The Lookout
  • Larry Swilling has been on a months-long quest: He's  searching for a kidney for his wife.

    The 78-year-old, who has been looking for a compatible kidney donor for 76-year-old Jimmie Sue since last September, has caught the attention of the Web.

    But almost a year later, and despite lots of good will and plenty of offers from around the globe, he still doesn't have a match.

    It all started when Jimmie Sue Swilling, who was born with one instead of a pair of these vital organs, began to experience kidney failure.

    Larry Swilling, who has been married to his wife for 57 years, told CBS News last year that his wife is “my heart,” and that he could not accept the two- to three-year-long waiting list from deceased donors.

    Neither Larry nor other family members are a suitable match, which depends on blood and tissue compatibility, among other things.

    There is no waiting list for someone who offers to donate a kidney to a specific person as long as the kidney is compatible.

    Larry Swilling began

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  • For Spanish businessman Paco Santos, the safest place to keep money is still under a mattress—or rather, inside it.

    Santos, according to NPR, who was laid off from Spain’s largest mattress manufacturer three years ago, is the inventor of the Caja de ahorros Micolchon, or “My Mattress Safe." It's a plush, padded mattress with a keypad-equipped, armored safe built into the side.

    After being contacted by NPR, Santos said the mattress was no joke. "We’re completely serious,” he said. “And we’ve sold many, many of these mattresses.”

    According to NPR, My Mattress Safe sells for more than $1,100. Santos said the investment was worth it: “We’ve got big economic problems in Spain, and people have really lost their confidence in banks."

    In a 59-second video that Santos made with the help of a son who works in PR, the inventor explains that his company wants to “reinvent the traditional method of saving money.”

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  • A pair of California teens were rescued by helicopter from atop an 8,600-foot cliff after they became stranded and were unable to climb down, CNN reports.

    The California Highway Patrol dispatched a helicopter and a small plane to retrieve them. With winds gusting up to 30 mph and the teenage boys, 16 and 17, perched on a narrow edge of the cliff, the rescue wasn't simple.

    The rescuers lowered harnesses and barked instructions through a loudspeaker. One at a time, the two teens were brought to safety in a scene that resembled a Hollywood blockbuster.

    The pilot told CNN that it took four passes.

    The teens had been hiking on a family vacation in the Sierra Buttes in Northern California. After the rescue, the teens told reporters they thought they'd be able to walk across the ridge once they reached the top.

    "When we got up there and saw the other side, it was heartbreaking," said Austin Deschler, one of the rescued teens.

    Earlier this year, authorities rescued another pair of teens from

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  • Muhammad Ali hospitalized with pneumonia
    Muhammad Ali hospitalized with pneumonia

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Boxing great Muhammad Ali was hospitalized with a mild case of pneumonia that was caught early and should result in a short hospital stay, an Ali spokesman said Saturday night.

  • Hostile reception for Rangers chief at AGM
    Hostile reception for Rangers chief at AGM

    Glasgow (AFP) - Rangers chairman David Somers on Monday lashed out at an "anti-Rangers" feeling he claims is prevalent in Scottish football as the troubled Glasgow side held a ill-tempered annual general meeting at Ibrox.

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