Will.i.am rescues families in foreclosure with surprise aid
The Eller family and the Allgood family shared their stories with Oprah and explained how the national recession took its toll on them. For John Eller, losing his job as a corporate executive forced him to take lower paying jobs in order to support his wife and eight children.
For single mother Alycia Allgood, buying her first home after years of saving was an accomplishment she could be proud of, but when her company downsized, she too fell months behind on her mortgage payments…
Beer bottle-wielding man foils truck-stop robbery
A Good Samaritan is recovering from gunshot wounds after using two bottles of beer to take on an armed robbery…
Haz-mat grads going to Gulf to fight oil spill
A small group of students at Jacksonville’s Florida State College are about to put their studies to use in the Gulf of Mexico. The BP oil rig explosion has led to an oil slick which workers have been unable to contain…
Firefighters free puppy trapped under house
Firefighters tore through the floor of a Fort Myers, Florida home on Tuesday to rescue a dog trapped underneath.
“Heart breaking. He’s my kids’ animal,” said Regina Taylor.
“We talked about tunneling under the house, but this was just no room and it would have been a long process,” said Fort Myers Fire Department Captain Chuck Houser. Firefighters ended up ripping up the floor of a closet right above the puppy, then crawled to his location…
Foreclosures fall 2 percent, first annual drop in 5 years
WASHINGTON (AP) — Millions of Americans are still likely to lose their homes in the coming years, but the foreclosure crisis is finally showing signs of subsiding.
The number of households facing foreclosure in April fell 2 percent from a year ago, the first annual decline in five years, RealtyTrac Inc. said Thursday…
New jobless claims fall for fourth straight week
New claims for unemployment benefits dipped for the fourth straight week, a sign the U.S. job market is improving at a slow but steady pace.
Employers, encouraged by a recovering economy, are hiring again. But they are not doing it at the level needed to reduce the jobless rate.
Grant Hill goes from has-been to playoff playmaker
I don’t think anyone could have predicted that Grant Hill’s career would’ve turned out like this.
The once superstar, whose injuries robbed him of the chance to reach his true potential, is now in the best position he’s ever been to win an NBA title.
Sprinter Marion Jones seeks to make comeback in WNBA
TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Marion Jones made a mistake and paid the price for it.
Her prison term completed, she could have found a quiet place and stayed away from the scrutiny and all the questions about being stripped of her Olympic medals.
Instead, she wants to make amends for what she did wrong.
The 34-year-old Jones will return to the world of sports Saturday night when she makes her debut with the Tulsa Shock, the WNBA franchise that moved out of Detroit in the offseason.
Oprah and friends lend star power to charities
Charity organizations across the country say they are hurting from a recession-fueled decline in donations.
Oprah and her celebrity friends used their star power to help revive ten different charities in New York City this week.
Tyra Banks writing fantasy series for young people
Looks like the ambitious Tyra Banks has set her sights on “America’s Next Top Media Mogul.” After ending her successful talk show, the former supermodel scores a three-book deal with Delacorte Press for a YA fantasy series titled Modelland.
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