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May 20, 2024 at 1:12 AM

America Strong: Captain Ed Dwight finally makes it to space

Retired Air Force Capt. Ed Dwight, 90, blasted into space on Blue Origin’s New Shepard rocket, realizing his dream after waiting 63 years to be called an "official astronaut".
May 20, 2024 at 1:12 AM
VIDEO: America Strong: Captain Ed Dwight finally makes it to space
April 29, 2024 at 1:29 AM

Determined Boy Scout overcomes obstacles and odds

Zack Gridley is on his way to making his family and his community proud - he is one badge away from earning Eagle Scout, overcoming the obstacles of a cerebral palsy diagnosis.
April 29, 2024 at 1:29 AM
VIDEO: Determined Boy Scout overcomes obstacles and odds
1 month ago

A man's mission to interview all living WWII veterans

20-year-old Tyler Boland of Reading, Pennsylvania, is on a mission to interview as many WWII vets as he can.
1 month ago
VIDEO: A man's mission to interview all living WWII veterans
1 month ago

Man completes marathon run in every US state

Scott Kline officially joined the "50 States Marathon Club" after completing a marathon in Connecticut last October.
1 month ago
VIDEO: Man completes marathon run in every US state
2 months ago

America Strong: Nurses and the NICU baby; lives changed forever

Taylor and Drew Deras from Methodist Women's Hospital become foster parents of premature baby Ella.
2 months ago
VIDEO: America Strong: Nurses and the NICU baby; lives changed forever
3 months ago

America Strong: Students get a few extra classmates...Puppies!

First graders at Hanby Elementary School in Wilmington, Delaware, partner with “Rags 2 Riches Animal Rescue” for their teacher's, Brooke Hughes, reading program “Foster Tales."
3 months ago
VIDEO: America Strong: Students get a few extra classmates...Puppies!
3 months ago

A surprise celebration at Middletown High School

Basketball team manager Luke Atkinson is celebrated by team at senior night.
3 months ago
VIDEO: A surprise celebration at Middletown High School
3 months ago

First D1 college baseball player with a prosthetic leg takes the field

Parker Byrd made his collegiate debut and made history, becoming the first Division 1 baseball player with a prosthetic leg.
3 months ago
VIDEO: First D1 college baseball player with a prosthetic leg takes the field
3 months ago

America Strong: A star young reporter living his dream at Super Bowl LVIII

Eleven-year-old Jeremiah Fennell's stealing the show during Super Bowl week after being selected by the NFL Network as their "youth sportscaster" for 2024's Super Bowl LVIII.
3 months ago
VIDEO: America Strong: A star young reporter living his dream at Super Bowl LVIII
3 months ago

Michigan teen raises funds for local fire department

When Zoey Harrison saw her farm community's fire department in need, she sprang into action starting a fundraiser for lifesaving rescue equipment needed to save farmers in the event of an accident.
3 months ago
VIDEO: Michigan teen raises funds for local fire department
4 months ago

America Strong: Customer turns tables on hostess with a lifesaving decision

South Philadelphia Steak 'Em Up patron George Johnson donated a kidney to hostess Carolyn DiFabrizio after finding out she had stage 5 kidney failure during one of his routine coffee breaks.
4 months ago
VIDEO: America Strong: Customer turns tables on hostess with a lifesaving decision
4 months ago

Kindness of strangers evident as fundraiser earns more than $450 thousand

Kevin Ford was grateful for contributions to the online fundraiser started by his daughter with hopes of raising $200 for a visit to see family. Months later, Kevin was able to buy his first home.
4 months ago
VIDEO: Kindness of strangers evident as fundraiser earns more than $450 thousand
5 months ago

America Strong: New Year’s babies

Check out some newborns from around the country who were born just in time for 2024.
5 months ago
VIDEO: America Strong: New Year’s babies
5 months ago

Retired military dog reunites with previous handler

After being apart for two years U.S. Air Force Staff Sergeant Michael Alcala reunites with his former military dog when the dog retired from service.
5 months ago
VIDEO: Retired military dog reunites with previous owner
5 months ago

America Strong: Fire department honors fallen Captain by keeping toy drive alive

Mark Lee Sr., a first responder during 9/11, died from related illnesses in 2014.
5 months ago
VIDEO: America Strong: Fire department honors fallen Captain by keeping toy drive alive
5 months ago

America Strong: Teacher makes holiday wishes come true

Cheri Guy, a teacher of 15 years, made the school’s “wishmas” program extra special for the holidays.
5 months ago
VIDEO: America Strong: Teacher makes holiday wishes come true
5 months ago

Chicago sisters spread seasonal joy for a good cause

Two sisters continue their 20-year tradition of selling hot chocolate for the Marine Corps’ Toys for Tots.
5 months ago
VIDEO: Chicago sisters spread seasonal joy for a good cause
5 months ago

A grade school lesson turned a student into a lifesaver

Twelve-year-old Ethan Williams saved is classmate using the Heimlich maneuver after learning it from class.
5 months ago
VIDEO: A grade school lesson turned a student into a lifesaver
6 months ago

Mother of 3 creates bucket list after aggressive breast cancer diagnosis

Michelle Eral and husband Joe have embraced the time she has left by completing a bucket list.
6 months ago
VIDEO: Mother of 3 creates bucket list after aggressive breast cancer diagnosis
6 months ago

America Strong: Penpals meet after 56 years

Kris Olsen wrote a letter to Col. Ned Felder when she was 13 in 1967 and finally met him in person at South Carolina State University during Military Appreciation Day.
6 months ago
VIDEO: America Strong: Penpals meet after 56 years
6 months ago

Woman diagnosed with breast cancer crosses off every item on her bucket list

After Michelle Eral was diagnosed with an aggressive form of breast cancer, she and her husband Joe made a conscious decision to "love every moment."
6 months ago
VIDEO: Woman diagnosed with breast cancer crosses off every item on her bucket list
8 months ago

Mother's surprise on daughter’s wedding day

Bride Mackenzie VanCuren didn't just want the traditional father-daughter dance at her wedding, she also wanted to include her mother, who she surprised with a dance as well on her special day.
8 months ago
VIDEO: Mothers surprise on daughter’s wedding day
8 months ago

Woman celebrates turning 114 years young

Elizabeth Francis is counting her blessings being the oldest living Texan and the second oldest person in the United States.
8 months ago
VIDEO: Woman celebrates turning 114 years young
9 months ago

Vietnam veteran pilot awarded Medal of Honor

Capt. Larry L Taylor rescued his colleagues in the midst of a daring firefight.
9 months ago
VIDEO: Vietnam veteran pilot awarded Medal of Honor
9 months ago

Beloved postal delivery man retires

Scott Vernon, who spent 35 years delivering mail in a court jester costume, was celebrated by his patrons with a retirement party.
9 months ago
VIDEO: Beloved postal delivery man retires
9 months ago

Couple renewing their vows after 73 years

The married couple of 73 years share their secret of a timeless bond.
9 months ago
VIDEO: Couple renewing their vows after 73 years
9 months ago

A happy ending after rescue

A newborn was rescued after a 7.8 earthquake last February in Syria. It was later confirmed by DNA test that her rescuer was her uncle and he and his wife later adopted the child.
9 months ago
VIDEO: A happy ending after rescue
10 months ago

'America Strong' and selfless act of team spirit

A member of Eastern Michigan University's football team gives his scholarship to another team member in need.
10 months ago
VIDEO: 'America Strong' and selfless act of team spirit
10 months ago

Summer camp for adults and children with disabilities

“Rising Above Disabilities,” or RAD Camp, is an overnight summer camp that addresses the special needs of its participants in southern California.
10 months ago
VIDEO: Summer camp for adults and children with disabilities
10 months ago

Gilbert, Arizona woman has been a nurse since 1954

Nurse Ellie Ucci, 90 years old, says "If you love what you do, you never work a day in your life and that's exactly how I feel."
10 months ago
VIDEO: Gilbert, Arizona woman has been a nurse since 1954
10 months ago

14-year-old Zykee Scott has a bright future after a devastating tragedy

After surviving one of the deadliest fires in Philadelphia history, Zykee will start his first year at a STEM school and has expressed interest to play football at Penn State.
10 months ago
VIDEO: 14-year-old Zykee Scott has a bright future after a devastating tragedy
10 months ago

15-year-old swimmer takes a lap around Manhattan

Maya Merhige just completed a 28-and-a-half-mile swim around the island of Manhattan.
10 months ago
VIDEO: 15-year-old swimmer takes a lap around Manhattan
10 months ago

4,000 beagles find their forever families

An organization that helps with animal rescue helped celebrate finding new homes for almost 4,000 beagles that were removed from a breeding facility last year.
10 months ago
VIDEO: 4,000 beagles find their forever families
10 months ago

A life-saving rescue dog and those who unleashed her potential

Nanci, a former shelter dog rescued by the National Disaster Search Dog Foundation, is now working with first responders in search and rescue missions.
10 months ago
VIDEO: A life-saving rescue dog and those who unleashed her potential
10 months ago

Family celebrates 100th reunion bash

For a century an Indiana family has hosted a Fourth of July reunion that has now grown to over 300 members from all over the country.
10 months ago
VIDEO: Family celebrates 100th reunion bash
1 year ago

13-year-old born without leg says he lives life with 'no limits'

Logan Marmino was recognized by the state of New Jersey for his advocacy for the disabled community.
1 year ago
VIDEO: 13-year-old born without leg says he lives life with 'no limits'
1 year ago

California boy scout cleans up veterans memorial

James Vierra and Troop 66 were given permission by the City of Monrovia to rehabilitate the memorial and surrounding park that was damaged by the Bobcat Fires in 2020.
1 year ago
VIDEO: Massive explosion destroys home outside Chicago
1 year ago

Baby adopted after found in ‘Safe Haven Baby Box’

A firefighter and his wife ended their 10-year struggle to have a family by finalizing the adoption of baby Zoey, who was left outside a fire station.
1 year ago
VIDEO: Baby adopted after found in ‘Safe Haven Baby Box’
1 year ago

Paralyzed man celebrates fatherhood

Anthony Purcell: "It's just a life changer. I never thought in a million years that I would be able to have kids."
1 year ago
VIDEO: Paralyzed man celebrates fatherhood
1 year ago

Brave 7-year-old saves great-grandmother

Zion Carter called 911 after her great-grandmother was having trouble breathing and saved her life.
1 year ago
VIDEO: Brave 7-year-old saves grandmother
1 year ago

Paralyzed teen excels in sports

Gianni Quintero contracted the virus transverse myelitis at 6 years old that left one of her legs paralyzed.
1 year ago
VIDEO: Paralyzed teen excels in sports
1 year ago

Memphis woman reunites with sister's lost dog

After her sister died, Dee Morelli never gave up hope that her sister's dog would be found.
1 year ago
VIDEO: Memphis woman reunites with sister's lost dog
1 year ago

A very special 'prom-posal'

High school senior Jack Shallow's excitement wasn't just written all over his face: He wrote it all down on notecards.
1 year ago
VIDEO: A very special 'prom-posal'
1 year ago

Blind cheerleader helps lead team to competition win

Cailee Herrell said she's never stopped working hard to achieve her dreams, even after she lost her vision.
1 year ago
VIDEO: Blind cheerleader helps lead team to competition win
1 year ago

Vietnam POWs reunite 50 years later

Nearly 200 POWs reunited as part of an event at the Richard Nixon Presidential Library in California.
1 year ago
VIDEO: Vietnam POWs reunite 50 years later
1 year ago

High school teacher cheered on by family, friends after finishing chemo

A high school teacher in Michigan was greeted with a surprise from friends and family after he finished his 12th and final round of chemo for colon cancer.
1 year ago
VIDEO: High school teacher cheered on by family,  friends after finishing chemo
1 year ago

America strong: The power of trying new foods

Jack Richardson, 22, and his family documented his journey to discovering new foods after spending years of only ever eating seven types of foods.
1 year ago
VIDEO: America strong: The power of trying new foods
1 year ago

93-year-old reaches goal of visiting every US national park

Joy Ryan is the oldest person in history to visit every national park, according to her grandson and travel companion.
1 year ago
VIDEO: 93-year-old reaches goal of visiting every US national park
1 year ago

Army brothers celebrate family milestones after 50 years apart

Army brothers together after 50 years apart.
1 year ago
VIDEO: Army brothers celebrate family milestones after 50 years apart
1 year ago

College grads pay tribute to beloved security guard

High Point University students recalled their favorite memories of Valerie Baxter, who they said was always a shining presence on campus.
1 year ago
VIDEO: College grads pay tribute to beloved security guard