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  • See the emotional reunion of 2 sisters after 66 years apart

    "I always wanted a sister to dress up with," says Karen Simpton

    They hadn't seen each other in two-thirds of a century, but time couldn't dampen the joy two sisters felt after seeing each other for the first time. Their reunion was filmed by KCRA.

    Karen and Anne Simpton were abandoned by their parents in 1948. Anne recently traveled to Karen's home in Auburn, Calif., to reconnect after speaking over the phone and Internet. Their first embrace, captured on camera, speaks to the power of sibling relationships, despite the roughest of circumstances.

    As soon as Anne exited her car, she looked at her newly found sister and said, "You've grown up. You were a 12-month-old when I saw you."

    Karen spoke of a longtime wish come true.

    "I always wanted a sister to dress up with, to play tea parties with. I never had one," she told KRCA.

    Three other siblings were also left behind at the Portland, Ore., orphanage all those years ago. Karen is planning another reunion with her older brother, according to KCRA. Cousins, siblings and other relatives are expected

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  • WhiteHouse.gov petition seeks to give Alaska back to Russia

    The campaign currently falls about 70K signatures short but coincides with Russia's annexation of Crimea

    Screen capture of petition from whitehouse.gov.

    A petition on WhiteHouse.gov seeking to give Alaska back to Russia is probably safe to file under "N" for "Never Gonna Happen."

    Still, 30,000 people have lent their virtual John Hancocks to the petition. Rules dictate petitions with 100,000 or more signatures get an official response from the White House. The creator(s) of this one have until April 20 to make that happen.

    And there's the timing of the petition, which coincides with Russia's annexation of Crimea, a move that  was rejected by the United Nations.

    The petition's language is a bit difficult to follow, but a kind of Russian patriotism seems to shine through. Below, the text from WhiteHouse.gov:

    Groups Siberian russians crossed the Isthmus (now the Bering Strait) 16-10 thousand years ago.

    Russian began to settle on the Arctic coast, Aleuts inhabited the Aleutian Archipelago.

    First visited Alaska August 21, 1732, members of the team boat "St. Gabriel »under the surveyor Gvozdev and assistant navigator I. Fedorov during the

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  • Classical musicians roar through 43 cartoon theme songs in 5 minutes

    "ThunderCats," "Powerpuff Girls" and "Muppet Babies" never sounded so classy

    You can recall all the state capitals at the drop of a hat. Well, la-dee-da. You still know the quadratic formula, even though you have no idea why it's important. Well, whoop-de-doo.

    The real mark of having become a responsible adult who hasn't forgotten important stuff from the formative years:  Being able to name all 43 cartoon theme songs in this short classical concert from Carnegie Hall’s Ensemble ACJW.

    If you can, we take our hats off to you. Heck, get half of 'em and that's still pretty good.  Sure, some of the tunes are obvious, especially with the animated hints. Is there any American who doesn't recognize the theme to "The Simpsons"? Other themes are a smidge more obscure. "Rocko's Modern Life"? "Johnny Bravo"?  Those are shows? Get off our lawn!

    But even if your knowledge of cartoons begins and ends with "Steamboat Willie," the clip is well worth watching and serves as a gentle reminder that you should really be watching a lot more television. How else are you supposed to

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  • Pacquiao plans if Mayweather says no
    Pacquiao plans if Mayweather says no

    Filipino boxing star Manny Pacquiao has a plan in place if yet another bid to fight Floyd Mayweather fails -- a May 30 bout, possibly against England's Amir Khan. Pacquiao promoter Bob Arum told ESPN that a backup plan if a hoped-for May 2 blockbuster against unbeaten US star Mayweather falls through is a fight four weeks later in Las Vegas, New York, London or Abu Dhabi. "A lot of places around the world want to host a Manny Pacquiao fight," Arum said. Arum also told ESPN that Khan, a former welterweight champion, is the leading candidate, although Khan would also be a top contender to fight Mayweather if Pacquiao is not his choice.

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