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  • Veteran comedian Joan Rivers passed away on Thursday afternoon surrounded by friends and family. She was 81.

    On Aug. 28, Rivers was rushed in critical condition to Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City after an emergency call that she was in cardiac arrest during throat surgery at a clinic. The E! television host was placed on life support, where her condition fluctuated. She died Thursday.

    Rivers's death was announced by her daughter, Melissa, on Facebook. "It is with great sadness that I announce the death of my mother, Joan Rivers. She passed peacefully at 1:17pm surrounded by family and close friends. My son and I would like to thank the doctors, nurses, and staff of Mount Sinai Hospital for the amazing care they provided for my mother," Melissa Rivers said.

    Joan Rivers started out as a stand-up comedian in the 1960s and first appeared on "The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson" in 1965. She later became a regular guest-host and then was given her own show on NBC. She had

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  • The worlds of TV, movies, music, and basic human communication all rely on the innate physical abilities to see and hear. But how many people actually recall their reaction to hearing sound for the very first time? This moment was captured in a heartwarming video of Lachlan Lever of Victoria, Australia, when he received the gift of hearing after getting hearing aids at just 7 weeks old. Lachlan has had moderately severe sensorineural hearing impairment in both ears since birth.

    In the video, the blue-eyed beau isn't thrilled about having the hearing aids placed into his ear canals. But his reaction to hearing the voices of his parents, Michelle and Toby, for the first time is definitely priceless. And two very elated parents decided to share their happiness with the world.

    Although the actual event dates back to July 2012, the Levers posted the video to YouTube only in late August, and the emotional moment has since received almost 2 million views. The video has also garnered

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  • John Hawkins, a teacher who has been traveling the world since 2008, recently captured some uncanny footage at the Modisa Wildlife Project in Maun, Botswana. Hawkins witnessed a heartwarming moment with Sirga the lioness, who was exiled from her pride as a cub and rescued by conservationists Valentin Gruener and Mikkel Legarth.

    In this candid footage, Sirga is shown displaying some wild emotions and a lot of appreciation for Gruener, including lunging, cuddling, and play-fighting. She weighs 110 pounds, and you can see that she is almost the same height as her rescuer.

    Now, insert flashback here. Remember Christian the lion? This domesticated, oversized feline lived in London throughout the 1960s after being purchased by John Rendall and Anthony Bourke. It was later released into the wild in Kenya because it had outgrown the living space of its former owners. After a year, Christian was reunited with the two men. The reunion was captured in a documentary, and that moment in the film

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  • Even after waiting several hours near Buckingham Palace, you'd be lucky to catch a glimpse of the queen of the United Kingdom. But now it's even cooler if you can get a selfie with her. And she's not too happy about it if you do. In the modern age of self-absorbed cellphone photography and social media postings (and very awkward moments), the British monarch is having a hard time adjusting to this mainstream medium.

    In a conversation last year with U.S. Ambassador Matthew Barzun at Buckingham Palace following his appointment, Queen Elizabeth remarked that she finds it all "strange" and "disconcerting." Barzun recently told British publication Tatler, "She was essentially saying: 'I miss eye contact.' " The queen also regards the act of taking a selfie as bad manners due to the lack of human contact with the person being photographed.

    The 88-year-old head of state is no stranger to technological evolutions, as she often tours tech facilities and other industrial factories around the

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  • For a friend or family member, living with and watching someone suffering with Alzheimer’s disease is frequently heartbreaking. But sometimes, when all seems lost, something miraculous happens. 

    In a video that has gone viral, Georgia native Kelly Gunderson captured a precious and unpredictable moment while lying in a hospital beside her ailing mother. For a brief moment, the older woman was able to reflect and recognize her loving daughter.

    At first, the 87-year-old mother appears to realize that she is next to her daughter in the bed. Gunderson inquires, "Do you think that I would lay here with just anybody?" Her mother, quite able to respond says, "No. I think you want to have to love them if they want to." Gunderson follows up by asking her mother whether she knows who she is. And in an astounding instant, her mother happily replies that she does and responds, "Kelly."

    According to Alz.org, more than 5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer's disease, which is a form of

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