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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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    App Store Official Charts for the week ending April 14, 2014:

  • Mom Tells Disabled Daughter Boston Marathon Bombs are Fireworks at Finish Line
    Mom Tells Disabled Daughter Boston Marathon Bombs are Fireworks at Finish Line

    Kristine and Kayla Biagiotti Were Feet From the Finish Line

  • Canada, Poland to announce Ukraine aid package
    Canada, Poland to announce Ukraine aid package

    Canada and Poland will announce an aid package for Ukraine when Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird visits Warsaw next week, a Polish official told AFP on Tuesday. The spokesperson for the Polish embassy in Ottawa however would not disclose how much will be provided to the ex-Soviet state, nor how it would be spent. Baird is scheduled to travel to the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland, Latvia and Estonia on April 22-28 to discuss the escalating situation in Ukraine. In Poland, he is expected to meet with his counterpart.

  • 'World's toughest job interview' prank video is amazing
    'World's toughest job interview' prank video is amazing

    If you do not think the responsibilities of a mother comprise the "World's Toughest Job," a greeting card company is hoping to change that with its new viral video.

  • Student killed in bus crash died saving others from the smoke and flames
    Student killed in bus crash died saving others from the smoke and flames

    Student killed in bus crash died saving others from the smoke and flames

  • 'Double dealing': How Pakistan hid Osama Bin Laden from the U.S. and fueled the war in Afghanistan
    'Double dealing': How Pakistan hid Osama Bin Laden from the U.S. and fueled the war in Afghanistan

    Carlotta Gall concludes in new book that Pakistan fueled the insurgency in Afghanistan

  • Rouhani says Iran sanctions will unravel in months

    President Hassan Rouhani said on Tuesday international sanctions on Iran would unravel in months following negotiations with world powers on its nuclear program, the official IRNA news agency reported. Some international sanctions imposed over Iran's nuclear program have been eased temporarily after a deal was reached last year with world powers, but Washington has said the lifting of sanctions can only happen "in total" after a comprehensive deal is reached. "Today we already see the sanctions unraveling," he said, according to IRNA, referring to the modest easing of sanctions in return for concessions made by Rouhani's government in nuclear talks with world powers. World powers want Iran to curb its nuclear activity, which Western nations fear is aimed at giving Tehran the capability to make a nuclear weapon.

  • Boston police destroy 2 backpacks at marathon site
    Boston police destroy 2 backpacks at marathon site

    BOSTON (AP) — Police have blown up two unattended backpacks found near the Boston Marathon's finish line. They say they've taken a man into custody in connection with them.

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