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  • Michael Patterson (photo: Facebook)Michael Patterson (Facebook)

    Michael Patterson, the 43-year-old Georgia man who dived into a creek to save a 4-year-old girl from drowning and became paralyzed from the chest down during the rescue, died after spending three weeks in a hospital, The Associated Press reports.

    Patterson's family shared the news on Facebook.

    Patterson's bravery left many, including the woman whose daughter he rescued, stunned. "He jumped in head first and after I grabbed her, I looked back and he was floating on top of the water," Carlissa Jones told WSB-TV.com after Patterson's injury, which occurred on June 8.

    Jones' daughter, Javea, was able to be resuscitated. Patterson broke his neck during the dive. He also developed respiratory acidosis, pneumonia and a bacterial infection after the injury, according to Fox News. The medical problems that came after the broken neck contributed to his death, Polk County Coroner Trey Litesey told news outlets.

    Patterson's bravery was commended across the Web. Comments on the Yahoo News story

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  • Lives with GEDs buck stereotypes

    Todd Jacondino (Photo courtesy of Todd Jacondino)

    Among the quirkier, but probably meaningless, details in the story of Edward Snowden—the former National Security Agency contractor who leaked U.S. government spy secrets, abandoned his girlfriend in Hawaii, bolted for Hong Kong and has since holed up in Moscow—is this figure: $120,000.

    One-hundred-and-twenty grand is what the 29-year-old high school dropout earned while working for Booz Allen Hamilton, an NSA contractor. Before a brief stint in the U.S. Army and several government jobs, Snowden earned his GED, which raises this question: How far can one go in life with a GED? Yahoo News asked readers for their stories of earning a General Educational Development diploma, and while none boasted as sexy an existence as a fugitive with a pole-dancing girlfriend and a six-figure salary, their insights and stories say much about how GEDs can alter a life.

    A lesson learned late: School first, fun later

    Todd Jacondino dropped out of Thomas Edison High School in Jamaica, Queens, when he was

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  • New Yorker cover featuring Bert and Ernie (art: Jack Hunter)New Yorker cover featuring Bert and Ernie (art: Jack Hunter)

    The Supreme Court's decision to overturn the Defense of Marriage Act has resulted in one of the New Yorker's more memorable covers.

    On it, Sesame Street residents Bert and Ernie cuddle on the couch while watching the announcement on television.

    Of course, the rumors of Bert and Ernie being more than roommates is nothing new (more on that later). But neither, it seems, is the artwork on the New Yorker's cover.

    The magazine acknowledged that the drawing was first uploaded to the Web over a year ago by artist Jack Hunter. Hunter posted the artwork on a Tumblr blog in May 2012. Gawker has the two pieces of art, side by side.

    The main difference between the original work and the one on the New Yorker is what Bert and Ernie are watching on TV. In the original piece, the pals are watching President Barack Obama (May 2012 was when Obama announced that he was in support of same-sex marriage).

    But why are Bert and Ernie still being used as symbols of the gay rights movement?

    Slate.com's June

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  • East of Kobani, Turkish town appreciates 'peace' brought by Islamic State

    By Humeyra Pamuk AKCAKALE Turkey (Reuters) - Residents of a Turkish border town, an hour's drive from where Islamic State is battling for control of Kobani, appreciate the quiet they say the Sunni militants brought when they swiftly seized neighboring Syrian territory. Months of infighting last year between Islamist groups and the Free Syrian Army (FSA), a rebel group aiming to topple Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, kept Akcakale residents on their toes with daily explosions and mortar shells. ...

  • Here are the best times to watch tomorrow’s partial solar eclipse
    Here are the best times to watch tomorrow’s partial solar eclipse

    On Thursday, a partial solar eclipse is expected to darken the skies above. A partial solar eclipse occurs when the sun and moon are not exactly in line and the moon only partially obscures the sun. We’d like to reiterate that just because the sun is partially obscured, it’s still a very bad idea to stare directly into it, no matter how much you may be tempted to try. With that warning out of the way, here are the best times to watch: 1:35 p.m. local time in Seattle 1:52 p.m. in San Francisco 2:08 p.m. in Los Angeles Phoenix  around 2:21 p.m. Denver at 3:18 p.m. Chicago at 4:36 p.m. Dallas at 4:48 p.m. 5:45 and 6 p.m. local time in

  • Schumacher will need years to recover says doctor

    A French doctor treating stricken former Formula One champion Michael Schumacher said Thursday that the German ace was making progress, but will need years to recover. Jean-Francois Payen also praised Schumacher's wife Corinna for the devotion she has shown to the racing driver since his devastating ski accident in December, in which he suffered life-threatening brain injuries. "I have noticed some progress but I would say we will have to give him time," Payen, who treated Schumacher at the Grenoble hospital where Schumacher was taken after the accident, told RTL radio. The doctor said that Corinna Schumacher had played a key role in her husband's progress.

  • Nurse Amber Vinson free of Ebola virus, family says
    Nurse Amber Vinson free of Ebola virus, family says

    Barely a week after being diagnosed with Ebola, Texas nurse Amber Vinson is free of the deadly virus, her family said Wednesday night.

  • Ottawa pushes for business as usual after shootings
    Ottawa pushes for business as usual after shootings

    By Randall Palmer and David Ljunggren OTTAWA (Reuters) - The Canadian government determined to return to business as usual on Thursday after a reported convert to Islam shot dead a soldier at the National War Memorial and rampaged through Parliament before being killed himself. Employees began returning to the Parliament Hill complex amid tighter security. The House of Commons was set to open on schedule at 10 a.m. (1400 GMT), with Prime Minister Stephen Harper speaking at that time. ...

  • Snowplow driver says he didn't see Total CEO's jet
    Snowplow driver says he didn't see Total CEO's jet

    MOSCOW (AP) — The driver of the snowplow that apparently caused the plane carrying the Total CEO to crash at a Moscow airport says he neither saw nor heard the private jet as it sped toward him down the runway in the dark.

  • WWII ships found deep in 'Graveyard of the Atlantic'
    WWII ships found deep in 'Graveyard of the Atlantic'

    Washington (AFP) - Two sunken ships from World War II -- a German U-boat and an American merchant vessel -- have been found deep in the ocean off the coast of North Carolina, officials said Tuesday.

  • Elizabeth Warren says she's been treated differently in the Senate but won't say how
    Elizabeth Warren says she's been treated differently in the Senate but won't say how

    Sen. Elizabeth Warren says she has been treated differently as a woman in Congress. But unlike Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, who opened up about her experience with sexism on Capitol Hill in a recent book, Warren won't elaborate.

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