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  • World Champion Christian Sprenger of Australia swims during a swimming clinic for children with special needs on the rooftop pool of the Marina Bay Sands resort hotel in Singapore (Roslan Rahman/AFP)

    Heading into the Memorial Day holiday weekend, millions of Americans will go for a swim in the nation’s oceans, lakes, rivers and, of course, swimming pools.

    But the Red Cross says that more than half of all Americans (54 percent), and two-thirds of African-Americans (67 percent), cannot meet a basic set of water safety standards.

    Simply put, most Americans can’t swim.

    “Our goal is to cut drowning rates by 50 percent over the next three to five years,” Connie Harvey, director of the Red Cross' Aquatics Centennial Initiatives, told Yahoo News during a phone interview.

    To achieve that goal, the Red Cross is launching training programs in 50 cities across 19 states, reaching an estimated 50,000 individuals. It has also launched a swim app for families that want to track their progress as they learn to swim.

    Today’s drowning statistics might not sound that alarming on the surface: just 1.3 deaths out of every 100,000 individuals. But that translates to around 3,600 drowning deaths each

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  • WWII veteran, 90, graduates from college

    “Now I think I’ll have to go out and start looking for a job,” man jokes

    You're never too old to learn something new.  

    Walter Bunker, a 90-year-old World War II veteran, earned his college diploma this past weekend at Xavier University in Cincinnati, WLWT reports.

    Bunker, who attended several other colleges, including Notre Dame, when he was a younger man, told WLWT that he was two credits short of earning his degree. He contacted Xavier, and the university sent a professor to Bunker's apartment to work with him on an independent study course.

    Bunker, who has 10 children, wrote two short stories to earn the credits required. He told WLWT that after he submitted his work, the professor called him with good news, saying that he should start sending out invitations to his graduation.

    When asked by reporters about his plans now that he has graduated, Bunker joked that he thinks he may have to "start looking for a job. I thought perhaps I might be a cowboy. I always wanted to do that. To get on my cayuse with a gal and ride off into the sunset."

    Bunker said

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  • Talk about a special delivery.

    A Minnesota man delivered a baby fawn after its mother was hit and killed by a car. 

    Bill Schulte told CBS Minnesota that he saw a car hit a deer while driving on Sunday. He pulled over and saw the deer was pregnant. 

    "I was like, she's [the mother] gone, that baby's in there kicking, I gotta do something," Schulte said. Acting quickly, Schulte used a box cutter to open the dead deer's belly and then slowly pulled out the baby fawn, neck first. He then drove the newborn 30 miles to an animal rescue facility.

    The male fawn was then turned over to Polly Rixe, a licensed wildlife rehabilitator. Rixe will work with the fawn over the summer to get his strength up, until he's ready to enter the wild on his own.

    "He’s growing big already,” she said. “He couldn’t walk when he got here.”

    Speaking of Schulte's heroics, Rixe told CBS Minnesota, "Kind of crazy. I wouldn't necessarily promote people doing that, but I guess for this particular fawn, it's a happy

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    With a commendation citing his remarkable valor in one of the bloodiest battles of the 13-year war in Afghanistan, Army Staff Sgt. Ryan Pitts on Monday became only the ninth living recipient of America’s most revered military decoration, the Medal of Honor. It was on the final mission of Chosen Company’s 14-month deployment to northeastern Afghanistan – a violent and volatile tour of duty for the soldiers who had consistently battled insurgents in the area throughout 2007 and 2008 – that Pitts’ bravery became a permanent part of American military lore.  There were a couple of reasons for this decision, according to an Army report, which cited in particular the “pervasive lack of cooperation from the traditional village leaders nearby.” 

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    As numbers of gray seals rise, so do conflicts

    ROCKLAND, Maine (AP) — Decades after gray seals were all but wiped out in New England waters, the population has rebounded so much that some frustrated residents are calling for a controlled hunt.

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    Germany, France, Italy condemn anti-Semitic demos

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    Flight 17 tragic end for family of 6 coming home

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    Shania Twain's Vegas residency to end in December

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