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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 Goodmorningamerica.com. "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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  • Soccer-Strikerless City need new approach against Palace - Pellegrini

    LONDON, Dec 19 (Reuters) - Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini, without three first choice strikers, has urged his side to conjure up an alternative way of beating Crystal Palace in the Premier League on Saturday. Edin Dzeko, Stevan Jovetic and Sergio Aguero are all on the treatment table at the Etihad Stadium and in their absence Pellegrini is hoping attacking midfielders Samir Nasri and David Silva can spell trouble for 16th-placed Palace. "The three strikers are out for tomorrow," Pellegrini told a news conference on Friday. ...

  • Freed American endured years of declining health
    Freed American endured years of declining health

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Alan Gross spent five years wasting away in a Cuban prison, losing hope that he would ever be free and at one point apparently contemplating suicide. He dropped more than 100 pounds, developed hip problems and lost most of the vision in one eye.

  • Van Gaal still waiting for 'perfect' United
    Van Gaal still waiting for 'perfect' United

    Louis van Gaal has told his predecessor Alex Ferguson he is still far from happy with Manchester United’s performances despite an impressive run that has catapulted them into the Premier League top three. At least the United manager looks set to have record signing Angel di Maria available for the busy holiday schedule of games after his recovery from a hamstring tear.

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