Blog Posts by Katie Kindelan

  • Utah Avalanche Victim Rescued From 10 Feet of Snow

    A group of snowmobilers armed with only shovels and the will to find their friend are being hailed as heroes today after rescuing the man from beneath 10 feet of snow.

    Black’s friend, Bronson Butler, was recording the run on his smartphone and captured the moments as Black barreled down the mountain, one hand on his snowmobile and the other hand trying to create an air pocket around his face to protect him from what he knew would be his fate, a landing deep beneath the snow.

    “I just really couldn’t believe it was actually happening to us,” Butler said.  “I was just thinking we were invincible, nothing is going to happen to us and if it does slide, we’ll outrun it.”

    Instead, Black quickly fell out of the sight of Butler’s phone’s lens and disappeared in the snow.

    Butler and the rest of the snowmobilers out for the ride quickly jumped into action to find Black but their task was made more difficult by Black’s not wearing an avalanche beacon on the run, local affiliate

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  • Recovering Nick Cannon's Rx: No More Happy Meals

     

    Nick Cannon is revealing for the first time the severity of the health scare that forced him to step down from his daily radio show and the lifestyle changes he's been forced to make since being hospitalized twice this year for kidney-related problems.

    "I scared a lot of people.  I scared myself," Cannon said today on " Good Morning America" in his first morning television interview since being hospitalized in Aspen, Colo., in January.

    Cannon, 31, was hospitalized while on vacation with his wife, Mariah Carey, and their 10-month-old twins. He was transferred from Aspen to a Los Angeles-area hospital where he was diagnosed with kidney failure.

    "The technical term is lupus nephritis," he said.  "It's a rare form of lupus that's just attacking my kidneys.   They thought it was just kidney disease and then they were trying to figure out why my immune system was attacking my kidneys and that was sort of the root of it all."

    Just weeks later the "America's Got Talent" host

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  • Oregon Bicyclist Rescues Drowning Man from River


    A bicyclist who stopped for a break on a bench near an Oregon river is being called a hero after he jumped in the icy water to save a stranded swimmer.

    The swimmer jumped into the Willamette River in Portland, Ore., Sunday afternoon from the East Bank Esplanade, a 1.5 mile path along the river's shore, according to officials with the Portland Fire and Rescue.

    Witnesses say the swimmer, later identified by authorities as a homeless man, began struggling about halfway to the public dock he was headed for, about 75 feet from shore.

    Bicyclist Kevin Pratt had been cycling along the Esplanade's path and had stopped for a break when he spotted the man struggling in the water.  While other witnesses stood by, Pratt stripped to his underwear and jumped in to the icy river, reported local affiliate KATU.

    Pratt was able to pull the man to shore but found him unconscious. Portland firefighters responding to reports of a man in the water arrived just moments later to find Pratt and

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  • Rare Glacier Collapse Enthralls Argentina


    A glacier collapse in Argentina Sunday wowed tourists lucky enough to be on hand to witness the rare sight.

    Large chunks of the Perito Moreno glacier in the country's National Park Los Glaciares began sliding off nearly seven days ago.  As the breaks began to occur, tourists gathered on large platforms to witness the phenomenon.

    Those who stayed amid the dark clouds and storm were rewarded with seeing a spectacle of nature that first occurred in 1917 and has only happened two times since.  The last time such a collapse occurred was nearly four years ago, in July 2008.

    The Perito Moreno glacier is located near the city of El Calafate in the Patagonian province of Santa Cruz, in the southern end of Argentina.

    The glacier, which covers 97 square miles, flows nearly two miles per day into a lake known as Lago Argentino.  As it flows, the glacier cuts off the lake's feeder river and creates an ice dam.

    Water pressure then builds behind the dam and eventually breaks the ice wall,

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  • Billboard Marriage Proposal Wins a 'Yes' from New York Woman


    Nothing says "I love you" like a giant billboard smack in the middle of a highway, right?

    That was the go-big-or-go-home approach taken at least by one New York man.  He purchased ad space on a billboard to ask his girlfriend to marry him.

    Joe Ferrari, a local restaurant owner, made sure his "Will you marry me?" message went up just as planned on Wednesday along Route 390 near Rochester, N.Y.

    "I've been wanting to propose for some time now but I wanted to do something really crazy and different, so I asked the company I use for advertising and they said it's [proposing on a billboard] never been done before in Rochester, so I said, 'Well, I want to be that guy,'" Ferrari told ABCNews.com.

    After making sure the sign was up, Ferrari convinced his girlfriend of six years, Laurie Guidice, to take a drive with him. He told her they needed to pick up a new vehicle.

    The billboard was personalized not only with the "Laurie, Will you marry me?" message from Ferrari, but also

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  • 5 Things You May Not Know About Coldplay

    The British alternative rock band Coldplay has been at the top of the music charts for more than a decade.

    Led by frontman Chris Martin on piano and vocals, Jonny Buckland on guitar, Guy Berryman on bass and Will Champion on drums, success for the four-man band was rapid.

    They've won six Brit Awards, four MTV Video Music Awards, seven Grammy Awards, sold over 55 million records and have more than 25 million followers on social media.

    Still, on the heels of their latest album "Mylo Xyloto" and ahead of their upcoming North American tour, there may be a few things about the band and its musicians you don't know.

    Read below to see five of them.

    1. They could have been called Pectoralz or Starfish.

    The rock group that has rocked the world got its start in 1996 at a decidedly unhip place, orientation week at University College London (UCL).  It was there that frontman Chris Martin met Jonny Buckland and the two began forming a group.  One year later the group became three with

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  • Kate Middleton Makes Solo Debut With Queen, Camilla


    Kate Middleton continued her coming-out tour in a historic way today, stepping out with the queen and Camilla for tea at luxury London department store Fortnum & Mason.

    The three generations of royals were all smiles as they arrived at the 305-year-old store together in the queen’s Bentley to celebrate London’s Piccadilly shopping district, including the reopening of Fortnum & Mason’s restaurant, renamed The Diamond Jubilee Tea Station in honor of the queen’s 60 years on the throne.

    The visit made history as the first time Middleton, 30, joined the queen for an engagement without her husband, Prince William, who is away on a six-week tour of duty in the Falkland Islands.

    SEE PHOTOS: The Life and Times of Kate Middleton

    The Duchess of Cambridge, her mother-in-law and grandmother-in-law joined 150 of the store’s staff members at a tea party and were presented with Fortnum’s famous “hampers,” or baskets, stocked full of treats for them and their mutual affection, dogs.

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  • Navy Mom's Surprise Return Caught on Tape


    After five long months away on duty, Petty Officer First Class Toni Debem decided she could not just make a usual return home to her family, greeting them when her ship docked in California.

    Instead the mother of two decided to surprise her daughter, Nadia, at a place and time the third-grader would least expect it, right in the middle of library time at Edwin Rhodes Elementary School in Chino, Calif.

    "She thinks that she is going to get out of school on Thursday, and she thinks that she's going to drive to San Diego and see the ship pull in because that's what happens usually," Debem told local affiliate KABC of her plan.

    Nadia instead got to see her mom two days early, on Tuesday, when Debem, a Navy counselor, walked into the library to surprise her daughter, grabbing her and hugging her from behind.

    The reunion, in which many "I missed yous" and "I love yous" were exchanged, was all caught-on-camera.

    The surprise was so unexpected for young Nadia that not even a library

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  • Kate Middleton Turns Fashion Judge for Queen's Jubilee

    Kate Middleton has been hitting the pavement, making waves in solo appearances at charity and society events while her husband, Prince William, is away on a six-week Royal Air Force deployment.

    Now the 30-year-old Duchess is trading in her well-heeled pumps for a new role as fashion judge, and getting her own, custom-designed pair of shoes in the process.

    PHOTOS: SEE THE DESIGNS!

    Middleton is now reviewing shoe designs submitted to her by six students enrolled in the elite footwear design program at De Montfort University in the English city of Leicester. The students caught the Duchess' eye, and feet, after a competition that winnowed the field from 100 submissions to just six.

    Vote: Which Shoe Design Should Kate Pick?

    The process, with its shades of Cinderella, will conclude March 8, when Middleton visits the university to announce in person which shoe design is her favorite.  The winning design will then be made especially for the Duchess to wear on future occasions.

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  • Tourists' Close Encounter With Grizzly Bear Caught-on-Tape

     

     

    An Alaskan grizzly expressed its frustration with camera-toting tourists on a photo safari by charging right at them, giving them the kind of up-close shot they hadn’t  necessarily signed up for.

    The group of 10 photographers was  in the middle of a four-hour sightseeing tour of  Alaska’s Katmai National Park when the  bear began to sniff out these two-legged intruders.

    “This particular bear circled our group several times, wanting us to leave his fishing spot,” Larry Griffith, on the trip with his wife, Cindy, told ABC News.   “Our guide said he saw this as a bluff charge, trying to scare us away.”

    Griffith, of Farmington, N.M., said the bear seemed drawn by the smell of one of the member’s hoodies, and came within  3 feet of the group.

    “We all turned away and were frozen, and I couldn’t breathe,” Griffith said of the moment when the nearly 8-foot bear charged.  Griffith later posted video of the August 2010  incident  on YouTube.

    “We were all in shock, very

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