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U.S. Is World’s Most Competitive Economy for First Time in a Decade

The U.S. is back on top as the most competitive country in the world, regaining the No. 1 spot for the first time since 2008 in an index produced by the World Economic Forum, which said the country could still do better on social issues.

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Toys 'R' Us cancels bankruptcy auction; plans brand revival

Does this mean more Toys 'R' Us stores could soon be on the way?

Music | Music

The Kinks are getting back together to record a new album - NME

The Kinks are reuniting for a new album. Frontman Ray Davies confirmed the news, saying that the band may even play some live shows.

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A Camera Lost at the Bottom of the Sea Finds Its Owner, Three Years Later | Mental Floss

Test your knowledge with amazing and interesting facts, trivia, quizzes, and brain teaser games on MentalFloss.com.

Pets & Animals | I Love Dogs

Mass. puppy revived after overdose - Story | KTTV

A family’s puppy was saved after she accidentally got into something that almost took her life.

Entertainment | Entertainment

Daniel Craig Confirms He’s Playing James Bond Again

Daniel Craig confirmed on the Late Show that he’ll be returning to the role of James Bond for Bond 25.

Pets & Animals | I Love Dogs

What One Woman Did for a Homeless Man’s Injured Dog Will Make You 'Aww'

“I just couldn’t handle the thought of her having to go without her surgery,” Laurel Lainio told 7 News Adelaide

Entertainment | Movies & Other Stuff

Fleetwood Mac joins Fallon and some musical kids for a performance of "Don't Stop"

Jimmy Fallon, The Roots, Christine McVie, Lindsey Buckingham, and kids from SeriousFun perform "Don't Stop" by Fleetwood Mac using children's instruments.

Travel | Travel

What Happens to Old Hotel Bar Soap? Meet Orlando Charity Clean the World - Thrillist

Clean the World is collecting used hotel soap, melting it down, and making new soap to send to impoverished countries around the world.

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This sweet Disneyland promposal sets the bar sky high

A teen asks his girlfriend to prom at Disneyland with help from some characters.

Miscellaneous | Interesting Links

Nobody came to her birthday party. Then Bryce saved the day.

Bryce came to Brooke's 5th birthday party...and it meant a whole bunch to her.

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Literal Food Bank Lets People Deposit, Withdraw Food As Needed

“The poor, unemployed and old can withdraw respectfully, without begging.”

Pets & Animals | Animals!

Hero Dog Helps Firefighters Pull 2 Kids From Burning Home

The children, ages 2 and 4, were the last to escape the blaze when Maxx went in after them.

Miscellaneous | Interesting Links

Dog barely escapes when its leash gets stuck in elevator

Recent CCTV footage from an elevator in St. Petersburg, Russia shows a horrifying incident where a dog was nearly killed when its leash became stuck outside of the elevator.

News | Good News

For The First Time In A Century, Wild Tiger Numbers Are On The Rise

For wild tigers, the numbers have not been kind. In 1900, an estimated 100,000 tigers roamed free on our planet. Yet within a hundred years, that number plummeted by more than 95 percent — the result of rampant poaching and widespread habitat loss.

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Doctors Told a Woman to Take Her Husband Off of Life Support, But She Refused—and Then He Woke Up

What would you do if your partner got into an accident that put him or her into a coma—and doctors told you they'd pull the plug if they were in your shoes? Medical problems test any couple, but Danielle Josey Davis, whose husband, Matthew, got into a motorcycle accident in 2011—just seven months after they had tied the knot—refused to lose hope.

Travel | Travel

15 Amazing Things Made Possible by Getting Lost

Don’t freak out if you’ve lost your way. Incredible things can happen when you wander off the (literal or metaphoric) beaten path. Below are just a few ways humankind has benefited from someone getting lost—plus, a few things to think about if you find yourself off course.

Miscellaneous | Interesting Links

Bei Bei the panda needed mom's help getting down from a tree

Bei Bei the panda successfully climbed a tree, but needed some help from mom in his return to earth.

Miscellaneous | This is stuff I like

9-Year-Old Collects Hundreds Of Barbies For Homeless Girls Her Age

"I feel like girls in shelters should have the same as girls not in shelters."

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At 102, Nation’s Oldest Working Teacher Has No Plans To Retire

Teachers and students at a NJ school said they hit the jackpot with one of their teachers who's been with the school for more than 20 years.

Pets & Animals | I Love Dogs

Man Who's Blind In 1 Eye Forms Bond With Unwanted Puppy Born With 1 Eye

Some things are just meant to be. Take Jordan Trent and his new puppy.

The husband and father of two was spending the recent holidays in Sulphur Bluff, Texas, with all 22 members of his family when he and one of his sisters decided to visit a flea market.

Pets & Animals | Animals & Pets

11-Year-Old Girl Learns To Walk With The Help Of A Great Dane

Bella Burton was born with Morquio syndrome, a rare genetic condition that affects her bones and greatly limits her mobility. She’s undergone multiple surgeries and myriad therapies, but the 11-year-old still struggled to walk on her own, always requiring crutches or a wheelchair to get around.

Travel | Travel

Why Travel Is Good for Your Health | U.S. News Travel

Apart from depriving yourself the chance to enhance your productivity and work performance, avoiding taking a break can lead to stress overload and other potentially damaging effects on your health, experts say.

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Bride is 11th family member to wear 120-year-old wedding dress

The dress was worn by the bride's great-great grandmother in 1895.

Pets & Animals | Animals & Pets

English Bulldog Puppy Barks For The First Time And Has The Funniest Reaction

Piper the English bulldog was born fairly recently, and lucky for us, her owners captured one of her very first attempts at barking. The result is possibly the funniest thing you'll see today.

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Cruise ship nurses use a makeshift incubator to save one-and-a-half pound baby born three MONTHS premature

Utah mom Emily Morgan said doctors didn't expect her son Haiden to live, but thanks to a makeshift incubator onboard the Royal Caribbean and an early arrival in Puerto Rico, he did.

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Miniature Therapy Horses Are Just What The Doctor Ordered

These miniature therapy horses are basically magical creatures. One of them is even named Magic. Magic, who often wears a custom tuxedo, made Time magazine's list of the top 10 heroic animals in history

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Police Officer Quietly Buys Food At Chipotle For Man In Need

When he saw a man in need, this humble cop decided to help without expecting any recognition in return.  Sgt. Brendan Hagarty of the Chicago Police Department in Illinois was having lunch at a Chipotle

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Tree Counter Is Astonished By How Many Trees There Are : Goats and Soda : NPR

Earth is home to more than 3 trillion trees, a new map of forest density shows. That's more than anyone realized. But the total is also down about 46 percent since the first humans arrived.

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Hugh Jackman Surprises Fan With Cystic Fibrosis. Cue The 'Aww'

Miscellaneous | Los Angeles Stuff

Dodgers' Fernando Valenzuela becomes a U.S. citizen - LA Times

Fernando Valenzuela has accomplished plenty in his 54 years -- Rookie of the Year, Cy Young award, World Series champion, no-hitter.

Health & Fitness | Wheels

Dozens Of Bikes Stolen From Local Program, Community Donates Hundreds Of Replacements

When the wheels came off for a neighborhood bike program, the community rallied to keep it cruising. After dozens of bicycles were stolen late last month from the Conkey Cruisers, a bike program in

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Amazon says 20th birthday celebration will be bigger than Black Friday | The Verge

To celebrate its 20th birthday, Amazon is introducing Prime Day, a "global shopping event" that the retail giant says will offer more deals than Black Friday. The deals will become available at...

Family & Parenting | Parenting

Four-year-old girl giggles as her father performs loop-the-loops in small plane | Daily Mail Online

As she holds on to the handrails, father Raphael Langumier from Canada begins to do some loops in the skies above. Far from being scared, daughter Leá bursts into fits of giggles.

Politics | From CNN

Park visitor finds 8.52-carat diamond in Arkansas - CNN.com

An 8.52-carat diamond was found at Arkansas' Crater of Diamonds State Park on Wednesday. It's the fifth-largest gem to be discovered by a park visitor.

Miscellaneous | Fun Stuff

High Schoolers' Stellar Moves Will Make You Cheer

A trio of teens recently brought the house school down when they battled each other in an impromptu dance-off, impressing everyone gathered with their stellar moves. Video captures Josh Grant, Taiz

Family & Parenting | Kids

Little Boy's Lost Stuffed Animal Goes on Heartwarming Adventure

When a little boy left his stuffed tiger, Hobbes, at the Tampa International Airport, employees took the toy on adventure. They documented the journey in a photo book before the boy returned to pick up his stuffed animal.

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This man's blood has saved 2 million babies - CNN.com

Australian James Harrison has donated blood plasma every week for 60 years. His blood is used an injection that saves babies from deadly rhesus disease.

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Couple Reunited With Wedding Rings Lost Since 1960s

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — It's been decades since Ofelia Kirker lost her wedding rings, but she'll be wearing the treasured jewelry for her 64th wedding anniversary. "It feels like we're g

Entertainment | Celebrities!

Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson Did Something Amazing For His Biggest Fan | MRCTV

Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson is known as a nice guy in Hollywood who came from humble beginnings, which is why a recent story about him doing something really awesome for a fan makes total sense

Pets & Animals | Dogs & Other Animals

This Guy Took His Terminally Ill Dog On An Epic Adventure Across The Country

Meet Poh, a wonderful, adventurous dog who has recently been diagnosed with a terminal illness. His owner, Neil Rodriguez, decided Poh needed one last hurrah, so they completed an epic bucket list together.

News | News

When You Do Your Very Best | Nurit Greenger | The Blogs | The Times of Israel

Special Olympics World Games are coming to Los Angeles this 2015 summer. Lucy Meyer is fifteen year old. At birth......

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Illinois couple welcomes their 100th grandchild

QUINCY, Ill. — A western Illinois couple recently celebrated the birth of their 100th grandchild.

Family & Parenting | Kids

Hilarious, Wise And Totally Random Quotes From Kids This Week

Parents everywhere know it's true that kids really do say the darndest things. And these words are often worth recording. That's why mom Lacey Ellis created LittleHoots, an app that allows on-the-go parents to type out, stylize, and archive their ...

News | News

5-month-old is pulled from the earthquake rubble with barely a scratch

A 5-month-old baby is pulled from the earthquake rubble with barely a scratch and, in the process, brings hope to Nepal. CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta reports.

News | In The News

The Most Important Thing I Saw on the Streets of Baltimore After the Riots

A silver lining from an incredibly sad series of events...

Miscellaneous | Interesting Links

Volunteers Step Up After School Closings Leave Baltimore Kids Hungry

A vast majority of Baltimore's 85,000 public school students are eligible for free and reduced-priced meals, and the city's school closings Tuesday have left thousands of children without access to that food. Thankfully, volunteers and community orga...

Advice & Self-Help | Advice & Self-Help!

11 Successful Women Who Know Life Is So Much More Than Your Work

Life doesn't have to be all about your 9 to 5 -- just ask some of the world's most driven women. We rounded up advice from the interviews, commencement speeches and social media accounts of insanely successful women. And whether they started out...

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Generous Stranger Buys Dozens Of Roses From Vendor On Subway, Tells Her To Give Them Away

Sometimes, life is a bed of roses. In the video above, a woman is selling roses on the New York City subway for $1 a pop or $11 per dozen, when a man offers to pay $140 for the entire bunch. But he doesn’t take the flowers with him after giv...

Cars & Motorcycles | Cars

11 cars help astronaut's daughter deliver a message to him in space

A young girl delivered a touching message to her father, who is an astronaut at the International Space Station, using 11 cars and some open land.

Miscellaneous | Interesting Links!

Scientists Asked 5,400 People in 20 Countries What They Were Doing at 7 PM - CityLab

At that time of day all over the world, most people are experiencing a "largely pleasant social interaction."

Pets & Animals | Animals!

Abandoned Dog Helps Save The Lives Of 10 Sick Puppies And Their Mother

Hero the dog has truly earned his name. An abandoned dog led animal rescuers to a litter of 10 sick puppies and their mother in Dallas, Texas, last Tuesday. The pooch, who has since been aptly named

Miscellaneous | Interesting Links

Dr. Pepper The Doctor Of Choice For A 104-Year-Old Woman « CBS Dallas / Fort Worth

A Fort Worth woman started drinking Dr. Pepper in her 60's, now she's more than a century old.

Pets & Animals | Pets!

Dog Who Was Homeless For 10 Years Moves Into A Warm, Loving Home

Donations are pouring in to make sure that a dog who spent the last decade outside in a New York City park will never want for anything, ever again. Charlie -- who is also known as Ricky -- had been seen around Highbridge Park in upper Manhattan f...

Advice & Self-Help | Dating & Relationships

This Groom Turns To Read Vows To His Bride's Daughter And Brings Everyone To Tears

A wedding video from January 2014 that features a particularly tearjerking moment of a groom reading vows to his new stepdaughter started to go viral online this week.

News | Good News

People With Disabilities Have A Hard Time Finding Jobs, And This Company Is Doing Something About It

A nonprofit movie theater in Connecticut is committed to giving people with physical or developmental disabilities an opportunity to succeed in the workforce. At the Prospector Theater in Ridgefield, 60 percent of the staff are people with disabi...

Miscellaneous | Other Kinds of Whatnot

Spider-Man, in Sketch Form, Visits an 8-Year-Old Fan in Harlem - NYTimes.com

After a reporter chronicled Jamel Hunter’s birthday party, he received a gift from Stan Lee, the famous crime fighter’s creator.

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See The Amazing Moment When A Deaf Person Hears For The First Time

Imagine hearing the sound of your own voice, or the voice of a loved one, for the very first time. For those of us who have always been able to hear, that's hard to do. But have a look at this video montage showing hearing-impaired people hearing ...

Miscellaneous | Interesting Links

New Hampshire high school band teacher honored with Grammy Music Educator Award

Nicknamed by his students as the Energizer Bunny, Jared Cassedy has been leading Windham High School's music program for six years. He was selected from 7,000 nominations that the Grammy Foundation received. Anthony Mason reports on how he inspires his st

Entertainment | Entertainment

Worthy of Gryffindor: How to Become Friends with Harry Potter | Mental Floss

By the time Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, the fourth book in the Harry Potter saga, was published in 2000, the series had already become a smashing success.

Pets & Animals | Animals & Pets

Heroic Dog Saves Cat Friend From Cup

A cat in need requires a friend indeed. In this video, posted on YouTube Saturday, a helpful dog leaps to the aid of his cat friend after the feline gets his head stuck in a plastic cup. We’re not certain why the human in the video didn...

Pets & Animals | Animals & Pets

The Combination Of Puppies And Ice Cubes Is Magical

If the weather is getting you down, these puppies may make you a bit more enthusiastic about ice. Whether they're fighting or just playing, the little doggies have an adorable fascination with cubes of frozen water. For barking, tail-wagging and ...

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Teen's Balloon Letter To Late Father Gets Beautiful Reply From Strangers 400 Miles Away

This teen asked for a sign from her late father. And that's exactly what she got from a group of compassionate strangers. Ashlynn Marracino's father spent the first decade of his daughter's life in prison and became close with her after his releas...

News | The News

George W. Bush, dressed as Santa, hands out toys at children's hospital - Washington Times

Former President George W. Bush quietly disguised himself as Santa Claus and handed out toys at the Children's Medical Center of Dallas last week.

Pets & Animals | Animals!

Your Monday needs this turtle helping his upside-down friend

When one turtle spotted his buddy flipped over onto his shell, he immediately got to work helping him. He struggled, but was ultimately successful and the pair headed off for a celebratory hangout.

News | News

Touching: Alabama cop who caught mother stealing eggs gives her two truckloads of food | Daily Mail Online

The compassion shown by Officer William Stacy to desperate Alabama mother Helen Johnson captured the nation's attention and on Wednesday he delivered two truckloads of food.

Pets & Animals | Animals!

And Then Here’s an Owl Going for a Swim in Lake Michigan | TIME

Silly owl, your primary mode of transit is supposed to be flying, not swimming! But alas, here you are, doing what is essentially the butterfly stroke in the cold waters of Lake Michigan.

Music | Music

Bob Dylan Plays Concert for One Insanely Lucky Superfan | Rolling Stone

Bob Dylan played a four-song set to an audience of one in Philadelphia as part of a Swedish short film series

News | Good News!

Military Sergeant Breaks Down After Wife Surprises Him On Other Side Of The Country

This military couple's surprise reunion will leave you crying happy tears along with them. A video uploaded to YouTube documents Gunnery Sgt. Chris Taylor's return from his year-long deployment in Afghanistan earlier this month. Because Taylor's ...

Pets & Animals | Dogs & Other Animals

Watch This Golden Retriever Go On A Delightful Rampage During Obedience Competition

Alright dog, you have two choices: Option A) Run through this gauntlet of treats and toys, paying attention to none of them, for which you will be rewarded at the end with a scratch on the head. Option B) Throw out every last bit of obedience ...

Health & Fitness | Health

New Study: Cutting calories slows aging

Female mice whose diet was cut 30 percent appeared to benefit through protection against aging

Miscellaneous | Interesting Links!

Compound in cocoa found to reverse age-related memory loss - The Washington Post

Flavanols, found in cocoa and tea, reverse cognitive decline in a key area of the brain, study shows.

News | Good News!

Pay It Forward: 99-Year-Old Woman’s Mission to Help Children | WQAD.com

Lillian Weber is on a mission. Every day she makes another dress for a small child she’ll never meet. “I could probably make two a day, but I only make one,” she says.

Pets & Animals | Animals!

5,000 People Showed Up To A Manatee's 66th Birthday Party, Which Is Nice

Snooty the manatee is hella popular.

Family & Parenting | Parenting

Kid Scribbles On Wall, Creative Mom Fixes It - Neatorama

Kids love to share their newfound love of art with their family, but sometimes this freedom of artistic expression means the folks are left cleaning up major messes around the house.Little artists spill on the carpet, mark on tabletops and smear fingerpai

News | News

Penn State Harrisburg shuns Israel boycott, withdraws membership from academic g

Penn State Harrisburg looking at options in joining an academic organization after it withdrew its membership from another that had endorsed a boycott of Israeli universities and institutions.

Miscellaneous | Fun Stuff

5-Year-Old Becomes Unexpected Superstar of a Local News Broadcast

Noah Ritter from Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, stole the show at the Wayne County Fair after being interviewed on live TV for the first time.

Politics | Op-Ed

Why I Decided To Start Wearing A Kippah

First off, don’t get all excited, I am not converting to Judaism, I have two serious issues that I c...

News | News

13 uplifting news stories you probably missed while following Israel-Gaza and MH17

The world is terrible. You know this. Here are some not-so-terrible things that happened recently while you were feeling miserable and helpless about humanity.

News | Good News!

Grandpa Surprises Everyone With Age-Defying Dance Moves, Proves You're Only As Old As You Feel

When this elderly man's song comes on, nothing can hold him back. Not only does he cut a rug so fiercely that he has to throw off his canes, but see around the 1:50 mark how this stud muffin dances with not one, but two ladies. It just goes to sh...

Miscellaneous | Other Interesting Stories

Among blacks and whites alike, strokes are down

The nation's fourth leading cause of death is getting a little less common and a bit less deadly. And while racial disparities remain, there is equal progress in driving down stroke incidence and improving survival among African Americans and white Americ

News | In The News

Bystanders Broke Windows To Free Kids Trapped Inside A Hot Car In Texas

How people still leave their children inside cars when it's hot out is mindblowing. It's bad. Real bad. But somehow every summer we hear tragic stories about what happens to kids trapped inside practical greenhouses.

Family & Parenting | Kids

Kid Puts Up Poster for Free Piano Concert. Event Goes Viral and Hundreds Show Up

  It all started when eight-year-old Dylan Spoering put a sign on his front lawn promoting his free piano concert on 12 July 2014. Neighbor and fellow musician Thomas Rehbein noticed Dylan's s...

Pets & Animals | Animals!

Incredible sight of the elephant that cried: this is an AMAZING story!

Raju the elephant was rescued by a team from North London-based charity Wildlife SOS after suffering for 50 years in the Uttar Pradesh area of India.

Pets & Animals | Animals & Pets

Happy Tears: Formerly Blind Dog Sees His Family

Watch as Duffy gets to see his family again after losing his sight. From Duffy's family: This is my Irish Terrier Duffy. He's a rescue dog and he's had a l

News | Good News!

As I Saw These 38 Photos For First Time, I Knew This: Everyone Should See Them.

Some photos capture more than I can say in words.