night. But as they approached the belly-up creature, they realized it was still breathing.

The manatee had been poisoned by red tide, a toxic marine algae that blooms occasionally in the Atlantic and more often on the Gulf Coast.

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s Kevin Baker told HuffPost Miami that the manatee “was suffering paralysis and minor seizures, which cause difficulty swimming.”

“The manatee has to ingest or inhale the red tide toxin,” Baker continued. “It is not absorbed through the skin. Ingestion is more prevalent than inhalation. It occurs when vegetation the manat


A couple in Vancouver has a special gift coming from Prince Albert.

Less than a month ago, “Raider” the puppy had been left to die in the back of a truck in – 40 C weather. But, after three members of the Prince Albert Raiders rescued him, the dog was given a second chance. He’s spent the last four weeks in a foster home recovering from mange, a skin disease that causes hair loss.

“He’s been spoiled rotten,” said Leanne Roberts from the SPCA. “But, as you can see from the pictures, he has a long way to go.”

The Vancouver couple had heard about the story from national media coverage of the dog’s rescue. And, despite his health conditions, they were eager to help.

“The couple that


A 2-week-old baby girl, her mother and grandmother were pulled alive from the rubble of an apartment building in a dramatic rescue on Tuesday, 48 hours after a 7.2-magnitude earthquake toppled some 2,000 buildings in eastern Turkey.

Television footage showed a rescuer in an orange jumpsuit squeezing into the hulk of crushed concrete and metal to free the baby. The infant, named Azra Karaduman, was wrapped in a blanket and handed over to a medic amid a scrum of media and applauding emergency workers.

Authorities said the death toll had jumped to 432 as rescuers in Ercis and the provincial capital, Van, raced against time to free dozens of people trapped inside mounds of concrete, twis


Connie Thomas, whose two toddlers were killed in a 1996 car accident, is getting back the last photos of her kids, taken a few days before the accident.

Emily Price at reported the story first last week.

Thomas, of Winterset, had taken the only negatives of the children's photos into Christian Photo in January to get reprints. The photos on the childrens' headstones were becoming faded.

"I told him about the accident and I said this is the last negative I have and the last original print, so please be very careful with it," Thomas told

Three weeks later she went to pick them up and was told the photos had accidentally gone home with another customer. "Of cour


Back in October 1988, there was a heartwarming human-interest story that briefly swept more serious events off the world's TV screens. Three California grey whales were trapped under the ice in the Arctic circle near Barrow, Alaska, with only a small hole in the ice to use for a breather. Unless released within three days to head out for the southern breeding ground, they'd die. There followed a rescue mission that involved the media, the oil industry, the politicians, Greenpeace, the Wildlife Management Dept, the National Guard, the small-town inventors of a domestic thawing device and the USSR in its dying days.

But the title of this film is ironic. It wasn't a "big miracle" of internat


When the stage collapsed at the Indiana State Fair last week, people panicked and ran initially, but once the immediate danger had passed, a hundred or so rushed toward the scene to help. Amazing pictures of people trying to lift the fallen structure, and stories of heroic efforts to assist those who were injured gave us all some solace in the face of terrible losses and injuries. Today on the internet, the face of one of those injured, a little girl named Maggie, showed us all the power of the human spirit to rise, particularly in the face of tragedy.

A handful of different people rushed to assist Maggie, who was pinned underneath the metal framing which fell, and managed to stop the ble


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