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Lennon's Killer Denied Parole for 8th Time

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ALBANY, N.Y. — Mark David Chapman, who gunned down Beatles legend John Lennon in 1980, was denied parole Friday for the eight time, the New York Department of Corrections announced."After a review of the record and interview, the panel has determined that if released at this time, there is a reasonable probability that you would not live and remain at liberty without again violating the law," the panel said in a report.Chapman fired five shots on Dec. 8, 1980, outside the Dakot... More>>

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Happy 1st Birthday, Bao Bao!

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Bao Bao, the National Zoo's giant panda cub, turns 1 on Saturday!To celebrate this major milestone, let's look back at some of her cutest moments caught on camera. More>>

'Underestimated' Ebola Outbreak Spreads

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Ebola continues to spread in West Africa as Sierra Leone voted to pass a new amendment imposing jail time for anyone caught hiding an Ebola patient.With 142 new cases recorded, the total number is now 2,615 with 1,427 deaths, the World Health Organization said Friday. The group added that the magnitude of the Ebola outbreak has been "underestimated.""Many families hide infected loved ones in their homes," the organization wrote in an assessment. "Others deny that a patient has ... More>>

Soldiers and Families Win School Supplies, Mingle with Others Facing Challenges Video included

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(KCEN) Soldiers on post are getting ready for back to school, and Friday some had a chance to win school supplies. It was a get-together for the Warrior Transition Unit, a unit for wounded, ill, and injured soldiers. More>>

Temple School Zone Improvements Video included

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(KCEN) -- The first day of school is right around the corner and kids in Temple may notice changes to their school zones on Monday. The improvements were made to zones on Tarver and South Pea Ridge Road.New overhead signage is more visible for drivers. They have four flashing lights and a reminder to slow down and put away cell phones. Sidewalks and bike lanes were also re-painted and widened to give children for distance from the cars. Public Works Director Nicole Torralva says the city work... More>>

Defense Department Nixes Ice Bucket Challenges for Soldiers in Uniform Video included

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Fort Hood soldiers have been told they cannot undergo the ALS ice bucket challenge, at least not in uniform. III Corps and Fort Hood posted on Facebook late Thursday night that the ice bucket challenge was forbidden for uniformed service members.
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SpaceX Rocket Explodes Over McGregor Facilities Video included

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There were reports of a rocket exploding over the SpaceX early Friday afternoon. McGregor Chief of Police Steve Foster said this was an isolated incident and SpaceX was dealing with the incident internally. Reports of a grasshopper More>>

Multiple Agencies Fighting Brush Fire in Gholson Video included

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(GHOLSON) -- Firefighters from multiple agencies are battling a brush fire in Gholson, northeast of Waco. It's off Pleasant Road.The fire departments involved include Waco, Elmont, West and Ross volunteer firefighters. We're told they are calling for aid because of the heat.This story will be updated as we get more information. More>>

Koala Saved in Dramatic Rescue from Tree

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(USA Today) -- A koala that was hit by a car was saved by a firefighter and wildlife rescuer in Australia after it was given mouth-to-mouth resuscitation Thursday, according to media reports.A video of the dramatic rescue shows firefighters dropping the koala from a tall tree where it had climbed to safety. The koala was unconscious.After performing CPR and giving the koala oxygen, it began to growl at the rescuers.The end of the video shows the koala alive and being held by the firefighters.... More>>

Belton Man Charged with Sexually Assaulting a Child

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(BELL COUNTY) -- The Bell County Sheriff's Department says a man accused of sexually assaulting a child turned himself into deputies and is now in the Bell County Jail.Geary Glyn Shull, 30, faces a charge of Aggravated Sexual Assault. It comes after the Bell Co. Sheriff's Special Crimes Unit received a report of a sexual assault near Belton. An arrest warrant was issued for Shull's arrest on August 20th and he turned himself in on August 22nd. His bond was set at $50,000. More>>

Manziel's Finger Costs Him $12,000

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(USA Today) -- Johnny Manziel's parting gift for losing out on the Cleveland Browns' starting quarterback job? How about a $12,000 fine.That's how much the NFL fined Manziel for being caught making an obscene gesture toward the Washington Redskins sideline Monday night, a person with knowledge of the fine told USA TODAY Sports on Friday.The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the fine hadn't been announced.It was a rough night all around for Manziel, the much-hyped first-round draf... More>>

Gov. Rick Perry's Attorneys will File Motion to Dismiss Video included

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(KVUE) -- An attorney for Gov. Rick Perry and the special prosecutor leading the criminal case against the governor met with the judge on Friday.Perry's lawyers said they intend to file a motion to dismiss the case next week. The legal team said it would challenge the constitutionality of the indictment.Perry did not attend the hearing scheduled for 9 a.m. Friday. His legal team filed a waiver of arraignment prior to the hearing so the governor would be free to take a scheduled trip to New Ha... More>>

Harry Reid Apologizes for Asian Comments

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(USA Today) -- The Senate majority leader is famous for his occasional impolitic comment — like whenhe suggested he could smell the sweaty tourists coming into the Capitol Building in the summer.Now he has been caught on tape poking fun at Asian-Americans. Reid said the “Asian population is so productive…I don't think you're smarter than everybody else, but you've convinced a lot of us you are.”The video also shows Reid being introduced to a mannamed Terry Wong and responding, “One problem I'... More>>

Fund for Police Officer Darren Wilson Reaches $200,000

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(NBC) -- A crowd funding site created this week to support Ferguson, Missouri, police officer Darren Wilson and his family continues to grow, despite a considerable amount of negative comments and requests to remove the page. Created on Monday on the site GoFundMe, the campaign had raised over $200,000 and the goal was raised to $250,000 as of Friday morning in support of Wilson, who shot and killed unarmed 18-year-old Michael Brown on Aug. 9. But the page also remains littered with negative ... More>>

Five Apps to Make Your Phone Multi-Task

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(USA Today) -- If you can dream it, there is an app for that. There are approximately 1.2 million apps in the Apple store and, interestingly, just about the same number in the Google Play store that powers Android gadgets.Much like any other crowd, there are certain ones that stand out. They challenge the norm. People who think outside the box created them. I've created list of the latest apps that use your smartphone or tablet in a way you can hardly believe.INSTANT LANGUAGE TRANSLATOROne of... More>>

Kidnapped Journalist's Parents Received Email from ISIS before His Death

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(USA Today) -- New details are emerging surrounding the kidnapping and attempted military rescue of American journalist James Foley, whose beheading by the militant group Islamic State was revealed in a chilling video posted to the Internet this week.The head of GlobalPost -- the U.S.-based online publication Foley was working for when he was abducted in 2012 says Islamic extremists demanded 100 million Euros ($132.5 million) for Foley's freedom. They also e-mailed Foley's family directly day... More>>

Robin Williams' Ashes Scattered in San Francisco Bay

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(CNN) -- Actor Robin Williams was cremated and his ashes were scattered in San Francisco Bay, according to his death certificate. Williams was found dead in his Northern California home August 11 from what investigators suspect was a suicide by hanging. The certificate, obtained by CNN on Thursday, says his ashes were scattered off the coast one day later. It also says the cause of death is "pending investigation." According to Marin County Assistant Deputy Chief Coroner Lt. Keith Boyd, inves... More>>

Lott Fire Sends Dentist To Early Retirement

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(KCEN) “There's nothing you can salvage out of it.” A blunt but honest assessment, as Dr. David Shore looks at what used to be his dental office. “I can't believe it,” said Shore. “It's just gutted, there's nothing there.” On Wednesday night, a fire destroyed over 30-years of memories for the only dental practice in Lott. The city's volunteer fire department was called out to Gassaway Avenue at 9:45 p.m. after a passerby saw smoke coming out of the dental office. Soon smoke was seen coming f... More>>

Rick Perry Calls for More Airstrikes Against Islamic State

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Texas Gov. Rick Perry on Thursday called on the Obama administration to step up airstrikes against Islamic State militants in Iraq, saying the group could pose a direct threat to the U.S."Nothing less than an airstrike to destroy ISIS forces is required," Perry told a packed audience at an event sponsored by the conservative Heritage Foundation think tank and the National Review.The Republican governor was expected to speak about the crisis of Central American children crossing... More>>

Baylor's Ken Starr Just Latest Big Name to Take Ice Bucket Challenge Video included

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(KCEN) -- There's no doubt you haven't seen it on your Facebook page: the ALS ice bucket challenge. It's sweeping through social media, and the viral fundraiser is making stops at some of central Texas' most well-known names. More>>

378 People 'Pay It Forward' at Starbucks

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An act of kindness at a Starbucks drive-thru in Florida inspired an 11-hour chain of paying-it-forward.A woman drove up and paid for her own iced coffee at 7 a.m. Wednesday at a St. Petersburg store, and also asked to pay for a caramel macchiato for the driver behind her, who then did the same for the next customer.After a few people continued the chain, the employees started keeping a tally on a piece of paper by the window.By 1:30 p.m., 260 people had paid it forward, accordi... More>>

Texas Police Officer Arrested in Possession of 400 Grams of Cocaine

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A Houston police officer was arrested after deputies say she was found in possession of 400 grams of cocaine Tuesday in Montgomery County.Jasmine Renee Bonner, 26, of Humble, is charged with possess with intent to deliver/manufacture controlled substance, according to the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office.The Houston Police Department stated Thursday afternoon that Bonner has been relieved of duty pending an investigation. More>>

WATCH: Baby Got Class -- A back to school parody

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Baby Got Class -- A back to school parody More>>

Texas Softball Coach Charged with Sexually Assaulting Special Needs Child

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A 69-year-old softball coach has been arrested for allegedly sexually assaulting a 12-year-old on his special needs team.The child's parents reported their daughter had been assaulted multiple times by her assistant softball coach, Warren Doyle. She has been on the team for four years but the assaults began earlier this month while at a softball tournament in Burleson, Texas and continued when they returned to Baytown.Doyle has been charged with two counts of Aggravated Sexual Assau... More>>

Record-Sized Freshmen Class Moves Into Baylor Dorms Video included

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(KCEN) -- The Baylor Bears are back in town.It was move-in day for a record breaking class of freshmen.More than 3,600 students from all over the country will now call Central Texas home. Move-in week at Baylor looks a lot like a pep rally. Incoming freshmen like Margeaux Dittrich say that's exactly why they chose the school. "Overall, I just felt like the community is just such a welcoming environment and everyone is so kind here," she said. Of course there are some nerves too, leaving mom a... More>>

WATCH: Beluga Whale Plays Peek-A-Boo With Kids

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So cute! Watch this beluga whale play ‘peek-a-boo' with kids at aquarium More>>

Fort Hood Soldiers Compete in Best by Test

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(KCEN) -- Soldiers often tout they're the best at this skill or that exercise... But who really is the best? Fort Hood's Steel Dragon Battalion decided to put the soldiers to the test to find out.Starting last Friday about 600 soldiers in the 2nd Battalion, 82nd field artillery split up into more than 20 teams to go through rigorous war fighting skill competitions. "We wanted to put a little vigor into these exercises, and put in a little stress to see how well these soldiers operate over a l... More>>

U.S. Ebola Patients Discharged; Pose No Public Risk

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(USA Today) -- Two American aid workers treated for Ebola are scheduled to be released from an Atlanta hospital today.Emory University Hospital announced early Thursday that it will discuss their discharge.Bruce Ribner, medical director of the hospital's Infectious Disease Unit, will talk about the decision to release the patients during a press conference at 11 a.m. ET.The hospital said one of the patients, Kent Brantly, will be present at the conference and is expected to make a statement. ... More>>

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  • Soldiers and Families Win School Supplies, Mingle with Others Facing Challenges

    Soldiers and Families Win School Supplies, Mingle with Others Facing Challenges

    Saturday, August 23 2014 12:46 PM EDT2014-08-23 16:46:38 GMT
    (KCEN) Soldiers on post are getting ready for back to school, and Friday some had a chance to win school supplies. It was a get-together for the Warrior Transition Unit, a unit for wounded, ill, and injured soldiers.More >>
    (KCEN) Soldiers on post are getting ready for back to school, and Friday some had a chance to win school supplies. It was a get-together for the Warrior Transition Unit, a unit for wounded, ill, and injured soldiers.More >>
  • Temple School Zone Improvements

    Temple School Zone Improvements

    Saturday, August 23 2014 12:20 PM EDT2014-08-23 16:20:52 GMT
    (KCEN) -- The first day of school is right around the corner and kids in Temple may notice changes to their school zones on Monday. The improvements were made to zones on Tarver and South Pea Ridge Road.New overhead signage is more visible for drivers. They have four flashing lights and a reminder to slow down and put away cell phones. Sidewalks and bike lanes were also re-painted and widened to give children for distance from the cars. Public Works Director Nicole Torralva says the city work...More >>
    (KCEN) -- The first day of school is right around the corner and kids in Temple may notice changes to their school zones on Monday. The improvements were made to zones on Tarver and South Pea Ridge Road.New overhead signage is more visible for drivers. They have four flashing lights and a reminder to slow down and put away cell phones. Sidewalks and bike lanes were also re-painted and widened to give children for distance from the cars. Public Works Director Nicole Torralva says the city work...More >>
  • Defense Department Nixes Ice Bucket Challenges for Soldiers in Uniform

    Defense Department Nixes Ice Bucket Challenges for Soldiers in Uniform

    Saturday, August 23 2014 11:12 AM EDT2014-08-23 15:12:45 GMT
    (KCEN) -- Fort Hood soldiers have been told they cannot undergo the ALS ice bucket challenge, at least not in uniform. III Corps and Fort Hood posted on Facebook late Thursday night that the ice bucket challenge was forbidden for uniformed service members.More >>
    Fort Hood soldiers have been told they cannot undergo the ALS ice bucket challenge, at least not in uniform. III Corps and Fort Hood posted on Facebook late Thursday night that the ice bucket challenge was forbidden for uniformed service members.
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  • Soldiers and Families Win School Supplies, Mingle with Others Facing Challenges

    Soldiers and Families Win School Supplies, Mingle with Others Facing Challenges

    Saturday, August 23 2014 12:46 PM EDT2014-08-23 16:46:38 GMT
    (KCEN) Soldiers on post are getting ready for back to school, and Friday some had a chance to win school supplies. It was a get-together for the Warrior Transition Unit, a unit for wounded, ill, and injured soldiers.More >>
    (KCEN) Soldiers on post are getting ready for back to school, and Friday some had a chance to win school supplies. It was a get-together for the Warrior Transition Unit, a unit for wounded, ill, and injured soldiers.More >>
  • Defense Department Nixes Ice Bucket Challenges for Soldiers in Uniform

    Defense Department Nixes Ice Bucket Challenges for Soldiers in Uniform

    Saturday, August 23 2014 11:12 AM EDT2014-08-23 15:12:45 GMT
    (KCEN) -- Fort Hood soldiers have been told they cannot undergo the ALS ice bucket challenge, at least not in uniform. III Corps and Fort Hood posted on Facebook late Thursday night that the ice bucket challenge was forbidden for uniformed service members.More >>
    Fort Hood soldiers have been told they cannot undergo the ALS ice bucket challenge, at least not in uniform. III Corps and Fort Hood posted on Facebook late Thursday night that the ice bucket challenge was forbidden for uniformed service members.
    More >>
  • Fort Hood Soldiers Compete in Best by Test

    Fort Hood Soldiers Compete in Best by Test

    Thursday, August 21 2014 1:35 PM EDT2014-08-21 17:35:34 GMT
    (KCEN) -- Soldiers often tout they're the best at this skill or that exercise... But who really is the best? Fort Hood's Steel Dragon Battalion decided to put the soldiers to the test to find out.Starting last Friday about 600 soldiers in the 2nd Battalion, 82nd field artillery split up into more than 20 teams to go through rigorous war fighting skill competitions. "We wanted to put a little vigor into these exercises, and put in a little stress to see how well these soldiers operate over a l...More >>
    (KCEN) -- Soldiers often tout they're the best at this skill or that exercise... But who really is the best? Fort Hood's Steel Dragon Battalion decided to put the soldiers to the test to find out.Starting last Friday about 600 soldiers in the 2nd Battalion, 82nd field artillery split up into more than 20 teams to go through rigorous war fighting skill competitions. "We wanted to put a little vigor into these exercises, and put in a little stress to see how well these soldiers operate over a l...More >>
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  • Lennon's Killer Denied Parole for 8th Time

    Lennon's Killer Denied Parole for 8th Time

    Saturday, August 23 2014 2:44 PM EDT2014-08-23 18:44:45 GMT
    Mark David Chapman/Photo Courtesy USA TodayMark David Chapman/Photo Courtesy USA Today
    ALBANY, N.Y. — Mark David Chapman, who gunned down Beatles legend John Lennon in 1980, was denied parole Friday for the eight time, the New York Department of Corrections announced."After a review of the record and interview, the panel has determined that if released at this time, there is a reasonable probability that you would not live and remain at liberty without again violating the law," the panel said in a report.Chapman fired five shots on Dec. 8, 1980, outside the Dakot...More >>
    ALBANY, N.Y. — Mark David Chapman, who gunned down Beatles legend John Lennon in 1980, was denied parole Friday for the eight time, the New York Department of Corrections announced."After a review of the record and interview, the panel has determined that if released at this time, there is a reasonable probability that you would not live and remain at liberty without again violating the law," the panel said in a report.Chapman fired five shots on Dec. 8, 1980, outside the Dakot...More >>
  • 'Underestimated' Ebola Outbreak Spreads

    'Underestimated' Ebola Outbreak Spreads

    Saturday, August 23 2014 1:21 PM EDT2014-08-23 17:21:40 GMT
    Ebola continues to spread in West Africa as Sierra Leone voted to pass a new amendment imposing jail time for anyone caught hiding an Ebola patient.With 142 new cases recorded, the total number is now 2,615 with 1,427 deaths, the World Health Organization said Friday. The group added that the magnitude of the Ebola outbreak has been "underestimated.""Many families hide infected loved ones in their homes," the organization wrote in an assessment. "Others deny that a patient has ...More >>
    Ebola continues to spread in West Africa as Sierra Leone voted to pass a new amendment imposing jail time for anyone caught hiding an Ebola patient.With 142 new cases recorded, the total number is now 2,615 with 1,427 deaths, the World Health Organization said Friday. The group added that the magnitude of the Ebola outbreak has been "underestimated.""Many families hide infected loved ones in their homes," the organization wrote in an assessment. "Others deny that a patient has ...More >>
  • Koala Saved in Dramatic Rescue from Tree

    Koala Saved in Dramatic Rescue from Tree

    Friday, August 22 2014 4:56 PM EDT2014-08-22 20:56:25 GMT
    (USA Today) -- A koala that was hit by a car was saved by a firefighter and wildlife rescuer in Australia after it was given mouth-to-mouth resuscitation Thursday, according to media reports.A video of the dramatic rescue shows firefighters dropping the koala from a tall tree where it had climbed to safety. The koala was unconscious.After performing CPR and giving the koala oxygen, it began to growl at the rescuers.The end of the video shows the koala alive and being held by the firefighters....More >>
    (USA Today) -- A koala that was hit by a car was saved by a firefighter and wildlife rescuer in Australia after it was given mouth-to-mouth resuscitation Thursday, according to media reports.A video of the dramatic rescue shows firefighters dropping the koala from a tall tree where it had climbed to safety. The koala was unconscious.After performing CPR and giving the koala oxygen, it began to growl at the rescuers.The end of the video shows the koala alive and being held by the firefighters....More >>
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  • Happy 1st Birthday, Bao Bao!

    Happy 1st Birthday, Bao Bao!

    Saturday, August 23 2014 2:14 PM EDT2014-08-23 18:14:19 GMT
    Bao Bao, the National Zoo's giant panda cub, turns 1 on Saturday!To celebrate this major milestone, let's look back at some of her cutest moments caught on camera.More >>
    Bao Bao, the National Zoo's giant panda cub, turns 1 on Saturday!To celebrate this major milestone, let's look back at some of her cutest moments caught on camera.More >>
  • Koala Saved in Dramatic Rescue from Tree

    Koala Saved in Dramatic Rescue from Tree

    Friday, August 22 2014 4:56 PM EDT2014-08-22 20:56:25 GMT
    (USA Today) -- A koala that was hit by a car was saved by a firefighter and wildlife rescuer in Australia after it was given mouth-to-mouth resuscitation Thursday, according to media reports.A video of the dramatic rescue shows firefighters dropping the koala from a tall tree where it had climbed to safety. The koala was unconscious.After performing CPR and giving the koala oxygen, it began to growl at the rescuers.The end of the video shows the koala alive and being held by the firefighters....More >>
    (USA Today) -- A koala that was hit by a car was saved by a firefighter and wildlife rescuer in Australia after it was given mouth-to-mouth resuscitation Thursday, according to media reports.A video of the dramatic rescue shows firefighters dropping the koala from a tall tree where it had climbed to safety. The koala was unconscious.After performing CPR and giving the koala oxygen, it began to growl at the rescuers.The end of the video shows the koala alive and being held by the firefighters....More >>
  • 378 People 'Pay It Forward' at Starbucks

    378 People 'Pay It Forward' at Starbucks

    Thursday, August 21 2014 4:46 PM EDT2014-08-21 20:46:09 GMT
    An act of kindness at a Starbucks drive-thru in Florida inspired an 11-hour chain of paying-it-forward.A woman drove up and paid for her own iced coffee at 7 a.m. Wednesday at a St. Petersburg store, and also asked to pay for a caramel macchiato for the driver behind her, who then did the same for the next customer.After a few people continued the chain, the employees started keeping a tally on a piece of paper by the window.By 1:30 p.m., 260 people had paid it forward, accordi...More >>
    An act of kindness at a Starbucks drive-thru in Florida inspired an 11-hour chain of paying-it-forward.A woman drove up and paid for her own iced coffee at 7 a.m. Wednesday at a St. Petersburg store, and also asked to pay for a caramel macchiato for the driver behind her, who then did the same for the next customer.After a few people continued the chain, the employees started keeping a tally on a piece of paper by the window.By 1:30 p.m., 260 people had paid it forward, accordi...More >>

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