Blog Posts by Mike Krumboltz, Yahoo News

  • See the emotional reunion of 2 sisters after 66 years apart

    "I always wanted a sister to dress up with," says Karen Simpton

    They hadn't seen each other in two-thirds of a century, but time couldn't dampen the joy two sisters felt after seeing each other for the first time. Their reunion was filmed by KCRA.

    Karen and Anne Simpton were abandoned by their parents in 1948. Anne recently traveled to Karen's home in Auburn, Calif., to reconnect after speaking over the phone and Internet. Their first embrace, captured on camera, speaks to the power of sibling relationships, despite the roughest of circumstances.

    As soon as Anne exited her car, she looked at her newly found sister and said, "You've grown up. You were a 12-month-old when I saw you."

    Karen spoke of a longtime wish come true.

    "I always wanted a sister to dress up with, to play tea parties with. I never had one," she told KRCA.

    Three other siblings were also left behind at the Portland, Ore., orphanage all those years ago. Karen is planning another reunion with her older brother, according to KCRA. Cousins, siblings and other relatives are expected

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  • WhiteHouse.gov petition seeks to give Alaska back to Russia

    The campaign currently falls about 70K signatures short but coincides with Russia's annexation of Crimea

    Screen capture of petition from whitehouse.gov.

    A petition on WhiteHouse.gov seeking to give Alaska back to Russia is probably safe to file under "N" for "Never Gonna Happen."

    Still, 30,000 people have lent their virtual John Hancocks to the petition. Rules dictate petitions with 100,000 or more signatures get an official response from the White House. The creator(s) of this one have until April 20 to make that happen.

    And there's the timing of the petition, which coincides with Russia's annexation of Crimea, a move that  was rejected by the United Nations.

    The petition's language is a bit difficult to follow, but a kind of Russian patriotism seems to shine through. Below, the text from WhiteHouse.gov:

    Groups Siberian russians crossed the Isthmus (now the Bering Strait) 16-10 thousand years ago.

    Russian began to settle on the Arctic coast, Aleuts inhabited the Aleutian Archipelago.

    First visited Alaska August 21, 1732, members of the team boat "St. Gabriel »under the surveyor Gvozdev and assistant navigator I. Fedorov during the

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  • Classical musicians roar through 43 cartoon theme songs in 5 minutes

    "ThunderCats," "Powerpuff Girls" and "Muppet Babies" never sounded so classy

    You can recall all the state capitals at the drop of a hat. Well, la-dee-da. You still know the quadratic formula, even though you have no idea why it's important. Well, whoop-de-doo.

    The real mark of having become a responsible adult who hasn't forgotten important stuff from the formative years:  Being able to name all 43 cartoon theme songs in this short classical concert from Carnegie Hall’s Ensemble ACJW.

    If you can, we take our hats off to you. Heck, get half of 'em and that's still pretty good.  Sure, some of the tunes are obvious, especially with the animated hints. Is there any American who doesn't recognize the theme to "The Simpsons"? Other themes are a smidge more obscure. "Rocko's Modern Life"? "Johnny Bravo"?  Those are shows? Get off our lawn!

    But even if your knowledge of cartoons begins and ends with "Steamboat Willie," the clip is well worth watching and serves as a gentle reminder that you should really be watching a lot more television. How else are you supposed to

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  • Son of Malaysia Airlines captain breaks silence about father

    Says his father is not a hijacker. "I understand him," he says

    Captain of the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, Zaharie Ahmad Shah (via Facebook)

    Ahmad Seth, the 26-year-old son of Malaysia Airlines flight 370 Capt. Zaharie Ahmad Shah, broke his family's silence about the speculation concerning his father.

    Seth told New Straits Times that his father is not a "political fanatic." He said, "I've read everything online, but I've ignored all the speculation. I know my father better."

    “We may not be as close as he travels so much, but I understand him,” he told New Straits Times.

    Like many others, Seth is still hoping that there will be survivors from the ill-fated flight. Earlier this week, the Malaysian government concluded that the 239 people aboard the flight had died.

    “Now, we are just waiting for the right confirmation,” Seth said. “I will believe it when I see the proof in front of my eyes.”

    Seth did not address how his mother and siblings were doing but did say that he is "the strongest in his family in dealing with the crisis," according to New Straits Times.

    The search for the plane, which went missing 19 days ago,

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  • Don't look down: Photos show what it's like to clean the underside of the Grand Canyon Skywalk

    Technicians dangle from a series of ropes before polishing the underside glass at Grand Canyon Skywalk in Hualapai Reservation, Ariz. (AP Photos/Abseilon USA, AZ Photos, George Walsh)

    And you thought painting the Golden Gate Bridge was a rough job.

    A series of dizzying photos show what it's like to clean and polish the underside of the Grand Canyon Skywalk.

    A technician dangles from a series of ropes before polishing the underside glass at Grand Canyon Skywalk in Hualapai Reservation, Ariz. (AP Photos/Abseilon USA, AZ Photos, George Walsh)

    Nerves of steel and a hatred of dirt are definitely prerequisites when it comes to dangling 4,000 feet above the Colorado River so tourists can have a nicer view.

    Yahoo News spoke with Kenneth Piposar, vice president at Abseilon USA, the company responsible for cleaning the walkway.

    He said the walkway is cleaned quarterly, and it takes the six technicians one day to do the rigging and another day to clean the glass. He described their safety record as "impeccable" and explained that the technicians have at least 200 percent fall protection at any time, meaning they are attached to multiple anchors while cleaning.

    "These guys have thousands of logged hours on ropes," he said.

    The walkway juts out over the Grand Canyon. Viewers brave enough to look down are treated to an amazing view of the Colorado River, made

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  • Putin wants Russians to get in shape. Can Steven Seagal help?

    Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, and U.S. movie actor Steven Seagal visit a new sports arena in Moscow, Wednesday, March 13, 2013. (AP Photo/RIA-Novosti, Alexei Nikolsky, Presidential Press Service)

    Few action stars could deliver one-liners like Steven Seagal. But can he help inspire a nation of 143 million people to get in shape?

    On Monday, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced that he was reinstating a Joseph Stalin-era fitness program called "Ready for Labor and Defense.” The program, which will encourage Russians of all ages to become physically fit, will be funded with money left over from the recently completed Sochi Olympics, Time magazine reports.

    Putin praised his country's accomplishments at the Winter Games, saying, "The Olympics and Paralympics have demonstrated that we are again becoming one of the leaders in global sports."

    But where does the faded action star — who once said, "I'm gonna take you to the bank, Sen. Trent ... to the blood bank" — fit in? 

    It's unclear how large a role Seagal would take in the program. Seagal did tour a newly constructed sports complex with the Russian president, according to the Washington Post. Additionally, Putin and Seagal are

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  • Good Samaritan saves baby abandoned in New York park

    'Eyes like a doe,' man says of boy

    A baby left sitting in his stroller on the cold streets of New York City is now safe thanks to a good Samaritan.

    Michael Allen told WPIX that he was looking out his Harlem apartment window when he spotted a stroller in an empty park. Curious and a bit concerned about what might be inside, he went down to investigate.

    Inside, Allen found a small baby boy, looking up at him with "eyes like a doe." The father of three said the baby was dressed warmly and had formula in the stroller. Temperatures that night were in the 30s.

    After discovering the baby, Allen alerted nearby firefighters who took the baby — nicknamed "Sunday" — to Harlem Hospital. The baby has since been taken into the care of the Administration for Children's Services.

    Allen visited the child on Monday with one of his own children's teddy bears, Allen told CBS New York. “He kept staring at me. His eyes were just piercing me like ‘I know it was you that got me out of this cold.'"

    An 18-year-old woman believed to be the boy's

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  • Jeff Bauman, Boston bombing survivor who lost both legs, expecting child with fiancee

    Bauman helped identify bombing suspect, has a book hitting shelves next month

    Jeff Bauman and Erin Hurley at their home in Carlisle, Mass., March 14, 2014. (Charles Krupa/AP)

    Jeff Bauman, the 28-year-old Boston Marathon bombing survivor who lost both legs in the attack last April, is expecting a child with fiancee Erin Hurley, 27.

    The two made the announcement on Facebook this past weekend. The baby is due July 14, and they are waiting until the big day to learn if their new child is a boy or a girl. They became engaged last month, according to the Associated Press.

    While Bauman's mom supports his decision to keep the baby's gender a surprise, he told the AP his dad is "going crazy." Bauman added that he "just want(s) to be a good dad." The couple plan to tie the knot next year.

    Three people were killed and 250 injured during the bombing at the race's finish line on April 15, 2013. Bauman lost both his legs while standing at the finish line rooting for Hurley, who was competing in the race.

    A photo of Bauman being wheeled away from the bombing aftermath by good Samaritan Carlos Arredondo became one of the iconic images from the terrible day.

    Following the

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  • Norwegian F-16 pilot shoots incredible footage from the cockpit

    Still regretting that decision to not join the armed forces and be trained as a pilot? Now you can see what you're missing out on.

    This video, shot by a Norwegian fighter pilot while zooming around in an F-16 jet during a training exercise, gives viewers a cockpit view of life in the danger zone.

    The unidentified pilot also took a more traditional selfie. Not quite as good as the Polaroid "Top Gun's" Goose claimed to have taken while he and Maverick were inverted on the MiG fighter, but it's still pretty great.

    No word on whether the pilot buzzed the tower at the end of the training run.

    Credit: Norwegian Armed Forces

    Several weeks ago, a Danish F-16 pilot captured footage of himself as he fired a missile. Selfies — there is no escape. 

    Credit: Royal Danish Air Force

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  • Heartbreaking final goodbye between giraffe and zoo worker with cancer

    He got one last kiss for the road.

    After a 54-year-old zoo worker from the Netherlands discovered he had terminal cancer, he wanted to say goodbye to the zoo's giraffes, some of his closest friends.

    A charity arranged for the man, known only as Mario, to visit the giraffes, whom he'd looked after his entire adult life, according to the Ambulance Wish Foundation.

    Their reunion is incredibly touching. In a photo that made waves across the Web, Mario lies in a hospital bed, wrapped in blankets, while a giraffe leans over and plants a nice big lick on his face.

    Kees Veldboer, founder of the Ambulance Wish Foundation, said the animals seemed to recognize Mario, according to KRON.

    The foundation, a kind of "Make a Wish" for adults in the Netherlands, specializes in taking terminally ill patients to places they love or have always wanted to see. Ambulances in the foundation's fleet have been outfitted with extra large windows so that bed-bound passengers can take in the view while out on

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