A homeless cat in Russia kept warm a baby boy abandoned at the foot of a stairway in an apartment building in Obninsk when temperatures were several degrees below freezing. The cat Masha, which lived in a cardboard box in the hallway, "warmed the baby for several hours with her body," TV Zvezda channel reported. A resident heard the cat's cries and opened her door to see the two- to three-month-old baby with the cat sitting beside it, licking it and trying to warm it. "The residents are certain if the cat hadn't taken care of it the baby wouldn't have had a chance," the channel's anchor said. The Telegraph in Britain has video of the cat. read more
Are we going to claim this guy suffered from Asian privilege?
Former U.S. Sen. Edward W. Brooke, a liberal Republican who became the first black in U.S. history to win popular election to the Senate, died Saturday. Brooke, who represented Massachusetts for two terms from 1967 to 1979, died of natural causes at his Coral Gables, Florida, home. He was 95. Brooke also served in an all-black combat unit in World War II, and later settled in Boston after graduating from Boston University Law School. read more
It was a very merry surprise for three workers at an Arizona restaurant when a customer known for leaving "Tips for Jesus" left $11,000 in tips two days after Christmas. The customer, who asks to remain anonymous, arrived at Crudo restaurant in Phoenix Dec. 27 for a post-dinner snack and round of drinks, according to one of the partners of the Italian restaurant. He left a $1,000 tip on a $331.40 bill, stayed for more drinks and left a $10,000 tip on that bill. "I was like, dropped everything I had and just froze for second," server Clint Spotleson told AOL. read more
Federal prosecutors said they will not charge John W. Hinckley Jr. with murder in the shooting of President Ronald Reagan's press secretary in a 1981 assassination attempt, even though a medical examiner concluded that James S. Brady's death in August was caused by the old wounds. In a statement, the U.S. attorney for the District said their decision was based on "a review of applicable law, the history of the case, and the circumstances of Brady read more