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  • Quick-thinking bus driver saves passenger with CPR

    Bus handle (Thinkstock)Bus handles (Thinkstock)

    A bus driver in Sydney, Australia, kept his cool and helped save a passenger's life.

    Amar Wahid was driving his city bus when a woman collapsed into the aisle. According to Australia's 9 News, Wahid, who had recently completed a first-aid course, pulled over and performed CPR on the woman until paramedics arrived. The incident was captured on the bus's security camera.

    Wahid went to Australia from Iraq in 1999 and is now an Aussie citizen. He told 9 News that he didn't think his actions were that special.

    "Other drivers, I'm sure if they know what they're doing they would have jumped and done the same thing to assist that person," he said to 9 News. "I mean, it's someone's mum and someone's wife."

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  • Progress in the fight to save Tasmanian devils

    A Tasmanian devil (Thinkstock)A Tasmanian devil (Thinkstock)

    Good news for Tasmanian devils.

    After an epidemic of contagious tumors killed off up to 90 percent of the species, a new program for wild Tasmanian devils is making positive strides.

    According to Australia's ABC News, the "Save the Devil" program put 15 of the animals on Maria Island, off the east coast of Tasmania, last November. Wildlife biologist Phil Wise said, "we've got eight females on the island at the moment and so far we've been able to catch five of those and of all of those five had between four and two pouch young."

    The island is serving as a kind of quarantine for healthy Tasmanian devils. "If the disease does go the way of causing extinction on the mainland of Tasmania, then knowing there's a wild population here that's disease free will be something to look back on and be very proud of."

    The tumors first appeared in 1996 and are spread via bites. The tumors are still a massive problem on Tasmania. The state's Environment Minister Brian Wightman said researchers are

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  • Loyal dog helps owner trapped under car for 4 days

    File photo of Australian Kelpie puppy (Thinkstock)File photo of Australian kelpie puppy (Thinkstock)

    A 76-year-old Australian man was trapped under his car for four days before help arrived. Throughout the ordeal, his loyal dog Boydy never left his side.

    Australia's Daily Telegraph reports that Herbert Schutz crashed his car on his property after hitting a tree. Police believe Shutz got out of the car, which then partially rolled on top of him, trapping him underneath. Pinned under the car, Schutz wasn't alone. Boydy, his Australian kelpie, kept him warm by lying across his chest at night.

    Authorities were reportedly stunned that Schutz was in such good health considering he'd gone without food, water or shelter. Schutz gave credit to Boydy, according to Eric Merritt, a neighbor who saw the wreck and came to investigate.

    "I saw the car but he wasn't in it ... then I heard him call out to his dog," Merritt told NBN News. "I thought to myself 'Where the hell is he?' ... I walked around the car and there he was on the ground beside it." Schutz told Merrit that his dog had saved him. "He

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  • People leave after explosions at the Boston Marathon (Jessica Rinaldi/Reuters)People leave after explosions at the Boston Marathon. (Jessica Rinaldi/Reuters)

    Organizers of the upcoming Vancouver Sun Run in British Columbia, Canada, have reported a surge in last-minute registrations following the Boston Marathon bombings.

    The Vancouver Sun, a sponsor of the race, writes that 691 new participants signed up for the race on Monday. That's more than double the number of people who signed up on the same day a year ago.

    The Vancouver Sun has pledged to donate $10 from every late entry toward helping the victims of the bombings and their families. Three people died in the explosions and more than 170 people were reported injured. The funds will go to The One Fund Boston, an official charity formed to help the victims and their families. The Sun reports that if the increase in registration continues, the race could raise between $25,000 and $40,000.

    Jamie Pitblado, vice president of promotions and community investment for the Vancouver Sun, and head of the Vancouver Sun Run, told the paper that race organizers are continuing to get calls from

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  • Therapy dogs travel to Boston to provide comfort

    Luther and Isaiah on their way to Boston (photo via Facebook).Luther and Isaiah on their way to Boston (photo via Facebook)

    Several therapy dogs that helped survivors of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting are heading to Boston to offer canine comfort.

    The specially trained golden retrievers are provided by Lutheran Church Charities (LCC) of Addison, Illinois.

    Tim Hetzner, president of LCC spoke with the "Today" show about the dogs' power to help. "People talk to the dogs—they’re like furry counselors," he said. "It’s a chance to help bring some relief to people that are shaken up because of the bombings."

    According to "Today," the golden retrievers and their handlers will stay in Boston until at least Sunday. They're based at First Lutheran Church, just a couple of blocks from the explosions. Hetzner told "Today" that the dogs will also travel to local hospitals to visit those who were injured in the blasts.

    "I would imagine their effect will be the same as it was in Newtown," Hetzner said. "They bring a calming effect to people and help them process the various emotions that they go through in

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