Blog Posts by Katie Kindelan

  • Dogs 'Hang 10' at Surfing Competition

    (REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson)The waters off California's Huntington Beach were host to an unusual sight over the weekend - surfers on all fours paddling through the choppy waters.

    They weren't your typical surfers clinging to stay on top their boards, however, but surfers using all four legs because, well, they're dogs.

    They were taking part in the Surf City Surf Dog contest, held annually in the well-known surfing mecca to raise money for animal charities.

    PHOTOS: Meet the 'SurfFURS' Hangin' 10

    The event's organizers tried to set a new Guinness World Record this year by getting 20 dogs to ride the same wave for five seconds, but the waves were too choppy.

    (REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson)"I can't surf, and here are these dogs hanging 10, or hanging 20. It's amazing. We get to see a lot of cool stuff, and this is something that is totally new," Mike Janela, the Guinness judge on hand for the attempt told the Orange County Register before the dogs' first try. "Hopefully, they are successful - but even if they aren't, it's a great

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  • Tom Hanks Uses Emmy as Hood Ornament

    (@RitaWilson/Twitter)An elite group of TV's biggest stars walked away with Emmy golden statues at last night's 64th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards, but Tom Hanks rode away with one taped to his limo as a hood ornament.

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    Hanks celebrated winning his fifth Emmy, for producing the HBO political movie "Game Change," last night by taping the golden statue to his car.

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    The "Forrest Gump" actor tweeted a video to his fans titled, "How I'm getting around these days," showing him in the passenger seat of a black sedan with his golden Emmy squarely atop the hood of the car.

    PHOTOS: The Good, Bad and Ugly Fashions at the Emmys

    Hanks, who signed off on the video with a simple, "Hanx," used just old-fashioned masking tape to fasten the Emmy on his ride, as documented in a picture tweeted by his wife, actress Rita Wilson.

    The 56-year-old star, who won in the Outstanding Miniseries or TV Movie category for "Game Change," attended the ceremony

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  • Taylor Swift Gives Sneak Peek of New Single

    Taylor Swift
    spent the summer in a highly publicized romance with a Kennedy heir, but come this fall she'll be making headlines for a more familiar reason, her music.

    The six-time Grammy winner will release her brand-new album, "Red," Oct. 22. Swift, 22, premiered the highly anticipated album's first single, "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together," during a live webcast last month in Nashville.

    Today, in a " Good Morning America" exclusive, Swift gave a sneak peek of a second single from her new album, "Begin Again."

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    "It's actually a song about kind of when you've gotten through a really bad relationship and you finally dust yourself off and go on that first date after a horrible breakup and the vulnerability that goes along with it," she said.

    Tune into "Good Morning America" Oct. 22-23 to watch Taylor Swift's first live concert of her brand-new album, "Red."

    Swift, 22, one of the most successful

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  • Jimmy Kimmel Gives Sneak Peek of Emmy-Hosting Gig

    Jimmy Kimmel put on a smile as he ceremoniously unraveled the red carpet Wednesday ahead of Sunday's Emmy ceremony, but the first-time host has now revealed what was really going through his mind at that moment.

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    "I was thinking, like, what if Oprah [Winfrey] was hosting the show? Would they have her kicking a red carpet forward?" Kimmel told ABC News' Nick Watt backstage at the Nokia Theater where the awards show will take place.

    "I don't think so," he said.  "That was a little bit dangerous."

    READ MORE: What to Watch for on the Emmy Red Carpet

    Kimmel did have Winfrey by his side for a special post-Oscars show on "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" he hosted last February, but now the funnyman will be in the lead role himself, hosting Sunday night's awards show for the first time, all on his own.

    READ MORE: Jimmy Kimmel to Host 2012 Emmy Awards

    One might think the thought of appearing before millions of television viewers and before an audience of his

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  • Farmer Nurses 1,200 Pound Pumpkin

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    From pumpkin pie and pumpkin spice to pumpkin pancakes, pumpkin latte, pumpkin cream cheese and even pumpkin beer, the possibilities of what you can do with a pumpkin are endless.

    And there's a pretty good chance you can do all of them, combined, with the pumpkin that New York farmer Andrew Scalise has growing in his garden.

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    Scalise, from Jamestown, N.Y., a town of 30,000 in southwestern Chautauqua County, is the proud owner of a 1,200 pound pumpkin that he has spent as many as six hours daily tending to since May, the start of pumpkins' 150-day growing season, according to his local newspaper, The Post-Journal.

    "It's 1,200 pounds and it's gaining real well every day," he told the paper. "There's a good gain every day."

    Scalise, who has been growing pumpkins for 10 years on his 40-acre property, hopes the pumpkin keeps growing between now and Sept. 30, the date he'll hoist it on a

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  • Father, Son Rescued Off Calif. Coast

    A father and son were rescued off California's central coast after an engine failure plunged their seaplane into the cold, choppy waters.

    The pair, en route from Santa Barbara to Canada on an annual vacation trip, were saved thanks to a piece of technology they brought aboard their seaplane and the quick-thinking of two rescue pilots.

    Lt. Chris Courtney and Lt. Marshall Burtt, both officers with the Coast Guard Air Station in San Francisco, had already completed two rescues Sunday when a distress call came through around 3 p.m. of a plane in trouble south of Big Sur.

    When the Coast Guard helicopter piloted by Courtney, the aircraft commander, and Burtt, the co-pilot, arrived on the scene less than an hour later, they found the plane about one mile offshore and northwest of Morro Bay, in San Louis Obispo County.

    "When we got on the scene they [the father and son]had their propeller still going, trying to stabilize the aircraft as best they could," Burtt told

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  • Mom's Back to School 'Happy Dance' Goes Viral

    Nobody loves the start of a new school year more than parents, right?

    It's a theory made famous by companies like Target and Staples, which sell the season as "the most wonderful time of the year" in commercials that show parents dancing down store aisles that are stocked with school supplies and clothing.

    For one Massachusetts mom, she's not just dancing in the aisles, she's dancing in the streets.

    For the past four years, Tracy Moutafis, of Framingham, Mass., has seen her two children, George, 11, and Angelo, 9, off to school by doing a "happy dance" in the middle of the street as soon as they board the big yellow school bus.

    Moutafis's annual dance to "Celebration" by Kool and the Gang has made her a celebrity in her neighborhood and now a star online too. She records her celebratory dance each year, and when this year's dance was posted to YouTube, it quickly went viral.

    "[It was] the first day of school, and I said,' I'm going to do something fun,'" Moutafis said today

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  • WATCH: Deer Crashes Through IHOP Restaurant

    The early morning pancakes came with a breakfast surprise in a Mission Valley, Calif., IHOP recently when a deer crashed through the window and capered in a panic around the restaurant.

    The deer came through the front window about 7 a.m. Monday and began to run through the restaurant, according to local ABC affiliate KGTV.

    The store's surveillance camera captured the chaos that ensued as the deer stumbling and confused, tried to find an exit. It first headed toward the kitchen, turned and scampered towards another window but was baffled by the blinds.

    After nearly five minutes inside, the deer finally made its way towards an emergency exit the restaurant's manager had propped open and was gone.

    Beyond a likely case of shock, no patrons or employees were injured in the incident.

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  • Meet Mini, the Dog As Small As Your iPhone

    (Jon Beal/BNPS)Queen Elizabeth may have her Corgis, but the puppy stealing hearts and breaking records in Britain is a Yorkshire terrier chihuahua mix no bigger than an iPhone.

    The dog, appropriately named Mini, weighed just 1.3 oz at birth; Mini's believed to be Britain's smallest dog, according to the Daily Mail.

    Mini was born one week ago in a litter of seven puppies who all easily tripled her in size. The pint-size pooch has been nursed by hand by her owner, 29-year-old Emma Williams, every two hours since she was born, in addition to being fed by her mom.

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    The result? Mini now weighs 1.9 oz, big enough to rejoin her siblings but still nowhere near the 4.5 oz weight typical of puppies her age and breed, the Daily Mail reports.

    "Mini was the second puppy to be born so at first I thought she was a normal size and the other was big and chunky," Williams, from Sandbanks, Dorset, England told the paper. "But as the others came out it became

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  • Robin Roberts departed " Good Morning America" this morning for an extended medical leave surrounded by family, "GMA" staff and a promise from her fellow anchors to "keep her seat warm" while she is gone.

    "The greatest tragedy is to have the experience and miss the meaning," Roberts said. "I am determined not to miss that meaning because through it I have discovered that I have been given many gifts, gifts that will carry me through this difficult time. "

    Roberts told viewers in July that she had been diagnosed with MDS, or, myelodysplastic syndrome, a rare blood disorder. She was scheduled to begin an extended medical leave in preparation for a bone marrow transplant on Friday but moved the date to Thursday in order to fly home to Mississippi to be with her ailing mother, Lucimarian, and her family in the hurricane zone.

    READ MORE: Robin Roberts' Doctor Answers Your Questions About MDS

    "Our beloved mother, the matriarch of our family, 88-years-old, has

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