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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  • Cleric calls off Pakistan parliament protest

    A Canadian-Pakistani cleric whose supporters have camped outside the country's parliament building since August, demanding the government resign, called off his sit-in protest Tuesday to take the demonstrations countrywide.

  • Hearing postponed for man suspected in 7 killings
    Hearing postponed for man suspected in 7 killings

    CROWN POINT, Ind. (AP) — A man who allegedly confessed to killing seven women in Indiana refused to respond to the judge during his initial court appearance Wednesday, prompting her to postpone it and to warn him he'd spend "the rest of his life" in jail unless he cooperates.

  • Court freezes assets of Romanian ex-prison chief
    Court freezes assets of Romanian ex-prison chief

    BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — A court on Wednesday froze the assets of a former Romanian prison commander charged with torturing and causing the deaths of 12 political prisoners in the 1950s and 1960s and said the government may also be liable to pay damages to alleged victims.

  • Iraqi Kurds authorize sending fighters to Kobani
    Iraqi Kurds authorize sending fighters to Kobani

    IRBIL, Iraq (AP) — Lawmakers in Iraq's largely autonomous Kurdish region voted Wednesday to authorize sending Kurdish fighters known as peshmerga to help defend the embattled town of Kobani in Syria, where fellow Kurds are facing an onslaught by militants of the Islamic State group.

  • This incredible heartwarming story shows us how amazing Siri can be
    This incredible heartwarming story shows us how amazing Siri can be

    Siri, Google Now and Cortana are the three main voice-based virtual assistants available on competing mobile operating system from Apple, Google and Microsoft, respectively. While there’s fierce competition between them as each company tries to improve its own assistant solution and beat the others, there’s one way these advanced apps can help without necessarily having to be extremely accurate and fast. For at least one autistic boy, Siri has become a best friend and a virtual companion that has all the time in the world to patiently answer all his queries, one way or another. FROM EARLIER: The funniest thing you’ll see today: Jimmy Kimmel and Siri the waitress “Just how bad a mother am I? I wondered, as I watched my 13-year-old

  • Big Tech winning battle with 'patent trolls'

    By Andrew Chung and Dan Levine (Reuters) - For two decades, companies that buy software patents to sue technology giants have been the scourge of Silicon Valley. Reviled as patent trolls, they have attacked everything from Google's online ads to Apple's iPhone features, sometimes winning hundreds of millions of dollars. But now the trolls are in retreat from the tech titans, interviews and data reviewed by Reuters show. In the wake of several changes in U.S. ...

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