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Fear not, residents of San Francisco. Your streets are especially safe today.

In one of the cooler stories of the year, over 12,000 people lined the streets of that city today to honor a five-year old named Miles.

The toddler - who likes to "be a superhero," according to his mom - has been battling leukemia since he was 18 months old, but had his final treatment in June.

To celebrate the occasion, the Make-A-Wish Foundation in the Bay Area helped organize a Gotham City-like experience for Miles today: he rode around in a Batmobile… he rescued a damsel in distress… he was given the key to the city at City Hall.

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Candy Crush Saga turns one year old today. In that time, it has been downloaded more than half a billion times and played more than 151 billion times.

That's about 200 times per download! If you're familiar with the mobile game, you're likely not surprised by those totals. You know you contribute to them.

Its combination of strategy, cool design, vibrant colors, and availability via Android and Windows phones and tablets has fueled the Candy Crush craze.

Still, its success is staggering. Why does Candy Crush Saga achieve so much, given its similarities to other time-consuming, mind-numbing distractions?

Tommy Palm, head developer at King, cites humanity's affinity for candy, color, and interesting shapes. The simpler things go a long way, apparently.

Additionally, constantly updated content keeps its users engaged and addicted. After starting with just one level last year, the game has 544 as of now.

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Two years ago, Madonna Bagder endured the worst Christmas ever when her three young daughters and parents died in her Connecticut home's fire.

In the aftermath, a despondent Badger repeatedly threatened to kill herself, barely coping in a haze of grief and despair. But she eventually found love again.

The 49-year-old ad-agency owner is engaged to be married.

M. Badger

"It’s never going to be easy. The pain is just so huge that sometimes it feels like a prison cell," she writes in a moving first-person essay in Vogue.

"But trying really hard to not feel sorry for myself makes me feel good. Basically, I go to wherever the light is, because anything else is darkness."

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British teenager Jacqui Beck recalls that she was in "total shock" to learn that she had been born without a vagina during a routine visit to the doctor.

One can only assume that would be shocking.

Beck, 17, hadn't started getting her periods.

After informing her doctor, tests soon showed that she had MRKH syndrome, a genetic condition that meant she had been born without a vagina, womb or cervix.

She tells the Daily Mail (UK) of the ordeal:

"I left the [office] in tears. I would never know what it was like to give birth, be pregnant, have a period. All the things I had imagined doing suddenly got erased from my future."

"I was really angry ... I felt like I wasn’t a real woman any more."

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Matt Korman, a swimmer at the University of Texas, has just joined the ranks of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered athletes to come out after sending an email to his team.

The swimmer told OutSports that after coming out to his family, it was time to be his authentic self with his swim team members and friends as well.

That meant telling them that he's gay, whatever the consequences.

Matt Korman

"I've been totally blessed by this whole situation because it's gone so well," Korman told the magazine, which learned of his email from one of his teammates. 

"I've gotten zero negative feedback...We have guys from the middle of nowhere conservative Texas. But they've been like 'We're totally fine, you're still my friend and my teammate and good for you.'"

Read Matt Korman's brave, open, and honest email after the jump.

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Shauna Justice, a Volusia County 911 dispatcher, was arrested after pulling a gun on the reporter who showed up at her home to ask about Justice's recent suspension.

Yes, this story takes place in Florida, but who did Justice think she was? George Zimmerman?

Justice was suspended from her position as a 911 dispatcher for using her cell phone at work while a trainee in her charge gave paramedics an incorrect address which resulted in the death of an Ormond Beach man.

When Shauna Justice refused to speak to the media about the incident, WESH reporter Claire Metz decided to pay Justice a visit.

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A North Carolina photographer found himself getting up close and personal with one of his subjects on a recent trip through the Great Smoky Mountains. 

James York was taking pictures of elk in Cataloochee Valley when one of the animals on whom he had trained his lens objected to the intrusion. Or he was camera shy. Or he was just, you know, being an animal in the wild.

The elk approached York peacefully but then began to nuzzle the photograher's head, which he kept down while he was repeatedly rammed by the animal.

"He was prancing and digging his hooves in the ground and then bouncing back and forth and lowering his horns down and coming at me fairly aggressively" York told reporters.

"I'm thinking, 'Don't show him fear.'"

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Rescue dog Rupee has become the first pooch to scale Mt. Everest.

And he was adorable while doing it, too. 

The pup, formerly homeless, was rescued and nursed back to health by avid pet-rescuer Joanne Lefson, who hiked to the top of the summit alongside her four-legged friend.

While Rupee did have his own sherpa, doctors felt confident the canine would not be in danger of altitude sickness because he was a native of the Himalayas. 

Watch his amazing ascent now!

The hike took 13 days, with most of those being the duo's trip to the top of Mt. Everest. They stopped along the way so that Lefson could acclimate and so that the dog could rest. 

Lefson and Rupee have returned to her home in South Africa where they are planning their next adventure. Hear what Lefson had to say about her extraordinary animal after the jump.

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This story is both irritating and heartwarming.

On Wednesday night, a blind man named Albert Rizzi boarded a U.S. Airways Express flight from Philadelphia to Long Island.

But the flight was grounded for nearly two hours and Rizzi's guide dog became restless while stuck on the runway.

"We were on the ground for over an hour and 45 minutes waiting to take off and the dog became a little disgruntled, agitated because of the vibrations of the plane and inched out from under the seat and was under my legs," Rizzi told 1010 WINS.

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A British man died after opening a container marked "Pandora's Box." 

Curiosity, man. It kills.  

Pandora's Box, the one from Greek mythology, is said to have belonged to the first woman on Earth. All of the evils of the world were kept inside and Pandora, out of curiosity, opened the box, unleashing evil into the world. And hope. But mostly evil.

This box, however, contained synthetic cannabis. 

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