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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    10 Things to Know for Today

    Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:

  • Fund managers unconvinced by Apple rebound

    By David Randall and Edwin Chan NEW YORK/SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Apple, once a can't-miss stock, is finding it tough to persuade portfolio managers to come back into the fold. Yet the company remains one of the most significantly underweighted stocks among large cap fund managers, according to a Goldman Sachs report. Part of the reason for a lack of portfolio manager enthusiasm is that Apple Inc no longer seems to be the hot growth company of old, fund managers say. Apple reports results for its fiscal third quarter on Tuesday, July 22.

  • Vital evidence feared withheld by Ukraine's rebels
    Vital evidence feared withheld by Ukraine's rebels

    LONDON (AP) — "What exactly are they trying to hide?" President Barack Obama asked Monday as he demanded that Ukrainian rebels give investigators access to the wreckage of the downed jetliner.

  • Big milestone for Britain's little prince
    Big milestone for Britain's little prince

    LONDON (AP) — The palace is releasing special pictures, the Royal Mint is striking a commemorative coin and newspapers are publishing glowing tributes.

  • Clinton: US, Europe should get tough on Russia
    Clinton: US, Europe should get tough on Russia

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Hillary Rodham Clinton said Monday that the U.S. and Europe should work together to develop tougher sanctions on Russia while she backed President Barack Obama's calls for a thorough investigation into the passenger jet that was shot down last week over Ukraine.

  • Suspect charged over fatal California bank robbery shootout

    By Jennifer Baires STOCKTON Calif. (Reuters) - A suspect in a California bank heist in which heavily armed robbers took hostages and engaged police in a running gun battle during a high-speed chase last week was charged with murder on Monday for the deaths of a hostage and two suspected fellow robbers. Jaime Ramos, 19, is the sole surviving suspect from Wednesday's robbery of the Bank of the West in the Northern California city of Stockton. Two other suspects died during the ensuing police chase and shootout. Police say Ramos and the other suspects, 27-year-old Alex Gregory Martinez and 30-year-old Gilbert Renteria Jr., were dropped off in front of the bank on Wednesday, and were later spotted exiting with three female hostages held at gunpoint.

  • FBI pushed Muslims to plot terrorist attacks: rights report
    FBI pushed Muslims to plot terrorist attacks: rights report

    The FBI encouraged and sometimes even paid Muslims to commit terrorist acts during numerous sting operations after the 9/11 attacks, a human rights group said in a report published Monday. "Far from protecting Americans, including American Muslims, from the threat of terrorism, the policies documented in this report have diverted law enforcement from pursuing real threats," said the report by Human Rights Watch. Aided by Columbia University Law School's Human Rights Institute, Human Rights Watch examined 27 cases from investigation through trial, interviewing 215 people, including those charged or convicted in terrorism cases, their relatives, defense lawyers, prosecutors and judges. "In some cases the FBI may have created terrorists out of law-abiding individuals by suggesting the idea of taking terrorist action or encouraging the target to act," the report said.

  • Gaza 'resistance' will defeat Israel: Hezbollah chief
    Gaza 'resistance' will defeat Israel: Hezbollah chief

    Lebanon's Hezbollah is backing the Palestinian "resistance" in Gaza to defeat Israel, the Shiite movement's leader Hassan Nasrallah said on Monday. Nasrallah told Hamas' exiled chief Khaled Meshaal by telephone: "Hezbollah and the Lebanese resistance stand firmly on the side of the Intifada and the Palestinian people's resistance, and support Hamas' strategy and the just conditions it has set to end the conflict."

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