The Optimist: She had a lot of rashes, but don’t all kids? How doctors solved this medical mystery

Netflix knows we need an escape. So it built a rom-com factory.; A U.S. soldier dressed as St. Nick for kids in war-torn Luxembourg. They never forgot him.
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Netflix knows we need an escape. So it built a rom-com factory.
The characters are more diverse, sexually fluid and woke.
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A U.S. soldier dressed as St. Nick for kids in war-torn Luxembourg. They never forgot him.
Richard Brookins, who handed out treats to children during World War II, remains famous in Luxembourg. European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker reminded the world about him this week.
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She’d given up hope of finding her schizophrenic son. Then came a call from an unknown number.
“It was every day, searching. Not knowing if he’d been picked up or if he was dead, not knowing from the time you get up until the time you go to bed. It’s such a hole ripped out of your heart and your soul.”
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Medical mystery: She had a lot of rashes, but don’t all kids?
A little girl’s frequent skin infections turned out to be a telltale sign of a serious problem.
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Watching from below while my kids conquered fear
When I saw them at the summit, I felt an overpowering urge to tell them how proud I was.
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Hound dog with terminal cancer fulfills his No. 1 bucket list request. Finding a home.
Some items on Smoke’s list have already been checked off at a shelter in Arlington: eating a cheeseburger and riding in a firetruck.
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For these underprivileged young women in France, rugby provides strength, resilience and empowerment
Photographer Camilo Leon-Quijano spent time documenting a women’s rugby team in France.
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Grocery store worker lets autistic teen stock shelves, causing a ‘miracle in action’
The employee and the teen carefully and methodically refilled the store’s dairy supply together for about a half-hour. The teen’s father recorded the incredible sight.
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We all could use more dancing dads on the Internet
In an irresistibly cute video that’s gone viral, a young man dances to Ciara’s “Level Up” single for an audience of one, his toddler son, who’s just finished a round of chemo. Dad’s moves are impressive, but the little boy’s delighted reaction steals the show.
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She thought it was just pregnancy puffiness. The truth was much worse.
Cathryn Scheipers considers herself lucky. When life-threatening complications arose, she landed in the hands of a capable medical team.
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