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Brother and Sister Reunite After 65 Years

Brother and Sister Reunite After 65 Years

ABC News(NEW YORK) — A brother and sister were reunited after 65 years apart, thanks to the online sleuthing of a 7-year-old boy.For Betty Billadeau and her brother, Clifford Boyson, the reunion was a lifetime in the making after they were sent to sep…

Dramatic Ice Rescue in California Caught on Tape

Dramatic Ice Rescue in California Caught on Tape

Micky Herman(WRIGHTWOOD, Calif.) — A sledding excursion turned into a rescue operation after a man fell into a frozen lake in Wrightwood, Calif.The incident was caught on tape as one person after another tried to save the man only to slip on the ice t…

Dying Kentucky Boy Comes Closer to World Record for Most Christmas Cards

Dying Kentucky Boy Comes Closer to World Record for Most Christmas Cards

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(SALYERSVILLE, Ky.) — Under the Christmas tree was everything 9-year-old Dalton Dingus had hoped for — an iPad and an iPhone, a big red toolbox filled with real tools just like his grandpa’s, and a stack of Christmas cards nearl…

Newtown, Conn., Officials Ask the Public to Stop Sending Gifts

Newtown, Conn., Officials Ask the Public to Stop Sending Gifts

DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images(NEWTOWN, Conn.) — Officials in Newtown, Conn., are requesting the public not send any more gifts to the mourning community that is still dealing with the aftereffects of the deadly shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School.A…

Good Samaritan Finds Man’s Lost Wedding Ring

Good Samaritan Finds Man’s Lost Wedding Ring

Spike Mafford/Thinkstock(KINGVALE, Calif.) — Douglas Benedetti was a man on a mission when he returned to a snowy California highway to find what seemed like a needle in a haystack: a wedding ring lost in the piles of snow.The ring was not even his ow…

Christian Indonesians Live in NJ Church’s Sanctuary to Avoid Deportation

Christian Indonesians Live in NJ Church’s Sanctuary to Avoid Deportation

The Reformed Church of Highland Park(HIGHLAND PARK, N.J.) — This Christmas marks Day 295 for a central New Jersey church playing host to a group of Indonesians living within its sanctuary.Five Christian men remain at the church, hoping its brick walls…

New York Knicks Player Amare Stoudemire Plays ‘Santa’

New York Knicks Player Amare Stoudemire Plays ‘Santa’

ABC News(NEW YORK) — He’s the shot blocking, ball dunking player with the New York Knicks.But this season, Amare Stoudemire is also doubling as a secret Santa.For the Crowder family, Stoudemire’s surprise knock on their door is just what t…

Ex-Marine Jon Hammar Freed From Mexico Prison

Ex-Marine Jon Hammar Freed From Mexico Prison

WPLG/ABC News(NEW YORK) — A former U.S. Marine has been released from a Mexico jail after being locked up for five months on gun charges.Officials from the U.S. Consulate General in Matamoros, Mexico met Jon Hammar at the prison Friday and escorted hi…

‘Secret Sandy’ Brings Christmas Presents to Hurricane Victims

‘Secret Sandy’ Brings Christmas Presents to Hurricane Victims

Joy Huang(NEW YORK) — Superstorm Sandy came just before the holidays destroying mostly everything in her path.But she hasn’t destroyed the Christmas spirit for those affected by her wrath.Thanks to Secret Sandy, two women are making holiday wish lists…

Camel Roams Southern California Streets After Escaping Circus

Camel Roams Southern California Streets After Escaping Circus

ABC News(LOS ANGELES) — A circus camel roamed the streets of a Southern California city after it escaped from its handlers.The camel is part of the Ramos Bros. Circus and the incident started during some exercises Friday afternoon.“Somebody drop…

Holiday Miracle as Man Awakes from Monthlong Coma

Holiday Miracle as Man Awakes from Monthlong Coma

ABC News(SAN FRANCISCO) — Doctors told Benjamin Pessah’s family he might not live after he was shot in the head. But after waking from an almost month-long coma, Pessah said his first words and took his first steps just in time for Thanksgiving….

Smile! Thanksgiving Is Instagram’s Biggest Day

Smile! Thanksgiving Is Instagram’s Biggest Day

Stockbyte/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — It’s officially a new American tradition: Instagraming Thanksgiving.On Thursday, we asked the photo-sharing service how many photos related to the holiday were being uploaded. At around 3 p.m. ET it told us 100 p…

Americans Give Thanks, Help Others This Thanksgiving

Americans Give Thanks, Help Others This Thanksgiving

Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Most Americans will spend Thanksgiving by overindulging in turkey and all the fixings, and then sit in the warm company of friends and family to watch football and eat pie.But victims of superstorm Sandy, which battered the No…

Texas Thanksgiving Pile-Up Kills Two

Texas Thanksgiving Pile-Up Kills Two

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(HOUSTON) — A major traffic tie-up involving about a hundred vehicles on a Texas highway this Thanksgiving has killed two and sent 50 to the hospital, according to ABC affiliate KBMT-TV. Dozens of vehicles crashed into one a…

Ring Them Bells – Not! Salvation Army Noise Complaint

Ring Them Bells – Not! Salvation Army Noise Complaint

PRNewsFoto/The Salvation Army(PORTSMOUTH, N.H.) — A New Hampshire woman has called the cops on the Salvation Army. Her complaint? Loud bell-ringing.Sarah Hamilton-Parker, who works in the Portsmouth jewelry store, Lovell Designs, says the Salvation Ar…

On Thanksgiving, Family of Baby with Rare Disease “So Grateful”

On Thanksgiving, Family of Baby with Rare Disease “So Grateful”

Courtesy of Jenna Buswell(SEATTLE) — A stranger who raffles his beloved race car to help a baby he’s never met.A caring, intrepid team of doctors halfway around the world, who could save that baby’s life.And watching that wide-eyed baby gi…

U.S. Marine Surprises Sons at College Football Game

U.S. Marine Surprises Sons at College Football Game

ABC News(NEW YORK) — When 10-year-old Noah Ricafrente and his 8-year-old brother, Elijah, got tickets to the Eastern Carolina University football game with the rest of their Pop Warner football team, it was a big deal.When the two brothers from Cherry…

New Study Finds Humans May Be Getting Dumber

New Study Finds Humans May Be Getting Dumber

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Despite the advances of civilization over the years, a new study finds humans may actually be decreasing in their levels of intellectual ability.A team of researchers at Stanford University have been conducting a stu…

Skydiving Lovebirds Fall Into Marriage from 13,000 Feet

Skydiving Lovebirds Fall Into Marriage from 13,000 Feet

Michael Pahl/Skydive Utah(SALT LAKE CITY) — When a Utah couple was wed Thursday, they decided to take the plunge, literally. Emily Lucero and Allan Toole boarded a plane in Tooele, Utah, as just another couple engaged to be married. After parachuting …

Race 2 Recover NYC: Website Matches Canceled Marathon Hotels Rooms with Those in Need

Race 2 Recover NYC: Website Matches Canceled Marathon Hotels Rooms with Those in Need

TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)(NEW YORK) — A website only a day old may turn out to be crucial to getting displaced New Yorkers without heat and hot water into warm hotel rooms this weekend in the wake of Superstorm Sandy. Race 2 Recover NYC, acco…

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