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  • Jennifer VasilakosBeanie Babies, the hot collector's item in the 1990s, became very valuable to one lucky woman.

    After a chance encounter she had with the manufacturer's owner, Ty Warner, Jennifer Vasilakos now has a greater chance of surviving a life-threatening kidney disorder.

    Warner, the Beanie Babies billionaire mogul of Ty Inc., got lost in on July 14 in Santa Barbara, Calif. and pulled into the parking lot of a local festival to ask for directions.

    "He'd rolled up in his nondescript car, while I was fundraising at the French Festival. He was lost and needed directions. I often get asked by random strangers for directions. Not one to miss an opportunity, I handed him my flyer and he made a fifty dollar donation," Vasilakos wrote on her blog.

    Vasilakos was in the parking lot raising money for the stem cell treatment she so desperately needed to recover her kidney function and come off dialysis, she said on her fundraising website.

    Vasilakos' kidneys failed last year (doctors still

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    A needle-in-a-haystack search by a New York City Parks Department worker willing to go the extra mile turned up a diamond in the rough, literally.

    It also saved the day for Danielle Hatherly Carroll, an Australian artist who lost the diamond, her wedding ring, while teaching an outdoor art class in Battery Park on Sunday.

    "It was really, really busy and we were wiping our hands frequently and throwing rags and towels into a large clear trash bag that one of my students had brought along," Hatherly Carroll, who lives in the East Village with her husband, Steve, told "Normally I'd be so conscious but it was so busy."

    The couple came home so exhausted that when Hatherly Carroll woke up in the middle of the night she had an instinct that something was wrong.

    "At 3:30 on Monday morning I woke up and felt my left hand right way and just thought, 'Oh, my God,' because I knew I hadn't taken [my wedding ring] off," she said. "I didn't have one doubt in mind

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  • App of the Week: Pinterest

    App Name: Pinterest

    Price: Free

    Available Platforms: iOS (new iPhone App), iPad, Andriod and Kindle Fire

    What does it do? This image-based sharing app allows users to select, or "pin," visual items and place them into virtual bulletin boards, a perfect way to categorize your favorite things, such as artists you like, or all those muscle cars you dream of owning one day, and then share them with friends. The app, developed for the iPhone, iPad and Android platforms, launched a week ago and gives you the flexibility to pin from anywhere you are whenever you wish.

    The layout is simple, displaying tiled images that cascade in columns down the screen. You can swipe from left to right as you browse, and a menu button on the top left-hand corner provides you with categories of pins from which to choose, such as architecture, food and drink, and animals. When you tap on an image, you can like it, "repin" it to one of your own boards, or share it with others using

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  • West Africa Ebola outbreak could infect 20,000 people, WHO says
    West Africa Ebola outbreak could infect 20,000 people, WHO says

    By Stephanie Nebehay and Tim Cocks GENEVA/LAGOS (Reuters) - The Ebola epidemic in West Africa could infect more than 20,000 people, the U.N. health agency said on Thursday, warning that an international effort costing almost half a billion dollars is needed to overcome the outbreak. As the World Health Organisation (WHO) announced its strategic plan for combatting the virus, GlaxoSmithKline said an experimental Ebola vaccine is being fast-tracked into human studies and it plans to produce up to 10,000 doses for emergency deployment if the results are good. The WHO estimates it will take six to nine months to halt the Ebola epidemic in West Africa, while Nigeria said on Thursday that a doctor involved in treating the Liberian-American who brought the disease to the country had died in Port Harcourt, Africa's largest energy hub, although the cause had yet to be confirmed. So far 3,069 cases have been reported in the outbreak but the WHO said the actual number in Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia and Nigeria could already be two to four times higher.

  • Recline-Gate 2: Another Plane Diverted After Passenger Leans Back
    Recline-Gate 2: Another Plane Diverted After Passenger Leans Back

    An American Airlines flight headed from Miami to Paris had to be diverted into Boston airport late on Wednesday night after two passengers began arguing and the argument turned physical. It was at that moment that air marshals, who were on the flight undercover, had to intervene.

  • Murphy speaks out as Moscow apparently sends in armored vehicles
    Murphy speaks out as Moscow apparently sends in armored vehicles

    With Russian forces apparently rolling across eastern Ukraine, Democratic Sen. Chris Murphy told Yahoo News on Thursday that it is past time to call the escalating conflict a “war” and label Moscow’s actions an “invasion.”

  • Brazilian Town Run by Women Is Looking for a Few Good (Single) Men
    Brazilian Town Run by Women Is Looking for a Few Good (Single) Men

    I'm sure many men have dreamed of an island completely populated by exotic women, available to fulfill their every desire. Of course, fantasy is fantasy, but what if it were reality? In a certain regard, it is — in Noiva do Cordeiro, Brazil. It's a scenic rural town in the hills outside of Belo Horizante with one big quirk, or perk, depending on whom you talk to. This Brazilian town is inhabited and governed almost entirely by women, its population consisting of more than 600 mostly single women aged 20 to 25. Sons are sent away at 18, and spouses are banned from the town except on weekends.

  • DOJ To Give Money From Bank Of America Settlement To Liberal Activist Groups
    DOJ To Give Money From Bank Of America Settlement To Liberal Activist Groups

    Judicial Watch reports that the Department of Justice is giving liberal activist groups money from a $16.6 billion settlement with Bank of America. The groups benefitting from the lawsuit, according to Investor’s Business Daily, are the National Council of La Raza, Operation Hope, National Community Reinvestment Coalition, and Neighborhood Assistance Corporation of America. “This is a wealth redistribution scheme disguised as a lawsuit,” Tom Fitton, president of Judicial Watch, told The Daily Caller. Interest groups the administration relies on, outside interest groups, allies and politicians in communities trying to benefit as well.”

  • Disputed Kurdish oil tanker mysteriously goes dark off Texas coast
    Disputed Kurdish oil tanker mysteriously goes dark off Texas coast

    A tanker near Texas loaded with $100 million of disputed Iraqi Kurdish crude has disappeared from satellite tracking, the latest development in a high stakes game of cat-and-mouse between Baghdad and the Kurds. The AIS ship tracking system used by the U.S. Coast Guard and Reuters on Thursday showed no known position for the United Kalavrvta, which was carrying 1 million barrels of crude and 95 percent full when it went dark. Several other tankers carrying disputed crude from Iran or Iraqi Kurdistan have unloaded cargoes after switching off their transponders, which makes their movements hard to track.

  • Iceland volcano alert at red after small eruption, no volcanic ash detected

    A small eruption has occurred north of Iceland's Bardarbunga volcano after nearly two weeks of earthquakes in the region but no volcanic ash has been detected, authorities said on Friday. The estimated 1-km fissure eruption in the Holuhraun area prompted the Icelandic Met Office to raise the warning code for aviation to red, the highest level. The rumblings at Iceland's largest volcano system, which is covered by a several hundred meters thick glacier, have raised worries of an eruption that could spell trouble for air travel. In 2010, an ash cloud from the Eyjafjallajokull volcano closed much of Europe's airspace for six days.

  • Russia's Putin urges release of Ukrainian soldiers
    Russia's Putin urges release of Ukrainian soldiers

    MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's President Vladimir Putin on Friday called on pro-Russian separatists to release Ukrainian soldiers who have been surrounded by the rebels in eastern Ukraine.

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