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- ABC News at Beyond The Headline2 days ago
What does paradise look like for Will Ferrell?
“Being at home with our family and friends and doing our annual Swedish Christmas party.”
Swedish Christmas party? Will’s wife Viveca is Swedish and he’s gotten pretty comfortable with the Swedish Christmas traditions.
“We drink aquavit, we sing songs in Swedish,” says Ferrell before sharing one of his favorite Swedish Christmas songs.
- ABC News at Beyond The Headline4 days ago
“These are not just cute pictures of dogs,” says photographer Shannon Johnstone about her 18-month photography project called “Landfill Dogs.” “These are dogs who have been homeless for at least two weeks, and now face euthanasia if they do not find a home,” she said.
Johnstone, a professor at Meredith College in Raleigh, N.C., took a year-long sabbatical to photograph one dog a week from the county animal shelter at the local landfill for the project.
There are two reasons she takes pictures of the dogs at the landfill. First, it’s managed by the same group that runs the shelter, and second, it’s where they will end up if they don’t find a home.
Her portraits, which can be found on her Landfill Dogs Facebook page and on her website landfilldogs.com, have put a face and a personality to these largely forgotten dogs that struggle to find homes.
Her work has helped to save the lives of many of the dogs she’s photographed. Since November, 56 of the 73 dogs have gone to permanent homes or rescue groups.
According to her website, each dog that Johnstone photographs gets a car ride, a walk, treats and two hours of individual attention.
- ABC News at Beyond The Headline5 days ago
Rachel Hope of Los Angeles says she’s ready to be a mother again. She’d like to get pregnant next month. The thing is, she has no idea who the father will be.
Hope is one of a growing number of Americans interested in exploding the old 1950s notion of the nuclear family. She’s not looking for love. She wants a co-parent.
“If you’re blessed to meet a soul mate and you just gel and it works and you have children, that’s ideal, no one is disputing that” said the 42-year-old mother. “But what about the rest of us who didn’t meet that person, or not in time?”
Hope already has two kids from two different fathers: Jesse, 22, whose father was her childhood best friend, and Grace, 4, whose father is her current housemate, Paul Wenner.
Wenner loves his daughter, but at age 67, he doesn’t want any more children.
“I think Grace is perfect for me,” he said. “But you know, one is OK.”
Hope is looking for a new father online at Modamily – the name is a mash-up of “modern” and “family” — one of a number of new web sites for those seeking compatible partners looking to create and then raise a child.
- ABC News at Beyond The Headline6 days ago
A couple of weeks ago we introduced you to Tracy, who was shocked after receiving a $40,000 hospital bill for a three night stay following a fairly simple procedure.
Since the story ran, we’ve received hundreds of responses from people who have their own stories of receiving sky high hospital bills for fairly simple procedures.
We’re back on the case and this time we met Kathy, who has her own story. She went to two different locations for the exact same procedure, and the bills were nowhere near the same price.
At two locations a block apart, both in her insurer's network, one facility cost her seven times as much.
So what can you do if you feel like you’re being overcharged at the hospital? Make sure you receive an itemized bill and challenge anything that doesn’t make sense.
- ABC News Beyond the Headline at Beyond The Headline13 days ago
The holiday travel season in upon us and that means thousands of bags will be moving through the nation’s airports over the next month. To protect your bags you’ve got to be careful, otherwise what you packed might not be inside when you get to the baggage carousel.
Here are some tips to keep your bags safe over the holidays.
Get to baggage claim quickly. Don’t lollygag, don’t go to the bathroom, don’t get a cup of coffee, make sure you stand next to the carousel and watch your bag come off the conveyor. The sooner you get there, the more likely you are to leave with your bag, instead of someone else.
You’ve got that junky suitcase you’re embarrassed to travel with? Don’t be, that’s the one you should travel with. Designer bags are a magnet for thieves, who are betting there’s something nice inside your Louis Vuitton suitcase.
Finally, if your bags do go missing, file the claim quickly. Some airlines give passengers only four hours to file a claim for a reimbursement, after that it’s your loss.
- ABC News at Beyond The Headline17 days ago
The competition to get your business is going to be cutthroat this holiday season, and that’s because there are fewer days between Thanksgiving and Christmas than there were last year.
As Best Buy’s CEO told me, every day is going to be Black Friday, “everybody is matching everybody and that means price is no longer an issue. Customers can come to us and shop with confidence and focus on these other attributes or important factors in their buying decisions.”
One thing to keep in mind this holiday season is that the big four: Walmart, Target, Best Buy and Amazon.com, are all pledging to match their competitors’ prices, but you as the consumer have to ask. But the bottom line is that it’s a win-win for you, this holiday season.
- ABC News Beyond the Headline at Beyond The Headline18 days ago
High above us is the GoPro Bomb Squad, a group of skydivers and base jumpers that got this job by, believe it or not, creating it for themselves.
We got to spend the day with them, and they told us that they got the job when the approached GoPro and said, you know what? We like to jump out of planes, so if you give us a camera will you pay us to do it? And the company said, sure!
What they tell everyone is that they don’t just see themselves as risk takers, but people who’ve accepted the challenge to create a job for themselves so they can do what they love every day.
They’ve been doing it now since 2008, going across the country jumping out of planes, helicopters and base jumping, always with GoPro’s covering every angle.
What they want people to understand is that you’ve got to work through life’s challenges, and sometimes that means you’ve got to take a dive.
- ABC News Beyond the Headline at Beyond The Headline19 days ago
Worldwide there are 17 species of penguins and then there are these, animatronic penguins, glorified spy cams that are capable of giving us a bird’s eye view of these winged yet flightless birds.
Certainly we have seen documentaries of penguins before, but not quite like this. With these spy cams, a group of documentarians were able to infiltrate into the penguin societies and capture more than 1,000 hours of footage for nearly a year, in the Falkland islands, Peru and also Antarctica.
It’s amazing just how realistic they are, they can move, walk and make noises practically like real penguins, robotic penguins that look and feel just like the real thing.
- ABC News Beyond the Headline at Beyond The Headline23 days ago
San Francisco was under siege this morning when the Bat call went out and a pint-sized Caped Crusader arrived in the Bat mobile...it’s Batkid!
An estimated 13,000 people gathered in the transformed Gotham City to cheer on the mini superhero who has battled evils before. Behind the mask is 5 year old Miles Scott, a leukemia survivor from Tulelake, California.
He was diagnosed at 18 months and just finished his last chemotherapy treatment in June, and had an ambitious dream to be his favorite superhero, Batman.
So the Make-A-Wish Foundation made it happen. Thousands responded to set up fake crimes for Miles to solve and several local actors dressed as Batman to help fight the bad guys, like the Riddler robbing a nearby bank. Batman and Batkid rushed to the scene to take on their archenemy.
Patricia Wilson is the Executive Director of the Bay Area Make-A-Wish foundation. “There have been plenty of superhero wishes that Make-A-Wish has had, nothing like this has happened.”
The outpouring here has been tremendous, there are tens of thousands gathered to cheer on Batkid. The Chief of Police says they had to turn away volunteers
- ABC News at Beyond The Headline24 days ago
We’re at the Sheriff's office in Bristol County, Massachusetts, and a K-9 here named Axel is wearing a stab proof and bulletproof vest, all because of a really unique program called Vested Interest in K-9s.
For a long time, a lot of these dogs have been without vests. Their human partners have been protected, but many dogs haven’t had the proper vests.
“The dog goes in first, he’s a first responder,” says Vested Interest’s founder Sandy Marcal, “and he deserves to have the vests just like his human partner. He needs it, you know, it’s important. You don’t know what’s on the other end, what’s going to happen.”
These vests are expensive, $950 each, so there's a lot of fundraising going on across the country to get them on these dogs, and the officers say it's worth it, they really need them.
“It's ballistic, that way if I need to send him in on a suspect he's well protected. I have full confidence knowing that if he has to go in, he's well protected, and I'll be right there with him,” says Officer Brennan Bulgar of the Bristol County K-9 Unit.