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  • People extend a ladder to help teens out of ice water in Central Park.

    Models save teens who fell through ice while taking pictures on frozen pond in Central Park

    Tourist Lourdes Cuevas and her family were taking in the beauty of one of New York City’s iconic spots when they spotted some teens balancing on an icy pond. The kids were “playing” and “sliding” on the patch of ice in Central Park when they “decided to take a selfie,” she said. Cuevas and her family decided to do the same. Suddenly the ice cracked and the teens plunged into the frigid water — a terrifying incident Cuevas captured on […]

  • A woman is seen driving a car in this undated file photo. (Credit: ThinkStock)

    Got an old car? Sell it now

    NEW YORK — If your car is getting old — I mean more than eight years old — now is a good time to unload it. While there are plenty of relatively new pre-owned cars on the market, auto dealers and their less well-heeled customers are having a hard time finding more affordable used cars. So prices that dealers are willing to pay for older cars and SUVs are rising. The reasons are two-fold. For one thing, people are keeping […]

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    Amazon brings free shipping minimum back down to $35

    NEW YORK — The battle between Amazon and Walmart is heating up. Amazon has lowered its free shipping minimum for non-Prime members to $35 — a nearly 29 percent drop. The company increased its free shipping threshold to $49 from $35 almost a year ago. Items will be delivered five to eight days after they are available to ship. Amazon didn’t specify exactly when the minimum was lowered, but did say the change happened “recently.” Orders that contain at least […]

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    You can now transfer money internationally through Facebook

    LONDON — Forget about likes and shares. You can now transfer money internationally through Facebook. The money transfer startup TransferWise has launched a new chatbot that enables Facebook users to move funds abroad using the social platform’s Messenger service. The bot can be used to move money between the U.S., Canada, Australia and the European Union. It will also notify users via an alert when their regularly used currencies hit favorable rates. Facebook users were previously able to transfer money […]

  • Left: A doll representation of trans-advocate Jazz Jennings is pictured. It will be released in July 2017. (Tonner Doll Company)
Right: Jennings attends the American Heart Association's Go Red For Women Red Dress Collection 2017 presented by Macy's at Fashion Week in New York City at Hammerstein Ballroom on Feb. 9, 2017, in New York City. (Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images for AHA)

    Teen advocate Jazz Jennings inspires first transgender doll

    NEW YORK — Like any other girl, 16-year-old Jazz Jennings always loved dolls and dresses. But unlike many others, Jazz, who is transgender, couldn’t find one that truly represented her. That’s all about to change. As one of the youngest people to be documented as transgender, Jazz has garnered a large following that includes nearly half a million Instagram followers, and the latest installment of this appreciative fandom is a doll version of the teen. The Tonner Doll Company, which specializes in […]

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    Ohio cop answers the call … for homework help

    MARION, OH — Police officers are used to patrolling the streets, catching bad guys and fighting crime. Tackling 5th grade math homework? Not so much. But an officer in Marion, Ohio, went beyond the call of duty when an elementary school student reached out to the department via Facebook messenger with a request of the sort it had never received before. Ten-year-old Lena Draper didn’t know how to go about answering this question: (8+29) x 15. So, she turned to Marion […]

  • Panda Cub Bao Bao Makes Her Debut At Washington’s National Zoo

    Panda’s first flight: FedEx sends Bao Bao to China

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — Would you want to take a 3-year-old on a 16-hour flight? Luckily for the National Zoo and FedEx, they’re dealing with a panda, not a toddler. And Bao Bao will be traveling in a roomy, customized crate, not sitting next to a parent in a middle seat. She won’t be watching movies on an iPad, but a stash of bamboo snacks, apples and sweet potatoes will keep her occupied. This Tuesday morning, the 3-year-old cub will board a […]

  • Police confirmed Monday that vandals toppled and damaged about 100 headstones at the Chesed Shel Emeth Society cemetery in St. Louis. (KTVI)

    Vandals damage 100 headstones at Jewish cemetery, police say

    Tensions remain high in Jewish communities across the United States as police in Missouri are investigating vandalism over the past week at a historic Jewish cemetery. Police confirmed Monday that vandals toppled and damaged about 100 headstones at the Chesed Shel Emeth Society cemetery in St. Louis. Officers responded to a report of vandalism around 8:30 a.m., the University City Police Department said in a statement. The report of the break-in came on the same day that the White House […]

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    Trump selects Army Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster as national security adviser

    WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump has announced Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster as the new national security adviser, and Gen. Keith Kellogg remains the National Security Council chief of staff. The President made the announcement at his Mar-a-Lago resort. President Trump called McMaster a “man of tremendous talent and tremendous experience.” McMaster replaces retired Gen. Michael Flynn, who resigned from the position last week. Flynn’s departure came after reports surfaced from the Justice Department about his interactions with the Russian ambassador […]

  • On November 29, 2016, Spencer Kolman received a heart-lung transplant at St. Louis Children's Hospital's Heart Center -- the only surgery of its kind performed in the United States that year. (Koman Family/St. Louis Children's Hospital)

    Teen undergoes rare heart-lung transplant

    “I want to do more stuff,” Spencer Kolman said. His voice was a whisper, a painful-to-hear rasp across the telephone line. “I’m a Boy Scout, so I want to go back and get my Eagle Scout and do … the more physical activities that I had to basically stop doing because I couldn’t keep up,” the 15-year-old said. “I want to join the school band. I want to get back into playing the trumpet. … I did trumpet for four […]