How One Incredible Mom Helped Her Son With Autism Find His Voice

This isn’t just a story of one mom who has a son with autism. This one is more personal for me. It’s about my good friend and former CNN colleague, Parisa Khosravi, and her son Payam. I’ll never forget sitting across from Parisa at Houston’s. This is probably 11 years ago. Her young son wasn’t hitting the usual developmental milestones. After extensive testing, they had a diagnosis. This beautiful boy with the longest eyelashes ever was on the autism spectrum.

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TODAY Show Anchor Hoda Kotb Adopts A Baby Girl! Welcome To Motherhood!

Congratulations to TODAY Show anchor Hoda Kotb who announced this morning she’s adopted a baby girl! Her name is Haley Joy Kotb and she was born on Valentine’s Day. Welcome to motherhood, Mama Hotb! Of course, I’m a sucker for any adoption story. Matt Lauer helped spill the beans this morning on TODAY, saying that Hoda has been leaving a string of clues on her social media feeds. And if you like stories about the different ways to become a

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Lost Boy Of Sudan Refugee Becomes Atlanta Police Officer

Jacob Mach has one incredible refugee story as a former “Lost Boy of Sudan.” NPR reports Mach was one of 20,000 boys forced from their home in Sudan in 1987 because of the Second Sudanese Civil War. Only half survived the thousand-mile trek by foot to a refugee camp in Kenya. Mach arrived in the US when he was 21. He went on to graduate from Georgia State University. That’s where his big dream of becoming a police officer was

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Teen Plays Hooky And Steals The Show At Bruce Springsteen Concert

Rocker Bruce Springsteen made sure one Australian teenager learned his lesson about playing hooky from school. Nathan Testa found out it was probably the best idea of his life. Testa was close to the stage during a recent concert in Brisbane, Australia. He held up a sign reading, ““Missed school, in the s—, now can I play ‘Growin’ Up’ with you?” What was the superstar to do but invite the lad up to do just that. As you’ll see, Nathan

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Girl Scout Crumbles False Advertising When Time To Sell Cookies

Have you been hit up to buy Girl Scout Cookies? Tis the season. One girl in New Jersey is taking the scout oath very seriously. Charlotte McCourt says the first eight words of the oath are, “I will do my best to be honest.” Trying to convince her potential customers that all the cookie flavors are awesome? Well, that wasn’t going to do. She wrote a letter where she gave an honest grade to each of the available flavors. Let’s just

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Daddy-Daughter Ballet Class Will Have You Leaping With Smiles

Watching ballet has never been so entertaining. The Philadelphia Dance Center had a brilliant idea this past Valentine’s Day to invite dads to participate in their daughter’s ballet classes. Even better, they made and posted videos of the dads and their gallant efforts to keep up with their girls. Some dads even wore tutus! Cue up Tchaikovsky’s “Waltz of the Flowers” and let the dancing and smiles begin. The studio made sure this wasn’t just a Daddy-Daughter deal. “We had fathers

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Firefighter Adopts Baby Girl He Delivered In Back Of An Ambulance

Firefighter Marc Hadden can look at his baby girl, Gracie, and know that this was meant to be. Even if Gracie didn’t come to Marc and his wife, Rebecca, in the most traditional way. Marc tells CBS News that he helped deliver a baby in the back of an ambulance five years ago. It was only after mother and child arrived at the hospital, that Marc over heard a nurse say that the mother wanted to give the baby up

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City Council Here She Comes! Teenager Wins Right To Run For Office

When most teenagers might focus on getting a ton of likes on social media, Mary Pat Hector dreams of getting votes to elect her to city council. Talk about a motivated young woman. Mary Pat is 19 and a sophomore at Spellman College in Decatur, Georgia. She set her sights on running for city council in the newly-created city of Stonecrest, Georgia. Hooray for her, yes? A young person getting involved in changing the world. Her potential opponent in the

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Country Star Miranda Lambert On Why She Adopts So Many Rescue Dogs

Few things can make country star Miranda Lambert’s heart sing like her rescue dogs. There’s a lot of love at her place. She has seven rescue dogs! Lambert tells PawCulture.com that she just has a knack for finding dogs who need to be rescued. Or maybe it’s the other way around. Maybe they find her. Lambert gave the rundown on all her pups to PawCulture.com. “I have seven rescues and they get along great. Jessi and Waylon (8 years-old) are

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Boston Marathon Bombing Survivor Marrying The Firefighter Who Saved Her

It’s one thing to survive one of the most awful terrorism attacks in US history. It’s another to have that be the way you meet the man of your dreams. All this was the last thing Roseann Sdoia expected when she went to cheer on runners near the finish line of the 2013 Boston Marathon. Turns out, Roseann was standing very close to where the second bomb went off. Mike Materia was the firefighter who scooped her up and held

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